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U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - The Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands is welcoming the return of Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas to the Territory on Friday, November 10.   U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth E. Mapp and Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty reported today that the cruise company will be the first to return to St. Thomas following back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes that impacted the Territory last month.   The news follows last week's visit by Royal Caribbean executives to meet with the Territory's public and private sector stakeholders and see firsthand the island's port facilities, infrastructure, shopping areas and attractions.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago - Ar ound the world, the operations of cyber criminals far outstrip the sophistication of national legislative frameworks. Governments are facing constant pressure to assess global cyber threats and formulate appropriate local cyber security strategies. Across the Caribbean, governments are building strategic partnerships with regional actors like the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) and the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU). CaribNOG is the region's largest volunteer-based community of network engineers, computer security experts and tech aficionados.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Regional bank CIBC FirstCaribbean has seen an increase in its overall support for charitable causes across the English and Dutch Caribbean, according to its latest Social Annual Report. The bank’s charitable arm, The First Caribbean ComTrust Foundation, recently released its Social Annual Report 2016 which revealed that it gave  over USD$1.2 million to support over 600 mainly community projects  in the 17 territories where the bank operates. This was over USD$200 000 more than the previous fiscal year. The bank’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ComTrust Foundation Mr. Gary Brown said “reaching out into our communities and working with various organisations to improve the lives of the people of the…
LONDON - In a bid to remain agile amid an unpredictable hurricane season, St Kitts and Nevis has launched a new fund for their world-renown Citizenship by Investment Programme. Following a series of high impact hurricanes that have caused significant damage in the Caribbean, the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit has introduced the temporary Hurricane Relief Fund – an innovative response to allow the Federation greater protection against future natural disasters. Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris, believes the fund will directly benefit both citizens of the Federation and potential applicants: “The Hurricane Relief Fund is an attractive option for citizenship applicants in the way it fulfils their own desire to…
SAINT LUCIA - From October 5 to October 9, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LBTQI) activists from across the region gathered on Saint Lucia for the 5th annual Caribbean Women and Sexual Diversity Conference (CWSDC). The groundbreaking pre-eminent networking event for LBTQI activists was con- vened under the theme ‘Self-Development for Community Empowerment’. “The first ever Caribbean Women and Sexual Diversity Conference was held on Curacao in 2013. Since then the event has traveled the Caribbean from Suriname to Trinidad to St. Croix and now, because of the steadfast involve- ment of United and Strong, to Saint Lucia,” organiser Kenita Placide says. Maria Fontenelle, co-coordinator of the event since its inception, notes “The CWSDC is, in more than one…

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