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Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


Caribbean leaders undecided on Commonwealth nominee

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Caribbean leaders have still not decided on a consensus candidate for the soon-to-be vacant post of Commonwealth Secretary-General. CARICOM chairman and Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart stated that a decision had not been made.

Opposition wrong on claims that general election date is illegal, says Trinidad PM

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Claims by Trinidad and Tobago opposition leader, Dr Keith Rowley that the 2015 general election date of September 7 is illegal have been dismissed as misleading and inaccurate, according to a statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) on Friday.

Former FIFA vice president charged in Cayman Islands fraud case

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — The former FIFA vice president and Cayman Islands football boss, Jeffrey Webb, has been charged with fraud and breach of trust in relation to a local hospital card payment case. Canover Watson and Miriam Rodrigues are also facing further charges.

St Lucia government pressed on economic citizenship proposal

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CASTRIES, St Lucia — The Saint Lucia government’s desire to sell thousands of passports abroad in exchange for huge sums of cash through the economic citizenship by investment programme should be of concern to all Saint Lucian citizens who love their country and desire transparency…

Montserrat continues steps towards full implementation of CARICOM treaty

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Montserrat is continuing to take steps towards the full implementation of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. Premier Donaldson Romeo gave the assurance that Montserrat, a British Overseas Territory, was continuing its engagements to ensure the timely completion of the…

Canadian doctor dies in custody in Panama while awaiting extradition

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PANAMA CITY, Panama — Dr Arthur Porter, a prominent Canadian physician, who was accused of diverting tens of millions of dollars, in a major hospital bribery scandal, has died, while in custody, in the Panama. Porter was allegedly involved in a $22.5 million kickback scheme in Canada.

An interview with Curacao’s first and only independent payment gateway

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — Caribbean News Now recently had the opportunity to interview a company that claims to be the first and only independent payment gateway that processes merchant transactions in Curacao, known as CX Pay BV. In an atmosphere where companies look for opportunities to…

Amnesty International calls for further action to protect Dominicans of foreign descent

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Amnesty International carried out a visit to the Dominican Republic from 14 to 27 June 2015, with the aim of assessing the situation of people who were deprived of their Dominican nationality by the ruling 168-13 of the Constitutional Court. The visit also aimed…

Global Crisis Room Support Programme starts crisis training in Trinidad and Tobago

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The Caribbean region is particularly vulnerable to a wide range of natural hazards, including hurricanes, droughts and flooding as well as threats from transnational crimes such as drug smuggling, human trafficking and cybercrimes. One of the key challenges that…

Caribbean employer organizations hold forum in Barbados to develop policy positions

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Thirty-two representatives from 19 employers’ organizations from the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean participated in a regional forum entitled “Facilitating Participation of CARIFORUM Civil Society in Regional Development and Integration Processes” in Barbados.

Havana to be home port of Italian cruise line in the Caribbean

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — With Cuban tourism growing over 15 percent annually, Italy’s MSC cruise line has announced that Havana will be its home port as of December for its winter operations in the Caribbean. The initiative changes the original program for the winter season of MSC in the Mediterranean.

JetBlue connects New York and Havana

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — The first flight by JetBlue from New York to Havana took place on Friday in what has been described as one of the steps adopted over the past few months towards the resumption of relations between Cuba and the United States. With a weekly flight between the two cities…

Surinam Airways launches direct Guyana-Orlando flight with connecting flights to Suriname

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ORLANDO, USA — Surinam Airways officially launched service with an inaugural non-stop flight on July 2 between Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Georgetown, Guyana, and the Orlando Sanford International Airport. The return flight left on July 3 from Orlando Sanford to CJIA with continuing…

A vital reference tool that educates about Haiti

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MAITLAND, USA — J.R. Gelin’s new book, Haiti Once Again, ($11.99, paperback, 9781622300327) serves to present, discuss, and promote Haiti using concepts and ideas from historical research, biblical theology, and contemporary science. The text offers an analysis of relevant points in the country’s…

Commentary: How can we finance sustainable development?

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The Third International Conference on Financing for Development, which will be held from July 13 to July 16 in Addis Ababa, represents a unique opportunity to overcome the challenges that middle-income countries face, to procure effective financing at all income levels, and to fulfill the…

Commentary: Turbo-charging the Grenada economy – The three-pronged plan

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Want Grenada’s economy to continue in the donkey-cart mode? Then do not kick any of the following into action. STOP reading now! Turbo-Charger A: Local science-based tertiary education with the opening of Balthazar University in September 2015. Leading to more businesses, which means more jobs.

Letter: Let’s raise our voices against this despicable crime taking place in our backyard

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In October of 1937 Dominican Republic President Rafael Trujillo ordered the massacre of an estimated 30,000 Haitians living in communities within the Dominican Republic near the border that separates the two nations. For approximately five days, from 2 October 1937 to 8 October 1937, Dominican troops…

Letter: PM Mitchell has to be bold

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According to the latest unemployment statement from the Grenada government unemployment fell by 3.6% between October 2013 and 2014. The statement released is rather sketchy in details because it does not identify the youth unemployment, which in my view is most significant in a…