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Caribbean Tourism Organization calls for United states/Caribbean strategic alliance - Aug 18, 2017 - 12:34:53 PM

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has called for a formal partnership between the region's tourism sector and those responsible for implementing the United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act, known as H.R. 2939.
 
The Act, which was passed in the United States Congress on Dec. 13, 2016 and signed into law by then U.S. President Barack Obama three days later, mandates a new long-term strategy to strengthen ties between Washington, D.C. and the Caribbean region. It is designed to increase the security, prosperity and well-being of the people of the United States and the Caribbean.
 
Addressing the importance of the Act to Caribbean tourism at a recent meeting in Washington, D.C., CTO Secretary General Hugh Riley referenced a tourism working group established by Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
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Statement by Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet on Tropical Storm Harvey: - Aug 18, 2017 - 12:22:27 AM

“The latest information from NEMO and the Met office is that Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to intensify over the next two hours.

“As such all offices, commercial and Government, should remain closed until 1:00 PM.

The 1:00PM time is conditional to receiving the all clear by 12:00PM. I am asking everyone to remain indoors and continue to exercise caution....
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NASA Television to air launch of next communications Satellite - Aug 16, 2017 - 3:39:17 AM

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NASA is targeting 8:03 a.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 18, for the launch of its next Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) mission atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch, and related activities that begin Thursday, Aug. 17, will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

TDRS-M, built by Boeing, will provide NASA’s Space Network the ability to support critical space communication into the mid-2020s, ensuring scientists, engineers and control room staff can readily access data for missions like the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station.
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St Lucia PM on the Leahy Law: I’ve done everything I can do - Aug 13, 2017 - 7:07:50 PM

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In the third and final part of the Caribbean News Now exclusive interview with the prime minister of Saint Lucia, Allen Chastanet, he apparently admitted he can do no with regard to more Leahy Law sanctions on Saint Lucia.

The issues arising from Operation Restore Confidence (ORC), the Leahy Law sanctions and the subsequent IMPACS report have been dealt with in considerable detail in many columns and leading news reports from Caribbean News Now.

In brief, security force units in Saint Lucia have been denied assistance by the US under the Leahy Amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act, joining such illustrious company as Bangladesh, Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala...
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NASA Announces Television Coverage for Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse - Aug 11, 2017 - 6:02:11 PM

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On Monday, Aug. 21, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the Sun, and NASA Television will carry it live from coast to coast from unique vantage points on the ground and from aircraft and spacecraft, including the International Space Station. Coverage will be featured during the live four-hour broadcast Eclipse Across America: Through the Eyes of NASA.

Programming begins at noon EDT with a preview show hosted from Charleston, South Carolina. The main show begins at 1 p.m. and will cover the path of totality the eclipse will take across the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. The program will feature views from NASA research aircraft, high-altitude balloons, satellites and specially-modified telescopes. It also will include live reports from Charleston, as well as from Salem, Oregon; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Beatrice, Nebraska; Jefferson City, Missouri; Carbondale, Illinois; Hopkinsville, Kentucky...
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17th Annual Tribeca Film Festival®, presented by AT&T, announces 2018 dates, April 18-29, and call for submissions - Aug 10, 2017 - 3:09:12 PM

Tribeca selects Withoutabox to be the exclusive third party film submission service for the 2018 Festival as part of a new, multi-year agreement

New York, NY – For the 17th year, the Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, will bring creators, diverse audiences, and the industry together in New York City during the annual storytelling festival running April 18-29, 2018.

As part of a new multi-year collaboration, creators will be able to submit their feature and short films to the 2018 festival through Withoutabox, the online festival submission system favored by filmmakers for its ease of use and streamlined process....
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Caribbean Export brings regional designers to CARIFESTA XIII - Aug 10, 2017 - 2:59:17 PM

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At this year’s CARIFESTA XIII hosted in Barbados, the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) will be facilitating the participation of designers and artisans from across CARIFORUM within their Design Caribbean and Caribbean Essence export promotion platforms.

The assistance, in the tune of €50,000 is funded by the European Union (EU) via the 11th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP), will allow seven fashion designers and four artisans to showcase their creations at the Grand Market & Buyers Shopping Mall from August 18-27 at the Lloyd Erskin Sandiford Centre, Barbados.   The Agency is further supporting the participation of 10 buyers from the EU to attend the event and discover the wealth of products available for the export market. ...
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Citing climate change prime minister outlines Immense significance of Japanese grant for bridges - Aug 10, 2017 - 9:46:33 AM

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As the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia prepared to sign an agreement with the Japanese Government for a Grant for the reconstruction of bridges in the Cul De Sac basin he stressed that the policy and strategy of Government as it pertains to Climate Change and the impact it is having on the island’s infrastructure has been and will continue to be a top priority.

At the brief ceremony for the Exchange of Notes for the Japanese Grant Aid for the Ravine Poisson and Cul de Sac Bridges held at the Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday August 9th 2017, Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet took the audience through some of the challenges faced by Small Island Developing States (SIDS) such as Saint Lucia...
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Kenyan elections “credible, fair and inclusive” – Chair of Commonwealth Observer Group - Aug 10, 2017 - 4:32:53 AM

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John Mahama, Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group in Kenya and former President of Ghana, has commended Kenyans for their patience in waiting for final election results.  In his interim statement, he asked for continued patience as results continue to be finalised.

“We have followed the whole process and wish to congratulate all on the process thus far. It is my fervent hope and expectation that the positive, peaceful and orderly atmosphere that we all experienced on 8 August 2017 will continue to prevail as we await the conclusion of this electoral process,” he stated....
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President of Zambia and opposition leader agree to peaceful dialogue - Aug 9, 2017 - 9:59:15 PM

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President Edgar Lungu and opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema have agreed to engage in a peaceful dialogue to address the country’s political tensions.

This follows extensive consultations with Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland, who arrived in the country on Sunday as part of a peace and relationship building tour of Africa. During her visit she held consultations with President Lungu, church leaders, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Patrick Matibini, cabinet ministers, Mr Hichilema and other senior officials of his party. She also met with the Electoral Commission of Zambia and members of the Commonwealth diplomatic community in Zambia. 
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The reality of crime in St Lucia - Aug 9, 2017 - 1:28:04 PM

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The second part of the Caribbean News Now exclusive interview with Allen Chastanet, prime minister of Saint Lucia, discussed the problem of increased crime, which is pertinent to the economic viability of his 100 percent tourism focus, as well as the ability to attract offshore financial services under the Headquarters Act.

On the subject of crime, first, let’s examine measure and perhaps obstacles to get past the status quo and the ingenuity required to create and implement new policies that advance the situation...
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Renewable energy, in contrast to tourism-led growth in St Lucia - Aug 8, 2017 - 11:38:27 PM

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The prime minister of Saint Lucia, Allen Chastanet’s tourism-led strategy has come to the fore once again, as the economic centrality for the island, following the agreement between the government of Saint Lucia, Range Developments and Marriott International to establish and operate a luxury Ritz Carlton resort at Black Bay, and the first published part of a Caribbean News Now exclusive interview.
The prime minister had already made it clear in the budget speech that “the tourism sector will be reengineered in order to achieve its full potential and to be used as a catalyst for economic growth. We will work towards building a tourism product that
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Solar eclipse on August 21 will affect photovoltaic generators across the country - Aug 7, 2017 - 4:59:08 PM

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (www.eia.gov) new Today in Energy brief looks at the effects of the upcoming solar eclipse on utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants.

“On August 21, a solar eclipse will obscure the sunlight needed to generate electricity at approximately 1,900 utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in the United States. However, relatively little solar PV capacity lies in the path of totality—where the sun will be completely obscured by the moon—and the North American Electric
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Saint Lucia PM Offers Condolences to Dominica following Deadly Accident - Aug 7, 2017 - 4:54:06 PM

Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet has sent condolences to the Government and People of Dominica following a vehicular accident in that island where five young men lost their lives. The incident occurred on the morning of Sunday August 06th 2017 in Vieille Case, in the northern part of Dominica, when the vehicle reportedly plunged off a cliff.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Dominica at this time. Dominica is our sister isle and we in Saint Lucia have gone through something very similar and we know how difficult this can be for a small country,” noted Prime Minister Chastanet.

“On behalf of the people of Saint Lucia
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U.S. Embassy Closure in observance of the Bahamian Emancipation Day Holiday - Aug 4, 2017 - 11:41:20 AM
The United States Embassy will be closed on Monday, August 7th in observance of The Bahamas’ Emancipation Day holiday.  Please be advised that the Embassy will resume normal business operations on Tuesday, August 8th at 8:00 a.m.

For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the U.S. Citizens Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section via telephone: 242-322-1181...
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St Lucia's quadratic equation, choking up the thinking - Aug 4, 2017 - 3:47:32 AM

 
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The economic expediency and political honeymoon of the government of Saint
Lucia, expected to work systematically to sort-out the underlying problems facing the country, is thus far impractical to offer a persuasive response to substantive matters.

Overwhelmed on matters of national concern is an understatement. The government is seemingly crippled and although “there are opportunities to be grasped, beginning with a reset agenda on socio-economic, security, governance, trade and international relations, on a bilateral and multilateral level” hindrances persist with hardball tactics...
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Caribbean Tourism Organization annouces Winners of Caribbean Primary Schools Tourism Writing Competition - Aug 2, 2017 - 4:41:12 PM

Four Caribbean primary school students ranging in age from 8-12, will be honoured for excellence in tourism writing at next month's Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum in St. Kitts.

The four -  Kassie Haley-Shai of St. Augustine Roman Catholic School in Montserrat, Ariah Khobie Diamante Darroux of  Convent Preparatory School  in Dominica (both in the 8-10 category), Jhe'auti Belyca Craigg of Belmont Government School in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Gabriella Lewis   of Atwell's Educational Institute in Trinidad and Tobago (10-12 category) - emerged winners among 44 participants  from 26 schools who participated in the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)'s Caribbean Primary Schools Tourism Writing Competition...
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Saint Lucia Showcase- North America, a resounding success - Aug 1, 2017 - 1:00:41 PM

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This year’s Saint Lucia Showcase – North America held on Wednesday, July 26, was a very productive and successful event. Hosted by the Saint Lucia Tourist (SLTB) at the Sandals Grande Saint Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, the Showcase brought together hotels, destination management companies (DMCs) and tourism officials with North American-based tour operators that sell Saint Lucia as one of their primary destinations. The event attracted approximately 15 tour operators and over 30 hotels along with several DMCs attending.

Participants got the opportunity to network and build business relationships with each other in an effort to promote and sell Saint Lucia as a premier vacation destination. Additionally, they are able to reacquaint themselves with the island and strengthen their knowledge of the destination...      
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Caribbean leaders to stimulate travel in the region by removing travel barriers - Aug 1, 2017 - 12:43:11 PM

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The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) are encouraged by the support of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders for initiatives to facilitate travel and stimulate economic growth through tourism.

The CTO, with the support of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, presented a number of short, medium and long-term proposals to the regional leaders at their recent summit in Grenada, aimed at positioning the Caribbean as a thriving world-class tourism, and bolstering the region's economic strength and stability.
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Uganda welcomes Commonwealth governments for historic youth meeting - Jul 31, 2017 - 3:47:30 PM

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Commonwealth governments, development partners, youth leaders and stakeholders are expected to make an historic commitment to invest in young people – every country’s greatest resource – at a major summit in Uganda this week.

The 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting in Kampala brings together over 200 senior government representatives from more than 30 countries, as well as young people, youth workers and donor organisations.

Ministers are set to agree a raft of policy objectives to advance the ambitions and needs of young women and men aged under 30...
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