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Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


Eleven charged in murder of prominent Trinidad attorney

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Fifteen months after former independent senator and prominent local attorney, Dana Seetahal, was assassinated in Port of Spain, Trinidad, 11 men have been charged with her murder. At a press conference, the lead investigator, deputy commissioner…

Guyana president calls for stronger regional security

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WASHINGTON, USA (GINA) — “The Caribbean needs a stronger collective security system in order to deal with new threats,” said Guyana’s President David Granger, while delivering the commencement address at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (WJPC) graduation…

Bahamas government to rejoin resort talks in China

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Bahamas Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson was due to return to Beijing, China, at the weekend for the resumption of negotiations between bankrupt megaresort Baha Mar and its Chinese partners, Prime Minister Perry Christie said on Friday night. In a statement, Christie…

Cayman Islands government needs a development plan, says auditor general

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (GIS) — There are several areas where the government can improve how it manages lands in the Cayman Islands, says the auditor general, Alastair Swarbrick, in a report made public last week. The most significant concern he raised is the continuing development…

Reduced volcanic activity recorded 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 has recorded reduced activity levels at the Kick em’ Jenny submarine volcano 10 km (6 miles) off the north coast of Grenada, following the two small eruptions recorded last week. Recreational divers…

UK Overseas Territory leaders conclude meeting in Bermuda

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HAMILTON, Bermuda — A pre-Joint Ministerial Council meeting of British Overseas Territory leaders was held last week in Bermuda to discuss issues of mutual interest and the forthcoming Joint Ministerial Council Meeting (JMC) with UK Ministers to be held in December 2015 in London.

Ponzi schemer Allen Stanford’s victims wait for outcome of US federal appeal

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HOUSTON, USA — Those observers who have been following Allen Stanford’s $7 billion Stanford International Bank Ponzi scheme, with the resulting 110-year sentence imposed upon him, are awaiting an opinion by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is handling Stanford’s criminal appeal.

Increased security checks at Piarco International Airport in Trinidad

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Regional air carrier LIAT has advised the travelling public that, while it was operating its normal scheduled services to/from Trinidad, customers should expect delays due to extensive airport authority security checks at Piarco International Airport. Head of corporate communications…

Curacao cyber security and ethical hackers training project all set for next month

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — After several weeks of delays, the Microsoft Learning and CWD sponsored Cyber Security and Ethical Hackers Training Conference is now set to be held in Curacao on the 13th and 14th August, 2015. Touted as a crucial training project for employees and IT professionals…

Mass exodus of stock brokers from Swiss bank offices Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — According to reports, there has been a mass exodus of registered stock brokers from the various offices of UBS Puerto Rico, and more layoffs are anticipated soon, all as a result of the fallout related to UBS’s Puerto Rican closed-end bond funds. Malecki Law, who represents…

Officials meet to review economic outlook for Central America, Panama, and Dominican Republic

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Central bank governors, finance ministers, and banking superintendents of Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic, and senior IMF officials met in El Salvador on July 23-24 to review the economic outlook for the region and strategies to strengthen policy frameworks.

Commentary: What’s the fear over the IMPACS investigation?

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National security and immigration are two major components of sovereignty that the region can do with much better regulations and enforcement. If not, the pristine innocence of ‘every ting irie, man’ will remain open for the profit of crime and the underworld to take advantage of.  Most worrisome will be aftermath of…

Commentary: Divided they stood, together they fell; if transformed they can rise

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The public airing of a recorded one-hour private conversation that was held in confidence between Orange Walk East representative and former PUP party leader, John Briceño and his close colleagues, in which he detailed numerous corrupt practices of his party while in government, was a damning…

Letter: Choices

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Trinidad and Tobago, this relatively small island with a population of a bit over one million is a true diamond in the rough, very rough. Our roads all together are less than that of a major city. Our services for the entire island can be compared to a few city blocks. Yet in this small island we cannot deal…

Letter: Sexual intimidation and harassment within the NNP government in Grenada

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There is a connection between the breakdown of Grenadian families and the many social ills. One of those social problems is the unemployment situation, and because of it our young girls are facing a daunting array of problems, caused mostly by poverty and unemployment. While this link is better…

Poets Corner: Under the Breadfruit Tree

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Pot of water boiling, smile plastered on her face, Bursting into a cackle now and then, At the joyous thoughts, the fond remembrances, the warm feelings, Of those unforgettable breadfruit filled days, She peeled the breadfruit, What should she make today? Would it be a breadfruit salad, stuffed…