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Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines


General elections in Trinidad and Tobago set for September 7

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, announced in Parliament on Friday that general elections will be held on Monday, September 7, 2015. Parliament will automatically be dissolved on Tuesday, June 16.

Hundreds of workers remain in limbo at Bahamas megaresort as CEO returns to China

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Baha Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian has returned to China amid increasing uncertainty over the fate of the megaresort in The Bahamas. Izmirlian met with partners in China multiple times this year to discuss the issues that are preventing the property from opening. He was in China just…

 

Trinidad MP responds to British comedian’s television roast

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Embattled Trinidad member of parliament, Jack Warner, has responded to a short segment by British comedian John Oliver, aired on Trinidad’s TV6, in which he excoriated the former FIFA vice president over his alleged role in a massive corruption scandal linked to the world’s…

 

Antigua-Barbuda appoints Chinese billionaire as ambassador-at-large

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda and minister of finance and corporate governance, Gaston Browne, on Wednesday appointed Chinese billionaire Xiao Jianhua as ambassador-at-large for Antigua and Barbuda. In presenting the letter of appointment to Xiao…

Election observer mission praises BVI 2015 election process

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ROAD TOWN, BVI — The international election observer mission has praised the British Virgin Islands election process, calling it genuine, vibrant and competitive. At a press conference held on Wednesday, Stephen Rodan, head of mission for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association British Islands…

Jamaican PM calls for change in middle income status

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BRUSSELS, Belgium (JIS) — Prime minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson Miller, has pressed for changes to be made to the existing classification of some developing countries as “middle income”. She noted that the classification has prevented these countries from accessing greater levels of funding.

 

Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago sign trade cooperation accord

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HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — The chambers of commerce of Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago signed a bilateral cooperation accord in Havana on Thursday, to exchange information on investment opportunities and the main products on offer in their respective markets. Cuban Chamber of Commerce president…

 

Budget will continue to stimulate economic growth, says Barbados finance minister

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — As Barbadians wait to hear what the 2015 financial statement and budgetary proposals portend for them, they are being told to expect a continuation of government’s fiscal programme, which has had success in turning the economy around. The island’s minister of finance…

 

Antigua-Barbuda and Japan sign agreements for grant aid

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne, on the eve of his Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party’s (ABLP) first anniversary in office, signed two grant aid agreements in the areas of fisheries and disaster reduction with Japanese vice-minister for foreign affairs, Takashi Uto.

 

Floridians mostly in favour of expanded trade with Cuba

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SAINT LEO, USA — Sixty-three percent of Floridians approve of the Obama administration relaxing trade policies with communist-controlled Cuba, and 58 percent are at least somewhat supportive of having direct ferry or cruise ship service from US ports, a new survey from the Saint Leo University…

 

Improving access to justice in the Caribbean

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Caribbean governments and judges are set to benefit from a new initiative to boost participation in international legal conventions, which will help improve access to justice for citizens.  The Commonwealth Secretariat is working with other partners to promote…

 

Commentary: The View from Europe: Looking to the future

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In North America and Europe there are from time to time international conferences that quietly enable new thinking. It is mostly an unseen process whereby governments, foundations or think tanks facilitate conversations, in ways that variously attempt to address intractable problems such as those…

 

Commentary: PPP suffers setback in Guyana elections

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Guyana witnessed a change in administration after the ruling People’s Progressive Party-Civic (PPP) lost by a mere one percent of the votes to an alliance of opposition parties comprising A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) in the general elections held on May 11.

 

Commentary: Customer service non-existent in government

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Customer service is an oxymoron in government at all levels: federal, state, county and city. It is getting so bad that soon it will be non-existent. I applauded Rep. Henry Cuellar (R-Texas) when he recognized this and introduced the Government Customer Service Improvement Act, which passed the US…

 

Letter: SVG, mouth open and the truth of the reparation story jump out!

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Old folks have a saying, “Mouth open, story jump out!” What happened at the prime minister’s press conference last week in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), you can’t make this stuff up! Was it a case of mouth open and Garifuna issues jump out? Or was it another case of foot in mouth disease?

 

Letter: The National Destruction Plan (NDP) of Arnhim Eustace: The Garifuna dilemma

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Instead of focusing on economics, his academic and professional field of expertise, and developing a comprehensive and innovative plan to help address many of the issues that he and his ardent supporters highlight incessantly about the state of our nation, the Honourable Arnhim Eustace, leader of the…