Barbados government honours former CDEMA boss, Jeremy Collymore

FLASHBACK: Mr. Ronald Jackson, Executive Director, CDEMA (left) joins the Hon. Adriel Brathwaite, Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, Barbados and Chairman of the CDEMA Council of Ministers (right) in presenting an award to Mr. Collymore in 2015
FLASHBACK: Mr. Ronald Jackson, Executive Director, CDEMA (left) joins the Hon. Adriel Brathwaite, Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, Barbados and Chairman of the CDEMA Council of Ministers (right) in presenting an award to Mr. Collymore in 2015

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The Barbados government has honoured the former Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Jeremy M. Collymore, for his outstanding contribution and leadership in disaster management at the national, regional and global levels.

Collymore, who was honoured with the Barbados Service Star at the Awards of National Honours, celebrating the island’s 50th anniversary of political independence said, “I am indeed grateful to be recognised for my work although I never really worked for an award”.

Collymore, who has served the Region for more than 30 years by leading disaster response coordination at the national and regional levels, is also a strong advocate for cultural change to building disaster resilience in the Caribbean, and continues to do so as an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Development, at the University of the West Indies (UWI).

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Regional statisticians developing Quality Assurance Framework

Participants at the workshop (Photo via SKNIS)
Participants at the workshop (Photo via SKNIS)

Statisticians from 14 CARICOM Member States are in St. Kitts and Nevis for a workshop to develop a Regional Data Quality Assurance Framework.

The workshop, which began on Monday 5 December concludes on Friday 9 December. The forum is funded in part by the European Union under the Tenth European Development Fund (10th EDF) and is a collaboration between the CARICOM Secretariat and the UN DESA (Department of Economic and Social Affairs) SIDS Division. It is chaired by Trinidad and Tobago.

The Secretariat is also collaborating with Statistics Canada, and the St. Kitts and Nevis Department of Statistics on another activity being held in St. Kitts and Nevis.

The Government of Canada is funding a new statistical capacity-building initiative for the Caribbean region – the Project for the Regional Advancement of Statistics in the Caribbean (PRASC). The project, which costs CDN$19.5M, aims to strengthen the statistical system of the Caribbean in order to improve socio-economic measures and support evidence-based policy making. A number of countries stand to benefit from such project with the monitoring of key developments in the areas of economic growth, poverty, health, education and migration.

Carlton Phipps (left), Director of Statistics and Roland Boudreau (right), Director, Economic Statistics Division at Statistics Canada (Photo via SKNIS)
Carlton Phipps (left), Director of Statistics and Roland Boudreau (right), Director, Economic Statistics Division at Statistics Canada (Photo via SKNIS)

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Strong earthquake rocks Trinidad and Tobago

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – An earthquake with an magnitude of 6.2 rocked Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday evening sending people into the streets and throwing items of the shelves of some stores and supermarkets.

The Seismic Research Centre (SRC) at the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) said that the quake, which occurred at 5.42 pm (local time) was located at a depth of 29 kilometers.

It said the 6.2 magnitude quake was felt in many parts of the country including Scarborough in Tobago.

The location was Latitude: 11.04N, Longitude: 60.70W.

Many people in the west of the capital scampered out into the streets as the buildings shook, throwing many items to the ground.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damages.

CSME Training for Saint Lucia’s Secondary School Teachers

csme-you (1)Secondary school teachers from a cross-section of schools in Saint Lucia are poised to be better equipped and knowledgeable about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). This is as a result of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat’s hosting of a two-day CSME training workshop from today  Tuesday, December 6 at the Auberge Seraphine.

Approximately thirty (30) teachers will be attending the workshop which is funded under the European Union’s 10th European Development Fund CSME and Economic Integration Programme. The official opening ceremony on Tuesday morning will be addressed by the Permanent Secretaries in both the Ministry of Commerce and Education and other officials from the CARICOM Secretariat and the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC). (more…)

Suriname identified as one of world’s top two sources of fresh water

Amazone Resources towing fresh water to Barbados on a trial run
Amazone Resources towing fresh water to Barbados on a trial run

PARAMARIBO, Suriname — Alliance Partners of Monaco, which is moving to tap the lucrative drinking water business, has identified Suriname and Finland as the world’s top two sources of high quality drinking water during a press conference this week in Finland.

However, the company has chosen Finland because it is three hours away from Monaco. Nevertheless, Suriname isn’t so far from the EU, it borders France’s overseas department of French Guiana, and may have an advantage in tapping the EU market.

The Monaco-based company has partnered with Lahti Aqua of Finland to expand their global sale of drinking water in Europe, the United Arab Emirates, Asia and North America. Finnish bottled water is already being sold in Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Persian Gulf.

Monaco investor, Guy-Alain Mierczuk, has identified Finland and Suriname as the best sources of high grade drinking water. During a press conference, after a meeting of Alliance Partners and Lahti Aqua in Finland, a French expert said, “Investors have two options for the best sources of drinking water, Finland and Suriname.”

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