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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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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CARICOM, UN to strengthen cooperation at New York meeting

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

Cooperation between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United Nations (UN) System will be further strengthened around several issues including climate change, security, human development, health and education at the Ninth CARICOM-United Nations General Meeting this week.

The two-day meeting begins 20 July 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. It is happening against the backdrop of a changing international environment, replete with uncertainty and complexity, and requiring greater collaboration.

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque is leading a delegation from the CARICOM Secretariat which also includes Ambassador Colin Granderson, Assistant Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations, and Dr. Douglas Slater, Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development. The Community’s representatives are also drawn from regional organisations including the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD), Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), University of the West Indies (UWI), and the University of Guyana (UG). (more…)

Southern Caribbean Islands brace for Tropical Storm ‘Don’

Tropical Storm Don1
(photo via National Hurricane Centre)

Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are today under a Tropical Storm Warning while Barbados and Saint Lucia are under a Tropical Storm Watch as the latest Atlantic weather system – “Don” churns its way towards the Southern Caribbean.  Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire have also been asked to monitor Don’s progress.

The 8:00 a.m. forecast puts Tropical Storm Don at 320 miles/515 kilometers East of Grenada (11.4N and 57.0W), travelling towards the West at 18 miles per hour (mph) with maximum sustained winds at 50 mph (85 km/h).

Countries in the warning area can expect storm conditions by late afternoon and the watch area should be affected by tonight.  Don is expected to produce 3 – 6 inches of rainfall which could lead to dangerous flash floods and mudslides, especially in mountainous areas.

CIMH and CIMH –  CARICOM Institutions responsible for weather monitoring and disaster management, are already actively following the approaching storm.

CDEMA Information Note #1- Tropical Storm Don 17July