“There is, however, substantial variation across countries. Economic activity in tourism-dependent economies is estimated to have expanded in the first half of 2017. There are a few exceptions, however, such as Barbados, where growth in 2017 is estimated to have slowed, reflecting necessary fiscal consolidation efforts.” – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) noting that economic prospects for the Caribbean are generally improving.

“Those migrants who are here illegally must leave by December 31, 2017 after which they will be aggressively pursued and deported.” – The Bahamas government giving illegal migrants until year end to regularise their stay in the country or face deportation.

“No small island can reasonably be expected to recover and rebuild from a catastrophic disaster that undermines their entire economy without international support. They need businesses to step up. The private sector is key to reviving the region’s economies and must play a central role in the reconstruction of these islands, helping them to build back better.” – The United Kingdom government announcing that it would establish a private sector task force to help long-term reconstruction in countries and territories hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

“CDEMA therefore supports and champions the need to accelerate efforts in managing disaster risk towards enhancing the region’s preparedness and response capabilities given the threat of climate change. For us in the Caribbean, the issue of displacement as a result of disasters is a reality and a matter that requires the region’s urgent attention.” – The Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) saying the damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last month has highlighted the need to tackle the incidences of vulnerability.

“The underpinnings of the entire process for a post-Cotonou Agreement rests on the fundamental aim of achieving the structural transformation of ACP economies,”  African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Secretary General Dr. P.I. Gomes as  ACP legislators call for a “radical departure” from the traditional relationship with the European Union (EU).

We must not get complacent. We’re in Zimbabwe. Yes they’re under us but I believe they’re a very good team. They have some very good players, some good experienced players – they’ve been playing for a while – and they’re in home conditions so they know the conditions better than us.” – Seamer Kemar Roach warning West Indies against complacency as they prepare for their two-Test series against Zimbabwe.

“In it were two brand new generators and maybe US$1 000 of stuff and I said to myself people look at cricketers and say they are greedy. This is a guy with a kind heart … I didn’t ask him for anything and he brought all this stuff and you have to congratulate people like that. I was stunned by his contribution and Gus (Logie) made a contribution as well.” – West Indies speedster, Shannon Gabriel, coming in for praise from veteran cricket administrator, Lockhart Sebastien, for his generosity in giving towards the hurricane relief efforts in Dominica.

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