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Two tropical systems threaten the Caribbean

August 7, 2017
Two tropical systems threaten the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami are monitoring two tropical weather systems that are currently threatening the Caribbean. Showers and thunderstorms are showing some signs of organization in association with a strong tropical wave located over the...

CDB approves US$6.2 million for electricity systems upgrade in Anguilla

August 4, 2017
CDB approves US$6.2 million for electricity systems upgrade in Anguilla BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a loan of US$6.2 million to the Anguilla Electricity Company Limited (ANGLEC) to meet the growing electricity demand in Anguilla. The Seventh Power Project aims to improve the capacity...

Commentary: Does anyone really care?

July 26, 2017
Commentary: Does anyone really care? The year was 1980 when Lech Walesa, a laid off electrician with a handlebar moustache and disheveled hair, faced down the mightiest guns of the Moscow controlled government, in Gdansk, Poland. Thirty-six-year old Lech Walesa was the voice and aspirations of Poland’s workers.

Commentary: Why not Westminster representation for all British Territories?

July 25, 2017
Commentary: Why not Westminster representation for all British Territories? An influential Tory MP has said that increased devolution powers to the Home countries have made lack of Westminster representation for the Crown Dependencies and the British Overseas Territories a great unfairness. It was time, he said, to end the outdated system of treating them like colonies.

Anguilla named best Caribbean island in Travel+Leisure World's Best Awards 2017

July 14, 2017
Anguilla named best Caribbean island in Travel+Leisure World's Best Awards 2017 THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- Anguilla has won top honours as “Best Island in the Caribbean, Bermuda and Bahamas”, in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2017. Travel + Leisure is the largest travel magazine brand in the United States, and the winners of the prestigious award are determined by their...

Port development, funding among major Brexit-related issues raised by British territories

July 13, 2017
Port development, funding among major Brexit-related issues raised by British territories LONDON, England (WINN) -- How will Britain leaving the European Union impact on the UK’s Overseas Territories and what kind of benefits can these territories, including those in the Caribbean, gain from Brexit? Those were among the questions asked by a European Union Committee that held an...

Commentary: Democracy without a free press

July 5, 2017
Commentary: Democracy without a free press “The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate to prefer the latter.” ~ Thomas Jefferson.

IMF concludes 2017 discussion on common policies of ECCU member countries

June 16, 2017
IMF concludes 2017 discussion on common policies of ECCU member countries WASHINGTON, USA -- On June 2, 2017, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the 2017 discussion on the common policies of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) in the context of the Article IV consultations with member countries. Favorable external...

Commentary: Et tu, chief minister?

June 3, 2017
Commentary: Et tu, chief minister? In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Act III Scene 1, we see several Roman senators plotting Caesar’s assassination, out of fear that he has grown too powerful and was fast becoming a king. So they lured him into a false sense of security and when he least expected it, like buzzards on a dead carcass...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: What is Belmond's secret or magic formula?

May 29, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: What is Belmond's secret or magic formula? Even for those who have spent years in the tourism industry, the name Belmond may not at first mean anything at all. In July 2014 its name was changed from Orient Express Hotels Ltd, which was originally founded in 1976 after buying the Hotel Cipriani in Venice, to Belmond Ltd, which now has its headquarters...

Commentary: It is said that those who know right and do wrong...

May 13, 2017
Commentary: It is said that those who know right and do wrong... The Bible tells us that those who know right and still do wrong will be whipped with many prongs. And yet despite that admonition, we lower the longboats and we forge ahead to a shore of uncertainty. We consistently find ourselves backpedalling on our heels in opposition to something...

Commentary: A bridge to nowhere

May 2, 2017
Commentary: A bridge to nowhere When one sees his country being put on the auction block, one has to step back and ask the question: What’s going on here, how did we get to this point? If you have heard these questions before, stop me, for I know I have asked them many times in the past and for the most part, have fallen on deaf ears.

Country needs assessment missions held in nine OECS member states

April 29, 2017
Country needs assessment missions held in nine OECS member states CASTRIES, St Lucia -- In preparation for the implementation of country poverty assessments (CPAs) in member states, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission conducted nine country needs assessment (CNA) missions to determine eligible areas for targeted support.

PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030

April 20, 2017
PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host a meeting of youth leaders from 19 Caribbean countries on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The focus of the forum will be a discussion on the role of youth in the national and...

ECCU banking leaders tackle amendments to Banking Act 2015

April 13, 2017
ECCU banking leaders tackle amendments to Banking Act 2015 BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Legislators and bankers from across the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) met in St Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday to discuss proposed amendments to the Banking Act 2015. The Act addresses the need for effective risk-focused supervision of...

BVI business consultants may soon bid on EU projects

April 11, 2017
BVI business consultants may soon bid on EU projects ROAD TOWN, BVI -- British Virgin Islands business consultants will soon have the opportunity to bid on regional and international projects under the European Union (EU) portfolio. Consultants in the BVI, and other Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) who are inducted into the Chapter of...

Commentary: The path of least resistance

April 6, 2017
Commentary: The path of least resistance “Broken Chords”, Lennox Vanterpool’s expose of Anguilla’s comprehensive education is in a sense a metaphor, not just for Anguilla’s education system, but for Anguilla as well. And while Vanterpool’s book looks at the comprehensive model through the prism of a broken chord, he contends...

Anguilla's Festival Del Mar, the Caribbean's best seafood festival

March 29, 2017
Anguilla's Festival Del Mar, the Caribbean's best seafood festival THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- One of the premier culinary festivals in the Caribbean, the tenth annual Festival Del Mar in Anguilla, is a must for any foodie – especially those with a penchant for seafood. Local lobster features prominently, as do crab, crayfish, octopus (sea cat), fried fish, and grilled fish.

Commentary: ECCB's asset management company: Anguilla's death knell

March 27, 2017
Commentary: ECCB's asset management company: Anguilla's death knell April 22, 2016, is a day that will live in infamy, for that was the day that our erstwhile Chief Minister Mr Victor Banks with the stroke of a pen, destroyed two local banks along with their offshore subsidiaries. And not only did that unlawful act destroy our two local banks and their offshoots...

OECS laboratories receive new agricultural health and food safety equipment

March 25, 2017
OECS laboratories receive new agricultural health and food safety equipment CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Laboratories in Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states are now better equipped to diagnose issues related to human, animal and plant health, and food safety, thus increasing their levels of efficacy and efficiency. On Wednesday March 15, 2017...

Anguilla and Airbnb sign tourism agreement

March 23, 2017
Anguilla and Airbnb sign tourism agreement THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- The government of Anguilla and Airbnb have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that seeks to promote the island as a premier Caribbean destination, not only for its world class beaches, crystalline waters, top class resorts and restaurants, but also...

OECS discusses ocean governance and policy

March 7, 2017
OECS discusses ocean governance and policy CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Representatives from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines, participated in the sixth meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)...

ECCU at critical economic juncture, says ECCB governor

March 3, 2017
ECCU at critical economic juncture, says ECCB governor BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- According to Timothy Antoine, governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) is at a critical juncture coming on the heels of the economic difficulties of the recent past and a future pregnant with uncertainty...

OECS member states develop curriculum framework for tourism institute

March 2, 2017
OECS member states develop curriculum framework for tourism institute ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- Representatives from all member states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) participating in the OECS Network of Excellence for Tourism and Hospitality Training and Education (NETHTE) project assembled in Antigua and Barbuda from from February 22 - 23.

Record breaking number of tourist arrivals to Anguilla in 2016

February 25, 2017
Record breaking number of tourist arrivals to Anguilla in 2016 THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- Tourist (stayover) arrivals to Anguilla set a new record in 2016. The island welcomed 79,239 tourist arrivals in 2016, an increase of 8.2% over 2015, breaking the previous record of 77,652 arrivals set in 2007. Anguilla’s 8.2% increase in arrivals was the sixth highest...

Commentary: Foreigners, fakers and fools in Anguilla

February 15, 2017
Commentary: Foreigners, fakers and fools in Anguilla Almost everyone would agree that education is one of the pillars of a democracy, and without it, we find ourselves at the mercy of the uneducated. In Anguilla we’re either AUF or AUM. And thanks to Miss Lolita Davis, I wish to add a brand new label, that of foreigners, fakers and fools. Now these...

Iconic Caribbean music festival returns to Anguilla next month

February 11, 2017
Iconic Caribbean music festival returns to Anguilla next month THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- The 27th annual Moonsplash Festival, known for being one of the most iconic reggae festivals in the region, will take place from March 9-12, 2017, on Rendezvous Bay Beach in Anguilla. Founded and still run by Anguilla's own Bankie Banx, a musical legend whose style...

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