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ImageJamaican culinary expert and Executive Chef of Half Moon Resort Stephen Sowa (pictured) led the Jamaica National Culinary Team, The Irie Chefs, to a bronze medal at the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association’s (CHTA) annual Taste of the Caribbean. The event, which is the Caribbean’s premier food and wine festival, was held in Puerto Rico earlier this month and featured a culinary showdown of top teams from across the region. Each team was given a set time in which to create and submit a menu from products kept secret until the start of the showdown. Teams were judged on taste, execution of skills and presentation.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, celebrated the inauguration of the Embassy of Barbados in Havana on September 16.

In her address to mark the occasion, Minister McClean said: "What we are witnessing here today is best seen within the context of a journey that began in 1972, when four visionary Caribbean leaders, President Forbes Burnham of Guyana and Prime Ministers Michael Manley of Jamaica, Dr. Eric Williams of Trinidad and Tobago and Errol Barrow of Barbados, took the bold step to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Dr. Ewart Brown
The Premier of Bermuda will receive the highest honor bestowed by the Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx) at its conference which opened in Jamaica yesterday.

Reacting to news of his high accolade, Dr. Ewart Brown, who also is Bermuda's Minister of Tourism, said, "I am humbled and deeply gratified to be selected as a recipient of the CMEx 2010 World Leadership Award. In Bermuda, we have made tremendous strides to revive our once moribund tourism industry. From targeting new air carriers to improving existing hotel properties and attracting new properties to our island, we have begun a tourism turnaround that will continue for years to come."

Prime Minister of Jamaica - Bruce Golding
St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders have agreed to the establishment of a Council of Ambassadors as a new mechanism they hope will lead to the effective implementation of decisions taken in the efforts to deepen the regional integration movement.