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Danny weakening as it approaches Leeward Islands; two follow behind

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MIAMI, USA — Tropical cyclone Danny decreased in intensity over the weekend as expected as it approached the Leeward Islands on Sunday. Maximum sustained winds decreased to near 40 mph (65 km/h), with higher gusts. Forecasters are also watching two other…

Bahamas megaresort liquidation ruling expected September 4

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Bahamas Supreme Court Justice Ian Winder will rule on September 4 whether to approve the government’s request to appoint a provisional liquidator to manage the affairs of bankrupt megaresort Baha Mar. Winder heard submissions on Friday from James Corbett QC.

Caribbean-Americans face blurred lines, says former US attorney general

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DETROIT, USA In one of his first public speaking engagements since leaving the Obama administration, former attorney general Eric Holder, of Barbadian parentage and the United States first black attorney general was the keynote speaker last week at a luncheon hosted by Diversity Information Resources in Detroit.

CARIFESTA XII opens in Haiti with a bang despite rain

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PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — The twelfth edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XII) opened on Friday night with exciting performances, speeches and fireworks. The event began with a parade of all the countries represented, dressed in their traditional national dress and arriving in the Haitian…

$400m Cayman Islands trading scheme targeted Canadian and American investors

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MIAMI, USA — A $400 million scandal involving unlicensed Cayman Islands investment company Bateman Capital and its principals – the current fugitive from justice, Ryan Bateman, and Fernando Moto Mendes his successor director – who ran a scam through which Bateman covertly traded funds…

New Antigua-Barbuda ambassador pays courtesy call on Bahamas colleague

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WASHINGTON, USA — Sir Ronald Sanders, the newly appointed ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda, and the country’s nominee for Commonwealth secretary general, paid a courtesy call on Eugene Newry, ambassador of The Bahamas, in Washington, DC, on Thursday. Sanders, an internationally…

Jamaica charts new economic course with National Export Strategy II

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — With the vision of creating “a leading per capita export country known for its commitment to creativity, innovation and exceptional quality”, the Jamaican government has launched the second phase of the National Export Strategy (NES) to increase Jamaica’s exports and improve the…

IMF concludes review mission to Jamaica

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Uma Ramakrishnan visited Jamaica from August 12-21, 2015, to conduct discussions on the ninth review of Jamaica’s IMF-supported program under the extended fund facility (EFF). At the conclusion of the mission…

Bahamian international motivational speaker now a customer service evangelist

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Master Motivator Spence Finlayson, Bahamas based, international motivational speaker, corporate trainer, author and talk show host, can now add another title to his portfolio. He is now called a customer service evangelist based on his more than 27 years of preaching customer…

Slave trade remembered on International Day

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PARIS, France — By teaching, communicating and transmitting the history of the slave trade the world can reinforce the rights and the dignity of people of African descent and, together, fight against all forms of racism and discrimination, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural…

Marketing Strategies Today: How you can profit with Pinterest

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Pinterest is the hottest new social networking trend on the internet. Users are scrambling to sign up, pin and share their favorite bits from the web on their very own site. And smart bloggers, website and business owners are using this new social networking phenomenon to direct more business and…

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Do we have a right to know?

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Frankly, I have employed extraordinary restraint in commenting on the subject of LIAT, because at the end of the day I feel that, until the politics are completely taken out of the airline and it is operated in a purely commercial environment, then the carrier has no long term future without massive taxpayer subsidies.

Commentary: My views on the Belize-Guatemala issue

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The Guatemalan claim to Belize, like all the claims that exist among the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, has its roots in the Treaty of Tordesillas that was signed between Spain and Portugal in 1493 and approved by the then Catholic Pope Alexander the VI of Spain. Neither Spain, Portugal nor…

Letter: Joy riding

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A number of people are puzzled by the travel pattern of Caribbean leaders and the impact of this travel on the country they represent. In the past, it was common to expect that when a leader travels he would return with substantial benefits and ideas for the transformation of the nation that he represents.

Saint Lucia and Dominica gain upper hand in Windwards second round matches

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PARKHILL, St Vincent — The Windward Islands Goodwill Cricket Tournament continued with crucial second round action that started at two venues on Saturday. St Vincent and the Grenadines clashed with Saint Lucia at Park Hill, while Dominica and Grenada faced off at Arnos Vale, with Dominica and….

WICB town hall meetings to continue across the region

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The series of West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) town-hall meetings hosted by president Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron and vice president Emmanuel Nanthan are still to be hosted in two main territories: Trinidad and Tobago and the Leeward Islands. As announced after the on August 7…

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Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


Danny strengthens into first hurricane of 2015 season

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MIAMI, USA — Tropical cyclone Danny strengthened into the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season on Thursday; however, its impact on the Caribbean remained uncertain. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Thursday…

Luxury brand seeks to terminate agreement with bankrupt Bahamas megaresort

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Luxury brand Rosewood has filed a motion in the Delaware Court seeking to terminate its licence agreement with the bankrupt Baha Mar megaresort development in The Bahamas. The motion, which was filed in the US court, cites numerous reasons, including Baha Mar’s…

Turks and Caicos government evades debate on freedom of information

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PROVIDENCIALES, TCI — Debate on a private member’s motion calling for the introduction of a Freedom of Information Ordinance in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), submitted about a month ago by leader of the opposition, Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, was evaded by the government.

St Kitts-Nevis PM discusses further cooperation during Taiwan visit

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (SKNIS) — While on a five-day visit to Taiwan, St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris discussed ideas and avenues for further cooperation with Taiwan’s minister of foreign affairs, David Lin. During the meeting with Lin, Harris emphasized that the friendship between…

More market access for local exporters, says Trinidad minister

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Enhancing the country’s competitiveness and expanding exports are crucial for improving the economic welfare of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, said minister of trade, industry, investment and communications, Vasant Bharath during his feature address at…

Constitutional review report discussed in St Lucia parliament

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CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) — Saint Lucia’s House of Assembly met on Tuesday, to debate the report of the Constitutional Review Commission. The House authorized the establishment of a Commission in 2004, to examine Saint Lucia’s constitution and report, in writing, recommendations and…

Turks and Caicos government silent on sex trafficking report

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PROVIDENCIALES, TCI — According to the US State Department 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) is a destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour. The local government has, however, remained silent.

St Kitts-Nevis authorities concerned about negative publicity over illegal whale meat

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — Authorities in St Kitts and Nevis are concerned about the negative publicity the Federation is receiving internationally by advocacy group Avaaz, which has been campaigning for the government to unregister a vessel it alleges is carrying illegal whale meat.

Puerto Rico authorities seize cocaine and heroin inside container from Dominican Republic

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field operations officers on Monday seized 68 pounds (31 kilos) of cocaine, along with 23 ounces (650 grams) of heroin, within two backpacks found inside a container arriving from the Dominican Republic. The combined estimated…

Antigua-Barbuda to host two-day regional scriptwriters development retreat

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Antigua and Barbuda will this week host a regional scriptwriters’ development retreat on Friday and Saturday. The two-day scriptwriters’ retreat is the second of a multi-phased programme executed by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Competitive Business…

First hotel certifications granted under Puerto Rico medical tourism program

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Caribe Hilton and the Condado Plaza Hilton are the first hotel providers in Puerto Rico to be certified after the training and inspection process under the island’s medical tourism program. “As part of our strategic plan, we hired the MTA [Medical Tourism Association]…

Commentary: Hail Jeremy Corbyn, the Bernie Sanders of British politics

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It’s hardly surprising that the US media are providing obsessive coverage of Donald Trump’s egocentric campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. After all, nothing attracts today’s ratings-driven media quite like a freak show or impending doom. Trump’s campaign offers both.

Commentary: CARICOM: A collective bargaining unit for rights

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The Caribbean regional integration project is often described and criticised on the basis of trade. The majority of the detractors of the Caribbean Community and Common Market focus almost entirely on the uneven benefits of trade to member countries. But, important as it is, there is more to CARICOM than trade.

Letter: Has Ralph Gonsalves got a Potholes Degree (PhD)?

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For sure he has not got a proper PhD in law like Senator Lewis, perhaps Gonsalves has a PhD in potholes, because he has overseen the creation of more potholes in SVG than any man before him in the Caribbean, hence ‘Pot hole Degree’ PhD. I am sure the Honourable Dr Lewis having…

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Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


US government distances itself from remarks made by former NY governor in Trinidad

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The United States Embassy in Trinidad on Sunday distanced itself and the US government from remarks made a political rally in Port of Spain on Saturday on behalf of the opposition People’s National Movement’s (PNM) by former New York governor David Paterson.

Cayman Islands legislator calls homosexuals evil

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — One of the longest-serving members of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly, Anthony Eden, has derided rights for the lesbian gay bisexual transgender (LGBT) community and warned that the next step would be bestiality.

Tropical system continues to develop as it moves west towards the Caribbean

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MIAMI, USA — Shower and thunderstorm activity associated with an area of low pressure designated as Invest 96 L located several hundred miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands continues to show signs of organization. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, environmental conditions…

Haitian traveller intercepted at Fort Lauderdale airport with nearly 20 pounds of cocaine in suitcase lining

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FORT LAUDERDALE, USA — US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport arrested a 33-year-old male citizen of Haiti for smuggling nearly 20 pounds of cocaine in the false lining of two suitcases.

SBA announces funding package to spur economic activity and create jobs in Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, a member of President Obama’s Cabinet and the head of the US Small Business Administration (SBA), announced on Monday during a press conference that the former Roosevelt Roads Naval Station has been designated a Historically…

Caribbean Week- One Love festivities officially launched in Northern Ireland

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BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Belfast was treated to Caribbean hospitality and festivities on Saturday with the official launch of Caribbean Week 2015. The annual Caribbean Week highlights Caribbean history, food, music, poetry, photography, fashion, tourism, agriculture, including emancipation and…

Phoenix Rising: Realizing your true potential

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From our birth, there is a vast amount of potential that exists within us. “A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed. It feels an impulsion this is the place to go now. But the sky knows the reason and the patterns behind all clouds. And you will know, too, when you lift…

Editorial: What if…? Part 2

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In February 2014, attorneys for former Saint Lucia housing minister Richard Frederick filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Washington, DC, claiming compensatory and punitive damages of $25 million in relation to the revocation in 2011 of his diplomatic and non-immigrant US visas.

Commentary: The future is better than history of the past in Trinidad and Tobago

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First it was emailgate by Dr Keith Rowley, followed by Jack Warner and his situation with US authorities. Then a poll showed 20/21 for the UNC that has only just launched its full slate on Sunday. Recently, alleged sexual harassment showed its ugly head and now murder threats have surfaced that may…

Commentary: The contentious Garifuna debate

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The partial statement of the opposition leader quoted above, and delivered at the July 29, 2015, press conference with Wellington Ramos was designed not only to galvanize support for the NDP’s policy of offering honorary citizenship to the descendants of the Garifuna people exiled in 1797, but to…

Letter: DPTT bows out of the 2015 general election in Trinidad and Tobago

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The Democratic Party of Trinidad & Tobago has decided not to contest the 2015 General Election. This difficult decision was made after evaluating the present political climate and the public response to the last three months of the DPTT’s sharing its vision for Trinidad & Tobago. It is clear from the…

Open Letter to Consulate General of Saint Lucia in Toronto

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The reaction by your office, the Consulate General of Saint Lucia in Toronto to a progressive group of Saint Lucians who successfully hosted a Family Fun Day is unfortunate. It is a break in proceedings to say that the handling of the entire situation from the beginning, to now….

Guyana fields crack team for Williams Digicel International in Barbados

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The current Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) points-leaders on two and four wheels, reigning Champion Driver Kristian Jeffrey and double Superbike Champion Stephen Vieira, are leading a strong Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club…

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Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


Former NY governor claims hitherto unknown Trinidad ancestry

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Flown in to Trinidad by the opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) to support its election campaign at a public rally in Port of Spain on Saturday, former New York Governor David Paterson claimed Trinidad and Tobago ancestry as his reason.

Forged documents produced as evidence in Cayman Islands libel claim

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — Commissioner of Police David Baines has confirmed that the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) is looking into allegations that documents related to a libel lawsuit between Premier Alden McLaughlin and opposition leader McKeeva Bush are forged.

Experts hoping to deploy cyber security shield to reduce cyber attacks in Curacao

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — In response to the more than 1,000 cyber security threats that keep tunneling their way daily into Curacao, a network of cyber security experts is expected to deploy an advance cyber shield system that promises to repel and weaken the impact of such attacks on businesses and…

Tropical wave heading west towards Caribbean

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MIAMI, USA — A tropical wave accompanied by a surface low pressure system is producing a concentrated area of disturbed weather a few hundred miles south-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands as it moves westward towards the Caribbean at around 15 mph. According to the National Hurricane Center…

Bermuda opposition questions governor’s silence on corruption allegations

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HAMILTON, Bermuda — Why has Bermuda Governor George Fergusson remained virtually silent regarding the allegations of extortion and bribery made against ministers Craig Cannonier and Michael Fahy and MP Mark Pettingill, shadow tourism minister Zane DeSilva asked on Friday.

Jamaican energy minister hails LNG deal

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — A new agreement between the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) and New Fortress Energy for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel the generation of electricity is the catalyst that can establish Jamaica as an energy hub for the Caribbean and Latin America.

New nonstop flight from Dubai to Panama a terrorist financiers’ dream?

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MIAMI, USA — Emirates Airlines has announced that, commencing in early 2016, it will offer service between Dubai, UAE, and Panama, a 17-1/2 hour flight that will become the world’s longest nonstop journey, a total of over 13,800 km (8,625 miles). The airline will operate a Boeing B777-200LR.

Unfolding Cayman Islands financial scandal test of authorities’ enforcement resolve

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MIAMI, USA — A major financial scandal unfolding in the Cayman Islands may test the current ability and inclination of Cayman law enforcement agencies and regulators to enforce the laws and regulations governing financial services. There are allegations of illegal co-mingling of investor accounts.

Cayman Islands awarded top offshore domicile for captives

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands — The Cayman Islands has been recognised at the 2015 US Captive Services Awards, winning the top prize in the 2015 ‘Offshore Captive Domicile’ category. Cayman won the award by demonstrating its ongoing commitment to the captive sector and by passing…

OAS optimistic over Honduras national corruption and impunity dialogue

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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Following a week of intense negotiations, the mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Honduras, headed by its special representative and facilitator, Chilean diplomat John Biehl, has concluded that an inclusive and participative dialogue on the fight against…

Marketing Strategies for Today: Connect like never before with Periscope

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If you’re a Twitter fan, then you’re going to love Periscope. Picked up by Twitter in January, Periscope is a new video streaming app that will change the way you interact with the world. Periscope lets you broadcast your share-worthy moments on the go, connect with your Twitter followers in a whole new…

Editorial: What if…? Part 1

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There can be few readers that are not at least dimly aware that Hillary Clinton, former US secretary of state and putative Democratic Party 2016 presidential nominee, is currently embroiled in an ongoing controversy over her use of a private email server in an apparent attempt to circumvent…

Commentary: Tourism Matters: A world of possibilities

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With any number of uncertainties, there can be very few other businesses like airlines that present a constant indeterminate challenge. It only seems a twinkle ago since massive controversy hit the media over the sale of the valuable Heathrow slots by the now defunct BWIA for what many felt was an…

Commentary: Guyana-Venezuela: The ‘controversy’ over the arbitral award of 1899

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Every so often, sections of the local and foreign media propagate the erroneous idea of an existing territorial “dispute” between Venezuela and Guyana over the Essequibo region. They write and report about the “disputed” Essequibo territory, conveniently ignoring the fact that the territory was firmly…

Letter: The best form of defence is attack

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Something that all lawyers learn at an early stage in their careers is that the best form of defence is attack. So when I see a lawyer who is a known and self confessed liar offering un-confirmable explanations without being asked matching questions, I find that most unusual. But I also see that as…

Letter: Who’s better for Grenada, Keith or Kamla?

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When the thought came to mind about writing this article I had no idea that Steve Alvarez had written an article entitled Who’s better for Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla or Dr Rowley?’ Just a quick glance at the title someone may get the idea that this article is about Keith Mitchell and Kamla Bissessar.

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Cayman Islands opposition leader defends controversial deals

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — The Cayman Islands opposition leader McKeeva Bush has said that the auditor general, Alastair Swarbrick, did not have the authority to determine that the deals his former United Democratic Party (UDP) government made with…

International community should do more to assist small states, says Barbados minister

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — Members of the international community need to do much more than “study the situation” of developing states in economic crises; they need to develop a plan to assist them in debt recovery. That view was expressed on Wednesday by Barbados’ finance minister…

Antigua-Barbuda continues to forge closer ties with other nations

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne continues to foster closer relations with international leaders and countries as his government works towards tackling issues that affect Antigua and Barbuda and other developing nations. During a recent visit to the Horn of…

St Kitts-Nevis attorney general denies breaching constitution over DPP contract

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — St Kitts and Nevis Attorney General Vincent Byron has responded to claims from Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Travers Sinanan that he has been unfairly terminated. Byron, who is currently in Miami, told Winn FM that the simple matter is that the DPP’s two-year contract…

St Lucia, Venezuela deepen ties

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CASTRIES, St Lucia — On August 7, a delegation from Venezuela, led by Venezuela’s minister for external affairs, Delcy Rodriguez, arrived in Saint Lucia. The visiting Venezuelan minister met Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony and minister for external affairs Alva Baptiste. The Venezuelan delegation is…

Direct consumption: The future of the Barbados sugar industry

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — Barbados has had a long tradition of producing some of the best quality sugar in the world. However, although the industry remains an important contributor to foreign exchange earnings, rural employment and the environment, the removal of the European Union’s…

FedEx plane crashes en route to St Kitts

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — The pilot of a small FedEx plane is in stable condition after the aircraft crashed into the sea off Saba on Wednesday. The Cessna Caravan C208 was on route to St Kitts from Puerto Rico when the pilot reported engine trouble to air traffic control at St Kitts’ Robert L. Bradshaw…

Antigua and Barbuda paving way for accession to CCJ

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Prime Minister Gaston Browne and leader of the opposition United Progressive Party, Baldwin Spencer, in the presence of governor-general of Antigua and Barbuda Sir Rodney Williams have signed a memorandum of understanding on constitutional reform paving the way for the country’s…

Jamaica hires consultant to recommend regulations for medical marijuana and industrial hemp

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica’s ministry of industry, investment and commerce has hired BOTEC Analysis as a consultant for the development of regulations to guide Jamaica’s nascent medical marijuana and industrial hemp sectors. At the end of the consultancy, BOTEC Analysis will submit to Jamaica’s…

US secretary of state urged to focus on press freedom in Cuba

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WASHINGTON, USA — The National Press Club on Wednesday called on Secretary of State John Kerry to make press freedom and the expansion of Internet access in Cuba a priority in his department’s engagements with the Castro regime. The secretary will become the highest-ranking US official…

Commentary: Chavez Chavismo: More Robbing Hoodlum than Robin Hood

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My socialist affinities are such that I used to be a big fan of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. But it did not take long before I began denouncing him as just another tin-pot dictator who was betraying the very socialist causes he championed. Here is an illustrative excerpt from “Bolivia’s Woes Expose…

Commentary: China’s devalued currency, blood and windfalls

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Republican US presidential hopeful, Donald Trump, sees ‘blood’ everywhere. Unhappy and irritated by a question put to him by a female Fox News TV journalist during a debate between several Republican aspirants for the White House, he notoriously said she had blood coming out of her eyes and “wherever”.

Letter: Reform, revamp and support the RGPF

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Your published letters are so interesting to read I keep returning every day for more of what I enjoy doing most, reading the letters you publish. The Grenadian Class letter published August 4 is written so superbly that I couldn’t help sending my comment on the subject. I think that the problem of…

Open Letter to John Kerry: Make sure all of Cuba’s many voices are heard

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While you are about to embark on a landmark visit to Cuba on August 14, Reporters Without Borders urges you to put the issues of freedom of the press and freedom of expression at the top of the agenda of your discussions with Cuban authorities.  As the first highest level U.S. official…

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Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


Suriname president sworn in for second term

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PARAMARIBO, Suriname — Desi Bouterse was sworn in Wednesday for a second consecutive term as president of Suriname. Bouterse’s National Democratic Party (NDP) won the May 25 general elections, claiming 26 seats in the country’s 51-seat National Assembly.

Guyana can serve as a bridge between CARICOM and UNASUR, says president

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PARAMARIBO, Suriname (GINA) — President David Granger, in pledging Guyana’s support to the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), stated that Guyana can serve as a bridge between UNASUR and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). On Wednesday, Granger, minister of foreign affairs…

No government plot to kill opposition leader, says Trinidad PM

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar stated on Tuesday night that no one in her People’s Partnership government was involved in any plot to kill opposition leader Keith Rowley. Speaking on local television when she was screening candidates for the September…

St Kitts-Nevis DPP sues AG for unlawfully attempting to terminate his contract

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — Lawyers for the director of public prosecutions (DPP) Travers Sinanan have filed suit against the St Kitts and Nevis Attorney General Vincent Byron Junior for moving to terminate his contract. A statement issued on Tuesday evening by attorney-at-law Angelina Gracy…

Former software executive pleads guilty to conspiring to bribe Panamanian officials

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SAN FRANCISCO, USA — A former regional director of global software company SAP International Inc. pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by participating in a scheme to bribe Panamanian officials to secure the award of government…

Texas couple praises Caribbean hospital

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands — When Wayne Wright needed knee replacement surgery, his wife wanted him to undergo the operation in an American hospital, but Wayne did his research and all signs pointed to searching for a solution overseas, more specifically to Health City Cayman Islands.

Fidel Castro’s daughter to offer unique perspective on Cuba’s history and future

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BOSTON, USA — After half a century, discussions are progressing to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, including lifting the trade embargo. How will this affect the estimated $1.2 billion worth of trade opportunities with the US particularly in the agriculture sector? Alina Fernandez…

US citizen sentenced for Costa Rica-based fraud

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MIAMI, USA — A US citizen charged in connection with the operation of a series of fraudulent business opportunities based in Costa Rica was sentenced to prison on Wednesday in Miami, the US Justice Department announced. John White, aka Gregory Garrett, was sentenced by US District Court…

Commentary: Cricket, lovely cricket

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Once again the governance of a major international sport is in the news for the wrong reasons. Football is suffering from allegations of dishonesty within its governing bodies and the arrest of several administrators of the game. Athletics is once again under the shadow of a major doping scandal.

Commentary: The chattering mob must not rape her again

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I write because I feel that it is time that sisters stand up for sisters. There has been a crazy chain of events in Grenada this week since the national cricketer and teacher Denroy Charles was charged with rape and indecent assault of his girlfriend. Our investigations revealed that her statement to police…

Letter: Why, Comrade?

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Why would Comrade Gonsalves, PM of St Vincent and the Grenadines, buy heavy hardware on behalf of the government from a firm in Jamaica? Why? Why buy the pre-election giveaway materials, galvanized, lumber, steel, plywood, toilet pans from Jamaica? Why? Anything that can be purchased…

Letter: Converting a problem into a blessing

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I read with great interest a news item in your publication related to problems associated with deposits of sea moss in the Caribbean as an “unwelcome visitor”. This caused me to reflect upon my experiences in the use of sea moss when I was director of research and development of the Windward Island…

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Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


Long-awaited elections set to begin in Haiti on Sunday

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PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — Elections in Haiti kick off on Sunday with the first round of legislative polls to elect 118 deputies and two thirds of the Senate. The presidential polls are expected to follow in October. Welcoming the upcoming elections, United Nations Secretary-General…

Turks and Caicos court dismisses yet more applications by former premier

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PROVIDENCIALES, TCI — Despite similar applications having been made, argued and rejected all the way up to the Privy Council in London, on Wednesday lawyers acting for former premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), Michael Misick, had yet more such applications dismissed by the chief justice.

OECD report commends BVI transparency standards

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ROAD TOWN, BVI — The British Virgin Islands has been rated “largely compliant” for its approach to tax transparency and exchange of information in the supplementary peer review report published by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (Global Forum).

Five undocumented migrants arrested in Puerto Rico attempting to re-enter the US

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) border patrol agents on Tuesday arrested five undocumented migrants from the Dominican Republic who were found among 16 undocumented aliens that were intercepted on Monday by the US Coast Guard between Puerto Rico and…

US Coast Guard repatriates 36 Cuban migrants

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MIAMI, USA — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans repatriated 36 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Friday. This repatriation is a result of four separate migrant interdictions at sea in a span of a week, beginning August 1. The Cuban migrants were trying to illegally enter…

US Navy ends humanitarian mission in Dominica

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ROSEAU, Dominica — The United States Navy’s hospital ship, the USNS Comfort has just ended a two-week humanitarian mission to Dominica. Thousands of Dominicans benefitted from medical, dental, and veterinary care. Crew from the USNS Comfort also participated in several community relations…

Commentary: The View from Europe: Too big to fail – Baha Mar

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Hardly a day passes without a new twist in the increasingly tense and acrimonious legal battle over the unfinished US$3.5 billion Baha Mar resort on New Providence in The Bahamas.  Not only do the effects of the recent decision by the developers to seek bankruptcy protection for the resort continue to spread…

Commentary: Thank you

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In July 2015 award winning actress America Ferrera penned a thank you note to Mr Donald Trump. Her note has inspired this “thank you note” to a few people as well. First, thank you, Minister Fahy. The perceptions of your continuous arrogance and contempt towards Bermudians in regards to immigration…

Letter: Peter David and Derek James, the faces of hypocrisy and betrayal

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Peter David came to New York preaching something he has failed miserably to practice. Peter David is a supreme jackass, who does he think he’s fooling? Peter loves to pretend he’s someone than who he really is. That individual who produces more hot air than any dilapidated coal plant, comes to…

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Bahamas immigration minister warns CEO of bankrupt resort

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Bahamas Immigration and Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell had one message for Baha Mar megaresort CEO Sarkis Izmirlian on Monday: “If you can’t hear, you will feel.” Speaking at the Emancipation Day service in his Fox Hill constituency, Mitchell warned…

Jamaica raises US$2 billion to buy back PetroCaribe debt

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — On July 23, 2015, Jamaica raised US$2 billion on the international capital market – the highest amount it has ever raised during a single transaction window – at the lowest rates it has ever been able to access from that market. A third of that money, US$650 million…

Economic empowerment needed to increase trade with more African countries, says Trinidad minister

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Senator Vasant Bharath, minister of trade, industry, investment and communications and minister in the ministry of finance and the economy in Trinidad and Tobago has called for greater economic empowerment to increase trade relations with African countries.

Puerto Rico default highlights liquidity strain and government priorities

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NEW YORK, USA — According to Fitch Ratings agency, Puerto Rico’s decision to miss an August 1 debt service payment on appropriation-backed debt due on Monday is consistent with both the commonwealth’s stated intent to restructure its debt and its current liquidity pressures. Fitch rates the…

US Diaspora to commemorate Guyana’s 50th independence anniversary in May 2016

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NEW YORK, USA — Guyanese in the United States have commenced plans for an elaborate celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Guyana’s independence in May 2016. Guyana gained independence from Great Britain on May 26, 1966. A commemoration planning committee has…

St Vincent Northern Ireland consulate receives donation of youth sporting equipment

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COMBER, Northern Ireland — A large selection of new youth cricket and football equipment valued at approximately EC$10,000 has been received by the consulate of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) to Northern Ireland following an initiative started by Dr Christopher Stange, Hon. Consul.

Thirteen St Kitts-Nevis students to be awarded Taiwan scholarships

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts — After months of waiting in anticipation 13 students from St Kitts and Nevis will be awarded scholarships to pursue studies in various fields in Taiwan. An award ceremony, which is being organized by Taiwan’s embassy in Basseterre, will be held on Thursday to present…

Let’s Talk Business: WARNING: Men beware, this article is for women only

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As a working mother, have you ever experienced feelings of guilt whenever you’ve had to ask for permission to attend your son’s soccer championship or your daughter’s dance rehearsal? Well, you may be unknowingly sabotaging your career due to those feelings. It may be hard to believe but hear me out.

Commentary: Prospects for geothermal energy production in Grenada looking good

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At meetings on the 30th July 2015, chaired by permanent secretary of the ministry of finance, Timothy Antoine, attended by the high commissioner from New Zealand, stationed in Barbados Jan Henderson, Alistair Brookes representing the investigating geothermal company Jacob, from New Zealand…

Commentary: Capital over people? Puerto Rican debt crisis explained

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On Monday, August 3, Puerto Rico’s Public Finance Corporation failed to pay the US$58 million it owed creditors, making only a US$628,000 payment. In addition, the island owes US$5 billion over the next twelve months. Monday marked the first day in the island’s history where it failed to make a payment.

Letter: Kamla and Keith

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As he left his posh gated residence in Goodwood Park to join with fellow candidate Young at the Emancipation Day celebrations in Port of Spain, Keith must have felt a level of discomfort. This well cultured intellectual with great oratorical skills had to subject himself to the heat and an unfamiliar…

WICB town-hall meeting set for Friday in Jamaica

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron and vice president Emmanuel Nanthan have been engaging stakeholders through a series of town-hall meetings around the region since May this year. So far, the top brass of the WICB have had dialogue with…

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Trinidad PM faces corruption probe

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Allegations made by Jack Warner, who is himself under indictment in the US on multiple counts of racketeering, corruption and money laundering, that he witnessed Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar accepting $8.3 million…

Cayman Islands governor keeps legal review report secret

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — A report by a UK prosecutor who came to the Cayman Islands earlier this year to review the local criminal justice system will not be made public anytime soon. The governor’s office has refused to release the document by Claire Wetton, which examined…

Hillary Clinton to call for lifting of US embargo on Cuba

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — Hillary Clinton, candidate for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States, was expected to ask Congress on Friday to lift the embargo against Cuba during a planned visit to South Florida, where she was due to participate in two public meetings, according to…

Mystery deepens over abrupt closure of money transfer outlets in Curacao

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — The sudden closure and continued shutter of practically all of the Western Union money transfer locations in Willemstad for more than a month has heightened local consumer concerns since there has been no public announcements surrounding the reason(s) for the closures.

CDB and Guyana reaffirm relationship

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Providing financial and technical support for Guyana’s goal of lifting people out of poverty and unlocking the country’s full potential was the key focus of a meeting on July 29, 2015 between Brigadier David Granger, president of Guyana, and Dr William Warren Smith…

ECLAC disaster assessment package targets policy makers and children in Costa Rica

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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Policy makers and children in Costa Rica will soon be better prepared to prevent and deal with disasters, as ECLAC Caribbean brings its disaster assessment package to the country. Officials from ECLAC Caribbean will visit Costa Rica from 3-5 August, at the invitation of the…

Malaysian firm to market Cuban cancer vaccine

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — Malaysia’s biotechnology firm Bioven, which is conducting clinical Phase III trials of a promising Cuban vaccine against cancer, plans to list on the London stock market. The relationship of the Caribbean country with Bioven, of which the Malaysian government is one of its major…

Barbados records record-breaking long-stay arrivals during first half of 2015

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — During the first six months of 2015 Barbados recorded 303,592 long stay visitors, the first time the destination has ever topped 300,000 visitors in the January – June period in the 29 years of recording air arrivals tourism statistics. This also represents a 14.3 percent increase…

Commentary: The View from Europe: Change, Cuba and the internet – Part 2

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When it comes to Cuba what is often missed is that its government’s primary focus is not on the process of normalising its relationship with the US, but on the far more fundamental domestic reforms that are gradually changing the country’s political and economic model in ways that are intended…

Commentary: The irrational fear of Cuba opening up

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After 54 years of hostility between Cuba and the United States of America, the former opened its embassy in Washington, DC, the US capital of course, on Monday July 20. For all those years, Americans were restricted from traveling to Cuba, although many did so using circuitous routes through…

Letter: Garifuna politics, Vincy-style

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The headline of the July 31, 2015, Searchlight newspaper in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) reads “Garifuna Politics,” a reference to the visit to our country of a Garifuna delegation headed by Professor Wellington Ramos, vice president of the United Garifuna Association, to discuss the promise…

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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…