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US brands Eastern Caribbean countries 'a transit point for drug traffickers'

March 25, 2017
US brands Eastern Caribbean countries 'a transit point for drug traffickers' BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The US State Department has labeled the Eastern Caribbean as a “transit point for drug traffickers going to the United States and Europe”. According to the State Department’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) released in March, the Eastern Caribbean...

Caribbean Basin Security Initiative representatives meet in Key West

March 25, 2017
Caribbean Basin Security Initiative representatives meet in Key West KEY WEST, USA -- When it comes to combating transnational criminal organizations in the Caribbean and securing America’s borders, the cooperation with partner nations in the region continues to thrive. This relationship was tangible as representatives from Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad...

'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean

March 21, 2017
'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean NEW YORK, USA -- The fifth annual World Happiness Report, written by a group of independent experts under the aegis of the United Nations, was published on Monday, but the concept immortalised in song of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, often erroneously attributed to Bob Marley, seems to have...

USAID clean energy program to help regional hospitality sector

March 20, 2017
USAID clean energy program to help regional hospitality sector 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.

Sir Derek Walcott, one of the great poets of all time, planted the Caribbean in our collective imagination

March 20, 2017
Sir Derek Walcott, one of the great poets of all time, planted the Caribbean in our collective imagination Derek Walcott, winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature, the titan who planted Caribbean poetry deep into our global literary consciousness, died at his Saint Lucia home on March 17. Walcott was 87. The Bocas Lit Fest, the largest literary festival in the Anglophone Caribbean, tried to capture...

Opponents of press freedom use fake news as a censorship tool

March 18, 2017
Opponents of press freedom use fake news as a censorship tool PARIS, France (RSF) -- Opponents of press freedom have seized on the notion of “fake news” to muzzle the media on the pretext of fighting false information. Nonetheless, many of them have taken recent statements by President Donald Trump as a means of justifying their repressive policies.

Seven reasons why gaming is great for your relationship

March 18, 2017
Seven reasons why gaming is great for your relationship Gaming was often associated with social misfits – pariahs – who were incapable of interacting with their peers in a ‘normal’ way. However, that stereotype has been dispelled some time ago. The widespread growth in gaming since the 1990s has shifted expectations and paradigms by...

Trump budget would eviscerate already limited US Coast Guard presence in the Caribbean

March 16, 2017
Trump budget would eviscerate already limited US Coast Guard presence in the Caribbean WASHINGTON, USA -- US President Donald Trump's budget proposal reportedly includes a $1.3 billion cut to the US Coast Guard, which would significantly reduce the already minimal national security presence in the Caribbean. The administration's 2018 financial year budget proposal plans...

Feature: Exclusive interview with Trinidad and Tobago minister of sport and youth affairs

March 11, 2017
Feature: Exclusive interview with Trinidad and Tobago minister of sport and youth affairs PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The objective of sport is to deliver and receive. To create harmony, discipline, global unification and share culture. Sports and trade create a global integration. Reflecting breezily and happily on his ministerial tenure, from speaking with him my firm belief is...

Caribbean bracing for increase in criminal deportees

March 10, 2017
Caribbean bracing for increase in criminal deportees BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- An expected increase in the number of Caribbean nationals that will be deported from the US for serious crimes in the coming months is being considered by many Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries as a threat to their national security.

Trinidad and Tobago: The Mecca of all Caribbean carnivals

March 8, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago: The Mecca of all Caribbean carnivals PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In the sun drenched West Indies lies the twin island republic called Trinidad and Tobago with its captivating landscapes, home of the best Carnival in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago is celebrated before the commencement...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Gender Equality

March 8, 2017
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Gender Equality Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: IWD 2017 -- Gender Equality -- Raising Boys and Girls to Be Feminists.

Relationships: I usually say fairy tales don't exist but I was wrong

March 3, 2017
Relationships: I usually say fairy tales don't exist but I was wrong I don’t mind when people tell me that my relationship ideals are a fairytale. If it is a fairytale to be loved, to be respected, to have passion, a moving and active love -- if that is fairytale, then yes. If mutual respect, love, lust and friendship is a fairytale, then of course! I want to be in love with you...

CDB, IDB sign agreement to strengthen partnership

February 23, 2017
CDB, IDB sign agreement to strengthen partnership WASHINGTON, USA -- 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...

Preventing domestic violence in the Caribbean

February 21, 2017
Preventing domestic violence in the Caribbean HUDDERSFIELD, England -- The EU-funded None in Three project announces the publication of its new research report: Twenty-One Lessons: Preventing Domestic Violence in the Caribbean. Published by the University of Huddersfield Press in the UK, the report has been widely distributed across the region.

How Caribbean residents can play for the $403 million Powerball jackpot on Wednesday!

February 21, 2017
How Caribbean residents can play for the $403 million Powerball jackpot on Wednesday! The US Powerball jackpot is grabbing attention once again as it rolls over and climbs to $403 million. The jackpot has been growing since a single ticket holder in Delaware won the $121 million jackpot on 17 December 2016. Now that the Powerball jackpot has passed $403 million, there are two...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Religion

February 11, 2017
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Religion Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: Religion - That Good Old Fashioned West Indian Up-Bringing...

How Caribbean residents can play for the $285 million Powerball jackpot this Saturday!

February 10, 2017
How Caribbean residents can play for the $285 million Powerball jackpot this Saturday! The US Powerball jackpot is grabbing attention once again as it rolls over and climbs to $285 million. The jackpot has been growing since a single ticket holder in Delaware won the $121 million jackpot on 17 December 2016. Excitement is growing internationally and lottery fans everywhere want...

US will continue to support regional energy programme

February 1, 2017
US will continue to support regional energy programme MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Mission director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Jamaica, Maura Barry, says the United States government will continue to give full support to Jamaica and other Caribbean countries to become energy independent.

Caribbean region better prepared to deal with crisis situations

February 1, 2017
Caribbean region better prepared to deal with crisis situations PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean region’s ability to respond to crisis situations and its early warning capacity have been greatly strengthened, thanks to the Global Crisis Response Support Programme (GCRSP). The two-year programme received 2.6 million euros from the European Union.

Relationships: When did relationships become electronic?

February 1, 2017
Relationships: When did relationships become electronic? Email, Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, blogs (of course), and many, many others – are all part of the new and wonderful ways we can now connect with one another electronically, each with its own culture and unique set of rules. In one sense, the planet has never been more interconnected.

Regional specialist appointed to IAEM Latin America and Caribbean Leadership Council

January 31, 2017
Regional specialist appointed to IAEM Latin America and Caribbean Leadership Council ST CROIX, USVI -- National security and international relations specialist Dr Mutryce A. Williams, a native of St Kitts and Nevis, who resides on St Croix, USVI, has been appointed to the International Association of Emergency Managers - Latin America and Caribbean Leadership Council.

Advancing a clean energy agenda in the Caribbean

January 30, 2017
Advancing a clean energy agenda in the Caribbean NASSAU, Bahamas -- Caribbean countries have made notable progress in making the shift to sustainable energy but more must be done to promote and unlock financing for a clean energy shift in the region. Representatives from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) made this point...

UK supports Commonwealth Caribbean in developing resilient marine economies

January 30, 2017
UK supports Commonwealth Caribbean in developing resilient marine economies KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Leading marine experts from the Caribbean and the UK joined up last week at a three-day workshop aiming to support the sustainable growth of marine economies in the region.  In the Caribbean region, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana...

Caribbean talent at the 2017 North American International Auto Show - Part 2

January 23, 2017
Caribbean talent at the 2017 North American International Auto Show - Part 2 DETROIT, USA – The talent of Dominica-born Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis, is comparable to that of Ralph Gilles, FCA – Head of Global Design. Former colleagues at Chrysler, they remain closely knitted in the automotive industry and the Caribbean Diaspora.

Caribbean talent at the 2017 North American International Auto Show

January 18, 2017
Caribbean talent at the 2017 North American International Auto Show DETROIT, Michigan USA – Lights camera, action, while belles of the ball mingled with the metallic chariots the automobile industry had to offer at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Some 12,881 patrons attended the charity preview to raise $5 million for children’s...

Top fisheries data expert from Iceland shares expertise with CRFM countries

January 14, 2017
Top fisheries data expert from Iceland shares expertise with CRFM countries BELIZE CITY, Belize (CRFM) -- Through the long-standing partnership between the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the United Nations University Fisheries Technical Programme (UNU-FTP) in Iceland, the university has deployed one of Iceland’s top fisheries data...

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