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ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – Antigua, the island of 365 beaches, was the location of the ICT Week and Symposium. The Government of Antigua and Barbuda, in collaboration with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), hosted this event from 20th – 24th March 2017, the theme of which is ICT – Driving 21st Century Intelligent Services. Hon. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Minister of Finance and Corporate Governance, in delivering the feature address at the Opening Ceremony, stated that everyone needs to get involved in ICT. “ICT is inclusive and all empowering. Promoting ICT is everyone’s responsibility; it is everyone’s business. We need to apply digital thinking and digital policies everywhere.” The Secretary General of the CTU…
ST. KITTS-NEVIS - on Friday  a list of countries across the region and internationally to impose a temporary ban on the importation of certain meats and meat products from Brazil.  The St.Kitts-Nevis National Agriculture, Health & Food Safety Advisory Committee, which is comprised of the the Ministry of Health , Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Consumer Affairs ,  Bureau of Standards and the Customs & Excise Department have recommended a Temporary BAN on the importation of ALL Animal products from Brazil. In a release issued late Friday afternoon the National Advisory Committee stated that an urgent meeting of the body had been convened and a concensus was arrived at and two specific recommendations made. The Two recommendations as it relates…
GEORGETOWN, Guyana - The Caribbean region made up of small island nations, is one of the most vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change.  In recent years, the Region has experienced more frequent and intense storms and hurricanes, increases in mosquito-borne diseases, rises in sea level, prolonged periods of drought which pose a significant threat to human health.  Implications of rising sea levels, impact of climate change on food security and health, as well as tobacco use among Caribbean youth, transgendered health, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and Zika are among the public health issues that will be addressed at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Annual Health Research Conference this year. The Conference, now in its 62nd year, will be held…
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – In keeping with the theme of ICT Week and Symposium Antigua and Barbuda; ICT – Driving 21st Century Intelligent Services, Hon. Melford Nicholas, Minister of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Information Technology stated, “ICT has disrupted the financial order. Technology has a way of working around the established order. The Caribbean should not fear the disruptive nature of ICT – but embrace it.” Minister Melford was speaking at the 15th Caribbean Ministerial Strategic Seminar in Antigua and Barbuda. He made a strong call to the region to embrace the emerging technologies as the Caribbean is facing the reality of how cash will become a thing of the past. He further added, “We should open our…
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago - Every year, thousands of people in the Caribbean experience food-borne illnesses, after exposure to contaminated food or drink. Persons affected usually experience severe diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pain, sometimes accompanied by fever, headaches and other symptoms. Recent increases in reported incidents of foodborne diseases (FBDs), have now made this common health issue a regional priority. Dr Bernadette Theodore-Gandi, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Representative for Trinidad and Tobago, in her opening address to participants at the four-day Sub Regional Workshop on Strengthening Food-borne Disease Surveillance in the Caribbean, indicated that food safety is a global priority  and that PAHO/WHO recommends the farm to table approach, linking the processes from food production, distribution…
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