Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


Protesters close down Bermuda House of Assembly

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HAMILTON, Bermuda — Bermuda’s House of Assembly was closed down on Monday after legislators were locked out by protesters who formed a cordon around the building in a continuing protest against the government’s proposed immigration legislation.

Commerce secretary and US entrepreneurs to accompany Obama to Cuba

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will travel to Cuba with business persons from her country, as part of the delegation accompanying President Barack Obama during his visit to the island on March 20-22. A communiqué issued by the US Commerce…

Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre: Leading the regional response to climate change

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Since its inception in 2014, the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre (CCIC) programme has been leading the way in developing a regionally integrated approach to solving the Caribbean’s climate, energy, and resource challenges. The CCIC programme…

USVI reports four new zika cases

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ST CROIX, USVI — The US Virgin Islands Department of Health has confirmed four additional cases of zika on St Croix, bringing the total to 11 cases. No new cases of dengue were reported this week; the total remains seven confirmed dengue cases. “The Department of Health also…

Owner of Costa Rican call centre sentenced to nine years in prison for sweepstakes scam

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CHARLOTTE, USA — A dual US-Costa Rican citizen was sentenced on Monday to 108 months in prison for his role in a $1.88 million sweepstakes fraud scheme that victimized hundreds of elderly US residents. Geoffrey Alexander Ramer, 36, formerly of Falls Church, Virginia, was also…

Caribbean tests tsunami warning system

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PARIS, France — A tsunami early warning exercise will take place in the countries of the Caribbean Sea on Thursday. The purpose of the test is to identify possible weaknesses in the tsunami and other coastal hazards warning system for the Caribbean and adjacent regions, which was established…

OECS agriculture officials meet in Dominica

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ROSEAU, Dominica — The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, recently convened a meeting of the OECS Agriculture Focal Points in Roseau, Dominica. The Focal Points were…

Commentary: Airbnb and Caribbean tourism: Equaliser, destabiliser or partner?

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Beyond the impact of the zika virus, the opening of Cuba to US travellers and the warnings of an economic slowdown by the International Monetary Fund and others, the Caribbean faces in Airbnb a phenomena that poses a challenge to the status quo. One need not look too far to see…

Commentary: Why some political issues in Grenada do not concern me or affect me

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A lot of political issues in Grenada do not concern me, neither affect me, so I do not have anything to worry about. Most of the issues making political headlines in the spice-isle nation are orchestrated by politicians, who have their own political agenda. And if you ask them why they accept…

Commentary: The groovy soca brand

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“Sweet soca music” or “groovy soca” has arrested my interest, as a cultural enthusiast, for a long time. I have stated, in a previously published commentary, that this brand of music is the future of soca. In this paper, I will endeavour to highlight the people and the songs that, in my view…

Letter: Save Camerhogne Park, save the Rex Grenadian

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As a citizen of Grenada, I am concerned about a trend currently taking shape in our country. Our island has a long and rich history of preserving our heritage and wildlife, but our government is beginning to abandon this principle. Plans to overtake Camerhogne Park, for the development of…

Letter: Remembering our cooperative heritage and Thomas Saunders

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Thomas M Saunders has left us a significant legacy regarding the cooperative movement in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). He documented his experiences in a booklet called “Reflections on the Beginning of the Cooperative Movement in St Vincent and the Grenadines,”…

British bike champions head for Barbados Festival of Speed

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BUSHY PARK, Barbados — Former British Superbike Champion Tommy Hill and multiple British Supersport Champion Stuart Easton are the first British bike racers confirmed for the inaugural Barbados Festival of Speed at Bushy Park on May 8. They will join three-time Formula 1…