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Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


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…