Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


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.