Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


Antigua-Barbuda ambassador warns of regional terrorism threat

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NASSAU, Bahamas — In prescient remarks on Tuesday, three days ahead of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, France, Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the US, Sir Ronald Sanders, warned that the Caribbean should not linger in the false notion that small countries are immune.

Suriname’s top diplomat promotes economic diplomacy in Saudi Arabia

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Suriname’s new foreign minister, Neirmala Badrising, took the opportunity of the gathering of Arab and South America countries (ASPA) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, last week to showcase her country’s multi-ethnic and religious diversity, and, more importantly, to market Suriname’s…

French company sentenced to pay $772 million to resolve Bahamas and other bribery charges

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NEW HAVEN, USA — Alstom SA, a French power and transportation company, was sentenced on Friday in US District Court in Connecticut to pay a $772,290,000 fine to resolve criminal charges related to a widespread corruption scheme involving at least $75 million in secret bribes paid to…

Maximum leadership recipe for disaster, says Trinidad opposition party contender

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — In launching the slate of candidates for his newly-formed “Team Reconnect” on Saturday, former Trinidad and Tobago minister Vasant Bharath, who is one of three candidates contesting the leadership of the opposition United National Congress (UNC) in internal party…

Bahamas PM says Baha Mar decision imminent

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie said the Export-Import Bank of China (EXIM) is expected to make a decision on a possible investor for the troubled Baha Mar resort property “imminently”. “We do know that they (EXIM) have asked for a period of time… to make that decision…

Accused fraudster flees the Cayman Islands

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MIAMI, USA — With process servers hot on her trail, Sharon Lexa Lamb, the alleged leader of the trading scam fraudsters known as the Gang of Four, has reportedly fled the Cayman Islands. She cannot be found anywhere on Grand Cayman and local immigration has no record of her departure.

New governor for ECCB by December

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) should have a new governor in place by December, said the chairman of the Eastern Caribbean Monetary Council, Anguilla’s Chief Minister Victor Banks. Banks told WINN FM on Wednesday that the process of appointing…

Caribbean Development Bank president re-elected to serve second term

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank, representing the 27 member countries of the regional multilateral financial institution, has re-elected Dr Warren Smith to a second five-year term as president. The decision was confirmed on November 6, 2015.

IMPACT Justice hosting restorative practices workshops in Barbados

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The Canadian government-funded project Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) is hosting two restorative practices workshops in Barbados as part of a broader alternative dispute resolution (ADR) programme being executed in Caribbean Community…

Cayman Airways christens new Saab aircraft

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CAYMAN BRAC, Cayman islands — In-keeping with an age-old aviation tradition prior to an aircraft going into service, Cayman Airways’ new Saab 340B+ aircraft was formally christened on Friday at the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport (CKIA) in Cayman Brac. The 34-seat Saab aircraft will be…

Marketing Strategies Today: How you create a marketing calendar with holidays

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A marketing calendar is a record of the dates when marketing tasks will be performed. It’s best if these tasks are first outlined in a yearly marketing plan, and then blended into the daily, weekly, monthly or seasonal schedule. Marketing calendars work particularly well for holiday marketing.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: An impossible dream?

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Is the launch of a direct nonstop service between Los Angeles on the US Pacific coast and Barbados an impossible dream? Personally I do not think so. Los Angeles to Barbados is 3,931 miles (Great Circle) or 3,416 nautical miles, so around eight flying hours. Compare that with Los Angeles to Hawaii…

Commentary: Falling on the ideological sword

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In the shadow of imminent difficulties on the horizon, there is sufficient cause to the shenanigans of the Kenny Anthony-led administration on policy matters pertaining to value added tax (VAT); the proposed implementation of the citizenship by investment program (CIP); and what amounts…

Commentary: Islamic terrorists attack Paris … again

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Islamic terrorists perpetrated a series of coordinated attacks in Paris on Friday, in a manner eerily similar to attacks they perpetrated in January (in retaliation for French magazine Charlie Hebdo publishing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad). The sites targeted include a soccer stadium…

Letter: The UWI and West Indian cricket

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The University of the West Indies (The UWI), as a sister regional institution, recognises and respects the long and mostly effective service of the West Indies Cricket Board since its establishment in 1927. It gave oversight to our greatest cultural global achievement as a people in which we all…

Open Letter/Petition to President Obama

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We, of Haitian descents, Haitians, and friends of Haiti living in the United States, salute your leadership, which we deeply believe can help us advance TRUE democratic and humanistic values in Haiti. We are very concerned about the current political situation developing in Haiti.

Poets Corner: Pay It Forward

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Because someone opened that door, Broke it down even, Because someone lent an ear, Or gave you that one moment in time, Because someone went to bat for you, Laid it all bare for you, Risked it all for you, Because someone simply believed in you, Because someone gave you a pat on the shoulder…