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Successful staging of regional inter-agency emergency response exercise - Jan 13, 2017 - 7:28:50 AM

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Representatives of four key Caribbean regional agencies successfully completed an intensive two-day simulation exercise dubbed ‘Synergy 2017’. The exercise was held on January 11th and 12th 2017 and hosted at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) based in Barbados.

The scenario involved the outbreak of a mysterious virus onboard a cruise ship as it approaches a Caribbean port. This is followed by an explosion, which contaminates water supplies and causes power loss. Rapid response teams were deployed to assess the damage. Shortly after arrival, an earthquake hits the island...
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ILO: Global unemployment expected to rise by 3.4 million in 2017 - Jan 12, 2017 - 9:03:35 AM

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The global unemployment rate is expected to rise modestly from 5.7 to 5.8 per cent in 2017 representing an increase of 3.4 million in the number of jobless people, a new ILO report shows (table 1).

The number of unemployed persons globally in 2017 is forecast to stand at just over 201 million – with an additional rise of 2.7 million expected in 2018 – as the pace of labour force growth outstrips job creation, according to the ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2017  (WESO)...
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Commonwealth of Dominica assumes Chairmanship of OAS Council for Integral Development (CIDI) - Jan 12, 2017 - 8:00:26 AM

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The Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the Organization of American States, Ambassador Dr. Vince Henderson, assumed the Chairmanship of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) on Thursday, January 12, 2017.  The ceremony took place at the OAS headquarters.  Ambassador Henderson thanked the exiting Chair, Ambassador Rogelio Sotela, from Costa Rica, and pledged to continue working to take advantage of the forum for meaningful discussion of the development agenda and how SEDI can better focus its efforts for greater impact while keeping in mind its comparative advantages and available resources.

The appointment of Mrs. Kim Osborne, a national of the Commonwealth of Dominica, as Executive Secretary for Integral Development, was confirmed today by acclamation by OAS Member States during the regular CIDI meeting...
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Caribbean prepares to pilot COAST insurance to protect fisheries sector - Jan 11, 2017 - 11:48:50 AM

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Belize City, Belize, (CRFM)—The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is hosting a working group meeting at the Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel from 9 – 10 January 2017, to advance the implementation of a risk insurance facility for fishers in the region.

When Fisheries ministers from CRFM Member States met in Cayman in October 2016, they reviewed the progress made towards the activation of the Caribbean Ocean Assets Sustainability FaciliTy (COAST). This week’s working group meeting..
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Caribbean regional security, health and disaster agencies face comprehensive readiness test - Jan 11, 2017 - 11:20:17 AM

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BRIDGETOWN - Security, public health and disaster management personnel from across the Caribbean will be put to the test as they participate in a training exercise aimed at improving regional responses during an emergency situation.

The exercise, Synergy 2017, will present emergency scenarios that could occur in the Caribbean region. The exercise will take place from January 11 to 12 at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) based in Barbados...
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St. Lucia PM addresses nation at New Year press conference on Crime, Road Works and Upcoming Projects - Jan 9, 2017 - 5:39:19 AM

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In the opening statement at his first press conference for the year 2017 Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet sent out New Year greetings to all Saint Lucians and in particular to his Constituents of Micoud South.

The Prime Minister, also the Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service, met with the local media at the studios of the Government Information Service on Thursday January 5th 2016 and took questions on a variety of issues affecting Saint Lucia...
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Shooting at Fort Lauderdale Aiport, 1 in custody, 5 dead - Jan 6, 2017 - 3:34:00 PM

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MIAMI, FLORIDA — Just after 1pm on Friday, January 6th, U.S. media is reported that at least three people died after a shooting in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2 at  Fort Lauderdale International Airport.  Reports were that nine people were shot.

Authorities said someone opened fire around 1 p.m. Delta and Air Canada Flights were immediately affected by the incident. 1 person was in custody.

3:30pm press conference: Five confirmed dead, and eight injured...
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Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism helps strengthen sanitary controls in the CARIFORUM fishery sector - Jan 5, 2017 - 2:26:22 PM

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The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), in partnership with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture has successfully completed the project “Capacity Building of regulatory and industry stakeholders in Aquaculture and Fisheries Health and Food Safety to meet the SPS requirements of international trade”.  The project which started in September 2016, was funded under the EU’s 10th EDF Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Project and delivered with the help of a team of consultants from Megapesca in Portugal. The aim was to continue to help CARIFORUM countries to improve the safety of fish and fishery products for consumers in national and export markets, and several activities...
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First African-American space station crew member to take flight in 2018 - Jan 5, 2017 - 9:29:20 AM

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NASA is assigning veteran astronaut Andrew Feustel and first-flight astronaut Jeanette Epps to missions aboard the International Space Station in 2018.

Feustel will launch in March 2018 for his first long-duration mission, serving as a flight engineer on Expedition 55, and later as commander of Expedition 56. Epps will become the first African American space station crew member when she launches on her first spaceflight in May 2018. She’ll join Feustel as a flight engineer on Expedition 56, and remain on board for Expedition 57...

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NASA Selects Two Missions to Explore the Early Solar System - Jan 4, 2017 - 8:22:30 PM

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NASA has selected two missions that have the potential to open new windows on one of the earliest eras in the history of our solar system – a time less than 10 million years after the birth of our sun. The missions, known as Lucy and Psyche, were chosen from five finalists and will proceed to mission formulation, with the goal of launching in 2021 and 2023, respectively.

“Lucy will visit a target-rich environment of Jupiter’s mysterious Trojan asteroids, while Psyche will study a unique metal asteroid that’s never been visited before,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “This is what Discovery Program missions are all about – boldly going to places we’ve never been to enable groundbreaking science...”

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OAS Electoral Observation Mission in Haiti Congratulates Haitian People and Electoral Authorities on Conclusion of Presidential Electoral Process - Jan 4, 2017 - 1:29:49 PM

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (EOM/OAS) in Haiti welcomes the announcement of the final results of the presidential election held on November 20, 2016. The EOM commends the conclusion of an electoral process that, despite having been long and complex, has allowed the country to continue down the path of democratic strengthening.

The verification process of 12% of the returns, ordered by the Electoral Disputes Tribunal at the request of different political actors, concluded that the returns analyzed did not show irregularities that could have affected the electoral process. The use of established legal processes to clarify questions about the results...
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Sterling Bank & Trust Announces Appointment of Canada Former Premier Michael Harris as Director - Jan 4, 2017 - 1:24:35 PM

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Sterling Bank & Trust has announced the appointment of former Ontario Premier Michael Harris as a director of the integrated banking and financial services firm specializing in development and real estate-related investment vehicles. The new appointment increases the role Mr. Harris will play in helping to set policy direction for the growing award-winning firm with more than $9 billion in assets under administration and offices in Nassau, Bahamas and The Cayman Islands.   

Mr. Harris, who also serves as director on other boards of Sterling, was recently named Canada’s number one premier since 1981, topping a field of 80, including four sitting premiers. The honour was based on leadership, economic policies and organizational skills with votes tallied on actual results in job growth, balanced budgets and business investment...
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ICAO: Traffic growth and airline profitability were highlights of air transport in 2016 - Jan 2, 2017 - 11:00:31 AM

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Preliminary figures released today by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) indicated that the total number of passengers carried on scheduled services reached 3.7 billion in 2016, a 6.0 per cent increase over last year. The number of departures rose to approximately 35 million globally, and world passenger traffic, expressed in terms of total scheduled revenue passenger-kilometres (RPKs), posted an increase of 6.3 per cent, with approximately 7,015 billion RPKs performed. This growth is a slowdown from the 7.1 per cent achieved in 2015/

Over half of the world’s tourists who travel across international borders each year were transported by air. Air transport carries some 35 per cent of world trade ...
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2016: the year Zika evolved from an emergency into a long-term public health challenge - Dec 29, 2016 - 7:05:46 PM

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By the end of the year, 48 countries and territories of the Americas had reported more than half a million suspected cases of Zika, with 22 reporting some 2,500 cases of congenital syndrome associated with the virus...


Washington, DC (PAHO/WHO) - In 2016, Zika virus spread rapidly throughout the Americas after its initial appearance in Brazil in May 2015. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) responded quickly, deploying over 80 expert missions to help its Member States respond to the epidemic and launching a new regional strategy to prevent and control mosquito-borne viruses, which threaten an estimated 500 million at-risk people in the region...
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Dominica Government moves swiftly to resettle Silver Lake victims after fire - Dec 27, 2016 - 1:42:51 PM

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DOMINICA -- Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit visited Silver Lake earlier today and told the media that Government will move swiftly, ensuring that there is work day and night to resettle those displaced by the fire in Silver Lake which occurred Monday night.

"It was an unfortunate occurrence but you know, thank God no one was injured and no one died from this incident," said Prime Minister Skerritt. 

"Everybody has life today and therefore we have to thank God for that..."
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Bahamas and Belize Share Caribbean Mediathon Win - Dec 21, 2016 - 8:06:09 PM


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The Bahamas and Belize have collaboratively made history by winning the Compete Caribbean Mediathon held recently in Barbados, November 22nd-23rd, 2016. It was the Caribbean’s first mediathon.

The winning proposal came from a team comprising University of The Bahamas Director of Communication Mrs. Tameka Lundy and UB Media Journalism student Deanya Knowles and Belize television personalities Courtney Weatherburne and Marleni Cuellar...

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Jemima’s Playhouse Brings New “Cultural Appreciation” Educational Method to Omaha - Dec 20, 2016 - 9:09:00 PM

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Jemima’s Playhouse was created by Tyrone Sawyer II, a standout Bahamian track & field athlete, and his wife Jemima. Under the aegis of their company, Aunt Jemima’s Playhouse LLC, the Sawyers have introduced a fun, innovative way to reach children between two and twelve years old, which is widely considered to be the most vital stage of their development. Aunt Jemima’s Playhouse is a cultural children’s program that teaches Geography, Foreign Languages and Music through the use of its unique characters and original songs.

This young vibrant educational company continues to find very strong acceptance from schools along its growth path.  Omaha, Nebraska, is the most recent city that has been added...
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Bahamas Minister of Transport and Aviation Visits St. Lucie County, FL - Dec 19, 2016 - 7:21:55 PM

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Bahamas Minister of Transport and Aviation, the Honorable Glenys Hanna-Martin, was recently in St Lucie County, Florida, meeting with officials there and conducting a tour of the Treasure Coast International Airport, the Port and the City to explore shared interests in agriculture, fisheries and tourism.

At the St. Lucie County International Airport, The Minister told St. Lucie County reporters that the airport there is poised for major development and already The Bahamas accounts for the largest percentage of business for that airport. She said that in anticipation of the development, the visit with officials...
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Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism hosts training in fishery sector sanitary controls in St. Vincent and the Grenadines - Dec 19, 2016 - 4:08:21 PM

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A two-week training covering “Food safety in the fishery sector” and “Fishery products laboratory testing” was delivered to 30 inspector and laboratory analysts from 15 CARIFORUM countries during the period 28 November to 9 December 2016, by four international experts.

The training, which covered inspection, control and testing in the fishery sector, was based on eight operational manuals developed under a project funded by the European Union (EU). The training was organized by the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM)...
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Bradford Marine Celebrates 50th Anniversary - Dec 19, 2016 - 8:48:23 AM

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Bradford Marine, Inc. is celebrating 50 years of providing outstanding service to the yachting industry, and to mark this special occasion, the company has premiered a new look. Since its founding in 1966, Bradford Marine has earned a solid reputation for building trusted relationships with its customers and delivering expert craftsmanship and efficient service. To achieve this, the company continues its tradition of providing continual development for its skilled work force, resulting in decades of employee anniversaries.

“Our reputation for service, craftsmanship, and standing behind our work with a highly-skilled, experienced work force is the reason we continue to succeed as a company,” said Paul Engle, President of Bradford Marine. “Our company has very high employee retention...
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