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Young Antiguan Jamion Knight recently took up office in Paris, France as the Assistant Executive Officer, Executive Office - Communication and Information Sector within the United Nations Education, Scientific Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the first Antiguan to work for that organisation on a professional level. Prior to his UNESCO appointment, Mr. Knight functioned as the Planning and Communications Officer within the Prime Minister’s Office, as well as a Foreign Service Officer within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He holds a M.A in Diplomacy and International Studies from the SOAS, University in London and a BSc in International Relations with Educations from the University of the West Indies Mona Campus. Mr. Knight graduated from both institutions with honours. Mr. Knight is known for his work as a journalist with several local, regional and international organisations, including the Observer Media Group, Antigua; Island Where Magazine, St. Lucia and as a BBC Caribbean Service stringer/freelance producer. He was the 2003 Island Scholar, a Caricom Youth Ambassador as well as the Director of Pandemove Youth Foundation.

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A new Ambassador to the Caribbean has been nominated. He is His Excellency, Mr. Larry Leon Palmer, who will also be Ambassador to Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Kitts and Nevis. Palmer, who will be based in Bridgetown, Barbados, is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and has served as President and CEO of the Inter-American Foundation from 2005 to 2010. According to a statement issued from the White House, Palmer was previously U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Honduras from 2002 to 2005 and Charge D’Affaires in Quito, Ecuador. Additional overseas posts have included the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Paraguay, Korea, and Sierra Leone. Ambassador Palmer served as Assistant to the President of the University of Texas at El Paso and President of the 41st Senior Seminar, a senior management course for Senior Foreign Service officers. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Palmer served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia.

Trinidadian umpire Joel Wilson has been appointed by the International Cricket Council to the Emirates International Umpires Panel. He joins fellow Trinidadian Peter Nero who was first appointed to the International Panel in 2010. Umpires on the International Panel stand in One Day Internationals around the world and are just below the ICC Elite Panel. The only West Indian on the Elite Panel is Dominican Billy Doctrove. Wilson said he is immensely pleased with the appointment. “I feel happy to be appointed on the ICC International Panel in the on-field position and I understand that with it comes great responsibility to continue to represent the umpiring fraternity in the West Indies with distinction”. Wilson explained that his love for the game and the hard work he put in over the 16 years of being an umpire were the key factors allowing for his latest achievement.

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As 2011 comes to a close and we enter 2012, the forecast for the world economy continues to be news of job cuts and hints of a "double dip"...