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Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Havana

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Sunday morning in Havana’s Revolution Square in the presence of over 300,000 Cubans and overseas visitors that came to Cuba for the occasion, who had been waiting in the Square since early morning.

Trinidad judge grants leave to file six election petitions

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The United National Congress (UNC), ousted from government in the September 7 general election in Trinidad and Tobago, was on Friday granted leave to file election petitions to challenge the validity of the election process in six constituencies, namely…

High profile death raises questions in Turks and Caicos

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PROVIDENCIALES, TCI — The recent death of Rev. Conrad Howell near his home on Providenciales, the most populated island of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), has raised many questions locally as to the reasons and cause of death. Howell was a talk show host on a local radio show.

St Lucia economy on the way to recovery, says prime minister

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CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) — Saint Lucia’s prime minister and minister for finance, economic affairs, planning and social security, Dr Kenny Anthony, has said that the island’s economy is on the rebound. At a recent press conference, Anthony reported on the current state of the Saint Lucian economy.

St Vincent media highlights persistent problems for visiting yachts in Canouan

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KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — The persistent problem of crime against visiting yachts in Canouan, St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), and the apparent failure on the part of local authorities to address the situation, has been taken up by local media. SVG newspaper, The Searchlight, interviewed Police…

Drug-trafficking vessel with 1,190 pounds of cocaine intercepted in Caribbean

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JACKSONVILE, USA — US Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine (OAM) agents provided critical real-time surveillance capabilities as part of an interagency operation in the Caribbean Sea leading to the interdiction of a drug-trafficking vessel with 1,190 pounds of cocaine.

CARICOM Development Fund appoints new CEO

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The Barbados-based CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) has a new chief executive officer (CEO), who will lead that organisation through its Second Funding Cycle, 2015-2020. He is Rodinald Soomer, an economist, who was previously employed in the Division of…

Call for Caribbean Diaspora brand

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BROOKLYN, USA — A Caribbean-American community leader has called on West Indians living in the United States to establish a Caribbean Diaspora brand. Following the success of the 48th West Indian American Labor Day Carnival Parade, Kwayera Archer Cunningham asserted it was time…

Sprint adds Caribbean destinations to calling plan

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OVERLAND PARK, USA — If you are island-hopping through the Caribbean, your world just expanded with Sprint. New regional destinations have been added to the free Sprint Open World add-on service, giving customers unlimited free texting and great rates on calls and high-speed data.

Special treatment of Cuban migrants by the US should end, says immigration reform group

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WASHINGTON, USA — The announced release of 3,500 prisoners in advance of Pope Francis’s visit is a hopeful sign of positive change in Cuba. Coupled with the recent re-establishment of diplomatic relations with the United States, the announcement indicates substantive political change in…

Marketing Strategies Today: How do I make my social media posts go viral?

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All good intentions taken into consideration, the Internet has become a place where chaos reigns for better or for worse. It is filled to bursting with people selling everything imaginable, from the possible to the impossible, from the sensible to the totally senseless. There are also the chronic chatters…

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Airline fuel surcharges

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Having clocked up over 1,500 miles in a hire car during a recent trip to the US state of Kentucky, it was fascinating to see the huge variation in fuel prices. I filled up only four times and the per gallon (US) cost varied from US$1.96 up to a high of US$2.57 for 3.8 litres. Ironically the lowest price was on…

Commentary: Introducing Brother Jason Hayward, Bermuda Public Services Union president

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In 2014 a young man emerged as the president of the Bermuda Public Services Union (BPSU). Baby faced in nature and gentile in speech, he emerged as one of “Generation Next” of the labour movement in Bermuda. Exuding principles of “Measure twice, cut once”, he is long in calculated thought…

Letter: A review of the Cayman Islands DPP statement

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The recent and rare statement issued by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) came more in the form of an extract from the UK Crown Prosecution Service manual than a believable explanation to the public of the Cayman Islands.The release raises more questions and…

Letter: Tourism proposal

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Please find attached the original proposal that was forwarded to Mr Arnhim Eustace, president of the New Democratic Party and leader of the opposition in St Vincent and the Grenadines. The document, forwarded to Mr Eustace on 22 March 2015, resulted in the announcement of…