Caribbean

TT students get a “Brighter View”

Some 3,000 students across Trinidad and Tobago have benefitted from a special initiative that provides free vision screening and testing and spectacles.

The Brighter View initiative, carried out by Courts Optical, was launched in 2017 in Trinidad as a wider part of Unicomer’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programme.   It was then expanded to the wider Caribbean region to the tune of USD$50K and has reached the islands of  Jamaica, Guyana, St Lucia, St Vincent, Grenada, Dominica, Antigua, St Kitts and Belize last year. 

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.

No Bravos, Narine, Pollard for Windies WC qualifiers

Three of West Indies cricket's biggest stars will not be making the trip to Zimbabwe to help the regional side try to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019. This was confirmed today as Cricket West Indies (CWI) named its 15-man squad.

The squad is as follows:

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.

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