Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


Warner is a stranger to the truth, says Trinidad PM

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Following a press conference on Tuesday held by corruption accused Jack Warner that Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar described as “a damp squib littered with lies and more lies”, she went on to call Warner “a stranger to the truth”.

Barbados PM laments new era of industrial relations

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has lamented what he refers to as a new era of industrial relations in Barbados, describing it as “choke and rob industrial relations”. Stuart was speaking to the media on Monday about the “involuntary retirement dispute” involving the Barbados…

Alert issued for fugitive Cayman Islands fraudster hiding out in Miami

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MIAMI, USA — Ryan Bateman, a Canadian national accused of financial malpractice in the Cayman Islands, is evading arrest and extradition after he failed to return to court from a trip to Canada. He is accused of deducting exorbitant charges from clients funds, of co-mingling client funds with his own…

Governor orders removal of Mississippi state flag from USVI National Guard Armories

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ST THOMAS, USVI — Governor Kenneth Mapp has ordered General Renaldo Rivera, Adjutant General of the US Virgin Islands National Guard, to remove the Mississippi state flag from the armories on St Croix and on St Thomas, and turn it over to the governor’s office for return to the state of Mississippi.

Jamaica positioning to benefit from nutraceutical industry

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of science, technology, energy and mining, Phillip Paulwell, says Jamaica is positioning itself to derive tremendous economic and social benefits from the global nutraceutical industry, which is valued at over $150 billion. “Within our hemisphere, Brazil is one of the major…

More than 5,000 pounds of marijuana seized in regional interdiction

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MIAMI, USA — A US Coast Guard helicopter crew, working under the direction of Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) assisted in the seizure of 5,050 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated wholesale value of $4.6 million on Wednesday. While on routine patrol, a US Customs and Border maritime…

Puerto Rico authorities seize endangered fish bladders smuggled from Venezuela

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AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico — US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field operations officers in Puerto Rico seized 1,328 pounds (602 kilos) of totoaba fish bladders inside nine courier parcels delivered from Venezuela, destined to Hong Kong. During a routine inspection of parcels at the Rafael…

UNESCO chief denounces murder of Honduras journalists

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PARIS, France — The director-general of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, has denounced the killing of three journalists in Honduras, reiterating that crimes against media workers cannot be allowed to go unpunished. “I condemn the killing of…

Ten Caribbean hotels named in list of world’s best-reviewed hotels

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BELLEVUE, USA — The Expedia group, one of the world’s largest full-service online travel sites, announced on Tuesday the results of the Expedia 2015 Insiders’ Select rankings, an annual crowd-sourced list of the world’s best-reviewed hotels. Out of 650 global properties, the following ten Caribbean…

Regional Economics: The economics of happiness

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On Sunday I sat under a tamarind tree on a shaky bench at my alma mater waiting for enough persons to start a football match. As a naturally curious person I observed that a snow cone vendor was present plying his trade, mainly to a small group of netball players. That was curious because I knew…

Commentary: The philosophy of a diverse phenomenon

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Citizenship by investment has become a bubble in the Caribbean. These programs are designed to sell safe havens liberally and unilaterally. Participating countries do not mandate by law to give up prior citizenship, and have very little restrictions and compliance, except the desire to receive…

Commentary: Turbo-charging the Grenada economy with investment in research and development

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A turbo-charger typically adds 50 percent more burning power (oxygen) to the fuel, enabling it to burn more efficiently, giving a two-litre engine three-litre power. Daimler, Diesel and Alfred Büchi were separately involved in having the ideas that took some mental effort and mechanical tinkering to invent…

Letter: Might makes right not and the niggardly comptroller of customs

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If, like ever, a customs officer slaps you on your back and says, “Don’t worry man, an invoice is not necessary” – duck. It’s a con. That’s when to start scrambling for one. It depends, of course, which side of the tracks you’re on. I imported a road tractor three weeks ago and my experience reminded me of…

Dominica Football Association spared from FIFA suspension

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ROSEAU, Dominica — The Dominica Football Association (DFA) can consider itself lucky after being spared a suspension by football’s world governing body FIFA, because of a lawsuit brought against the Association by former DFA president Dexter Francis. Francis, who alleged that Glen Etienne’s…