Caribbean Region

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.
"I think they (West Indies Cricket Board - WICB) are very rude and if anything they owe me and Jamaica an apology." - Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica (CMC) "My impact in the Bahamas can be measured by when (you) land in our country at the airport and you call my name, they will let you in." - Dr. Myles Munroe, President, Bahamas Faith Ministries International (Joy Online)
The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) Consultative Group (CG) has invited Haiti to become a Developing Country member delegate of this prestigious organization, making Haiti the first nation in the history of GFDRR to be invited into membership for a second term. Thierry Mayard-Paul, Haiti's Chief of Staff and Minister of the Interior, Territorial Collectivities and National Defense, who led the Haitian delegation and served as its chief representative at this year's GFDRR meeting, said, "this honor underscores the importance of the Martelly administration's work in Disaster Reduction and Recovery Management (DRRM) throughout the country, in partnership with international organizations like the World Bank, the UNDP, USAID, SOUTHCOM and others."
A student proudly displays some images created in collaboration with artist Annalee Davis to be incorporated within the murals.Two members of the family of the newly launched Barbados Entrepreneurs' Venture Capital (BEVC) Fund are aiming to harness the creative expression of primary school students and to beautify their community.The Workman's Primary School project is a beautification programme which will improve the physical environment of the St. George-based rural primary school. The project is not only concerned with beautifying the physical structures of the school but promises to inspire students, parents and teachers as well as unite the community.