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British newspaper links Dominica baroness to ‘vile despots’

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LONDON, England — Baroness Scotland of Asthal, the successful “Caribbean” candidate for the post of Commonwealth secretary general at last November’s heads of government meeting in Malta, appears to have evolved from an earlier soubriquet of “Baroness Shameless”…

Suriname and Turkey to expand economic cooperation

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ISTANBUL, Turkey — On the sidelines of the just concluded 13th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Istanbul last week, foreign minister Niermala Badrising of Suriname used the forum to plug economic diplomacy by seeking foreign direct investment for her country.

Former Cayman Islands football chief ‘regrets’ illegal conduct in guilty plea

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — When Jeffrey Webb pleaded guilty in a New York court last year, the disgraced former Cayman Islands football hero admitted using his position as the former president of CIFA and CONCACAF and vice president of FIFA for his own personal benefit.

US urges regional governments to issue citizenship only to bona fide applicants

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — Do not issue citizenship to foreigners unless you are confident beyond a reasonable doubt that the individual is a bona fide applicant. That pointed advice to Caribbean nations with citizenship by investment programmes came from the United States.

CDC concludes zika causes microcephaly and other birth defects

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ATLANTA, USA — Scientists at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded, after careful review of existing evidence, that the zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. In the report published in the New England Journal of Medicine…

$10 million in illegal narcotics seized in Caribbean drug bust

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MIAMI, USA — The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Dependable conducted three separate international and inter-agency counter narcotics operations that resulted in the seizure of approximately 325 kilograms of cocaine, 600 pounds of marijuana and apprehension of 15 suspected…

OECS tourism ministers to meet in Antigua-Barbuda

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua — The third Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Council of Ministers meeting on tourism matters will be convened under the theme: OECS Economic Union: Tourism, driving Growth and Development. Some key aspects to be discussed…

Jamaica looks to multi-destination marketing deal with Cuba and Dominican Republic

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Jamaica’s tourism officials will meet with their counterparts in Cuba and the Dominican Republic this week to finalise an arrangement for the multi-destination marketing of the countries. Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, made the disclosure at the opening of…

Cruise line continues talks with Cuba

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MIAMI, USA — Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest leisure travel company, is continuing discussions with Cuba to allow cruise ships to operate in the same manner as current air charter operations, which transport Cuba-born individuals to and from Cuba. Fathom will begin sailing…

Hurricane hunter aircraft visits BVI on awareness tour

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ROAD TOWN, BVI — The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron known as the Hurricane Hunters of the US Air Force Reserve and a team from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Hurricane Centre made their inaugural visit to the British Virgin Islands last week.

Let’s Talk Business: Why companies still aren’t getting talent management right

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There is a common misconception that, in a negative economy where unemployment rates are high, companies need not worry about losing their top talent. Some employers may even believe that employees are happy to just “have a job”. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Commentary: Balancing the interest of foreign investors against the national interests of SVG

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In a letter: “Canouan – The curse of foreign investors and their investment” written by Allan H. Palmer and published on April 6, 2016 in Caribbean News Now, Mr Palmer opined: “When I look at Mustique, and especially Canouan, I remember Guyana and Africa. I have never thought that…

Commentary: Grenada Constitutional Reform: Forms and objects

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Caribbean Constitutional Law luminary, Dr Francis Alexis QC, chairman of the Constitution Reform Advisory Committee (CRAC), recently published “Process in Constitution Reform: Forms and Objects”, which also appears on the Internet. The publication can be regarded as a…

Commentary: Not so refreshing now is it?

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Gone are the days of walking outside just to get a breath of fresh air. In reality, that breath of so-called “fresh” air is accompanied by thousands of health damaging air pollutants that puts your body at a high risk for many associated diseases. Not so refreshing now is it? As you may be aware…

Letter: How the PNM left Moody’s with no choice

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The announcement by Moody’s of the credit rating downgrade of the Trinidad and Tobago economy from Baa2 to Baa3, and change of the long term outlook to negative, came with an unmistakable ‘inevitability’; we all knew the shoe was going to drop, but we simply could not figure out when.

Letter: We, the people

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Society is formed as groups of groups with multiple rooms of ideological walls, floors and ceilings, each with doors, inviting access and escape, and windows, allowing views and voices. Consider a ground floor housing the poor and uneducated, upper floors are for the middle classes and…

One Trinidadian gymnast’s Olympic dream is killed, while another’s is born

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — The sport of gymnastics, so beautiful to watch, is, sadly, no stranger to ugly goings-on off the floor. That has certainly been the case with Trinidad and Tobago’s gymnastics fraternity in the cut-throat lead-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics Test Event, which began…

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US releases 2015 human rights report

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WASHINGTON, USA — On Wednesday, the US State Department released its 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which include a number of countries in the Caribbean region. Speaking to reporters Secretary of State John Kerry emphasised that…

Suriname foreign minister in Istanbul for Islamic summit; Guyana absent

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ISTANBUL, Turkey — The foreign minister of Suriname, Niermala Badrising, is in Turkey representing President Desi Bouterse at the 13th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit, which commenced on Wednesday under the theme “Unity and Solidarity for Justice and Peace”.

Authorities move to address terrorist threat reports in Virgin Islands

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ST THOMAS, USVI — Local and federal authorities moved swiftly on Thursday to address reports spreading throughout the Us Virgin Islands about a possible terrorist threat in the US or British Virgin Islands, said VI Territorial Emergency Management Agency director, Mona Barnes.

USAID announces $30 million challenge to combat zika

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WASHINGTON, USA — On Wednesday, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) launched Combating Zika and Future Threats: A Grand Challenge for Development, calling innovators around the world to submit groundbreaking ideas to enhance the ability to respond to the…

CDC issues zika-related travel advisory for St Lucia

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ATLANTA, USA — On Wednesday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted a zika virus travel notice for Saint Lucia following reports of local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection on the island. Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area…

Bondholders withdraw restraining order against Puerto Rico development bank

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NEW YORK, USA — Substantial holders of outstanding bonds of the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico (GDB) have withdrawn their request for a temporary restraining order (TRO) in the wake of an executive order signed by Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla.

Minimum wage hike will have positive economic impact on USVI, say experts

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ST THOMAS, USVI — The increase to the territory’s minimum wage and recent raises authorized by the Mapp-Potter administration for thousands of government employees will have a positive “multiplier effect” on the US Virgin Islands economy as most of those higher wages will be…

Twenty-one individuals indicted for violating RICO Act in Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A 17 count federal indictment was unsealed on Thursday in the District of Puerto Rico charging 21 defendants with racketeering, conspiracy to commit bank robbery, burglary and larceny, interference with commerce by robbery, carjacking, conspiracy to…

Stakeholders set path for establishment of regional creative industries body

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Caribbean is renowned worldwide for its creative culture, including music, folklore, crafts, festivals and carnivals. Despite making some progress in developing the cultural and creative sectors, the region has lagged in translating its creativity into…

A ‘deep and disturbing’ decline in media freedom reported

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PARIS, France — The 2016 edition of the World Press Freedom Index, which Reporters Without Borders (RSF) will publish on 20 April, shows that there has been a deep and disturbing decline in respect for media freedom at both the global and regional levels. Ever since the 2013 index…

US citizen missing in Nicaragua

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NEW YORK, USA — Connecticut resident Bildeli Hernandez has asked the US embassy in Nicaragua to search for her father who has been missing since Monday after making plans to fly to Managua to meet a female who he met on Facebook. William Hernandez, 46, of Waterbury…

Cayman Airways announces fleet modernization plan

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands — Cayman Airways has received approval from the Cayman Islands government to proceed with its fleet modernization plan. This plan will commence in the fourth quarter of this year and will see the airline’s current fleet of 122-seat Boeing 737-300…

Compliance Matters: CRS and FATCA – both combat tax evasion

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We know that large amounts of money all over the world are kept “elsewhere”, or “other where”, and go untaxed as Taxpayers fall short of complying with their tax obligation in their home jurisdictions. We also know that FATCA was established to fight tax evasion from USA individuals…

Book review: The iPINIONS Journal – Commentaries on the Global Events of 2015 by Anthony L. Hall

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Caribbean News Now op-ed columnist Anthony Hall embarks on his eleventh annual retrospective compendium of insights and observations on the major events of our times with the publication of his latest edition – The iPINIONS Journal – Commentaries on the Global Events 2015…

Commentary: No quick fix in Haiti

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Peace and development will be endangered in Haiti if the United States and other nations insist that the interim government holds the second round of a truncated election for a president of the Republic without a verification process of the first round that took place on October 25 last year.

Commentary: Which way will the Empire State go? Hillary or Bernie?

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The mother of all primary battles, between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, has been joined. Mere days away from the New York primary, a Monmouth University survey found candidate Hillary Clinton at 51% in the state, compared with 39% that support Sanders. The same survey…

Letter: Of the CCJ and the Privy Council

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There is much anxiety, trepidation even, among the citizens and residents of Antigua and Barbuda, as the government has signaled its intention to hold a national referendum to determine whether the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council should be replaced by the Caribbean Court of Justice…

Open Letter: Stop the sale of 250 acres of beachfront land to white foreigners

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I write appealing to you as Chairman of the above named committee to use your good office to influence the ULP Administration of which you are a member, being a Senator and Speaker of the House of Assembly, not to sell that 250 acre plot of land at…

Puerto Del Rey Marina to host Puerto Rico regatta

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hoist the sails to Puerto del Rey Marina in Fajardo, this year’s host port for the 11th edition of the Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta (PRHIR). The PRHIR will be held on June 10-12, in the biggest marina in the Caribbean.  The regatta, organized by Heineken…

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Jamaica diplomats implicated in suppressing press freedom

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WASHINGTON, USA — The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), a government agency tasked with promoting foreign inward investment to Jamaica, may have implicated the Jamaican diplomatic corps in Washington, DC, in what appears to be a blatant attempt…

Venezuelans named in Panama Papers to be investigated, says president

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MIAMI, USA — Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has asked the country’s chief prosecutor to investigate all Venezuelans whose names appear in the so-called “Panama Papers” – over 11 million leaked documents that originated with a Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca.

Pretrial hearing postponed in criminal case against former Antigua-Barbuda UN official

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NEW YORK, USA — A continuance has been granted in the ongoing bribery case against the former permanent representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, John Ashe. A previously scheduled pretrial conference for April 8 was adjourned to May 5 at the request…

JAMPRO denies involvement in fraudulent investment scheme

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) has refuted media reports that it claims allege its involvement in a $10 million fraudulent investment scheme linked to Mark Jones, the part owner and former director of a business process outsourcing (BPO) entity.

Secret, nonpublic branches of major international banks exist in Panama

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MIAMI, USA — The offices of two “closed door” banks have been identified at the Global Bank Tower, located on Calle 50, in downtown Panama City, as part of the underground aspect of Panama’s banking structure. One is a major international Swiss bank, UBS, a familiar name. 

IDB study says $1.8 billion needed to end poor housing conditions in the Caribbean

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WASHINGTON, USA — Approximately US$1.8 billion would be needed to end poor housing conditions currently endured by 1 million residents in The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, according to a new Inter-American Development Bank report.

US Coast Guard rescues ten people southwest of Freeport, Bahamas

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MIAMI, USA — Ten people were rescued from a 30-foot vessel that was taking on water southwest of Freeport, Bahamas, on Saturday. Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders received a request for assistance from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) around 7:30 am on Saturday.

Trinidad reports two new zika cases, confirmed total now eleven

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The ministry of health in Trinidad and Tobago, following consultation with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), has reported that two additional cases of the zika virus in Trinidad have been confirmed. This brings the total number of confirmed…

Caribbean Fisheries Forum meets to discuss emerging challenges

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BELIZE CITY, Belize (CRFM) — Fisheries experts from across the Caribbean region travelled to Guyana last week for the 14th meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum — the primary technical deliberative body of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM). The Forum met…

Dutch national ombudsman representatives visiting Statia and Saba this week

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — This week, the representatives of the National Ombudsman will be visiting St Eustatius (Statia) and Saba once more. Every citizen with complaints about the functioning of the government can visit during consultation hours. Reinier van Zutphen, the National Ombudsman…

Marketing Strategies Today: Seven tools and tips for social media marketers

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Do you need to streamline your daily social media tasks? Looking for tools to increase visibility? The right apps can make a world of difference in the life of a busy social media marketer. In this article you’ll discover seven of the top tools and tips shared. #1: BuzzSumo Chrome Extension

Commentary: Tourism Matters: The cost of travel fraud

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For those unfamiliar with TravelMole, to use the company’s own description, it was the first online community for the travel and tourism industry established in 1998. Across their various divisions they publish 15 regular e-newsletters and broadcast hundreds of videos to over 450,000…

Commentary: Stern test for Lennox Linton on April 24

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For months now I have been writing as a patriotic Dominican of the absolute need in a healthy democracy to have win-win options for the electorate at the polls. I have tested my own political acumen in nationalistic Trinidad and Tobago where I have made my bed since 1976.

Letter: A matter of public interest

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This letter is a response to articles in the Barbados media discussing the concerns of the minister of finance about the urgent necessity of reducing recurrent government expenditures, as well as the concerns of the minister of health about the high and unsustainable costs of our hospital…

Letter: Seven American elephants

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There are many elephants in the room of US contemporary history. Even the most radical, underground, left, alternative or oppositional (Russian TV for example) are coy about naming these elephants; to name them is to get to the heart of what the US really is. But have no doubt…

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Obama calls on US Congress to lift Cuba embargo

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — One of the ways to help Cubans is that the US Congress should lift the embargo once and for all, US President Barack Obama reiterated on Monday, during an official visit to the Caribbean island until Tuesday. As part of his agenda in Havana…

Caribbean-China consultations underway in Barbados

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — The sixth round of the Caribbean-China consultations held in Barbados was highlighted as an excellent opportunity for Caribbean countries and China to explore ways in which they could cooperate to address various challenges.

Zika: ‘The more we know the worse things look,’ UN health agency chief reports

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GENEVA, Switzerland — The head of the United Nations health agency on Tuesday reported that, in less than a year, the status of the zika virus has changed from “a mild medical curiosity” to a disease with severe public health implications, warning that “the more we know the worse things look.”

St Kitts-Nevis citizenship unit stronger after necessary reforms, says PM

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts — Prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris, made the recently improved Citizenship-by-Investment Unit a focus of his press conference last Tuesday, March 15. Harris affirmed that “Our CIU is now open for legitimate business. It is now administratively…

CDB funds training for food service professionals in Dominica

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ROSEAU, Dominica — As the government of Dominica focuses on enhancing its hospitality sector and improving opportunities for tourism investment, it is driving initiatives to provide best-practice training for local food service businesses. From March 21 to 23, 2016, 30 environmental health…

Grenada represented at international sea turtle symposium

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LIMA, Peru — Kate Charles, Ocean Spirits project manager, represented Grenada at the 36th annual symposium on sea turtle biology and conservation, hosted by International Sea Turtle Society in Lima, Peru, during March. For three and a half decades the annual event has brought together…

Cruise line granted approval to visit Cuba

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MIAMI, USA — Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest leisure travel company, has been granted approval by Cuba for the company to begin travel to the island starting on May 1, 2016. Following US authorization granted in July 2015, Carnival is now cleared to operate the 704-passenger…

Cuba tourism predicted to drive regional airport traffic growth

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NEW YORK, USA — The normalization of relations between the US and Cuba will result in a higher number of travelers for Havana’s airport and will raise leisure-oriented enplanements at several US airports including Miami, Fitch Ratings says. “We believe two airports in the Caribbean region…

Let’s Talk Business: Gender equality; is it all wishful thinking?

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The case for gender equality seems never ending. CEOs are being coached on how to approach gender equality; some governments are tackling the issue through legislation but are we getting any closer? Or are we fooling ourselves when it comes to equal pay for equal work?

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Are there possible ramifications for Barbados?

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It has now been around five months since Marriott set out to acquire Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc., initially at a price of US$10.8 billion, which would create a new world’s largest lodging group with a mind boggling 1.1 million rooms, 5,500 hotels spread across over 30 brands.

Commentary: The Local Government Elections: A referendum on Guyana’s political condition

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Many observers, including the government and the opposition PPP, framed the recent local government elections (LGE) as a referendum on the APNU+AFC coalition’s performance in government. In many respects it is a characterization that’s difficult to avoid. Coming mere months after…

Commentary: President Obama in Cuba, another step for the normalization of relations

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Since the White House’s announcement of the normalization of bilateral relations with Cuba in December 2014, the Obama administration has been accelerating a widely acclaimed “new course on Cuba.” On March 20, President Obama and the first lady began their historic visit to Cuba.

Letter: St Vincent’s place in the world of travel

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Amid fears about lower than expected world economic growth, the best travel news for 2015 turned out to be that it was a record-breaking year for global tourist visits. “International tourism grew by 4.4 percent last year to a record 1.184 billion as calculated by overnight visitors to international…

Letter: I am shocked at this racially-charged commentary a national newspaper

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I have just finished reading Professor Theodore Lewis’s commentary in Tuesday’s issue of the Trinidad Express “Roget picking up Ramlogan’s fire rage” with great incredulity and I can only say I am shocked that this racially-charged commentary was printed in a national newspaper.

Letter: Why African Americans should vote for Trump

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For the last 40 years government policies aimed at African Americans have helped create crumbling, crime ridden, drug invested, urban communities with little to no real job or educational opportunities. Low income rural areas have been forgotten. If African Americans think the solution…

Martinique welcomes worldwide sport competitions

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NEW YORK, USA — Martinique, the Caribbean island with French flair, the Island of Flowers and the Rum Capital of the world is well known for its enchanting sceneries, its strong heritage, delightful gastronomy and much more. Recently, the Island has become a desirable location for…

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US president arrives in Cuba

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — US President Barack Obama arrived in Havana some minutes before four on Sunday afternoon for a three day official visit to Cuba. Obama was welcomed by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, accompanied by Josefina Vidal…

Bahamas government still working to open Baha Mar resort

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Minister of State for Finance Michael Halkitis on Friday reinforced the Bahamas government’s commitment to work with the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of China to open the troubled Baha Mar resort. Halkitis was speaking during the official handover ceremony to allow…

Payout pending for BAICO policyholders

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — British American Insurance Company (BAICO) policyholders could see some form of payout by the end of the summer, though at this stage judicial managers are not saying how much. Stakeholders in St Kitts and Nevis were given an update by members of…

Major US hotel company announces groundbreaking expansion to Cuba

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HAVANA, Cuba — Starwood Hotels and Resorts on Saturday signed three new hotel deals in Cuba, marking the first US-based hospitality company to enter the market in nearly 60 years. This announcement follows receipt of authorization from the US Treasury Department for Starwood…

Jamaica ramps up zika response

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The ministry of health in Jamaica is conducting vector control and fever surveillance activities in three communities in which three new cases of the zika virus have been detected. Speaking at a press conference on Friday, portfolio minister, Dr Christopher Tufton…

US simplifies regulations for Cuba flights

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WASHINGTON, USA — The US Department of Homeland Security will publish a regulation in the Federal Register on Monday, which includes a change to current travel regulations regarding flights to and from Cuba. Under the previous rules, only Customs and Border Protection (CBP)…

Barbados defers biometric screening for arriving passengers

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — The Barbados Immigration Department has deferred plans to introduce biometric screening at Barbados’ ports of entry from April 1, 2016. Accordingly, until further notice, no passengers, whether Barbadian or non-national, will be required to be fingerprinted.

Marketing Strategies Today: How to make money with webinars

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Webinar platforms are quite useful in any kind of business, be it big, small or medium. They can be used in making sales, marketing, training, and attending meetings. They can also used to build trust with your audience. Trust from buyers can determine whether they will buy your…

Commentary: The slow and deliberate selling off of Anguilla

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History tells us that our forefathers were sold into slavery by their own people. And if history, as it every so often tends to do, repeats itself, then that does not bode well for us as a people. While we may not have been kidnapped or forced to endure the harshness of the Middle Passage…

Commentary: This Women’s History Month, let’s honour Portia Simpson-Miller, former PM of Jamaica

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Women in Politics: Though I am not qualified to speak on women issues, I am fortunate that I grew up in an era that admired, and still strives to develop respect for women and their accomplishments where their gender tends always to be in negotiation. Portia Simpson-Miller’s historic achievement…

Letter: Grenada at a political deflection juncture; where next?

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The citizens of Grenada are wary, and deeply concerned about the reckless manner in which the government is dealing with state assets. For years, Dr Mitchell and his administration have been disposing of national assets in a very loose and covert manner. Many a time, these dealings…

Letter: Guatemala’s increasingly aggressive advances on Belize and dearth of regional coverage

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On 12th March 2016, Belizean soldiers stationed at the current construction site of the Belize Defence Force’s impending Forward Operating Base, near the mouth of the Sarstoon River (which is the southern boundary marking Belize’s border with Guatemala), were accosted by elements of…

West Indies beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets on Sunday in World T20

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BANGALORE, India — Opening batsman Andre Fletcher produced his best knock at international level to guide West Indies to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Sunday in the ICC World Twenty20 tournament. The 28-year-old made 84 not out off 64 balls as the Windies…

West Indies Women secure second victory in Women’s World T20 against Bangladesh

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CHENNAI, India — All-rounder Hayley Matthews played a key role in the West Indies Women securing their second victory in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Tournament against Bangladesh Women at the Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday. Matthews hit the top score of 41.

Tim O’Donnell becomes Ironman Puerto Rico champion for third time

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The most competitive event on the island, Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico, concluded its sixth edition with Tim O’Donnell (3:50) and Tine Deckers (4:20) as winners over more than 1,500 athletes. This is the third championship for O’Donnell, who also won 2011 and…

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Protesters close down Bermuda House of Assembly

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HAMILTON, Bermuda — Bermuda’s House of Assembly was closed down on Monday after legislators were locked out by protesters who formed a cordon around the building in a continuing protest against the government’s proposed immigration legislation.

Commerce secretary and US entrepreneurs to accompany Obama to Cuba

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will travel to Cuba with business persons from her country, as part of the delegation accompanying President Barack Obama during his visit to the island on March 20-22. A communiqué issued by the US Commerce…

Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre: Leading the regional response to climate change

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Since its inception in 2014, the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre (CCIC) programme has been leading the way in developing a regionally integrated approach to solving the Caribbean’s climate, energy, and resource challenges. The CCIC programme…

USVI reports four new zika cases

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ST CROIX, USVI — The US Virgin Islands Department of Health has confirmed four additional cases of zika on St Croix, bringing the total to 11 cases. No new cases of dengue were reported this week; the total remains seven confirmed dengue cases. “The Department of Health also…

Owner of Costa Rican call centre sentenced to nine years in prison for sweepstakes scam

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CHARLOTTE, USA — A dual US-Costa Rican citizen was sentenced on Monday to 108 months in prison for his role in a $1.88 million sweepstakes fraud scheme that victimized hundreds of elderly US residents. Geoffrey Alexander Ramer, 36, formerly of Falls Church, Virginia, was also…

Caribbean tests tsunami warning system

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PARIS, France — A tsunami early warning exercise will take place in the countries of the Caribbean Sea on Thursday. The purpose of the test is to identify possible weaknesses in the tsunami and other coastal hazards warning system for the Caribbean and adjacent regions, which was established…

OECS agriculture officials meet in Dominica

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ROSEAU, Dominica — The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, recently convened a meeting of the OECS Agriculture Focal Points in Roseau, Dominica. The Focal Points were…

Commentary: Airbnb and Caribbean tourism: Equaliser, destabiliser or partner?

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Beyond the impact of the zika virus, the opening of Cuba to US travellers and the warnings of an economic slowdown by the International Monetary Fund and others, the Caribbean faces in Airbnb a phenomena that poses a challenge to the status quo. One need not look too far to see…

Commentary: Why some political issues in Grenada do not concern me or affect me

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A lot of political issues in Grenada do not concern me, neither affect me, so I do not have anything to worry about. Most of the issues making political headlines in the spice-isle nation are orchestrated by politicians, who have their own political agenda. And if you ask them why they accept…

Commentary: The groovy soca brand

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“Sweet soca music” or “groovy soca” has arrested my interest, as a cultural enthusiast, for a long time. I have stated, in a previously published commentary, that this brand of music is the future of soca. In this paper, I will endeavour to highlight the people and the songs that, in my view…

Letter: Save Camerhogne Park, save the Rex Grenadian

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As a citizen of Grenada, I am concerned about a trend currently taking shape in our country. Our island has a long and rich history of preserving our heritage and wildlife, but our government is beginning to abandon this principle. Plans to overtake Camerhogne Park, for the development of…

Letter: Remembering our cooperative heritage and Thomas Saunders

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Thomas M Saunders has left us a significant legacy regarding the cooperative movement in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). He documented his experiences in a booklet called “Reflections on the Beginning of the Cooperative Movement in St Vincent and the Grenadines,”…

British bike champions head for Barbados Festival of Speed

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BUSHY PARK, Barbados — Former British Superbike Champion Tommy Hill and multiple British Supersport Champion Stuart Easton are the first British bike racers confirmed for the inaugural Barbados Festival of Speed at Bushy Park on May 8. They will join three-time Formula 1…

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Jamaica PM-elect pledges responsive and accountable government

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Prime minister-elect, Andrew Holness, said he intends to lead a responsive government that is accountable to the Jamaican people. “We are under no illusions as to the ability of the Jamaican people to hold their government to account.”

OAS and CARICOM missions report on Jamaica’s general elections

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) to the February 25 general parliamentary elections in Jamaica highlighted good practices and formulated recommendations to further assist the country in its efforts to continue…

CDB urges regional governments to DECIDE

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has pointed to an urgent need for broad policy initiatives, including labour market reform and investment in developing the skills of potential workers to move regional economies forward. In a presentation at the bank’s…

Utility management company sold after signing $10 million contract with Bahamas

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Just over two weeks after PowerSecure International signed a management service agreement (MSA) with the Bahamas government to transform the electricity sector, that company has been sold to Atlanta-based Southern Company for $431 million.

BVI and UK discuss strategies to tackle cross-border crime

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ROAD TOWN, BVI — As a follow up to meetings in London in December of last year’s Joint Ministerial Council, and in response to an invitation from premier and minister of finance, Dr Orlando Smith, senior representatives from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the National…

Suriname credit ratings downgraded; outlook negative

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NEW YORK, USA — Fitch Ratings has downgraded Suriname’s long-term foreign and local currency issuer default ratings (IDRs) to ‘B+’ from ‘BB-‘. The rating outlook is revised to negative from stable. The country ceiling has been downgraded to ‘B+’ from ‘BB-‘. The short-term…

IMPACT Justice hosts community mediation training in Grenada

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BRIDGETOWN, Bridgetown — Police officers, community activists, educators, business persons and social workers are among a group of 35 persons to receive training as community mediators under the Canadian government-funded, Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean…

Commentary: The View from Europe: The good, the bad and the ugly – Mr Trump and the Caribbean

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Globalisation touches us all. Its reach extends far beyond economic issues. It has in just a few decades made industries, markets, cultures, policy-making and criminality interconnected in ways previously unknown. As global networks have spread, trade and investment, communications…

Commentary: Haiti: 1956-2016

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An anatomy of a 30-year dictatorship followed by a 30-year struggle to build a democracy • December 6, 1956, President Paul Eugène Magloire lost power and went into exile after what many call the era of the Golden Age of Haiti; although General Magloire came into power after…

Commentary: Bullying and crime reduction demand a relevant strategy!

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At about 8.30 am on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, pandemonium broke out in the hallways of a Toronto suburban area high school where an alleged 14 year old, grade nine girl, whipped out two knives and indiscriminately attacked students, wounding six (mostly all girls) and three staff.

Letter: Let them eat chicken back and neck and drink strong rum

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“Let them eat cake” is the traditional translation of the French expression “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche”, supposedly spoken by an unknown aristocrat after learning that poor people had no bread. Since brioche was a luxury bread enriched with butter and eggs, the quote reflected…

Open letter to President Obama

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I congratulate you from the bottom of my heart for having reopened diplomatic relations with Cuba. It is certainly one of the most important legacies of your presidency.  I am the former Haitian Ambassador in Japan (1991-2003) and  I have been…

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


More controversy ahead for ‘Caribbean’ baroness

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LONDON, England — Dominican-born member of the British House of Lords, Baroness Patricia Scotland of Asthal, may not be able to escape connections to the “murky financial links between Cherie Blair and the corrupt dictator of a tax haven with an appalling record on…

New light shed on Cayman Islands corruption probe

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — The decision from the Information Commissioner’s Office in the Cayman Islands on Tuesday ordering the release of reports relating to Operation Tempura shed some new light on the ongoing Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) investigation…

All options to be pursued for solution to banking sector threat, says CARICOM chair

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PLACENCIA, Belize — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will employ the full range of options available to it to confront the banking crisis that is threatening the region, chair of the community and prime minister of Belize, Dean Barrow, said. He underscored the necessity of collective…

Former PM squandered Curacao’s interests, says prosecution

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — During his premiership from 2010 to 2012, former prime minister of Curacao, Gerrit Schotte, was a puppet of the Italian gambling boss Francesco Corallo and thus seriously compromised confidence in the Curacao public administration, prosecutors said in calling for…

CARICOM heads decide on measures to curb zika virus spread

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PLACENCIA, Belize — Prime minister of Belize and current chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dean Barrow, on Wednesday announced a series of actions that CARICOM member states will take to confront the zika virus that is affecting the region. The course of action includes…

Trinidad confirms first zika case

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Trinidad and Tobago has reported its first laboratory-confirmed case of zika virus. According to the ministry of health, this case is a 61-year-old female and was confirmed on Wednesday by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). The blood sample…

St Maarten declares war on mosquitoes

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PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten — Minister of tourism, economic affairs, traffic and telecommunication (TEATT), Ingrid Arrindell, and the minister of public health, social development and labour (VSA), Emil Lee, and respective stakeholders are initiating both short-term and long-term preventative…

Commentary: Antonin Scalia, pugnacious justice of the US Supreme Court, is dead

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Of course, chances are that over 80 percent of the American people have no clue who Antonin Scalia was. No doubt they know even less about the conservative jurisprudence that made him so controversial. On cases calling for racial equality, for example, he propounded opinions that…

Commentary: Helping Haiti help itself

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Haiti has made a firm and important first step in taking responsibility for its affairs after decades of external interference. An agreement, reached on the night of February 5, twenty-four hours before the presidency of Michel Martelly ended in accordance with the constitution, was as historic…

Commentary: Tragedy is a reminder of need for maritime ministry

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My heartfelt condolences go out to those who lost their loved ones in the tragic boating incident on February 7. It was heart-wrenching when I heard the devastating news. I feel it for the families and the community that was directly affected. I want them to know that their loss is our loss.

Letter: Allen Chastanet is a Frankenstein mistake

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If the United Workers Party (UWP) had any slim chance of winning the 2016 general election, it should have set in motion a substantial rebuilding effort in 2012. This should have started around parliamentarians and the party’s base; and/or acquire a new leader with legislative and/or political…

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


More controversy ahead for ‘Caribbean’ baroness

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LONDON, England — Dominican-born member of the British House of Lords, Baroness Patricia Scotland of Asthal, may not be able to escape connections to the “murky financial links between Cherie Blair and the corrupt dictator of a tax haven with an appalling record on…

New light shed on Cayman Islands corruption probe

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — The decision from the Information Commissioner’s Office in the Cayman Islands on Tuesday ordering the release of reports relating to Operation Tempura shed some new light on the ongoing Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) investigation…

All options to be pursued for solution to banking sector threat, says CARICOM chair

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PLACENCIA, Belize — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will employ the full range of options available to it to confront the banking crisis that is threatening the region, chair of the community and prime minister of Belize, Dean Barrow, said. He underscored the necessity of collective…

Former PM squandered Curacao’s interests, says prosecution

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — During his premiership from 2010 to 2012, former prime minister of Curacao, Gerrit Schotte, was a puppet of the Italian gambling boss Francesco Corallo and thus seriously compromised confidence in the Curacao public administration, prosecutors said in calling for…

CARICOM heads decide on measures to curb zika virus spread

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PLACENCIA, Belize — Prime minister of Belize and current chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dean Barrow, on Wednesday announced a series of actions that CARICOM member states will take to confront the zika virus that is affecting the region. The course of action includes…

Trinidad confirms first zika case

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Trinidad and Tobago has reported its first laboratory-confirmed case of zika virus. According to the ministry of health, this case is a 61-year-old female and was confirmed on Wednesday by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). The blood sample…

St Maarten declares war on mosquitoes

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PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten — Minister of tourism, economic affairs, traffic and telecommunication (TEATT), Ingrid Arrindell, and the minister of public health, social development and labour (VSA), Emil Lee, and respective stakeholders are initiating both short-term and long-term preventative…

Commentary: Antonin Scalia, pugnacious justice of the US Supreme Court, is dead

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Of course, chances are that over 80 percent of the American people have no clue who Antonin Scalia was. No doubt they know even less about the conservative jurisprudence that made him so controversial. On cases calling for racial equality, for example, he propounded opinions that…

Commentary: Helping Haiti help itself

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Haiti has made a firm and important first step in taking responsibility for its affairs after decades of external interference. An agreement, reached on the night of February 5, twenty-four hours before the presidency of Michel Martelly ended in accordance with the constitution, was as historic…

Commentary: Tragedy is a reminder of need for maritime ministry

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My heartfelt condolences go out to those who lost their loved ones in the tragic boating incident on February 7. It was heart-wrenching when I heard the devastating news. I feel it for the families and the community that was directly affected. I want them to know that their loss is our loss.

Letter: Allen Chastanet is a Frankenstein mistake

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If the United Workers Party (UWP) had any slim chance of winning the 2016 general election, it should have set in motion a substantial rebuilding effort in 2012. This should have started around parliamentarians and the party’s base; and/or acquire a new leader with legislative and/or political…

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


Martelly demits office in Haiti

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PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — Michel Martelly demitted office as president of Haiti when his five year term ended on Sunday. There was however no successor, as weeks of unrest following the first round of the presidential elections prevented the scheduled run-off in January.

Prosecution concludes opening statement in Turks and Caicos corruption trial

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PROVIDENCIALES, TCI — On Friday, the final day of his two-week opening statement on behalf of the prosecution in the criminal trial of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick and others on corruption and money laundering charges, Andrew Mitchell QC continued his…

Our goal must be self-determination, says BVI premier

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ROAD TOWN, BVI — Premier and minister of finance, Dr Orlando Smith, has outlined his vision tor moving the British Virgin Islands towards self-sustainability. While delivering the territory’s 2016 Budget Address at the House of Assembly on Monday, Smith said, “I envision a society that…

Zika confirmed in three pregnant women in Barbados

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — The ministry of health in Barbados disclosed on Monday that the three latest confirmed cases of the zika virus have occurred in women who are pregnant. The latest results from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) bring the number of confirmed…

Bahamas freezes money stolen by Cayman Islands fraudster

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MIAMI, USA — Reliable sources in the Bahamas have reported that a government agency there has frozen corporate bank accounts controlled by Cayman Islands securities trader, Ryan Bateman. The companies named are Bahamas Exploration Limited, and Atlantic Petroleum Limited.

IMPACT Justice project meets in Grenada to review draft model sexual harassment legislation

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — The Sexual Harassment Legislation Committee of the Canadian government-funded project Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) is meeting in Grenada to review its draft model Sexual Harassment Bill. IMPACT Justice, which…

KingstOOn offers a career path in animation for Caribbean youth

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Hundreds of professional animators, students and artists from across the Caribbean region and around the world will participate in a two-day animation conference and film festival, an initiative of the government of Jamaica in collaboration with the World Bank and…

CDEMA participates in Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CDEMA) — In efforts to further the region’s capacity in providing humanitarian assistance to affected participating states of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the region’s institution with responsibility for disaster risk…

Elections show strength of democracy in Costa Rica, says OAS mission

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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — The electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) in Costa Rica has congratulated the country’s citizens on their participation in the municipal elections on Sunday, which once again showed the strength of Costa Rica’s…

New technology for shrimp farming in Panama

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BOQUETE, Panama — Disease in shrimp farming has cost the industry many billions of dollars in the past ten years. In Central America there have been billions of dollars in losses to shrimp farms in the countries of Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, and Panama from a viral disease known…

Commentary: Hypocrites, traitors or patriots?

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The former prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Denzil Douglas, has disclosed that former prime minister of Dominica, Edison Chenfeld James, came to him after he lost the 2000 election to sell a citizenship program on behalf of Henley & Partners. Dr Denzil Douglas also said that…

Commentary: Michel Joseph Martelly adieu! The last spasms of the beast

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He was elected! Yes by those who voted for him, and especially by those who did not vote at all. Guilty! I did not vote in 2010 because I thought none of the candidates really interpolated me with programs that could drastically change the tragic situation of the vast majority of Haitians.

Letter: Bequia Airport – a white elephant: A reply to Sir James Mitchell

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Sir James Mitchell’s essay, “Bequia Airport — an essential lifeline with an even brighter future” just printed in the Searchlight newspaper in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) after being posted on an Internet news site, was written in response to a brief comment I made in one of my…

Letter: Baha Mar’s failure resonates on many levels!

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For quite a few years no one could have imagined any failure as stunningly epic as the great financial and economic collapse of 2008. While the crisis was stark, hurtful and as much as it was severe, mankind felt a little bit better about itself and its development in that minor “brick and mortar”…