Women’s Coalition of St. Croix in Dire Need of Funding

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Carol Buchanan (St. Croix Source) writes that The Women’s Coalition of St. Croix is in desperate need of funds. It needs financial assistance so it can continue to assist victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes of violence.

Clema Lewis, executive director, and Carolyn Forno, assistant director, said at this point they are looking at where and how to make cuts without eliminating essential services. Forno added they have depleted reserves and options.

They hope they can come to a solution without programs being cut and possibly having to close the emergency shelter. They might also cut office hours and be open four days a week and staff could be laid off.

Project Link, a program where people can get their GED, is already on hold because the Department of Education owes the coalition money Forno said. Funds and grants from the federal government passed through…

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Jamaica’s Blue and John Crow Mountains on the UNESCO World Heritage List

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The Jamaica Observer reports that the Blue and John Crow Mountains will now be part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Caribbean. It is a first World Heritage site for Jamaica and also the first mixed—cultural and natural—site for the Caribbean.

The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) says it is delighted at news that the push to have the Blue and John Crow Mountains designated as a World Heritage Site has yielded significant success. TEF in a media release Friday, said this follows the UNESCO World Heritage Committee’s unanimous decision to have the site inscribed on the prestigious World Heritage List.

The decision was made at the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee Meeting now underway in Bonn, Germany.

The Fund has provided over $13 million to date to support the venture and overall has allocated the some $761 million to heritage and cultural projects over the last…

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