Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


Trinidad and Tobago goes to the polls as recession looms

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Voters in Trinidad and Tobago go to the polls on Monday in a general election, largely uninformed of a worsening economic outlook. Whoever forms the government on Tuesday – the ruling People’s Partnership (PP) coalition or the opposition People’s National…

New Tropical Storm Grace forms in the Atlantic heading west towards Caribbean

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MIAMI, USA — Tropical Storm Grace formed in the Atlantic over the weekend and at 5:00 pm EDT on Sunday was located about 520 miles (835 km) west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, moving toward the west near 15 mph (24 km/h). According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami…

State of emergency declared in USVI

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ST THOMAS, USVI — Following a spate of violence that erupted across St Croix in the US Virgin Islands on Friday, leaving one man dead and at least four people wounded, acting governor Osbert Potter signed a declaration of a state of emergency in the USVI on Saturday afternoon. On Friday, Potter…

Cayman Islands Gang of Four demands indemnity to return funds stolen from Canadian investors

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MIAMI, USA — Sharon Lexa Lamb, on behalf of the Cayman Islands ‘Gang of Four’, who are alleged to have illegally used client funds in a massive trading scam, has now demanded that the victims release them from all possible claims, before they assist in returning money and securities stolen from them.

Provisional liquidators appointed for bankrupt Bahamas megaresort

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Bahamas Supreme Court Chief Justice Ian Winder on Friday approved the appointment of a joint provisional liquidator, granting the government’s application for three professionals from KRyS Global and AlixPartners Services UK to oversee the affairs of bankrupt multibillion…

India and the Cayman Islands combine forces to promote medical tourism in the Caribbean

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — Dr Chandy Abraham, CEO of Health City Cayman Islands, paid a strategic visit to the Dutch Caribbean islands of Aruba on Thursday, followed by a visit to Curacao on Friday. Health City Cayman Islands is a tertiary care, specialty medical resource for adult and pediatric…

OECS chairman wants regional governments to make structural changes to receive foreign aid

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (GIS) — The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) chairman and Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell says Caribbean governments need to make structural and behavioural changes to their operations if they want to continue receiving assistance from friendly…

Latest central bank bulletin paints gloomy economic picture for Trinidad and Tobago

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The first economic bulletin for the year issued last week by the Central Bank of Trinidad showed that the Trinidad and Tobago economy contracted by 1.2 percent in the first quarter of 2015, unemployment rose, inflation remained elevated despite four interest rate increases.

Former diplomat responds to US ambassador’s public criticism of corruption in Haiti

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — On August 28, 2015, in an interview with Haitian newspaper Lenouvelliste, outgoing US ambassador to Haiti, Pamela White, said of the Haitian government, “They (President Martelly and Prime Minister Lamothe) agree that corruption exists at all levels of the society.

Jamaica hosts PetroCaribe summit

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Regional leaders arrived in Montego Bay, Jamaica, for the tenth PetroCaribe summit, which was due to take place on Saturday and Sunday.  Launched in 2005, the PetroCaribe agreement allows its member countries — currently totaling 19, including Venezuela — to purchase…

CDB paves the way for better access to basic services in Montserrat

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PLYMOUTH, Montserrat – For many years, the residents of Barzey’s Village in Montserrat had just a small gravel road connecting them to schools, public transportation and jobs. Soil erosion and heavy rainfall made road conditions worse. As a result, residents didn’t have regular garbage pickups…

Bahamas consultant now a certified international speaker

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FREEPORT, Bahamas — President and CEO of Benchmark Consulting Services, Billie Bowe, has added Certified International Speaker to her list of qualifications. Bowe recently graduated from Speaking Empire’s Speaking and Marketing Academy following an intense training course held in Florida.

Marketing Strategies Today: Why you need to Snapchat

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Snapchat is one of the latest forms of social media to appear in the world of the web. Some people have eagerly embraced it and send Snapchat videos and pictures on a regular basis, but others are still wondering what the point of this application is. Better understanding Snapchat will help you…

Commentary: Guyana: Patience needed on the issue of corruption in previous government

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Many supporters of Guyana’s governing coalition have been calling on the government to move more quickly against alleged instances of corruption in the previous government. Some are also dismayed that many operatives of the PPP still hold top positions in the government. This is understandable.

Letter: Is there a network of Vincentian agents working in the US?

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When people are paid activists on behalf of an overseas political party or a foreign government, that is often detrimental to the government of the United States of America. In fact it is illegal to be a foreign agent in the US if you are a resident or a citizen of the US. If you are a foreigner unless proper…

Letter: Major General Stewart Saunders must be charged under the Terrorism Prevention Act

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With the resumption of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry (WKCOE) on Monday, September 7, the question of when the state, specifically the Director of Public Prosecutions, will begin investigations with a view to charging Major General Stewart Saunders with terrorism under the Terrorism…

Open letter to Ambassador Pamela White – Thanks, but no thanks

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“They (President Martelly and Prime Minister Lamothe) agree that corruption exists at all levels of the society. You can be in prison and buy your freedom. There is a price for everything here. It is like this, in the public administration, in the political sector, etc.” These are the words of…

Poets Corner: They Owe You Excellence

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They owe you, they owe you, I wonder if it’s forget that they forget, That they owe you, Or rather, if it is out of sheer ignorance, That they go on, that they parlance, I wonder if perhaps, that is, I really mean perchance, If they really think that this freedom thing is pure happenstance? I wonder if they know.