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OPIC Issues First 2X Certificate of Participation in U.S. Capital Markets - Dec 13, 2019 - 10:45:10 AM

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has issued the first-ever 2X Certificate of Participation (COP), representing the first U.S. Government-backed investment vehicle marketed to investors to support women’s economic empowerment in emerging markets.

“This issuance hits at the very core of OPIC’s work: leveraging new and innovative financial tools to empower the world’s women,” said OPIC Managing Director for Global Women’s Issues Kathryn Kaufman...
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Health City Surgeon to receive CMEx Award - Dec 13, 2019 - 10:00:50 AM

Dr. Binoy Chattuparambil, clinical director and chief cardiac surgeon of the highly acclaimed Health City Cayman Islands, will be honored at the 2019 Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx) Leadership Awards on December 14 in Miami, Florida.

Since joining Health City at its inception in 2014, Dr. Binoy Chattuparambil, known as "Dr. Binoy", has been instrumental in saving the lives of adult and pediatric patients from the Caribbean and Central American region.

In keeping with Health City's humanitarian mission, Dr. Binoy's surgical team performed cardiac surgery for over 400 children from around the world...
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CCJ’s President on the passing of Lady Beverley Walrond, QC - Dec 12, 2019 - 9:30:35 AM

The Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission (RJLSC) and the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) are deeply saddened by the passing of Lady Beverley Walrond, QC. We all fully expected Lady Beverley to join us this week for the Commission’s last meeting for the year on 13 December and so, we were especially shocked and grieved to learn of this horrible tragedy.Lady Beverley was a well-rounded legal professional of unparalleled distinction, well-known for her dedication, legal acumen and sharp mind....
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Electoral Observation Mission in Bolivia delivers its recommendations for next elections - Dec 11, 2019 - 4:35:30 PM

The Electoral Observation Mission of the OAS in Bolivia, led by the former Foreign Minister of Costa Rica, Manuel González, today delivered its recommendations for the next general elections to be held soon. The political forces of the country unanimously agreed to hold new elections following the cancellation of the October 20 election due to the proven intentional manipulation of the results and other irregularities...
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Award-winning Caribbean Singer/Actor Jonathan Farrington Hits The Hamptons With ‘A Raisin In The Sun’ - Dec 11, 2019 - 1:48:46 PM

Once known for his chart-topping gospel songs in his native Bahamas and placing second overall on Canada’s hit reality talent show ‘The Shot’, Jonathan Farrington is wowing American audiences with his theatrical performances. Farrington is receiving rave reviews for his for his role as Joseph Asagi, the Nigerian college student and love interest of the Younger daughter in Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play ‘A Raisin In The Sun’.

In spring 2019, Farrington was awarded the prestigious Lawrence Lagner Award from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan for acting, and in summer...
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Spatial Innovision donates drone to CDEMA for hurricane response - Dec 11, 2019 - 9:47:54 AM

Given the region’s high vulnerability to natural and technological hazards, the need for smart tools and technologies to support regional preparedness and response for disasters remains a key priority for the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and its partners.

In response to this critical need, Spatial Innovision Limited, the Caribbean’s leading geospatial solutions and mapping company, recently contributed a state-of-the-art Parrot Anafi Work unmanned aerial drone, associated software and technical support, to enhance the work of CDEMA...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Secretary General on International Human Rights Day - Dec 10, 2019 - 4:10:57 PM

On International Human Rights Day we commemorate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, 71 years ago. The Declaration began as an attempt to avoid a repetition of the nightmare of crimes against humanity that took place in Europe and other parts of the world in that same decade, after the horror experienced in World War II that left several tens of millions dead...
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OAS Secretary General on International Anti-Corruption Day - Dec 9, 2019 - 3:40:38 PM

Today, December 9, we celebrate International Anti-Corruption Day. Corruption is a scourge that is present, to a greater or lesser degree, in all the countries of the Hemisphere. From the Organization of American States, we reaffirm our commitment to fight this endemic evil...
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Jade Mountain Food gets top French honors - Dec 9, 2019 - 7:30:40 AM

St. Lucia's Jade Mountain resort has received many accolades for its visionary approach to hotel design, as well as the unparalleled views of the iconic Piton peaks rising out of the Caribbean Sea, but now, it has attracted even more global attention because of the world-class food it offers.

The culinary team at Jade Mountain, under the leadership of Chef de Cuisine Elijah Jules and guided by consulting chef Allen Susser, has been awarded a coveted Gault Millau rating, making it only one of four restaurants in the Eastern Caribbean to receive a 3-Toque rating.
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Dominica: Commonwealth Observer Group says elections ‘reflected will of people’ - Dec 7, 2019 - 8:30:02 PM

An independent Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) deployed in Dominica, has delivered its interim statement on the 2019 Dominica General Elections, stating the election results ‘reflect the collective will of the people who voted.’

Despite tensions leading up to Election Day, voters turned out in high numbers in order to exercise their franchise by casting a ballot...
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CDEMA establish partnership to improve region’s health care preparedness - Dec 6, 2019 - 1:50:24 PM

With a focus on improving the delivery of health care services in the Caribbean in times of disaster, leaders from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the Caribbean Center for Disaster Medicine (CCDM) signed an agreement today to increase collaboration between the groups. The Honorable Silveria Jacob, Prime Minister of Sint Maarten, addressed attendees at the signing ceremony, speaking on the impact of Hurricane Irma and the importance of building resiliency.

Through the partnership, CDEMA, the regional agency for disaster management, and the CCDM (operated through American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine), which focuses on disaster medicine education and training...
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Caribbean disability conference: ‘we are an opportunity, not a burden’ - Dec 6, 2019 - 11:45:00 AM

At a conference in Antigua this week, disability rights’ advocates said that they don’t want special favours. Instead, they are calling for their basic human rights to be respected, protected and fulfilled.

The second ‘I Am Able’ conference brought together more than 120 delegates from governments, charities, donor agencies and disabled people’s organisations from the eastern Caribbean.

The conference was opened by the Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda, Sir Rodney Williams....
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Readout of Boehler's meeting with Colombian President Ivan Duque - Dec 6, 2019 - 9:46:46 AM

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Chief Executive Officer Adam Boehler met with Colombian President Ivan Duque in Cartagena. Boehler reaffirmed the United States’ steadfast commitment to the Colombian people and to partnering with Colombia to foster a more prosperous, stable, and secure Western Hemisphere. He also highlighted the important role that DFC...
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Dominica: Observer Group Chairperson Zainab Bangura calls for peaceful elections - Dec 5, 2019 - 4:55:25 PM

As Election Day approaches in Dominica, the Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group (COG), is encouraging ‘peaceful elections.’

Since the Group arrived in Dominica, there have been protests, incidents of civil unrest and threats of violence.

The Chairperson of the COG, Zainab Bangura – a former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sierra Leone and former Under-Secretary-General at the United Nations...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Final Report of Audit of Elections in Bolivia - Dec 4, 2019 - 10:53:43 PM

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) presented today the final report of the audit conducted on the general elections held on October 20 in Bolivia. The conclusion is that there was "intentional manipulation" and "serious irregularities" that make it impossible to validate the results originally issued by the Bolivian electoral authorities...
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CDEMA and The European Union launch the 11th EDF Natural Disaster Facility in the CARIFORUM Programme - Dec 4, 2019 - 10:02:29 PM

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) along with the European Union launched the 11th EDF Natural Disaster Facility in the CARIFORUM Programme. This initiative aims to contribute to the reduction of the vulnerability to disaster risks, and to promote the sustainable development of the countries of this region.

The launching of this initiative was held on 3rd December 2019, in the framework of the 11th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management...
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First NASA Parker Solar Probe results reveal surprising details about our sun - Dec 4, 2019 - 5:40:05 PM

The Sun is revealing itself in dramatic detail and shedding light on how other stars may form and behave throughout the universe – all thanks to NASA's Parker Solar Probe. The spacecraft is enduring scorching temperatures to gather data, which are being shared for the first time in four new papers that illuminate previously unknown and only-theorized characteristics of our volatile celestial neighbor.

The information Parker has uncovered about how the Sun constantly ejects material and energy will help scientists rewrite the models they use to understand and predict the space weather around our planet...
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Boehler to Travel to Colombia - Dec 4, 2019 - 4:10:44 PM

Adam Boehler, Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), will travel to Cartagena, Colombia December 5 – 6 to explore investment opportunities and strengthen regional relationships in support of shared development goals in Colombia and across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Boehler will attend the U.S.-Colombia Business Summit in Cartagena, where he will underscore DFC’s commitment to Colombia as well as the agency’s enhanced flexibility to invest in Latin America...
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Government moves to protect the pensions of millennium heights employees - Dec 4, 2019 - 3:20:24 PM

As the transition from the Victoria Hospital into the Owen King European Union Hospital (OK-EU) enters its final leg, keen focus is being placed on human resource and employment.

On Tuesday 26th November 2019 Parliament passed an amendment to the “Millennium Heights Medical Complex Act” to secure and protect the pensions of public officers who wish to be employed with the new entity...
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Itelbpo makes bold move in diversifying Its labour pool - Dec 3, 2019 - 3:40:24 PM

itelbpo in partnership with Invest Saint Lucia is developing a 20,000 sq ft factory shell located in the Hewanorra Free Zone in Vieux-Fort, Saint Lucia, which will house more than 300 employees in the global services sector. It is a strategic move aimed at expanding its geographical footprint, ultimately diversifying its workforce and further enriching its global talent pool as the company pushes aggressively towards its 5-year goal of 5,000 new seats in its contact centre operations. itelbpo & Invest Saint Lucia have broken ground and the new site is set to open on April 1, 2020...
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