Caribbean Region

Charles Kao"American airline staff are doing an amazing and largely unheralded job in Haiti," asserts a development expert close to the post earthquake relief efforts in the Caribbean nation.Charles Kao, chairman of the Innovation for Sustainable Development Centre (ISDC), pointed to the work of Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) ( which he said had organized and "paid out of their own pockets for 17 airplanes full of aid and trained medical professionals."
On the morning of March 19, 2012, the corridors of the third oldest Parliament in the Commonwealth were abuzz with activity as history was about to be created. Kerryann Ifill, 38, prepared to take her place as the President of the Senate of Barbados. Not only would she go down in history as the first female President of the Upper House, but also as the first blind person to hold the prestigious position in the English speaking Caribbean. With her white cane as her guide, Kerryann greeted friends, colleagues and well wishers who came to witness the occasion. Members of the disabled community filled the Senate Chamber and watched with pride as one of their own was officially elected and installed as President of the Senate.
L-R: Dean Fenton, Sales Manager, ABTA; Derede Samuel-Whitlock, Director/USA; Dame Yvonne Maginley; Colin James, CEO, ABTA; Cortwright Marshall, CTO Chair, Board of DirectorsAntigua and Barbuda’s Dame Yvonne Maginley DCN, CMG, OBE, OD was awarded the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday, June 11th, at the 37th Annual Governments of the Caribbean State Ball and Awards Presentation held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
St. Lucia's Jade Mountain supporting Haiti Fundraiser in TorontoTwo of the world's most highly-ranked resorts have pitched in to help earthquake survivors in Haiti.The stunning Jade Mountain, named the number one resort in the Caribbean and in the top three worldwide by Travel & Leisure magazine, and framed by the spectacular twin Pitons peaks of St. Lucia, are contributing rooms to a Haiti fundraising benefit set for this Sunday, February 28 at the Lula Lounge at 7 p.m. (1585 Dundas St. West) in Toronto.
Hundreds of citizens in the Haitian cities of Jacmel, Leogane and Port de Paix have now participated in the Ministry of the Interior's innovative Community Cafes, the first phase of a comprehensive community decentralization program called Katye Pam Poze (KPP). In addressing the enthusiastic gathering of more than 100 people at Leogane, President Martelly spoke about Haiti's KPP as the cornerstone of his administration's National Decentralization Agenda. "Since the beginning, I have held a vision for a decentralized Haiti, and now we have a program under way to turn that vision into reality, with citizens participating in decision-making that affects their communities. My government and I are fully committed to making our communities safer and more prosperous, one neighborhood at a time," said the President.