Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


Jamaica PM-elect pledges responsive and accountable government

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Prime minister-elect, Andrew Holness, said he intends to lead a responsive government that is accountable to the Jamaican people. “We are under no illusions as to the ability of the Jamaican people to hold their government to account.”

OAS and CARICOM missions report on Jamaica’s general elections

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) to the February 25 general parliamentary elections in Jamaica highlighted good practices and formulated recommendations to further assist the country in its efforts to continue…

CDB urges regional governments to DECIDE

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has pointed to an urgent need for broad policy initiatives, including labour market reform and investment in developing the skills of potential workers to move regional economies forward. In a presentation at the bank’s…

Utility management company sold after signing $10 million contract with Bahamas

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Just over two weeks after PowerSecure International signed a management service agreement (MSA) with the Bahamas government to transform the electricity sector, that company has been sold to Atlanta-based Southern Company for $431 million.

BVI and UK discuss strategies to tackle cross-border crime

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ROAD TOWN, BVI — As a follow up to meetings in London in December of last year’s Joint Ministerial Council, and in response to an invitation from premier and minister of finance, Dr Orlando Smith, senior representatives from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the National…

Suriname credit ratings downgraded; outlook negative

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NEW YORK, USA — Fitch Ratings has downgraded Suriname’s long-term foreign and local currency issuer default ratings (IDRs) to ‘B+’ from ‘BB-‘. The rating outlook is revised to negative from stable. The country ceiling has been downgraded to ‘B+’ from ‘BB-‘. The short-term…

IMPACT Justice hosts community mediation training in Grenada

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BRIDGETOWN, Bridgetown — Police officers, community activists, educators, business persons and social workers are among a group of 35 persons to receive training as community mediators under the Canadian government-funded, Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean…

Commentary: The View from Europe: The good, the bad and the ugly – Mr Trump and the Caribbean

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Globalisation touches us all. Its reach extends far beyond economic issues. It has in just a few decades made industries, markets, cultures, policy-making and criminality interconnected in ways previously unknown. As global networks have spread, trade and investment, communications…

Commentary: Haiti: 1956-2016

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An anatomy of a 30-year dictatorship followed by a 30-year struggle to build a democracy • December 6, 1956, President Paul Eugène Magloire lost power and went into exile after what many call the era of the Golden Age of Haiti; although General Magloire came into power after…

Commentary: Bullying and crime reduction demand a relevant strategy!

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At about 8.30 am on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, pandemonium broke out in the hallways of a Toronto suburban area high school where an alleged 14 year old, grade nine girl, whipped out two knives and indiscriminately attacked students, wounding six (mostly all girls) and three staff.

Letter: Let them eat chicken back and neck and drink strong rum

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“Let them eat cake” is the traditional translation of the French expression “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche”, supposedly spoken by an unknown aristocrat after learning that poor people had no bread. Since brioche was a luxury bread enriched with butter and eggs, the quote reflected…

Open letter to President Obama

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I congratulate you from the bottom of my heart for having reopened diplomatic relations with Cuba. It is certainly one of the most important legacies of your presidency.  I am the former Haitian Ambassador in Japan (1991-2003) and  I have been…