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  • Photo of Second Distinguished Owen Arthur Memorial Lecture by CARICOM Secretary-General

    Second Distinguished Owen Arthur Memorial Lecture by CARICOM Secretary-General

    CARICOM Secretary-General, Dr. Carla Barnett on Monday 5 September delivered the Second Distinguished Owen Arthur Memorial Lecture in Bridgetown, Barbados. The lecture was delivered under the theme ‘The Future of CARICOM; Charting a Vision for the Region’s Economic Advancement’. It was organised by the the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, Shridath Ramphal Centre, and the Caribbean Development…

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  • Photo of How countries are using edtech (including online learning, radio, television, texting) to support access to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic
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    How countries are using edtech (including online learning, radio, television, texting) to support access to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic

    The World Bank is actively working with ministries of education in dozens of countries in support of their efforts to utilize educational technologies of all sorts to provide remote learning opportunities for students while schools are closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and is in active dialogue with dozens more. In support of this work, the World Bank…

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  • Photo of Tracking COVID-19 Pandemic in CARICOM
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    Tracking COVID-19 Pandemic in CARICOM

    The outbreak of the COVId-19 disease was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, with the earliest known case with symptoms being revealed on 1 December 2019.  It was later declared as a Public Health Emergency by the World Health Organization on 30 January 2020, and, subsequently,  as a pandemic on 11 March 2020.  As of 24 April 2020, close to three…

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  • Photo of THINGS TO KNOW AND DO WHEN DEALING WITH A PERSON WITH DISABILITY WHO HAS CONTRACTED THE CORONAVIRUS
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    THINGS TO KNOW AND DO WHEN DEALING WITH A PERSON WITH DISABILITY WHO HAS CONTRACTED THE CORONAVIRUS

    Persons with disabilities are regarded as one of the most vulnerable groups in any society. Their vulnerability is due to stigma and discrimination and ensuing social barriers which have restricted their inclusion and participation in governance, cultural and social issues and denied or limit access to services and programmes on an equal basis with other members of society in which…

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  • Photo of N95 Masks Explained
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    N95 Masks Explained

    During the coronavirus pandemic, masks, once relegated to specific professions, quickly became commonplace. Not all masks are the same. Filtering facepiece respirators, commonly referred to as N95 masks, are regulated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Sample N95 Mask with optional valve N: This is a Respirator Rating Letter Class. It stands for “Non-Oil” meaning that if…

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  • Facilitating Intra-Regional Agri-Food Trade

    This Brief: Informs of the recent study on Non-Tariff Measures (NTM) and Non-Tariff Barriers (nTB), and their impacts on intra-regional agri-food trade. Clarifies, in a concise manner, the context of this long-standing issue and the difference between nTMs and nTBs. Calls for consensus on the need for, and  type of concerted actions to be taken to ‘systematically dismantle’ as opposed…

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  • MARIJUANA -Whither the Caribbean Community

    To decriminalise, or not to discriminalise, or other. That’s the task of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government who have placed the marijuana issue high on the agenda of its Thirty-Ninth Regular Meeting in Jamaica, on 4-6 July 2017, and will consider the Report of the Regional Marijuana Commission (RMC). The people of the Community look forward to a decision,…

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  • ‘Building back better’: a resilient Caribbean after the 2017 hurricanes

    Building back better’ after a disaster intuitively makes sense, but it is challenging and requires a deep understanding of the causes of disaster, recovery processes and future climate and other risks. Critically, it requires high levels of commitment from policymakers and technical staff in national governments, from the international aid agencies and donors supporting recovery, and from communities already engaged in recovery.…

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  • Cannabidiol is ‘not likely to be abused,’ WHO says

    (CNN)Two separate substances, two separate approaches: The World Health Organization endorsed a gentle view of cannabidiol this week while issuing its sternest warning yet against synthetic opioid carfentanil. Cannabidiol, a naturally occurring chemical found in marijuana plants, is “not likely to be abused or create dependence,” an initial review by the WHO's Expert Committee on Drug Dependence found. The organization decided that international prohibitions…

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  • CRFM, JICA concluding innovative Caribbean Fisheries Co-management project

    BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 (CRFM)—An innovative fisheries project, which the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has been coordinating since 2013 with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) across six OECS Member States, is nearing its end. The Caribbean Fisheries Co-Management Project (CARIFICO) was developed in 2012. Between 2009 and 2012, CRFM and JICA worked on developing a master plan for the…

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