Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


Former Cayman Islands football boss extradited to US

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — The former FIFA vice president, CONCACAF and Cayman Islands football president, Jeffrey Webb, is understood to have arrived in New York after he was handed over to the United States authorities on Wednesday.

St Lucia political leader accused of diverting party funds

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CASTRIES, St Lucia — Political leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) in Saint Lucia, Allen Chastanet, has been accused by a group of dissident party supporters of commissioning a poll to determine if he should remain as party leader, paying the polling company with monies donated to…

Bahamas delegation leaves China without resort deal

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson was en route to The Bahamas from China on Wednesday night after parties attempting to negotiate a deal in the Baha Mar dispute failed to reach an agreement. Maynard-Gibson headed a Bahamas government delegation that mediated…

Earthquakes rattle Barbados and neighbouring islands

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Six separate earthquakes were recorded on Thursday northeast of Barbados between 7:01am and 12:23pm local time about 125 km from the capital, Bridgetown. The magnitudes ranged from 3.4 to 6.4 and depths from 61km to 111km. These earth tremors were reportedly felt…

Opposition leader’s comparison of Trinidad and Tobago with Haiti ‘ludicrous and insulting’

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The United National Congress (UNC) on Wednesday harshly criticised opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) leader Keith Rowley for his suggestion that Trinidad and Tobago could end up like Haiti. He based his statement on his claim that the Trinidad and Tobago…

St Kitts-Nevis undecided on Commonwealth nominee

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — St Kitts and Nevis has not yet decided which Caribbean candidate it will support for the position of secretary general of the Commonwealth, according to Prime Minister Timothy Harris. Harris said there is ample time to decide ahead of the November election in Malta.

EU congratulates Trinidad and Tobago on strong economic plans

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Wednesday held discussions with European Union Trade Commissioner Dr Cecilia Malmström on several matters related to expanded trade relations between Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the wider Caribbean region…

With Haiti ‘back on its feet’, upcoming elections will be critical for future stability, say UN officials

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NEW YORK, USA — Haiti’s imminent elections will look to inaugurate a new period of transparency, democracy and development long yearned for by its citizens, senior United Nations officials told a gathering of the county’s partners during a key meeting held on Thursday at UN Headquarters.

Former Panama president files criminal charges against all supreme court judges

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PANAMA CITY, Panama — In a move that most observers believe smacks of sheer desperation, attorneys for former Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli have filed criminal charges against the remaining judges and magistrates of the Supreme Court of Justice, effectively shutting down the country’s…

Jamaica announces three-pronged strategy to address spike in murders

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of national security Peter Bunting on Tuesday announced new policy measures to address the current spike in murders in Jamaica. The three-pronged strategy, which he unveiled in the House of Representatives, will focus on strengthening the operational…

St Kitts looks to geothermal as an alternative energy resource

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) — St Kitts and Nevis has ramped up its pursuit of geothermal energy, as it seeks to expand renewable energy alternatives. Speaking at the prime minister’s monthly press conference on Wednesday, minister of energy, Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd, pointed out that plans…

Anguilla revenue administrators understudy Turks and Caicos revenue operations

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PROVIDENCIALES, TCI — The Turks Caicos Islands (TCI) government revenue and customs departments were identified by the Anguilla government earlier this year to host their comptroller of revenue, Perin Bradley, and comptroller of customs, Travis Carty, to understudy the operations in the TCI.

Cuba does not discount opening a consulate in South Florida

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — The chief of the Cuban Interest Section in Washington DC, Jose Ramon Cabañas, in an interview with Univisión 23 TV Channel on the opening of a Cuban embassy in the US on July 20, did not discount the possibility of opening a consulate in South Florida. In the first part of the interview…

Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association praises visionary remarks by outgoing CARICOM chairman

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MIAMI, USA — The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) officials have praised Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, outgoing CARICOM chairman, for his remarks at the heads of government meeting recently, where he challenged his colleagues to embrace tourism as the quickest way to…

Weekly air service to Cuba to start from Houston

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MIAMI, USA – Miami-based HavanaAir Charters continues its expansion into the Cuba market with its direct air carrier partner Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. HavanaAir will begin weekly, direct service from Houston International Airport to Havana, Cuba, giving US West Coast gateway cities a more…

Commentary: Obama leads world to historic nuclear deal with Iran

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On Tuesday, President Obama commanded special TV time to announce a historic deal to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Even though it took his pragmatic and visionary leadership to finally seal it, this deal was decades in the making (arguably dating back to 1979). Therefore, Obama was right…

Commentary: The IMF vision of debt and Obama’s boldness with Iran

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The debt crisis in Greece and the historic accord to limit Iran’s nuclear capability, thus lifting crippling sanctions, will have global repercussions. US President Barack Obama has shown strong and courageous leadership on the Iran issue. In doing so, he has fulfilled promises on another of two prickly problems.

Letter: Allen Chastanet calls clinical psychologist for help

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I was more than amused to learn that the licensed psychologist Dr Sharon-Ann Gopaul-McNicol was hired by the aristocrat Allen Chastanet to give her assessment of the party meeting last Monday, July 13, 2015. In conversation with my wife over dinner I asked by the way, dear, why does the UWP need…

Letter: Eustace Family history of service to the Garinagu (A response to Vinciman)

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In a previous post, the pseudonym Vinciman asked: was the Dr. Eustace in your “Life and Times” book “potogeeman”? Just asking! Keep me informed. And Vinci Vin responds as follows: Vinciman, I am glad that you mentioned the venerable, public-spirited, sainted Dr John Parmenas Eustace.

WICB continues series of town-hall meetings to re-engage the public

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — As part of continued efforts for the public to participate in the series of town-hall meetings, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will be in Saint Lucia and Guyana over the next two weeks. Fans in those two territories will get the chance to ask questions and make comments about the sport.

WICB discontinues disciplinary action against Gayle

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua — The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has discontinued a disciplinary charge brought against West Indies opener Chris Gayle. On January 11 this year, Gayle made public comments during a post-match interview that were critical of the selection policy of the WICB, when Kieron Pollard…