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Zika Label Removed From Caribbean Countries

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Friday October 19, 2018 — Advocacy from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has resulted in the World Health Organization (WHO) removing the “Zika virus country” label from territories in the region.

The Trinidad-based CARPHA said yesterday that the move came on the heels of data it released, which gave evidence that 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.

“This was matched by data shared with CARPHA by Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States of America, which showed that no Zika had been detected for over 12 months in travellers returning from…

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Caribbean News – Just Four Caribbean Countries Make The Latest Human Capital Index

England cricketers Jack Russell and Alec Stewart train with some local schoolchildren at the Savannah Park, Port of Spain, Trinidad (Photo by Rebecca Naden – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)


By NAN Staff Writer

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Oct. 19, 2018: Just four Caribbean nations have made been ranked by the new World Bank Human Capital Index after being identified as countries that have recently made significant human capital gains.

The latest index ranked 157 countries by how much economic potential they’re losing in the long-term by not fully investing in human capital – “the knowledge, skills, and health that people accumulate over their lives,” as the World Bank defines it.

It does so by looking at five health and education indicators: child…

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African countries can leapfrog technologies, if they understand the requirements

The world, in trade and industrial terms, is being disrupted by both technological and political developments, providing opportunities but also posing risks to African countries. So highlighted University of Cape Town Mandela School of Public Governance Professor Carlos Lopes.

On the technological side, advances in recent years created possibilities of leapfrogging over existing technologies well-established in more mature economies. However, he cautioned that to leapfrog technologies “you need a certain level of sophistication”.

Some African countries “get this”, he reported. There were three key elements involved in successfully leapfrogging technologies.

First, there was a need for ambition. The national government had to be able to project…

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Caribbean News – EU Urged To Review Agreements With Caribbean Countries Offering Passports For Sale

By NAN Contributor

News Americas, LONDON, England, Thurs. Oct. 18, 2018:  A major global organization that fights against corruption is urging the European Union, (EU), to review its visa free agreements with Caribbean jurisdictions that offer citizenship and visa-free Schengen travel via Citizenship by Investment Programs, (CPIC).

Transparency International, in a report issued Wednesday, urged the EU to consider following Canada’s lead by suspending the visa waiver for Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Lucia.

These Caribbean countries offer a fast-track route to citizenship, with a significantly low investment requirement and an extremely fast processing time.


TI called the CPIC programs, “golden visa schemes” in its report…

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Caribbean Countries to Test Ocean Acidity Link to Greenhouse Gases

According to Mike Haughton, the Executive Director of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism, “we will have things going by next year,” at the …
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African partner countries pleased with SKA progress

Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says the partner countries in the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network (AVN) projects are happy with progress that has been made to prepare for the construction of telescopes in their respective countries. 

Kubayi-Ngubane addressed a media briefing shortly after opening the 5th Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and AVN projects African Ministerial Forum meeting in Cape Town on Tuesday. 

“We will be issuing a final communiqué at the end of the day once the Ministers have gone through the details and that will include [a response to the question of which country will launch a telescope next]. But we are happy with the number of milestones [that have been achieved],” she said. 

The Minister also said that along with the…

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