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.
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)
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.
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....
NASA Television to air launch of next communications Satellite
- Aug 16, 2017 - 3:39:17 AM
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.
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
St Lucia PM on the Leahy Law: I’ve done everything I can do
- Aug 13, 2017 - 7:07:50 PM
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...
NASA Announces Television Coverage for Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse
- Aug 11, 2017 - 6:02:11 PM
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...
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
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
Caribbean Export brings regional designers to CARIFESTA XIII
- Aug 10, 2017 - 2:59:17 PM
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.
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
Citing climate change prime minister outlines Immense significance of Japanese grant for bridges
- Aug 10, 2017 - 9:46:33 AM
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
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...
Kenyan elections “credible, fair and inclusive” – Chair of Commonwealth Observer Group
- Aug 10, 2017 - 4:32:53 AM
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.
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....
President of Zambia and opposition leader agree to peaceful dialogue
- Aug 9, 2017 - 9:59:15 PM
President Edgar Lungu and opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema have
agreed to engage in a peaceful dialogue to address the country’s
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.
The reality of crime in St Lucia
- Aug 9, 2017 - 1:28:04 PM
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...
Renewable energy, in contrast to tourism-led growth in St Lucia
- Aug 8, 2017 - 11:38:27 PM
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.
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
Solar eclipse on August 21 will affect photovoltaic generators across the country
- Aug 7, 2017 - 4:59:08 PM
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.
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
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
“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
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
St Lucia's quadratic equation, choking up the thinking
- Aug 4, 2017 - 3:47:32 AM
The economic expediency and political honeymoon of the government of
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.
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...
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...
Saint Lucia Showcase- North America, a resounding success
- Aug 1, 2017 - 1:00:41 PM
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.
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
Caribbean leaders to stimulate travel in the region by removing travel barriers
- Aug 1, 2017 - 12:43:11 PM
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.
Uganda welcomes Commonwealth governments for historic youth meeting
- Jul 31, 2017 - 3:47:30 PM
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
Ministers are set to agree a raft of policy
objectives to advance the ambitions and needs of young women and men
aged under 30...