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Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


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.