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Saint Lucia: Nation’s emergency response and support to region focus of NEMAC - Aug 15, 2018 - 2:16:13 PM

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Saint Lucia’s readiness for an emergency, particularly during the hurricane season, was the focus of the National Emergency Management Advisory Committee (NEMAC) meeting on Tuesday August 15th 2018.

The meeting, held at the Ministry of Infrastructure and chaired by Cabinet Secretary Benjamin Emmanuel, was attended by Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives Honourable Ezechiel Joseph, Leader of the Opposition Honourable Philip J Pierre...
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The Caribbean’s finest food and drinks to inspire at SIAL 2018 - Aug 13, 2018 - 10:25:05 AM

The Caribbean is widely known for its impeccable beaches, rhythmic music and tantalizing food, not to mention the rum!  At this years’ SIAL, Paris from October 21-25, 2018 visitor will get the opportunity to sample first hand a collection of the Caribbean’s finest food and beverage producers at the Caribbean Kitchen’s debut staging.  Twelve different producers from six Caribbean islands will exhibit a range of exotic authentic sauces, natural food products, herbal teas and a range of liquors and alcoholic beverages including rum...
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Nominations open for 2019 Commonwealth Young Person of the Year - Aug 13, 2018 - 9:44:23 AM

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The Commonwealth is offering exceptional young people who are making a difference in their communities a chance to win a Commonwealth Youth Award. Nominations are opening for the 2019 edition of the awards, which includes a cash grant and a trip to attend the awards ceremony in London next March, during Commonwealth Week.

The awards have been running since 1985 and are delivered in partnership with the Commonwealth Youth Council and the Commonwealth Youth Networks. Layne Robinson, Head of Social Policy at the Commonwealth...
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U.S. Virgin Islands Student tops FCCA Poster Competition - Aug 12, 2018 - 9:15:09 AM

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Tyrone Lake of the U.S. Virgin Islands is the winner of the Junior Division of the 2018 Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Foundation Children's Environmental Poster Competition.

The 11-year-old Alexander Henderson Elementary School honor roll student topped the regional competition with a poster entitled 'Present and Future', which focused on disaster preparation and environmental preservation...
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OAS Permanent Council celebrates First Inter-American Week of Indigenous Peoples - Aug 10, 2018 - 6:35:28 AM

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The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today commemorated the First Inter-American Week of Indigenous Peoples, with the participation of representatives of the indigenous peoples of the entire region.

The Chair of the Permanent Council and Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the OAS, Rita Hernández, highlighted the struggle of indigenous peoples for the recognition of their rights, and the steps taken by the OAS in this area....
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Statement of the OAS Secretary General on International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples - Aug 9, 2018 - 8:35:22 PM

The indigenous population of the world is approximately 370 million people, who live in more than 70 countries, according to estimates of international organizations. Today is the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, but unfortunately many of them have little to celebrate. Despite the fact they represent 5 percent of the world´s population, indigenous peoples make up 15 percent of the poorest people in the world and continue to be one of the most vulnerable groups....
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Daryl Aaron appointed general manager of newly acquired St. Lucia Hotel - Aug 7, 2018 - 12:17:29 PM

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Experienced Caribbean hotelier Daryl Aaron has been appointed general manager of the newly opened Bay Gardens Marina Haven hotel in St. Lucia. Aaron, who has worked across the Caribbean in a variety of hospitality management positions, joins the leadership team of Bay Gardens Resorts, which expanded its portfolio to four hotels with the acquisition of the property, located within close proximity to Rodney Bay Marina...
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Official Funeral for former Micoud South MP Arsene James - Aug 7, 2018 - 6:42:26 AM

The Official Funeral for former Parliamentary Representative for Micoud South, Honourable Arsene Vigil James, is scheduled for Friday August 10th 2018 at the Church of the Holy Cross, Desruisseaux, Micoud.

The former Minister for Education and Culture, who has also served as Leader of the Opposition, passed away on Sunday, July 29th 2018 at the age of 73.

In his honour Parliament will convene a Joint Sitting of both Houses on Wednesday, August 08th 2018 at 10:00 a.m...
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Parliament of Saint Lucia: Death of Arsen James - Aug 6, 2018 - 4:21:24 PM

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The Office of Parliament note with sadness the passing of former Leader of Opposition and Parliamentary Representative for Micoud South Honourable Arsene Vigil James, SLC on Sunday, July 29, 2018;

The Office therefore extends deepest condolences to the family of Honourable Arsene Vigil James, SLC and the People of Micoud South who he represented in the House for a period of fifteen (15) years from December 2001 – May 2016 we offer our prayers and support in their time of mourning...
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CHTA, Tourism Cares Deploy hurricane recovery resources to Spur Caribbean Tourism - Aug 4, 2018 - 3:52:48 PM

The Caribbean Tourism Recovery Fund, established by the nonprofit organization Tourism Cares and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), has collected more than US$275,000 in charitable donations to build long-term recovery and enhance the ability of hurricane impacted destinations to rebound as quickly as possible...
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CTO Presents Dr. Roy Hastick with its distinguished Citizen Award - Aug 4, 2018 - 11:47:39 AM

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Hugh Riley, secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) presented its “Distiguished Caribbean Citizen Award” to Dr. Roy A. Hastick, Sr., president and CEO of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), during a recent CACCI small business development power breakfast meeting. The honour is part of CTO’s Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards given annually during Caribbean Week New York festivities.

“The Caribbean Tourism Organization recognises Dr. Roy Hastick for his longstanding commitment to representing the interests of Caribbean people at the New York City and State levels,” said Riley (pictured on the right in the photo).
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Approves Creation of a Working Group to Search for peaceful solutions to the situation in Nicaragua - Aug 3, 2018 - 11:01:59 AM

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved the creation of a Working Group on Nicaragua "whose mandate will be to contribute to the search for peaceful and sustainable solutions to the evolving situation in Nicaragua, including through consultations with the Government of Nicaragua."

The Working Group for Nicaragua, created through a resolution, ”will be composed of a representative of each regional group and other Member States” who will be “designated by the Chair of the Permanent Council in consultation with the coordinators of regional groups, no later than August 10"...
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Assist us further, say Sri Lanka’s human rights commissioners - Aug 3, 2018 - 6:44:38 AM

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Sri Lanka needs further help to strengthen its human rights promotion and protection. That's according to the country’s Human Rights Commission, which has called on the Commonwealth Secretariat for technical assistance.

Its Chair, Dr Deepika Udagama made the Commission’s request during a meeting with Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland, who is on her first official visit to the country...
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Commonwealth observers urge patience as Zimbabwe awaits final results - Aug 2, 2018 - 10:00:31 AM

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Commonwealth observers urge patience as Zimbabwe awaits final results Harare, 2 August.  Voting in Zimbabwe’s general elections had been largely peaceful and well-organised, according to Commonwealth observers on the ground.

However, violence broke out on 1 August during a demonstration by supporters of the MDC Alliance, the main opposition party.  Protestors clashed with armed police and military resulting in three deaths...
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Commonwealth Secretary-General to visit Bangladesh, Brunei and Sri Lanka - Jul 31, 2018 - 6:20:08 AM

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Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland is about to set out on her first official visits to three Commonwealth member countries in South and South East Asia, during an 11-day trip.

In all three countries the Secretary-General will have discussions with head of government, ministers and other public figures on priorities and commitments agreed by leaders at the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in April, and will update them on the strategic implementation of the work to be undertaken...
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CEYA Later Pam! - Jul 30, 2018 - 2:00:07 PM
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Bridgetown, BARBADOS - The Caribbean Export Development Agency officially said farewell to its longest standing Executive Director, Pamela Coke-Hamilton on Friday 27th July 2018 and announced the 2018 Caribbean Exporter of the Year Awards (CEYA) to be held this year in November.

Pamela-Coke Hamilton joined the Agency at the start of the 10th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP) back in 2010 and under her leadership the Agency has become one of the most important regional agencies supporting Caribbean private sector development...
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Health City Physicians Share Caribbean Cardiology firsts at St. Lucia Conference - Jul 30, 2018 - 9:11:54 AM

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The Caribbean could soon become synonymous with high quality, affordable health care, according to medical professionals at Health City Cayman Islands, one of the region's foremost tertiary care hospitals.

Presenting at the 33rd Caribbean Cardiology Conference, hosted by the Caribbean Cardiac Society in St. Lucia this month, Health City's physicians shared some of the pioneering work performed at the facility during its four-and-a-half-year history as well as some of the exciting health care expansion plans Caribbean residents could look forward to in the future...
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Pakistani General Election marks ‘important milestone’ despite hurdles, say Commonwealth observers - Jul 28, 2018 - 8:00:59 AM

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The Commonwealth Observer Group described Pakistan’s General Election as an ‘important milestone’ in the history of the nation, following two consecutive democratically-elected civilian governments completing their full terms.

Final results are yet to be released by the Election Commission of Pakistan.

In an Interim Statement released on the Group’s observations of the election, the Chairman Gen. Abdulsalami A. Abubakar, former Head of State of Nigeria commended the people of Pakistan for exercising their right to vote...
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World Day Against trafficking in persons is July 30th - Jul 27, 2018 - 11:53:28 AM

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Trafficking in persons is a vile crime that feeds on inequalities, instability and conflict.  Human traffickers profit from peoples’ hopes and despair.  They prey on the vulnerable and rob them of their fundamental rights.

Children and young people, migrants and refugees are especially susceptible. 
Women and girls are targeted again and again.  We see brutal sexual exploitation, including involuntary prostitution, forced marriage and sexual slavery.  We see the appalling trade in human organs...
News : International : Caribbean News
FCC Chairman speaks on closing the Digital Divide at CANTO 2018 - Jul 26, 2018 - 1:54:26 PM

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The CANTO conference and exhibition was held in Panama City, Panama from 22nd to 25th July 2018. The Chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai provided the feature address at the opening ceremony.
 
One of the main highlights during the conference was an interview between the Chairman of CANTO, Julian Wilkins and the FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. The Chairman of CANTO noted that many persons were interested in the rationale for the FCC changing its position with regard to net neutrality (better known as the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order)...
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