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Antigua-Barbuda faces economic citizen passport flaw

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua — In attempting to assert and/or defend the apparently false premise that one of its clients is a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda, a prominent London law firm may have instead opened a proverbial can of worms for the Caribbean country.

Another warning issued that Venezuelans will flee to Caribbean islands

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — The mayor of Chacao in Venezuela, Ramon Muchacho, this weekend issued another warning in local media of a Venezuelan exodus to neighbouring Caribbean islands and Colombia. This may well be the case, especially for the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and…

Brexit will see renewed focus on overseas territories, says UK minister

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — The UK minister with responsibility for the British overseas territories (BoTs) has said that a British exit from the European Union will be an advantage for the BoTs because the UK will be able to focus on traditional relationships with them.

Alleged Jamaican Ponzi scheme operator delays answer to SEC charges for fear of incrimination

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BOSTON, USA — Former Jamaican resident Mark Jones, who is accused by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of running a $10 million “Jamaica Bridge Loan Fund” Ponzi scheme, has been granted additional time to file his answer to the SEC civil complaint in exercise of his right…

Jamaica’s attorney general condemns Orlando massacre, but thinks the rainbow flag goes too far

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Like the rest of the world, many Jamaicans reacted on social media with shock, sadness and condemnation to the deadly shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12. Prime Minister Andrew Holness issued a statement later that day expressing sympathies to the…

Greening tourism and agriculture can help St Lucia strengthen economy and resilience to climate change

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CASTRIES, St Lucia — Greening tourism, which contributes around 12 per cent of Saint Lucia’s gross domestic product, diversifying agriculture and transforming the fossil fuels-based energy sector could help the Caribbean island strengthen its environmental and economic resilience, according to…

Belize downloads its digital dreams

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HAVANA, Cuba — Errol Cattouse is a man on a mission. He’s the chief operating officer of Centaur Cable and the newly appointed chairman of Belize’s internet exchange point. Launched in Belize City on April 27, the exchange point is seen as a key component in the country’s growing technology sector.

Five students from St Kitts-Nevis graduate in Taiwan

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TAIPEI, Taiwan — Five students from St Kitts and Nevis, who dismissed the thoughts of Taiwan being too far away and the study period too long, were among their fellow classmates this graduation season celebrating their academic achievements.  The proud graduates were able to pursue…

Electoral commissions head to Trinidad for Commonwealth conference

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The heads of election commissions from across the Commonwealth will gather in Trinidad and Tobago this week for a major international conference aimed at advancing good practices and principles for elections. The Commonwealth Electoral Network’s 2016 Biennial…

India offers fully-funded training courses to Commonwealth citizens

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LONDON, England — The government of India is giving Commonwealth citizens the opportunity to attend fully-funded training courses across a range of areas, including rural development, IT, telecommunications and renewable energy, in association with the Commonwealth…

Inside Paradise: The fight and the right for life

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In October 2015, Joe Biden announced to the citizens of the United States that he would not be running for president in 2016 and across America many listened attentively to his speech. However, when he said that his biggest goal would’ve been: to be the president who…

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Is there any more we can do?

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It is no secret that, even with strictly limited influence, I have been campaigning in the background to persuade Norwegian Air to operate flights out of Ireland or Scandinavia to Barbados, even possibly including St Lucia in a triangle route. Why Norwegian? Well that’s simple! They are a…

Commentary: Poor Pure Grenada for its entrenched political partisanship

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In the last week Grenada has been overtaken by news that Charles Liu, a commercial attaché appointed by the government of Grenada to the People’s Republic of China has been charged with civil securities violations by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Liu is a major promoter…

Commentary: How the US Supreme Court may change the future of undocumented immigration

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By the end of the month the United States Supreme Court is scheduled to make a decision on the US v Texas case. In this case Texas and 25 other states are suing the federal government to stop the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents…

Letter: Terrorism in the Caribbean

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The act of terrorism has become a major challenge that confronts the world in this the 21st century. September 11, 2001, was a wakeup call for most countries and it was the turning point, since it changed the way we do business around the world. There are more checks and balances…

Letter: Rowley’s callous, undignified, egotistical behaviour

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Prime Minister Keith Rowley’s callous, undignified, egotistical behaviour demonstrates a grandiose sense of self-importance… he continues to demonstrate he lacks decorum, professionalism and integrity to be an MP, far less PM. Social media has been ablaze with video-clipping of…

Nicolosi wins 24th International Optimist Regatta in USVI

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ST THOMAS, USVI — Mia Nicolosi is quick to tell you that her ambition in sailing isn’t earning the Top Girl prize. Instead, Nicolosi sets her sights on the overall top trophy, beating all the other girls and boys alike. The 13-year-old St Thomas Yacht Club sailor achieved her goal by winning…

Cleveland Cavaliers are 2015-2016 NBA champions

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WILLEMSTAD Curacao — The first team ever to come back from a 3-1 deficit in National Basketball Association history, the Cleveland Cavaliers were led by a triple-double performance by Akron’s very own son, Lebron James. The city of Cleveland four years ago was at zero but on Sunday night they…

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Dominica government signs housing contract financed by CBI program

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ROSEAU, Dominica — Acting prime minister of Dominica, Rayburn Blackmoore, announced on Thursday that 316 residential units will be constructed, commencing July 1, for displaced residents of Petite Savanne following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.

IDB hosts Capitol Hill event on US-Caribbean strategic engagement

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WASHINGTON, USA — On June 15, 2016, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA) co-hosted an event on Capitol Hill on “Opportunities and Challenges for the United States and Caribbean Region”. A highlight of this IDB-CCAA event…

Lawyers argue over jail time in Bahamas bribe case

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NASSAU, Bahamas — The public humiliation that former Bahamas Electricity Corporation board member Fred Ramsey endured during his trial on bribery charges and his subsequent conviction is sufficient punishment for his crime, his lawyer, Wayne Munroe, QC, argued on Friday.

US businessman pleads guilty to charges in Venezuela bribery scheme

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HOUSTON, USA — The owner of multiple US-based energy companies pleaded guilty on Thursday to foreign bribery and tax charges for his role in a scheme to corruptly secure energy contracts from Venezuela’s state-owned and state-controlled energy company, Petroleos de Venezuela.

IMF approves US$80 million disbursement to Jamaica

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WASHINGTON, USA — On Friday, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the combined 11th and 12th reviews under the extended arrangement under the extended fund facility (EFF) for Jamaica. The completion of the reviews enabled the disbursement…

Bermuda’s former premier speaks out against ‘politically motivated’ arrest of medical official

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HAMILTON, Bermuda — Former premier Dr Ewart Brown told journalists in Bermuda on Friday that he felt compelled to speak out because of what he described as the unjust and unwarranted arrest of Dr Mahesh Reddy, chief medical officer at Brown’s company Bermuda Healthcare Services.

Reparations issue important to Barbados, says PM

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has reiterated that “the reparations issue is not based on a diplomacy of protest, but on a diplomacy of engagement”. Stuart made the comments recently, while chairing a meeting of reparation stakeholders.

New Caribbean shark sanctuaries boost regional protections

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MAHO, St Maarten — Sharks are safer across the Caribbean Sea with the announcement of four new shark sanctuaries in the region. Prime Minister William Marlin of St Maarten and Wayne Panton, minister of financial services, commerce, and environment for the Cayman Islands last week…

Drug abuse a public health not criminal issue, says new UK report

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LONDON, England (CNS) — A new report by leading public health bodies in the UK is urging a fundamental shift in the approach towards the criminalising of drug use. The Royal Society for Public Health and the Faculty of Public Health are calling for the personal possession and use…

New zika response strategy to focus on preventing, managing medical complications

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GENEVA, Switzerland — The United Nations health agency on Friday issued a revised strategic response plan for the next one and a half years to combat the transmission of the zika virus, which has now spread to 60 countries. The zika strategic response plan from July 2016 to December 2017…

Marketing Strategies Today: Google Analytics simplified

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Google Analytics is a very powerful tool for a statistics overview, and there has been a lot of confusion with its understanding. Once this mystery is solved, there is no other tool as powerful and efficient. There are four components of Google Analytics: 1. “Vanilla” Google Analytics tracking.

Commentary: A cabinet of ill-defined intentions in St Lucia

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English poet Robert Browning said, “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?” In other words, suggesting that, in order to achieve anything worthwhile, we should attempt even those things that may turn out to have been impossible. The current narrative…

Commentary: Orlando 2016: A case of terrorism targeting new categories of people

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So, it happened again. On June 12, 2016, another Muslim militant, this time Omar Mateen, an American citizen of Afghan origin, a self-declared ISIS-inspired fighter, and a registered Democrat (a detail the press does not want to emphasize), opened fire in a gay club in the city of Orlando, Florida.

Commentary: The dubious impact of Chinese investment in Latin America

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Much has been made of increased Chinese investment in Latin America, though it is still dwarfed by overall American and Spanish involvement in the region. The initiative China has shown in its efforts to develop the Americas has been admirable. However, as China’s recent foray into…

Letter: Immunity from prosecution doesn’t stop the OAS giving evidence if it chooses to do so

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With regard to the SVG general election on December 9, 2015, the OAS representatives commented on irregularities at the Layou recount and mentioned so in their report on the elections. It cannot be right and it cannot be democratic to refuse to give evidence before a court of enquiry.

Letter: Belize Progressive Party vehemently protests OAS resolution

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The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) expresses its vehement condemnation of the recent, draft declaration on the resolution passed by the Organisation of American States (OAS) at its 46th Regular Assembly, held in the Dominican Republic. The resolution, which speaks to the commitment…

West Indies and England for three-match ODI series in early 2017

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua — The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the England Cricket Board (ECB) have announced that West Indies will host England in a three-match one-day international series from February to March 2017.  The teams will play the first two matches at the Sir Vivian…

St Lucian youth selected for international youth leadership forum

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CASTRIES, St Lucia — Canaries native and youth leader Vernet Longville will soon be taking the trip of a lifetime to Lyon in France to represent Saint Lucia and the Caribbean at a prestigious international youth forum. Longville, a young teacher at the Canaries Infant School, has been…

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Venezuela and Aruba finalise agreement to re-open refinery

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CARACAS, Venezuela — Authorities from the governments of Aruba and Venezuela, and officials from Petróleos de Venezuela, SA (PDVSA) and CITGO Aruba, gathered in Caracas on Friday to witness the execution of a commercial agreement between…

Fate of corruption complaints in the Cayman Islands remains public mystery

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands — (CNS): The outcome of the spin-off enquiry dubbed Operation Cealt of an anti-corruption investigation in the Cayman Islands known as Operation Tempura remains a public mystery but Premier Alden McLaughlin said last week that he had “never heard…

CCJ dismisses gay rights case

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Friday delivered its highly anticipated judgment in the case of Maurice Tomlinson v the State of Belize and the State of Trinidad and Tobago. Tomlinson, a Jamaican national, a homosexual and prominent LGBTI…

Caribbean commits to fast-tracking HIV response, calls for international partnership

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NEW YORK, USA — The Caribbean has joined the community of nations in framing and endorsing the 2016 Political Declaration on Ending AIDS. The ambitious declaration was adopted at the United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting on ending AIDS, attended by high level…

IMF concludes consultation with The Bahamas

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WASHINGTON, USA — On June 8, 2016, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with The Bahamas. Economic growth is estimated to have stalled in 2015, as a modest increase in air tourism arrivals was not sufficient to offset…

USAID climate change project bolsters Dominica’s resilience

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ROSEAU, Dominica — A United States government-funded climate change project in the Eastern Caribbean helped one community avoid major flooding during last year’s passage of Tropical Storm Erika and also provided Dominican farmers with access to climate-smart technology.

Bob Marley film to be financed by Antigua and Barbuda economic citizenship

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua — A new home-grown Caribbean movie based on the life of music legend Bob Marley has chosen an innovative financing method: allowing wealthy angel investors the chance to qualify for passports of a Caribbean island nation in return for fronting the cost of production.

WINAIR adds fourth aircraft to summer fleet

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PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten — Windward Islands Airways (WINAIR) has acquired an additional DHC-3 aircraft for its summer season, which will allow WINAIR to serve new markets and will also enhance its ability to provide additional charter services from its hub in St Maarten.

Marketing Strategies Today: Customer service improvement for marketing professionals

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The best kind of marketing is the best customer service. This is well known from many who say that social media is a great opportunity to engage with your customers, talk about business and also make sure that you are able to engage their hearts and their minds. What that means…

Commentary: Tourism Matters: More great news regarding airlift

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One of our strengths as a destination is the myriad of choice in dining experiences and it was especially encouraging to see that the annual culinary event, previously called the Food Wine and Rum Festival, is being rebranded, extended throughout the month of November.

Commentary: How our legislators turn a criminal into a victim and fleece our senior citizens

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I am a 55-year-old saving for retirement. I find “A” rated Puerto Rican municipal bonds offering about 5% in double tax free income. So I buy them. We find out later that the agency that issued them knew they were technically bankrupt and could not pay that money back. We also find out…

Commentary: Renewable world

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Plummeting fossil fuel prices. Mainstream renewable energy sources. Increased energy storage. All these stunning facts fill the pages of the Global Status Report: Renewables 2016, an international collaboration combining the latest on renewable energy industry, market and policy trends…

Letter: SVG, bad trajectory!

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The Unity Labour Party (ULP) government in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) always seems to be aiming high but with a bad trajectory. A case of diminishing returns for SVG. We had economic predictions such as “the many investors lining up to invest in SVG,” “to return bananas to the…

Letter: When is a Grenadian citizen not a citizen?

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It was British Prime Minister Harold McMillan (Super Mac as he was known) that said: “Events, dear boy, events.” These words spring to mind whenever I encounter issues relating to services provided by people working in various government departments and the man/woman in…

St Kitts Warner Park gets EC$500,000 facelift for international cricket series

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) — The Warner Park Cricket Stadium is ready to welcome players and fans as the West Indies Tri-Nation Series moved to St Kitts on Saturday. The series, being contested by teams from South Africa, Australia and hosts West Indies, began on June 3, 2016.

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Opposition wins St Lucia election

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CASTRIES, St Lucia — The opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has won the general election in Saint Lucia, beating the ruling St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) 11 seats to six, effectively reversing the result of the last election in 2011. According to the Electoral Office…

Keys to understanding the political and economic crisis in Venezuela

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CARACAS, Venezuela — The crisis and the polarization that have put Venezuela in the international media spotlight are often beyond the comprehension of those watching the situation unfold, whether from up close or from afar. For Venezuelans, the rise of Chavism as the so-called socialism…

Puerto Rico plans to open commercial office in Havana

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — Puerto Rico’s governor Alejandro García Padilla said his administration expects to open an office in Havana to promote trade and cultural exchange. Padilla made the announcement while speaking to reporters during the recent summit of the Association of Caribbean…

Cayman Islands legislators call for gay rights referendum

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — Once again, some of the Cayman Islands’ longest serving politicians have attacked the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. During the budget debate in the Legislative Assembly last week, independent backbench member…

Basic Cents: Find a job

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A high number of employers consistently complain about the challenges that they face when filling vacancies. They criticise applicants who fail to follow a variety of straightforward basic steps during the process of applying for a job. One Caribbean defence force recently protested about…

Commentary: The municipal bond market is a massive criminal enterprise: Get out now or pay later

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Senior citizens and savers throughout the 50 states and Puerto Rico have taken tens of billions in municipal bond losses. It has become clear that the rating agencies have been knowingly and intentionally issuing good credit ratings for technically bankrupt municipal entities.

Commentary: Sexual harassment in politics

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Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment, or submission to or…

Commentary: It’s not all about partisan politics

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“I gave him fair warning, when I stand to my feet and call to order, he is to be treated no different to any other member of this house.” That’s David Carter, Speaker of the House of Representatives in New Zealand as he ejected Prime Minister John Key from the house for disobeying his…

Letter: Gonsalves introduces new media gag laws in SVG

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St Vincent and the Grenadines passes a law designed to gag the media on practiced filth. The law passed in Parliament on Tuesday, 31 May 2016, now makes it illegal for persons to place certain images and words on social media. The Bill provides for the prosecution in relation to…

Letter: Gorillas and gods

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The problem with God, the Cosmos, is that “it” simply does not behave the way that humans want it. Which is good. Because if it did, the cosmos would cease to exist. Nor do gorillas. If gorillas behaved like humans, they would cease to exist. Don’t play dumb. God, the Cosmos, is not human.

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Guilty verdict in Bahamas bribery trial

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NASSAU, Bahamas — A Bahamas Supreme Court jury wasted little time on Tuesday before convicting Fred Ramsey on 14 counts, finding that the former Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) board member took several hundred thousand dollars in bribes.

Blacklist of tax havens coming within six months, says EU

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — A European-wide blacklist of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions is definitely coming and will be announced within six months, according to EU officials. Member of European Parliament (MEP) Jeppe Kofod, who is part of the TAXE2 Committee…

Italy to finance flood early warning system in St Lucia

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CASTRIES, St Lucia — The Italian government has agreed to provide financial support to the government of Saint Lucia for a state-of-the-art flood and hazard early warning system and information centre. The agreement between the two countries was formalised during the recently concluded…

Five new zika cases confirmed in USVI, including two pregnant women

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ST THOMAS, USVI — The US Virgin Islands Department of Health has reported five new cases of zika virus, two of which are pregnant women. There are now a total of 21 confirmed zika cases in the USVI; with the first case being confirmed in St John, 15 cases remaining in St Croix, and…

OECS to focus on geothermal energy at St Kitts and Nevis forum

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission are partnering with the government of St Kitts and Nevis jointly to host a regional geothermal forum under the theme: ‘Opportunities and…

Antigua-Barbuda human rights record to be reviewed

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GENEVA, Switzerland — Antigua and Barbuda’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the second time on Monday, 9 May 2016. Antigua and Barbuda is one of the 14 states to be reviewed by…

Vincy soca artiste recording in Belfast

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BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Rising Vincentian soca star Adonis “Major Dan” Browne from Lowmans Windward is currently recording at Cloud 9 Studios, Central Productions in Belfast. Major Dan is also working with top producer Lester “Mack” Irona of 4th Dimension Production in St Vincent.

Bahamian author presents latest book to governor general

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Master Motivator Spence Finlayson, Bahamas based international motivational speaker, corporate trainer, talk show host, bishop of motivation and author, recently presented his latest inspirational book Phoenix Rising to Dame Marguerite Pindling, governor general…

Commentary: Belize belongs to Belizeans

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The Guatemalan claim to Belize, like all the claims that exist among the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, has its roots in the Treaty of Tordesillas that was signed between Spain and Portugal in 1493 and approved by the then Catholic Pope Alexander VI of Spain.

Commentary: Haiti’s leaders wallowing in moral morass

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Every day international observers are calling for elections in Haiti. The US is regularly threatening Haiti that, if it does not hold elections, then there will be no more aid. The same applies to many other international organizations. But what these organizations do not know is that…

Letter: Vincentian bananas may become extinct

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Our bananas are still infested with Moko disease [Bacterial wilt] and Black Sigatoka [black leaf streak]. There can be no doubt that there are even scarier things out there to be aware of. Moko disease is caused by a bacterium, Ralstonia (Pseudomonas) solanacearum (Race 2) which had…

Letter: Egregious and dictatorial move by Belize PM

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Amid the egregious and dictatorial move by the Prime Minister Dean Oliver Barrow, to intentionally impinge upon the rights of Belizeans to move freely on the Sarstoon River, the Belize Progressive Party (BPP) commits to ensuring that such contemptuous treatment of our citizens…

FIFA seeks lifetime football ban for former vice president

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — Cayman’s fallen football hero, Jeffrey Webb, is facing a lifetime ban from the sport as FIFA’s adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, opened formal proceedings against him this week. The ethics case is based…

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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…