ST JOHN’S, Antigua  –  Officials here broke ground Tuesday morning for a five-star hotel. The Callaloo Cay Development project is being hailed as a major contributor to the national economy.

Callaloo Cay is expected to increase the country’s room capacity to more than 5,000 within the next 18-24 months.

“Callaloo Cay is certainly helping us meet this goal. Their focus on driving high-end year-round tourism to our country and boosting hotel room stock,” Tourism Minister Asot Michael said.

ROSEAU, Dominica  –  A former Dominica beauty queen Tuesday denied reports circulating on the social media that she had been implicated in an international drug ring in the United Kingdom.

In a statement, Tasia Flossiac, the 2016 Miss Dominica, said that she had been made aware of the “fake article being circulated on social media that is implicating me in a supposed drug-related crime ring.

“Please note that I have never been and was not involved in any illegal activity or have ever been to the UK. By the grace of God, I am safe in Dominica, enjoying the Carnival season with my family and friends,” she said.

SAN JUAN Puerto Rico  – Two days after four Guyanese nationals were arrested, United States Coast Guard officials said that drugs estimated US$125 million had been seized during a joint operation involving Caribbean Coast Guard officials in international waters of Suriname.

The cocaine, weighing 4.2 tonnes were offloaded at Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico and followed the night time interception of a fishing vessel in international waters.

Officials here said the seizure is the biggest seizure in the Atlantic since 1999.

“The excellent coordination between the U.S. Coast Guard, and international law enforcement agencies prevented this major drug shipment from reaching our communities,” said Capt. Robert W. Warren, Coast Guard Sector San Juan commander, in announcing the operation.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) announced Tuesday that it will name the Phase 1 Building at its headquarters in honour of former Governor the late Sir K Dwight Venner.

Members of Sir Dwight’s family, his close friends and colleagues will join the ECCB Monetary Council, Board of Directors, management, staff and retirees of the Bank for the Naming Ceremony which will be held at the ECCB on March 2.

Sir Dwight, who has been lauded as a visionary and a champion for regionalism, was the second and longest serving Governor of the ECCB.   He joined the Bank in December 1989 and retired in November 2015, giving 26 years of unwavering and dedicated service.

During Sir Dwight’s tenure as Governor, the ECCB grew in stature and service. He led several reforms which facilitated the expansion and stability of the ECCU banking and financial system throughout various financial crises.

CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS - In the past year, professionals from all corners of the Kingdom have started developing a vision on positive education in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. The results of their labor are the building blocks for the conference “Education as a basis for children's rights” that will be held on Bonaire on March 7th and 8th , 2017. On the first day of the conference HRH Princess Laurentien, founder of the Missing Chapter Foundation, will chair a dialog session with professionals and children. During the networking reception on March 7th , Princess Laurentien will also officially install the Kids Council on Bonaire.

The conference “Education as a basis for children's rights” is an initiative of the Inter-Country Task Force for Children’s Rights, in which Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten and the Netherlands are represented. In addition to representatives from these countries, the Caribbean Netherlands participate as well. The main objective of the Education Conference is for the Kingdom to formulate, put into practice and jointly promote a vision on positive education.

The Inter-Country Task Force for Children’s Rights encourages collaboration and knowledge exchange in the area of children's rights within the Kingdom.

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