Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


Obama calls on US Congress to lift Cuba embargo

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — One of the ways to help Cubans is that the US Congress should lift the embargo once and for all, US President Barack Obama reiterated on Monday, during an official visit to the Caribbean island until Tuesday. As part of his agenda in Havana…

Caribbean-China consultations underway in Barbados

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — The sixth round of the Caribbean-China consultations held in Barbados was highlighted as an excellent opportunity for Caribbean countries and China to explore ways in which they could cooperate to address various challenges.

Zika: ‘The more we know the worse things look,’ UN health agency chief reports

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GENEVA, Switzerland — The head of the United Nations health agency on Tuesday reported that, in less than a year, the status of the zika virus has changed from “a mild medical curiosity” to a disease with severe public health implications, warning that “the more we know the worse things look.”

St Kitts-Nevis citizenship unit stronger after necessary reforms, says PM

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts — Prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris, made the recently improved Citizenship-by-Investment Unit a focus of his press conference last Tuesday, March 15. Harris affirmed that “Our CIU is now open for legitimate business. It is now administratively…

CDB funds training for food service professionals in Dominica

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ROSEAU, Dominica — As the government of Dominica focuses on enhancing its hospitality sector and improving opportunities for tourism investment, it is driving initiatives to provide best-practice training for local food service businesses. From March 21 to 23, 2016, 30 environmental health…

Grenada represented at international sea turtle symposium

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LIMA, Peru — Kate Charles, Ocean Spirits project manager, represented Grenada at the 36th annual symposium on sea turtle biology and conservation, hosted by International Sea Turtle Society in Lima, Peru, during March. For three and a half decades the annual event has brought together…

Cruise line granted approval to visit Cuba

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MIAMI, USA — Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest leisure travel company, has been granted approval by Cuba for the company to begin travel to the island starting on May 1, 2016. Following US authorization granted in July 2015, Carnival is now cleared to operate the 704-passenger…

Cuba tourism predicted to drive regional airport traffic growth

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NEW YORK, USA — The normalization of relations between the US and Cuba will result in a higher number of travelers for Havana’s airport and will raise leisure-oriented enplanements at several US airports including Miami, Fitch Ratings says. “We believe two airports in the Caribbean region…

Let’s Talk Business: Gender equality; is it all wishful thinking?

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The case for gender equality seems never ending. CEOs are being coached on how to approach gender equality; some governments are tackling the issue through legislation but are we getting any closer? Or are we fooling ourselves when it comes to equal pay for equal work?

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Are there possible ramifications for Barbados?

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It has now been around five months since Marriott set out to acquire Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc., initially at a price of US$10.8 billion, which would create a new world’s largest lodging group with a mind boggling 1.1 million rooms, 5,500 hotels spread across over 30 brands.

Commentary: The Local Government Elections: A referendum on Guyana’s political condition

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Many observers, including the government and the opposition PPP, framed the recent local government elections (LGE) as a referendum on the APNU+AFC coalition’s performance in government. In many respects it is a characterization that’s difficult to avoid. Coming mere months after…

Commentary: President Obama in Cuba, another step for the normalization of relations

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Since the White House’s announcement of the normalization of bilateral relations with Cuba in December 2014, the Obama administration has been accelerating a widely acclaimed “new course on Cuba.” On March 20, President Obama and the first lady began their historic visit to Cuba.

Letter: St Vincent’s place in the world of travel

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Amid fears about lower than expected world economic growth, the best travel news for 2015 turned out to be that it was a record-breaking year for global tourist visits. “International tourism grew by 4.4 percent last year to a record 1.184 billion as calculated by overnight visitors to international…

Letter: I am shocked at this racially-charged commentary a national newspaper

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I have just finished reading Professor Theodore Lewis’s commentary in Tuesday’s issue of the Trinidad Express “Roget picking up Ramlogan’s fire rage” with great incredulity and I can only say I am shocked that this racially-charged commentary was printed in a national newspaper.

Letter: Why African Americans should vote for Trump

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For the last 40 years government policies aimed at African Americans have helped create crumbling, crime ridden, drug invested, urban communities with little to no real job or educational opportunities. Low income rural areas have been forgotten. If African Americans think the solution…

Martinique welcomes worldwide sport competitions

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NEW YORK, USA — Martinique, the Caribbean island with French flair, the Island of Flowers and the Rum Capital of the world is well known for its enchanting sceneries, its strong heritage, delightful gastronomy and much more. Recently, the Island has become a desirable location for…