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Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


Bahamas government moves on Baha Mar megaresort

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NASSAU, Bahamas — After talks in Beijing, China involving Baha Mar and its Chinese partners fell through, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie revealed last night that Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson on Thursday filed a winding-up petition in the Supreme Court.

US, Britain reportedly call for St Lucia police commissioner to be fired

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CASTRIES, St Lucia — According to US intelligence sources, security services in both the US and Britain have written to the government of Saint Lucia calling for commissioner of the Royal St Lucia Police Force (RSLPF), Vernon Francois, to be fired. Local reports further indicate that the government has…

Cross section of Cuban society to travel to US for embassy opening

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — A diverse cross section of Cuban society will travel to Washington to participate in the opening of the Cuban embassy in the US capital on Monday, July 20, coinciding with the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Gustavo Machin, deputy director…

CDB approves US$2.37 million in grant assistance for Haiti catastrophe risk insurance

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved grant assistance of US$2,377,250 to the government of Haiti to meet the country’s insurance premium for coverage provided by the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility.

Caribbean successfully conducts Ebola simulation exercise

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — As part of preparation efforts to prevent and manage potential Ebola cases, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), in collaboration with the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) hosted an Ebola simulation exercise.

IMF completes mission to Belize

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BELMOPAN, Belize — An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Jacques Bouhga-Hagbe visited Belize during July 6-17 to hold discussions in the context of the country’s 2015 Article IV Consultation. At the conclusion of the visit, Bouhga-Hagbe issued the following statement:

Commonwealth to assist in ‘de-risking’ diaspora remittances

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LONDON, England — The Commonwealth has pledged to work with regional and international financial institutions to reduce the risks associated with diaspora money transfers, which provide a crucial source of income to citizens in many developing countries. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF)…

Colombia strengthens its medical services to the Caribbean market

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BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Procolombia, the Colombian government agency that promotes international tourism, foreign investment, non-traditional exports and country brand, has been working closely with the health sector to best position Colombia as the world leader in highly complex medical services.

Jamaican minister hails crowdfunding as a way to ‘democratise’ development financing

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Crowdfunding was heralded as a potential source of billions of dollars of financing for developing countries by experts and policy-makers at a global conference in Ethiopia this week. Jamaica’s minister of finance, Dr Peter Phillips, told a side-event at the United Nations…

Let’s Talk Business: Is online training in the corporate environment really worth it?

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For hundreds of years, classroom training has been the only accepted teaching environment. Online learning or distance education was not considered to be of the same standard as obtaining a degree or certification of a brick and mortar institution. Since the late 1990s, however, online learning…

Commentary: The View from Europe: Climate change and the Caribbean voice

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Climate change is an issue on which the Caribbean has every reason to have its voice heard and be taken very seriously. Not only does its position on changing sea levels genuinely reflect the interests of every Caribbean state – 50 percent of its population and the majority of the region’s productive…

Commentary: Venezuelan opposition MPs propose legislation to create an Essequibo state

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In a new twist to the Venezuelan renewed vociferous and heated claim to Guyana’s western Essequibo territory, eight opposition members of the Venezuelan National Assembly have presented a special bill for the creation of a new Essequibo “state”. The legislators, Andres Velasquez, Freddy Marcano…

Letter: Phony airport completion election promises, Vincie-style

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In what appears to be a crude attempt to shore up his declining political base in advance of the upcoming election, the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, the Honourable Dr Ralph Gonsalves, has just announced that an agreement has been signed with some unknown group of…

Letter: Non-disruptive colours

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While the public discourse on food and nutrition security or even sovereignty for Trinidad and Tobago remains somewhat dormant; I expect in the fullness of time that this too shall pass. The reality will hit that thousands of people and billions of dollars in the country are related, in some way, to the…