Barbados gets ready for CARIFESTA

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Administrative Officer in the Ministry of Culture Rhonda Greenidge (centre) holds the attention of the Director of the Barbados Cultural Industries Development Authority Andrea King (left) and Chief Cultural Officer at the NCF Andrea Wells (right). (Photo via Barbados Today)
Administrative Officer in the Ministry of Culture Rhonda Greenidge (centre) holds the attention of the Director of the Barbados Cultural Industries Development Authority Andrea King (left) and Chief Cultural Officer at the NCF Andrea Wells (right). (Photo via Barbados Today)

(Barbados Today) Barbados is pumping millions into hosting the 13th edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) this summer, just weeks after this year’s Crop Over Festival, with renovations to performing venues on the cards and social media being used as a key tool to drive people here.

Minister of Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports Stephen Lashley said a budget of $8 million – $2 million for renovations to performing venues such as the Combermere School, St Leonard’s Secondary, Alexandra and Christ Church Foundation School and another $6 million for the execution of the 11-day festival – have been already earmarked by ministry officials.

Addressing the media at his Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, St Michael office today, Lashley said planners expect about 3 000 artistes and artisans to converge on Barbados for the August 17-27 festival that has been given the sobriquet, the cultural Olympics of the region.

Read more at: Barbados Today

Full, frank discussion needed on CSME – PM Stuart

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart making a point during a meeting with CARICOM and Government officials at Ilaro Court recently. (A.Miller/BGIS)
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart making a point during a meeting with CARICOM and Government officials at Ilaro Court recently. (Photo by A.Miller via BGIS)

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart believes the time has come to have “full and frank discussions” on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

Mr. Stuart, who is the Lead CARICOM Head with Responsibility for CSME, expressed this view recently during a meeting with several CARICOM officials, led by Secretary-General, Irwin LaRocque, at Ilaro Court.

The Prime Minister said: “We have to look at what we have achieved; what remains to be achieved; what are the existing enabling features that can assist us in achieving; and what are the disabling features that can stand in the way. We have to see where our strengths, weaknesses and opportunities are, and be prepared to deal with any threats to the achievement of our objectives.” (more…)

The Netherlands flags key areas for cooperation expansion

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Climate change, disaster risk management, security, and sustainable development and employment, are among areas that the Kingdom of Netherlands hopes to expand cooperation with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

The Netherlands’ Ambassador to CARICOM, His Excellency Jules Bijl, signalled his Government’s intention when he presented his credentials to CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Wednesday at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana.

As he welcomed the new envoy, Secretary-General LaRocque underscored the importance of access to development finance in pursuit of the 2030 Development Agenda and Paris Climate Change Agreement. For Small-Island and Low-lying Coastal Developing States (SIDS), their peculiar vulnerabilities must be factored into the criteria for access, he pointed out. (more…)

UN adviser wants new consortium to bolster Haiti’s long-term recovery

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 18, CMC – A senior United Nations adviser has called for a new “consortium” of donors to bolster Haiti’s long-term recovery.

Dr. David Nabarro, the UN Special Adviser to the Secretary-General, said that this consortium must be committed to improving Haiti’s water supply and sanitation services, and to help finally eradicate cholera from the French-speaking Caribbean country in support of the newly-elected President Jovenel Moïse.

The UN said Nabarro will on Wednesday take this message to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he aims to secure support from donor countries, development banks and the private sector for Haiti’s long-term recovery.

Via CMC (more…)

Unspoiled Caribbean Paradise

A view on the East Coast of Dominica
UNSPOILED: A view on the East Coast of Dominica

Have you ever found yourself vacationing in a stunningly beautiful place overrun with sunburnt tourists and thought, “I wonder how spectacular this was before the whole world showed up?” Well, Dominica is your answer.
ROSEAU, Dominica, Dominica News Online – “HOW’D YOU LIKE THAT LANDING?” MY DRIVER ASKED ME as I appeared out of baggage claim looking completely frazzled. This seems to be the common follow-up question when visitors touch down in Dominica for the first time.

“Looks like you gonna crash in them mountains, ah?” followed by a hearty Caribbean laugh.

This is how the island of Dominica (pronounced Doe-min-EEK-uh, and NEVER to be confused with that hotbed of baseball talent to the north) welcomes you: with a death-defying landing in the middle of jungle mountains at Douglas-Charles Airport. Right off the bat, you know this place is not to be messed with. It’s as beautiful as it is rugged, and it will push you to your limits to experience that beauty in full. A typical Caribbean vacay it is not — which is exactly why it’s one of the most underrated, untouched-by-tourists destinations in the hemisphere.

Read More: Dominica News Online