Caribbean

Rowley not among 5 Caribbean leaders to meet with Trump Friday

The White House says President Donald Trump will meet with leaders of five Caribbean nations on Friday in an effort to strengthen cooperation on security and trade issues.

Trinidad and Tobago will not be represented at that meeting.

The meeting at Mar-a-Lago, the president's resort in Palm Beach, will feature the leaders of the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Saint Lucia.

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump will use the meeting to thank the leaders for their support for peace and democracy in Venezuela.

Region officially declared Zika free

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has announced that the World Health Organization (WHO) has removed its Zika virus country classification scheme, which categorized most of the Caribbean territories as having active Zika virus transmission. 
 
This removal by the WHO comes on the heels of data released by CARPHA, giving evidence that the Zika virus transmission in the Caribbean had been interrupted for over 12 months, or was at undetectable levels, thereby posing very little risk to residents and visitors to the region. 

Anthony Sabga Caribbean Awards celebrates 10th ceremony in Jamaica

Four laureates including Jamaican writer, Kei Miller, were inducted by the Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence at its first awards ceremony to be staged in Jamaica on Saturday night at the Pegasus hotel.

The ceremony also included a performance by famed Jamaican singer Tessanne Chin who rendered her song Try.

The Caribbean Awards have been in existence since 2005, and this was its tenth ceremony. The programme was initiated by the late Trinidadian entrepreneur Dr Anthony N Sabga in 2005.

Britain's PM apologises to Caribbean leaders for Windrush controversy

British Prime Minister Theresa May has apologised to Caribbean leaders over the Windrush generation controversy, at a Downing Street meeting.

She said she was "genuinely sorry" about the anxiety caused by the Home Office threatening the children of Commonwealth citizens with deportation.

The UK government "valued" the contribution they had made, she said, and they had a right to stay in the UK.

It comes amid reports some are still facing deportation.

Piarco ranked Best Airport Staff in Caribbean, 2nd best in Central America

The Piarco International Airport has placed second for Best Airport Staff in Central America, and first among airports in the Caribbean.

This award recognises the quality of staff service, attitude, friendliness and efficiency delivered across front-line positions at an airport including staff working for customer service, Immigration and Security staff, shops, food & beverage outlets.

The Piarco International Airport also placed fourth in the category of best Airports in the Central America and the Caribbean.

Six Caribbean countries saw tourist declines last year, T&T included

While most of the focus has been on the growth in Caribbean tourism last year and the countries that saw an increasing number of visitors, lost in the shuffle were those countries that saw far fewer tourists compared to 2015. Here are the six Caribbean countries that saw a drop in stop-over tourist arrivals in 2016 according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s latest ‘Performance of the Tourism Industry’ report:

1: Suriname

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