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Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


CARICOM heads hope to solve pressing issues

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — As heads of government from across the region prepare to gather in Barbados for their annual summit in two weeks, they will do so with hopes of solving some of the pressing issues that have taken centre stage in recent times.

Dominican Republic urged to refrain deporting stateless people

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GENEVA, Switzerland — The Dominican Republic must ensure that people whose citizenship was thrown into question by a 2013 ruling of the Constitutional Court will not be deported, the UN refugee agency said on Friday. “The Court’s ruling and the subsequent regularization plan, which gave individuals…

Minister refutes media claims that Antigua-Barbuda is not ready for solar energy

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Asot Michael, minister of tourism, economic development, investment and energy has responded to a recent media report indicating that Antigua and Barbuda was among a number of Caribbean states that were allegedly “not ready for solar energy”. Michael noted that…

Former Curacao prime minister to be tried on money laundering charges

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — The former prime minister of Curacao, Gerrit Schotte, must defend himself before the court starting on September 9 of this year, according to the judge on Thursday. Schotte is accused of forgery and money laundering. Schotte (40) is also accused of passive bribery and…

Passenger from Guyana arrested in possession of cocaine at JFK airport

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NEW YORK, USA — An arriving passenger from Guyana was looking to bake more than just a cake, as US Customs and Border Protection officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport discovered. On June 6, CBP officers stopped Alizah Zaneshia Henry, a United States citizen, who was arriving…

ECCB governor defends new banking regulations

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Sir Dwight Venner has defended the new banking regulations, which have attracted severe criticisms from players in the banking sector in the Eastern Caribbean. The regulations were fiercely protested in Antigua…

Yet another attempted theft from a visiting yacht in St Vincent

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CANOUAN, St Vincent — Yet another attempted theft from a visiting yacht has occurred in St Vincent, Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN) reported. On Wednesday, eight persons, including two female children, were sleeping onboard a Lagoon 440 Cat anchored just off the Tamarind Hotel.

Barbados government to address cell phone use in schools

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — Minister of education, science, technology and innovation, Ronald Jones, has hinted that changes will be coming in September to address the use of cell phones in schools in Barbados. Speaking on Thursday, the minister said this would not be in any wanton way.

Two more offshore banks reach resolutions with US Justice Department

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WASHINGTON, USA — The US Department of Justice announced on Friday that two more offshore banks, Bank Linth LLB AG (Bank Linth) and Bank Sparhafen Zurich AG (BSZ), have reached resolutions under the department’s Swiss Bank Program.  “With each agreement signed under the Swiss Bank…

IDB approves $300 million for the social and logistics sectors in Panama

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WASHINGTON, USA — The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved $300 million in loans to address two important areas for the development of Panamá: reduce social inequalities, with a special focus on extremely poor families, and strengthen the institutions and regulatory framework…

Commentary: To my brothers and sisters of the Caribbean News Now community

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I call you brothers and sisters because I have been with you for the past ten years. Having obtained my baccalaureate in Haiti in Law and International Affairs and later a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the School of Social Work in 1972, at Columbia University, I went on to earn a law degree.

The View from Europe: CARICOM’s continuing support in border dispute essential

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Every time that CARICOM heads of government meet, they include language in their final communiqué on the Guyana-Venezuela border dispute. However, at their encounter next month in Barbados the matter will no longer be about a dormant claim, but one that has come alive and is potentially dangerous.

Commentary: This morning, hundreds of thousands in the Dominican Republic woke up stateless

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Beginning this week, the Dominican Republic government will move forward with the deportation of an estimated 210,000 allegedly Haitian refugees living in the Dominican Republic (DR). A large majority of them have lived in the Dominican Republic for generations, have never visited Haiti or spoken Creole.

Letter: Jack and the Caribbean Beanstalk

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Although Jack Warner and FIFA’s melee is outside my area of special interest, in my younger years, Trinidad and Tobago was a cool island lime. Not too long ago, with age and preparation, this privilege has disappeared. But unable to get away from the news, there is Jack Warner on my TV…

Letter: Go SWOT yourself

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As man continues to push back the frontiers of knowledge, leaders who belong to the Jurassic Park of history are being left behind to wallow in self-pity and chase their elusive legacy like a mongoose chasing a rat. Whether they acknowledge it or not, the crop of Caribbean leaders who were born…

MVP title stolen in an arena full of eye witnesses

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — Call the FBI, CIA, Homeland Security; this is a matter of national security, call President Obama to issue an executive order… Call Interpol, call the voodoo priest, call the Chinese witch doctor, call Jerry Springer, call Fidel Castro, call Sylvester Stallone, Rambo and the Expendables!