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Barbados Bade Farewell to British Monarchy, Now A Republic

Prince Charles, centre, stands with Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, right, and former cricketer Garfield Sobers,, left, during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony for Dame Sandra Mason, at Heroes Square, in Bridgetown Barbados on Tuesday – Reuters photo

Barbados stopped pledging…

National Geographic Education Tweets Saint Lucia’s Valley of the Free in Soufriere

Press Release: As the Fond Gens Libre community in Soufriere, Saint Lucia works to develop an exemplar community-based sustainable tourism product, grassroots education is a cornerstone for success. To ensure that the education is a fresh and exciting community partner…

Vaccination and Vaccine Diplomacy in the Caribbean

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley

By Ivelaw Griffith.

The Caribbean and the rest of the world continue to battle COVID-19, the modern-day plague. The scientific, public health, and policy communities within various countries and around the world have marshalled a…

St Lucia Day Observed in the Nordics

Each December 13, residents of Europe’s north crown a modern-day light-bringer on St. Lucia’s Day, one of the few saint’s days observed in the Nordics.

Finland’s Lucia this year is Tilde Polviander from the capital of the Åland Islands, Mariehamn. She will…

India’s New Testing Kit Can Detect Omicron Variant In Two Hours

Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) at Assam has come up with a testing kit that can detect the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, in just two hours.

The ICMR team has been working on this…

More Than Half A Billion People Pushed Into Extreme Poverty Due To Health Costs

The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to halt two decades of global progress towards Universal Health Coverage, according to reports released on Sunday from the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Bank, which reveal more than half a billion people are being pushed into extreme…

Economies Returning To Normalcy With Less Severe Omicron Variant

Governments worldwide are easing quarantine rules, reviewing coronavirus curbs and dialling back pandemic-era emergency support as they bid to launch their economies back into some version of normality.

The moves, motivated by the lower severity of the omicron variant and…

Tackling Ocean-Bound Plastic In The Caribbean

Ocean Recovery Group, a new joint venture formed by 4G Recycling, a recycling and waste-management family-owned business, and packaging solutions company AE Global, is a social-business enterprise with a mission.

Headquartered north of Miami, Florida with initial processing operations located…

Glasgow Commitments Will Be “Just Words On A Page” With No Action: COP26 President

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Atok Sharma, President COP26

In a speech today at Chatham House, in London, he said unless every country honoured its promises, the world would fail to limit temperature rise to 1.5C:

“… there is no doubt that…

ITC Launches Its Strategic Plan 2022 – 2025

ITC’s Strategic Plan 2022–2025 outlines our vision to help create a world where trade builds inclusive, sustainable and prosperous economies, one where the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic creates resilience and ensures a green transition. It lays out a medium-term…

Caribbean Governments Get Bad Deals With Chinese Companies Says US Professor

During a Global Interdependence Center (GIC) executive briefing yesterday, Evan Ellis, research professor of Latin American Studies at the US Army War College, claimed that Caribbean governments often “get bad ends of the deals” with Chinese companies, which are seeking to do more…

Making A Diversified Economy in the Caribbean Flourish

Two simple questions right off the bat: Does the country consume more than it produces? Does the country import more than it exports?

The answer to those questions will show that there is an imbalance. And the third question that…

Xi Ready To Work With Putin To Advance China-Russia Cooperation

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday said he stands ready to work with Russian President Vladimir Putin to chart the future and provide guidance for bilateral relations under new historical circumstances.

Xi said he is willing…

4.7 Million Southeast Asia in Extreme Poverty After Pandemic: ADB

As per the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the coronavirus pandemic increased Southeast Asia’s poorest by 4.7 million in 2021, reversing gains made in combating poverty. The organisation urged governments to increase economic growth to reverse the trend.

Extreme poverty –…

UN Allocates $100 Million To Fight Hunger in Six African Countries and Yemen

The contribution from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), announced on Thursday, will go towards relief projects in six African countries and Yemen.

Lifesaving relief

The money will enable UN agencies and their partners to provide critical support, including food,…

World Facing ‘Human Catastrophe’ From Food Crisis: World Bank

The world is facing a “human catastrophe” from a food crisis arising from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to the President of the World Bank, David Malpass.

In an interview with BBC economics editor Faisal Islam, Mr Malpass, who leads…

Global Crop Problems Will Lead To High Food Prices

Eric Broten had planned to sow about 5,000 acres of corn this year on his farm in North Dakota, but persistent springtime rains limited him to just 3,500 in a state where a quarter or more of the planned corn…

Consumer Behaviour Expected To Remain Unpredictable In Near Future

Global retailers and consumer goods makers remain in crisis mode and expect consumer behaviour to remain unpredictable for the foreseeable future, top industry executives told a conference in Dublin last week.

Since the start of 2020, the STOXX Europe 600…

OECS Consults with National Trusts on the RIGHT Historic Tourism Project

Preserving the culture of the Eastern Caribbean is part of the RIGHT integration plan. The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the European Union (EU) through the Regional Integration through Growth, Harmonisation and Technology (RIGHT) Programme, hosted a consultation…

New UN Disaster Preparedness Hub in Barbados

The facility is a partnership between the UN agency, the Barbadian Government, and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), and will be located at the international airport in the capital, Bridgetown. 

Once up and running, the hub will support…