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Packed agenda for CARICOM summit

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — When Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders started their 36th regular summit in Barbados on Thursday, under the theme CARICOM: Vibrant Societies, Resilient Economies, they will have a packed agenda.

Caribbean states ‘lighting path’ towards sustainable future, says UN chief in Barbados

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — This is a year for global action, with international community in the final stretch of preparing a transformative post-2015 agenda for sustainable development that will be agreed in New York in September, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared in Bridgetown.

Extradition request received by Switzerland for Cayman Islands and other FIFA officials

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ZURICH, Switzerland (CNS) — The US authorities have made an official request to Switzerland to extradite the Cayman Islands’ Jeffrey Webb and the six other FIFA officials arrested in Zürich in May on corruption related charges. The Swiss authorities confirmed in a release that the formal requests…

Mixed reactions in the US on re-establishment of relations with Cuba

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — The reestablishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba received mixed reactions on Wednesday in the United States. Democratic presidential candidate in the 2016 elections, Hillary Clinton, welcomed on the social network Twitter the formal announcement by Presidents Raúl Castro and…

ECCB governor calls for structural changes in financial institutions, private sector

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — Financial institutions in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) must undergo structural changes if there is to be an improvement in access to credit, according to governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central bank Sir Dwight Venner. The governor was asked…

CDB president outlines huge possible cost of inaction on climate change

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Without appropriate and effective action, the adverse effects of climate change could cost Caribbean countries up to 75% of the gross domestic product (GDP) by 2100, according to Dr Warren Smith, president of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) who spoke on Thursday…

US Coast Guard repatriates 38 Cuban migrants

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MIAMI, USA — Crewmembers aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans repatriated 38 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Thursday. This repatriation was a result of four separate migrant interdictions at sea in the south Florida Straits. In all instances Cubans were trying to illegally…

Cuba-Caribbean business forum to be held this month

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — Representatives of ten Caribbean countries will meet in eastern Santiago de Cuba city on July 16 and 17 for the Cuba-Caribbean Business Forum. The forum will be attended by ministers from Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Saint Lucia, The Bahamas, Antigua…

Caribbean alliance eyes new era for youth entrepreneurship

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Young people hoping to transform their business ideas into successful enterprises are set to benefit from the creation of a new Commonwealth alliance to promote youth entrepreneurship across the Caribbean and Americas. The Commonwealth Alliance of Young…

Cuban innovation and entrepreneurship front and center after Obama’s announcement

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NEW YORK, USA — On the heels of US President Barack Obama’s announcement reinstating diplomatic relations with Cuba, CAA, a privately funded, not-for-profit foundation based in Greenwich, Conn., has announced Innovadores, the first-ever initiative to promote entrepreneurship, opportunity…

Book Review: Keith Mitchell, the man, the politician, the legend

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Some Grenadians are excited to hear about Dr Keith C. Mitchell’s recent memoir. He has always impressed his colleagues and admirers, his fans alike with his clear vision and ability to get things done against the most formidable opposition. His friends in Grenada and abroad are confident that his…

Commentary: EU calling Greece’s bluff … finally

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Alas, the delusional hubris of the Greeks is such that they are convinced: • that keeping Greece in the EU is far more important to Europeans than it is to them; and (perhaps banking on Greece’s acclaim as the cradle of civilization) • that there’s no end to the financial sacrifices Europeans will endure…

Commentary: The Commonwealth’s future – Part 2

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In 2009, recognising the dangers to the grouping, Commonwealth heads of government at their meeting in Trinidad and Tobago instructed that an Eminent Persons Group (EPG) be established to inquire into the association and provide a report to their 2011 meeting in Australia. I was a member…

Letter: Allen Chastanet’s UWP is pregnant with Victoria secrets

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Shocked, No! It was only a matter of time in these hard times for the cookie to crumble in a rooted culture hooked with strings and perks attached short on delivery. The indiscipline passed through the United Workers Party (UWP) with the aristocrat Allen Chastanet payments to conference delegates to secure…

Letter: Lost In translation

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Everyone knows by now that the IMF does not write plain English and much of what they say has to be translated for us to understand what they are really trying to say and what is the message hidden between the lines. The language contained in the Press Release No. 15/304 of 29 June 2015 after the…

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US and Cuba to restore diplomatic ties this month after 54 years

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WASHINGTON, USA — The United States and Cuba formally agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations on July 20, setting up a trip to Havana by John Kerry, who would become the first US secretary of state to visit the country in 70 years. Sealed by an exchange of letters…

Bankrupt Bahamas megaresort sues Chinese contractor

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Bankrupt Bahamas megaresort Baha Mar on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in England against its contractor, China State Construction Engineering Corporation, seeking more than $192 million in damages to compensate for delays and reported substandard work. The legal action was taken…

CDF gets thumbs up from independent evaluation

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) has received the thumbs up from an independent evaluation. Lorne McDonnough, CEO of the CDF, revealed this on the eve of demitting office, stating that the results of the evaluation conducted by Maxwell Stamp PLC were…

CARICOM Competition Commission to investigate telecoms merger

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PARAMARIBO, Suriname — The CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) has, pursuant to Article 176.1 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC), completed its preliminary examination of the agreement by Cable and Wireless Communications Plc (CWC) to acquire Columbus…

US resident Jamaican citizen sentenced to prison in connection with lottery scam

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HARRISONBURG, USA — A Jamaican citizen residing in Virginia was sentenced to prison on Wednesday for his role in an international lottery scam. Carlos O’Brien Ricketts, 32, was sentenced by US District Court Judge Michael Urbanski of the Western District of Virginia to serve ten months in prison.

Cuba becomes first country to halt mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis

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GENEVA, Switzerland — Cuba has become the world’s first country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, “a major victory in our long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation,” the World Health…

Tourism agency seeks to inject fresh thinking into Caribbean tourism product

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The region’s tourism development agency is seeking to stimulate new ideas and fresh thinking aimed at re-inventing the Caribbean tourism product. The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has organized a regional four-day workshop to provide, among other…

United Airlines starting nonstop flights to Turks and Caicos from Chicago

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands — Chicago residents will soon enjoy easy access to Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) with the launch of a seasonal, nonstop United Airlines service from December 19, 2015, through April 30,2016 – just in time for the busy winter travel.

UN issues first-ever heat-wave warning guidelines as global temperatures soar

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NEW YORK, USA — Two United Nations agencies have unveiled a series of new guidelines aimed at addressing the health risks posed by the increasing number and intensity of climate change-related heat-waves affecting the planet, as warm weather alerts spread across Europe following soaring…

Editorial: Demeaning the Commonwealth

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Caribbean News Now has been inundated with propaganda pieces on behalf of Baroness Patricia Scotland, a sitting member of the British Parliament, who, in the convenient appearance of a Dominican national, is opportunistically running for the post of Commonwealth secretary-general.

Commentary: Leadership: What does it mean to you?

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The big “L” word is being tossed around more violently than two puppies thrashing around their favourite chew toy. For some reason, the word leadership is being uttered on just about every street corner, on every talk show, every household I visit and used in virtually every social media post.

Commentary: The missing outrage

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Looking in: During the month of June 2015, media outlets across world were extremely busy. Many stories and images ranged from terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait and in Tunisia, where over 30 British nationals were killed, to Greece’s financial crisis threat to the global financial system.

Letter: Producing more Kirani-type athletes is possible

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As the former minister of sports I would like applaud my former colleague Minister, Arley Gill for raising the conversation on “Producing more Kirani-type athletes” in the public domain. Additionally, it is heartening for him to recognize the contribution of the former sports minister in addressing the same issue.

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Grenadian activist group in New York ignored by ambassadors

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NEW YORK, USA — After declining an invitation two weeks ago to attend and address a town hall meeting in Brooklyn to address the reopening of Grenada’s New York consulate, Grenada’s US ambassador Dr Angus Friday will reportedly address an invitation-only meeting at the same location.

Suriname president fires acting House speaker

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PARAMARIBO, Suriname — In a move said to avoid a possible legislative vacuum, the president of Suriname on Sunday night dismissed acting speaker of the newly elected parliament. As the oldest elected legislator, Paul Somohardjo was sworn in last Friday by President Desi Bouterse.

UN secretary-general to visit UWI for Caribbean Youth Speak

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CAVE HILL, Barbados — Young people across the Caribbean will have a rare opportunity to directly state their concerns to United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, when the University of the West Indies (UWI) hosts a UN youth symposium at Cave Hill campus on Friday. The UN chief will be in Barbados…

LACNIC Caribbean on the Move kick-starts in Suriname

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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — LACNIC Caribbean on the Move – Suriname Edition will be held as an internet-themed track at the upcoming ICT Summit Paramaribo from July 3 to 4, 2015. LACNIC, the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry, is an international non-government organization…

Regional Economics: Lessons from Greece for the Caribbean

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We in the Caribbean like to compare ourselves to other countries that are excelling in a particular area and emphasise that we are not too far off from them or that we are closing the gap in some way. Perhaps it is equally important to look at countries that we don’t want to be similar to and analyse what…

Commentary: The rise of invisible employment in St Vincent and the Grenadines

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“There are more people employed in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) today than in 2001.” These were the words of an equivocal government surrogate, who dispiritedly aired an impetuous view of the nation’s economic and unemployment conditions – an attempt, in my opinion, to sway the people.

Commentary: The legal fraternity and calypso fraternity: Political divisions in Grenada

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It seems as though Lloyd Noel has taken a sabbatical and is resting quietly somewhere in Grenada. However, as he is relaxing somewhere and we are not hearing from him, a political melee is still going on in Grenada. As a matter of fact, all kinds of political melee. In the legal fraternity and in the build up…

Letter: A Bridge Too Far

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Ecuador has been one of the least politically stable of the South American republics for most of its history; Ecuador had 86 governments and 17 new constitutions in its first 159 years of independence. That’s an average of more than one new government every two years for 159 years. Only 20 of those…

Letter: Well done, Helen Grenade

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I am writing with reference to Helen Grenade’s letter published on June 22, 2015. My main reason for doing so is because I noticed she was slated for her comments in another published letter days later. I have to say it was the content of that reactive publication that made me read Ms Grenade’s letter.

Sports Commentary: Producing more Kirani-type athletes

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Kirani James continues to do us so proud! Moreover, I am pleased that the authorities – at every turn – do not allow his performances to go unnoticed. The prime minister, in his last national address, did so; as well as did minister of sport Emmalin Pierre, who has consistently applauded the efforts of Kirani.

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St Kitts-Nevis PM champions reform for good governance in CARICOM

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) — Some of the major challenges confronting Caribbean governments in relation to good governance and electoral reform, were placed in context by St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris at a recent regional forum in Antigua.

Reparations on CARICOM heads of government agenda

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — When the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government gather in Barbados early next month for their 36th regular meeting, they are expected to continue “fleshing out” the initiatives that have to be taken to push the reparations agenda forward.

Cayman Islands opposition leader targets governor in legal battle with premier

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — The Cayman Islands opposition leader McKeeva Bush has filed a response to a defamation lawsuit filed by the territory’s premier that outlines his claims of a conspiracy led by the former governor, Duncan Taylor, to topple him from office, rather than make…

UN urges that deportations do not result in statelessness of people born in Dominican Republic

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PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — Amid ongoing concern about the status of thousands of immigrants living in the Dominican Republic, Sandra Honoré, the special representative for Haiti of the United Nations secretary general, said that deportations carried out by Santo Domingo authorities should not…

CARICOM rejects tax haven listings

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has stated its strong objection to the recent decision by the European Commission to “blacklist” a number of CARICOM member states for allegedly not co-operating on tax law enforcement with European Union countries.

Guyana prime minister promises to professionalise state media entities

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) — Addressing Guyana’s National Assembly on Thursday, prime minister and first vice president Moses Nagamootoo pledged the new administration’s support for true press freedom. The prime minister, who also holds the responsibility of minister of information, said that…

Jamaican police investigating hacking of government websites

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Science, technology, energy and mining state minister, Julian Robinson, says the Jamaican police have commenced investigations into the hacking of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) website, and those of five other entities, which the JIS hosts. These are: Culture…

USVI delegate calls for inclusion in affordable healthcare programme

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WASHINGTON, USA — Following Thursday’s announcement of the US Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the provision allowing the federal government, through the Affordable Care Act, to subsidize health insurance costs for low-income and middle class individuals, US Virgin Islands delegate…

US Coast Guard repatriates Cuban and Haitian migrants

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MIAMI, USA — Crewmembers aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. repatriated 55 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Thursday and the crew of the Cutter William Trump repatriated 18 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitian, Haiti, also on Thursday. These repatriations are the result…

Grenada’s unemployment falls

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Grenada’s unemployment rate has fallen by 3.6 percent, the Central Statistical Division with the ministry of finance has announced. A labour survey done in October last year showed a drop in unemployment rate from 32.5 percent in 2013 to 28.9 percent in 2014. Officials also…

Montserrat progresses with development of climate change policy and action plan

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BRADES, Montserrat — Stakeholders in Montserrat are aiming to achieve climate resilient development through an integrated and coordinated response prioritising climate change responses across all sectors and society. This was the goal proposed by stakeholders for Montserrat’s new national climate…

Public health policymaking to get new life with help from CARPHA

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — A study conducted by one of the former regional health institutions found that governments generally lack the capacity to assess and use research to make health policy decisions. Furthermore, the type of research needed to inform health decisions in the region is not…

Hostile climate for Dominican Republic media since start of 2015

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PARIS, France (RSF) — The first half of 2015 has been arduous for journalists in the Dominican Republic, with physical attacks, threats, prosecutions and a murder. Freedom of information is also weakened by continuing impunity for crimes of violence against media personnel and the concentration…

St Vincent PM to deliver Emancipation Day lecture in St Martin

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GREAT BAY, St Martin — Prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, and a campaigner for reparatory justice, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, will deliver a guest Emancipation Day lecture organized by the Independence for St Martin Foundation, on Saturday.  The lecture, on the topic of “Reparations,”…

USVI music fest set for St Thomas

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ST THOMAS, USVI — Music will be in the air in the US Virgin Islands this summer. On the heels of the St John Festival carnival celebration to be held over the July 4th holiday weekend, its sister island St Thomas will take its turn to host America’s Paradise USVI Music Festival, featuring top tier…

Commentary: The View from Europe: Education innovation and the future

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For many years now, the Caribbean has been able to cultivate a generally positive image of high literacy levels and academic achievement. It has given the world Nobel laureates and has demonstrated a capacity for intellectual rigour and debate that makes it among the more interesting regions of the world.

Commentary: Montserrat remains a land that has not lost touch with its most endearing qualities

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Resilience in the face of tragedy is an admirable quality. The people of Montserrat, in their collective entirety, throughout these past 20 years of volcanic discourse, have often been described as such – resilient. On June 25, 1997, 19 lives were lost as a direct result of the volcanic devastation that has…

Letter: Kaiso! Kaiso! Vincy Kaiso 2015

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It’s Vincy Mas time again in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and 2015 is no different; boy, the emails, texts and calls about calypsos ah fill up “me” smartphone. As usual “yo” know “me” ears ah tuned to the ground in Vincyland and as ‘I-Madd’ said, “I Love This Land”. For a second year in ah row…

Letter: Classism oftentimes a mask for silent wrongs in Jamaica

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As the ongoing debate and discourse about class, colour, identity and ethnicity continued to be debated, as the discourse continues on social media, on the streets, on verandahs, in the printed media such as the numerous letters to the editor in the Jamaica Observer, the Jablogz blog and electronic media.

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CARICOM single market on the march, says Barbados PM

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — The single market component of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy is “on the march”, says Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, while the single economy element has been a little more challenging because it calls for more fundamental…

Turks and Caicos opposition MPs protest outside House of Assembly

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GRAND TURK, TCI — The opposition Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) members of parliament and others stood together with local residents in staging a demonstration outside the House of Assembly on Friday, June 19, 2015, to highlight neglect by the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government…

Suriname health sector gets Turkish government assistance

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PARAMARIBO, Suriname — The Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) on June 19 donated medical equipment and healthcare supplies to Suriname. The Suriname ministry of health was also provided with one ambulance, according to a press statement.

Venezuelan parliamentary elections to take place on December 6

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CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s electoral authority (CNE) announced on Monday that parliamentary elections will be held on December 6, contrary to opposition speculation that President Nicolas Maduro would suspend the vote. CNE president Tibisay Lucena said the elections were always…

Curacao health services paid $5 for ten-cent face masks in corruption case

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — The investigation into the so called Dubnium corruption case in Curacao has taken a different course now with the arrest of former minister of public health and current opposition member of parliament, Jacintha Constancia. The case involves the purchase of 40,000…

Barbados prepared to challenge EU blacklisting

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — Barbados is prepared to challenge a recent decision by members of the European Union (EU) to blacklist the country for being a non-cooperative tax jurisdiction, minister of international business, Donville Inniss, said during a press conference. “This issue is very critical…

OECS recruits new voices for climate change

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) — The realities of climate change, its current impact on the region, and ways to effectively share the message with the public were explored last week at a two-day symposium for private media and government communication personnel in St Kitts. The June 18-19…

Bottled water recalled due to possible contamination

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ONTARIO, USA — Niagara Bottling, a leading private-label water bottling company in the United States, has recalled certain batches of its bottled spring water due to possible contamination with E. coli bacteria. The affected product is spring water, not the purified water, manufactured at the company’s…

British retiree thankful to Health City Cayman Islands

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands — When Maurice Bloom retired to the Cayman Islands two and a half years ago from the United Kingdom, he was like many individuals who take their health for granted until a dramatic event reveals that all may not be well. For Bloom, that moment came recently when…

IDB inaugurates new Haiti country office on site of previous headquarters

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PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has inaugurated a new country office building in Haiti on the site of its previous headquarters, which was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. More than 200 guests attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, led by IDB president…

Bahamian motivational speaker emphasises character at school awards ceremony

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Bahamian born, international motivational speaker, corporate trainer, author and Bahamian Icon Award Nominee, Spence Finlayson, was the guest speaker at St Anne’s School fifth annual Good Character Award Ceremony held in the school auditorium. Finlayson, in his usual upbeat…

Kreyol Fashion Days 2015 end on a high note in Guadeloupe

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POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe — A particularly pleasing final fashion show concluded the Kreyol Fashion Days (KFD) 2015 in Guadeloupe. With more than 1,500 participants, for its second edition, the KFD Forum allowed companies and fashion designers to acquire information about the Caribbean market.

Joint effort creates first ever Kreyol alphabet, songs and videos

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TARPON SPRINGS, USA — The first ever Kreyòl (Haitian Creole) alphabet songs as educational videos have been created and made available online. The groundbreaking project is the result of collaboration between Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) linguistics professor Michel DeGraff and…

Commentary: Mass Confusion: Full citizenship or honorary citizenship for the Garinagu

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When, in New York, after several conference calls, Mr Arnhim Eustace used the term honorary citizenship to describe his response to the Garifuna issues that had been put before him, I was absolutely bowled over by the concept he had suddenly, without warning, introduced. The bells immediately began…

Commentary: Grenada’s Electricity Supply Act 2015

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What are the stated purposes of the proposed Electricity Supply Act? A. Reduction of the percentage of fossil fuel (diesel fired) generation with benefits of • reduced foreign exchange expenditure per unit of electricity produced • a reduction in the quantity of carbon dioxide gas originating from…

Letter: Numbers deny slavery holocaust claims

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One of the reasons why it is being claimed that there was a holocaust during slavery is the number of slaves sent to the British Caribbean compared to the number of slaves who were alive in 1834. The “small” fraction of remaining slaves has been cited as a good case for these holocaust claims.

Letter: What about the infamous ‘Guyanese bench’?

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I wish to commend the Barbados Today for the editorial published on June 20, 2015, titled “Haitians merit justice like everyone else”. While reading this piece, I was immersed in joy with a little bit of reservation that the fourth estate is once again putting itself ahead of the snail-paced and, often times…

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No repeal on newspaper ad boycott, says Cayman premier

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — The premier of the Cayman Islands has said that until the editor of the British territory’s only daily newspaper apologizes, not just for an editorial insulting the whole country but for his histrionics after the fact and his international media rounds.

Extradition of convicted Ponzi scheme operator from Turks and Caicos still in limbo

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PROVIDENCIALES, TCI — On June 18, 2015, Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) chief magistrate Clifton Warner provided his written decision regarding a request by the government of the United States to have convicted Ponzi scheme operator David Smith extradited to the US to complete his sentence.

Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago added to UAE Ramadan charitable programme

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ABU DHABI, UAE — The Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced its Ramadan programme for this year and for the first time includes two Caribbean Community countries – Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

EU tax haven blacklist not finalized; St Kitts-Nevis requests removal

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — The European Union has not made a final decision about which countries will be on its latest blacklist of uncooperative tax jurisdictions. There was a ripple throughout the region on Wednesday when 15 regional countries – including St Kitts and Nevis – appeared on…

Release of new electoral list in St Vincent and the Grenadines delayed one week

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KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — The Electoral Office in St Vincent and the Grenadines has advised that the list of names to be removed from the voters list would not be published on Friday June 19, as earlier announced. According to supervisor of elections, Sylvia Findlay, the list will now be released on…

Caribbean slow to adopt new internet technology

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ROSEAU, Dominica — In the Caribbean, we routinely use our smartphones, tablets, laptops and other connected devices for work, play and everything in-between. Every device connected to the Internet is identified by a unique address and, thanks to the swift growth of the Internet, very little now remains of…

Grenada to benefit from US$1.5 million charitable donation by the Vatican

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Grenada will be the beneficiary of a £1 million (US$1.587 million) charitable aid package from the Vatican. This was announced by Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino, Grand Prior of the Constantinian Order and protodeacon of the Holy Roman Church, and inter-faith…

Scientists question Nicaraguan canal in newly released report

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MIAMI, USA — A group of international scientists have released their findings about a proposed trans-isthmus shipping canal in Nicaragua, raising concerns about environmental impact and lack of information. The mega project would be built by the Nicaraguan government with the Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal…

Surprising court victory for gun rights in Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A surprising victory for gun rights in Puerto Rico has eliminated the firearms registry and licensing requirements to purchase and carry firearms in the island, the Second Amendment Foundation has confirmed. As of now, according to Sandra Barreras with Ladies of the…

Volaris inaugurates flights from Mexico to Guatemala

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MEXICO CITY, Mexico — Volaris, the ultra low cost Mexican airline with the most extensive route network servicing Mexico and the US, has inaugurated two new flights to Guatemala City from Cancun, Quintana Roo, and Guadalajara, Jalisco, as part of the carrier’s international expansion plans.

Feature: Every day should be a Father’s Day for children and parents

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This Father’s Day spice up that table with something a little different, or something with a little more love and spices. Try these dishes from the heart of the Caribbean kitchen, “Cooking with Nina”: lemon basil sprinkled tilapia alfresco, sautéed yams in extra virgin olive oil, Nina’s special “seven-finger”…

Commentary: Tourism Matters: This makes absolutely no economic sense

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I had hoped to dedicate this week’s column to the new measures put in place announced in the 2015 budget to stimulate spending, especially in the tourism sector. Unless I missed something while trawling through the 57 pages, not a single ‘incentive’ has been announced that would be likely to…

Commentary: Denying Garifuna people SVG citizenship will be difficult to justify

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Centuries before Christopher Columbus came to this part of the world in 1492 and changed the name of our nation from “Yurumein” (meaning blessed land) to St Vincent, our people the Kalinagu and the Galinagu lived in peace and harmony among themselves and with their government.

Letter: PM Mitchell needs to take a bold step towards reducing youth unemployment

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There is another problem affecting our youths and some seniors, and what makes it dangerous is how easily our teenagers are becoming hooked on alcohol. Our young people are getting addicted much faster than we think. The power of addiction has been underestimated, and adolescents…

Open Letter to Haitian President Michel Martelly

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It is with deep concern and sincere admiration of your leadership that I write this letter to you. With hopes that this will somehow reach you in the midst of this crisis that our people is in. I am simply baffled at the little effort that you and our government have put towards aiding our people…

ICC annual conference week starts in Barbados on Monday

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (ICC) — The International Cricket Council (ICC) annual conference week will begin in Barbados on Monday, with the associate and affiliate members’ meeting, and will conclude with the IBC board meeting on 26 June. The conference is being hosted by the West Indies…

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CARICOM heads hope to solve pressing issues

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — As heads of government from across the region prepare to gather in Barbados for their annual summit in two weeks, they will do so with hopes of solving some of the pressing issues that have taken centre stage in recent times.

Dominican Republic urged to refrain deporting stateless people

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GENEVA, Switzerland — The Dominican Republic must ensure that people whose citizenship was thrown into question by a 2013 ruling of the Constitutional Court will not be deported, the UN refugee agency said on Friday. “The Court’s ruling and the subsequent regularization plan, which gave individuals…

Minister refutes media claims that Antigua-Barbuda is not ready for solar energy

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Asot Michael, minister of tourism, economic development, investment and energy has responded to a recent media report indicating that Antigua and Barbuda was among a number of Caribbean states that were allegedly “not ready for solar energy”. Michael noted that…

Former Curacao prime minister to be tried on money laundering charges

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — The former prime minister of Curacao, Gerrit Schotte, must defend himself before the court starting on September 9 of this year, according to the judge on Thursday. Schotte is accused of forgery and money laundering. Schotte (40) is also accused of passive bribery and…

Passenger from Guyana arrested in possession of cocaine at JFK airport

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NEW YORK, USA — An arriving passenger from Guyana was looking to bake more than just a cake, as US Customs and Border Protection officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport discovered. On June 6, CBP officers stopped Alizah Zaneshia Henry, a United States citizen, who was arriving…

ECCB governor defends new banking regulations

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Sir Dwight Venner has defended the new banking regulations, which have attracted severe criticisms from players in the banking sector in the Eastern Caribbean. The regulations were fiercely protested in Antigua…

Yet another attempted theft from a visiting yacht in St Vincent

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CANOUAN, St Vincent — Yet another attempted theft from a visiting yacht has occurred in St Vincent, Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN) reported. On Wednesday, eight persons, including two female children, were sleeping onboard a Lagoon 440 Cat anchored just off the Tamarind Hotel.

Barbados government to address cell phone use in schools

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — Minister of education, science, technology and innovation, Ronald Jones, has hinted that changes will be coming in September to address the use of cell phones in schools in Barbados. Speaking on Thursday, the minister said this would not be in any wanton way.

Two more offshore banks reach resolutions with US Justice Department

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WASHINGTON, USA — The US Department of Justice announced on Friday that two more offshore banks, Bank Linth LLB AG (Bank Linth) and Bank Sparhafen Zurich AG (BSZ), have reached resolutions under the department’s Swiss Bank Program.  “With each agreement signed under the Swiss Bank…

IDB approves $300 million for the social and logistics sectors in Panama

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WASHINGTON, USA — The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved $300 million in loans to address two important areas for the development of Panamá: reduce social inequalities, with a special focus on extremely poor families, and strengthen the institutions and regulatory framework…

Commentary: To my brothers and sisters of the Caribbean News Now community

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I call you brothers and sisters because I have been with you for the past ten years. Having obtained my baccalaureate in Haiti in Law and International Affairs and later a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the School of Social Work in 1972, at Columbia University, I went on to earn a law degree.

The View from Europe: CARICOM’s continuing support in border dispute essential

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Every time that CARICOM heads of government meet, they include language in their final communiqué on the Guyana-Venezuela border dispute. However, at their encounter next month in Barbados the matter will no longer be about a dormant claim, but one that has come alive and is potentially dangerous.

Commentary: This morning, hundreds of thousands in the Dominican Republic woke up stateless

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Beginning this week, the Dominican Republic government will move forward with the deportation of an estimated 210,000 allegedly Haitian refugees living in the Dominican Republic (DR). A large majority of them have lived in the Dominican Republic for generations, have never visited Haiti or spoken Creole.

Letter: Jack and the Caribbean Beanstalk

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Although Jack Warner and FIFA’s melee is outside my area of special interest, in my younger years, Trinidad and Tobago was a cool island lime. Not too long ago, with age and preparation, this privilege has disappeared. But unable to get away from the news, there is Jack Warner on my TV…

Letter: Go SWOT yourself

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As man continues to push back the frontiers of knowledge, leaders who belong to the Jurassic Park of history are being left behind to wallow in self-pity and chase their elusive legacy like a mongoose chasing a rat. Whether they acknowledge it or not, the crop of Caribbean leaders who were born…

MVP title stolen in an arena full of eye witnesses

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — Call the FBI, CIA, Homeland Security; this is a matter of national security, call President Obama to issue an executive order… Call Interpol, call the voodoo priest, call the Chinese witch doctor, call Jerry Springer, call Fidel Castro, call Sylvester Stallone, Rambo and the Expendables!

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CLICO policyholders protest outside Bahamas parliament

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NASSAU, Bahamas — More than two dozen CLICO policyholders demonstrated outside Parliament in The Bahamas on Wednesday, claiming they are prepared to do whatever it takes to get relief, even if that means “we have to go to jail”. “People are starving and hungry and…

Fifteen regional jurisdictions on EU tax haven blacklist

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BRUSSELS, Belgium — A blacklist of the world’s 30 worst-offending tax havens, published on Wednesday by the European Commission, includes 15 countries and territories within the wider Caribbean. The list includes various well-known havens — among them the Cayman Islands, British Virgin…

Bilateral talks set to take place with Venezuela as Guyana seeks extension of PetroCaribe deal

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) — The Guyana Cabinet has mandated that efforts be undertaken to engage neighbouring Venezuela on the terms of the PetroCaribe agreement, and its extension. Minister of State Joseph Harmon told reporters of this development during a post-Cabinet briefing.

Cuba announces expansion of public Wi-Fi services

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) – Cuba’s telecom company ETECSA has announced the setting up of 35 Wi-Fi public areas in early July throughout the island, which will increase local people’s access to the Internet. ETECSA communications director Luis Manuel Diaz told Juventud Rebelde newspaper…

Focus on transparency during inaugural meeting of Caribbean citizenship programs in St Kitts

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts — IPSA International (IPSA), a regulatory risk mitigation firm, has urged the governments of Caribbean nations to adopt best practices in considering their citizenship by investment (CBI) programs. At a two-day event hosted by IPSA, which was held June 15-16 in St Kitts…

US Coast Guard repatriates 32 Cuban migrants

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MIAMI, Florida — Crewmembers aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber repatriated 32 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Wednesday. This repatriation is a result of four separate migrant interdictions at sea. On June 6, Coast Guard Sector Key West received a report…

New series of disaster assessment training sessions set to kick-off in St Vincent

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KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is the first of seven Caribbean countries to receive training on post disaster needs assessment from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean. The training will…

Caribbean employers’ organizations to meet in Barbados for CARIFORUM discussions

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (ILO) — Thirty-four representatives from 19 employers’ organizations from the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean will participate in a regional Forum entitled “Facilitating Participation of CARlFORUM Civil Society in Regional Development and Integration Processes”, to be held…

Aruba invests $100 million in island upgrades

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ORANJESTAD, Aruba — As part of Aruba’s ongoing, $1 billion+ island revitalization and beautification project, the destination recently invested more than $100 million in significant hotel updates to enhance visitors’ experiences, with an additional $50 million planned for next year. The Aruba Airport Authority…

Commentary: Abetting Sudan’s Bashir betrays all that’s wrong with African leaders

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African leaders are beaming with foolish pride today for the way they conspired, during an African Union summit in South Africa last weekend, to help Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir abscond from justice. After all, recall that: Bashir became the first sitting head of state to have a warrant issued for his arrest.

Commentary: Caribbean countries: Trapped?

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A common market in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries would lead to a substantial rise in the regional exports. This is one of the findings of a new World Bank Report entitled, ‘Trade matters: New opportunities for the Caribbean’. That statement might come as a surprise to many.

Commentary: Crime and punishment

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There have been sixteen (16) homicides in St Kitts and Nevis so far this year. That’s an alarming statistic, and an even more alarming reality. We can agree on that. We can also agree on the fact that our country’s high homicide rate is not new. It has been going on for a long time. The obvious question is: Why?

Letter: Why is St Vincent on the European Union financial blacklist? Ask PM Gonsalves

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Most Vincentians will be shocked that St Vincent and the Grenadines has been put on the new European Union blacklist, published on Wednesday. It’s strange really because I was working on this letter at the time that the news was published on EU press releases. It may even be entwined with the…

Letter: The power of labour is more important than who wins the election

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The National Workers Union (NWU) and its affiliate the National Health Workers Union (NHWU) join with the working people of Trinidad and Tobago in celebrating the 78th anniversary of the 1937 anti-colonial general strike and insurrection that gave birth to the trade union movement and paved the way…

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Bahamas bank to conduct ‘internal review’ after FIFA revelation

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Just as Bahamian financial institutions are grappling with the implementation of an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) signed between The Bahamas and the US in connection with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), the global scandal rocking the Fédération…

Trinidad journalist’s relatives attacked

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Female relatives of Trinidad radio talk show host Marcia Braveboy were held up beaten and robbed on Tuesday night. The four women were at their home in Couva – two teenagers; a 38-year old visiting sister, Rachel Braveboy; and a 74-year-old aunt.

Regional entrepreneurs discuss investments at conference in Haiti

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) — Entrepreneurs and members of the American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America and the Caribbean (AACCLA) continue to discuss investments in the region on the last day of a three-day conference “Future of the Americas” held in Haiti.

Antigua-Barbuda to host major CARICOM development forum

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua — “CARICOM Overcoming Challenges: Pathway to Development” is the focus of a major regional forum to be held in Antigua and Barbuda on Tuesday, 23 June 2015. Prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Brown, will be among the forum’s list of high level presenters.

Cuba to submit another resolution at the UN on Puerto Rico’s colonial status

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — Cuba will again present at the United Nations a draft resolution on the colonial status of Puerto Rico, a gesture ratifying the commitment of Cuba to that sister Caribbean nation. The document will be submitted to the Special Decolonization Committee on June 22, said multilateral…

Grenada to host first conference of Commonwealth integrity commissions

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) — Grenada has been selected as the host country for the first conference of integrity commissions and anti-corruption bodies in the Commonwealth. Grenada’s Integrity Commission is playing host to the event from June 22 to 26. The purpose of the Conference is to discuss…

Cuba and EU close round of talks on political and cooperation dialogue

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BRUSSELS, Belgium (ACN) — Cuba and the European Union concluded the fourth round of talks on political and cooperation dialogue that both parties have been negotiating since April with significant results as to bilateral cooperation, an issue in a quite advanced stage. The talks were held in Brussels.

Take advantage of EPA, says Barbados minister

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — Barbados does not need another economic partnership agreement (EPA) study, said industry minister, Donville Inniss, on Wednesday morning while delivering opening remarks at the Barbados Private Sector Trade Team’s official workshop.  “This EPA has been…

Eastern Caribbean Central Bank withdraws 1c and 2c coins

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts — As of 1 July, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) will no longer issue one cent and two cents coins to the commercial banks operating within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). Although the coins will no longer be issued, they will remain legal tender…

CARIFESTA XII: Haiti gives assurance of readiness

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Haiti is ready to host CARIFESTA (Caribbean Festival of Arts) and welcomes the interest shown by the other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member countries. This was stated by Haiti’s ambassador to CARICOM, Peterson Noel, in a press conference on CARIFESTA XII…

Nicaragua to improve competitiveness in foreign trade

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MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Nicaragua will carry out a program to improve the operations of its border posts and strengthen the competitiveness of its foreign trade, with US$55 million in financing from the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB). The program aims to upgrade the country’s border posts.

Curacao announces North Sea Jazz Festival line-up

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — Now in its sixth year, the popular Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival returns to the stage this September 3-5, 2015. This year’s festival will play host to some of the world’s most iconic musicians, including international superstars John Legend, Enrique Iglesias, Wyclef Jean…

Commentary: Let us praise our police forces!

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Too often we neglect to praise our national heroes. Oftentimes, unsung heroes do most of the work with little notice from the general public for doing their jobs. This is not something that is intentional, not by any means. But it is something, this symptom of forgetfulness, which makes us highlight…

Commentary: Jamaicans must read China’s record, not just its lips

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On May 26, 2015, Li Keqiang, the Premier of the People’s Republic of China spoke before the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC). He urged greater economic cooperation between Latin American and Caribbean nations and Beijing.

Warriors disarm and overthrow the king and king’s men; the kingdom has fallen

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — The Warriors won the opening tip off and quickly dropped behind by a handful, but by the end of the first quarter Cleveland was down by 13 points with 9 turnovers. Cleveland started off the second quarter with the “Russian Mason” Mozgov building a house from three blocks…

 

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Warner unravels

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Hard on the heels of his bizarre voluntary admission that he conspired to conceal the discovery of a quantity of marijuana in 2013, former Trinidad and Tobago national security minister Jack Warner, who is currently charged with multiple counts of…

Jamaican government to consider Diaspora vote

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MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — Minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator A. J. Nicholson, says the matter of allowing overseas nationals to participate in the country’s electoral process will be discussed at length, in order for the best arrangement to be put in place. Addressing the opening…

Former Trinidad finance minister ‘bewildered’ at payout to CLICO directors

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Former Trinidad and Tobago minister of finance, Karen Nunez-Tesheira, has expressed “bewilderment” at a recent TT$63 million (US$10 million) payout to former directors of CLICO, the Trinidad based financial services firm that collapsed in spectacular fashion in 2009.

Drones come to St Kitts-Nevis

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) — The utilization of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly referred to as “drone” technology by the St Kitts-Nevis Defence Force (SKNDF) during Tradewinds 2015 was a display of forward thinking and a clear demonstration of the embrace of technology that surprised…

We do not manage failed economies in the Caribbean, says St Lucia PM

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CASTRIES, St Lucia (WINN) — We do not manage failed economies in the Caribbean, but broken ones and we just need to pick up the pieces. That was the sentiment of the prime minister of Saint Lucia Dr Kenny Anthony while addressing the opening ceremony of the World Bank’s Caribbean Growth…

US Coast Guard repatriates 54 Haitian migrants

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MIAMI, USA — The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Valiant repatriated 54 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitian, Haiti, on Tuesday. While on patrol, a Caribbean Air and Marine Branch aircraft reported a suspicious sailing vessel south of St John, US Virgin Islands, on Wednesday. A boatcrew from…

US telecommunication companies offer new plans to call Cuba

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — In a bid to reach out to a promising market, Sprint and T-Mobile, two major US wireless carriers, have announced new initiatives to allow US customers to connect with relatives and friends in Cuba. Sprint customers can add the new Sprint Cuba 20 plus service to their local rate plan.

St Vincent PM addresses Vincentians in Britain

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READING, England — Dr Ralph E. Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) addressed the Vincentian Diaspora on developments in SVG in Reading, England, followed by a question and answer session on SVG’s challenges and key areas of development. This meeting followed…

IMF approves US$39.8 million disbursement to Jamaica

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WASHINGTON, USA — The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has completed the eighth review of Jamaica’s economic performance under a program supported by a four-year extended fund facility (EFF) of SDR 615.38 million (about US$932.3 million at the time of approval).

Managing public debt in an uncertain era

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LONDON, England — Expected volatility in the global economy is one of the many scenarios debt managers and financial experts will consider at a Commonwealth conference to rethink public debt. The Third Commonwealth Stakeholders’ Conference on Public Debt Management, hosted by the Commonwealth…

ECLAC helps regional officials better respond to disasters

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CUSCO, Peru — The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional office for the Caribbean is strengthening the capacity of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to assess the damages and losses caused by disasters. This is through a damage and loss…

Martinique hosts FCCA delegation in push to continue strong cruise sector growth

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FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique — The Martinique Tourism Authority hosted a delegation of Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) officials May 28–29, 2015, as part of its continuing efforts to bolster the cruise sector on the island. The visit comes as Martinique enjoys its strongest cruise results…

Let’s Talk Business: Meet Sally and Jeff and their grandiose idea to start a business on a shoestring

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Most business owners are familiar with the concept of creating a vision, mission and a set of core values for their organizations. Setting goals is also nothing new. Today I want to write about the value of creating a long term vision and seeing, right before your eyes, short term rewards. I like stories.

Editorial: Is intellectual property safe in Trinidad?

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On June 13, 2015, the Trinidad Express carried a story under the headline US composer: Warner stole my music. Ironically, the Express “story” was simply a copy and paste of most of a Washington Post article published the previous day: Composer says Jack Warner stole his music for video directed…

Commentary: CARICOM leaders’ Commonwealth divide

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Months ahead of the upcoming 2015 summit of the Commonwealth heads of government in Malta, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders are at a familiar impasse that is once again virtually beyond a crying shame; unable to present a consensus candidate as the next secretary general.

Commentary: A check-up for Father’s Day

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History: Father’s Day began in June 1909 when Sonora Dodd wanted to celebrate her father after her mother died while giving birth. Her father was born on June 19 in 1910. President Calvin Coolidge in 1924 supported the idea and in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a proclamation declaring…

Commentary: The political blitz in Dangriga will increase tensions and could become violent

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When PUP representative Ivan Ramos resigned his seat from the House of Representative, their leader Francis Fonseca and the members of the People’s United Party were caught off guard. Why? Because they looked at Ivan Ramos as a faithful, loyal and dedicated PUP who will continue to abide by…

Letter: Those that forget the past have no future

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Something about evil we must never forget, namely, that evil is recalcitrant and determined, and never voluntarily relinquishes its hold short of a persistent, almost fanatical resistance. Ref: Martin Luther King Jnr. The words of Prime Minister Ralph E. Gonsalves — “I remain to do the work of Maurice Bishop”…

Letter: Line of march for the party

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Ralph E. Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines said, “I am here to continue the work of Maurice Bishop.” This which follows is a part of a speech by Maurice Bishop to his Central Committee; it lays out the work and strategy that Bishop and the party was going to apply and follow.

Three new winners in Suzuki Challenge Series

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BUSHY PARK, Barbados — Three new winners joined the Suzuki Challenge Series roll of honour, as the competition intensified in round three at Bushy Park Barbados on Sunday. In the Swift Cup, Barry Gale and Jamaica’s David Summerbell Jnr brought the number of race-winners to five in the first nine races.