NEW LAW YEAR OF EASTERN CARIBBEAN SUPREME COURT BEGINS—09/27/14
The Honorable Dame Janice Pereira presided for the third time over the opening of the New Law Year of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. She delivered the featured address at the opening, which was entitled “Fulfilling Our Strategic Vision in Challenging Times.”
CAMPAIGN DESIGNED TO URGE CARIBBEAN-AMERICANS TO REGISTER TO VOTE—09/28/14
The “Soca the Vote” campaign is a non-partisan effort designed to encourage eligible Caribbean Americans in Florida and the United States to register to vote. While thousands of Caribbean Americans in Florida are eligible to vote, many do not register. Soca the Vote is calling for all Caribbean American organizations in Florida to update or submit voter registration forms before the deadline of October 6, 2014.
CARIBBEAN LEADERS WARN UNITED NATIONS OF CLIMATE DAMAGE—09/29/14
Leaders of Caribbean islands warned the United Nations General Assembly about the growing threat of climate change, noting that indifference, national interests, and political cowardice are threatening to waste any real chance to save Planet Earth. Nickolas Steele, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Grenada, stated that climate shocks are the most “terrifying” for his country and for other small islands worldwide. The risks require additional concessionary financing for these island states, he said.
HORD TO RECEIVE LEADERSHIP AWARD—09/30/14
Horace Hord, a travel and tourism industry veteran, is slated to receive the Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx) Leadership Award for 2014. He will be honored at an awards event at the second annual Evenings of Excellence series on October 21, 2014. The event is sponsored by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and will be held at the Miramar Cultural Center in Florida. Hord is being recognized for his commitment to the development and promotion of tourism in the Caribbean.
CARIBBEAN VETERANS ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM CRITICIZED—10/01/14
Bob McDonald, the new Secretary of the Veterans Administration, was called upon to explain deficiencies in the VA’s Caribbean health care system. The criticism focused on the arrest of a top official at the agency and a suicide note left by a veteran who said he wanted to kill himself because of the poor treatment he was receiving in the system. A letter from the chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Representative Mike Coffman, noted a “substantial number of incidents” of questionable nature in the system.
CARIBBEAN FACES ISSUES OF SELF-SUFFICIENCY AND FOOD SECURITY—10/02/14
According to Arlington Chesney, the executive director of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute, the Caribbean region has achieved 10-percent food security and self-sufficiency. The target for the region is 25 percent. Chesney said the organization is considering commodities to reduce imports, but there are challenges in putting adequate food security policies in place in member states.