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TRAVEL: Caribbean tourism recovery punctured by new coronavirus spike

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Just as tourism was beginning to show signs of recovery, the Caribbean has been hit by a new wave of coronavirus infections that is causing lockdowns and flight cancellations and overwhelming hospitals.

Countries including Jamaica, Martinique, The Bahamas, Barbados, St. Lucia, and Dominica have seen a rise in cases fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant and a relaxation of earlier restrictions. Misinformation spread on social media has also contributed to a low vaccine uptake.        Continue reading

Advancing Canadian innovation and sustainable solutions in the Caribbean – Virtual Event – August 23-24. 2021

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CANADA-CARIBBEAN VIRTUAL TRADE EVENT

Spurring a Green Economic Recovery

Canada • Barbados • Guyana • Jamaica • Trinidad and Tobago

Advancing Canadian innovation and sustainable solutions in the Caribbean

Virtual events – August 23-24, 2021

Join the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade for a virtual trade event that will explore sustainable business opportunities in clean technology and green infrastructure in the Caribbean.

This event is targeted towards Canadian small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the clean technology and green infrastructure sectors, and will focus on four Caribbean markets: Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago.  Companies outside of these sectors, but interested in exploring these markets, are encouraged to join.        Continue reading

TRAVEL: Home porting, the cruise lines, and the Caribbean – By David Jessop 

Will the decision by several US cruise lines to home port in the Caribbean this summer become a permanent fixture, or is it just a temporary work around?

The widespread suspicion that it is the latter, was succinctly voiced in one recent online posting on Tribune242’s website in The Bahamas: ‘These cruise people aren’t coming here because we’re such an attractive destination to home port in. They’re coming here because they think we’re a bunch of dummies who will do anything they say, and they don’t have to put up with ironclad safety travel restrictions’.      Continue reading

US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo Urges Caribbean To Be Wary Of Chinese Investments

— As Washington Seeks Closer Relations

US State Secretary Urges Caribbean To Be Wary Of Chinese Investments As Washington Seeks Closer RelationsPHOTO: United States Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, addressing a policy discussion session on US-Caribbean relations on Wednesday (January 22) at The Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston, Jamaica. The meeting formed part of Pompeo’s two-day working visit to the island. Photo credit: Dave Reid And Adrian Walker/JIS.

KINGSTON, Jamaica, January 24, 2020 (CMC) – The United States, on Wednesday, urged Caribbean countries to be wary of accepting “easy money from countries, like China”, as Washington sought to improve its decades-old relationship with the region.

US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, addressing a policy discussion on “US Caribbean Relations”, acknowledged that the North American giant had been absent from the Caribbean for a long period.      Continue reading

EGovernment, A Step Towards A More Citizen-Centred Caribbean | By David Jessop

By David Jessop :Sunday | January 19, 2020 | Jamaica Gleaner

SLOW, BUREAUCRATIC AND UNPREDICTABLE SERVICE

Politicians love to promise a better and brighter future. They tend to say little about the day to day experience their citizens have of the services they provide.

In the Caribbean as in other parts of the world what most individuals want from government is the rapid and efficient delivery of everyday resources, if policies and regulations are to mean anything at all.

This applies equally to social services, whether in relation to schools, hospitals or pensions, the supply of utilities, or to matters as normal as renewing a driver’s licence or registering a birth or death. Citizens everywhere want such basic transactions to be straightforward, quick and predictable. They hope their fellow citizens who work for them in the public sector have the ability and tools to deliver what has been promised in modern and efficient way.            Continue reading

Barbados To Begin Issuing Licenses For Marijuana Cultivation Next Month

But Weir has hinted at the possibility of Barbadians having to be prepared to make “heavy investments in order to get going” into the new industry, under which the government will allow the cultivation of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Weir told the online publication, Barbados TODAY, while he is “happy to report that the authority is established, and they are ready to work”, he is hoping that the first of the licences would be ready to be issued, before February, but no later than the end of that month.  Continue reading

Queens Book Fair: Immigrant Stories That Inspire – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

  – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

It is important for immigrants to tell their stories. These stories nourish and provide inspiration to the community. They act as signals that guide and remind us about the old values that are sometimes forgotten in the one-line responses on social media. But more important, the stories become lessons for the young that must navigate their way in an environment that is far removed from that of their parents.

The young constantly hear of what life was like in Guyana, Trinidad, Suriname, Jamaica, and other places. They hear of the struggles of their parents and of their will to succeed. But these stories are not only confined to the Caribbean, and other faraway places. They are to be found in New York as well.

READ MORE: Queens Book Fair- Immigrant Stories That Inspire

Ghana’s president promotes “Year of Return” to five Caribbean nations

Photo: President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

By Ray Chickrie – Caribbean News Now contributor – June 12, 2019

GEORGETOWN, Guyana —  President Akufo-Addo has embarked on a working visit to five Caribbean nations as part of efforts promoting the “Year of Return.” 

Having proclaimed 2019, as the “Year of Return” to Ghana, the 400th anniversary of the commencement of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, when the first 20 West African slaves landed in Jamestown, in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the commemoration, according to President Akufo-Addo, “is a statement of our determination that never again should the African peoples permit themselves to be subjected to such dehumanizing conditions, sold into slavery and have their freedoms curtailed in order to build up forcibly countries other than their own and create wealth for the peoples of unknown lands to which they were sent, wealth from whose enjoyment they were largely excluded.”        Continue reading

I am glad my ancestors made the decision to leave India – By Mike Persaud

By Mike Persaud – Letter in Stabroek News – 06 May 2019

May 5th marked the 181st anniversary of Indian Arrival Day (IAD) in Guyana. There had been some debate about whether to call this event a “celebration”. In Guyana it is called simply, “Indian Arrival Day”. Celebration or Observance – it makes little difference.

Reflecting on these last 181 years in Guyana (as well as in Fiji, Mauritius, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad, Jamaica and elsewhere), and on the development and progress of Indians – socially, economically, culturally, levels of freedom enjoyed – I would say it was a good decision our ancestors made when they signed up to go to the sugar colonies.

I have visited some of the villages in the Indentured Belt (Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal), saw economic and social conditions there, and formed my considered opinion that we, the descendants of those indentured are better off today than had our ancestors never left. (I suspect this statement will stir debate and argument – that would be a good thing to stimulate thought).          Continue reading

Trump to meet with Caribbean leaders at Mar-a-Lago in Florida

Trump to meet with Caribbean leaders at Mar-a-Lago

www.msn.com/en-xl/latinamerica/-  19 March 2019

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President Donald Trump is slated to meet with the leaders of several Caribbean countries later this week at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, the White House announced.

Trump will gather with the leaders of the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Saint Lucia on Friday March 22, 2019 to reaffirm the White House’s “strong friendship with and commitment to these countries, and signal the importance of the Caribbean to the hemisphere,” the White House said in a statement.  Continue reading