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Saint Lucia Government Extends Condolences Following Deadly Explosion in Manchester - May 23, 2017 - 1:06:38 PM

Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet has described the attack on Monday in Manchester, England, as horrific and an attack against peace in the world. The attack has left 22 people dead and over 50 persons injured.

“It is with tremendous sadness that we extend condolences to the British following this horrific and heartless attack in Manchester which took so many innocent lives of children and adults simply enjoying a concert,” said Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. “On behalf of the Government and People of Saint Lucia we express deep sorrow and offer sympathy at this time to the people of Manchester and all the families affected by this heinous act...
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New ILO report shows that 4.2% of CEOs are female in LAC but still room for progress at the top - May 23, 2017 - 11:33:32 AM

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Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, where only 4.2 per cent of CEOs are female, have still made substantial progress in taking business and management positions and are increasingly driving economic growth, a new ILO report finds.

The report entitled Women in business and management: Gaining momentum in Latin America and the Caribbean, by the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Bureau for Employers’ Activities (ACT/EMP), will be launched at a regional conference to be held here today. The one-day conference will bring together business leaders and representatives of employers’ organizations from across the region to discuss the progress made and obstacles to women’s advancement in the workplace, particularly at top management levels...
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Inaugural summit to boost trade among India and the Commonwealth - May 23, 2017 - 9:46:30 AM

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Business leaders and high-level policymakers will join forces for the first India-Commonwealth Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) trade summit. Three hundred Indian firms and more than 100 businesses from across the Commonwealth will be in one room in Delhi on the 30 and 31 May 2017 to enhance trade and investment partnerships.

“The Commonwealth has some of the fastest growing countries in the world. In fact, growth over the past two decades is more than double that in the European Union,” said Deputy Secretary-General Deodat Maharaj. “But intra-Commonwealth trade amounts to only 17 per cent of Commonwealth members global trade, and services trade has a much smaller share, only one-quarter of the total intra-Commonwealth trade. This is where the summit could help...”
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New phase for Hub and Spokes trade initiative which aids Africa, Caribbean and Pacific - May 23, 2017 - 7:53:06 AM

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An innovative trade initiative which is expanding opportunities for business, employment and prosperity in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries will be extended to February 2019.

The Hub and Spokes programme is a joint initiative of the European Union, ACP Group Secretariat, Commonwealth Secretariat and Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. Through the programme, trade advisers are placed in government ministries and regional organisations to provide support and build local capacity to develop trade policies...
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Caribbean Week New York adds new events for 2017; Travel Agent Forum Returns to Schedule - May 22, 2017 - 1:50:15 PM

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New for Caribbean Week New York, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has added a RUM Rumble during Caribbean Media Marketplace (Thursday, June 8) where more than 125 journalists, as well as tourism officials and industry executives, will witness the best-of-the-best Caribbean rum-mixing masters compete for the title of Caribbean Week Mixologist of the Year. The Caribbean Week Mixologist of the Year will be announced at the RUM & Rhythm Benefit where the Rum Rumble finalists will debut their winning cocktails on Friday, June 9.

Returning by popular demand is the Trade Show and Educational FoRUM for Travel Agents following a brief hiatus last year...
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UVI RTPark to Host VIP Investment Showcase During Caribbean Week In New York - May 21, 2017 - 4:39:00 PM

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The University of the Virgin Islands Research & Technology Park, (UVI RTPark), will celebrate Caribbean Week in New York and Caribbean American Heritage Month in the USA with a Big Apple VIP Investment Showcase Reception this June.

The event is set to introduce the opportunities of the RTPark program to business leaders and key members of the Caribbean Diaspora in New York and highlight the many advantages to doing business with the RTPark program and the US Virgin Islands.

The UVI RTPark program, established in 2002, is a specialist economic development agency that aims to successfully establish the U.S. Virgin Islands as a premier business destination of choice for firms in knowledge and technology intensive sectors...
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Coast Guard offload more than 18 tons of cocaine in Port Everglades - May 21, 2017 - 7:30:52 AM

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The crew of the Coast Guard Hamilton offloaded approximately 18.5 tons (16,856 kilograms) of cocaine Thursday in Port Everglades worth an estimated $498 million wholesale seized in international waters off the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

The drugs were interdicted along Central and South America by U.S. Coast Guard cutters and a Royal Canadian Navy ship sailing with an embarked Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) team aboard.

The offload represents 20 separate, suspected drug smuggling vessel interdictions by the Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Naval crews and its interagency partners...
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Message from OAS Secretary General on Venezuela - May 20, 2017 - 12:12:37 PM

Desmond Tutu once said "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."

The boxer Archie Moore, referring to Muhammad Ali, also said, "He is a fighter who stands for something. He is a rights fighter also, like me. The man who stands neutral stands for nothing."

The beginning of this message is based on quotes from two people of African descent.
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Climate change and flooding threaten 4.2 million people on Caribbean and Pacific islands - May 20, 2017 - 11:37:04 AM


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A new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates that 4.2 million people in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean and in the Pacific are living in areas that are prone to flooding due to rising sea levels.

In addition to coastal erosion, rising sea levels are expected to negatively impact economic output and employment and could aggravate inflation and cause an increase in government debt, according to the study, A Blue Urban Agenda: Adapting to Climate Change in the Coastal Cities of Caribbean and Pacific Small Island Developing States...

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Fisheries Ministers from CRFM Member States meet Friday in Guyana - May 19, 2017 - 11:16:26 PM

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The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) will host the 11th Meeting of its Ministerial Council—the highest ranking decision-making body of the regional fisheries organization—starting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 19, at the Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana.

Ministers who hold the portfolio for fisheries from the 17 Member States of the CRFM, or their appointed delegates, are slated to attend the event, at which Guyana is expected to be elected as the new chair of the Council.

Fisheries ministers from across the Caribbean will review ongoing programmes and the status of and trends in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. They will also discuss further actions needed to tackle the pressing challenges facing the sector...
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Finalists in Caribbean Week Mixologist Competition Announced - May 19, 2017 - 2:45:04 PM

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On Monday evening (May 15), the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) welcomed six of the Caribbean's finest mixologists to Roof at Park South in New York for one of the final two Rum Rumbles leading up to the sixth annual Rum & Rhythm Benefit taking place June 9, 2017, as part of the week-long Caribbean Week New York (#CWNY17).

Rum Rumbles are a series of promotional competitions held at popular rum bars in Manhattan. Last night's Rum Rumble cocktail reception welcomed CTO officials and bar patrons as Syl Johnson and Dani DeLuna tied for first place to become finalists for their impressive mixologist skills and rum cocktail creations. Johnson and DeLuna triumphed over fellow contenders Andrew Porteous, Sarah Akramos, Juan Arboleda and Chelsea Kaiser.

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Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Doug Manchester as Ambassador to the Bahamas - May 19, 2017 - 2:38:33 PM


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President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate Doug Manchester as Ambassador to the Bahamas.

If confirmed, “Papa” Doug Manchester of California will serve as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

Mr. Manchester is a leading industrialist with accomplishments on a national and international scale in telecommunications, radio broadcast, medical instrumentation, publishing, and real estate development...
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Coast Guard warns about dangers aiming lasers at vessels - May 19, 2017 - 12:55:07 PM

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Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region wants to remind boaters of the dangers in aiming lasers at commercial vessel.

For commercial vessels, the main threat is that exposure to laser light can cause blindness to the ship’s operators possibly causing a collision in the shipping channel. For the Coast Guard, a laser aimed at a Coast Guard asset could cause a search-and-rescue mission to be delayed – or even aborted.

In a recent case, Coast Guard Investigative Service worked with Calvert County Sheriff's Office to investigate and locate an individual shining laser lights to at least eight commercial vessels transiting the Chesapeake Bay between Cove Point and Drum Point...
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Caribbean region aims to integrate gender equality in disaster risk management in the agriculture sector - May 19, 2017 - 12:29:33 PM

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In an effort to strengthen the resiliency of communities to disasters in the Caribbean, 25 representatives from 12 countries across the region are participating in a regional training workshop for integrating gender equality in disaster risk management programming for the agriculture sector. The workshop is being co-facilitated by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and is held on 17-19 May 2017 in Georgetown, Guyana.

The Caribbean region is very vulnerable to the effects of climate change and at high risk of natural and man-made hazards, such as floods, drought, hurricanes, landslides, earthquakes, fires as well as transboundary threats...
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Coast Guard suspends search for woman 30 miles west of Cay Sal, Bahamas - May 19, 2017 - 1:26:40 AM

The Coast Guard suspended their search at 8:45 p.m.Thursday for a missing woman 30 miles west of Cay Sal, Bahamas.

Missing is Isabella Hellman, 41, of Delray Beach.

"Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Ms. Hellman in this difficult time," said Capt. Aldante Vinciguerra, chief of response for the Coast Guard Seventh District. "Suspending a search is never an easy call to make and was made with deep consideration in this tragic case..."
News : International : Caribbean News
Industry Leaders to Address Tourism Marketing Conference During Caribbean Week NY - May 18, 2017 - 12:16:50 PM

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Caribbean tourism marketers, policymakers and practitioners will be privy to the latest expert tactics and best practices in marketing and brand reputation at the marketing conference during Caribbean Week New York. Themed Marketing Caribbean Tourism in the New "Ab"Normal, the event will take place Thursday, June 8, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - noon at the Wyndham New Yorker (481 Eighth Avenue).
 
During the event, some of the most influential travel industry experts in the U.S. will provide detailed guidance about how to select and leverage well-known tools and platforms during times of constant change, to encourage travel and loyalty to the region...
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Coast Guard suspends search for missing airplane 15 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas - May 18, 2017 - 6:55:26 AM

The Coast Guard suspended the searchat8:45 p.m.Thursday for fourpeople15 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas.

Missing are Jennifer Blumin, 40, from New York City,Nathan Ulrich, 52, from Lee, New Hampshire, and Blumin's 3-year-old and 4-year-old sons.

"This was a swift and significant loss and its impact has reverberated through everyone that participated in the search,"said Christopher Eddy, search and rescue mission coordinator. "Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the families involved.."
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Coast Guard continues searching for survivors from missing airplane 15 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas - May 17, 2017 - 8:35:19 PM

The Coast Guard continues to search for survivorsWednesday15 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas, from an airplane that was reported missing Monday.

Missing are Jennifer Blumin, 40, from New York City,Nathan Ulrich, 52, from Lee, New Hampshire, and Blumin's 3-year-old and 4-year-old sons.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew located a fuel sheen and adebris field 15 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas. The helicopter crew was able to lowera rescue swimmer and retrieve some of thedebris to transfer ashore for identification...
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PAHO Encourages Caribbean Countries to Tax Tobacco, Alcohol and Sugar-Sweetened Beverages - May 16, 2017 - 8:42:50 PM

Taxes on tobacco, alcoholic and sweetened beverages can help reduce consumption of these products and generate income that can be used to improve the health of the Caribbean population. The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is encouraging Caribbean authorities to adopt these tax measures, which can contribute to reducing the burden of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer, and their devastating social and economic consequences.

Implementing taxes on the consumption of unhealthy products requires decisions by health authorities as well as finance authorities who design tax policies. To that end, PAHO/WHO is bringing together health and finance officials from 17 countries and territories for the Caribbean Subregional Workshop on Alcohol, Tobacco..
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OutRight Honors LGBTIQ Human Rights Defenders at United Nations - May 16, 2017 - 3:28:12 PM

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On May 15, 2017, OutRight Action International honored Caleb Orozco, the man who successfully challenged Belize’s sodomy law and won, with the Felipa De Sousa Award at the organization’s annual gala, a Celebration of Courage.

OutRight’s award ceremony held in the United Nations exclusive Delegates Dining room, was attended by more than 300 activists, human rights defenders, diplomats and dignitaries. The evening’s host, performer and artist Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, shared the stage with presenter Congressman Mark Takano and honorees Caleb Orozco, Unibam Belize, OutSpoken award recipient Logo TV, accepted by Pam Post, Vice President of original programming and series development, and OutStanding Awardee Blanche Wiesen Cook, prize-winning biographer of Eleanor Roosevelt. Special guests included Tracey Norman, pioneering transgender model...
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