Caribbean Region

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, April 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Minister of the Interior, Thierry Mayard-Paul is traveling to the United States today as head of a delegation that will participate in the 12th Consultative Group (CG) meeting of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) next week. The meeting serves as a focal point for the World Bank's efforts to mitigate and minimize disasters, such as the January 2010 earthquake that devastated our country. Mr. Mayard-Paul will officially represent the Government of Haiti, addressing the CG regarding the disaster risk management challenges Haiti is facing. In doing so, he will outline the steps Haiti is taking now to strengthen the nation's disaster response and recovery.
Regional leaders at the ongoing CARICOM summit in Montego Bay turned their attention to the tourism sector today, as travel and tourism are critical to regional economies, comprising 12.9 percent of GDP.
By Charmaine JosephKamal WoodFrom my first Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx) almost four years ago I felt a strong emphasis on youth involvement in every aspect of the conference.Through the years, the conference has seen many ambitious and brilliant young people join in the dialogue to create a better region through Tourism. Some of these young people returned and remain involved, others have gone on to succeed in their personal and academic lives while remaining part of the CMEx family.
Drawing on the Hispanic and Mayan influences in her country, 18 year-old Belizean fashion designer Rebecca Stirm emerged the winner in a culture-inspired challenge in the second episode of Caribbean fashion designer reality series Mission Catwalk, filmed in Kingston Jamaica. Stirm and 14 other designers were instructed by host and executive-producer Keneea Linton-George to “create an outfit that reflects the style and culture” of their individual countries joined by “the common thread of independence.” The designers, who were given pointers from Season One winner Shenna Carby, had to apply their creativity within a short time frame and on a US$20 budget.
Sources tell CaribWorldNews that U.S. State Department officials yesterday afternoon hosted a 45 minute conference call with several Jamaicans from the U.S. Diaspora to reiterate their commitment to helping the Jamaican people and working with the government there.