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Warner unravels

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Hard on the heels of his bizarre voluntary admission that he conspired to conceal the discovery of a quantity of marijuana in 2013, former Trinidad and Tobago national security minister Jack Warner, who is currently charged with multiple counts of…

Jamaican government to consider Diaspora vote

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MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — Minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator A. J. Nicholson, says the matter of allowing overseas nationals to participate in the country’s electoral process will be discussed at length, in order for the best arrangement to be put in place. Addressing the opening…

Former Trinidad finance minister ‘bewildered’ at payout to CLICO directors

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Former Trinidad and Tobago minister of finance, Karen Nunez-Tesheira, has expressed “bewilderment” at a recent TT$63 million (US$10 million) payout to former directors of CLICO, the Trinidad based financial services firm that collapsed in spectacular fashion in 2009.

Drones come to St Kitts-Nevis

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) — The utilization of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly referred to as “drone” technology by the St Kitts-Nevis Defence Force (SKNDF) during Tradewinds 2015 was a display of forward thinking and a clear demonstration of the embrace of technology that surprised…

We do not manage failed economies in the Caribbean, says St Lucia PM

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CASTRIES, St Lucia (WINN) — We do not manage failed economies in the Caribbean, but broken ones and we just need to pick up the pieces. That was the sentiment of the prime minister of Saint Lucia Dr Kenny Anthony while addressing the opening ceremony of the World Bank’s Caribbean Growth…

US Coast Guard repatriates 54 Haitian migrants

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MIAMI, USA — The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Valiant repatriated 54 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitian, Haiti, on Tuesday. While on patrol, a Caribbean Air and Marine Branch aircraft reported a suspicious sailing vessel south of St John, US Virgin Islands, on Wednesday. A boatcrew from…

US telecommunication companies offer new plans to call Cuba

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — In a bid to reach out to a promising market, Sprint and T-Mobile, two major US wireless carriers, have announced new initiatives to allow US customers to connect with relatives and friends in Cuba. Sprint customers can add the new Sprint Cuba 20 plus service to their local rate plan.

St Vincent PM addresses Vincentians in Britain

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READING, England — Dr Ralph E. Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) addressed the Vincentian Diaspora on developments in SVG in Reading, England, followed by a question and answer session on SVG’s challenges and key areas of development. This meeting followed…

IMF approves US$39.8 million disbursement to Jamaica

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WASHINGTON, USA — The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has completed the eighth review of Jamaica’s economic performance under a program supported by a four-year extended fund facility (EFF) of SDR 615.38 million (about US$932.3 million at the time of approval).

Managing public debt in an uncertain era

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LONDON, England — Expected volatility in the global economy is one of the many scenarios debt managers and financial experts will consider at a Commonwealth conference to rethink public debt. The Third Commonwealth Stakeholders’ Conference on Public Debt Management, hosted by the Commonwealth…

ECLAC helps regional officials better respond to disasters

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CUSCO, Peru — The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional office for the Caribbean is strengthening the capacity of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to assess the damages and losses caused by disasters. This is through a damage and loss…

Martinique hosts FCCA delegation in push to continue strong cruise sector growth

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FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique — The Martinique Tourism Authority hosted a delegation of Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) officials May 28–29, 2015, as part of its continuing efforts to bolster the cruise sector on the island. The visit comes as Martinique enjoys its strongest cruise results…

Let’s Talk Business: Meet Sally and Jeff and their grandiose idea to start a business on a shoestring

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Most business owners are familiar with the concept of creating a vision, mission and a set of core values for their organizations. Setting goals is also nothing new. Today I want to write about the value of creating a long term vision and seeing, right before your eyes, short term rewards. I like stories.

Editorial: Is intellectual property safe in Trinidad?

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On June 13, 2015, the Trinidad Express carried a story under the headline US composer: Warner stole my music. Ironically, the Express “story” was simply a copy and paste of most of a Washington Post article published the previous day: Composer says Jack Warner stole his music for video directed…

Commentary: CARICOM leaders’ Commonwealth divide

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Months ahead of the upcoming 2015 summit of the Commonwealth heads of government in Malta, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders are at a familiar impasse that is once again virtually beyond a crying shame; unable to present a consensus candidate as the next secretary general.

Commentary: A check-up for Father’s Day

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History: Father’s Day began in June 1909 when Sonora Dodd wanted to celebrate her father after her mother died while giving birth. Her father was born on June 19 in 1910. President Calvin Coolidge in 1924 supported the idea and in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a proclamation declaring…

Commentary: The political blitz in Dangriga will increase tensions and could become violent

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When PUP representative Ivan Ramos resigned his seat from the House of Representative, their leader Francis Fonseca and the members of the People’s United Party were caught off guard. Why? Because they looked at Ivan Ramos as a faithful, loyal and dedicated PUP who will continue to abide by…

Letter: Those that forget the past have no future

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Something about evil we must never forget, namely, that evil is recalcitrant and determined, and never voluntarily relinquishes its hold short of a persistent, almost fanatical resistance. Ref: Martin Luther King Jnr. The words of Prime Minister Ralph E. Gonsalves — “I remain to do the work of Maurice Bishop”…

Letter: Line of march for the party

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Ralph E. Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines said, “I am here to continue the work of Maurice Bishop.” This which follows is a part of a speech by Maurice Bishop to his Central Committee; it lays out the work and strategy that Bishop and the party was going to apply and follow.

Three new winners in Suzuki Challenge Series

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BUSHY PARK, Barbados — Three new winners joined the Suzuki Challenge Series roll of honour, as the competition intensified in round three at Bushy Park Barbados on Sunday. In the Swift Cup, Barry Gale and Jamaica’s David Summerbell Jnr brought the number of race-winners to five in the first nine races.