Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


Squandered money to be recovered, says St Kitts-Nevis PM

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) — Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris has claimed that the former St Kitts and Nevis administration squandered EC$11 million (US$4 million) in the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund (SEAF) project, which he said would be recovered.

Cuban special forces deployed in Syria

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MIAMI, USA — An unnamed US government official has stated that Cuban Special Forces and paramilitary personnel have arrived in Syria, and will support the Assad regime in military operations. They may have arrived on board Russian military transports that recently delivered Russian ground forces…

Cayman Islands opposition leader ousted from Public Accounts Committee

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — The premier of the Cayman Islands told the territory’s Legislative Assembly (LA) on Thursday ahead of a vote to oust the opposition leader from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that his decision in 2013 to nominate McKeeva Bush for the PAC showed poor judgment…

US Coast Guard commissions new fast response cutter to be homeported in Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The US Coast Guard commissioned the Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez during a ceremony at Coast Guard Sector San Juan on Friday morning. The Heriberto Hernández is the 14th fast response cutter (FRC) to be commissioned in the Coast Guard and the second to be…

Cuba fails to keep promise to release graffiti artist unfairly held

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NEW YORK, USA — The Cuban authorities’ failure to keep to their commitment to release a graffiti artist unfairly imprisoned nearly a year ago is a painful illustration of their disregard for freedom of expression, said Amnesty International. “Committing to release Danilo Maldonado Machado on 15 October…

OAS to observe general election in Belize on November 4

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WASHINGTON, USA — The Organization of American States (OAS) will send an election observation mission (EOM) for the general elections that will take place in Belize on November 4, according to the agreement signed on Friday by the OAS and the government of Belize. In this election, voters will elect…

Jamaica called on to do more to prevent sexual and gender discrimination and violence

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LONDON, England — Amnesty International (AI) said it is concerned that impunity continues in Jamaica for violent and hateful attacks on people based on their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, despite the government’s assertion that measures are in place…

Brother of British journalist missing in Costa Rica continues to campaign for action

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LONDON, England — Saturday marks the sixth anniversary of British journalist Michael Dixon’s disappearance in the seaside holiday town of Tamarindo in Costa Rica. Dixon, who worked as editor of a US business magazine, walked out of his hotel one evening in Tamarindo and never came back.

US Coast Guard repatriates 57 Cuban migrants

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MIAMI, USA — The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo repatriated 57 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Friday. This repatriation is a result of three separate interdictions at sea in the south Florida Straits. These events consisted of Cubans attempting to illegally enter the US.

Cayman Airways to launch second Cuba route

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands — To meet the growing demand for flights between the Cayman Islands and Cuba, and to provide dual destination travel opportunities for Canadian and European visitors to Cayman, Cayman Airways Limited (CAL) is launching new service between Cayman Brac and…

Commentary: The View from Europe: Collateral damage

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A little over a week ago the British parliamentarian, Sir Eric Pickles – a cabinet member until May of this year and a former chairman of the Conservative Party – told the London Guardian that the British prime minister, David Cameron, was determined to have the BVI and the Cayman Islands adopt public registers…

Commentary: Health problems and solutions

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One area in which very serious problems have been inherited by the young Team Unity administration in St Kitts and Nevis is the nation’s health sector. Over the years prior to the general elections of February 16, 2015, a number of concerns had been raised, both behind closed doors and publicly, but…

Letter: Gonsalves provides evidence that SVG is a police state

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St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves, speaking on his party’s radio station on Wednesday, said, “Ministry of education figures show that 20 percent of teachers did not turn up to class, while a sample by the Special Branch of the police force puts the number at 15 percent.”

Letter: Dr Bodoe’s fall on Debe to Mon Desir

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The maiden speech of Dr Lackram Bodoe, MP for Fyzabad, presented in the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament on Monday 12th October, was exemplary. However, the very exemplary nature of this event could hide his misrepresentations conceived in respect to the Debe to Mon Desir highway.

West Indies forced to follow on by Sri Lanka

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GALLE, Sri Lanka — West Indies will look to post a big second innings score to stay in contention in the first Test match against Sri Lanka at the Galle International Stadium, after surrendering a first innings lead of 233 and being asked to follow-on on the third day. They need another 166 to make Sri Lanka bat again.

Preparations in high gear for floodlit finale in Barbados

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BUSHY PARK, Barbados — Engineers and mechanics in race shops across Barbados are making last-minute preparations for Saturday’s Floodlit Finale to Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc’s 2015 Championship. The 23-race programme at the St Philip facility will also include a demanding six-race double-header.