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Social Enterprise Award added to The CTOo’s Sustainable Tourism Awards Programme - Apr 23, 2019 - 11:05:46 AM

Caribbean enterprises that act as social change agents through tourism innovation will be recognised by the region’s tourism development agency.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is this year introducing the Tourism Social Enterprise award to its sustainable tourism awards programme...
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Secretary-General expresses condolences, solidarity in wake of Sri Lanka attacks - Apr 22, 2019 - 9:54:00 AM

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Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland today expressed her revulsion at the appalling news of the horrendous and mindless coordinated set of terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka.

Secretary-General Scotland said: “On behalf of the Commonwealth family of 53 nations I wish to convey my deepest condolences to the families of the victims, the Government and the people of Sri Lanka...
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CCJ Celebrates 14 Years - Apr 16, 2019 - 2:10:48 PM

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The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is celebrating 14 years of its operations on Tuesday, 16th April 2019. The Court is marking this occasion with activities throughout the week. Today, to commemorate the actual day of the anniversary, the CCJ launched its 2019 Rules of Court for the Original and Appellate Jurisdictions. The Rules of the Court are reviewed every two years and the revisions help to further reduce delay, ensure greater clarity and support advances in court administration. The judges and the staff of the CCJ held a small ceremony to celebrate the anniversary and to witness the signing of the Rules...
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Thousands of Saint Lucians to benefit from Tax Savings under Personal Income Tax Reform - Apr 16, 2019 - 11:00:32 AM

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In a Budget Address that centred on people-centric growth and bringing relief to Saint Lucians, Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet announced  Personal Income Tax Reform that would see thousands of low income earners pay less and in some cases no personal income taxes.

This is a bold initiative and in keeping with the Government’s promise of less onerous taxes on the people of Saint Lucia...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS and Latin American Federation of Banks to Cooperate on Cybersecurity - Apr 15, 2019 - 8:03:09 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Latin American Federation of Banks (FELABAN) today signed a cooperation agreement for capacity development on cybersecurity in Latin America, at a ceremony held at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington DC.

General Secretary of FELABAN Giorgio Trettenero said the agreement "will allow us to unite efforts in a topic of high impact and importance for the banking of the region such as cybersecurity". He also recalled that during a recent strategic planning meeting of FELABAN "Cybersecurity was the issue of highest priority and importance of the management agenda of the institution."
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Pigs of Paradise wins international award - Apr 15, 2019 - 10:36:40 AM

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Author of bestselling book based on the World-Famous Swimming Pigs
to be presented with bronze medal at the 23rd Annual Independent Book Publishing Awards in New York City

The bestselling hardcover on The Bahamas’ beloved swimming pigs has been selected by an international body as one of the best books of the year...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS and Regional Alliance for Free Expression and Information will work together in the Defense of Fundamental Rights - Apr 12, 2019 - 6:24:32 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Regional Alliance for Free Expression and Information today signed an agreement to work together in the defense of fundamental rights such as free expression and access to information in the Hemisphere.

Mauricio Alarcón, member of the Executive Secretariat of the Alliance said the slogan of the OAS of “more rights for more people” should be taken on by civil society. “At the Regional Alliance we have been working hand in hand with the OAS promoting freedom of expression and related rights...
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Workshop on Improving the Business Climate by Strengthening Procedures to Start a Business in the Caribbean - Apr 12, 2019 - 11:50:32 AM

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Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA), has set its sight on improving the business climate in the Caribbean with a focus on strengthening the procedures to start a business in the Region.

The Agencies convened a two-day workshop at the Radisson Aquatica Hotel in Barbados from 9-10th April 2019) to discuss the region’s business climate...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Committee of Experts expresses concern over the statements of the Vice President of Guatemala - Apr 12, 2019 - 11:19:27 AM

The Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism to the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women "Belém do Pará Convention" (MESECVI) expresses deep concern at the statements made by the Vice President of Guatemala, Jafeth Cabrera, who normalized, diminished and ignored the seriousness of violence against women during a speech at the Secretariat for the Executive Coordination of the Presidency...
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Caribbean Animators Learn, Earn and Display at KingstOOn 3 - Apr 12, 2019 - 9:29:07 AM

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Caribbean animators had the opportunity to showcase their skills to an audience of local, regional and international players in the content and technology industry and access seed funding for their animated concepts thanks to the KingstOOn 3 Animation Festival which was held in Jamaica April 5 -7, 2019.

Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) supported the participation of three animators: Barbadian Joshua Clarke, Alain Bidard from Martinique and St. Lucian Tevin Loctar...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS and Colombia sign agreement to hold the 49th General Assembly in Medellín - Apr 11, 2019 - 12:36:24 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of Colombia today signed the agreement to hold the 49th General Assembly on June 26- 28 in Medellín, under the theme: "Innovating to Strengthen Hemispheric Multilateralism."

At the signing of the agreement, the Deputy Minister of Multilateral Affairs of Colombia, Adriana Mejía, said her country is ready to receive the Foreign Ministers of the Hemisphere to discuss common problems and challenges...
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A Vision United” by Bahamian Artist Jamaal Rolle is unveiled at UNESCO International Youth Forum in China - Apr 11, 2019 - 8:30:10 AM

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Jamaal Rolle’s latest visual art’s piece created a buzz at a recent UNESCO Forum held in Changsha and Nanjing, China. Projected onto a large backdrop, the 20-foot creation was highly admired by attendees and officials; where many posed for a photo opportunity with “The Celebrity Artist” who is also a cultural ambassador of his island nation, The Bahamas.

Rolle named the popular piece “A Vision United,” that embodied the message of the Third International Youth Forum (IYF3) on Creativity and Heritage Along The Silk Roads: Youth Creativity and Innovation in the Age of Media Arts...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
New Ambassador of Venezuela Presents Credentials - Apr 10, 2019 - 3:32:05 PM

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The new Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the Organization of American States (OAS), Gustavo Tarre, today presented his credentials to the Secretary General of the hemispheric institution, Luis Almagro.

Secretary General Almagro welcomed Ambassador Tarre, "with whom we will work to deepen the path to democratization, peace and justice for Venezuela." He also recalled that, at the meeting of the OAS Permanent Council on April 9, "the voices in favor of democracy in the hemisphere" voted for the resolution that accepted his appointment...
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St. Lucia's Prime Minister to present Estimates of Expenditure 2019/2020 - Apr 10, 2019 - 12:00:52 PM

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A Sitting of the House of Assembly is scheduled for today, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. where Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation and External Affairs, Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet will present the Estimates of Expenditure 2019/2020.

The Prime Minister is expected to review Saint Lucia’s revenue and expenditure performance for the previous year...
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Bahamian shortlisted for Commonwealth Short Story Prize - Apr 10, 2019 - 9:15:14 AM

Twenty-one outstanding short stories have been selected by an international judging panel to be in the running for the world’s most global literature prize. The writers – 15 women and 6 men – come from 16 countries, including, for the first time, Tanzania, Zambia, Malaysia, Cyprus, and Barbados...
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Commonwealth group: Maldives elections “peaceful and well-organised” - Apr 9, 2019 - 9:37:01 AM

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A Commonwealth group observing Maldives’ 2019 parliamentary election has concluded the voting and counting process on election day was “peaceful and well organised”.

In its preliminary statement released today in Male, the group commended the Election Commission of Maldives (ECM) for the smooth conduct of the polls and the quality of training demonstrated by the polling officials...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Spain Contributed $2.5 Million to the OAS - Apr 8, 2019 - 2:50:50 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) today signed the agreement that makes the Spanish contribution of 2.2 million euros (about 2.5 million dollars) official, to finance projects executed by the OAS in the areas of human rights, legal development, crisis prevention and peace building and electoral systems.

The Senior Advisor of the Strategic Council for Organizational Development and Management for Results of the OAS, Luis Porto, highlighted the central role that Spain plays in supporting the Organization's initiatives...
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Commonwealth group observes Maldives elections as voting begins - Apr 6, 2019 - 8:20:56 AM

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A Commonwealth group is observing Maldives’ 2019 parliamentary elections as the nation elects 87 members to parliament for the next five years.
 
The former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Bruce Golding, is leading the group of eight Commonwealth observers. He was at Kurumba Island in Male atoll when the voting started. During the day, he will visit polling stations in the capital to observe how the elections are being carried out...
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Cayman Airways named Best Airline in the Caribbean by Trip Advisor - Apr 6, 2019 - 6:30:07 AM

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The world's largest travel site, TripAdvisor, has named Cayman Airways Limited (CAL) the "Best Airline in the Caribbean" and a top "Specialty and Leisure Airline" within the entire North America region.

The announcement comes as part of TripAdvisor's 2019 Travelers' Choice Awards results for airline categories, issued April 2, 2019. The results identified travelers' favorite airlines around the globe, with the hallmark of Travelers' Choice award winners being outstanding service, quality and value...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS signs agreement on privileges and immunities for Electoral Observation Mission in Panama - Apr 4, 2019 - 3:28:54 PM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, and the Permanent Representative of Panama, Salvador Sánchez, today signed the agreement on privileges and immunities for the Electoral Observation Mission to the May 5 general elections.

After signing the agreement, Ambassador Sanchez stressed that "for all the countries of the hemisphere, the visits of the OAS Electoral Observation Missions over the last 50 years have always been important...
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