November 19, 2019

Deputies of the French National Assembly pay courtesy visit to the OECS Director General

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From OECS Thursday, November 14, 2019 — Deputies of the French National Assembly Bérengère Poletti and Annie Chapelier, accompanied by French Ambassador to the OECS and Barbados, H.E. Philippe Ardanaz, paid a courtesy call on the Director General of the OECS Dr. Didacus Jules. This meeting was scheduled as part of the information gathering mission for […]

CIBC and GNB Financial Group Limited reach agreement for purchase of shares in FirstCaribbean International Bank Limited

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CIBC remains significant shareholder as new entity chaired by Jaime Gilinski acquires majority stake; both parties committed to continued growth for FirstCaribbean 8th November 2019, Bridgetown, Barbados. CIBC today announced that they have reached agreement on the purchase of a portion of CIBC’s shares in its Caribbean entity, FirstCaribbean International Bank Limited (“FirstCaribbean”) by GNB […]

Big cannabis changes in Barbados

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From George Alleyne From Caribbean Life Not only is Barbados well on its way to legalisation of cannabis for medical purposes, but the island’s Rastafarian community will soon be able to lawfully use the herb in their religious sacrament. At the time the Barbados government used its 29-to-one majority to pass the Medicinal Cannabis Industry […]

Pool Shark off to Barbados for Open Water Training with Swim Canada [before Olympic trials in Cayman Islands]

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Pool Shark swimmer Quinn Matteis, along with Head Coach Brian Lindsay will be part of the Swim Canada team of swimmers and coaches travelling to Barbados to participate in an Open Water Training Camp, November 4-10. Quinn Matteis’ swims in the 800 and 1500 freestyle at Ontario Summer Provincials and Canadian Junior Championships were good […]

Destinations of the week

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Amazing Caribbean villas for winter sun From The Top Villas If you need a dose of sunshine this winter, take your pick from these top tropical hideaways. From cozy beach hangouts to swanky mansions with infinity pools and private chefs, these beauties will definitely banish the winter blues. While many destinations are shutting up shop for […]

Country risk: Barbados and Jamaica offer alternatives to South American turmoil

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By Jeremy Weltman From Euromoney As protests accompany austerity across Latin America, investors may wish to take heed of experts pointing towards the calmer waters of the Caribbean.  Euromoney’s latest country risk survey signalled a positive mood shift towards Caribbean sovereign borrowers in the third quarter of 2019, with upgraded risk scores for Antigua & […]

Three Distinguished UWI Alumni receive Pelican Awards from Open Campus Alumni Chapters

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Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Barbados. October 16, 2019 – On Saturday, October 12, 2019, three distinguished alumni of The University of the West Indies were conferred with the prestigious Pelican Award. The Awards were presented at The University of the West Indies Alumni Association (UWIAA) Open Campus Alumni Chapters annual Pelican Awards […]

Caribbean Export signs three MOUs with strategic partners to support the Caribbean’s export growth.

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Bridgetown, Barbados, October 15, 2019 – The recently held CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum drew record numbers of senior level European and Caribbean policy makers, European buyers and Caribbean exhibitors, to the 4th hosting of the event and the first ever to be held in Frankfurt, Germany. Three MOUs were signed between the Caribbean Export Development Agency […]

The Caribbean speaks out on the climate crisis

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From Global Voices “[The planet’s] protection and regeneration should be a global priority” With stories about the travesty of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, theAmazon forest fires, and the hope of young climate crisis activists like Greta Thunberg and children from Small Island Developing States trying to force action from world leaders, it is no surprise that Caribbean youth are also […]

CIBC FirstCaribbean donates USD$1 million to SCI Phase 2

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CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN PLEDGES ANOTHER USD$1 MILLION TO SICKKIDS-CARIBBEAN INITIATIVE FOR PHASE II OF THE REGIONAL PROGRAMME Bridgetown, Barbados, September 25, 2019 – CIBC FirstCaribbeanhas pledged a further USD$1 million for phase II of the SickKids-Caribbean Initiative (SCI) which focusses on the improvement of outcomes and quality of life for children with cancer and other blood […]