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Saturday, August 7, 2010

NEW YORK, USA -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is getting set to once again welcome hundreds of influencers in New York's Caribbean-American community to his official residence on August 12 to kick-off celebrations for the 43rd West Indian American Day Carnival Association Labor Day Parade. read more...



Saturday, August 7, 2010

PARIS, France (AFP) -- UN climate talks tasked with curbing the threat of global warming are backsliding, delegates from both rich and developing nations said on Friday at the close of a week-long session in Bonn. Even as evidence mounts that deadly impacts are upon us, negotiators said. read more...



Friday, June 25, 2010

AGADIR, Morocco (AFP) -- Whalewatching revenue topped two billion dollars in 2009 and is set to grow 10 percent a year, according to a new study. The findings boost arguments that the marine mammals are worth more alive than dead, the researchers said. They also coincide with a decision by the 88-nation... read more...



Tuesday, June 15, 2010

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada -- The Caribbean is not making adequate use of international spaces where it can lobby for more significant representation of the region’s assets, such as its culture. The observation came from UNESCO Culture Consultant, Dr Kris Rampersad, who also warned against the... read more...



Friday, June 11, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barabdos (AFP) -- Caribbean officials voiced worry Thursday at the prospect of the mammoth Gulf of Mexico oil spill reaching their islands' famously pristine beaches, in a meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Noting the "very sobering" analysis from Bahamian Foreign Minister... read more...



Wednesday, June 9, 2010

LONDON, England -- The Secretaries-General of the Commonwealth and La Francophonie will visit Canada on 9 June 2010 to meet Prime Minister Stephen Harper at his invitation. The high level meeting will discuss ways of ensuring that the concerns of those countries that are not attending the forthcoming... read more...



Monday, June 7, 2010

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) -- Weather-related catastrophes brought about by climate change are increasing, the top UN humanitarian official said on Sunday as he warned of the possibility of "mega-disasters". John Holmes, the UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, said one of the biggest... read more...



Wednesday, May 5, 2010

PARIS, France (AFP) -- Historians and anti-racism campaigners are to urge the countries that oversaw and profited from the Atlantic slave trade to recognise it as a crime against humanity, opening the way for reparations. Activists are to send a letter to the leaders of Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. read more...



Wednesday, May 5, 2010

PARIS, France (AFP) -- A 114-year-old French woman who this week became the world's oldest person lives on a Caribbean island and still enjoys a glass of champagne every now and then, especially on her birthday. Eugenie Blanchard, who lives on the French island of Saint Barths, was born on February 16, 1896. read more...



Friday, April 30, 2010

A nudge. That was all it took. In 1931 electricity services arrived on a tiny Caribbean island serving a grand total of 32 customers on the then British colony. 79 years later, In 2010, Welectricity, a free online service helping consumers track and reduce household electricity consumption, left that same island. read more...



Thursday, April 29, 2010

LONDON, England -- New figures published this week by The Royal Commonwealth Society suggest that over 1 million Commonwealth citizens living in the UK, including at least 70,000 Caribbean nationals, could vote in next week’s General Election. Potentially representing more than 2 per cent of the electorate... read more...



Monday, April 19, 2010

MIAMI, USA (JIS) -- A one-day exhibition of Caribbean products and services, dubbed 'Expressions of the Caribbean', will be held on April 30 in South Florida. The event, slated for the Signature Grand in Davie, will bring together more than 30 Caribbean-owned businesses involved in food production, services, retail... read more...



Saturday, April 17, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (Reuters) -- Caribbean leaders told US Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Friday that Mexico's US-backed crackdown on drugs was pushing cartels to step up smuggling through their island nations. Gates, attending a regional security conference in Barbados, acknowledged their concerns. read more...



Friday, April 16, 2010

WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday pledged US aid to end Caribbean and Central American dependency on foreign oil, as she slammed "powerful political interests" against such measures. She also said it was "shameful" that the region had some of the highest electricity... read more...



Thursday, April 15, 2010

CURACAO, Netherlands Antilles -- Decisive action by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) at its 60th Session has resulted in the adoption of a resolution prohibiting the discharge of all garbage by ships in the Wider Caribbean Region as of 1 May 2011. read more...



Tuesday, April 13, 2010

BONN/LONDON (Reuters) -- Delegates from 175-nations agreed on two extra sessions of UN climate control talks this year at the end of a tortuous meeting in Bonn that presaged big battles ahead over the non-binding Copenhagen Accord. The Copenhagen Accord seeks to limit a rise in average world temperatures. read more...



Saturday, March 20, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS)-- A panel of experts will examine the subject and make recommendations to delegates attending the 11th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism, otherwise known as the Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC-11). "The panel of highly qualified and experienced presenters... read more...



Saturday, March 20, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- For the Caribbean’s audio visual industry to thrive and connect with the widest audience, the region’s broadcasters and independent producers cannot be enemies and must see themselves as partners, says media strategist Nerissa Golden. Golden was one of more than 30... read more...



Friday, March 19, 2010

NEW YORK, USA (Bloomberg) -- After a massive earthquake rocked Haiti in January, concert pianist Lang Lang sent a text message to Wyclef Jean asking if the singer’s friends and relatives in the Caribbean country were safe. The Chinese superstar and the Haitian-born hip-hop artist who rose to fame... read more...



Friday, March 19, 2010

CORAL GABLES, USA -- Attending the importance of cooperation among the different entities in the tourism sector to strengthening the development of tourism in the Caribbean, Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) and Confederación de Organizaciones Turísticas de América Latina (COTAL) has signed a... read more...



Thursday, March 4, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) is an institution that goes beyond cooperation among its member countries as it includes monetary and financial integration, said Mexican economy expert. Jaime Estay, with the Autonomous University of Puebla spoke about the topic. read more...



Monday, March 1, 2010

LONDON, England (JIS) -- The need for the Jamaican and wider United Kingdom Caribbean community to become more assertive and nurture special relationships between Britain and the Caribbean, was a recurring theme during the first Caribbean Question Time event, held in London on February 24. read more...



Wednesday, February 24, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Felipe Calderon, President of Mexico, announced the creation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States at the Summit of the Latin America and Caribbean Unity, underway in Cancun. By acclamation, the leaders of the nations participating in the Summit approved the establishment. read more...



Tuesday, February 23, 2010

WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) -- The World Bank and Grammy Award-winning singer Shakira teamed up on Monday in a 300-million-dollar joint initiative aimed at helping young children in Latin America and the Caribbean. World Bank president Robert Zoellick and the Colombian artist signed an agreement. read more...



Friday, February 19, 2010

MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- The Regional Coordination Mechanism for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations system Thursday concluded a two-day meeting in Mexico City, where they stressed their commitment to strengthen interagency cooperation to face the development challenges. read more...



Thursday, February 18, 2010

SANTIAGO, Chile -- Despite significant progress in some areas, the constant reduction of forest areas and the sustained increase of CO2 emissions in the region are impeding compliance with the seventh Millennium Development Goal on environmental sustainability, according to a report of United Nations organizations... read more...



Thursday, February 18, 2010

MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- The Regional Coordination Mechanism for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations system is meeting in Mexico City Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the Millennium Development Goals, climate change, the political situation in the region and the UN’s contribution. read more...



Monday, February 8, 2010

BELMOPAN, Belize -- January 28, 2010, hundreds of people packed the Pierre Hotel Auditorium in Manhattan, New York City, to attend the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) $500 per plate On Thursday, fundraiser, when awards were given to alumni and others for their life accomplishments. read more...



Thursday, February 4, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Professor Rex Nettleford, vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies and Jamaica's cultural ambassador, died of complications after cardiac arrest on Tuesday night. He was 76. The Jamaica Gleaner reported Nettleford died at George Washington Hospital in Washington, DC. read more...



Monday, February 1, 2010

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada -- The mother/son team of Mains and Mains will open individual art exhibits in Barbados over the Independence Weekend. Even an island as rich in art events as Barbados will have to take notice of this duo as they portray the powerful talent of Grenada. Opening 5th February at A-Gallery... read more...



Friday, January 22, 2010

NEW YORK, USA -- The Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc, has announced The First Garifuna Heritage Awards, which will be presented during the First Annual Garifuna Heritage Awards and Cultural Night on March 13, 2010 in the Bronx, New York. The first Garifuna Heritage Awards will honor those who have made... read more...



Friday, January 8, 2010

BEIJING, China (Reuters) -- PetroChina's move to take a big position in Caribbean oil storage should give the state oil company immediate muscle in the region's residual fuel trade and open up longer-term options for crude trading. The Caribbean is growing more important as an oil trading center. read more...



Thursday, December 31, 2009

BEIJING, China (Reuters) -- Saudi Arabia will quit a long-held lease for 5 million barrels of Caribbean oil storage near the key US market on Thursday and state giant PetroChina is poised to move in, industry sources said, a potential major shift in global oil trade dynamics. Coming just weeks after Saudi Oil Minister... read more...



Monday, December 21, 2009

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- In spite of concerns that current climate talks may not reach an agreement that guarantees survival of small, vulnerable island nations, several small islands have taken matters into their own hands to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency. read more...



Monday, December 14, 2009

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (Reuters) -- More than 250 million people risk losing their livelihoods because of dying tropical coral reefs in what a senior UN environmental economist said was part of a double climate crisis facing the world. Negotiators are trying to seal the outlines of a broader climate pact. read more...



Saturday, December 12, 2009

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) -- Small island states on Friday unveiled a draft deal they say is the minimum needed to halt climate change and which answers concerns of major developing nations like China who held up talks over a similar proposal. Selwyn Hart, from Barbados, said the draft answered the main concerns. read more...



Saturday, December 12, 2009

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) on Thursday announced a proposal designed to safeguard the Earth’s climate system and to secure the future survival of its 43 members. Ambassador Dessima Williams of Grenada said AOSIS is at the front line of climate change. read more...



Wednesday, December 9, 2009

LONDON, England -- Minister responsible for the Overseas Territories, Chris Bryant, on Monday met elected leaders from five British Overseas Territories (OTs) in the Caribbean who are in London for the annual Overseas Territories Consultative Council (OTCC) on 8 and 9 December. read more...



Tuesday, December 8, 2009

THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- On December 19, 2009, Anguilla's first and only golf course, the Temenos Golf Course, the $50 million creation of Greg Norman, will re-open. Considered one of the finest golf courses in the Caribbean, the 7,063-yard championship course was designed by golf legend Greg Norman read more...



Thursday, December 3, 2009

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (GIS) -- Foreign Office Minister Chris Bryant hosts, the eleventh meeting of the Overseas Territories Consultative Council (OTCC) a key event in the British Government/ Overseas Territories calendar. This will be Bryant’s first Overseas Territories Consultative Council. read more...



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