Eastern Caribbean fisherfolk, fisheries administrators introduced to new Early Warning System

More than 30 male and female fishers from St Vincent and the Grenadines were introduced to a new Fisheries Early Warning and Emergency Response (FEWER) System at a workshop held at the Fisheries Division in St Vincent and the Grenadines on March 8.

Using an application for mobile phones, fishers are able to receive early warnings of risky weather and sea conditions and are able to share their information about local conditions and missing persons under FEWER. Besides training in the use of FEWER, participants also received valuable tips about caring for and using their phones.

This  workshop gave good information and the app is good because it helps pass on information easier to fishers, especially since a lot of persons go to sea and don’t take the time check on information about the weather conditions,” says Raoul Lewis, a fisherman based in Callaquia, St Vincent. (more…)

CDB helping Member Countries to build resilience to natural hazards

Protecting the Region from climate change impacts remains a priority for the Caribbean Development Bank. Through investments and partnerships, CDB is helping its Borrowing Member Countries build resilience to natural hazards and protect development gains in a range of sectors, including tourism, infrastructure, agriculture and renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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IMPACT Justice Model Business Names Registration, Trade Marks Legislation receive final review

The Canadian Government funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project hosted a 3-day meeting to review draft Model Business Names Registration and Trade Marks Legislation.

The meeting was held in the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy & Services (SRC), The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, from February 13th to 15th, 2018.

Professor Velma Newton, Regional Project Director of the IMPACT Justice Project, chaired the meeting which was attended by Mrs. Lekeicha Caesar-Toney, Registrar, Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Offices (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Ms. Deborah Beckles, Deputy Registrar, Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Offices, (Barbados), Mr. Malcolm Spence, Senior Coordinator, Office of Intellectual Property, Science and Technology Issues of CARICOM, Mrs. Myrtle Brandt, Q.C., legislative drafter (Cayman Islands) and two senior attorneys-at-law, Mrs. Rosalind Smith-Millar, Partner, Clarke Gittens Farmer (Barbados), Mrs. Fiona Hinds, Partner, Carrington and Sealy (Barbados).

The meeting of February 13th – 15th, is the final committee meeting the Project will host to discuss Trade Marks and Business Name legislation as the committee was able to finalize the draft Bills which will be submitted to the Legal Affairs Committee (LAC) of CARICOM for approval as CARICOM Model Bills.

Read more at: St. Lucia News Online