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Saint Lucia Readies to Welcome Gold Winning Commonwealth Team Home! - Jul 24, 2017 - 3:25:23 PM

The Government of Saint Lucia has once again extended congratulations to Team Saint Lucia, following a second Gold Medal win at the Commonwealth Youth Games in The Bahamas.

Saint Lucia defeated Trinidad and Tobago 6-2 in the Beach Soccer final on July 22nd 2017 with Linus Clovis reportedly scoring four goals and Zaine Amedee and Dillon Fanis scoring the other two winning goals. On Thursday July 20th 2017, sprinter Julien Alfred won our country’s first Gold medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the girl’s 100m final by running a time of 11.56 seconds...
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Cayman Finance congratulates Bermuda on successful elections and looks forward to continued cooperation on shared priorities - Jul 24, 2017 - 3:07:59 PM

Cayman Finance congratulates Bermuda on its successful completion of free and fair elections and the continuation of its tradition of government that reflects the will of the people. The peaceful transition of power is a process that established democracies can too often take for granted, but one that is unfortunately still out of reach for many around the world – even in our own hemisphere. Like the Cayman Islands, Bermuda has demonstrated its commitment to representative government for a long time and should be applauded for doing so once again.

Our two jurisdictions share more than just a democratic tradition. We share a commitment to the highest levels of transparency and international standards for our leading business sectors such as financial services...
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Cayman Finance CEO Jude Scott spends 2 weeks in London promoting Cayman Islands financial services industry - Jul 23, 2017 - 6:23:45 PM

Cayman Finance CEO Jude Scott has completed a two week visit to London to promote the Cayman Islands financial services industry and its role within the global financial economy. This visit was the first international joint venture between Cayman Finance and the new Minister of Financial Services, the Hon. Tara Rivers.
“Cayman Finance, in conjunction with the Ministry of Financial Services, is constantly working to ensure we maintain strong and beneficial relationships with key international figures in the financial services industry,” said Mr Scott. “It is important for us to keep reminding these stakeholders of the Cayman Islands’ role as a premier global financial hub and the ways in which we benefit developed and developing
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Saint Lucia congratulates new Bermuda Premier & Government - Jul 20, 2017 - 8:26:17 AM

The Government of Saint Lucia extends congratulations to the new Premier of Bermuda, Honourable David Burt, who was officially sworn in yesterday, July 19th 2017.

At 38 years old, Mr. Burt is Bermuda’s youngest Premier, and took the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) to victory in Tuesday’s poll with a win of 24 seats in the 36-seat parliament, securing a majority.

“On behalf of the Prime Minister and the Government and People of Saint Lucia, we wish to send our best wishes to the new Bermuda Government and look...
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Tropical storm watch remains in effect for Saint Lucia - Jul 18, 2017 - 10:20:19 AM

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Saint Lucia by the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services due to the formation of Tropical Storm Don and Advisories on the system are continuing.

At 8.00 a.m. today the center of TROPICAL STORM DON was located near Latitude 11.4 Degrees North, Longitude 57.0 Degrees West or about 281 miles (or 452 kilometers) East-South-East of Saint Lucia with maximum sustained wind of 50 mph (or 85 kph). Little change in strength is expected before the system reaches the Windward Islands. Tropical Storm force winds extend about 35 miles from its center.

TS Don is moving westward (280 degrees) at 18 mph (or 30 kph) and is expected to continue this general motion with the center forecasted to pass south of Grenada tonight...
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Caribbeantales International Film Festival: The Legacy Edition - Jul 17, 2017 - 3:05:45 PM

CaribPR Wire, Toronto, Canada, Mon. July 17, 2017:  On July 6, 2017, the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) held its Media Launch and Program Reveal, co-presented by the Consul General of Barbados at Toronto, with an evening of community and celebration. The packed event featured the Canadian Premiere screening of Barbadian film legend-in-the-making Shakirah Bourne's latest fantasy feature film: A Caribbean Dream. And the international release of the trailer for Toronto-based filmmaker Sharon Lewis' fifteen-year labour of love: upcoming Afro-futurist feature film Brown Girl Begins.
“At twelve years old, CaribbeanTales has worked to create a brand for Caribbean Cinema, not divided by country, and inclusive of the Diaspora, that brings together our separate and collective legacies, our unique, distinctive and authentic stories,”
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Bahamas Independence Reception in Washington, DC - Jul 11, 2017 - 11:25:04 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pictured at a reception hosted by the Bahamas Embassy and Consular Annex at the St. Regis Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C., on Friday evening, July 7, 2017, to celebrate the 44th anniversary of The Bahamas’ attainment of independence from Great Britain are, from left to right: Ms. Faith Maycock, Third Secretary, Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex; Mrs. Elisabeth Ann Brown; Mr. Oswald T Brown, Press, Cultural Affairs and Information Manager, Bahamas Embassy; Miss Tracee Dorestant, Second Secretary, Bahamas Embassy; Miss Krissy Hanna, Second Secretary, Bahamas Embassy; and Ms. Jade Williams, Third Secretary, Bahamas Embassy...
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Saint Lucia signs Maritime Boundary Delimitation Agreements with Barbados and with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Jul 8, 2017 - 6:03:19 PM

On July 6, Saint Lucia signed agreements with Barbados and with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to delimit our maritime boundaries with those two States.  The signing took place during the Thirty-eighth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, held in St. George’s, Grenada, from July 4-6.

These agreements are the result of negotiations held between Saint Lucia and Barbados in March 2016 and between Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in May 2017, to determine the maritime boundaries between the States.  The Commonwealth Secretariat provided legal and technical advisory support to all negotiating parties...
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CSME the best response to changes in Europe – Outgoing Chair - Jul 7, 2017 - 1:40:28 AM

Speaking to the opening of the 38th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government at the Grenada Trade Centre in Grand Anse, the President of Guyana said the CSME is still the best vehicle to allow small states like those of CARICOM to compete in the global economy while promoting economic and social development.

CARICOM Heads of Governments, who began the first business session of their two-day meeting on Wednesday, are expected to examine the findings of a comprehensive review of the CSME.

Describing the deepening of economic integration by advancing a single market and economy, as the “most ambitious project attempted by the Community,” President
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Outgoing CARICOM Chairman makes impassioned plea for closer unity - Jul 5, 2017 - 9:35:08 PM

“The Community, challenged by the constantly changing international situation, must redouble its efforts to ensure a more safe society for its citizens, more stable economies for its countries, deeper solidarity and a more secure hemisphere.”

This impassioned plea for closer unity within CARICOM was issued by outgoing Chairman, His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana in his address to the opening of the 38th Regular Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government...
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OAS Secretary General Condemns Attacks against National Assembly - Jul 5, 2017 - 9:12:19 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro strongly condemned today’s attack on the Venezuelan National Assembly, highlighting that attacks on democratic institutions are the very essence of a dictatorship.

"The unconstitutional and illegal actions against the National Assembly that took place this Wednesday directly serve the process of institutional weakening the country is suffering," he said...
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Bahamian Minister Honourable Brent Symonette calls for more regional cooperation at JAMPRO’s Caribbean Market Mission - Jun 30, 2017 - 7:29:54 PM

Kingston, Jamaica - Bahamian Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Industry and Immigration, The Honourable Brent Symonette called for more regional cooperation on trade at the final leg of JAMPRO’s Caribbean Market Mission in The Bahamas, which ends today, June 30, 2017. Thirteen Jamaican companies promoted their products for export to The Bahamas on one of JAMPRO’s largest trade missions, which covered 3 key markets in the Caribbean region.

Minister Symonette said The Bahamas was the perfect market to partner with Jamaica on trade, as the islands are home to one of the largest group of Jamaicans in the Diaspora, over 10,000 persons...
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Activities in celebration of the 44th Anniversary of Independence of The Bahamas - Jun 30, 2017 - 2:04:09 AM

The Bahamas High Commission in Canada wishes to inform Bahamians and friends of The Bahamas that an error was made in the email sent out yesterday, July 28, 2017.

The event at the Toronto Police Headquarters is scheduled for Thursday, July 13, 2017, at 11:00 am, and not Sunday, July 15, 2017, as stated in the previous emails.

In this regard, the High Commission wishes to apologize for the mistake and is resubmitting the activities for your information and participation...

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Caribbean Export Expands Regional Angel Investor Network to the Dominican Republic and Haiti - Jun 28, 2017 - 5:21:28 PM

The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has commenced their expansion of the Angel investment footprint within the Dominican Republic and Haiti following the hosting of the first Bi-National Angel Investment workshop in collaboration with several partners, including the Centre for Innovation for Business Development and Entrepreneurship (CIDE) at the Iberoamerican University (UNIBE), the DR Ministry of Commerce, Industry, the Ministry of Commerce in Haiti, the Haitian Chamber of Commerce and two angel investor groups in the DR, namely ENLACES and NEXXUS. Key participants from Haiti also included Root Capital (an agricultural impact investor) and Yunis Social Business (a social impact investor).

“Promoting innovative ways of funding SME’s including supporting the development of the angel investment climate within the DR and Haiti is a key activity for the Agency...
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NASA Completes Milestone Toward Quieter Supersonic X-Plane - Jun 27, 2017 - 9:17:52 PM

NASA has achieved a significant milestone in its effort to make supersonic passenger jet travel over land a real possibility by completing the preliminary design review (PDR) of its Quiet Supersonic Transport or QueSST aircraft design. QueSST is the initial design stage of NASA’s planned Low Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) experimental airplane, otherwise known as an X-plane.

Senior experts and engineers from across the agency and the Lockheed Martin Corporation concluded Friday that the QueSST design is capable of fulfilling the LBFD aircraft’s mission objectives, which are to fly at supersonic speeds, but create a soft “thump” instead of the disruptive sonic boom associated with supersonic flight today. The LBFD X-plane will be flown over communities to collect data necessary for regulators to enable supersonic flight over land in the United States and elsewhere in the world...
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Caribbean hotelier Sir Royston Hopkin addresses CHTA - Jun 27, 2017 - 9:11:51 PM

Hoteliers and aspiring young hospitality professionals need to appreciate the critical role which the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) can play in their success, asserts respected Caribbean hotelier Sir Royston Hopkin.

Describing the association as "the university without walls for us Caribbean people - and that includes all of the emerging leaders," Sir Royston called for more tourism stakeholders to become actively engaged as he addressed the opening of CHTA's Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) in Miami earlier this month.

Sir Royston described growing up as a child helping his parents operate a small guesthouse as the basis for his understanding of hospitality...
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Bahamas Maintains a Tier 1 Ranking in the 2017 Trafficking In Persons Report - Jun 27, 2017 - 3:56:58 PM

On Tuesday, June 27, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released the 2017 Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Report.  The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue. It represents an updated, global look at the nature and scope of trafficking in persons and the broad range of government actions to confront and eliminate it. The U.S. Government uses the TIP Report to engage foreign governments in dialogues to advance anti-trafficking reforms and to combat trafficking and to target resources on prevention, protection and prosecution programs...
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UK commits to closer relations with CARICOM - Jun 27, 2017 - 2:15:37 PM

Even as the United Kingdom continues to face its fair share of challenging events, it today committed to closer relations with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

New High Commissioner of the UK to the Eastern Caribbean and CARICOM, Her Excellency Janet Douglas said on Thursday 22 June that her country wanted to infuse fresh vigour in its relations with the Region. She was at time presenting her Letter of Credence to CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.

In the wake of the recent acts of terrorism in the UK, Ambassador LaRocque placed on record the Community’s unreserved condemnation of orchestrated attacks perpetrated against innocent civilians...
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IAEA Mission Says Jamaica Strengthens Research Reactor Safety, Sees Room for Further Enhancements - Jun 27, 2017 - 9:54:31 AM

Kingston, Jamaica - An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts said the operator of a research reactor in Jamaica showed continuous commitment to safety after its successful conversion to use low enriched uranium (LEU) instead of high enriched uranium (HEU) as fuel. The experts also made recommendations for further safety-related improvements at the reactor, which is the only such facility in the Caribbean region...
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NNPA Publishers Holding Annual Convention at Gaylord - Jun 23, 2017 - 11:45:40 AM

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), which represents more than 200 print and digital newspapers across the United States, is currently holding its annual conference (June 20-June24) at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland, Prince George’s County, just outside D.C.

The conference kicked-off on Tuesday with a National Black Parents Town Hall Meeting on Educational Excellence featuring radio personality and community activist DJ EZ Street; Hilary Shelton, the director of the NAACP’s Washington Bureau; Dr. Marietta English, the president of the National Alliance of Black School Educators; and Lynn Jennings of Education Trust...
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