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Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


US releases 2015 human rights report

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WASHINGTON, USA — On Wednesday, the US State Department released its 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which include a number of countries in the Caribbean region. Speaking to reporters Secretary of State John Kerry emphasised that…

Suriname foreign minister in Istanbul for Islamic summit; Guyana absent

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ISTANBUL, Turkey — The foreign minister of Suriname, Niermala Badrising, is in Turkey representing President Desi Bouterse at the 13th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit, which commenced on Wednesday under the theme “Unity and Solidarity for Justice and Peace”.

Authorities move to address terrorist threat reports in Virgin Islands

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ST THOMAS, USVI — Local and federal authorities moved swiftly on Thursday to address reports spreading throughout the Us Virgin Islands about a possible terrorist threat in the US or British Virgin Islands, said VI Territorial Emergency Management Agency director, Mona Barnes.

USAID announces $30 million challenge to combat zika

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WASHINGTON, USA — On Wednesday, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) launched Combating Zika and Future Threats: A Grand Challenge for Development, calling innovators around the world to submit groundbreaking ideas to enhance the ability to respond to the…

CDC issues zika-related travel advisory for St Lucia

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ATLANTA, USA — On Wednesday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted a zika virus travel notice for Saint Lucia following reports of local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection on the island. Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area…

Bondholders withdraw restraining order against Puerto Rico development bank

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NEW YORK, USA — Substantial holders of outstanding bonds of the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico (GDB) have withdrawn their request for a temporary restraining order (TRO) in the wake of an executive order signed by Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla.

Minimum wage hike will have positive economic impact on USVI, say experts

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ST THOMAS, USVI — The increase to the territory’s minimum wage and recent raises authorized by the Mapp-Potter administration for thousands of government employees will have a positive “multiplier effect” on the US Virgin Islands economy as most of those higher wages will be…

Twenty-one individuals indicted for violating RICO Act in Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A 17 count federal indictment was unsealed on Thursday in the District of Puerto Rico charging 21 defendants with racketeering, conspiracy to commit bank robbery, burglary and larceny, interference with commerce by robbery, carjacking, conspiracy to…

Stakeholders set path for establishment of regional creative industries body

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Caribbean is renowned worldwide for its creative culture, including music, folklore, crafts, festivals and carnivals. Despite making some progress in developing the cultural and creative sectors, the region has lagged in translating its creativity into…

A ‘deep and disturbing’ decline in media freedom reported

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PARIS, France — The 2016 edition of the World Press Freedom Index, which Reporters Without Borders (RSF) will publish on 20 April, shows that there has been a deep and disturbing decline in respect for media freedom at both the global and regional levels. Ever since the 2013 index…

US citizen missing in Nicaragua

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NEW YORK, USA — Connecticut resident Bildeli Hernandez has asked the US embassy in Nicaragua to search for her father who has been missing since Monday after making plans to fly to Managua to meet a female who he met on Facebook. William Hernandez, 46, of Waterbury…

Cayman Airways announces fleet modernization plan

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands — Cayman Airways has received approval from the Cayman Islands government to proceed with its fleet modernization plan. This plan will commence in the fourth quarter of this year and will see the airline’s current fleet of 122-seat Boeing 737-300…

Compliance Matters: CRS and FATCA – both combat tax evasion

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We know that large amounts of money all over the world are kept “elsewhere”, or “other where”, and go untaxed as Taxpayers fall short of complying with their tax obligation in their home jurisdictions. We also know that FATCA was established to fight tax evasion from USA individuals…

Book review: The iPINIONS Journal – Commentaries on the Global Events of 2015 by Anthony L. Hall

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Caribbean News Now op-ed columnist Anthony Hall embarks on his eleventh annual retrospective compendium of insights and observations on the major events of our times with the publication of his latest edition – The iPINIONS Journal – Commentaries on the Global Events 2015…

Commentary: No quick fix in Haiti

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Peace and development will be endangered in Haiti if the United States and other nations insist that the interim government holds the second round of a truncated election for a president of the Republic without a verification process of the first round that took place on October 25 last year.

Commentary: Which way will the Empire State go? Hillary or Bernie?

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The mother of all primary battles, between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, has been joined. Mere days away from the New York primary, a Monmouth University survey found candidate Hillary Clinton at 51% in the state, compared with 39% that support Sanders. The same survey…

Letter: Of the CCJ and the Privy Council

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There is much anxiety, trepidation even, among the citizens and residents of Antigua and Barbuda, as the government has signaled its intention to hold a national referendum to determine whether the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council should be replaced by the Caribbean Court of Justice…

Open Letter: Stop the sale of 250 acres of beachfront land to white foreigners

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I write appealing to you as Chairman of the above named committee to use your good office to influence the ULP Administration of which you are a member, being a Senator and Speaker of the House of Assembly, not to sell that 250 acre plot of land at…

Puerto Del Rey Marina to host Puerto Rico regatta

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hoist the sails to Puerto del Rey Marina in Fajardo, this year’s host port for the 11th edition of the Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta (PRHIR). The PRHIR will be held on June 10-12, in the biggest marina in the Caribbean.  The regatta, organized by Heineken…