Jamaica: The World Bank says about 15,000 young Jamaicans will benefit from training, digital work opportunities and seed investments to boost the digital and animation industries in the country as a result of a US$ 20 million loan.
The Washington-based financial institution said on July 18 that the loan is for a Youth Employment in Digital & Animation Industries Project. Comment.
Jamaica: The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) based in Jamaica has appointed Dr. Geneive Brown Metzger, trade and investment analyst and former consul general in New York, as chair of its International Committee. The CMI is a key partner with the government of Jamaica, in the development of the highly anticipated Logistic Hub in Jamaica which is an international gateway of economic trade. Comment.
Barbados: More than thirty young Barbadians learned basic skills for developing successful mobile apps and producing high-quality digital photography at a special workshop facilitated by the BrightPath Foundation, in collaboration with Columbus Communications. Comment.
Caribbean: The Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS) wants Caribbean countries to take advantage of the commercial opportunities offered by the Panama Canal expansion. Comment.
Antigua: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The new government of Antigua & Barbuda has signed an agreement with Chinese investors to build a major resort and residential development project in the twin-island Caribbean nation. Comments (1).
Guyana: North Carolina based Dynamic Airways, a charter service that will be managed by Roraima Airways Guyana, lifted off from John F. Kennedy International Airport for Cheddi Jagan International Airport on June 26 to begin its four-day per week service to the Republic. Comment.
Trinidad and Tobago: Dr. Neil Parsan, ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago to the United States of America, praised Trinidad and Tobago’s petrochemical industry for its resilience and diversity in the face of many challenges over the past few decades. Comment.
Food: Caribbean Restaurant Week–June 22 - 28 is happening! A great way of culminating Caribbean Heritage Month and celebrating the diversity and tastiness of Caribbean food boasts its organizer, Jean Alexander of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA). Comments (1).
St Vincent: Maxwell Haywood, president of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora Committee of New York, Inc. has expressed delight about what he described as a very successful initial, special Diaspora business meeting last Saturday aimed at establishing a Vincentian American Chamber of Commerce. Comment.
Arts & Theater: As we conclude Garifuna Arts & Culture Appreciation Month in New York City, in honor of UNESCO’s proclamation of the Garifuna Language, Dance and Music as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, we’d like to share our plan to make New York City the epicenter of the Garifuna Arts & Culture Economy. Comment.
Health: Summer is just around the corner and if you are looking for a fun way to workout “Brukwine” is a perfect fit. “‘Brukwine’ means to break out and wine,” says Autavia Bailey co-founder of “Brukwine.” “It’s place to let loose, whine and you get an amazing workout.” Brukwine is an energy filled, sweat inducing reggae and dancehall workout that has taken New York City by storm. Comments (1).
Food: Pastry designer Tiffany Washington and dessert stylist Jo-Laine Duke-Collins are the masterminds behind I&M Pastry Studio (also known as Ilene Miriam Pastry Studio). Creating breathtaking custom artisan pastries and stylish dessert tables, these two young Brooklyn moms have made a lasting impression on New York City! Comment.
Fashion: JLC Productions has announced the upcoming launch of CAFE (Caribbean American Fashion Exchange) on June 5 during Caribbean Week in New York City, at the Wyndham New Yorker’s Crystal Ballroom, 481 Eighth Ave. in Manhattan. Comment.
Jamaica: Scores of residents, business luminaries, and public and private sector stakeholders in the second city were engaged in a riveting exchange of ideas, research and thinking among panellists and presenters at the Logistics Hub symposium at the Wexford Hotel on Thursday May 8, 2014. Comment.
Antigua: It is a classic example of a David vs Goliath story, this time not Biblical. A small Eastern Caribbean island genuinely thought it had found an innovative way to make millions by offering itself as a home base for internet gambling to supplement annual revenues from its tourism and offshore finance sectors. Comment.
Haiti: Haitian President Michel Martelly has issued an executive order raising the minimum wage for apparel workers.
Based on current exchange rates, the increase from 200 Haitian Gourde to 225 Gourde (US $4.44 to $5) is a 12.5 percent increase, but currency devaluations make the boost equivalent to only an 8 percent hike in U.S. dollars, which is widely used in Haiti, according to the Miami Herald. Comment.
Travel: Some of the world’s most popular and appealing travel destinations are in jeopardy, vulnerable to issues like climate change and unsustainable development. Several leading organizations have joined forces to address these challenges head-on by helping tourism destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America to safeguard their natural and cultural assets, while enhancing communities and securing a vibrant regional economy. Comment.
Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Guyana government Wednesday said it had revoked the work permit and extension of stay of a Canadian contractor implementing a pro-democracy project on behalf of the American government, in a row over what officials said is linked to moves by Washington to undermine its tenure in office. Comment.