Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


Another Caribbean region official arrested in FIFA probe

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ZURICH, Switzerland — The acting president of the region’s football body, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), was arrested on Thursday in a dawn raid in Zürich in the latest round of arrests in the still growing FIFA scandal.

Alleged million-dollar money laundering in St Lucia

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CASTRIES, St Lucia — During his “90 Minutes” show on the government owned Radio Saint Lucia last Friday, local broadcaster Shelton Daniel revealed what he described as a million US dollar drop off of funds at a hotel in the north of Saint Lucia by a suspected money launderer.

Trinidad court again postpones Warner extradition hearing

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The Trinidad and Tobago magistrates court has postponed until February 19 the hearing in relation to former FIFA vice president Jack Warner’s extradition to the United States to face multiple racketeering, corruption and money laundering charges.

Bahamas PM renews call for grant, aid reform for SIDS at climate conference

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NASSAU, Bahamas –Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie has renewed his call for grant funding and aid reform for small island developing states (SIDS), stating that gross domestic product (GDP) per capita should no longer inhibit small island nations’ access to funding as the cost of climate…

Commonwealth to observe St Vincent and the Grenadines elections; OAS mission deployed

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KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — A Commonwealth election observation team will observe the St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) general elections scheduled to be held on December 9, 2015. Meanwhile, the electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM)…

Ten indicted in Puerto Rico for conspiracy to commit bribery, wire fraud and extortion

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Ten Puerto Rico businessmen and government officials have been indicted for their alleged participation in several schemes corruptly to give things of value to public officials within the government of Puerto Rico in exchange for favourable treatment and awarding of…

Caribbean stakeholders need to be engaged in addressing climate change

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CANARI) — Effective climate change policies require genuine engagement and evidence that you have not only consulted stakeholders, but that their views have informed your process. This was one of the key points raised by the Caribbean Natural…

Dominican Republic takes women’s rights back to 1884

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — The Dominican Republic has taken a drastic step backwards for women’s human rights as the Constitutional Court struck down reforms to the Penal Code that would have decriminalized abortion in certain cases, Amnesty International has warned.

Barbados to benefit from Chinese health care

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The government of Barbados is currently engaged in ongoing discussions with the embassy of China to facilitate the assignment of Chinese health care personnel in Barbados. News of this came from Health Minister John Boyce on Tuesday night, as he addressed…

CARCIP Grenada to issue second call for applicants for EC$150,000 in grant funding

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Up to EC$150,000 in grant funding is available to Grenadians with businesses or business ideas, through the Caribbean Regional Communication Infrastructure Program (CARCIP). The government of Grenada will announce a second call for applications for…

British overseas territories take small step towards transparency

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LONDON, England — On Thursday, the UK’s Overseas Territories announced that they would put information on the people who ultimately own and control companies – so-called beneficial owners – in centralised registries ‘or similarly effective systems’, representing a small step towards…

Not enough gender analysis in policy design and resource allocation, says Caribbean study

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — There is greater need for polices that increase productivity across the private sector, and which place special emphasis on women-owned businesses. This, as the results of an Inter-American Development Bank/Compete Caribbean study show that women-owned…

Aruba introduces digital embarkation and disembarkation card

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ORANJESTAD, Aruba — Effective December 1, 2015, Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA), Aruba Immigration Services (IASA) and Gamma has introduced a new service to the island’s visitors. As a country that continually strives for the pursuit of innovation and modernization in guest services,

Commentary: Paris talks on climate change to avert an apocalypse? Hardly…

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Listening to talks at this Paris conference, which convened on Monday, you could be forgiven for thinking that the clear and present danger the world faces is climate change, not Islamic terrorism. Except that, to anyone who knows anything about the global effort to combat climate change…

Commentary: Small states facing a slide to catastrophe

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The success of the current climate change conference in Paris for small states will be judged by only two criteria: the limiting of global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, and firm and binding commitments by the industrialised nations to provide financing for adaptation and mitigation…

Letter: Election things that make me go ‘Hmmm’

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The “Silly Season” is upon us in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) as elections draw near, my mind wanders and make me go “hmmm.” In particular, the Unity Labour Party (ULP) slogans “Four in a Row,” “Labour Loves You,” and “Ask Ralph” make me go “hmmm”! Four in a Row For almost 15 years…

Letter: The current futile war against the out of control crime and corruption in The Bahamas

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In light of disclosed facts to all and sundry, there is no ambiguity in the commissioner’s statement, “I’ll tell you I’m not surprised (about the amount of murders). Despite our best intentions, I foreshadowed this many months ago when I gave you an interview and I said if we do not change our trajectory…

Sixteen additional FIFA officials indicted in US for racketeering conspiracy and corruption

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NEW YORK, USA — A 92-count superseding indictment was unsealed on Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, charging an additional 16 defendants with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies, among other offences, in connection with their participation in…