Caribbean Fisheries Forum meets in Jamaica

The Caribbean continues to sustain a vibrant fisheries and aquaculture industry. Factory workers in Guyana help to ensure quality standards of produce destined for commercial markets (Photo via CRFM)
The Caribbean continues to sustain a vibrant fisheries and aquaculture industry. Factory workers in Guyana help to ensure quality standards of produce destined for commercial markets (Photo via CRFM)

Heads of national fisheries authorities from 17 Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) began meeting with observers and partner agencies in Jamaica on Thursday 30 March, 2017, for the 15th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum (CFF) for talks on the status of and recent trends in fisheries and aquaculture in the Region. The CFF is the primary technical deliberative body of the CRFM.

Ahead of the hurricane season which begins in June, the two-day Forum meeting at the Knutsford Court Hotel, in Kingston, will address measures for adaptation to climate change and disaster risk management in fisheries.Discussions will also focus on plans to strengthen the sector.

 “Climate change, sea level rise, ocean acidification and disaster risk management are major challenges facing the fisheries sector and the wider economies of our countries. These issues continue to be high priorities for policy-makers and stakeholders because we need to improve capacity, information base and policy, and institutional arrangements to respond to these threats and protect our future. At this meeting, we will be discussing the USA sponsored initiative to provide risk insurance for fishers, among other initiatives to improve and protect the fisheries sector and ensure food security,” CRFM Executive Director, Milton Haughton, said.

Caribbean Regional Fisheries Forum
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) was officially inaugurated on 27 March, 2003 in Belize City, Belize, where it is headquartered, following the signing of the “Agreement Establishing the CRFM” on February 4, 2002. It is an inter-governmental organisation whose mission is “to promote and facilitate the responsible utilisation of the Region’s fisheries and other aquatic resources for the economic and social benefits of the current and future population of the Region.”
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Feasibility study proves geothermal potential of St. Kitts and Nevis

At the meeting, from left Mr. Joseph Williams; Dr. Devon Gardner; Dr. Vince Henderson; Hon. Ian Patches Liburd; Mr. Jacques Chouraki
At the meeting, from left Mr. Joseph Williams; Dr. Devon Gardner; Dr. Vince Henderson; Hon. Ian Patches Liburd; Mr. Jacques Chouraki (Photo via SKNIS)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 24, 2017 (SKNIS): A feasibility study done by Teranov, a French engineering and services company for new and renewable energy based in Guadeloupe, has proven that there is potential in St. Kitts to develop at least 18 to 36 megawatts of geothermal power.

Speaking at the conclusion of a two day meeting of geothermal stakeholders, which was held at the Ministry of Finance Conference Room in St. Kitts from March 21- 22, Minister of Public Infrastructure, Honourable Ian Patches Liburd, hailed the findings as “heartening” but that the government is to consider the way forward.

Minister Liburd said that the meeting was convened with other stakeholder representatives including His Excellency Dr. Vince Henderson, Ambassador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the United States; Jacques Chouraki, President of Teranov; Dr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager for Energy at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat; Joseph Williams, Sustainable Energy Advisor at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB); representatives from the St. Kitts Electricity Company Ltd (SKELEC), Ministry of Finance, Office of the Attorney General, and private sector “as it relates to solidifying our roadmap in respect of our geothermal development here on St. Kitts and in Nevis with particular focus on the development on St. Kitts.”

“We have so far done the 3G studies—the geological, geophysical and geochemical studies or the surface studies…there is potential on St. Kitts to develop at least 18 to 36 megawatts of geothermal power and that’s heartening for us here in St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Minister Liburd, while indicating that the next step is to consider the way forward for slim-hole and exploration drilling.

Geothermal Stakeholders Meeting  in St. Kitts and Nevis (Photo via SKNIS)
Geothermal Stakeholders Meeting in St. Kitts and Nevis (Photo via SKNIS)

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Derek Walcott laid to rest

Sir Derek Walcott's funeral was held on Saturday, drawing professors, writers and dignitaries from across the globe.(Photo via Government of Saint Lucia)
Sir Derek Walcott’s funeral was held on Saturday, drawing professors, writers and dignitaries from across the globe.(Photo via Government of Saint Lucia)

The funeral of Sir Derek Alton Walcott KCSL, OBE, OCC, was held on Saturday, March 25, at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries.

Sir Derek passed away on March 17 at his home in Cap Estate, Saint Lucia. He was 87 years old.

The funeral service which took place in close proximity to the street where the poet and playwright was raised as a boy, drew professors, writers, the media, government officials and dignitaries from across the globe.

Professor Emeritus, Edward Alston Cecil Baugh, was a close friend of the 1992 Nobel Laureate. The Jamaican poet and scholar is recognized as an authority on the work of Derek Walcott. He edited Sir Derek’s book of Selected Poems in 2007.

Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet (second from left) at the funeral of Sir Derek Walcott
Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet (second from left) at the funeral of Sir Derek Walcott (Photo via Government of Saint Lucia)

Read more at: St. Lucia News Online

Jamaica’s CSME official updated on Barbados’ progress

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator Darcy Boyce (centre) meets Jamaica’s CSME Focal Point, Symone Betton-Nayo (right) on the first day of a five-day visit to Barbados under the 10th European Development Fund. Also present were: (from left) Economist I, Rhea Clarke-Mason; Chief Research Officer, Paula Byer; Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Sonja Welch and Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM, Robert ‘Bobby’ Morris. Missing is Permanent Secretary (Defence and Security), Timothy Maynard. (Photo by A. Miller via BGIS)
Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator Darcy Boyce (centre) meets Jamaica’s CSME Focal Point, Symone Betton-Nayo (right) on the first day of a five-day visit to Barbados under the 10th European Development Fund. Also present were: (from left) Economist I, Rhea Clarke-Mason; Chief Research Officer, Paula Byer; Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Sonja Welch and Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM, Robert ‘Bobby’ Morris. (Photo by A. Miller via BGIS)

Barbados is doing its part to ensure that this country meets its obligations under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

This was underscored recently by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Senator Darcy Boyce, as he met with Jamaica’s CARICOM Single Market and Economy Focal Point representative, Symone Betton-Nayo.  Mrs. Betton-Nayo is in Barbados on a five-day official visit as part of an internship exchange programme which is organised by the CARICOM Secretariat in association with the Prime Minister’s Office.

The meeting, which took place at Government Headquarters, was chaired by Minister Boyce, and included Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM, Robert ‘Bobby’ Morris; Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Sonja Welch; Permanent Secretary (Defence and Security), Timothy Maynard; and Chief Research Officer, Paula Byer.

In his remarks, Senator Boyce said: “I am one of the people who believe that the [CARICOM] Community is developing very nicely from the background of the number of people we process through our airport who go in and out without difficulties. From the number of CSN’s (CARICOM Skilled Nationals) that we issue and the very few that we reject.”

Jamaica’s CARICOM Single Market and Economy Focal Point representative, Symone Betton-Nayo with Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM, Robert ‘Bobby’ Morris. (Photo by A. Miller via BGIS)
Jamaica’s CARICOM Single Market and Economy Focal Point representative, Symone Betton-Nayo with Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM, Robert ‘Bobby’ Morris. (Photo by A. Miller via BGIS)

Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service

CCJ President to attend 20th Commonwealth Law Conference in Australia

CCJ President, Sir Dennis Byron
CCJ President, Sir Dennis Byron

The Right Honourable Sir Dennis Byron, President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will be attending the Commonwealth Law Conference, set to take place in Melbourne, Australia, from March 20th to the 24th. The CCJ President, in his role as Chairman of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute, will be the patron of the Commonwealth Chief Justices’ Meeting during the conference.

The four-day conference, being held under the theme ‘Thriving in a global world: building on the rule of law’, will cover issues including cybercrime, migration, child protection, the growth of the Asia-Pacific region and the future of the legal profession.

The CCJ President stated, “for most of my judicial life I have championed two things – increasing the use of technology in courts and the importance of education for judges. This conference will be attended by some of the finest minds in the legal profession and I welcome the opportunity to share some of the knowledge that I have gathered and to learn from others.” (more…)