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Montserrat's fascinating literary festival

November 23, 2016
Montserrat's fascinating literary festival BRADES, Montserrat -- A most interesting literary festival took place in Montserrat during November. Dubbed Alliouagana Festival of the Word, after Montserrat’s Amerindian name, this festival runs every year under a different theme, coordinated by the UWI Open Campus there.

CDC issues zika travel alert for Montserrat

November 22, 2016
CDC issues zika travel alert for Montserrat ATLANTA, USA -- Following reported local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday issued a zika virus travel notice for Montserrat. Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected with zika.

Commentary: The View from Europe: A new relationship for the Overseas Territories?

November 19, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: A new relationship for the Overseas Territories? While most of the world has been focussed on the outcome of the US presidential elections, other events of long-term importance to the region have been taking place. Of these, one of the more significant relates to the relationship between the UK and its overseas territories (OTs).

UK and OTs agree to special Brexit negotiation talks in 2017

November 14, 2016
UK and OTs agree to special Brexit negotiation talks in 2017 LONDON, England -- At the recently concluded Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) in London, the United Kingdom government and the political leaders of the Overseas Territories (OTs) agreed to hold special ministerial talks in early 2017 on Brexit negotiations before Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty...

Brexit won't change relationship between UK and territories

November 8, 2016
Brexit won't change relationship between UK and territories LONDON, England (CNS) -- The UK government has said that the referendum result that saw the British people vote to leave the European Union earlier this year does not change the position on sovereignty between it and the overseas territories. The Brexit issue was a key element during...

British Overseas Territories leaders meet in London

November 3, 2016
British Overseas Territories leaders meet in London LONDON, England -- Leaders from the British Overseas Territories are currently in London, where they held a a successful meeting of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA) Political Council in preparation for meetings with the UK government at the Joint Ministerial...

British Overseas Territories leaders to form Brexit group to engage UK

November 1, 2016
British Overseas Territories leaders to form Brexit group to engage UK LONDON, England (CNS) -- Concerned about how the UK’s departure from the European Union over the next two years will impact their communities, leaders from the British Overseas Territories have agreed to form a group to focus on the whole question of Brexit.

Alliouagana Festival of the Word begins next week in Montserrat

November 1, 2016
Alliouagana Festival of the Word begins next week in Montserrat LITTLE BAY, Montserrat -- The eighth edition of Montserrat’s literary festival begins next week with book launches as well as international speakers. Technology and the Word: Contemporary Manifestations is the theme of the 2016 Alliouagana Festival of the Word (AFW), which will run...

Eastern Caribbean works to promote broader usage of electronic payments

October 21, 2016
Eastern Caribbean works to promote broader usage of electronic payments BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- A recent electronic payments conference and workshop aimed at promoting broader usage of electronic payments in the Eastern Caribbean and the possibility of reducing the usage of cash was held at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB)...

Montserrat Volcano Observatory renews monitoring and research contract with UWI

October 12, 2016
Montserrat Volcano Observatory renews monitoring and research contract with UWI BRADES, Montserrat -- The University of the West Indies (UWI) has entered a renewed contract with the government of Montserrat to provide management and support for the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO), which conducts monitoring and research activities on the Soufriere...

Brexit exposes divide between Britain and its Overseas Territories

October 3, 2016
Brexit exposes divide between Britain and its Overseas Territories LONDON, England -- The decision to leave the European Union will create years of uncertainty for Britain’s overseas territories, new research suggests. Dr Matt Benwell from Newcastle University and Dr Alasdair Pinkerton from Royal Holloway, University of London, argue that the role of...

Antigua-Barbuda lawyers discuss alleged interference in the judiciary

September 28, 2016
Antigua-Barbuda lawyers discuss alleged interference in the judiciary BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A recent statement by the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court’s chief justice that attempts are being made to influence the courts shows that the judiciary is on guard against the practice, according to attorney David Dorsett. “Having made that announcement...

CDB funds workshop to improve service delivery in the tourism industry

September 8, 2016
CDB funds workshop to improve service delivery in the tourism industry BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- For many countries in the Caribbean, a successful tourism industry is critical to social and economic growth and development. However, an increasingly competitive global tourism market has meant that Caribbean countries must find ways to differentiate...

Caribbean fisherfolk look to the future

September 8, 2016
Caribbean fisherfolk look to the future PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Leaders of the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO) met at a two-day performance and planning workshop to discuss and critically assess the CNFO’s performance since its formation almost ten years ago. They were joined in this exercise...

Former Cayman Islands governor berates UK officials in final dispatch

August 19, 2016
Former Cayman Islands governor berates UK officials in final dispatch GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- A dispatch sent to London 24 years ago from the outgoing governor of the Cayman Islands, which was released by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) this month, berates the colonial rulers for ignoring the overseas territories and not...

IMPACT Justice legal education survey hits the road

August 17, 2016
IMPACT Justice legal education survey hits the road BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project has appointed three consultants to conduct interviews of key stakeholders in the region for its legal education survey. The consultants are Dr Adrian Cummins...

New UK minister commits to championing British Overseas Territories interests

July 27, 2016
New UK minister commits to championing British Overseas Territories interests GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The new UK minister for British Overseas Territories (BOTs), Baroness Anelay, has said she plans to champion the interests of the BOTs in Whitehall in the face of the uncertainties presented by the referendum result last month for the UK to exit the...

CDB unveils new programme to assess poverty in the Caribbean

July 27, 2016
CDB unveils new programme to assess poverty in the Caribbean CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Across the Caribbean, policymakers rely heavily on the availability of timely, accurate and reliable poverty data to support national and regional development initiatives. Despite making considerable progress on how they measure poverty, many countries in...

British overseas territories leaders meet in Turks and Caicos

July 23, 2016
British overseas territories leaders meet in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Governor Peter Beckingham welcomed leaders from seven of the UK’s Overseas Territories for lunch at his official residence on Thursday. “I was delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to welcome to the Turks and Caicos...

OECS Authority convenes for the first time using video conferencing technology

July 19, 2016
OECS Authority convenes for the first time using video conferencing technology CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The 63rd meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority was convened on the July 14, 2016, at the OECS Commission using video conferencing technology for the first time. The Authority welcomed Dr Timothy Harris, prime minister...

Commentary: The View from Europe: An uncertain future for the Overseas Territories?

July 9, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: An uncertain future for the Overseas Territories? Although an eerie calm may have settled on Europe now that the immediacy of the decision by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union (EU) has sunk in, it should not lull the Caribbean into a sense of false security or inaction. It has arisen because much is now on hold until...

UK may join its Caribbean territories as tax havens after Brexit

July 8, 2016
UK may join its Caribbean territories as tax havens after Brexit LONDON, England -- Once free of European Union strictures following its exit from the EU, European finance ministers and financial experts have expressed concern that Brexit could prompt a “race to the bottom” on tax policy, with the UK joining its Caribbean territories as a tax haven.

Brexit will see renewed focus on overseas territories, says UK minister

June 21, 2016
Brexit will see renewed focus on overseas territories, says UK minister GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The UK minister with responsibility for the British overseas territories (BoTs) has said that a British exit from the European Union will be an advantage for the BoTs because the UK will be able to focus on traditional relationships with them.

Stogie Kenyatta portrays Paul Robeson on stage in Montserrat

June 17, 2016
Stogie Kenyatta portrays Paul Robeson on stage in Montserrat BRADES, Montserrat -- A most interesting and unusual performance took place at Montserrat’s Cultural Centre recently, when Jamaican actor and comedian Stogie Kenyatta performed his one man show “The World is my Home: the Life and Times of Paul Robeson”. Paul Robeson was...

Montserrat residents and former premier outraged at public beach sand mining

June 10, 2016
Montserrat residents and former premier outraged at public beach sand mining FOXES BAY, Montserrat -- Montserrat residents are outraged and seeking answers as to why vast amounts of sand are being removed from Foxes Bay Beach in the south of the island. New photos taken on the beach on Wednesday show the sand being collected and put into trucks.

BVI advocates for more UK engagement with overseas territories

June 6, 2016
BVI advocates for more UK engagement with overseas territories LONDON, England -- British Virgin Islands London office director Benito Wheatley has said there is a need for greater engagement from the UK government and parliamentary support on key overseas territories issues. Wheatley was addressing the second Overseas Territories (OT)...

UK Overseas Territories take a stand against online child sexual abuse imagery

June 2, 2016
UK Overseas Territories take a stand against online child sexual abuse imagery LONDON, England -- In an historic announcement on Wednesday, 12 British Overseas Territories launched dedicated reporting portals, to allow web users to report images and videos of child sexual abuse. The IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) initiative has been made possible by...

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