Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


Trinidad and Tobago formally withdraws Commonwealth nominee

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — In a statement on Thursday, prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Keith Rowley, announced the formal withdrawal of Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie as the country’s nominee for the office of Commonwealth secretary general. Rowley said that the secretary…

Cuba says US vote at UN was disappointing

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NEW YORK, USA (ACN) — Cuban foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez said in New York that the no vote by the US against the Cuban resolution demanding the lifting of the economic embargo on the island does not fit in with Washington’s discourse about working to lift the measure and described the…

Arab summit in Saudi Arabia may bring presidents of Guyana and Venezuela together

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The fourth Summit of South American and Arab Countries (ASPA) will be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from November 10-11and will bring together leaders of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Arab League amidst mounting tensions between two…

Bahamas attorney general defends government’s handling of resort bankruptcy crisis

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson on Wednesday “categorically rejected” the suggestion that a mass layoff exercise at the bankrupt Baha Mar megaresort in The Bahamas could have been avoided if the developer had continued to pursue a bankruptcy plan in the United States.

CARICOM election mission to Haiti notes issues that could lead to ‘undesirable sequels’

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PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Election Observation Mission (CEOM) to Haiti has issued its Immediate post-election statement in which it highlighted areas that could lead to “undesirable sequels” if not corrected. Those areas included anomalies pertaining…

Jamaica attracts US$350 million free zone investment

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) has facilitated investment totalling over US$350 million for a free zone to be opened in Spanish Town, St Catherine, with provision of some 2,500 jobs. The companies operating in the zone will also provide 300 scholarships.

Curacao’s free zones to promote closer ties with Cuba

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — A representation of Curinde, a company that manages two free zones and an industrial park in Curacao, will travel to Havana in order to promote closer ties with institutions dedicated to economic development in Cuba. In an interview with Prensa Latina, Jacqueline Jansen…

IMF approves US$8.7 million disbursement under rapid credit facility for Dominica

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WASHINGTON, USA — The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday approved a disbursement of an amount equivalent to SDR 6.15 million (about US$8.7 million) for Dominica to be drawn from the rapid credit facility (RCF). Following the executive board’s discussion…

Grenada government reaffirms commitment to constitutional reform

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) — The Grenada government is pressing ahead with efforts to reform the country’s constitution. It has accepted seven bills from the Constitution Review Committee, which has over the last year been meeting and getting the feedback from nationals, in an attempt to make…

Barbados endorses OECD global standard for the automatic exchange of information

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — On Wednesday, Barbados formally endorsed the automatic exchange of information (AEOI) global standard during a signing ceremony held in Barbados. The event was held in conjunction with a meeting of the OECD’s Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange…

JetBlue looking at Caribbean destinations with lower taxes

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — Robin Hayes, president and CEO of JetBlue Airways and keynote speaker at the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC), held last week in Curacao, stunned his audience with a message to which few had paid much attention before.

Canadian company to sponsor Cannabis Cup in Jamaica

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SMITHS FALLS, Canada — Tweed Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation, will sponsor the High Times 2015 Jamaican and World Cannabis Cups taking place in Negril, Jamaica. Tweed is a Canadian company licensed under the marijuana for medical purposes regulations.

Caribbean experience helps strengthen Peruvian disaster capacity

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LIMA, Peru — Peru is among the countries of Latin America that is most vulnerable to natural disasters. The establishment of the National Center for Disaster Assessment, Prevention and Risk Reduction (CENEPRED) is among the most significant efforts undertaken in recent times by the Peruvian government…

Commentary: White male cop ‘brutalized’ black female student? I beg to differ

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No doubt you’ve seen the latest video clip chronicling seemingly irreconcilable conflicts between white cops and black folks in the United States. In the clip that went viral online on Monday, Student Resource Officer Ben Fields is seen violently flinging a female student out of her desk, dragging her to the…

Commentary: It’s all down to money

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Money matters. It will matter a great deal when representatives of about 200 countries meet in Paris from 1 to 11 December to try, yet again, to settle a universally acceptable deal on climate change. The issues will boil down to how much money it will take to meet the challenges of climate change and who will pay.

Letter: Parents and families of youths arrested in Statia respond to newspaper report

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We, the parents and family of the four youths who were arrested on Monday morning, would like to react to the article published on the front page of the Daily Herald on Tuesday, October 27, 2015. In this article it stated that RLG (16), KR (17), D de B (15), and Mvds (15) were arrested. RLG is 15 not 16.

Letter: Farmers and fishers first

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For many years much lip service has been paid to the importance of the agriculture and fisheries sector and its far-reaching links to sustainable livelihoods, rural development, environment, health, diversified economy, and overall food and nutrition security for Trinidad and Tobago.

West Indies boosted by tour match victory in Sri Lanka

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A sensational century partnership between allrounders Andre Russell and Carlos Brathwaite provided West Indies with a major boost ahead of their three-match One-Day International Series against Sri Lanka. The pair added a boundary-studded eighth-wicket stand of 193.

West Indies Women beat Pakistan by eight wickets in first T20 in Grenada

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — All-rounder Deandra Dottin followed up a two-wicket burst with an unbeaten 38, making her a shoo-in for the Player-of-the-Match award, propelling West Indies Women to an eight-wicket victory over Pakistan Women in the first Twenty20 International on Thursday.

FIFA president admits backroom World Cup deal

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — The beleaguered president of world football’s governing body has admitted that backroom deals had been made among the FIFA executive over the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. In an interview with the Russian news agency TASS, Sepp Blatter revealed that football bosses…