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STEPPING DOWN: Portia Simpson Miller

CLIMATE-PROOFING TOURISM INDUSTRY

A €460,000 European Union grant will help to fund a Caribbean Tour- ism Organisation (CTO) project aimed at increasing the tourism sector’s resilience to and mitigation of natural hazards and climate-related risks.

CTO’s Secretary General Hugh Riley said: “Global climate change and its impacts, including the increasing frequency and severity
of extreme weather events, pose a significant risk to the Caribbean region and threaten the sustainability of Caribbean tourism.”

TRIBUTES TO FORMER JAMAICA PM PORTIA JAMAICAN AND regional politicians have been paying tribute to former Jamaican prime minister Portia Simpson Miller, who has stepped down as an MP after more than 40 years in politics.

Ms Simpson Miller, the country’s first female prime minister, was described by current leader Andrew Holness as a metaphor
of hope in the face of “adversity” and as being “no ordinary woman”.

COMMONWEALTH PRIZE FOR PERSAUD TRINIDADIAN WRITER

Ingrid Persaud has won the 2017 Commonwealth Writers’ Short Story Prize. The story The Sweet Sop, which explores fractured families, death and terminal illness through the medium of chocolate, beat a shortlist of winners drawn from all Commonwealth regions, chosen from 6,000 entries.

GUYANA EXPORTS RICE TO MEXICO GUYANA HAS sent its first rice export shipment to Mexico as part of a US$17.7 million contract. The Agriculture Ministry said that the contract for 60,000 tonnes of rice to a non-traditional market would provide a significant boost to Guyana’s paddy exports.

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