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Trinidad court awards record defamation judgement against Warner

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — In what is said to be one of Trinidad and Tobago’s highest ever awards for defamation, embattled former FIFA vice president and Independent Liberal Party (ILP) leader Jack Warner has been ordered to pay former attorney general in the People’s Partnership…

Antigua and Barbuda and US meet to discuss WTO gaming case

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WASHINGTON, USA — On Tuesday, the foreign minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Charles ‘Max’Fernandez, and his delegation met with Assistant US Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere, John Melle, to discuss resolution of the WTO case United States – Measures Affecting the…

Managers of unlicensed Cayman Islands investment company disappear

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MIAMI, USA — B & C Capital Ltd, an unlicensed Cayman Islands investment company whose managers have disappeared, is no longer in business in Grand Cayman, according to sources who have sought to contact or visit the firm. As previously reported, managing director Ryan Bateman is a fugitive from justice.

Regional Commonwealth parliamentary conference opens in BVI

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ROAD TOWN, BVI — Representatives from 13 countries are in the British Virgin Islands attending the 40th Conference of the Caribbean, the Americas and the Atlantic Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). The conference began on July 25 and will conclude on August 1.

Results of geothermal study in Grenada presented

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — The ministry of finance and energy was on Thursday due to present the findings from the geology, geophysics and geochemistry surveys (3Gs surveys) that were undertaken in Grenada earlier this year with the assistance of the government of New Zealand.

Revealing new documentary on Cuba airs next month

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WASHINGTON, USA — As the United States and Cuba move toward normal relations for the first time in more than 54 years, a remarkable documentary film profiles a unique collection of people who are pushing the boundaries and “Reinventing Cuba.” The one hour documentary film, “Reinventing Cuba”…

Belize Tourism Board hosts annual tourism industry conference

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BELIZE CITY, Belize — The Belize Tourism Board will be hosting its annual tourism industry conference on August 1, 2015 in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The purpose of the event is to update industry partners about the tourism accomplishments over the past year in the “Year in Review”, and…

IAPA tells US Congress of press freedom deterioration in the region

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WASHINGTON, USA — The Inter American Press Association (IAPA), in a hearing of the US Congress’s House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, said that the increase in direct and indirect censorship and physical attacks on journalists have caused deterioration in…

Commentary: Obama’s historic trip to Kenya

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On Friday, Barack Obama became the first sitting president of the United States to visit Kenya. For Kenyans, it was a long time coming. But Obama finally gave them the love and recognition they longed for since 2008, when Americans elected this “son of Kenya” president, making him the most powerful man in the…

Commentary: Guyana and Venezuela – peace under law

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A search of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s statements posted on his official website shows no mention of anything he said after a meeting last week with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro about the Guyana-Venezuela controversy. But, according to President Maduro…

Letter: Cuba-St Lucia trade relations

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I was pleased to read in your news release of July 30 that Cuba and St Lucia signed a trade agreement that will deepen existing bilateral relations and examine future trade opportunities between our countries. I presume that St Lucia, through our ambassador to Cuba, is taking full advantage of…

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$400 million needed to finish Bahamas megaresort, says developer

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Baha Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian has entreated the Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM) to match the resort developer’s pledged $200 million jump-start for the stalled mega resort in a bid to stop general contractor China Construction America (CCA) from further…

Grenada lowers Kick ’em Jenny alert level to yellow

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — The Seismic Research Centre (SRC) at the University of the West Indies has reported that the activity levels at the Kick-‘em-Jenny submarine volcano just off the north coast of Grenada has reduced significantly over the weekend. No activity had been recorded since…

Caribbean examining Singapore tourism approach

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), in partnership with the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, on Friday held a workshop on Developing Viable and Sustainable Tourism Products: The Singapore Model. The workshop, in Bridgetown, Barbados, was…

Minister promotes Grenada across Europe and China

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Alexandra Otway, whose appointment as minister of implementation took effect in December 2014, has been promoting Grenada across the world. Starting in early July, she travelled with Micha Emmett, managing director of CS Global Partners, to give speeches…

Technology summer camp to teach Curacao’s children to build their own Android software

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — A three-day technology summer camp that will teach children in Curacao from as little as 7 to 12 years old how to build their own smartphone applications and software is slated to be held from the 10 to 12 August 2015 in Curacao. Sponsored by CWD Technologies, with…

Phoenix Rising: No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up

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Life is filled with many surprises, twists and turns. As an international motivational speaker and talk show host, I am often invited to various functions and events. Sometimes, I don’t feel like going to some events and invariably when I dress up and show up something positive happens. As I look back…

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Dispelling the myth of an expensive destination

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Last week I used a couple of web based hotel booking sites to reserve some accommodation in Charlotte and Kentucky for an upcoming trip. One of them, Hotwire, offers a variety of star rated lodging where you do not actually know exactly which property you are staying at until pre-payment is made in full.

Commentary: Pedro Martinez – the opportune stage to make a statement for humanity, that wasn’t

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Let me be the first to admit that I am not a baseball fan! The game, save for a few elements, holds very little for me along the lines of “excitement”. Yet, in the same breath, I must say that I am one who proactively recognises “excellence”, irrespective of the arena. In that regard, while visiting my 98-year-old…

Letter: They stole us. They sold us. They owe us!

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I once wrote about Antonio Gonsalves, the Portuguese sea captain from Madiera who captured the African men and shackled them, taking them to Portugal. That was the very beginning of the African Atlantic slave trade. The Gonsalves family are the forerunners of the Atlantic African slave trade.

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Eleven charged in murder of prominent Trinidad attorney

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Fifteen months after former independent senator and prominent local attorney, Dana Seetahal, was assassinated in Port of Spain, Trinidad, 11 men have been charged with her murder. At a press conference, the lead investigator, deputy commissioner…

Guyana president calls for stronger regional security

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WASHINGTON, USA (GINA) — “The Caribbean needs a stronger collective security system in order to deal with new threats,” said Guyana’s President David Granger, while delivering the commencement address at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (WJPC) graduation…

Bahamas government to rejoin resort talks in China

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Bahamas Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson was due to return to Beijing, China, at the weekend for the resumption of negotiations between bankrupt megaresort Baha Mar and its Chinese partners, Prime Minister Perry Christie said on Friday night. In a statement, Christie…

Cayman Islands government needs a development plan, says auditor general

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (GIS) — There are several areas where the government can improve how it manages lands in the Cayman Islands, says the auditor general, Alastair Swarbrick, in a report made public last week. The most significant concern he raised is the continuing development…

Reduced volcanic activity recorded at Kick ’em Jenny off Grenada

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — The Seismic Research Centre (SRC) at the University of the West Indies has recorded reduced activity levels at the Kick em’ Jenny submarine volcano 10 km (6 miles) off the north coast of Grenada, following the two small eruptions recorded last week. Recreational divers…

UK Overseas Territory leaders conclude meeting in Bermuda

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HAMILTON, Bermuda — A pre-Joint Ministerial Council meeting of British Overseas Territory leaders was held last week in Bermuda to discuss issues of mutual interest and the forthcoming Joint Ministerial Council Meeting (JMC) with UK Ministers to be held in December 2015 in London.

Ponzi schemer Allen Stanford’s victims wait for outcome of US federal appeal

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HOUSTON, USA — Those observers who have been following Allen Stanford’s $7 billion Stanford International Bank Ponzi scheme, with the resulting 110-year sentence imposed upon him, are awaiting an opinion by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is handling Stanford’s criminal appeal.

Increased security checks at Piarco International Airport in Trinidad

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Regional air carrier LIAT has advised the travelling public that, while it was operating its normal scheduled services to/from Trinidad, customers should expect delays due to extensive airport authority security checks at Piarco International Airport. Head of corporate communications…

Curacao cyber security and ethical hackers training project all set for next month

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — After several weeks of delays, the Microsoft Learning and CWD sponsored Cyber Security and Ethical Hackers Training Conference is now set to be held in Curacao on the 13th and 14th August, 2015. Touted as a crucial training project for employees and IT professionals…

Mass exodus of stock brokers from Swiss bank offices Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — According to reports, there has been a mass exodus of registered stock brokers from the various offices of UBS Puerto Rico, and more layoffs are anticipated soon, all as a result of the fallout related to UBS’s Puerto Rican closed-end bond funds. Malecki Law, who represents…

Officials meet to review economic outlook for Central America, Panama, and Dominican Republic

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Central bank governors, finance ministers, and banking superintendents of Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic, and senior IMF officials met in El Salvador on July 23-24 to review the economic outlook for the region and strategies to strengthen policy frameworks.

Commentary: What’s the fear over the IMPACS investigation?

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National security and immigration are two major components of sovereignty that the region can do with much better regulations and enforcement. If not, the pristine innocence of ‘every ting irie, man’ will remain open for the profit of crime and the underworld to take advantage of.  Most worrisome will be aftermath of…

Commentary: Divided they stood, together they fell; if transformed they can rise

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The public airing of a recorded one-hour private conversation that was held in confidence between Orange Walk East representative and former PUP party leader, John Briceño and his close colleagues, in which he detailed numerous corrupt practices of his party while in government, was a damning…

Letter: Choices

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Trinidad and Tobago, this relatively small island with a population of a bit over one million is a true diamond in the rough, very rough. Our roads all together are less than that of a major city. Our services for the entire island can be compared to a few city blocks. Yet in this small island we cannot deal…

Letter: Sexual intimidation and harassment within the NNP government in Grenada

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There is a connection between the breakdown of Grenadian families and the many social ills. One of those social problems is the unemployment situation, and because of it our young girls are facing a daunting array of problems, caused mostly by poverty and unemployment. While this link is better…

Poets Corner: Under the Breadfruit Tree

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Pot of water boiling, smile plastered on her face, Bursting into a cackle now and then, At the joyous thoughts, the fond remembrances, the warm feelings, Of those unforgettable breadfruit filled days, She peeled the breadfruit, What should she make today? Would it be a breadfruit salad, stuffed…

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Haiti president calls for tougher action against corruption

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) — Haitian President Michel Martelly has instructed anti-corruption authorities to apply a “zero tolerance” policy against corrupt government functionaries and other people involved in financial crimes and other acts of corruption.

Trinidad PM calls on opposition leader to state manifesto policies

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The ruling People’s Partnership coalition government in Trinidad and Tobago headed by United National Congress (UNC) leader, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has “called out” opposition leader Dr Keith Rowley to state his policies and plans in the lead-up to the…

Cayman Islands House Speaker may face corruption probe

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — The former minister for district administration and planning, who is currently the speaker of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly, may be subject to an Anti-Corruption Committee (ACC) investigation after the auditor general raised concerns again about…

Second small eruption recorded Thursday night at Kick ’em Jenny off Grenada

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — The Seismic Research Centre (SRC) at the University of the West Indies recorded a second small eruption during the night of Thursday at the Kick ‘em Jenny submarine volcano 10 km (6 miles) off the north coast of Grenada. Following increased seismic activity recorded…

New survey shows most US citizens support relations with Cuba

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — Seven out of every ten US citizens support the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. As reported on its website, the opinion poll, conducted last week among citizens around the country…

CDB provides grant funds to help University of Belize improve operations

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The government of Belize is continuing its focus on expanding access to quality tertiary education by looking at ways to improve operations at the University of Belize (UB). The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a grant of US$400,000 to the…

Antigua-Barbuda diplomat to be keynote speaker at EPA conference in Nigeria

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ABUJA, Nigeria — Antigua and Barbuda diplomat Sir Ronald Sanders will be the keynote speaker in Abuja, Nigeria at a conference on July 28 and 29 to critically appraise the proposed economic partnership agreement (EPA) between the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and…

CDB approves financing for solar energy plant in Anguilla

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — On July 16, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) board of directors approved a US$2.341 million loan to finance the installation and commissioning of a 1 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant, which will enable the Anguilla Electricity Company Limited…

Trinidad court rules in favour of information disclosure in CLICO bailout

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — In a landmark decision, the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago in Afra Raymond v The Minister of Finance and the Economy has ruled that the minister must publish the details relating to the CL Financial bailout that had been requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

Experts denounce televised reprisals against human rights defenders in Venezuela

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NEW YORK, USA — A group of UN and Inter-American rights experts has underscored their condemnation at attempts by Venezuela’s state-controlled television to discredit and intimidate rights activists in retaliation for their activities in Venezuela and cooperation with United Nations and regional human rights…

ACP ministers adopt roadmap to boost economies through fisheries and aquaculture management

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BRUSSELS, Belgium — The fourth meeting of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) ministers in charge of fisheries and aquaculture was held in Brussels from 22 to 23 July 2015, preceded by a meeting of senior fisheries officials on 20 and 21 July. It provided an opportunity for the ministers to take stock…

Medical tourism market will reach US$32.5 billion by 2019, says new report

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ALBANY, USA — High cost of medical treatment in developed countries has fueled the development of medical tourism, causing patients to visit other destinations for cheaper yet sophisticated treatment. Transparency Market Research, in a recent report, studied the emergence and growth of the global…

Analysis: Will Guyana be Curacao’s new best friend?

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Earlier this year, after hints of the possibility of new oil and gas pockets hit Venezuela elite executives in ALBA and MERCUSUR, a strategic move was made to capture much of the potentially oil producing area; in order to take advantage of smaller countries’ ignorance of the true worth of the natural resources within…

Commentary: The View from Europe: Change, Cuba and the Internet – Part 1

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In the last seven months much has been written about Cuba and the reopening of full diplomatic relations with the US. For the most part media interest has outpaced reality, demonstrating little understanding of the difficulty of what comes next; how it implies that two geographically proximate nations…

Commentary: Central Jamaican Conference of SDA leads the way!

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Over the past years I have been writing commentaries sometimes criticizing what I see as the nonchalant attitude towards crime and violence in the Caribbean by agencies, governments, NGOs, school boards and even the faith community. In the presence of the media, great speeches…

Letter: Is the aristocrat Allen Chastanet the unrepentant sinner on his throne?

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Carnival was pleasing to the eye; what I saw is not something I can see and have on a normal day. The ladies were eye popping. The boys and I had a great time in the sidewalk band. Ole mass was the best political statement I have seen in a while. The sidewalk bank enjoyed “Emma Hold DE PM Post 4 Days”.

Poets Corner: Keyren and Nora

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Keyren kills but police said no murder… Dickie said she ought not to have been charged But instead brought up on a coroner’s inquest What about all the police reports for future reference? She has since been charged for manslaughter Weh happen to the human rights lawyers? This sister ought not…

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Kick ’em Jenny rumbling off Grenada

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Early Thursday morning, a strong continuous signal was observed on instruments monitoring the Kick ‘em Jenny submarine volcano 10 km (6 miles) off the coast of Grenada in the Caribbean Sea. The alert level has been elevated to Orange.

Bahamas court asserts control over Baha Mar resort

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NASSAU, Bahamas — The Bahamas government said on Wednesday it felt “vindicated” by Justice Ian Winder’s rejection of Baha Mar’s application seeking recognition of its Chapter 11 proceedings in Delaware. The ruling means that the various orders handed down by a US judge after Baha Mar’s…

Forensic audit in Guyana reveals unauthorised transfers from PetroCaribe fund

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) — Aerswar Deonarine, deputy chief executive officer (DCEO Administration) of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Company, and Carvil Duncan, president of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions (FITUG) and a director on GPL’s board, are now said to be under…

CCJ ruling may have implications for telecoms companies in the region

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — A ruling this week by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) may have implications on how telecommunications companies dictate to their customers about what they can do with their internet service, according to local tech expert Russell Williams. The ruling delivered on Monday…

Martinique to host first female entrepreneurship awards in the Caribbean

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FORT DE FRANCE, Martinique — The ceremony for the first awards for female entrepreneurship and cooperation in the Caribbean, presented by the Guardian Group and Martinique Pionnières, will take place in December 2015 in Martinique. The Pioneers network, present in 15 regions in Europe, Africa…

Expedia sees significant growth for St Lucia

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CASTRIES, St Lucia — The Expedia group, one of the world’s leading travel companies, has seen a significant increase in travel demand for properties of all star levels on the island of Saint Lucia. Overall, demand increased more than 20 percent in the first quarter of 2015 when compared to the same…

New contact centre to be opened in Trinidad

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ST PETERSBURG, USA – iQor, a global provider of business process outsourcing and product support services with 32,000 employees in 17 countries, will open its newest contact centre in Trinidad and Tobago in September 2015. The new site will be located in Trinidad’s Tamana InTech Park.

Commentary: Black lives matter? Sandra Bland is an example, not a martyr

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You have probably seen police dashcam video of the July 10 traffic stop that led to Sandra Bland’s arrest. Shockingly, she died of an alleged suicide in a Texas jail, under plainly suspicious circumstances, just three days later. I shall leave it to others to propagate racially motivated speculation about…

Commentary: Climate change: Time for talking is over

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Imagine if, on the anniversary of its independence, the friendliest message your nation gets is that, if your country sinks underwater, a nearby island is willing to give your people refuge. That means picking up whatever you might salvage and leaving behind your homeland, your possessions and your entire…

Letter: Growth is the key

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The prime minister of Grenada Keith Mitchell went on a recent visit to North America and Europe. From published articles, he met Grenadians in both New York, USA; Toronto, Canada, and in Hammersmith, London, England. Unfortunately for me, I was one of those invited to his London talk, followed by…

Letter: Black snakes and life in St Vincent and the Grenadines in 2015

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In October 1985 a man named Ralph Gonsalves wrote “…perhaps the most lasting aspect of his life work has been the immense contribution he has made to our country’s political education and the political maturation of our people. Though, he was no Leninist insurrectionary McIntosh turned his face…

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Warner extradition papers arrive in Trinidad from US

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The United States has officially requested the extradition of former FIFA vice president and Trinidad politician Jack Warner. The Trinidad and Tobago attorney general, Garvin Nicholas, held a press conference late on Wednesday afternoon confirming that…

British satirical magazine weighs in on Dominica’s Commonwealth nominee

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LONDON, England — Private Eye, a well-known British satirical and current affairs magazine based in London, has weighed in on the campaign financing disclosed by Baroness Patricia Scotland of Asthal, Dominica’s nominee for the post of Commonwealth secretary-general. Since its first publication…

More coalition candidates announced for Trinidad elections; minister confident

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Leader of Trinidad and Tobago’s United National Congress (UNC), Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has announced the selection of an additional five party candidates to contest the September 7 general elections, one of whom, Senator Vasant Bharat, minister of trade…

IMF concludes discussion on ECCU policies

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WASHINGTON, USA — On June 15, 2015, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the 2015 discussion on the common policies of member countries of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). The regional economy is recovering slowly, with average real GDP growth…

First ever OECS Business Council formed

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CASTRIES St Lucia — The first ever Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Business Council retreat began on Monday in Saint Lucia, under the theme: “Converging the development agenda together.” President of the OECS Business Council Gorden Charles said the council will focus…

Region’s premier tourism conference in Curacao to focus on growth through innovation

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — A theme has been announced for the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Curacao from 21-23 October. This year’s theme, Caribbean Tourism: Growth Through Innovation, reflects the need for Caribbean tourism to…

Building geographical indications for Caribbean origin-linked products

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) opened the two-day sub-regional workshop on branding and the use of geographical indications in the development of management strategies for origin-linked products in Kingston, Jamaica, on July 21.

Commentary: The St Vincent government’s small business regulations and its tax-driven economy

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The government of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is too tax-driven! Largely, this small and vulnerable economy is run by taxes – substituting austerity measures for the absence of industries. In fact, tax laws are constantly increasing and revised, making it increasingly difficult for new small…

Commentary: A non-violent conflict: The Venezuela-Guyana dispute

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An old territorial dispute between Venezuela and Guyana has flared up once again as the Guyanese government contracted ExxonMobil to look for offshore oil in an area that Caracas claims as its own. While it is unlikely that this particular instance will escalate into an armed conflict, these tensions highlight…

Letter: Sir Louis Straker family research project

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I am trying to carry out research for a documentary named ‘From Red to Black to Red’ featuring the family tree of Sir Louis Hilton Straker, his predecessors and ancestors. I am very interested in particular information about the family from two generations prior to one Nanny Straker until today.

Letter: Slavery was the West’s first racially integrated institution

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As usual, this year’s emancipation celebrations will present the same worn-out tale of how our “innocent” and “defenseless” African ancestors were “brutalized” by the “wicked” white people. Africans in the West take it for granted that slavery was a strictly white versus black affair. However, did you know that…

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Cuba and US reaffirm willingness to continue talks

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and US Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed on Monday the willingness of both governments to continue talks in the search for solutions to issues of bilateral interest. Hoisting the Cuban flag for the first time after 54 years…

Citizenship programme critical to St Kitts-Nevis, says PM

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) — The government of St Kitts and Nevis has taken firm steps to address concerns about the citizenship by investment (CBI) programme, which upon assuming office, faced challenges described by prime minister and minister of finance, Dr Timothy Harris, as a…

Former Cayman Islands football chief secures bond with cars and luxury goods

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — Former Cayman Islands football chief Jeffrey Webb has secured his US$10 million bail bond with 11 luxury watches, his wife’s jewellery, including her wedding ring, three high-end cars and ten properties, according to US press reports. The details were…

IDB approves US$100 million for Caribbean energy facility proposed by Trinidad PM

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has said it will support a proposal by Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to establish a multi-donor energy facility for Caribbean sustainability. The prime minister made the announcement on Monday.

St Vincent geothermal project on track to start-up in 2018

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KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — The geothermal energy project in St Vincent is on track to start-up in 2018, according to Peter Williams, a representative of Emera Caribbean Limited, one of the companies that is partnering with the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines to execute the project.

Couple celebrates 30th anniversary with surgery in the Cayman Islands

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands — For many married couples, a wedding anniversary is an opportunity to enjoy a special luxury or a romantic getaway to a destination far away from the realities of everyday life. Not so for Janice and Kelly Renegar, who marked their 30th anniversary by choosing…

Improvements in the pipeline for St Lucia water supply

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CASTRIES, St Lucia — The Caribbean Development Bank is supporting Saint Lucia’s efforts to deliver a reliable, climate resilient supply of potable water to the northern districts of the island by providing US$14.8 million to fund improvements to the John Compton Dam and operations of the Water and…

Federal government to provide $500,000 to help USVI centennial celebrations in 2017

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WASHINGTON, USA — Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina on Tuesday announced $500,000 in grant assistance under the Office of Insular Affairs’ Technical Assistance Program to the US Virgin Islands Centennial Commission as it prepares to organize events and activities…

Nutmeg Princess comes alive at underwater sculpture park in Grenada

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — The Nutmeg Princess has been added to the world’s first underwater sculpture park at Moliniere Bay in Grenada. The statue depicts Grenada’s first fairy tale princess emerging from a large nutmeg pod, reaching to the heavens with a handful of Grenada’s most famed spice.

Canada changes entry requirements for visa-exempt travellers

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TORONTO, Canada — The government of Canada has issued a revision to its new entry requirements for all visa-exempt travellers seeking to enter Canada by air. Effective March 15, 2016, it will become mandatory for visa-exempt travellers to Canada to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA).

Bonaire to receive additional winter airlift from Delta and United

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KRALENDIJK, Bonaire — Delta Air Lines and United Airlines will be adding additional non-stop flights to Bonaire, timed for the peak 2015/2016 winter travel season. Delta will add two more non-stop flights to Bonaire from Atlanta beginning December 19, 2015. The southbound Delta flight DL665…

Commentary: Why the People’s United Party is declining in Belize

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First, I would like to commend Mr Steven Okeke for his views on why he thinks the People’s United Party are in the current state that they are in. It takes people like him with guts to state their views openly and more Belizeans should follow him. As a person who is a born Belizean I have a different view.

Commentary: Haiti scrambles to prepare for electoral contest

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After years of delays and political deadlock, Haiti is finally preparing to hold its long-overdue general elections, leaving international observers to breathe a sigh of relief. But within the small Caribbean nation’s borders, the atmosphere is one of heavy skepticism.  Years of brutal dictatorship and multiple…

Letter: Burn the box

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Once you get used to thinking outside the box, you soon realize that you do not need the box anymore. You can burn the box. The mere existence of the box as a cozy and inviting instrument of suppression beckons you to return to it like an early morning warm bed and prohibits man’s natural quest…

Letter: Tag team Ryan and Farrell

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Within recent times the People’s National Movement (PNM) strategy team came to the conclusion that they cannot campaign against Kamla Persad Bissessar on the merits of delivery and performance. They grudgingly admitted that the country had developed by leaps and bounds during the short space of…

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Former Cayman football chief denies corruption charges in NY court

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NEW YORK, USA — Former Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) president Jeffrey Webb has denied allegations of corruption and bribery in the massive FIFA racketeering investigation and has been bailed but placed under house arrest on a $10 million bond.

Bahamas government accused of nationalising resort

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Financially troubled megaresort Baha Mar on Friday blasted the Bahamas government’s decision to file a winding-up petition against the company in the Supreme Court as “an attempted nationalization of a private investor’s assets”, a move the company said puts its staff and assets…

No support from St Vincent for Dominica’s Commonwealth nominee

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Do not look to St Vincent and the Grenadines for any support, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves told Britain’s Baroness Patricia Scotland of Asthal, who is seeking regional backing as Dominica’s nominee for the position of Commonwealth secretary general.

Development Bank of Latin America to participate in Barbados development financing

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will sign three agreements on Monday with the executive president of the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), Enrique Garcia, that will allow CAF to participate in the financing of the country’s development agenda.

IMF concludes consultation with Barbados

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WASHINGTON, USA — On June 17, 2015, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Barbados. Real GDP growth remained weak in 2014, weighed down by fiscal drag and stagnant tourism inflows, and unemployment averaged 12.3 percent.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: All work and no pay!

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A recent survey released through the US Travel Association (USTA) and conducted by Oxford Economics concluded that, last year, American workers walked away from US$52.4 billion in unused vacation time, forfeiting a total of 169 million paid days off. The amount of vacation time Americans take…

Commentary: The non debate of the ‘great debate’

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Finding a political middle ground is never an easy task. This time, the indecision to negotiate a solution in Trinidad and Tobago that is workable to both the People’s National Movement (PNM) political leader Dr Keith Rowley and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar echoes the theories of political philosophers…

Letter: SVG, when enigma creates positional vertigo!

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The funny thing about a revolution is that if you don’t stop spinning, you can pick up speed and spin out of control into a tailspin, create a whirlpool in water, or open a space/time continuum in a science fiction movie. In St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), we have had the much touted talk of…

Letter: The Privy Council: A key to justice

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As one who has been in and out or our high courts, magistrate’s courts, police cells, and been subject to over ten arrests and innumerable charges, I am convinced that government is the key to injustice; and the Privy Council is one of the keys to it. The following are seven reasons why. Party politics came to…

Letter: Racist connotations in international soccer

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I happen to be a sports loving, Panamanian-born doctor of naturopathy and doctor of bilingual-multicultural education, and I have noticed a peculiarity that leaves me feeling rather unsettled in my spirit. It is my contention that the use of the coined word “Jamaiquino” utilized by the sports announcers.

St Lucia to host CONCACAF women’s championship

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CASTRIES, St Lucia — The Saint Lucia Football Association is set to host international football again this month. Mindoo Phillip Park will be the venue for the Caribbean Zone Group 2 of the 2015 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship. Grenada and Jamaica will be the other two participating teams.

Grenadian athletes honoured in Toronto

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TORONTO, Canada — Grenadian athletes competing at the Pan American Games in Toronto were congratulated and toasted on Friday evening by relatives, friends and other Grenadian nationals. The athletes, as well as coaches and Grenada sports officials, were the guests of honour at a reception…

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Bahamas government moves on Baha Mar megaresort

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NASSAU, Bahamas — After talks in Beijing, China involving Baha Mar and its Chinese partners fell through, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie revealed last night that Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson on Thursday filed a winding-up petition in the Supreme Court.

US, Britain reportedly call for St Lucia police commissioner to be fired

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CASTRIES, St Lucia — According to US intelligence sources, security services in both the US and Britain have written to the government of Saint Lucia calling for commissioner of the Royal St Lucia Police Force (RSLPF), Vernon Francois, to be fired. Local reports further indicate that the government has…

Cross section of Cuban society to travel to US for embassy opening

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — A diverse cross section of Cuban society will travel to Washington to participate in the opening of the Cuban embassy in the US capital on Monday, July 20, coinciding with the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Gustavo Machin, deputy director…

CDB approves US$2.37 million in grant assistance for Haiti catastrophe risk insurance

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved grant assistance of US$2,377,250 to the government of Haiti to meet the country’s insurance premium for coverage provided by the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility.

Caribbean successfully conducts Ebola simulation exercise

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — As part of preparation efforts to prevent and manage potential Ebola cases, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), in collaboration with the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) hosted an Ebola simulation exercise.

IMF completes mission to Belize

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BELMOPAN, Belize — An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Jacques Bouhga-Hagbe visited Belize during July 6-17 to hold discussions in the context of the country’s 2015 Article IV Consultation. At the conclusion of the visit, Bouhga-Hagbe issued the following statement:

Commonwealth to assist in ‘de-risking’ diaspora remittances

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LONDON, England — The Commonwealth has pledged to work with regional and international financial institutions to reduce the risks associated with diaspora money transfers, which provide a crucial source of income to citizens in many developing countries. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF)…

Colombia strengthens its medical services to the Caribbean market

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BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Procolombia, the Colombian government agency that promotes international tourism, foreign investment, non-traditional exports and country brand, has been working closely with the health sector to best position Colombia as the world leader in highly complex medical services.

Jamaican minister hails crowdfunding as a way to ‘democratise’ development financing

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Crowdfunding was heralded as a potential source of billions of dollars of financing for developing countries by experts and policy-makers at a global conference in Ethiopia this week. Jamaica’s minister of finance, Dr Peter Phillips, told a side-event at the United Nations…

Let’s Talk Business: Is online training in the corporate environment really worth it?

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For hundreds of years, classroom training has been the only accepted teaching environment. Online learning or distance education was not considered to be of the same standard as obtaining a degree or certification of a brick and mortar institution. Since the late 1990s, however, online learning…

Commentary: The View from Europe: Climate change and the Caribbean voice

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Climate change is an issue on which the Caribbean has every reason to have its voice heard and be taken very seriously. Not only does its position on changing sea levels genuinely reflect the interests of every Caribbean state – 50 percent of its population and the majority of the region’s productive…

Commentary: Venezuelan opposition MPs propose legislation to create an Essequibo state

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In a new twist to the Venezuelan renewed vociferous and heated claim to Guyana’s western Essequibo territory, eight opposition members of the Venezuelan National Assembly have presented a special bill for the creation of a new Essequibo “state”. The legislators, Andres Velasquez, Freddy Marcano…

Letter: Phony airport completion election promises, Vincie-style

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In what appears to be a crude attempt to shore up his declining political base in advance of the upcoming election, the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, the Honourable Dr Ralph Gonsalves, has just announced that an agreement has been signed with some unknown group of…

Letter: Non-disruptive colours

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While the public discourse on food and nutrition security or even sovereignty for Trinidad and Tobago remains somewhat dormant; I expect in the fullness of time that this too shall pass. The reality will hit that thousands of people and billions of dollars in the country are related, in some way, to the…

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Former Cayman Islands football boss extradited to US

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — The former FIFA vice president, CONCACAF and Cayman Islands football president, Jeffrey Webb, is understood to have arrived in New York after he was handed over to the United States authorities on Wednesday.

St Lucia political leader accused of diverting party funds

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CASTRIES, St Lucia — Political leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) in Saint Lucia, Allen Chastanet, has been accused by a group of dissident party supporters of commissioning a poll to determine if he should remain as party leader, paying the polling company with monies donated to…

Bahamas delegation leaves China without resort deal

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson was en route to The Bahamas from China on Wednesday night after parties attempting to negotiate a deal in the Baha Mar dispute failed to reach an agreement. Maynard-Gibson headed a Bahamas government delegation that mediated…

Earthquakes rattle Barbados and neighbouring islands

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Six separate earthquakes were recorded on Thursday northeast of Barbados between 7:01am and 12:23pm local time about 125 km from the capital, Bridgetown. The magnitudes ranged from 3.4 to 6.4 and depths from 61km to 111km. These earth tremors were reportedly felt…

Opposition leader’s comparison of Trinidad and Tobago with Haiti ‘ludicrous and insulting’

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The United National Congress (UNC) on Wednesday harshly criticised opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) leader Keith Rowley for his suggestion that Trinidad and Tobago could end up like Haiti. He based his statement on his claim that the Trinidad and Tobago…

St Kitts-Nevis undecided on Commonwealth nominee

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — St Kitts and Nevis has not yet decided which Caribbean candidate it will support for the position of secretary general of the Commonwealth, according to Prime Minister Timothy Harris. Harris said there is ample time to decide ahead of the November election in Malta.

EU congratulates Trinidad and Tobago on strong economic plans

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Wednesday held discussions with European Union Trade Commissioner Dr Cecilia Malmström on several matters related to expanded trade relations between Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the wider Caribbean region…

With Haiti ‘back on its feet’, upcoming elections will be critical for future stability, say UN officials

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NEW YORK, USA — Haiti’s imminent elections will look to inaugurate a new period of transparency, democracy and development long yearned for by its citizens, senior United Nations officials told a gathering of the county’s partners during a key meeting held on Thursday at UN Headquarters.

Former Panama president files criminal charges against all supreme court judges

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PANAMA CITY, Panama — In a move that most observers believe smacks of sheer desperation, attorneys for former Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli have filed criminal charges against the remaining judges and magistrates of the Supreme Court of Justice, effectively shutting down the country’s…

Jamaica announces three-pronged strategy to address spike in murders

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of national security Peter Bunting on Tuesday announced new policy measures to address the current spike in murders in Jamaica. The three-pronged strategy, which he unveiled in the House of Representatives, will focus on strengthening the operational…

St Kitts looks to geothermal as an alternative energy resource

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) — St Kitts and Nevis has ramped up its pursuit of geothermal energy, as it seeks to expand renewable energy alternatives. Speaking at the prime minister’s monthly press conference on Wednesday, minister of energy, Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd, pointed out that plans…

Anguilla revenue administrators understudy Turks and Caicos revenue operations

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PROVIDENCIALES, TCI — The Turks Caicos Islands (TCI) government revenue and customs departments were identified by the Anguilla government earlier this year to host their comptroller of revenue, Perin Bradley, and comptroller of customs, Travis Carty, to understudy the operations in the TCI.

Cuba does not discount opening a consulate in South Florida

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — The chief of the Cuban Interest Section in Washington DC, Jose Ramon Cabañas, in an interview with Univisión 23 TV Channel on the opening of a Cuban embassy in the US on July 20, did not discount the possibility of opening a consulate in South Florida. In the first part of the interview…

Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association praises visionary remarks by outgoing CARICOM chairman

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MIAMI, USA — The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) officials have praised Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, outgoing CARICOM chairman, for his remarks at the heads of government meeting recently, where he challenged his colleagues to embrace tourism as the quickest way to…

Weekly air service to Cuba to start from Houston

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MIAMI, USA – Miami-based HavanaAir Charters continues its expansion into the Cuba market with its direct air carrier partner Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. HavanaAir will begin weekly, direct service from Houston International Airport to Havana, Cuba, giving US West Coast gateway cities a more…

Commentary: Obama leads world to historic nuclear deal with Iran

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On Tuesday, President Obama commanded special TV time to announce a historic deal to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Even though it took his pragmatic and visionary leadership to finally seal it, this deal was decades in the making (arguably dating back to 1979). Therefore, Obama was right…

Commentary: The IMF vision of debt and Obama’s boldness with Iran

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The debt crisis in Greece and the historic accord to limit Iran’s nuclear capability, thus lifting crippling sanctions, will have global repercussions. US President Barack Obama has shown strong and courageous leadership on the Iran issue. In doing so, he has fulfilled promises on another of two prickly problems.

Letter: Allen Chastanet calls clinical psychologist for help

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I was more than amused to learn that the licensed psychologist Dr Sharon-Ann Gopaul-McNicol was hired by the aristocrat Allen Chastanet to give her assessment of the party meeting last Monday, July 13, 2015. In conversation with my wife over dinner I asked by the way, dear, why does the UWP need…

Letter: Eustace Family history of service to the Garinagu (A response to Vinciman)

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In a previous post, the pseudonym Vinciman asked: was the Dr. Eustace in your “Life and Times” book “potogeeman”? Just asking! Keep me informed. And Vinci Vin responds as follows: Vinciman, I am glad that you mentioned the venerable, public-spirited, sainted Dr John Parmenas Eustace.

WICB continues series of town-hall meetings to re-engage the public

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — As part of continued efforts for the public to participate in the series of town-hall meetings, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will be in Saint Lucia and Guyana over the next two weeks. Fans in those two territories will get the chance to ask questions and make comments about the sport.

WICB discontinues disciplinary action against Gayle

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua — The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has discontinued a disciplinary charge brought against West Indies opener Chris Gayle. On January 11 this year, Gayle made public comments during a post-match interview that were critical of the selection policy of the WICB, when Kieron Pollard…