Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


British newspaper links Dominica baroness to ‘vile despots’

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LONDON, England — Baroness Scotland of Asthal, the successful “Caribbean” candidate for the post of Commonwealth secretary general at last November’s heads of government meeting in Malta, appears to have evolved from an earlier soubriquet of “Baroness Shameless”…

Suriname and Turkey to expand economic cooperation

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ISTANBUL, Turkey — On the sidelines of the just concluded 13th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Istanbul last week, foreign minister Niermala Badrising of Suriname used the forum to plug economic diplomacy by seeking foreign direct investment for her country.

Former Cayman Islands football chief ‘regrets’ illegal conduct in guilty plea

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — When Jeffrey Webb pleaded guilty in a New York court last year, the disgraced former Cayman Islands football hero admitted using his position as the former president of CIFA and CONCACAF and vice president of FIFA for his own personal benefit.

US urges regional governments to issue citizenship only to bona fide applicants

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — Do not issue citizenship to foreigners unless you are confident beyond a reasonable doubt that the individual is a bona fide applicant. That pointed advice to Caribbean nations with citizenship by investment programmes came from the United States.

CDC concludes zika causes microcephaly and other birth defects

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ATLANTA, USA — Scientists at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded, after careful review of existing evidence, that the zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. In the report published in the New England Journal of Medicine…

$10 million in illegal narcotics seized in Caribbean drug bust

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MIAMI, USA — The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Dependable conducted three separate international and inter-agency counter narcotics operations that resulted in the seizure of approximately 325 kilograms of cocaine, 600 pounds of marijuana and apprehension of 15 suspected…

OECS tourism ministers to meet in Antigua-Barbuda

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua — The third Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Council of Ministers meeting on tourism matters will be convened under the theme: OECS Economic Union: Tourism, driving Growth and Development. Some key aspects to be discussed…

Jamaica looks to multi-destination marketing deal with Cuba and Dominican Republic

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Jamaica’s tourism officials will meet with their counterparts in Cuba and the Dominican Republic this week to finalise an arrangement for the multi-destination marketing of the countries. Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, made the disclosure at the opening of…

Cruise line continues talks with Cuba

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MIAMI, USA — Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest leisure travel company, is continuing discussions with Cuba to allow cruise ships to operate in the same manner as current air charter operations, which transport Cuba-born individuals to and from Cuba. Fathom will begin sailing…

Hurricane hunter aircraft visits BVI on awareness tour

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ROAD TOWN, BVI — The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron known as the Hurricane Hunters of the US Air Force Reserve and a team from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Hurricane Centre made their inaugural visit to the British Virgin Islands last week.

Let’s Talk Business: Why companies still aren’t getting talent management right

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There is a common misconception that, in a negative economy where unemployment rates are high, companies need not worry about losing their top talent. Some employers may even believe that employees are happy to just “have a job”. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Commentary: Balancing the interest of foreign investors against the national interests of SVG

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In a letter: “Canouan – The curse of foreign investors and their investment” written by Allan H. Palmer and published on April 6, 2016 in Caribbean News Now, Mr Palmer opined: “When I look at Mustique, and especially Canouan, I remember Guyana and Africa. I have never thought that…

Commentary: Grenada Constitutional Reform: Forms and objects

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Caribbean Constitutional Law luminary, Dr Francis Alexis QC, chairman of the Constitution Reform Advisory Committee (CRAC), recently published “Process in Constitution Reform: Forms and Objects”, which also appears on the Internet. The publication can be regarded as a…

Commentary: Not so refreshing now is it?

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Gone are the days of walking outside just to get a breath of fresh air. In reality, that breath of so-called “fresh” air is accompanied by thousands of health damaging air pollutants that puts your body at a high risk for many associated diseases. Not so refreshing now is it? As you may be aware…

Letter: How the PNM left Moody’s with no choice

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The announcement by Moody’s of the credit rating downgrade of the Trinidad and Tobago economy from Baa2 to Baa3, and change of the long term outlook to negative, came with an unmistakable ‘inevitability’; we all knew the shoe was going to drop, but we simply could not figure out when.

Letter: We, the people

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Society is formed as groups of groups with multiple rooms of ideological walls, floors and ceilings, each with doors, inviting access and escape, and windows, allowing views and voices. Consider a ground floor housing the poor and uneducated, upper floors are for the middle classes and…

One Trinidadian gymnast’s Olympic dream is killed, while another’s is born

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — The sport of gymnastics, so beautiful to watch, is, sadly, no stranger to ugly goings-on off the floor. That has certainly been the case with Trinidad and Tobago’s gymnastics fraternity in the cut-throat lead-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics Test Event, which began…