ACM Calls for Media Self-Regulation
The Association of Caribbean Media Workers hosted a one-day workshop in Saint Lucia with an aim to discuss and create a practical media self-regulation model. Media practitioners locally and across the region huddled for the information packed session geared specifically for practicing journalists and media house operators.
Mediating the session was former TV anchor and host Onel Sanford- Belle.
Belle pointed out to the STAR that as journalist their “preference is to be self regulated, in order to monitor our own standards, as oppose to allowing or to wait for harsh regulation whether by government or a private entity.” She continued: "This workshop is the second phase of a media self-regulation project which started consultations in Saint Lucia, Trinidad, Jamaica and Guyana in 2014."
The workshop included several topics ranging from International best practices and principles, protection of freedom of expression, cybercrime legislation and advocacy.
Notable regional journalists such as Julian Rogers, Anesia Baptiste and Sunil Ramdeen were also on hand to offer their experiences from across the region.
Also hosting the open discussion was the ACM president Wesley Gibbings who spoke at length in regards to his research into the establishment of a Media Complaints Council and media self regulations that are required to govern both local and regional media associations.
Fond Doux Plantation & Resort is having a remarkable year, receiving yet another prestigious award. This time they were recognized as “The America’s Best Sustainable Boutique Hotel” at the World Boutique Hotel Awards (WBHA) ceremony in London on Wednesday.
Eroline Lamontagne, co-owner of Fond Doux, was on hand to receive the award personally which the resort also won in 2015.
“We are thrilled to once again be recognized with a World Boutique Hotel Award,” said Eroline. She continued, “this award represents the hard work of our team at Fond Doux who make sustainability a part of their daily work practice. And it reflects on the commitment we have to our beautiful St. Lucia, as she sustains us, and we are proud to do all we can to give back.”
Nominations for the WHBAs are made by an Awards Voting Jury comprised of 30 well-travelled industry experts and luxury travel journalists. The WHBA panel reviewed more than 300 hotels before announcing this year’s winners.
Sustainable tourism activities at Fond Doux, and its commitment to excellence and environmental stewardship, are guided by an environmental policy consistent with Green Globe Certification requirements.
“Our vision has always been to be as environmentally conscious as possible,” says Lyton Lamontagne. “Fond Doux is the only true organic resort on Saint Lucia, and the only resort engaged in true ecofriendly building practices and cultural preservation.”
2016 has been a banner year so far for Fond Doux, receiving additional awards and accolades including a TripExpert 2016 Editors’ Choice Award, a fourth consecutive Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor for both hotel and restaurant, and a third straight Travel Weekly Magellan Award.
Earlier this week Fond Doux owners accepted the World Boutique Award in the UK.
ACM President, Wesley Gibbings addressing members of the local and regional media fraternity during the one day industry consultation workshop at the Palm Haven Hotel last Friday.