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Warner extradition papers arrive in Trinidad from US

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The United States has officially requested the extradition of former FIFA vice president and Trinidad politician Jack Warner. The Trinidad and Tobago attorney general, Garvin Nicholas, held a press conference late on Wednesday afternoon confirming that…

British satirical magazine weighs in on Dominica’s Commonwealth nominee

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LONDON, England — Private Eye, a well-known British satirical and current affairs magazine based in London, has weighed in on the campaign financing disclosed by Baroness Patricia Scotland of Asthal, Dominica’s nominee for the post of Commonwealth secretary-general. Since its first publication…

More coalition candidates announced for Trinidad elections; minister confident

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Leader of Trinidad and Tobago’s United National Congress (UNC), Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has announced the selection of an additional five party candidates to contest the September 7 general elections, one of whom, Senator Vasant Bharat, minister of trade…

IMF concludes discussion on ECCU policies

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WASHINGTON, USA — On June 15, 2015, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the 2015 discussion on the common policies of member countries of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). The regional economy is recovering slowly, with average real GDP growth…

First ever OECS Business Council formed

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CASTRIES St Lucia — The first ever Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Business Council retreat began on Monday in Saint Lucia, under the theme: “Converging the development agenda together.” President of the OECS Business Council Gorden Charles said the council will focus…

Region’s premier tourism conference in Curacao to focus on growth through innovation

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — A theme has been announced for the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Curacao from 21-23 October. This year’s theme, Caribbean Tourism: Growth Through Innovation, reflects the need for Caribbean tourism to…

Building geographical indications for Caribbean origin-linked products

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) opened the two-day sub-regional workshop on branding and the use of geographical indications in the development of management strategies for origin-linked products in Kingston, Jamaica, on July 21.

Commentary: The St Vincent government’s small business regulations and its tax-driven economy

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The government of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is too tax-driven! Largely, this small and vulnerable economy is run by taxes – substituting austerity measures for the absence of industries. In fact, tax laws are constantly increasing and revised, making it increasingly difficult for new small…

Commentary: A non-violent conflict: The Venezuela-Guyana dispute

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An old territorial dispute between Venezuela and Guyana has flared up once again as the Guyanese government contracted ExxonMobil to look for offshore oil in an area that Caracas claims as its own. While it is unlikely that this particular instance will escalate into an armed conflict, these tensions highlight…

Letter: Sir Louis Straker family research project

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I am trying to carry out research for a documentary named ‘From Red to Black to Red’ featuring the family tree of Sir Louis Hilton Straker, his predecessors and ancestors. I am very interested in particular information about the family from two generations prior to one Nanny Straker until today.

Letter: Slavery was the West’s first racially integrated institution

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As usual, this year’s emancipation celebrations will present the same worn-out tale of how our “innocent” and “defenseless” African ancestors were “brutalized” by the “wicked” white people. Africans in the West take it for granted that slavery was a strictly white versus black affair. However, did you know that…