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Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


CARICOM single market on the march, says Barbados PM

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — The single market component of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy is “on the march”, says Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, while the single economy element has been a little more challenging because it calls for more fundamental…

Turks and Caicos opposition MPs protest outside House of Assembly

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GRAND TURK, TCI — The opposition Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) members of parliament and others stood together with local residents in staging a demonstration outside the House of Assembly on Friday, June 19, 2015, to highlight neglect by the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government…

Suriname health sector gets Turkish government assistance

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PARAMARIBO, Suriname — The Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) on June 19 donated medical equipment and healthcare supplies to Suriname. The Suriname ministry of health was also provided with one ambulance, according to a press statement.

Venezuelan parliamentary elections to take place on December 6

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CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s electoral authority (CNE) announced on Monday that parliamentary elections will be held on December 6, contrary to opposition speculation that President Nicolas Maduro would suspend the vote. CNE president Tibisay Lucena said the elections were always…

Curacao health services paid $5 for ten-cent face masks in corruption case

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — The investigation into the so called Dubnium corruption case in Curacao has taken a different course now with the arrest of former minister of public health and current opposition member of parliament, Jacintha Constancia. The case involves the purchase of 40,000…

Barbados prepared to challenge EU blacklisting

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — Barbados is prepared to challenge a recent decision by members of the European Union (EU) to blacklist the country for being a non-cooperative tax jurisdiction, minister of international business, Donville Inniss, said during a press conference. “This issue is very critical…

OECS recruits new voices for climate change

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) — The realities of climate change, its current impact on the region, and ways to effectively share the message with the public were explored last week at a two-day symposium for private media and government communication personnel in St Kitts. The June 18-19…

Bottled water recalled due to possible contamination

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ONTARIO, USA — Niagara Bottling, a leading private-label water bottling company in the United States, has recalled certain batches of its bottled spring water due to possible contamination with E. coli bacteria. The affected product is spring water, not the purified water, manufactured at the company’s…

British retiree thankful to Health City Cayman Islands

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands — When Maurice Bloom retired to the Cayman Islands two and a half years ago from the United Kingdom, he was like many individuals who take their health for granted until a dramatic event reveals that all may not be well. For Bloom, that moment came recently when…

IDB inaugurates new Haiti country office on site of previous headquarters

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PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has inaugurated a new country office building in Haiti on the site of its previous headquarters, which was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. More than 200 guests attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, led by IDB president…

Bahamian motivational speaker emphasises character at school awards ceremony

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Bahamian born, international motivational speaker, corporate trainer, author and Bahamian Icon Award Nominee, Spence Finlayson, was the guest speaker at St Anne’s School fifth annual Good Character Award Ceremony held in the school auditorium. Finlayson, in his usual upbeat…

Kreyol Fashion Days 2015 end on a high note in Guadeloupe

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POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe — A particularly pleasing final fashion show concluded the Kreyol Fashion Days (KFD) 2015 in Guadeloupe. With more than 1,500 participants, for its second edition, the KFD Forum allowed companies and fashion designers to acquire information about the Caribbean market.

Joint effort creates first ever Kreyol alphabet, songs and videos

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TARPON SPRINGS, USA — The first ever Kreyòl (Haitian Creole) alphabet songs as educational videos have been created and made available online. The groundbreaking project is the result of collaboration between Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) linguistics professor Michel DeGraff and…

Commentary: Mass Confusion: Full citizenship or honorary citizenship for the Garinagu

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When, in New York, after several conference calls, Mr Arnhim Eustace used the term honorary citizenship to describe his response to the Garifuna issues that had been put before him, I was absolutely bowled over by the concept he had suddenly, without warning, introduced. The bells immediately began…

Commentary: Grenada’s Electricity Supply Act 2015

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What are the stated purposes of the proposed Electricity Supply Act? A. Reduction of the percentage of fossil fuel (diesel fired) generation with benefits of • reduced foreign exchange expenditure per unit of electricity produced • a reduction in the quantity of carbon dioxide gas originating from…

Letter: Numbers deny slavery holocaust claims

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One of the reasons why it is being claimed that there was a holocaust during slavery is the number of slaves sent to the British Caribbean compared to the number of slaves who were alive in 1834. The “small” fraction of remaining slaves has been cited as a good case for these holocaust claims.

Letter: What about the infamous ‘Guyanese bench’?

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I wish to commend the Barbados Today for the editorial published on June 20, 2015, titled “Haitians merit justice like everyone else”. While reading this piece, I was immersed in joy with a little bit of reservation that the fourth estate is once again putting itself ahead of the snail-paced and, often times…