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Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


Dominica government signs housing contract financed by CBI program

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ROSEAU, Dominica — Acting prime minister of Dominica, Rayburn Blackmoore, announced on Thursday that 316 residential units will be constructed, commencing July 1, for displaced residents of Petite Savanne following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.

IDB hosts Capitol Hill event on US-Caribbean strategic engagement

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WASHINGTON, USA — On June 15, 2016, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA) co-hosted an event on Capitol Hill on “Opportunities and Challenges for the United States and Caribbean Region”. A highlight of this IDB-CCAA event…

Lawyers argue over jail time in Bahamas bribe case

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NASSAU, Bahamas — The public humiliation that former Bahamas Electricity Corporation board member Fred Ramsey endured during his trial on bribery charges and his subsequent conviction is sufficient punishment for his crime, his lawyer, Wayne Munroe, QC, argued on Friday.

US businessman pleads guilty to charges in Venezuela bribery scheme

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HOUSTON, USA — The owner of multiple US-based energy companies pleaded guilty on Thursday to foreign bribery and tax charges for his role in a scheme to corruptly secure energy contracts from Venezuela’s state-owned and state-controlled energy company, Petroleos de Venezuela.

IMF approves US$80 million disbursement to Jamaica

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WASHINGTON, USA — On Friday, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the combined 11th and 12th reviews under the extended arrangement under the extended fund facility (EFF) for Jamaica. The completion of the reviews enabled the disbursement…

Bermuda’s former premier speaks out against ‘politically motivated’ arrest of medical official

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HAMILTON, Bermuda — Former premier Dr Ewart Brown told journalists in Bermuda on Friday that he felt compelled to speak out because of what he described as the unjust and unwarranted arrest of Dr Mahesh Reddy, chief medical officer at Brown’s company Bermuda Healthcare Services.

Reparations issue important to Barbados, says PM

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has reiterated that “the reparations issue is not based on a diplomacy of protest, but on a diplomacy of engagement”. Stuart made the comments recently, while chairing a meeting of reparation stakeholders.

New Caribbean shark sanctuaries boost regional protections

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MAHO, St Maarten — Sharks are safer across the Caribbean Sea with the announcement of four new shark sanctuaries in the region. Prime Minister William Marlin of St Maarten and Wayne Panton, minister of financial services, commerce, and environment for the Cayman Islands last week…

Drug abuse a public health not criminal issue, says new UK report

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LONDON, England (CNS) — A new report by leading public health bodies in the UK is urging a fundamental shift in the approach towards the criminalising of drug use. The Royal Society for Public Health and the Faculty of Public Health are calling for the personal possession and use…

New zika response strategy to focus on preventing, managing medical complications

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GENEVA, Switzerland — The United Nations health agency on Friday issued a revised strategic response plan for the next one and a half years to combat the transmission of the zika virus, which has now spread to 60 countries. The zika strategic response plan from July 2016 to December 2017…

Marketing Strategies Today: Google Analytics simplified

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Google Analytics is a very powerful tool for a statistics overview, and there has been a lot of confusion with its understanding. Once this mystery is solved, there is no other tool as powerful and efficient. There are four components of Google Analytics: 1. “Vanilla” Google Analytics tracking.

Commentary: A cabinet of ill-defined intentions in St Lucia

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English poet Robert Browning said, “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?” In other words, suggesting that, in order to achieve anything worthwhile, we should attempt even those things that may turn out to have been impossible. The current narrative…

Commentary: Orlando 2016: A case of terrorism targeting new categories of people

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So, it happened again. On June 12, 2016, another Muslim militant, this time Omar Mateen, an American citizen of Afghan origin, a self-declared ISIS-inspired fighter, and a registered Democrat (a detail the press does not want to emphasize), opened fire in a gay club in the city of Orlando, Florida.

Commentary: The dubious impact of Chinese investment in Latin America

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Much has been made of increased Chinese investment in Latin America, though it is still dwarfed by overall American and Spanish involvement in the region. The initiative China has shown in its efforts to develop the Americas has been admirable. However, as China’s recent foray into…

Letter: Immunity from prosecution doesn’t stop the OAS giving evidence if it chooses to do so

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With regard to the SVG general election on December 9, 2015, the OAS representatives commented on irregularities at the Layou recount and mentioned so in their report on the elections. It cannot be right and it cannot be democratic to refuse to give evidence before a court of enquiry.

Letter: Belize Progressive Party vehemently protests OAS resolution

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The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) expresses its vehement condemnation of the recent, draft declaration on the resolution passed by the Organisation of American States (OAS) at its 46th Regular Assembly, held in the Dominican Republic. The resolution, which speaks to the commitment…

West Indies and England for three-match ODI series in early 2017

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua — The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the England Cricket Board (ECB) have announced that West Indies will host England in a three-match one-day international series from February to March 2017.  The teams will play the first two matches at the Sir Vivian…

St Lucian youth selected for international youth leadership forum

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CASTRIES, St Lucia — Canaries native and youth leader Vernet Longville will soon be taking the trip of a lifetime to Lyon in France to represent Saint Lucia and the Caribbean at a prestigious international youth forum. Longville, a young teacher at the Canaries Infant School, has been…