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The Caribbean Future Forum brings together young thinkers and senior UN officials as a new wave of on-line discussions gets underway.

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The first in a new series of Caribbean Future Forum webinars kicks off this Friday, 28 August at 11.30 am, and will focus on what the Sustainable Development Goals will mean for people in the

On 25-27 September 2015, world leaders will gather at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to agree on a set of goals and targets to ensure that countries across the globe not only achieve economic and social development, but that they do so in a way that will not exhaust our planet’s environmental resources. These are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which envisage a world free of poverty, hunger, disease and want, where all life can thrive.

On the verge of this historic event, the Caribbean Future Forum (CFF) looks at what all this might actually mean for people living in our region. The CFF was born on 5-8 May 2015, when policy makers, opinion leaders, academics, civil society and representatives of the private sector came together to discuss the future crucial problematic areas that affect the Caribbean Region. The forum was a strategic re-envisioning of how the Caribbean could be transformed by 2050 to incorporate the new models of development for the continued prosperity of all Caribbean peoples.

This Friday, 28 August at 11.30 am the CFF will bring together young thinkers from Trinidad and Tobago and senior United Nations officials to discuss various aspects of the SDGs, including: the most pressing development needs of the Caribbean; the relevance of the SDGs for the Caribbean people; and the process that will lead to the adoption of the SDGs.

The event will be broadcasted live on-line, and will mark the first in a new series of webinars, known as the Carib Web Dialogue series. The series, which will run from August to December
2015, will address issues of sustainable development, youth and environmental related matters.

The launch of the Carib Web Dialogue series will also mark the inauguration of the CFF website and e-Forum, which will ensure that what happened during the Forum last may will be built on and moved forward on-line.

The website will serve as an interactive platform where a diverse group of stakeholders will be able to share ideas, perspectives and information, including policy options and new strategic directions for the region. In addition, the website will act as a catalyst for the collection of critical documents, research papers, best practices, policy options and practical tools, all of which will be categorized according to specific thematic areas and topics.

The Caribbean Future eForum is an initiative supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Office of the Resident Coordinator (RCO) in Trinidad and Tobago, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Trinidad and Tobago, the University of the West Indies (UWI), Association of Caribbean States (ACS), Commonwealth Secretariat, CARICOM Secretariat, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO), Organization of American States (OAS).

Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 August 2015 08:22 )


Library re-opens computer courses for seniors.

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Library re-opens computer courses for seniors.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Starting September 4th, 2015, the Philipsburg Jubilee Library will restart its popular computer courses for seniors.
The computer courses, which were a great success in the first half of 2015, will be back again for the latter part of 2015. The computer courses for seniors will take place on a weekly basis from September throughout December. During the first two weeks of September there will be a general introduction to computers for beginners. This first course will be followed up with a beginner’s course in the use of e-mails. Throughout the months of October through November some new topics will also be introduced, such as Facebook and Skype. Participants in the Media Lab will also learn how to make video presentations or slideshows with Animoto software in the month of December.
If you are a senior citizen and you don’t know how to use a computer or you need to brush up on your computer skills, then this is your chance. Registration is free but places are limited, so contact the library asap if you are interested. You can register for this course with Francia Housen on telephone number 542 2970.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 August 2015 08:10 )

CHATA Presents 2014-2015 Annual Report

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Annual Report Presented to Chairman by Lizanne Dindial

During CHATA's After 5 networking happy hour held at Restaurant Piazza, One of Lion's Dive and Beach Resort's restaurants, CHATA President & CEO, Lizanne Dindial presented the Association's latest annual report.
The Annual Report was delivered to the Chairman of CHATA’s Board of Directors, Will Vogels, prior to being published to the wider public. Attendees to the CHATA after 5 enjoyed beverages and bites while reminiscing on CHATA achievements. CHATA’s latest annual report will be covering CHATA’s Strategy, Activities, Highlights, and Financial- & Tourism Performance.
In 2014 and 2015 Year to date, CHATA has made very good progress by implementing its aggressive strategy and by delivering on all of its strategic and financial targets. CHATA is a dynamic tourism and hospitality stakeholders’ association that is guided by a long-term vision of delivering a visible, leading and effective contribution towards a vibrant and sustainable Curaçao Tourism & Hospitality product.
CHATA’s President & CEO, Lizanne Dindial stated “CHATA has most certainly delivered on its promise of being a marketing machine and trouble-shooter for its members. We ensure business and a dynamic approach to problem solving for our members. Excellence in our day-to-day activities helped us meet our targets, therefore ensuring trust in our strategy and stimulating further growth of our Association.”

To access the document please follow this LINK or visit our website:

Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 August 2015 08:04 )

Front Street in vicinity of Horizon View Beach Hotel to be closed Saturday night

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FRONT STREE (DCOMM): ---- Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that part of Front Street in the vicinity of Horizon View Beach Hotel will be closed to motorized traffic on Saturday night, August 29 from 9.00PM to 12 midnight.

The partial street closure is in connection with construction works related to the pouring of concrete at the aforementioned hotel.
Motorists are requested to be observant of traffic signs and other notices indicating the street closure.
Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 August 2015 08:03 )

Taking total control with budgeting” workshop

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Great Bay:----The Department of Community Development, Family & Humanitarian Affairs is proud to announce the start of its “Taking total control through budgeting” program on Tuesday September 29th 2015. The FREE weekly training program consists of interactive sessions, presented by dynamic and engaging presenters, including: “Introduction to budgeting”; “Nutrition on a budget”; “Savings & Insurance”; “Knowing your Self-worth”; and 2 live demonstrations on “Healthy cooking on a low budget”. The main objective of the “Taking total control through budgeting” program is to empower participants to effectively manage personal finances, recognize and evaluate spending habits and implement corrective actions where necessary. Additionally, the “Taking control through budgeting” workshops will be held on, Tuesday and Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm. Course materials and workbooks will be provided. By the end of the program, participants are able to apply knowledge, tools and strategies to achieve financial goals and take charge of their health and well-being. Participants that successfully attended and completed the modules will receive a certificate of completion. For more information or to register, feel free to contact the Community Help Desks at: 5484633 (St. Peters) 544340 (Cole bay) 5474911 (Dutch Quarter) 5422802 (Hope Estate) or the Community Development Family & Humanitarian Affairs Department at 5421122 or 5429925.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 August 2015 08:01 )

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