Regional News Tourism 

“Butch” Steward Receives Inaugural Hospitality Jamaica Award

~The Chairman of the Luxury-Included Resort Company Received First-Ever Pioneer Award at the RJRGleaner Communications Group Hospitality Jamaica Awards~ Chairman and founder of Sandals Resorts International, Gordon “Butch” Stewart, was honored this past weekend at the 2017 RJRGleaner Communications Group Hospitality Jamaica Awards with the inaugural Pioneer Award at the Montego Bay Convention Center. Mr. Stewart was recognized for his hard work, service and dedication to the Caribbean over the years, namely in revolutionizing the all-inclusive concept, creating the most influential brand in the Caribbean and establishing Sandals Resorts as…

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Regional News 

11 Caribbean Countries Employ More Sustainable Food Production Practices

In a commitment to agricultural safety, food security, environmental and human health, eleven Caribbean countries are now  free from significant quantities of hazardous pesticide waste, as well as their contaminated containers and stores. The removal of 319 tonnes of obsolete pesticides stocks and related wastes was confirmed by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) at the 71st Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Agriculture, held at the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Georgetown, Guyana last month. During the meeting…

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CDB Regional News 

CDB, CARICOM committed to Regional development through data revolution

With efforts firmly set on reaching targets laid out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Caribbean Development Bank has pledged its continued support to an area particularly critical to the Region’s growth – statistics. This focus complements the Region’s Action Plan for Statistics (APS), designed to aid in collecting and analysing high-quality, reliable data. It will be one of the methods the Bank uses in the Region. Stakeholders recently reported on progress made in implementing the APS during the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) 42nd Meeting of the Standing Committee of Caribbean…

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Regional News 

CDB Implements Revised Education and Training Policy and Strategy

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), in keeping with its view that investment in education is critical to sustainable development, has updated its Education and Training Policy and Strategy (ETPS). The revised ETPS is designed to improve learner outcomes and to produce a qualified, capable and representative workforce of diverse individuals. Further, it aims to reduce poverty and achieve inclusive social and economic development for the Region. Director of Projects at CDB, Daniel Best, said the revised ETPS takes into consideration the challenges CDB’s borrowing member countries (BMCs) continue to face…

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Environment Regional News 

CDB President: Protect Countries’ Fiscal Stability in Shift to Clean Energy

BONN, Germany – Two years ago, countries in the Caribbean Region committed to ambitious climate goals under the Paris Agreement. With support from institutions like the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), many are making progress to mitigate the impact of climate change by beginning to shift to clean energy. However, international organisations that are promoting this transition must also guard against fiscal instability in small island developing states (SIDS). “In our efforts to help SIDs achieve specific renewable energy and energy efficiency targets, we must be mindful that we do not…

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Business CARICOM Economic Foreign Affairs Regional News Technology 

Russia in the Caribbean – A New Dawn; First ever joint Russian/Eurasian-Caribbean economic, media and academic forum

November perhaps represents a new ‘Dawn’ for the Caribbean, with humble beginnings in the spice isle of Grenada, with one of the most powerful nations in the world – Russia tabling an interesting proposal. So, what was Russia doing in the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada? Ushering a New Dawn of course. This is the intrepid title given to a full day forum with some of the biggest names in academia, media and economic entities. The event saw regional journalist, Russian academia, tech and financial businessmen from Russia, USA and…

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Regional News Sports 

Antigua & Barbuda Sets 14 New OECS Records on Route to 3rd Place Finish at Recent Meet

Fourteen (of a total thirty-two) records that fell over this past weekend at the the 27th annual OECS Swimming Championships in St. Lucia came at the hands of the Antigua and Barbuda swimming contingent. Eight records were set by St. Lucia; five records by St.Vincent, and five set by champion Grenada. The records were broken by seven of the nation’s young swimmers with 18 year-old Noah Mascoll-Gomes and 14-year old Lleyton Martin breaking five of swim records each – most on the team. The 11-14 boys relay team also won…

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Regional News Regional Travel & Tourism 

BREAKING NEWS: LIAT Pilots Strike Again, Flights Disrupted

Moments after announcing an increase in flights to disaster affected islands, LIAT has released a statement advising the travelling public of industrial action by the members of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA). This action, the airline says, has stemmed from the union’s disagreement with a company decision. “The Management of LIAT, this morning, met with LIALPA in an effort to quickly resolve this issue with the pilots and restore services to the travelling public. However our flight services still remain disrupted,” the airline said in a statement on…

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Regional News Regional Travel & Tourism 

LIAT Increases Flights Into Affected Territories

LIAT, the Caribbean Airline, will next week increase its scheduled commercial flights into the territories affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The airline has been working to restore capacity to the affected territories as they continue their rebuilding efforts. The airline will increase its flights into Dominica, St. Maarten, and Tortola. This will provide greater connectivity for passengers within and outside the LIAT network. Interim Chief Commercial Officer, Audra Walker noted that demand is improving and the airline has been working closely with the relevant authorities to rebuild capacity to…

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Education Regional News 

Renaming of The UWI St Augustine Campus’ Milner Hall

(The UWI Regional Headquarters Jamaica) On October 30, 2017, The Finance and General Purposes Committee (F&GPC) of The University of the West Indies (The UWI)—a body comprising all stakeholders, from governments to graduates—accepted a unanimous recommendation from the University’s Senior Executive Management, that its Milner Hall of Residence at the St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago, after 90 years of existence, should receive a name change, in accordance with the recommendations of the report by Pro Vice-Chancellor, Alan Cobley on this matter. While recognising that the gravity of the matter…

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