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CTO Mourns Passing of Flora Gilford, Former President of CTO Northern California Chapter - Oct 18, 2019 - 10:45:48 AM

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is grieving the loss of a longtime friend of the Caribbean, Flora Gilford, who passed away on 9 Oct., 2019 in Michigan at the age of 97. Gilford was a travel agent who served as president of the CTO Northern California Chapter between the late 1980s to mid-1990s. Visitation will be held on 21 Oct. from 7 - 8 p.m. at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home in Lansing, Michigan.   

"Flora Gilford was well loved by her peers; she wholeheartedly loved the Caribbean and was always willing to volunteer when we needed a helping hand," said Sylma Brown, director of CTO-USA, Inc...
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Commonwealth action group on mangroves meets in Sri Lanka - Oct 18, 2019 - 9:00:10 AM

Commonwealth countries met in Negombo, Sri Lanka to decide on a work plan to help save the world’s mangroves.

The plan includes joint actions, projects and funding strategies for the short and medium term.

The activity is part of the work carried out under the Commonwealth Blue Charter – an agreement by all 53 Commonwealth countries to actively co-operate to solve ocean-related challenges and meet global commitments on sustainable ocean development...
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Accelerating Caribbean Fashion Pt2 - Oct 17, 2019 - 3:00:16 PM

Earlier this year twenty (20) designers participated in the Caribbean Fashion Accelerator jointly funded by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in cooperation with the European Union and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). Caribbean Export provides support for the development of the regions cultural and creative industries as part of the implementation of the Regional Private Sector Development Programme funded by the 11th EDF.  The Bank’s funding is through its Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF).

Led by Sandra Carr, one of the pioneers of the Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design at the University of Trinidad and Tobago the bootcamp workshop...
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IAEA LEU Bank becomes operational with delivery of low enriched uranium - Oct 17, 2019 - 10:00:48 AM

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) took delivery of a shipment of low enriched uranium (LEU) at a purpose-built facility in Kazakhstan today, officially establishing the IAEA LEU Bank aimed at providing assurance to countries about the availability of nuclear fuel...
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Bahamas Hurricane Relief Fundraiser set for Vancouver, Canada - Oct 16, 2019 - 4:48:03 AM

News of the state of Grand Bahama and Abaco after Hurricane Dorian has reached a global audience. The amount of international aid has been a godsend. The need is great however and it will take years to rebuild.

4,760 km miles away in Vancouver, Canada, Bahamian Lillamae Toppin  felt she had do something for her people. She's been living in British Columbia's west coast in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver for over 40 years. She is the brainchild behind, "An Evening for The Bahamas" fundraiser being held on Oct. 27, 2019.

"My heart aches for my people," said Lilla a semi-retired nurse whose husband is a retired vascular surgeon. Lilla turned to her Caribbean friends in her area and via a mutual friend, Lilla was introduced to Robbin Whachell, co-founder of The Bahamas Weekly who lives close by...
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Caribbean Export signs three MOUs with strategic partners to support the Caribbean’s export growth - Oct 15, 2019 - 1:40:27 PM

The recently held CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum drew record numbers of senior level European and Caribbean policy makers, European buyers and Caribbean exhibitors, to the 4th hosting of the event and the first ever to be held in Frankfurt, Germany.

Three MOUs were signed between the Caribbean Export Development Agency and key stakeholders in Europe, namely, the BVMW (Der Bundesverband mittelständische Wirtschaft), the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) and the Caribbean Council...
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Finance ministers to discuss joint action to prevent future debt crises - Oct 14, 2019 - 9:34:49 AM

Commonwealth finance ministers will meet in Washington D.C. on 17 October 2019 to discuss coordinated interventions to prevent future debt crises.

The meeting will be chaired by the Finance Minister of Cyprus, Harris Georgiades, under the theme ‘Preventing Debt Crises: The Roles of Creditors and Debtors’. It will be preceded by sessions for senior finance ministry officials and central bank governors...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS to Deploy 92 Observers in its Mission to the Elections in Bolivia - Oct 9, 2019 - 11:20:03 AM

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) for the presidential elections in Bolivia, led by the former Foreign Minister of Costa Rica, Manuel González, began its deployment for the October 20 vote...
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Prime Minister and Saint Lucia Delegation Participate in Taiwan 108th National Day Celebrations - Oct 8, 2019 - 11:30:27 AM

The Republic of China (Taiwan) is set to celebrate the country’s 108th National Day on Thursday October 10th 2019. As part of the celebrations a Saint Lucian contingent has travelled to the Republic of China (Taiwan) to participate in the Taichung Jazz Festival, the Taichung Instruments Festival and the Taiwan National Day parade.

The Department of Culture announced last week 14 persons from Carnival Band Tribe of Twel, led by Senator Adrian Augier, will be taking part in the Taiwan National Parade. Ronald “Boo” Hinkson, five members of the band...
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EY recognized as Professional Services/Accounting Firm of the Year - Oct 7, 2019 - 12:15:23 PM

EY was recently honored as “Professional Services/Accounting Firm of the Year” at the Reactions’ 2019 North America Awards.

Cordelia Davis, Partner of EY Bermuda and Regional Financial Accounting Advisory Services leader for the EY Region of Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands, accepted the award at the ceremony in New York on September 26.

“It was an honor to accept this award on behalf of EY and our global insurance and financial services practice who serve with excellence and help clients address the challenges in today’s marketplace,” Cordelia Davis said...
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IAEA opens Conference on Nuclear Power’s Role in Combating Climate Change Vienna, Austria - Oct 7, 2019 - 12:00:16 PM

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and the goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will be difficult to achieve without a significant increase in the use of nuclear power, IAEA Acting Director General Cornel Feruta said today at the opening of the International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power...
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Fisheries Ministers of CARICOM and Central America join forces to promote ocean-based economic growth and combat IUU fishing in the Caribbean - Oct 4, 2019 - 1:39:33 PM

After several hours of deliberation at their Second Joint Meeting held in Belize on Wednesday, 2 October 2019, Fisheries Ministers from Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the Organization for Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Central American Isthmus (OSPESCA) inked a milestone instrument. The “Declaration on CRFM-OSPESCA Cooperation for Sustainable Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources” signals their resolve to solidify the cooperation birthed at their first joint meeting held in Belize 7 years earlier, in 2012.

Among the agreed areas of cooperation are: monitoring and managing Sargassum blooms which have been adversely affecting the region since 2011; the control of invasive species, with emphasis on the Pacific lionfish...
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This Season's 'TikiMarket' kicks off October 20 with a Bahamas Relief Benefit - Oct 4, 2019 - 10:30:40 AM

This year's Caribbean-themed TikiMarket at the Marina will launch Sunday, October 20 with a focus on one particular island nation: The Bahamas.

The season opener is a Bahamas Relief Benefit titled Art, Jazz & Junkanoo.
The weekly event started in 2018 and is held from 4 to 7ish p.m. each Sunday at the recently redeveloped Riviera Beach Marina Village, located at 190 E. 13th Street...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS to develop Inter-American Network on Counterterrorism to facilitate immediate exchange of information on terrorist threats - Oct 3, 2019 - 5:12:27 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) will launch the Inter-American Network on Counterterrorism, a project aimed at strengthening cooperation between member states to prevent and address terrorist threats in the Western Hemisphere...
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$2500 raised during Atlanta Junkanoo group fundraiser as Bahamian doctors share Hurricane Dorian experiences - Oct 2, 2019 - 3:30:42 PM

During a recent Atlanta Junkanoo Group fundraiser that raised over $2,500 for Hurricane Dorian victims, two Atlanta-based Bahamian doctors detailed all they encountered after landing on Abaco and Grand Bahama in the aftermath of the storm.

The event was held at Bahama Breeze in Duluth, Georgia on Sept. 30, 2019 and attracted scores of Bahamians and friends of The Bahamas. In addition to volunteering with the consulate and coming together to raise awareness within the Atlanta area...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS New Permanent Representative of Nicaragua Accredited - Oct 2, 2019 - 2:13:14 PM

The new Permanent Representative of Nicaragua to the Organization of American States (OAS), Ruth Esperanza Tapia Roa, today presented to Secretary General Luis Almagro the credentials that accredit her before the hemispheric institution.

In welcoming Ambassador Tapia, the Secretary General referred to her experience and previous work related to the central themes of the OAS agenda. "Very soon you will realize that, within the various tasks carried out in your professional career, there are a lot of issues that have to do directly with the work of the OAS," said the Secretary General...
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U.S. Pledges Additional $7.5 Million for Dorian Relief Efforts during High Level Visit to Grand Bahama and Abaco - Oct 2, 2019 - 9:40:13 AM

Chargé d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers welcomed to The Bahamas the visit of a bipartisan U.S. Congressional delegation led by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz from September 30- October 1.  U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green joined the delegation which met with the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Most Honorable Dr. Hubert Minnis, and Foreign Minister Darren Henfield before visiting the United States’ humanitarian operations in response to Hurricane Dorian in the affected areas of Grand Bahama and Abaco...
News : International : Caribbean News
Ministerial delegations from Caribbean and Central American countries to discuss strategic actions for the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector - Oct 1, 2019 - 9:00:28 AM

Ministerial Fisheries delegations from countries across the Caribbean and Central America will converge in Belize this week for high-level talks aimed at solidifying partnerships at the political level, as well as setting out priority areas for attention and mutual cooperation.

On Tuesday, 1 October 2019, the CRFM will convene the Ninth Special Meeting of its Ministerial Council, the chief decision-making arm of the inter-governmental CARICOM agency...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS on the Relationship between the Dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro and the Terrorist Actions of Armed Groups - Sep 30, 2019 - 3:30:26 PM

The deliberate policies of hunger, child malnutrition, blackouts and water scarcity of the Maduro regime have had a direct impact on the population of Venezuela, exacerbating the humanitarian crisis, the migratory crisis and the human rights crisis. This has also meant a direct attack on hemispheric peace and security...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
The OAS and the International Cooperative Alliance to Collaborate in favor of Member States - Sep 30, 2019 - 2:40:30 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the International Cooperative Alliance today signed a cooperation agreement that will identify common projects of specific cooperation so that both institutions can support member states in their efforts to promote and facilitate the cooperative model, with the ultimate goal of promoting greater inclusion and development in the region.

At the signing ceremony, Secretary General Luis Almagro affirmed that "cooperativism builds trust through the relations of acts of association, and in doing so strengthens the social and political fabric...
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