Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


US, Cuba interests sections officially to become embassies on July 20

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — On July 20, the interests sections of Cuba and the United States in Havana and Washington respectively will officially become embassies, Josefina Vidal, director general of the United States Department of the Cuban Foreign Ministry confirmed on Saturday.

Caribbean governments criticised over Commonwealth nominees

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — Commonwealth Caribbean governments have been criticized for their apparent failure to unite behind one candidate for the post of secretary general of the Commonwealth. Antigua-based analyst Arvel Grant said, instead of publicly quarreling…

Bahamas resort accuses Chinese contractor of sabotage, extortion, vandalism

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NASSAU, Bahamas — In a motion asking the US Bankruptcy Court in Delaware to force China Construction America (CCA) to turn over certain documents, Baha Mar has accused CCA of vandalism, extortion and – among other things – deliberately sabotaging the resort’s main power source in an attempt…

Former Panama president moved funds for illegal purchases through Belize corporations

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PANAMA CITY, Panama — According to a government investigation into the purchase, and installation of illegal telephone and internet monitoring equipment purchased for Panama’s former president, Ricardo Martinelli, in order to spy on opposition figures, and individuals that he wanted to…

Governments sign climate action statement at Toronto climate change summit

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TORONTO, Ontario — A climate action statement that will address the continued warming of the earth’s atmosphere was signed by 23 governments, including Ontario, Quebec, and California at the Climate Change Summit of the Americas in Toronto last weekend. The main objective is to meet a target…

Visiting yachtsmen warned of thefts in Curacao

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SPANISH WATERS, Curacao — Following the latest in a pattern of actual or attempted thefts taking place in Curacao, visiting yachtsman have been warned to be on the lookout for thieves and take appropriate security measures. Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN) reported that last week…

ECLAC proposes debt relief for Caribbean countries and creation of subregional fund

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) proposes debt relief for Caribbean countries on the part of multilateral credit institutions and the creation of a regional resilience fund, considering that this burden hinders the subregion’s economic and…

CARICOM considers debt relief proposal

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is considering a proposal for the region to pursue gradual write-off of its multi-lateral debt as a means of economic prosperity. The debt relief strategy was put forward by the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean…

Can crowd-funding help to close the financing gap?

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — In efforts to explore new and innovative approaches to development finance, the Commonwealth is organising an exciting event to showcase the potential of crowd-funding. The event, Leapfrogging Traditional Capital Markets: Exploring the Development Potential of…

American Airlines adds new routes to the Caribbean

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FORT WORTH, USA — American Airlines plans to add eight new routes throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America later this year, further strengthening its position in these key regions and providing customers with increased options when traveling to these destinations. Expanded service includes…

United Airlines to launch non-stop service to St Lucia from Chicago in December

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CASTRIES, St Lucia — With visitors arriving at a record pace from the US – showing a year-to-date increase of 9 percent over 2014 – Saint Lucia will welcome additional winter season flights as United Airlines launches inaugural non-stop service from Chicago.  Commencing December 19, 2015…

Commentary: Economic Citizenship: The way I see it

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The era of handouts which was labelled “aid” has passed. Gone are the days when Saint Lucian farmers thrived on subsidies, some of which originated from agencies in Europe. They received assistance of many kinds including the maintenance of networks of drains on their farms.

Commentary: Am I a ‘Carib’ or ‘Garifuna’ and why would one want to be called a ‘Carib’ anyway?

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The original names of our people are Kalinagu and Galinagu. These names were changed after Christopher Columbus attempted to take over the island of “Yurumein” now known as St Vincent and the Grenadines around 1502 to “Caribe”… Carib in English meaning cannibals. The reason why he…

Letter: Unemployment is down in Grenada, says Prime Minister Keith Mitchell

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Dirty politics is poisoning Grenada’s political environment. Grenada’s Prime Minister Keith C. Mitchell had constructed an easy-going and relaxed public image just before his last election victory. He began the 2013 election year giving speeches, posed in selfies with the youths, a real politician.

Letter: Jamaican police terrorize residents of Lizard Town, Tivoli Gardens

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On Sunday, July 12, 2015, at approximately 8 pm on Dreckette’s Place, Lizard Town, Tivoli Gardens, an open-air church service conducted by Pastor C. R. Campbell of the New and Living Way church was in session, as well as a nearby birthday party for a child, when two police vehicles with blue denim clad…

Petition to President Martelly and Prime Minister Evans Paul

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We, intellectuals, professionals, artists, artisans, Haitians living abroad, farmers, citizens, present our congratulations for the strong statements that you recently made about the deportation of our Haitian and Dominican brothers of the Dominican Republic. It was not too soon!