CARICOM condemns ‘callous’ terrorist attacks in Spain

CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has condemned this week’s ‘shocking and callous’ terrorist attacks in Spain which killed 14 civilians and left more than 100 injured.

CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada, expressed the Region’s position in a message of condolence to the Prime Minister of Spain, the Most Excellent Mariano Rajoy Brey.

Dr. Mitchell said in denouncing those orchestrated attacks perpetrated against innocent civilians, he aligned CARICOM’s voice to that of the international community in condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.  He said those heartless and vicious acts underscore the need to deepen global cooperation in order to reduce the instances of such heinous acts of terror.

The terrorists used motor vehicles to plough into pedestrians  in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district and the City of Cambrils.

The CARICOM Chairman expressed condolences particularly to the bereaved families of those killed and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.


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Barbados gets ‘all clear’ after Tropical Storm Harvey

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The Department of Emergency Management has issued the All Clear for Barbados following the passage of Tropical Storm Harvey, the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) announced Friday morning.

Public and private sector workers are asked to resume work at noon today.

The Transport Board will have a staggered start of service in preparation for the resumption of work, the BGIS said, while asking persons to be careful and vigilant.

The storm hit Barbados last evening with flooding in several areas and damage to property being reported.

CARIFESTA XIII Opening Ceremony postponed as Tropical Storm Harvey approaches Barbados

Barbados Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley. (Photo via Barbados Government Information Service -  FP)
Barbados Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, the Hon. Stephen Lashley (Photo via Barbados Government Information Service -

The Opening Ceremony of CARIFESTA XIII, scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, August 18, at Kensington Oval, has been postponed due to the approach of Tropical Storm Harvey.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, made the disclosure this evening, and explained that the preparations for the impending weather system had greatly impacted the arrangements for the opening ceremony.

“The national response ahead of the system has forced the cancellation of the mandatory dress rehearsal which was scheduled to be held at Kensington Oval this evening…  Immediate measures have also had to be taken to safeguard equipment at the venue,” Mr. Lashley stated. (more…)

CARIFESTA XIII – An opportunity for Regional economic progress


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‘Asserting our future, celebrating ourselves’ is the theme for the 13th Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XIII), which takes place in Barbados on August 17-27, 2017.

CARIFESTA has been the Caribbean Community’s premier art and culture festival since 1972. This roving event attracts artists and culture professionals from more than 30 countries in the Region and has been held 12 times across eight Member States. The thirteenth staging of this mega cultural showcase will see performers, artists and a range of cultural ambassadors from the Caribbean Region converging in a medley of sounds and sights that are sure to capture the true essence of Regional Integration.

 “I would encourage everyone to come and experience CARIFESTA XIII in Barbados. It is an exciting celebration of Caribbean arts and culture where you can enjoy the artistic presentations of artists from 27 countries in our region in a wide range of disciplines over 10 days. There will be over 500 performances and events to choose from, so there will never be a dull moment,” says Dr. Hillary Brown, Programme Manager Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat.



SG calls for new model for development finance

Her Excellency Elisabeth Eklund and CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque during the accreditation ceremony on Wednesday
Her Excellency Elisabeth Eklund and CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, during the accreditation ceremony on Wednesday

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) believes that a new model for development finance needs to be considered.

Speaking during the accreditation ceremony for the new Swedish Ambassador to the Community on Wednesday at the CARICOM Secretariat’s, Turkeyen, Guyana headquarters, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque stated that GDP per capita should not be the principal measurement used in determining the development status of a country.

“We will continue to advocate for the use of a more accurate and realistic measure of development which considers vulnerability, including exposure to natural disasters and other exogenous shocks,” he said. “In the interest of realising our economic aspirations as a Community, we believe that a new paradigm in development finance needs to be considered,” he added.

Her Excellency Elisabeth Eklund presented her credentials to the Secretary-General who noted that her accreditation was a continuation of years of building bilateral relations with the Member States of the Community and a bi-regional dialogue between CARICOM and the countries of the Nordic region. Sweden is one of the countries in the Nordic Group with which CARICOM has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Political Dialogue and Cooperation.

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Flashback to CARIFESTA XII – Haiti, 2015

CARIFESTA XIII runs from the 17-27 August 2017 in Barbados.

In the build up to this edition of the festival, the CARICOM Secretariat has produced a throwback magazine from CARIFESTA XII, held in Haiti in August 2015. This magazine (see above) includes highlights from the various performances and cultural presentations from two years ago,  which  should wet the appetite for what is expected to be a great regional cultural showcase in Barbados.

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