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  • August, 2017


    Coconut industry benefits from CARDI project

    16 August 2017 / 12

    Since the implementation of the Caribbean Coconut Industry Development Project two-and-a-half years ago, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) has made several strides in improving the local coconut industry through training as well as the establishment of new nurseries among other targeted initiatives.The four-year project was undertaken through a partnership between CARDI and the International Trade Centre (ITC), with funding provided by the...
  • Canada sending large contingent to CARIFESTA XIII

    16 August 2017 / 18

    More than 66 artists, spearheaded by the Canadian-Caribbean Arts Network (C-CAN), are heading to Barbados for CARIFESTA XIII which opens later this week, the TorontoCaribbean media outfit has reported.“I am still pinching myself because at one point in time I had given up hope that it would ever happen,” confessed Rhoma Spencer, Artistic Director of C-CAN as she sat down for an interview at the Black Artists’ Networks Dialogue art gallery following a special...
  • Increased security for upcoming CARIFESTA

    15 August 2017 / 22

    Barbadians and visitors are being assured that the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) will be out in full force during the upcoming Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) in order to prevent outbreaks of violence.In the wake of a rise in gun violence, including the Kadooment Day shooting that left one person dead and at least 18 injured, lawmen have been at pains to explain that the RBPF will have things under control during CARIFESTA.“At this time I know that there is...
  • Caribbean Export brings regional designers to CARIFESTA XIII

    14 August 2017 / 26

    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. The assistance, in the tune of 50 000 euros is funded by the European Union (EU) via the 11th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP), will allow seven fashion designers and four...
  • CARIFESTA Rock Hall Living Museum

    14 August 2017 / 24

    Members of the public are invited to the CARIFESTA Rock Hall Living Museum, which takes place on Sunday, August 20, at the Rock Hall Freedom Village, St. Thomas, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.According to the Focal Point for Heritage in the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, Sheron Johnson, the free event which celebrates the establishment of the first free Barbadian village in 1841 after Emancipation, will commemorate “elements of African ancestry and the...
  • Regional Nursing Body Meets in Guyana

    11 August 2017 / 32

    Nurses from across the Caribbean Community are currently gathered at the CARICOM Secretariat for the Forty-Fourth General Meeting of the Regional Nursing Body. The meeting got underway on Tuesday with an opening ceremony and will continue until Friday August 11, 2017.Speaking at the opening, Director, Human Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Ms. Myrna Bernard, said the Human Resource Development (HRD) Strategy, which aims to develop human resources for the 21st century, will assist with...
  • CHTA JOINS FORCES WITH TRAVEL ASSOCIATIONS WORLDWIDE TO UNIFY SECTOR

    10 August 2017 / 32

    MIAMI (August 9, 2017) - The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is partnering with travel associations around the world to strengthen the tourism sector in the region.  President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Karolin Troubetzkoy disclosed that under the stewardship of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), CHTA has joined forces with close to a dozen regional and national travel organizations to advocate for the sector among governments,...
  • British Virgin Islands cleans up after flash flood

    10 August 2017 / 48

    (Photo via Caribbean News Service)Tortola, British Virgin Islands – The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is in full “clean up mode” following extensive flooding in certain areas of the Territory with the hardest impact occurring on the island of Tortola. Heavy and steady precipitation from the tropical wave caused flooding in low lying areas as well as damage to streets and sporadic landslides.Through the resilience of the residents and collaboration between...
  • CARIFESTA XIII – What’s in store!

    09 August 2017 / 44

    #Cropover is over! It’s now time for #CARIFESTAXIII….Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store!
  • CET, Rules of Origin critical to viability, competitiveness of indigenous industries – Review Consultation hears

    09 August 2017 / 46

    The protection of indigenous industries to ensure their viability and competitiveness on the global market and the harmonisation of rates across CARICOM were among the key concerns raised at a Consultation on the revision of CARICOM’s two trade instruments.The trade and revenue instruments are the CARICOM Common External Tariff (CET) and the Rules of Origin.At the brief opening ceremony of the one-day Consultation on 25 July, 2017, at the CARICOM Secretariat, CARICOM Assistant...
  • CDF grant ensures further development of ‘De Strip’

    09 August 2017 / 56

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – Development on the South Frigate Bay Beach Enhancement Project, popularly known as “De Strip”, is set to enter a new phase, after the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis signed an agreement effectively securing additional financing for the project.The Frigate Bay Strip in St. Kitts and Nevis (Photo via SKNIS)The South Frigate Bay Enhancement Project was commissioned in November 2016 to...
  • British Virgin Islands To Host Ctu’s Caribbean Internet Governance Forum

    03 August 2017 / 62

    Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (3rd  August 2017) – The island of powdery white-sand beaches, lush green mountains, and sheltered, yacht-filled harbours, Tortola, the British Virgin Island’s largest and capital island, will host the world’s oldest Internet forum - the 13th Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF). The event will take place from 21st to 23rd August 2017, at the Government’s Training Division, Bettito Frett...
  • St Kitts and Nevis to be region’s first nation to eliminate mother-child HIV transmissions

    03 August 2017 / 68

    St Kitts and Nevis looks set to become the first country in the Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), CARICOM, and the Americas – outside of Cuba – to end to mother-to-child HIV transmission.Prime Minister Timothy Harris made the announcement during his month press conference.The news follows his recent trip to New York City, where he attended a forum to promote healthcare partnerships. Harris is CARICOM’s lead head responsible for human resource...
  • Parliamentarians fighting against hunger in Latin America, Caribbean

    03 August 2017 / 64

    Bridgetown, Barbados  – The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean in Barbados, last month hosted parliamentarians from 13CARICOM Member States to address the issues of food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition in the region.Member States represented were: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint...
  • Maximum Exposure For CARIFESTA XIII

    02 August 2017 / 72

      CARIFESTA XIII will not lack for exposure thanks to the signing of two agreements – The Host Broadcasters Agreement with the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC); and a Memorandum of Understanding with the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU).In a brief signing ceremony this afternoon at his Ministry in Sky Mall, Culture Minister, Stephen Lashley, announced that CBC had been appointed the host country’s broadcasting agency responsible for all the television...
  • July, 2017


    Regional Laboratories Prepare To Detect And Respond To New And Emerging Diseases

    31 July 2017 / 34

    “Public health laboratories play a critical role in the fight against communicable diseases, specifically vector-borne diseases, to better prepare the Region to detect and respond to new and emerging threats,” stated Dr Karen Polson-Edwards, Acting Director, Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control at CARPHA.    Dr Polson-Edwards was speaking at the opening of a two-day technical and policy forum for laboratory directors from 19 English and Dutch speaking public health...
  • UWI launches Faculty of Sport

    28 July 2017 / 62

    “If there's one industry that we can develop right now to diversify our economies and make our economies competitive, it is to build a sporting industry in our region.”The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles made the statement at the official launch of The University's Faculty of Sport on Wednesday at The UWI Regional Headquarters in Jamaica.Vice-Chancellor Beckles referenced a report which assessed the global sport...
  • CXC launches first interactive Mobile App

    28 July 2017 / 130

    - app changing the job landscapeForget walking with CXC certificates and hoping not to lose or crease them and forget not having your credentials when you bump into a potential employer on the street. With the new CXC Connect mobile app those days are gone.The job landscape for millennials is going to look very different and the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) is seeking to be an efficient and effective tool for students who will be future employees and employers.With the newly...
  • CARICOM seeking support for women, teenage girls and children

    26 July 2017 / 106

    he prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis had the ear of former US President Bill Clinton yesterday at a Clinton Global Initiative event in New York City.Timothy Harris was there in his capacity as CARICOM’s lead head on human resources, health and HIV/AIDS, holding discussions aimed at promoting and safeguarding the sexual and reproductive health of women, adolescent girls and children in the Caribbean.Among the others in attendance were Juliet Holness, wife of Jamaica PM Andrew...
  • Tax Administrators Assemble in St. Kitts And Nevis for the 24th General Assembly And Technical Conference Of COTA

    25 July 2017 / 96

    Basseterre, St. Kitts, July 25, 2017 (SKNIS):  A number of tax administrators from across the CARICOM region are currently in St. Kitts and Nevis attending the 24th General Assembly and Technical Conference of the Caribbean Organization of Tax Administrators (COTA), with the aims of encouraging deliberations on topical issues relating to the efficient mobilization of tax revenues to support growth process in member states, as well as the sharing of experiences among tax administrators in...
  • Regional Climate Centre established in Barbados

    18 July 2017 / 120

    Barbados is now home to the first Regional Climate Centre (RCC) in the western hemisphere.The centre, which is housed at the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) in Husbands, St James, was financed to the tune of US$5 million by the United States Agency for International Development.United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Linda Taglialatela noted the importance of having such a centre in the region.“In the...
  • Bahamas PM to chair new tourism committee

    06 July 2017 / 158

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders have agreed to establish a committee that will look at ways at incorporating both the public and private sector in the overall development of the regional tourism industry, Bahamas Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, has said.Minnis, who is attending his first CARICOM summit after leading his Free National Movement to victory in that Caribbean country, said the idea also is to “have funding available for a sustained marketing and increasing our...
  • Region needs full implementation of CSME, says PM Holness

    06 July 2017 / 217

    Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (10th left) and other regional leaders at the opening ceremony of the 38th Regular Meeting of Heads of Government of CARICOM at the Grenada Trade Centre, Grand Anse, St. George’s, on July 4. (Photo via JIS)Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday (July 5) urged his colleague Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), to fully implement the Single Market and Economy, CSME.The Prime Minister was contributing to...
  • UN HIV/AIDS envoy finishes role in the Caribbean region

    05 July 2017 / 140

    The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS has completed his tenure in the Caribbean region.Guyana-born Edward Greene was appointed to the post on 1 January 2012, and is now looking ahead to future opportunities.“I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your activism in our collective quest to end AIDS by 2030, and in particular for the courtesies and cooperation you have extended to me,” Dr Greene wrote in a personal note to friends and...
  • Member States need to inform their citizens of the benefits of CARICOM- LaRocque

    04 July 2017 / 187

    ...says in face of negative perception that CARICOM is 'a waste of time' While the objective of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has not yet been fully realised, the 15-member grouping, which seeks to promote economic integration and cooperation among its members, is not a waste of time. This is according to CARICOM Secretary General (SG), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, who met with regional journalists on Monday, ahead of the 38th regular meeting of CariCom Heads of Government, which...
  • Public health high on CARICOM heads agenda

    04 July 2017 / 213

    PUBLIC Health is being placed high on the agenda as regional leaders meet in Grenada for the Thirty-Eighth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The conference will open today with a grand ceremony at the Grenada Trade Centre, subsequent to which Heads of Government will move to the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, in Grand Anse, for two days of business sessions.On Monday, while addressing journalists from across the region, CARICOM...
  • CARICOM to push for improved intra-regional travel

    04 July 2017 / 187

    CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Monday said he hoped that regional leaders will sign off on an age-old Multilateral Air Services Agreement that seeks to pave the way for easier inter-regional travel. Ambassador LaRocque made the observation during a curtain-raiser press conference in Grenada, ahead of the opening on Tuesday of the 38th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).The Conference, which is being held in...
  • June, 2017


    PM Stuart To Attend CARICOM Meeting

    30 June 2017 / 154

    Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will leave Barbados on Monday, July 3, to attend the Thirty-Eighth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), at the Radisson Hotel in St. George’s, Grenada.The opening ceremony will be held on Tuesday, July 4, at the Grenada Trade Centre, and the conference will conclude on Thursday, July 6.Mr. Stuart and his CARICOM counterparts will have a packed agenda for the upcoming summit, with Heads of...
  • Caribbean Seeks to Climate-Proof Tourism Industry

    30 June 2017 / 206

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday June 30, 2017 (IPS) – The tourism industry is the key economic driver and largest provider of jobs in the Caribbean after the public sector. Caribbean tourism broke new ground in 2016, surpassing 29 million arrivals for the first time and once again growing faster than the global average.Visitor expenditures also hit a new high, growing by an estimated 3.5 per cent to reach 35.5 billion dollars. And the the outlook for 2017 remains rosy, with expected...
  • Trade Policy Experts offer solutions to issues affecting Trade in the Caribbean

    29 June 2017 / 254

    Strategies to deal with the effects of global issues affecting trade in the Caribbean were advanced at a recent meeting of international and regional stakeholders which sought to outline trade policy challenges impacting OECS and CARICOM countries and discuss the way forward.The two-day meeting, organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), was held on 26-27 June, 2017 in St. Lucia and...
  • Europe Stands by Caribbean on Climate Funding

    28 June 2017 / 190

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jun 26 2017 (IPS) - A senior European Union (EU) official in the Caribbean said Europe is ready to continue the global leadership on the fight against climate change, including helping the poor and vulnerable countries in the region.Underlining the challenges posed by climate change, Head of the European Union Delegation to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, the OECS, and CARICOM/CARIFORUM, Ambassador Daniela Tramacere made it clear that the EU has no plan to...
  • CCCCC participates in the GCF Structured Dialogue with the Caribbean

    21 June 2017 / 230

    Member of Staff  of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre are currently participating in the The Green Climate Fund’s Structured Dialogue with the Caribbean held in Placencia, Belize, from June 19-22, 2017.  The Structured Dialogue is organized in collaboration with the Government of Belize and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre with the intention to bring together key stakeholders to increase the involvement of Caribbean countries with the GCF.Participation...
  • CRFM representatives attending UN Oceans Conference in New York

    05 June 2017 / 248

    NEW YORK CITY, USA; Sunday, 4 June 2017 (CRFM)—The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is participating this week in a high-level United Nations Conference being convened to advance the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for development.The event, being held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, focuses on the theme,“Our oceans, our future:...
  • CDEMA’s drive to advance disaster resilience

    04 June 2017 / 242

    The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has said it will continue to advocate for the passage of key legislation in its member states, to advance disaster resilience.Executive Director of CDEMA, Ronald Jackson, told a news conference on Friday to mark the start of this year’s hurricane season, that the region remains vulnerable to natural disasters, and such legislation is necessary.He said Barbados remains one of the countries to implement the model Comprehensive...
  • FEATURE: UN Ocean Conference ‘dream come true’ for Caribbean nations such as Trinidad and Tobago

    02 June 2017 / 226

    2 June 2017 – Protecting the oceans is among the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the blueprint for a more just and equitable world adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations in September 2015.SDG 14 on conserving and sustainably using marine resources is the springboard for the Ocean Conference, taking place at UN Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June.The meeting is especially relevant to Caribbean countries, according to Juan Miguel Diez,...
  • May, 2017


    Disciplined Forces trained for the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit in Barbados

    30 May 2017 / 188

    Bridgetown, Barbados May 30, 2017 – 31 participants from the disciplined forces, including police, military and fire services are taking part in the annual CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) training, which is being held at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Coordinating Unit and the Headquarters of the Regional Security System (RSS) in Barbados from May 29 – June 2, 2017.The CDRU is a specialised humanitarian response team equipped to provide assistance...
  • Opposition Free National Movement Wins Bahamas 2017 General Elections

    11 May 2017 / 430

    NASSAU, Bahamas, May 10 2017, (Caribbean News Service) — Dr. Hubert Minnis led the main opposition party to victory on Wednesday, ousting the ruling party in General Elections.Prime Minister Perry Christie, who was seeking a second consecutive term, conceded defeat after exit polls projected a major win for the opposition Free National Movement (FNM).Just before 9 p.m. (local time), Christie issued the following statement to the media:“I called Dr. Hubert Minnis earlier this...
  • Turks and Caicos signs on to CARICOM Advance Passenger Information System

    06 May 2017 / 390

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Deputy premier and minister with responsibilities for the ministry of border control and employment, Sean Astwood, led a delegation from the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) to Bridgetown, Barbados, for the signing of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) with the United States.The signing took place between the US ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS, Linda Taglialetela, and the deputy premier on May 24,...
  • April, 2017


    CARICOM heightens preparation for UN oceans Conference

    12 April 2017 / 452

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CARICOM Secretariat – Small Island Developing States (SIDS) including those of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are heightening their preparations ahead of the United Nations (UN) Conference on the sustainable use of the oceans (SDG14), scheduled for June 5-9 in New York.CARICOM Member States and the CARICOM Secretariat participated in a forum from 29-31 March 2017, in Jeju, Republic of Korea, as the Community continued to enhance its capacity to adequately respond...
  • Acting Chief Medical Officer to chair SKN National Commission on Marijuana

    06 April 2017 / 544

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, April 5, 2017 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, announced the establishment of a National Commission on Marijuana/Cannabis sativa, to be headed by acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Hazel Laws.Prime Minister Harris, speaking at his monthly press conference, said the establishment of the National Commission is a follow through of a...
  • Empower Women, Experience Prosperity, UN Official Tells Region Read more: http://www.caribbean360.com/news/empower-women-experience-prosperity-un-official-tells-region#ixzz4dJ39Ssng

    04 April 2017 / 1555

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday April 2, 2017 – As regional states search for ways to grow their struggling economies, a United Nations official is telling governments they have access to a resource that could help bring about strong turnaround.Deputy Regional Director at the UN Women Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean, Lara Blanco, said economic empowerment of women would lead to not only growth, but also prosperity.“We have evidence showing that if we...
  • Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum opens in Antigua

    04 April 2017 / 562

    High level delegates from at least 12 Caribbean countries are in Antigua & Barbuda to discuss measures that can be implemented to improve the safety and security of education facilities within the region.The participants are ministers of education and other representatives who yesterday commenced their first session of the inaugural Caribean Safe School Ministerial Forum at the Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts.The meeting is being hosted by the Ministry of Education Science and Technology....
  • March, 2017


    Sargassum project presents at the Smithsonian

    30 March 2017 / 510

    A Saint Lucian project on the transformation of sargassum seaweed into organic compost will be showcased during the Earth Optimism Summit at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.The project, the brainchild of Johannan Dujon, owner/manager of Algas Organics, will be highlighted at a gathering of 1000 conservation practitioners, pioneering scientists from varied fields, leaders in industry, philanthropists and artists. Presentations at the event will be streamed live to a global...
  • Montague talks cyber security with regional security ministers

    30 March 2017 / 584

    Minister of National Security, Robert Montague recently met with St Lucia’s Minister of National Security, Hermangild Francis and the executive of the Regional Security System as they discussed a number of issues concerning multilateral areas of cooperation in securing the cyber capacity of the region. The meetings, which took place at the Caribbean Stakeholders conference on Cyber Security and Cybercrime in Antigua from March 20-24, was attended by national security ministers from the...
  • Ganja Babies! More And More Children Reportedly Seeking Medical Attention After Using Marijuana

    27 March 2017 / 648

    A 50 per cent jump in the number of children seeking assistance at public medical facilities for ganja-related illnesses in Jamaica since the weed was decriminalised in 2015, is causing worry for local health officials.With 70 per cent of the population having easy access to ganja and law making possession of up to two ounces no longer a criminal offence, children - some as young as 12 years old - have been trying the weed in its many different forms.Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton...
  • Grenada receives grant for geothermal energy development

    23 March 2017 / 600

    March 22, 2017, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados –  The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a grant of US$231,630 to the Government of Grenada to build its capacity for planning and implementation of its geothermal energy development roadmap. The resources are from the Global Environment Facility through the Inter-American Development Bank’s Sustainable Energy Facility for the Eastern Caribbean with the CDB.  ...
  • Work moves apace to develop Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code

    21 March 2017 / 598

    A Regional Project Team (RPT), established to develop a Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (REEBC), among other mandates, will be launched in Kingston, Jamaica, next week.The launch and the first face-to-face Working Meeting with the contracted consultant will be held 30-31 March, at the Jamaica Bureau of Standards. Nine Member States – Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, The Bahamas, Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago – are represented on the...
  • CARIFESTA XIII Symposium

    21 March 2017 / 598

    The Caribbean, the Arts and the Cultural Industries: Negotiating Tradition, Aesthetics, Economics and LegacyThe University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, in partnership with the Host Country Management Committee for CARIFESTA XIII, invites participation in the CARIFESTA XIII Symposium entitled “The Caribbean, the Arts and the Cultural Industries: Negotiating Tradition, Aesthetics, Economics and Legacy.”The Symposium will be hosted at The University of the West Indies,...
  • USAID clean energy program to help regional hospitality sector

    20 March 2017 / 462

    CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Program (CARCEP), is supporting energy efficiency across the region’s hospitality sector with a series of energy efficiency workshops.The second in this series was held in Saint Lucia on March 16-17. The forum attracted a cross section of management, operations, and maintenance personnel drawn from approximately 30 local hotels under the...
  • Regional experts lay groundwork for unified response to vector-borne diseases

    17 March 2017 / 574

    “Although Dengue has been in the Region for years, with the introduction of Chikungunya in 2013, and now Zika, vector-borne diseases (VBDs) have become very prominent, taking centre stage,” stated Dr Karen Polson-Edwards, Acting Director, Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).Dr Polson-Edwards was speaking at the opening of the first meeting of the Surveillance and Vector Control Working Groups of the Caribbean...
  • Government ready for open dialogue on marijuana decriminalisation – PM Harris

    17 March 2017 / 658

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, March 17, 2017 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, says his government is ready for open dialogue with the relevant stakeholders on the issue of the decriminalisation of marijuana.Prime Minister Harris, responding to a question while appearing as a guest on WINN FM 98.9’s Voices programme earlier this week, said the decriminalisation of marijuana is a matter for...
  • CDB funds project to prevent loss of correspondent banking relationships

    17 March 2017 / 552

    March 17, 2017, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved funding of US$250,000 to strengthen financial transparency, and assist in preventing the loss of correspondent banking relationships (CBRs) in the Region.In the Caribbean, CBRs facilitate a number of payment systems, including international trade, cross-border payments and receiving of remittances. Recently, some large international banks have started terminating or...
  • Finland signals interest in CARICOM’s bio-energy

    17 March 2017 / 582

    The Government of Finland, through its newly accredited envoy to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), has expressed strong interest in exploring the bio-energy potential in mainland territories of CARICOM. Speaking at the ceremony at the CARICOM Secretariat for the presentation of his Letter of Credence to CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, on Thursday 16 March, 2017, the new Finnish Ambassador, His Excellency Kukka Pietikaine said his country wanted to continue cooperation in...
  • Woman power as Eugene Dupuch Law School claims fifth victory at CCJ Law Moot

    14 March 2017 / 528

    CCJ, Port of Spain – The Eugene Dupuch Law School of The Bahamas has won the 9th Annual Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) International Law Moot Competition.The all-female team, Raven Rolle, Megan Curry, Janessa Murray with advisor Ms. Raquel Williams, gained a fifth victory for the law school mere days after worldwide celebration of female achievements on International Women’s Day.This year, eight teams representing law schools and law faculties from throughout...
  • Cuba agrees to extension on trade agreement with CARICOM

    14 March 2017 / 534

    HAVANA, Cuba (CMC) — Cuba is providing the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries with an extension of the agreement on trade and economic cooperation which facilitates access to the Cuban market for hundreds of CARICOM products, according to an official statement issued on Monday.It said that the issue was discussed at the fifth CARICOM-Cuba Ministerial meeting that was held last Saturday.According to the statement, the agreement also provides for trade between the parties.Last...
  • Americas endorse historic disaster action plan

    10 March 2017 / 532

    MONTREAL, Canada, Mar 10, CMC –  The fifth Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas (RP17) has ended here with at least 50 countries, including those in the Caribbean, endorsing  a regional action plan (RAP)  for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015 – 2030 in the Americas.The plan which has four major priority areas focuses on (a) Understanding Disaster Risks, (b) Strengthening Disaster Risks...
  • “Indigenous solutions needed for disaster risk management” – CDEMA head

    10 March 2017 / 584

    MONTREAL, Mar. 9, CMC – Head of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) says the region needs to marry its indigenous solutions to disaster risk management with modern technology.Ronald Jackson was a panelist in a forum discussing the linkages between disaster risk reduction, climate change and sustainable development, at the 5th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas about to wrap up here.In an exclusive interview with the Caribbean...
  • ‘Strengthening the Regional HIV Response’ is the focus of Fifth Meeting of National AIDS Programme (NAP) Managers and Key Partners’

    08 March 2017 / 670

     NAP Managers to assess progress of achieving 90-90-90 targets and identify gaps and challenges Monday, March 6, 2017 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan-Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host over 70 NAP managers, selected chief medical officers and permanent secretaries, as well as representatives of civil society organizations, and partners from across the Region for the Fifth Meeting...
  • PM: Full proclamation of e-legislation soon

    06 March 2017 / 638

    Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Monday delivered the feature address at the Regional Standardization Forum for Bridging the Standardization Gap (BSG) at the Office of the Parliament, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain. The forum, hosted by the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT), the first to be held in Latin America and the Caribbean, facilitated the discussion of various standardization topics under discussion at ITU-T and highlighted activities...
  • New trial to target preventable deaths in the Caribbean

    06 March 2017 / 414

    A study just launched will investigate ways to reduce non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and high blood pressure, which cause more than 60 per cent of deaths in the Caribbean. Researchers from King’s College London, the University of Guyana (UG), Ross University Dominica and the University of the West Indies hope a new approach - training members of religious congregations who are embedded in local communities - will increase the reach of health services and reduce deaths....
  • February, 2017


    CARICOM Competition Commission hosts sensitisation workshop on competition law for MPs

    27 February 2017 / 742

    The Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM) Competition Commission is working towards implementing and strengthening competition laws and policies in all of its member states.Members of Parliament (MPs) today, participated in a sensitisation exercise which will pave the way for the establishment of the competition culture locally.The sensitisation workshop was facilitated through the Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states (CARIFORUM) and CARICOM.Chairman of the...
  • CIMH launches new climate programme

    24 February 2017 / 646

    The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) on Thursday launched the ‘Weather and Climate Ready Nation’ programme for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, which aims to improve early warning and forecasting systems.The two-year project integrates aspects of the United States programme and will be piloted in Barbados before being implemented in other Eastern Caribbean countries.It is also expected to allow participating countries to improve planning, policy...
  • Single ICT Space requires champions at highest levels of governments – CTU

    23 February 2017 / 678

    Ms Bernadette Lewis, Secretary -General  CTUBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Feb 22, CMC – The Secretary General of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), Bernadette Lewis, says the establishment of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single ICT Space is a complex undertaking, which presents many challenges.But she believes these can be overcome through regional and institutional collaboration and cooperation. “It requires champions at the highest levels of...
  • CDB, IDB sign agreement to strengthen partnership

    22 February 2017 / 626

    Washington, D.C. – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to strengthen their ongoing partnership in addressing the Caribbean’s development priorities.Through the MOU, signed at the IDB’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. on February 21, 2017, both institutions have renewed their commitment to collaborating on programmes and projects that contribute to sustainable economic...
  • CTU says CARICOM Single ICT Space “is a complex undertaking”

    22 February 2017 / 678

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Feb 22, CMC – The Secretary General of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), Bernadette Lewis, says the establishment of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single ICT Space is a complex undertaking, which presents many challenges.But she believes these can be overcome through regional and institutional collaboration and cooperation. “It requires champions at the highest levels of governments and their commitment to collaborate nationally...
  • Further UG, UWI collaboration – students to mix programmes between two institutions

    21 February 2017 / 722

    University of Guyana (UG) students will benefit from a mixed programme through collaboration with the University of the West Indies (UWI).Vice Chancellor of UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles said UWI is already collaborating with UG on programmes in agriculture, fisheries, forestry, medicine and law among others, but there needs to be full mobility where students can mix their programmes at both universities.“We would love to make that into a structural relationship where a bridge is...
  • CARICOM Secretariat salutes Risk Insurance Facility for meeting the region’s needs

    21 February 2017 / 672

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat has congratulated the CCRIF SPC on its Tenth (10th) Anniversary.A segregated portfolio company (SPC), CCRIF SPC was formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF).The company has been lauded as the world’s first regional parametric risk insurance pool, and another CARICOM best practice that can be shared with the world.According to the secretariat, the CCRIF SPC is evidence that small countries, together...
  • Jamaica Signs and Ratifies Amendment to CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) Agreement

    21 February 2017 / 762

    CDF, Bridgetown, Barbados, 21 Feb. 2017:   Senator The Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, signed and ratified on behalf of Jamaica the Amendment to Annex III of the Agreement Relating to the Operation of the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) on the occasion of the Twenty-Eighth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community in Georgetown Guyana (February 16-17, 2017).Mr. Rodinald Soomer, CEO...
  • Regional Heads call for urgent meeting of COTED to address air transport issues

    20 February 2017 / 688

    Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have called for an urgent meeting of the Council for Trade and Development (COTED), to address air transport issues in particular, those that affect the tourism sector.Making this announcement on Friday was CARICOM’s Chairman, President David Granger at a press conference to mark the conclusion of the 28th Inter-sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM. The two-day confabulation was held at the...
  • Barbados Ratifies CONSLE Protocol

    20 February 2017 / 710

    Barbados has ratified the Protocol Amending the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas to incorporate the Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) as an Organ of the Community, and the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) as an Institution of the Community.Prime Minister Freundel Stuart signed the Protocol and deposited the Instrument of Ratification on behalf of the Government of Barbados during the first business session of the 28th Inter-sessional Meeting...
  • CARICOM to employ lobbyist as it tackles corresponding banking issues

    17 February 2017 / 674

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Feb 17, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders have agreed to employ the services of a lobbyist to help the region deal with the issue of de-risking in the banking sector, Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne has said.Correspondent banks, which are mainly large, international banks domiciled in the United States of America, Europe and Canada, provide Caribbean states with vital access to the international financial system, by offering...
  • CARICOM heads approve draft ICT space roadmap

    17 February 2017 / 736

    A roadmap towards creating a single ICT Space for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is being tabled at the 28th Inter-sessional CARICOM summit for the approval of the Conference of Heads of Government.The Conference is meeting in Georgetown, Guyana to deliberate on a number of critical issues including regional security, economic development and international relations.Speaking at the opening ceremony, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque described the Roadmap as...
  • CARICOM heads to be briefed on CSME review

    13 February 2017 / 744

    The CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), crime and security and correspondent banking are among the issues to be discussed at CARICOM’s 28th Intercessional Heads of Government meeting.The two-day meeting will be hosted in Guyana at the CARICOM Secretariat, Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara on February 16 and 17.oday at a press briefing hosted by the Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, t the CARICOM Secretariat, the media was told that that the 15-member Community will be...
  • Jamaican scientists close to creating affordable hepatitis C drug from ganja

    13 February 2017 / 822

    Research scientists, led by Dr Henry Lowe, say they have discovered properties in Cannabidiol (CBD), one of the major bioactive compounds in the cannabis (ganja) plant, that have the potential to provide affordable treatment as nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals for hepatitis C.“We report here for the first time n vitro studies to demonstrate the antiviral activity of CBD against HCV,” Dr Lowe and his research team —Jamaican Wayne McLaughlin and Cameroonian Dr Ngeh Toyang...
  • Guyana’s farmers can contribute to regional food security – President David Granger

    13 February 2017 / 816

    By HE David A Granger MSS The world is likely to face a food crisis by 2050 unless agricultural production increases. The Food and Agricultural Organization estimates that there will be an additional two billion mouths to feed in the world within the next thirty-five years. The growth of the world’s population along with increased urbanization is expected to increase the demand for agricultural produce by some 70 per cent by 2050. The ability of many countries to meet this demand will be...
  • The Regional Response to Childhood Obesity Intensifies

    10 February 2017 / 594

    Childhood obesity continues to be a serious public health concern in the Region.  Statistics show that more than 30% of our Caribbean adolescents are overweight or obese, and risk developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases later in life.  The economic burden of diabetes and hypertension alone is estimated at between 1.4% and 8% of GDP in the Caribbean, thus creating a significant drain on Caribbean economies, and...
  • CARICOM - Regional conference to tackle childhood obesity

    10 February 2017 / 702

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Feb 9, CMC – Representatives of regional health organisations are meeting here this week to map out a plan to prevent childhood obesity through improved food and nutrition security.The two-day high-level meeting is being hosted by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in response to growing concerns among the region’s health officials that 20-30 percent of the Caribbean’s children are overweight or obese.Executive Director of CARPHA, Dr James...
  • Officials embrace creation of Labour Management Information System

    08 February 2017 / 742

    Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 07, 2017 (SKNIS): Labour stakeholders in St. Kitts and Nevis are pleased with the information sharing and knowledge development taking place at a four-day workshop at the Ocean Terrace Inn.The February 6 to 9 workshop is hosted by the Ministry of Labour in collaboration with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat as part of efforts to establish a Labour Management Information System (LMIS) for the region.Officials from a number of public sector...
  • CARICOM stands in solidarity with Haiti – President David Granger

    08 February 2017 / 792

    Port-au-Prince, Haiti – (February 7, 2017) Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), President David Granger welcomes the democratic renewal represented by the Inauguration of the 58th President of the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise. The Guyanese Head of State, who just attended the Opening of the National Assembly for the Constitutional Swearing-In Ceremony of the new Haitian President, in an interview last night, said:“The Caribbean is not only a...
  • New President Takes Charge in Haiti

    08 February 2017 / 748

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Tuesday February 7, 2017 – Haiti officially has a new elected president.Jovenel Moise was installed this morning as the French speaking nation’s 58th president in a brief ceremony that was attended by former President Michel Martelly, as well as Caribbean and international dignitaries.The 48-year-old entrepreneur and political novice took the oath of office at the Haitian Parliament, a year after Martelly left office without a successor and...
  • Message From Dr. Hon. Andrew Wheatley on Data Privacy Day

    06 February 2017 / 638

    By Ministry of Science, Energy & Technology January 28, 2017 http://jis.gov.jm/message-dr-hon-andrew-wheatley-data-privacy-day/ Jamaica joins the rest of the world in observing Data Privacy Day, on Saturday, January 28, under the theme; Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust. We encourage you to visit: www.stopthinkconnect.org.jm for additional ways to be ‘cyber safe’ and also practice the following simple and effective data privacy safeguard...
  • Guyana to present arrest warrant treaty at CARICOM intersessional meeting

    02 February 2017 / 892

    Guyana will be hosting the 28th  Inter-sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM on February 16 and 17. The host country will present the draft CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty for ratification at the meeting.At today’s post Cabinet press briefing, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said, “The adoption of this Treaty will simplify the procedures by which fugitives from justice are returned to participating member states to face criminal prosecution or...
  • Stakeholders want CARICOM Heads of Government to meet on energy

    01 February 2017 / 884

    Participants at a recently concluded high level forum want energy to be placed squarely before theCaribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government to generate speedier action and firmer commitments to the transition to renewables.The general thinking at the Fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF V) held from 23 – 25 January, 2017, in The Bahamas, was that while there is steady progress, the challenges of transitioning to clean energy can be solved if they are placed in a...
  • January, 2017


    Marijuana legalization must include justice reform

    31 January 2017 / 794

    Across our country, we routinely take a pledge that ends in “with liberty and justice for all.” Yet that fundamental promise has been broken in six of the eight states that have legalized recreational marijuana use, as tens of thousands of people remain in state prison for nonviolent marijuana crimes.The majority of America is now cannabis friendly; nearly 60 percent of our nation’s population resides in states with some form of legalized marijuana. 29 states plus...
  • St. Kitts And Nevis Ranks Number One in CARICOM in The 2016 Doing Business Report

    26 January 2017 / 762

    Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 25, 2017 (SKNIS): St. Kitts and Nevis has ranked number one in the CARICOM in the “2016 Doing Business Report”, says Kennedy DeSilva, Deputy Comptroller of Customs in the Office of the Comptroller, appearing on today’s radio-television show “Working for You.” He said that the Customs and Excise Department has worked hard to become a high ranking country and explained that to achieve this the World Bank looks at all the...
  • CXC e-testing begins

    25 January 2017 / 950

    The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) reported success as it officially launched its Electronic Testing Service to the region yesterday.Some 500 candidates from seven countries – Jamaica, Grenada, Dominica, Cayman Islands, Anguilla, St Lucia and Montserrat and St Lucia – tested the online initiative which allowed students to use a computer or an electronic device to sit their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Paper 1 (Multiple Choice) examination in more than 12...
  • We must do more – PM Christie on reducing cost of energy

    24 January 2017 / 897

    Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie wants the Caribbean Region to do much more in its quest reduce the cost of energy.In a wide-ranging address at the opening ceremony of the Fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF) on Monday evening in The Bahamas, the Prime Minister said that the cost of doing business in the Region was too high as a result of the high price of energy. He said that the Region had to have a sense of urgency to confront its challenges....
  • Less talk, more action

    24 January 2017 / 955

    While the dialogue and interaction that engagements such as the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF) provide are necessary, there is need the creation of a health balance between talk and action.This was one of the messages Organisation of American States (OAS) representative, Ms. Kim Osborne took to the Fifth CSEF now underway in Nassau, The Bahamas. The Forum officially opened on Monday evening and began panel discussions Tuesday morning.Delivering remarks at the beginning of the...
  • Agriculture, climate change, renewable energy to benefit as IDB carves out $13B for lending

    24 January 2017 / 1020

    NASSAU, The Bahamas, Jan 23 2017 – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) said it will be lending US$13 billion over the coming year and a significant portion of that amount has been earmarked for agriculture, climate change and renewable energy projects.Speaking here Monday night at the opening of the fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF), Executive Director of the IDB Jerry Butler noted that the issue of energy and the issue of renewable energy have been of constant focus...
  • Barbados gets ready for CARIFESTA

    20 January 2017 / 552

    Official 2017 CARIFESTA Logo (Barbados Today) Barbados is pumping millions into hosting the 13th edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) this summer, just weeks after this year’s Crop Over Festival, with renovations to performing venues on the cards and social media being used as a key tool to drive people here.Minister of Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports Stephen Lashley said a budget of $8 million – $2 million for renovations to performing...
  • Full, frank discussion needed on CSME – PM Stuart

    20 January 2017 / 1063

    Prime Minister Freundel Stuart believes the time has come to have “full and frank discussions” on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).Mr. Stuart, who is the Lead CARICOM Head with Responsibility for CSME, expressed this view recently during a meeting with several CARICOM officials, led by Secretary-General, Irwin LaRocque, at Ilaro Court.The Prime Minister said: “We have to look at what we have achieved; what remains to be achieved; what are the existing enabling...
  • Jamaica to host UN tourism conference

    16 January 2017 / 1032

    The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is celebrating sustainable tourism this year, and Jamaica is to host the major event on the programme – the International Conference on Sustainable Tourism.The Jamaica Observer has been reliably informed that the event will be staged between November 27 and 29 in the city of Montego Bay.The United Nations General Assembly declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, recalling tourism’s...
  • CSME training for Guyana’s secondary school teachers

    16 January 2017 / 1064

    Secondary school teachers in Guyana are set to be more knowledgeable about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). This is due to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat’s hosting of a two-day CSME training workshop from Tuesday, January 17  at the Church View International Hotel in Berbice. Approximately thirty (30) teachers will be attending the workshop which is funded under the European Union’s 10th European Development Fund CSME and Economic Integration...
  • Energy stakeholders meet in The Bahamas for CSEF V

    16 January 2017 / 1084

    Key energy stakeholders will gather in Nassau, The Bahamas, later this month to take account of the Region’s transition to greater sustainable production and use.Representatives of public and private sector entities, senior officials of national, regional and international institutions and industry experts will join Energy Ministers of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States at the fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF). More than 100 participants are expected at CSEF V...
  • U.G.  Vice-Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith Earns Impressive Report Card

    14 January 2017 / 916

    By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine The vision of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Guyana is  simple: he wants to make the institution a dynamic, and nationally relevant world-class university. He also  wants to do so in a hurry.In June 2016 Pro- fessor Griffi th gave up lucrative offers in North America to re- turn to Guyana to serve as the Vice-Chancellor of the local university. He knew that the task would not be easy and upon inspection he was confronted with a system that...
  • CARICOM, Serbia formalise diplomatic relations

    11 January 2017 / 926

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Republic of Serbia on Wednesday formalised diplomatic relations with the first Ambassador accredited to CARICOM from the south eastern European country.CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, accepted the credentials of His Excellency Djerdj Matković at a simple ceremony at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, on 11 January 2017, welcoming him to the “Community’s network of friends.”...
  • Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism successfully implements sanitary controls project

    06 January 2017 / 802

    BELIZE CITY, Belize -- The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), in partnership with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) has successfully completed the project “Capacity Building of regulatory and industry stakeholders in Aquaculture and Fisheries Health and Food Safety to meet the SPS requirements of international trade”. The project, which started in September 2016, was funded under the EU’s 10th EDF Sanitary and Phytosanitary...
  • Caribbean says farewell to Sir Dwight Venner

    05 January 2017 / 802

    CASTRIES, St. Lucia, (CMC) – The Caribbean bade farewell to the longest serving governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Sir Dwight Venner on Wednesday with St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves describing him as “among our best”.Sir Dwight died here on December 22 after efforts to fly him out to the French island of Martinique for medical treatment failed. He was 70.Gonsalves said that the St. Vincent-born Sir Dwight, who was a...
  • Jovenel Moise It Is! Court Confirms Victory of Businessman In Haiti Presidential Election

    04 January 2017 / 900

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Wednesday January 4, 2017 – It’s official! In just over a month, businessman Jovenel Moise is set to be installed as the new President of Haiti, ending weeks of uncertainty following the November 20, 2016 election.An election tribunal stamped its approval on Moise’s election yesterday, as it ruled out allegations of massive fraud at the polls.“There was no massive fraud in the election. There were irregularities, which did not affect the...
  • December, 2016


    Antigua & Barbuda In Strong Position To Accelerate Renewable Energy Deployment

    28 December 2016 / 896

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Dec 28 2016 — Developing Antigua and Barbuda’s abundant renewable energy resources will enable the country to meet a large share of its energy demand sustainably with renewables, according to a report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).Renewables Readiness Assessment: Antigua and Barbuda presents clear and practical steps for the country to maximise its renewable resources, primarily wind and solar, set new targets for...