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Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


CLICO policyholders protest outside Bahamas parliament

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NASSAU, Bahamas — More than two dozen CLICO policyholders demonstrated outside Parliament in The Bahamas on Wednesday, claiming they are prepared to do whatever it takes to get relief, even if that means “we have to go to jail”. “People are starving and hungry and…

Fifteen regional jurisdictions on EU tax haven blacklist

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BRUSSELS, Belgium — A blacklist of the world’s 30 worst-offending tax havens, published on Wednesday by the European Commission, includes 15 countries and territories within the wider Caribbean. The list includes various well-known havens — among them the Cayman Islands, British Virgin…

Bilateral talks set to take place with Venezuela as Guyana seeks extension of PetroCaribe deal

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) — The Guyana Cabinet has mandated that efforts be undertaken to engage neighbouring Venezuela on the terms of the PetroCaribe agreement, and its extension. Minister of State Joseph Harmon told reporters of this development during a post-Cabinet briefing.

Cuba announces expansion of public Wi-Fi services

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) – Cuba’s telecom company ETECSA has announced the setting up of 35 Wi-Fi public areas in early July throughout the island, which will increase local people’s access to the Internet. ETECSA communications director Luis Manuel Diaz told Juventud Rebelde newspaper…

Focus on transparency during inaugural meeting of Caribbean citizenship programs in St Kitts

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts — IPSA International (IPSA), a regulatory risk mitigation firm, has urged the governments of Caribbean nations to adopt best practices in considering their citizenship by investment (CBI) programs. At a two-day event hosted by IPSA, which was held June 15-16 in St Kitts…

US Coast Guard repatriates 32 Cuban migrants

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MIAMI, Florida — Crewmembers aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber repatriated 32 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Wednesday. This repatriation is a result of four separate migrant interdictions at sea. On June 6, Coast Guard Sector Key West received a report…

New series of disaster assessment training sessions set to kick-off in St Vincent

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KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is the first of seven Caribbean countries to receive training on post disaster needs assessment from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean. The training will…

Caribbean employers’ organizations to meet in Barbados for CARIFORUM discussions

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (ILO) — Thirty-four representatives from 19 employers’ organizations from the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean will participate in a regional Forum entitled “Facilitating Participation of CARlFORUM Civil Society in Regional Development and Integration Processes”, to be held…

Aruba invests $100 million in island upgrades

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ORANJESTAD, Aruba — As part of Aruba’s ongoing, $1 billion+ island revitalization and beautification project, the destination recently invested more than $100 million in significant hotel updates to enhance visitors’ experiences, with an additional $50 million planned for next year. The Aruba Airport Authority…

Commentary: Abetting Sudan’s Bashir betrays all that’s wrong with African leaders

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African leaders are beaming with foolish pride today for the way they conspired, during an African Union summit in South Africa last weekend, to help Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir abscond from justice. After all, recall that: Bashir became the first sitting head of state to have a warrant issued for his arrest.

Commentary: Caribbean countries: Trapped?

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A common market in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries would lead to a substantial rise in the regional exports. This is one of the findings of a new World Bank Report entitled, ‘Trade matters: New opportunities for the Caribbean’. That statement might come as a surprise to many.

Commentary: Crime and punishment

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There have been sixteen (16) homicides in St Kitts and Nevis so far this year. That’s an alarming statistic, and an even more alarming reality. We can agree on that. We can also agree on the fact that our country’s high homicide rate is not new. It has been going on for a long time. The obvious question is: Why?

Letter: Why is St Vincent on the European Union financial blacklist? Ask PM Gonsalves

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Most Vincentians will be shocked that St Vincent and the Grenadines has been put on the new European Union blacklist, published on Wednesday. It’s strange really because I was working on this letter at the time that the news was published on EU press releases. It may even be entwined with the…

Letter: The power of labour is more important than who wins the election

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The National Workers Union (NWU) and its affiliate the National Health Workers Union (NHWU) join with the working people of Trinidad and Tobago in celebrating the 78th anniversary of the 1937 anti-colonial general strike and insurrection that gave birth to the trade union movement and paved the way…