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Bahamas called on to abandon Privy Council

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Retired Justice Neville Smith QC, said on Thursday the country should not allow itself to become a “hostage” to the Privy Council and recommended that The Bahamas set up its own final court of appeal rather than continue to “perch” on…

History will not stand in the way of development, said former Turks and Caicos premier

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PROVIDENCIALES, TCI — On Thursday, Andrew Mitchell QC described how former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick was challenged about a proposed development on Middle Caicos that would remove an area of historical importance and land that was supposed to become …

UN Security Council calls for an end to further disruption of electoral process in Haiti

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NEW YORK, USA — Expressing strong concern regarding the indefinite postponement of the final round of elections in Haiti – scheduled for 27 December but postponed, for the second time, to January 24 – the United Nations Security Council on Friday reiterated its condemnation of…

Grenada opposition party affirms strength, despite ‘rumour’

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Almost a week after its annual convention, the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Grenada remains in damage-control mode over the composition of its new executive that was elected at the convention. On Thursday, the NDC was…

Trinidad and Tobago declares national health emergency over zika virus

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Trinidad and Tobago has declared a national health emergency over the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh announced on Friday that the virus posed a clear threat to Trinidad and Tobago. And he warned pregnant women to…

Regional agencies combine for action against drought

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CASTRIES, St Lucia — The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission’s USAID-funded Reducing the Risks to Human and Natural Assets Resulting from Climate Change (RRACC) Project in collaboration with the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology…

Regional public sector being equipped to tap billion dollar PPP pipeline

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — From February 2-5, 2016, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)/Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), and the World Bank (WB)/Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF)…

Puerto Rico trade community familiarized with transition to single reporting system

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) San Juan Office of Field Operations on Wednesday hosted the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Symposium to familiarize the local trade community about the transition to a single window for import and…

Inside Paradise: Beyond the call of duty, when health and wellness matters

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Globally the present economic crisis is affecting many countries. This crisis is causing many companies to cutback spending and staff; many governments have sent a mandate to their ministries to hold off on spending, and many professionals are tightening their belts. Obviously, most people…

Commentary: The View from Europe: Being realistic about US-Cuba relations

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On February 1, President Castro will begin an official visit to France. Apart from confirming the historic, philosophical and cultural affinities between the French and Cuban revolutions, the visit is expected to result in new economic, financial and commercial ties, and will add further to global interest…

Commentary: Despite the recent crime, Grenada leads the way!

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For the past two months, the little Spice Paradise of the Caribbean has been rocked by two criminal incidences that earned it a spot in international and local news headlines alike. First was the December 2016 disappearance and killing of Canadian citizen Linnea Veinotte, a learning specialist.

Letter: Grenada’s changing mission in New York

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Miss Rosemarie Welsh, who had recently been appointed as Grenada’s consul general to New York by Prime Minister Keith C. Mitchell, after he closed the consulate after winning the general election, held an invitation only meeting with members of groups and organizations on Wednesday.

Letter: Life is precious

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Much of my life’s values have been formatted by my grandmother. I remember her telling me that, after my mother died from complications in giving birth to me, my siblings, faced with the challenge of poverty and despair, gave me to a village fisherman in Point Fortin. She explained that after…

Sammy to lead number one-ranked West Indies at ICC World T20

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Darren Sammy will lead a strong West Indies team to this year’s International Cricket Council’s World T20 Tournament in India. The 32-year-old allrounder was named to captain as the West Indies Cricket Board announced the 15 players on Friday. The squad includes…

Repeat visitors prepare for Sol Rally Barbados

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — With three months to go before their cars are due to be shipped from Portsmouth, rally teams across the United Kingdom are making preparations for their annual trip to the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport International, Sol Rally Barbados 2016. Among more…

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Bahamas PM says Baha Mar resolution close

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Prime Minister Perry Christie said on Thursday his government is very close to reaching a resolution on the stalled Baha Mar megaresort project in The Bahamas. “I’ve put on a firm understanding that we must solve this matter soon,” Christie said.

Former Turks and Caicos premier received $575,000 in bribes, prosecution alleges

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PROVIDENCIALES, TCI — In the fourth day of his opening statement on behalf of the prosecution on Thursday in the criminal trial of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick and others, Andrew Mitchell QC detailed a total of $575,000 in alleged bribes to Misick by…

First case of zika virus confirmed in St Croix, USVI

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ST CROIX, USVI — The US Virgin Islands Department of Health on Friday confirmed a case positive for zika virus in a 42-year-old woman with no history of previous travel during the incubation period of the virus. The Department of Health’s epidemiologist, Dr Esther Ellis stated…

St Kitts-Nevis economy grew by 6.6pct in 2015; further growth predicted in 2016

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts — “For 2016 there is much for which we ought to be thankful. The economy promises to deliver another year of strong growth rate under Team Unity. According to the IMF and ECLAC reports, we shall grow by 4.6 percent,” said Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris.

Charges dismissed against former USVI governor

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ST THOMAS, USVI — Former US Virgin Islands governor John de Jongh on Friday confirmed that all charges that had been brought against him were to be dismissed with prejudice pursuant to an agreement entered into with the USVI government. The charges of embezzlement of…

Tourism generated $448.2 million for Curacao in 2015

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — The Curacao Tourist Board (CTB) has reported three percent growth in stay-over arrivals in the year 2015, generating some US$448.2 million in tourism revenue. In total, 468,442 stay-over visitors were welcomed in the course of the year; with nearly 14,000 additional…

IMPACT Justice hosts Caribbean law librarianship workshop in Jamaica

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Forty law library assistants from across the region will be trained at a workshop entitled “Caribbean Law Librarianship in the Digital Age” hosted by the Canadian government-funded project Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice).

Submissions call for The Caribbean Writer – Volume 31

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ST CROIX, USVI — The Caribbean Writer, an international, refereed, literary journal with a Caribbean focus, is announcing a submission call for its 31st edition. Issues unique to the Caribbean should be central to the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience, or perspective.

Inside Paradise: If you must adopt, adopt what is good

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As I wrestled with myself as to what topic to write about this week, various subject matters came to mind; however, every time I placed pen to paper the thought of a 13-month old allegedly being sexually violated this week by two men one in his forties and the other in his twenties kept coming to mind.

Commentary: The View from Europe: Europe’s changing priorities

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In Europe, a far-reaching and multi-faceted policy review is underway that is likely to result in a significant change in European priorities. This process began last June when the EU’s High Representative (effectively Europe’s foreign minister) and vice president, Federica Mogherini…

Commentary: Raise the country risk for the Cayman Islands

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Last August, when the news broke about the $450 million financial theft in the Cayman Islands, where the individuals now known as the Cayman Gang of Four stole the accounts of Canadian and American retirees and pensioners, I then asked this question: Should we raise country risk…

Letter: Why is Camerhogne Park in Grenada worth saving?

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Grenadians are implacably opposed to the sale of Camerhogne Park to an Egyptian millionaire or anybody else for that matter. Grenadians have been consistent in our support for retaining our public assets in public hands. This is a sale on slippery slope. It does seem amazing that this…

Letter: Everyone should refrain from making incendiary statements

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Since the election of December 9, 2015 in St Vincent and the Grenadines, Luzette King, an NDP supporter, who resides in the United States, has been spearheading protests in St Vincent for the government to surrender power. I have tried my hardest to stay out of this melee.

West Indies’ Chanderpaul retires from international cricket

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Shivnarine Chanderpaul has officially retired from international cricket almost 22 years after making his debut. The durable left-handed batsman, affectionately known as “Tiger”, formally notified the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in an email that he will no longer…

Suzuki Challenge Series returns to Barbados this weekend

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BUSHY PARK, Barbados — Suzuki Challenge Summer Series winners Sean Maloney (SR3 Cup) and Jamaica’s David Summerbell Jnr (Swift Cup) head for Bushy Park Barbados this weekend determined to continue where they left off in October. Radical International 2016 plays host to…

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Turks and Caicos corruption trial set to resume

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PROVIDENCIALES, TCI — The much delayed trial of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Cabinet ministers and others was set to resume at the court in Providenciales with opening statements from the prosecution on Monday, after a number of pre-trial…

St Lucia government upholds diplomatic immunity for Saudi billionaire

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CASTRIES, St Lucia — The government of Saint Lucia has informed Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) that it intends to uphold the principle of diplomatic immunity by allowing its permanent representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to invoke his diplomatic…

Haitian author shares his thoughts on the crisis in Haiti and the road to healing

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TAMPA, USA — Minister and author Odule Bitol was a potential presidential candidate in the Haitian elections, before pulling out of the race in June 2015. Bitol has remained quiet since that time, but now feels the need to speak out regarding the political crisis in his native country.

Former Panama president and ministers will not be charged in financial scandal

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PANAMA CITY, Panama — The traders who illegally used inside information to take massive profits in the Petequilla Mines scandal, using the Financial Pacific brokerage house to acquire, and later sell, their holdings, will not now be subject to criminal prosecution in Panama, according to…

Commentary: PNM calypsonians – standpipe commentary

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As they vie with other to see who could cuss Kamla more and as UNC members and supporters are quietly advised not to attend the National Calypso Monarch semi-finals at Skinner’s Park, one cannot look to today’s calypsonians for ideas to take our country forward, deal with our many…

Commentary: Why Camerhoghne Park in Grenada has become a big issue!

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There is a big uproar in Grenada to save Camerhoghne Park, which is located in the popular Grand Anse tourist area in St George’s. Some citizens are saying they are concerned that the government has plans ahead to sell the land where the park is located to a foreign developer.

Commentary: The SOTU 2016: The future is friendly?

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Is it really about an optimistic future as a hallowed resonance, or an optimistic future amidst the hysteria and paranoia that is crippling American thought and reasoning? Whatever it is, the fact that a constitutional objective like the State of the Union address (SOTU) calls for a new subjective…

Letter: SVG is politically directionless

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Two recent statements made by GEM Saunders, CEO of CWSA, and Brent Bailey, chief engineer in the ministry of transport and works respectively, have left me politically bewildered. They have strengthened my resolve that this country needs new thinking, a new direction, which can only be…

Letter: Coming to terms with Trinidad and Tobago’s biggest threat

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Beyond the illegitimacy of the Rowley PNM in government, because of highly underhanded tactics at the general election, it is worth repeating that the biggest threat facing the Trinidad & Tobago economy and its future prosperity is the Keith Rowley PNM. An illegitimate PNM…

Youth and experience expands grid for Radical SR3 Cup in Barbados

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BUSHY PARK, Barbados — An expanded grid of Suzuki-powered Radical SR3 RS sports racers will contest the first two rounds of the Suzuki Challenge Series Winter Cup during Radical International at Bushy Park Barbados this weekend (January 23/24). Newcomers from the wider…

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Incoming CARICOM chair prioritises benefits for people in 2016

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BELMOPAN, Belize — Dean Barrow, prime minister of Belize, assumed the six-month chairmanship of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) from January 1, 2016, succeeding Freundel Stuart, prime minister of Barbados. In a message to usher in the New Year…

Puerto Rico reports first case of zika virus

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico has reported its first case of zika, a mosquito-borne virus that has been spreading across South America and the Caribbean and has been linked by Brazilian authorities to a serious birth defect, a US congressman said Thursday.  Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico’s…

Guyana police commissioner sued for vehicle damage

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana — International journalist and author, Dennis Adonis, has launched legal proceedings against Guyana’s commissioner of police, Seelal Persaud, and one of his officers, whose name was given as an Inspector M. Vigilance, citing damage to a $35,000 BMW 320 Series…

New sustainable development agenda to guide development for the next 15 years

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NEW YORK, USA — The new year ushered in the official launch of the bold and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by world leaders last September at the United Nations. The new agenda calls on countries to begin efforts to achieve 17 sustainable development…

Direct flights resumed between Italy and Camaguey in Cuba

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — With the arrival of 130 Italian travelers on January 1 at the Ignacio Agramonte International Airport in Camagüey, Cuba, the link between that city and Italy – one of the main countries sending tourists to this eastern province – was resumed after over a decade without direct flights.

Marketing Strategies Today: Podcasting persuasion

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Podcasting is a relatively new communication medium. Its growing popularity and low cost of entry make it a great communication and promotional channel for companies to experiment with. Podcasting is online audio content, and sometimes video content, which is delivered via an RSS feed.

Commentary: The View from Europe: Is the Doha round at an end?

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Just before Christmas the Doha Development Round was all but declared as dead. Unlike the recent climate change talks in Paris, or even the late September global agreement on Sustainable Development Goals at the UN, despite its equal importance, the outcome at the World Trade Organisation’s…

Commentary: Two hundred years ago, Haiti received Simon Bolivar with open arms

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December 28, 2015, marked the 200th anniversary (December 28, 1815) of the visit by Simon Bolivar to Les Cayes, Haiti, seeking assistance from Alexander Petion, president of Haiti, in his quest to liberate Latin America from Spain colonial rule and its world order of slavery.

Commentary: From Rags to Riches? In search of Roosevelt Skerrit’s millions

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Several weeks ago we decided to undertake what appeared at the time to be a monumental task; investigating the source(s) of what has been rumoured to be significant wealth quietly amassed over the years by Dominica’s sitting prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit. It was, and remains a challenging…

Letter: Ask Ralph

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The stickers and the signs that appeared just before elections in December read “Ask Ralph”, so I am going to do just that. For years now the unconfirmed rumour has circulated that Ralph Gonsalves is HIV positive. I recently overheard a conversation whereby a woman was saying he has got…

Letter: Response to old buildings in St George’s

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In response to the reaction to a reported statement made by the Minister of Works, the Honourable Gregory Bowen concerning the existence of old buildings in St George’s, I write in my capacity as a member of the Council of the Grenada National Trust. However, the views expressed here…

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Dominica opposition leader weighs in on ‘suck salt’ controversy

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ROSEAU, Dominica — On December 21, 2015, Lennox Linton, leader of the opposition in Dominica, wrote to British Baroness Patricia Scotland of Asthal, the Commonwealth secretary general-elect, regarding her controversial admonition to Dominicans to “suck salt”.

Trinidad Central Bank governor fired

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — At its weekly meeting last Wednesday, the Trinidad and Tobago Cabinet decided to request the country’s president to terminate the appointment of former Central Bank Governor, Jwala Rambarran, in accordance with sections 12(e) and 12(g) of the Central Bank Act.

Guyana-born cardiologist sentenced to 20 years in US prison for overbilling Medicare

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CLEVELAND, USA — A Guyana-born cardiologist was sentenced to 20 years in prison on December 18, 2015, for performing unnecessary catheterizations, tests, stent insertions and causing unnecessary coronary artery bypass surgeries as part of a scheme to overbill Medicare and other insurers.

Choice Hotels expands to Guyana

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana — The Ascend Hotel Collection from Choice Hotels International, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has announced continued Caribbean growth with the addition of the elegant 25-room Opus Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana, to its growing list of upscale properties.

Marketing Strategies Today: Do I pay for traffic or rely on SEO?

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Search engine optimization, or SEO, and pay per click advertising, or PPC, together comprise the bulk of search engine marketing, or SEM. SEO is all about boosting page rankings on search engines through third party links, articles, directory placements, and other means. PPC, on the other…

Commentary: Harvey’s Miss Universe gaffe godsend for Miss Philippines and Miss Colombia

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Unsurprisingly, mainstream and social media are now replete with mocking, even racist comments on Harvey’s universal gaffe. Granted, the world has not seen such a brain-dead spectacle since, well, the 2007 Miss Teen USA. That’s when a judge asked Miss South Carolina why so many Americans…

Commentary: A passport to save the economy

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Several countries in the Caribbean now operate a citizenship by investment programme (CIP) under which high-worth foreigners can obtain citizenship and passports of these countries. The CIP has detractors both domestically and internationally, but is their derision fully justifiable, or do the benefits…

Letter: Support red, white and black

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History has shown that regimes have succeeded in deflecting discontent to remain in power. In time of a perceived crisis, ad hoc measures often take precedence over plans and, even more seriously, governments are not only ready to abandon their long-heralded policies of diversification…

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Corruption-accused Nigerian minister issued Dominica diplomatic passport

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ROSEAU, Dominica — Nigeria’s former minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is currently under investigation in Britain for alleged corruption while in office, was granted Dominican citizenship earlier this year, including a diplomatic passport.

Curacao lottery boss made his own lottery tickets, no one could win

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — Curacao lottery boss Robbie Dos Santos was arraigned on Friday morning on 16 alleged offences, according to the Public Prosecutor (OM). The OM indicated that the lottery boss would fabricate his own lottery tickets and sold these. No one could then win the lottery.

Panama government and banks riddled with organized crime, says president

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MIAMI, USA — Juan Carlos Varela, Panama’s beleaguered reform president, has asserted that his country’s financial institutions and government have both been long infiltrated by powerful organized crime groups, a situation that he will not tolerate. Varela came into office on a reformist platform and…

Cuban tourism grows 17.6 pct through November

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — With its growing popularity as a tourist destination, Cuba is ending 2015 with an encouraging development of this sector, able to inject over two billion dollars a year into its economy. According to preliminary data, from January to November, 3,139,837 people traveled…

IMF completes review under stand-by arrangement with Honduras

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WASHINGTON, USA — The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the second review of Honduras’s performance under an economic program supported by a three-year stand-by arrangement (SBA) and a two-year arrangement under the stand-by credit facility.

Silver Airways plans a return to Cuba

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FORT LAUDERDALE, USA — Silver Airways, Florida’s largest intrastate airline, has announced its intention to resume nonstop service to Cuba in 2016. The company has a long history of providing charter flights to Cuba, and given the announcement of a new bilateral agreement between…

Marketing Strategies Today: Networking steps

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What is networking? Definition: In the world of computers, networking is the practice of interfacing two or more computing devices with each other for the purpose of sharing data. Computer networks are built with a combination of hardware and software. Computer networks can be categorized…

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Co-operative marketing initiatives

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If I had to identify one of the single biggest challenges restricting the growth of the re-DISCOVER restaurant promotion, other than funding and the inability to obtain VAT refunds, it would be to persuade some of our tourism partners to fully embrace the concept of revenue control.

Commentary: What the Republican debate means for Russia

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During the Grand Old Party debate between potential Republican presidential nominees, Jeb Bush said to Donald Trump: “You’re not going to be able to insult your way to the presidency… Leadership is not about attacking people and disparaging people. Leadership is about creating a serious…

Letter: Allen Chastanet writes a dyslexic letter to himself

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Honestly, political junkies thought the Destructive Workers Party (DWP) pot-heads were going to take a break to evaluate their idiocy and stupidity. I was wrong. The DWP outpost St Lucia Daily News made breaking news: UWP Political Leader writes Letter to Several Organizations on CIP…

Letter: Change you can be proud of

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Over the last decade, the voting population in Trinidad and Tobago has been seeking real political change. It is possible that the politicians that win or lose an election find it very difficult to pin point exactly what the people are seeking. One can be assured that it is not CEPEP and URP jobs…

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St Vincent opposition leader ‘stunned’ by election ‘irregularities’

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KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — The leader of the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) in St Vincent and the Grenadines took to the airwaves in an announcement that was repeated several times on local radio on Friday evening. Opposition leader Arnhim Eustace said…

Cuba seeking foreign investment, says minister

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (ACN) — Cuba is making efforts to attract new businesses as part of its economic model update, Rodrigo Malmierca, minister of foreign trade and foreign investment, said in Argentina, Prensa Latina reported. He also referred to his recent visits to Arab countries.

Jamaican ministry of health heightens alert for zika virus

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of health Horace Dalley has called on Jamaicans to take the necessary steps to protect themselves from the zika virus and other mosquito borne diseases as the ministry of health heightens its response to the spread of zika in the region and its threat to Jamaica.

IMF concludes mission to The Bahamas

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NASSAU, Bahamas — An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Jarkko Turunen visited The Bahamas from December 7-11, 2015, to review economic developments in advance of discussions for the 2016 Article IV consultations (expected to take place in March 2016).

Antigua-Barbuda boasts lowest airfares to the Caribbean

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NEW YORK, USA — The twin islands of Antigua and Barbuda are experiencing record low airfares to the destination during the busiest time of the season, where travelers across the New York Tristate area are eager to escape the blustery winters. Travelers can now find inexpensive fares to Antigua…

Commentary: The View from Europe: A special relationship

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Each year the elected leaders of Britain’s overseas territories (OTs) gather from around the world to meet with British ministers in London. Their objective is to discuss the continuing partnership with the UK, to establish priorities and to try to resolve differences. For the most part, the issues…

Commentary: What lies ahead for Venezuela, Guyana, and the Caribbean?

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This year’s election cycle in Venezuela has spurred President Nicolás Maduro’s fierce opposition. With a key two-thirds majority in the country’s National Assembly, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) hopes that its feat will lead to a change in Venezuela’s current domestic and…

Letter: An election stolen by Robin Hood’s brother, Robbing Bast-hood

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Successful electoral fraud can have the same effect as a revolution, coup d’état or corruption of democracy. In a narrow election a small amount of fraud may be enough to change the result. But in the case of St Vincent and the Grenadines’ December 9 elections a massive fraud took place.

Letter: The stability of life in Grenada is an illusion

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Today in Grenada, some people are saying the Keith Mitchell NNP government is using a scourge and brainwashing technique where people are becoming afraid to question, oppose, or give opinion on anything, and are being forcibly discouraged from doing so. Today under the NNP government…

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Bahamas PM expects bankrupt resort to open partially or fully by March

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NASSAU, Bahamas — There has been “significant movement” in the Baha Mar negotiations, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie revealed on Wednesday as he expressed his “expectation and fervent hope” that the bankrupt megaresort’s conference center will be open by March.

OAS mission congratulates St Vincent and the Grenadines on successful elections

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KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — The electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (EOM/OAS) to the December 9 general elections in St Vincent and the Grenadines has highlighted the civic spirit of the population shown in peaceful and successful elections.

Human Rights Day crackdown on dissidents likely after month of mass arrests in Cuba

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LONDON, England — Cuban human rights activists were at increased risk of detention or harassment from the authorities amid demonstrations on International Human Rights Day, 10 December, said Amnesty International following a wave of almost 1,500 arbitrary arrests in just over a month.

New opportunities in medical tourism for Jamaica

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is set to stage the first in a series of lectures on medical tourism in Jamaica. Dubbed #DoBizJa Medical Tourism Lecture Series, the sessions aim to increase the number of local investors in the sector, while highlighting…

LIAT treats travellers to ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ specials

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Regional air carrier, LIAT, is offering special deals through to January 6, 2016 as part of its ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ promotion. Each day of the twelve days, customers will be treated to some exciting deals inspired by the popular holiday song. The specials this season…

Expedia reports demand growth for Curacao

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — Expedia group, one of the world’s largest online travel companies, has announced that travel demand for Curacao hotels have increased on all Expedia group sites this year. The data indicate that the United States remains a key feeder market for Curacao.

Inside Paradise: If we forget them, we too shall be forgotten

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The rise of a vigorous movement for the advancement of women and girls began over 40 years ago. This feminist movement initiated the beginning of an age where women and girls would no longer be seen as a vulnerable group in society: an age where women will be emancipated, educated…

Commentary: Venezuela finally awakens from Chavismo nightmare

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According to the February 13, 2014, edition of Business Insider, Venezuela sits on the world’s third largest energy reserves – valued at $34.9 trillion. This includes 297.6 billion barrels of oil – the most of any oil-producing country. Therefore, it speaks volumes that 25 percent of Venezuelans live…

Commentary: Ralph Gonsalves: A history making fourth term

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Dr Ralph Gonsalves is set to make history in St Vincent and the Grenadines as he starts a fourth term in office as prime minister. Having already completed 14 years as head of government, within three years of the term to which he was elected on December 9, Gonsalves will overtake the…

Commentary: Elections in Haiti pose post-electoral crisis

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Yet again, meaningful democracy in Haiti has been eluded in favor of short-term stability. Although a new date for elections was decided last January, no conditions close to being fair and democratic have been met. After months of electoral processes were thought as lacking transparency…

Letter: What they couldn’t buy they stole, and what they couldn’t buy or steal they fabricated

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Once again a mockery has been made of democracy in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Reports are being confirmed by lawyers’ photographs that, of sealed ballot boxes left at police stations at South Leeward, six have had the seals removed overnight and one box is missing. At North Leeward…

Letter: The British Raj and the cork hat mentality

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This is really in support of C. ben-David’s letter, “Don’t confuse ‘race’ with ‘racism’ on election day.” It was in this ePaper some days aback. C. ben, I agree with your analysis and I am pleased that you stuck with “Poor Relief”; thereby calling a spade a spade. Some people are not aware of…

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Another Caribbean region official arrested in FIFA probe

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ZURICH, Switzerland — The acting president of the region’s football body, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), was arrested on Thursday in a dawn raid in Zürich in the latest round of arrests in the still growing FIFA scandal.

Alleged million-dollar money laundering in St Lucia

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CASTRIES, St Lucia — During his “90 Minutes” show on the government owned Radio Saint Lucia last Friday, local broadcaster Shelton Daniel revealed what he described as a million US dollar drop off of funds at a hotel in the north of Saint Lucia by a suspected money launderer.

Trinidad court again postpones Warner extradition hearing

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The Trinidad and Tobago magistrates court has postponed until February 19 the hearing in relation to former FIFA vice president Jack Warner’s extradition to the United States to face multiple racketeering, corruption and money laundering charges.

Bahamas PM renews call for grant, aid reform for SIDS at climate conference

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NASSAU, Bahamas –Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie has renewed his call for grant funding and aid reform for small island developing states (SIDS), stating that gross domestic product (GDP) per capita should no longer inhibit small island nations’ access to funding as the cost of climate…

Commonwealth to observe St Vincent and the Grenadines elections; OAS mission deployed

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KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — A Commonwealth election observation team will observe the St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) general elections scheduled to be held on December 9, 2015. Meanwhile, the electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM)…

Ten indicted in Puerto Rico for conspiracy to commit bribery, wire fraud and extortion

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Ten Puerto Rico businessmen and government officials have been indicted for their alleged participation in several schemes corruptly to give things of value to public officials within the government of Puerto Rico in exchange for favourable treatment and awarding of…

Caribbean stakeholders need to be engaged in addressing climate change

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CANARI) — Effective climate change policies require genuine engagement and evidence that you have not only consulted stakeholders, but that their views have informed your process. This was one of the key points raised by the Caribbean Natural…

Dominican Republic takes women’s rights back to 1884

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — The Dominican Republic has taken a drastic step backwards for women’s human rights as the Constitutional Court struck down reforms to the Penal Code that would have decriminalized abortion in certain cases, Amnesty International has warned.

Barbados to benefit from Chinese health care

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The government of Barbados is currently engaged in ongoing discussions with the embassy of China to facilitate the assignment of Chinese health care personnel in Barbados. News of this came from Health Minister John Boyce on Tuesday night, as he addressed…

CARCIP Grenada to issue second call for applicants for EC$150,000 in grant funding

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Up to EC$150,000 in grant funding is available to Grenadians with businesses or business ideas, through the Caribbean Regional Communication Infrastructure Program (CARCIP). The government of Grenada will announce a second call for applications for…

British overseas territories take small step towards transparency

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LONDON, England — On Thursday, the UK’s Overseas Territories announced that they would put information on the people who ultimately own and control companies – so-called beneficial owners – in centralised registries ‘or similarly effective systems’, representing a small step towards…

Not enough gender analysis in policy design and resource allocation, says Caribbean study

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — There is greater need for polices that increase productivity across the private sector, and which place special emphasis on women-owned businesses. This, as the results of an Inter-American Development Bank/Compete Caribbean study show that women-owned…

Aruba introduces digital embarkation and disembarkation card

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ORANJESTAD, Aruba — Effective December 1, 2015, Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA), Aruba Immigration Services (IASA) and Gamma has introduced a new service to the island’s visitors. As a country that continually strives for the pursuit of innovation and modernization in guest services,

Commentary: Paris talks on climate change to avert an apocalypse? Hardly…

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Listening to talks at this Paris conference, which convened on Monday, you could be forgiven for thinking that the clear and present danger the world faces is climate change, not Islamic terrorism. Except that, to anyone who knows anything about the global effort to combat climate change…

Commentary: Small states facing a slide to catastrophe

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The success of the current climate change conference in Paris for small states will be judged by only two criteria: the limiting of global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, and firm and binding commitments by the industrialised nations to provide financing for adaptation and mitigation…

Letter: Election things that make me go ‘Hmmm’

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The “Silly Season” is upon us in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) as elections draw near, my mind wanders and make me go “hmmm.” In particular, the Unity Labour Party (ULP) slogans “Four in a Row,” “Labour Loves You,” and “Ask Ralph” make me go “hmmm”! Four in a Row For almost 15 years…

Letter: The current futile war against the out of control crime and corruption in The Bahamas

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In light of disclosed facts to all and sundry, there is no ambiguity in the commissioner’s statement, “I’ll tell you I’m not surprised (about the amount of murders). Despite our best intentions, I foreshadowed this many months ago when I gave you an interview and I said if we do not change our trajectory…

Sixteen additional FIFA officials indicted in US for racketeering conspiracy and corruption

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NEW YORK, USA — A 92-count superseding indictment was unsealed on Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, charging an additional 16 defendants with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies, among other offences, in connection with their participation in…

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Trinidad opposition leadership campaigns turn nasty

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — As predicted by former minister Vasant Bharath, one of three contenders for the leadership of the opposition United National Congress (UNC) in Trinidad and Tobago, the campaigning has turned nasty and, according to local media, internecine conflict…

New Commonwealth secretary-general pledges to promote LGBT agenda

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LONDON, England — The Commonwealth secretary general designate, British Baroness Patricia Scotland, will spend the first two years of her tenure promoting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) agenda, The Independent newspaper reported. Apparently, LGBT groups were furious that…

New ECCB governor not yet appointed

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — No new governor yet – that’s the word from the Eastern Caribbean Monetary Council. Council chairman, Anguilla’s Chief Minister Victor Banks, has denied reports that a Saint Lucian individual has been selected to replace Sir Dwight Venner, the outgoing…

Cayman Islands legislator remains unmoved over reaction to homophobia

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in the Cayman Islands, Anthony Eden, has once again attempted to justify his comments about what he believes are the evils and immorality of homosexuals and the influence of non-Christians on Cayman society.

Ruling due on Monday in Trinidad and Tobago election challenge

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The Appeal Court in Trinidad is expected to deliver its ruling on Monday in the appeal by the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) and six government members against the election petitions filed by the opposition United National Congress (UNC) to have…

New criminal justice board to improve administration of justice in St Kitts-Nevis

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) — Attorney General Vincent Byron has explained that the newly launched Criminal Justice Strategic Board (CJSB) is designed to consolidate all the various justice related departments and agencies in a bid to create a more efficient dispensing of justice.

Development finance institutions play pivotal role in development of regional economies

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts– Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) play a pivotal role in the development of respective regional economies and, to ensure that they continue to play their roles, project officers/credit analysts/loan officers are required to submit well analysed and documented loan…

Marketing Strategies Today: What makes a great infographic?

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Information is very powerful but for the most part it is bland and not very stimulating. After all, you can’t turn facts, numbers, percentages, etc., into a vividly exciting fairytale. Infographics channel information in a visually attractive, instantly understandable manner, making it not only…

Commentary: Tourism Matters: The untapped market within the Caribbean

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It’s now over five years since we organised and held the last re-DISCOVER the Caribbean Show and wonder if the timing is now right to resurrect the event again, especially as there are positive signs being shown by LIAT to offer more affordable fares. The recently announced additional flights…

Commentary: Diplomatic immunity and human rights

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Diplomatic immunity involves exemption from the enforcement of one or more laws of a host country granted to resident foreign diplomats. Its purpose is to ensure that the official duties of foreign ambassadors are not impeded. Some of the most important protections granted under diplomatic immunity…

Letter: Is the ULP doing its best to steal the elections at any price?

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The greatest theft of government property by a political party is taking place right now, and its being done in an underhand way that is little more than a sham. Some of the remarks uttered by Gonsalves after the constitution referendum will prove useful at some future point.

Letter: PM declares blindness for Juffali’s love for diabetes cure

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Saint Lucia, 24 Tuesday, 2015 Prime Minister and leader of the ruling Saint Lucia labour Party (SLP) admits to being blind to the appointment of Walid Juffali of Saudi Arabia as Saint Lucia’s permanent representative to the IMO. The statement was made at a public meeting held in the evening of…

Open letter from OAS Secretary General regarding pre-electoral climate in Venezuela

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Today, one week before the December 6 elections, I reiterate my call for peace and an end to the violence in Venezuela. The insults and impunity, whatever their source, cannot be an answer to the national and international clamor for equal rights and electoral justice. It does not make one ‘garbage’…

West Indies off-spinner Narine’s bowling action found to be illegal

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DUBAI, UAE — The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Sunday that an independent assessment has found the bowling action of West Indies’ Sunil Narine to be illegal and, as such, the off-spinner has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect.