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Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


Jamaica diplomats implicated in suppressing press freedom

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WASHINGTON, USA — The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), a government agency tasked with promoting foreign inward investment to Jamaica, may have implicated the Jamaican diplomatic corps in Washington, DC, in what appears to be a blatant attempt…

Venezuelans named in Panama Papers to be investigated, says president

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MIAMI, USA — Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has asked the country’s chief prosecutor to investigate all Venezuelans whose names appear in the so-called “Panama Papers” – over 11 million leaked documents that originated with a Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca.

Pretrial hearing postponed in criminal case against former Antigua-Barbuda UN official

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NEW YORK, USA — A continuance has been granted in the ongoing bribery case against the former permanent representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, John Ashe. A previously scheduled pretrial conference for April 8 was adjourned to May 5 at the request…

JAMPRO denies involvement in fraudulent investment scheme

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) has refuted media reports that it claims allege its involvement in a $10 million fraudulent investment scheme linked to Mark Jones, the part owner and former director of a business process outsourcing (BPO) entity.

Secret, nonpublic branches of major international banks exist in Panama

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MIAMI, USA — The offices of two “closed door” banks have been identified at the Global Bank Tower, located on Calle 50, in downtown Panama City, as part of the underground aspect of Panama’s banking structure. One is a major international Swiss bank, UBS, a familiar name. 

IDB study says $1.8 billion needed to end poor housing conditions in the Caribbean

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WASHINGTON, USA — Approximately US$1.8 billion would be needed to end poor housing conditions currently endured by 1 million residents in The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, according to a new Inter-American Development Bank report.

US Coast Guard rescues ten people southwest of Freeport, Bahamas

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MIAMI, USA — Ten people were rescued from a 30-foot vessel that was taking on water southwest of Freeport, Bahamas, on Saturday. Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders received a request for assistance from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) around 7:30 am on Saturday.

Trinidad reports two new zika cases, confirmed total now eleven

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The ministry of health in Trinidad and Tobago, following consultation with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), has reported that two additional cases of the zika virus in Trinidad have been confirmed. This brings the total number of confirmed…

Caribbean Fisheries Forum meets to discuss emerging challenges

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BELIZE CITY, Belize (CRFM) — Fisheries experts from across the Caribbean region travelled to Guyana last week for the 14th meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum — the primary technical deliberative body of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM). The Forum met…

Dutch national ombudsman representatives visiting Statia and Saba this week

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — This week, the representatives of the National Ombudsman will be visiting St Eustatius (Statia) and Saba once more. Every citizen with complaints about the functioning of the government can visit during consultation hours. Reinier van Zutphen, the National Ombudsman…

Marketing Strategies Today: Seven tools and tips for social media marketers

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Do you need to streamline your daily social media tasks? Looking for tools to increase visibility? The right apps can make a world of difference in the life of a busy social media marketer. In this article you’ll discover seven of the top tools and tips shared. #1: BuzzSumo Chrome Extension

Commentary: Tourism Matters: The cost of travel fraud

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For those unfamiliar with TravelMole, to use the company’s own description, it was the first online community for the travel and tourism industry established in 1998. Across their various divisions they publish 15 regular e-newsletters and broadcast hundreds of videos to over 450,000…

Commentary: Stern test for Lennox Linton on April 24

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For months now I have been writing as a patriotic Dominican of the absolute need in a healthy democracy to have win-win options for the electorate at the polls. I have tested my own political acumen in nationalistic Trinidad and Tobago where I have made my bed since 1976.

Letter: A matter of public interest

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This letter is a response to articles in the Barbados media discussing the concerns of the minister of finance about the urgent necessity of reducing recurrent government expenditures, as well as the concerns of the minister of health about the high and unsustainable costs of our hospital…

Letter: Seven American elephants

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There are many elephants in the room of US contemporary history. Even the most radical, underground, left, alternative or oppositional (Russian TV for example) are coy about naming these elephants; to name them is to get to the heart of what the US really is. But have no doubt…