Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


Haiti president calls for tougher action against corruption

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) — Haitian President Michel Martelly has instructed anti-corruption authorities to apply a “zero tolerance” policy against corrupt government functionaries and other people involved in financial crimes and other acts of corruption.

Trinidad PM calls on opposition leader to state manifesto policies

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The ruling People’s Partnership coalition government in Trinidad and Tobago headed by United National Congress (UNC) leader, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has “called out” opposition leader Dr Keith Rowley to state his policies and plans in the lead-up to the…

Cayman Islands House Speaker may face corruption probe

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — The former minister for district administration and planning, who is currently the speaker of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly, may be subject to an Anti-Corruption Committee (ACC) investigation after the auditor general raised concerns again about…

Second small eruption recorded Thursday night at Kick ’em Jenny off Grenada

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — The Seismic Research Centre (SRC) at the University of the West Indies recorded a second small eruption during the night of Thursday at the Kick ‘em Jenny submarine volcano 10 km (6 miles) off the north coast of Grenada. Following increased seismic activity recorded…

New survey shows most US citizens support relations with Cuba

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — Seven out of every ten US citizens support the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. As reported on its website, the opinion poll, conducted last week among citizens around the country…

CDB provides grant funds to help University of Belize improve operations

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The government of Belize is continuing its focus on expanding access to quality tertiary education by looking at ways to improve operations at the University of Belize (UB). The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a grant of US$400,000 to the…

Antigua-Barbuda diplomat to be keynote speaker at EPA conference in Nigeria

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ABUJA, Nigeria — Antigua and Barbuda diplomat Sir Ronald Sanders will be the keynote speaker in Abuja, Nigeria at a conference on July 28 and 29 to critically appraise the proposed economic partnership agreement (EPA) between the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and…

CDB approves financing for solar energy plant in Anguilla

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — On July 16, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) board of directors approved a US$2.341 million loan to finance the installation and commissioning of a 1 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant, which will enable the Anguilla Electricity Company Limited…

Trinidad court rules in favour of information disclosure in CLICO bailout

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — In a landmark decision, the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago in Afra Raymond v The Minister of Finance and the Economy has ruled that the minister must publish the details relating to the CL Financial bailout that had been requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

Experts denounce televised reprisals against human rights defenders in Venezuela

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NEW YORK, USA — A group of UN and Inter-American rights experts has underscored their condemnation at attempts by Venezuela’s state-controlled television to discredit and intimidate rights activists in retaliation for their activities in Venezuela and cooperation with United Nations and regional human rights…

ACP ministers adopt roadmap to boost economies through fisheries and aquaculture management

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BRUSSELS, Belgium — The fourth meeting of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) ministers in charge of fisheries and aquaculture was held in Brussels from 22 to 23 July 2015, preceded by a meeting of senior fisheries officials on 20 and 21 July. It provided an opportunity for the ministers to take stock…

Medical tourism market will reach US$32.5 billion by 2019, says new report

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ALBANY, USA — High cost of medical treatment in developed countries has fueled the development of medical tourism, causing patients to visit other destinations for cheaper yet sophisticated treatment. Transparency Market Research, in a recent report, studied the emergence and growth of the global…

Analysis: Will Guyana be Curacao’s new best friend?

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Earlier this year, after hints of the possibility of new oil and gas pockets hit Venezuela elite executives in ALBA and MERCUSUR, a strategic move was made to capture much of the potentially oil producing area; in order to take advantage of smaller countries’ ignorance of the true worth of the natural resources within…

Commentary: The View from Europe: Change, Cuba and the Internet – Part 1

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In the last seven months much has been written about Cuba and the reopening of full diplomatic relations with the US. For the most part media interest has outpaced reality, demonstrating little understanding of the difficulty of what comes next; how it implies that two geographically proximate nations…

Commentary: Central Jamaican Conference of SDA leads the way!

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Over the past years I have been writing commentaries sometimes criticizing what I see as the nonchalant attitude towards crime and violence in the Caribbean by agencies, governments, NGOs, school boards and even the faith community. In the presence of the media, great speeches…

Letter: Is the aristocrat Allen Chastanet the unrepentant sinner on his throne?

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Carnival was pleasing to the eye; what I saw is not something I can see and have on a normal day. The ladies were eye popping. The boys and I had a great time in the sidewalk band. Ole mass was the best political statement I have seen in a while. The sidewalk bank enjoyed “Emma Hold DE PM Post 4 Days”.

Poets Corner: Keyren and Nora

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Keyren kills but police said no murder… Dickie said she ought not to have been charged But instead brought up on a coroner’s inquest What about all the police reports for future reference? She has since been charged for manslaughter Weh happen to the human rights lawyers? This sister ought not…