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Cayman Islands opposition leader defends controversial deals

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — The Cayman Islands opposition leader McKeeva Bush has said that the auditor general, Alastair Swarbrick, did not have the authority to determine that the deals his former United Democratic Party (UDP) government made with…

International community should do more to assist small states, says Barbados minister

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — Members of the international community need to do much more than “study the situation” of developing states in economic crises; they need to develop a plan to assist them in debt recovery. That view was expressed on Wednesday by Barbados’ finance minister…

Antigua-Barbuda continues to forge closer ties with other nations

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne continues to foster closer relations with international leaders and countries as his government works towards tackling issues that affect Antigua and Barbuda and other developing nations. During a recent visit to the Horn of…

St Kitts-Nevis attorney general denies breaching constitution over DPP contract

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — St Kitts and Nevis Attorney General Vincent Byron has responded to claims from Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Travers Sinanan that he has been unfairly terminated. Byron, who is currently in Miami, told Winn FM that the simple matter is that the DPP’s two-year contract…

St Lucia, Venezuela deepen ties

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CASTRIES, St Lucia — On August 7, a delegation from Venezuela, led by Venezuela’s minister for external affairs, Delcy Rodriguez, arrived in Saint Lucia. The visiting Venezuelan minister met Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony and minister for external affairs Alva Baptiste. The Venezuelan delegation is…

Direct consumption: The future of the Barbados sugar industry

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — Barbados has had a long tradition of producing some of the best quality sugar in the world. However, although the industry remains an important contributor to foreign exchange earnings, rural employment and the environment, the removal of the European Union’s…

FedEx plane crashes en route to St Kitts

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — The pilot of a small FedEx plane is in stable condition after the aircraft crashed into the sea off Saba on Wednesday. The Cessna Caravan C208 was on route to St Kitts from Puerto Rico when the pilot reported engine trouble to air traffic control at St Kitts’ Robert L. Bradshaw…

Antigua and Barbuda paving way for accession to CCJ

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Prime Minister Gaston Browne and leader of the opposition United Progressive Party, Baldwin Spencer, in the presence of governor-general of Antigua and Barbuda Sir Rodney Williams have signed a memorandum of understanding on constitutional reform paving the way for the country’s…

Jamaica hires consultant to recommend regulations for medical marijuana and industrial hemp

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica’s ministry of industry, investment and commerce has hired BOTEC Analysis as a consultant for the development of regulations to guide Jamaica’s nascent medical marijuana and industrial hemp sectors. At the end of the consultancy, BOTEC Analysis will submit to Jamaica’s…

US secretary of state urged to focus on press freedom in Cuba

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WASHINGTON, USA — The National Press Club on Wednesday called on Secretary of State John Kerry to make press freedom and the expansion of Internet access in Cuba a priority in his department’s engagements with the Castro regime. The secretary will become the highest-ranking US official…

Commentary: Chavez Chavismo: More Robbing Hoodlum than Robin Hood

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My socialist affinities are such that I used to be a big fan of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. But it did not take long before I began denouncing him as just another tin-pot dictator who was betraying the very socialist causes he championed. Here is an illustrative excerpt from “Bolivia’s Woes Expose…

Commentary: China’s devalued currency, blood and windfalls

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Republican US presidential hopeful, Donald Trump, sees ‘blood’ everywhere. Unhappy and irritated by a question put to him by a female Fox News TV journalist during a debate between several Republican aspirants for the White House, he notoriously said she had blood coming out of her eyes and “wherever”.

Letter: Reform, revamp and support the RGPF

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Your published letters are so interesting to read I keep returning every day for more of what I enjoy doing most, reading the letters you publish. The Grenadian Class letter published August 4 is written so superbly that I couldn’t help sending my comment on the subject. I think that the problem of…

Open Letter to John Kerry: Make sure all of Cuba’s many voices are heard

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While you are about to embark on a landmark visit to Cuba on August 14, Reporters Without Borders urges you to put the issues of freedom of the press and freedom of expression at the top of the agenda of your discussions with Cuban authorities.  As the first highest level U.S. official…