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40 Caribbean Nationals will be inducted in the Caribbean Hall of Fame



The 12th Annual Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards for Excellence set for Saturday, October 25, 2014.

Under the distinguished Patronage of Their Excellencies The Most Honorable Sir Patrick Allen, ON, GCMG, CD, KSt. J Governor General and The Most Honorable Lady Allen.

The Executive Director of the Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture Foundation Mr. Garnett Reid, J.P says that the Foundation’s Program is geared towards, strengthening and preserving Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean’s Cultural Heritage. He noted that the main aims of the foundation are:

1. To supervise and aid in the development of the creative ability of Caribbean people through creative planning.
2. To encourage the natural geniuses of our people to reach the highest point.

The Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture Foundation in association with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will be staging its 12 Annual Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards for Excellence after a 2 years break. This year the Foundation will be hosting the event in association with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which will be sponsoring the citations and trophies. In the past we have partnered with United Nations World Decade for Cultural Development (UNDP). We are happy to have UNESCO partnering with us for the 2014 Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards for Excellence 2014. In 2004 the foundation was honored by the United Nations (UN) as one of the best organizations geared within the western hemisphere. We have received hundreds of nominees from across the Caribbean and the selection committee headed by Dr. Jean Small – Chairman of the Selection Committee, is in the process of short listing the nominees received.

Among the nominees are:
 Mr. Anthony Davis (Beenie Man)
 Mrs. Shauna Mckenzie- Morris (Etana)
 Mr. David Rudder (Trinidad)
 Mr. Omar Reuben Riley (Taurus Riley)
 Mr. Ronnie Butler (Bahamas)
 Ms. Grace Jackson
 Ms. Juliet Cuthbert
 Mr. Andrew Price
 Mr. Patrick Brown
 Mr. Bill Edwards
 Mr. Paul Campbell
 Mrs. Barbara Blake-Hanna
 Mr. Lennie Little- White

The award shall be made to a person:
a. Who has achieved eminence for work in their field of endeavour.
b. Whose achievement is one of the highest recognition.
c. Who has exhibited unswerving commitment to and has the capacity for the continued growth and development in the particular field.

According to the Executive Director- Mr. Garnett Reid, this organization is the only one of its kind within the Caribbean to stage such an event. We are calling on other Caribbean Nations to support this regional Red Carpet Affair.

Tickets will be available at:
 Music Mart
 Little Theatre

For further information please contact:
The Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture Foundation
8 Central Avenue, Kingston 10
P.O Box 790, Kingston 19

The Function starts at 7:00pm and cocktail will be served at 6:00pm. Entertainment will be provided by the Caribbean First Lady of Jazz Ms. Myrna Hague, Ms. Marion Hall (Lady Saw) and Mr. Richie Stephens. Master of Ceremony will be Ms. Dahlia Harris and Mr. Horace Phillips.

The Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, established to foster excellence, growth, development and achievement in Arts, Sports, Music and Culture.

This Prestigious Award is made by the Foundation in recognition of outstanding contribution to those who have achieved excellence in Arts, Sports, Music and Culture.
1. The Award shall be made to a person:
a. who has achieved eminence for work in their field of endeavor
b. whose achievement is of highest recognition
c. who has exhibited an unswerving commitment to, and capacity for continued growth and development in the particular field.
2. The recipient of “Hall of Fame” Award shall:
a. be of Caribbean Nationality
b. be a person whose performance has been recognized by the public at the highest level.
c. the award recipient should be alive, currently active or a retiree.
d. The selection shall not be influenced or determined by factors of race, color, religion, sex or political affiliation


Energy & Utilities Commissioner says new legislation will help to stabilize energy costs in Turks & Caicos Islands



Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – Thursday, 30th November 2023: The Energy and Utilities Department (EUD) of the Turks and Caicos Islands, today reminds the public that the comprehensive Renewable Energy Legislation is currently before the House of Assembly and that the Legislation not only addresses the existing challenges posed by fuel price volatility but also lays the foundation for a sustainable and resilient energy future for the TCI.

In a recent press release, FortisTCI cited global factors such as production cuts and increased demand for fuel, leading to a surge in market prices. The EUD acknowledging these challenges thanks our power supplier for its proactivity when it comes to informing consumers of any changes in the cost of electricity.  Further, the Government of Turks and Caicos wants residents and guests to know that it is committed to taking proactive measures that will transform the energy landscape through robust Renewable Energy Legislation. 

In that vein, Delano Arthur, the new Energy and Utilities Commissioner looks forward to working with FortisTCI in the upcoming days to find innovative and collaborative solutions to reduce the cost of Fuel and Energy in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  This initiative aims to not only mitigate the impact of volatile fuel prices but also secures a sustainable, reliable and affordable energy future for all of us.

 Key components of the Renewable Energy Legislation include:

  • Integrated Resource Plans: A formal planning process to prioritise renewable energy in addressing evolving energy needs.
  • Competitive Tendering Process: Government-run initiatives to promote healthy renewable energy competition, achieve low-cost energy, and meet Paris Agreement goals.
  • Administrative and Regulatory Measures: Establishing clear processes and responsibilities for all players who are in the renewable energy market.
  • Licensing and Safety Standards: Comprehensive licensing provisions to ensure accountability and safety standards for renewable energy systems.
  • Net Billing Program: Allowing building owners to self-generate and sell surplus electricity back to the grid.

The Renewable Energy Legislation serves as a mitigation against volatile fuel prices. By transitioning to cleaner energy sources and fostering a diverse renewable energy infrastructure, these Islands aim to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. The competitive tendering process introduced in the legislation ensures the selection of the most cost-effective renewable energy solutions, contributing to energy affordability and stability.

As the Islands invest in renewable energy, the increased share of clean, locally produced electricity provides a stable alternative to fluctuating fuel prices. The Net Billing Programme further incentivises distributed energy generation, offering a predictable path for building owners to contribute to the grid and receive compensation, thus reducing reliance on traditional fuel sources.


For further information, please contact:

Delano R. Arthur


Energy and Utilities Department

Turks and Caicos Islands Government


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Caribbean News

CANARI outlines climate priorities ahead of Cop28



Rashaed Esson

Staff Writer


The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) informed that the Caribbean Climate Justice Alliance, in preparation for the upcoming annual COP28 in 2023, launched its “Caribbean Climate Justice and Resilience Agenda,” outlining the priorities for climate justice and resilience in vulnerable Caribbean small island developing states (SIDS).


In a press release, CANARI highlighted that the agenda recognizes the major threat of climate change to the region as well as aims to louden the voices of the at-risk groups “on the frontlines of the climate crisis and catalyze actions for climate justice and local resilience in the Caribbean SIDS.”


The priorities stated under the agenda are:


  1. Curbing emissions to limit global temperature

increase to 1.5 ̊C


  1. Scaling up locally-led solutions for adaptation and

loss and damage


  1. Improving access to and delivery of climate finance

for frontline communities, small and micro enterprises, and civil society organizations as part of a ‘whole of society’ approach


  1. Scaling up just, nature-based solutions for resilience


  1. Supporting a just transition for pro-poor, inclusive,

sustainable and resilient development


  1. Promoting gender equity and social inclusion

approaches to climate action


  1. Promoting youth and intergenerational equity as

core to the climate response


  1. Integrating a rights-based and earth-centered

approach in addressing all these priorities and ensuring climate justice


The at-risk groups referred to in the release include small-scale farmers and fisherfolk, rural women producers, income-poor people, elderly and disabled people, Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities, migrants, and LGBTQIA+ people.


Being cognizant of the severity of the effects of climate change on the Caribbean, CANARI referred to the fact that the very existence of the region is on the line.


“If greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated and global temperature exceeds 1.5 ̊C, the impacts of rising sea levels, more intense hurricanes, rainfall variability, ocean acidification, and other changes threaten the very existence of our way of life in the Caribbean and other SIDS that have contributed the least to global emissions.”


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Bahamas News

CARICOM Sec Gen speaks on Gender Based Violence



Rashaed Esson


Staff Writer 


“Everyone must continue to invest in preventing violence against our women and girls (VAWG). It is an investment in our shared future,” were the words of Dr. Carla N. Barnett, CARICOM Secretary-General, as she reiterated the need for solutions against VAWG.


She called attention to VAWG as she gave a speech surrounding the annual campaign “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence,” which runs from November 25 to December 10, 2023.


Barnett expresses the well-known fact that VAWG is one of the most prevalent issues affecting all corners of society.


“VAWG remains one of the most pervasive forms of human rights violations in the world and cuts across all races, cultures, genders, and educational backgrounds,” she maintained, as she continued to point out the sad reality that this is still a major issue despite regional and global policies.


“Despite the existence of regional and global policies and legislation to combat VAWG, weak enforcement and discriminatory practices remain significant barriers to ending VAWG.”


The Secretary-General highlighted statistics for VAWG, bringing attention to how serious and embedded this issue is in society.


She said that globally, 736 million women—nearly one in three—have experienced violence—physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence, non-partner sexual violence, or even both.


For the Caribbean region, she said surveys conducted between 2016 and 2019 inform us that one in two women experience intimate partner violence, which is higher than the global average. 


In continuation, Barnett expressed that the campaign calls everyone to action against VAWG, including “development partners, civil society organizations, women’s organizations, youth, the private sector, and the media.”  Also, world governments are being asked to share how they are investing in gender-based violence prevention.


Ending her address, the Secretary-General urged everyone to wear the color orange for the duration of the campaign, as well as on the 25th of each month, “as a symbol of hope for a brighter future where women and girls live free from violence.”

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