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Stopped by ICE: You Have Rights!

Stopped by Immigration: You Have Rights. Know Them. Use Them.

If you are stopped by Police Officers, Immigration Agents or other public authorities, you have rights. It does not matter if you entered the country by crossing the border in Mexico, if you are an overstay, green card holder or citizen. As long as you are within the borders of the United States, you have rights. Know them. Use them. ... read more


AIDS claimed 1 million lives in 2016 —UN

AIDS claimed a million lives in 2016, almost half the 2005 toll that marked the peak of the deadly epidemic, said a UN report Thursday proclaiming "the scales have tipped". Not only are new HIV infections and deaths declining, but more people than ever are on life-saving treatment, according to data published ahead of an AIDS science conference opening in Paris on Sunday. ... read more


CARICOM, UN to strengthen cooperation at New York meeting

Cooperation between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United Nations (UN) System will be further strengthened around several issues including climate change, security, human development, health and education at the Ninth CARICOM-United Nations General Meeting this week. ... read more


Jamaica ranked #1 for cyber security in the Caribbean

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Today the World celebrates the memory and legacy of the first black president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. The United Nations has marked July 18, Mandela's birthday as "International Nelson Mandela Day" Mandela, also known as 'Madiba', devoted his life to the service of humanity and socio-political equality in his native South Africa. ... read more

TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017

World celebrates Nelson Mandela Day today

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Today the World celebrates the memory and legacy of the first black president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. The United Nations has marked July 18, Mandela's birthday as "International Nelson Mandela Day" Mandela, also known as 'Madiba', devoted his life to the service of humanity and socio-political equality in his native South Africa. ... read more

MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017

Accused Jamaican lottery scam 'kingpin' to plead guilty

NORTH DAKOTA, United States (AP) — A Jamaican man accused of masterminding a lottery scam that victimised dozens of Americans out of millions of dollars has agreed to plead guilty in a deal with federal prosecutors in North Dakota. The agreement signed by the defence and prosecutors on Friday calls for Lavrick Willocks to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy. Prosecutors will dismiss 65 other counts of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. ... read more


PAHO seeks new ways to better health care in Caribbean

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says it is looking for innovative community-based solutions for health care delivery issues related to infectious diseases in Central America and the Caribbean. On Thursday PAHO said that it is collaborating on this initiative with the International Training and Medical Research Centre (CIDEIM) of Colombia, ICESI University of Colombia, and the World Health Organization (WHO) Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR). ... read more


US Black group hails CARICOM's stance on Venezuela

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — A major United States Black group has applauded the Heads of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), who, at their recent Summit in Grenada, discussed the serious challenges facing Venezuela and its people, and offered to facilitate a dialogue between the government and the opposition. ... read more


Jamaicans tapping into US trillion-dollar app economy

BY DEANDRA MORRISON With rapid social and technological growth globally, new possibilities have emerged for sustainable economic growth in the Caribbean, particularly Jamaica, which currently benefits from a booming business process outsourcing (BPO) industry. Against this background, Jamaican businesses now have an opportunity to position themselves to take advantage of the global app economy, which, according to market researcher App Annie, could hit US$6.3 trillion by the year 2021 — up from last year's US$1.3 trillion. ... read more

TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017

CARICOM Leaders Make New Commitment to Tackle NCDs

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada, Tuesday July 11, 2017 – The push for a healthier Caribbean received a considerable boost last week as Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders at their 38th annual summit in Grenada made new commitments to tackle the epidemic of chronic diseases which is costing the region dearly in terms of health and development. ... read more

MONDAY, JULY 10, 2017

At Least 75,000 Could Die If Earthquake Hits Vulnerable Haiti Great North

SANTIAGO, Chile (CMC) — The Pan AmericanPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Monday July 10, 2017 — A United States-based global earthquake and structural engineering firm has found that there would be a significant risk of death and destruction if the Great North section of Haiti experienced an earthquake. ... read more


New York State Podiatric Medical Association Installs First Caribbean-Born Female as President

NEW YORK – The New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA) is proud to announce the election of Patricia Nicholas, DPM, as the 75 th president of the association. Dr. Nicholas was installed as president during the NYSPMA 121 st Annual House of Delegates on June 3. Dr. Nicholas is the first Caribbean-born female to serve in this prestigious position. ... read more


Caribbean pledges to end preventable mortality of women, children and adolescents

SANTIAGO, Chile (CMC) — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says Latin American and Caribbean countries have pledged to work to end the preventable mortality of women, children and adolescents by 2030. On Wednesday, PAHO said regional countries have also agreed to "develop effective actions for that population to prosper and transform the world." ... read more


Outgoing CARICOM Chairman Makes Impassioned Plea For Closer Unity

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada, Wednesday July 5, 2017 – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM), challenged by the constantly changing international situation, must redouble its efforts to ensure a more safe society for its citizens, more stable economies for its countries, deeper solidarity and a more secure hemisphere. ... read more


Zika Cases on Decline But War on Mosquitoes Far From Over

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Tuesday July 4, 2017 – Even though the number of cases of Zika have significantly declined from the outbreak of 2016, there is still need for continued vigilance and action on mosquito borne diseases, which pose a health security threat, a tourism threat, and an economic threat, Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Dr James Hospedales has warned. ... read more

MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017

The Greater Caribbean Raises Funds to Protect its Sandy Coasts

HAVANA, Cuba (IPS) – Almost no Caribbean beach escapes erosion, a problem that scientific sources describe as extensive and irreversible in these ecosystems of high economic interest, that work as protective barriers for life inland. ... read more


Tribute Paid to Jamaica's First and Only Female Prime Minister As She Bows Out of Politics

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Andrew Holness has hailed former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, for her stellar contribution to politics and to the people of Jamaica. At a joint sitting of the House of Representatives and the Senate on Tuesday to pay tribute to Simpson Miller, who is resigning as Member of Parliament for South West St. Andrew, the Prime Minister noted that she has had a phenomenal career and done well in her over 40 years of service in politics. ... read more


President Trump's Climate Change Stance Spells Doom for Small Islands, Experts Warn

WASHINGTON, USA, Monday June 26, 2017 – Acclaimed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking believes that Donald Trump has taken "the most serious and wrong decision on climate change this world has seen", and top scientists agree, especially with respect to small island states like those in the Caribbean. ... read more

TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

Europe Stands by Caribbean on Climate Funding

By Desmond Brown BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday June 26, 2017, IPS – A senior European Union (EU) official in the Caribbean said Europe is ready to continue the global leadership on the fight against climate change, including helping the poor and vulnerable countries in the region. ... read more

MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

Antigua regrets decision by Canada regarding visa-free travel

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) – The Antigua and Barbuda government on Monday said it regrets the decision of the Canadian government to end visa-free travel for nationals of the twin island. In a statement, the Gaston Browne administration said that "this decision relates to concerns over persons who obtain passports under Citizenship by Investment Programmes (CIP) in the Caribbean". ... read more


LGBTI Community in Caribbean and Elsewhere Get Voice at Commonwealth

LONDON, England, Saturday June 24, 2017 – The lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex (LGBTI) community has been given a voice in, and increased access to, Commonwealth, in a historic decision by the 52-member body. ... read more


Caribbean Healthcare Professionals Form Groundbreaking Alzheimer's Association

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday June 21, 2017 – With the number of people living with dementia projected to reach 74.7 million in another 13 years and 131.5 million in 2050, a group of Caribbean healthcare professionals has come together to form an association to tackle the problem here in the region. ... read more

TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017

UN names new head for cholera fundraising programme in Haiti

UNITED NATIONS, United States (CMC) – The United Nations Tuesday named Josette Sheeran, the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) as a high-level envoy for Haiti who will develop a comprehensive fund-raising strategy to finance its plans to deal with the cholera outbreak in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country. ... read more

MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017

Caribbean/American legislative forum to address US/Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) says the United States/ Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2016 (HR 4939), which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in December 2016, will form the backdrop of the 19th Annual Caribbean American Legislative Forum. ... read more


CARICOM, Republic of Korea strengthen relations

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Republic of Korea formalised its decade-old friendship with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) when the first non-permanent Plenipotentiary Representative of the East Asian country presented his credentials to CARICOM. CARICOM Deputy Secretary-General, Manorma Soeknandan accepted the Letter of Credence from Ki-Mo Lim at a simple ceremony at the CARICOM Secretariat. ... read more


UN seeks funds urgently for Haiti's cholera

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — The United Nations on Wednesday launched another urgent appeal to member countries to finance its nearly empty relief fund for battling cholera in Haiti. It was expected to raise $400 million over two years but only about 2.7 million have been raised so far, UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed said. ... read more

TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017

Proposed US budget cuts could pose regional security problems, Caribbean/American leaders warn

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — Caribbean American leaders in Washington have warned that proposed cuts to the United States Department of State's foreign aid budget could have serious implications for the region at a time when there is increasing concern about terrorism. ... read more

MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017

CARICOM launches new IT system to alert consumers on dangerous goods

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Guyana-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat Monday said that people in the region now have access to an electronic platform providing alerts on dangerous non-foods consumer goods on the markets in all 15-member countries. The Secretariat said that the CARREX Online Electronic Platform and the live public portal can now be accessed via www.carrex.caricom.org ... read more


Reggae Superstar Charly Black to Perform at Guyana Independence Parade & Concert on June 11, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York

BROOKLYN: Reggae superstar, Charly Black, will perform alongside an all-star cast of Guyanese artistes at the Guyana Independence Parade and Unity Concert on Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. The Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. at Church & Brooklyn Avenues. The concert is at 3:00 p.m., at the former Brooklyn Arts Center; 8024 Preston Ct, Brooklyn NY 11236. Troy Hinds, Black's Manager/Producer and Rickford Burke, Chairman of the Guyana Independence Anniversary Celebration Committee (New York), made the announcement live on New York's Vybez UP Radio HD. Fans immediately went scampering for tickets on the committee's website www.celebrateguyanainnyc.com.


ECLAC says trade via containers in the Caribbean declines

SANTIAGO, Chile (CMC) – The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says new ports ranking confirms the decline in the region's foreign trade last year and marks a loss in activity not seen since the crisis of 2009.The throughput of containerised cargo in the ports of Latin America and the Caribbean fell 0.9 per cent in 2016, according to data released by ECLAC ... read more


Regional Tourism Industry Set To Take Centerstage During UNWTO Global Conference In Montego Bay, Jamaica

NEW YORK, NY – June 6, 2017 – The regional tourism industry is set to take centerstage during the UNWTO, Government of Jamaica and World Bank Group Conference on Jobs & Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, November 27-29, 2017. Speaking at a press conference on June 6 at the Consulate General of Jamaica during Caribbean Week in New York, Jamaica's Minister of Tourism, the Honorable Edmund Bartlett noted that given the region's dependency on tourism, it was important that such a conference provide solutions on how the Caribbean can better leverage this industry. ... read more

MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2017

Caribbean records increase in HIV/AIDS cases, major rise in Jamaica, Cuba

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The United Nations Special Envoy on HIV to the Caribbean Dr Edward Greene is warning of an increase in HIV/AIDS infections in the Caribbean. Speaking at the recent Regional Testing Day 10th Anniversary Caribbean launch breakfast and awards here, Greene said that findings in the 2016 UNAIDS Gap report state that HIV infections are on the rise in the region. ... read more


National Caribbean-American Heritage Month Marks 12th Anniversary in 2017

In June 2005, the House of Representatives unanimously adopted H. Con. Res. 71, sponsored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, recognizing the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States. On February 14, 2006, the resolution similarly passed the Senate, culminating a two-year, bipartisan and bicameral effort. The Proclamation was issued by President George Bush on June 6, 2006. ... read more


Trump announces US withdrawal from Paris climate deal

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday announced America's withdrawal from the Paris climate deal, signaling a policy shift with wide-ranging repercussions for the climate and Washington's ties with the world.In a highly anticipated statement from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said the United States would abandon the current deal -- but was open to negotiating a new one. ... read more


President Trump Reportedly Ready To Roll Back Obama's Cuba Reforms

WASHINGTON, United States, Tuesday May 30, 2017 – More than two years after the United States and Cuba turned a new page in their contentious relations, fresh reports out of Washington suggest President Donald Trump is making moves to dissolve the budding relationship. ... read more

TUESDAY, MAY 30, 2017

Train has left on Caribbean's 1.5˚C climate goal – meteorologist

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) – A leading regional meteorologist Tuesday said the Caribbean and other small island developing states are facing an uphill task in trying to convince the world to contain global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrialisation levels.In fact, Puerto Rico-based meteorologist, John Toohey-Morales, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that the train has already left the station. ... read more

MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017

Caribbean earns US$27 billion from tourism

ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, says tourism remains the most vital source of earnings and economic activity for the majority of Caribbean islands, with region-wide revenues estimated at more than US$27 billion. "Tourism is the single largest generator of foreign exchange in 16 of the 28 countries in the Caribbean, with the sector receiving the most by way of foreign direct investment (FDI)," he pointed out. ... read more

THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017

Nearly 200 arrested in new immigration raids

CALIFORNIA, United States (AFP) — Nearly 200 people have been arrested by federal agents in southern California as part of a five-day operation targeting immigrants convicted of crimes or in the country illegally, officials said Thursday.The crackdown, which ended Wednesday and was spearheaded by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), focused on people with prior criminal offenses including for drug trafficking, rape and domestic violence, authorities said. ... read more


Climate Change and Flooding Threaten 4.2 Million People on Caribbean and Pacific Islands

BELIZE CITY, Belize, Monday May 22, 2017 – A new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates that 4.2 million people in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean and in the Pacific are living in areas that are prone to flooding due to rising sea levels. ... read more

TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017

US gives Haitians limited extension of TPS

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) — United States Secretary of Homeland Security John F Kelly says he has decided to extend, for an additional six months, the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for undocumented Haitians living in the US.On Monday, Kelly said the extension is effective July 23, 2017 through January 22, 2018. ... read more

MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017

Haitian/American legislator urges solidarity for Haitians on TPS

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) – Haitian American legislator Dr Mathieu Eugene, who is a member of Brooklyn Council, has called for solidarity of undocumented Haitians who are under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programme. According to Eugene, TPS overshadows Haitian Flag Day and based on this he decided not to commemorate the Day that was celebrated last week. ... read more


Girl Power: Caribbean-Born Space Scientist to inspire OECS Youth

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Friday May 19, 2017 – Trinidadian-born NASA aerospace engineer Dr. Camille Wardrop Alleyne has an extraordinary story of success, and she's on a mission to inspire thousands of girls across the organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to greatness. ... read more

THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017

Stark climate change warning issued to Caribbean

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The impact of climate change in the Caribbean is threatening the continued survival of some countries, and Governments must sit up and pay attention. That's the warning outlined in the Caribbean Marine Climate Change Report Card 2017, which focused on countries including Jamaica, Belize, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana and St Lucia. ... read more

TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2017

New Bahamas PM Creates First As He Gives Responsibility for Finance to Someone Else

NASSAU, The Bahamas, Monday May 15, 2017 – Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis has named two members of a 16-member Cabinet that he says will "blend experience with new talent", revealing a first for any Bahamian leader: He will not be taking responsibility for the Ministry of Finance. ... read more

MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017

Venezuelans in Trinidad Appeal for Help in their Homeland

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Monday May 15, 2017 – Concerned Venezuelans living in Trinidad and Tobago warn that the lives of their countrymen are in peril and are pleading with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to urgently intervene in their troubled homeland. ... read more


Remittance taxes counterproductive — economists

American citizens canvassed by the Jamaica Observer have suggested that, in order to fund the construction of a wall between Mexico and the United States, there are other ways to raise the money besides a tax on remittances — a serious proposal made by the Government of the United States regarding funds sent from the US to some countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Jamaica. ... read more

THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017

New Generation Rallies to Climate Cause in Trinidad

By Jewel Fraser PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Thursday May 11, 2017 (IPS) – As two environmental activist groups in Trinidad and Tobago powered by young volunteers prepare to ramp up their climate change and sustainability activism, they are also contemplating their own sustainability and how they can become viable over the long-term. ... read more


PAHO Recommends Urgent Action To Save Lives On Caribbean Roads

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Caribbean chapter of the International Network in Defence of Humanity has called on leaders within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to send a fact-finding mission to Venezuela so it can make "an informed" analysis about the situation there. ... read more

TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2017

CARICOM Urged To Send Fact-Finding Mission to Venezuela

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Caribbean chapter of the International Network in Defence of Humanity has called on leaders within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to send a fact-finding mission to Venezuela so it can make "an informed" analysis about the situation there. ... read more

MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017

Starbucks grants Caribbean Coffee Traders rights to operate outlets in Jamaica

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Starbucks Coffee Company today announced that it has entered a licensing agreement giving Caribbean Coffee Traders Limited (CCTL) the exclusive rights to own and operate Starbucks stores in Jamaica.CCTL is a consortium led by Margaritaville Caribbean Group, a leading restaurant management and franchise operator in the Caribbean. ... read more


Air Canada Introduces Service to St Vincent's New Airport

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, Friday May 5, 2017 – Air Canada is spreading its wings to St Vincent and the Grenadines this winter season. Pending the green light from the Ralph Gonsalves administration, Air Canada is banking on introducing weekly flights starting December 14. ... read more


Caribbean Business Titan Passes Away

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Thursday May 4, 2017 – More than five decades ago when Dr Anthony Norman Sabga became Trinidad and Tobago's first entrepreneur to launch a local manufacturing enterprise called ANSA Industries in 1966, he meant business. ... read more


US visa exemption rules in Republican crosshairs

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Congressional Republicans sounded an alarm Wednesday over rules allowing millions of Europeans to travel to the United States without a visa, warning that jihadists could exploit weak links in the program.The Islamic State and Al-Qaeda extremist groups "have incurred great losses in Syria and Iraq," Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told a hearing on the security of the US Visa Waiver Program (VWP) ... read more

TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2017

Venezuela Found Half Million Dollars To Donate to Trump Inauguration Despite Economic Crisis

WASHINGTON DC, USA, Tuesday May 2, 2017 – The Venezuelan government may not have enough money to ensure sufficient food, medicine and other necessities for its people, but it found the cash to donate US$500,000 to US President Donald Trump's inauguration fund. ... read more

MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017

OCR, Facebook in historic partnership for missing children

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Jamaica wrote another chapter in regional history yesterday with the launch of a partnership between the Office of the Children's Registry (OCR) and Facebook that will see Ananda Alerts being sent to the news feed of local users of the immensely popular social media platform to help locate missing children. ... read more


Herb Cuisine: Bob Marley's Daughter Releasing Cookbook Of Marijuana Recipes

KINGSTON, Jamaica – A new cookbook with delightful recipes using marijuana will hit the market soon. And it's coming from daughter of late Jamaican and international reggae icon Bob Marley. On July 25, Chief Executive Officer at Tuff Gong International Cedella Marley, the firstborn of Bob and Rita Marley, will launch her Cooking with Herb: 75 Recipes for the Marley Natural Lifestyle. ... read more


Climate Impact on Caribbean Coral Reefs Could Be Mitigated

By Diego Arguedas Ortiz CAHUITA, Costa Rica (IPS) – A few dozen metres from the Caribbean beach of Puerto Vargas, where you can barely see the white foam of the waves breaking offshore, is the coral reef that is the central figure of the ocean front of the Cahuita National Park in Costa Rica. ... read more


Probe Into Trinidad Oil Spill That's Worse Than First Thought

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday April 26, 2017 – Trinidad and Tobago's oil company Petrotrin says the equivalent of 300 barrels of oil actually leaked from a ruptured storage tank on Sunday – 15 times more than the amount it had initially indicated. ... read more


Barbados Rejects US Money Laundering Report

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday April 25, 2017 – Barbados' Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite isn't taking the listing of Barbados as a major money laundering country sitting down. The United States (US) State Department recently named the island among several that it regards as major money laundering nations, but Brathwaite says that is misleading. ... read more

MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017

Hurricane Forecasters On Preparedness Mission To Mexico And Caribbean

FLORIDA, United States, Monday April 24, 2017 – The official start to the 2017 hurricane season is fast approaching, and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the US Air Force Reserve will from today host a series of events to help communities in Mexico and the Caribbean prepare for the season and weather the coming storms. ... read more


World Bank says remittance growth only seen in Caribbean region

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — Despite overall global decline, the World Bank says the only region to record growth in remittances in 2016, was Latin America and the Caribbean . On Friday, the Washington-based financial institution said regional growth was estimated at US$73 billion, an increase of 6.9 per cent over 2015. ... read more


US resort faces seasonal worker shortage due to visa cap

RUTLAND, Vermont (AP) — Some Vermont ski resorts and luxury hotels are facing an acute labor shortage because of a congressional cap on the number of special visas issued to international workers who fill seasonal jobs such as ski lift operators and waiters, officials say. Bob Beach, co-owner of the Basin Harbor Club resort near Lake Champlain in Ferrisburgh, said the cap on H-2B visas for temporary nonagricultural workers has left him scrambling to hire the 300 workers he needs to keep the resort running from May to October. ... read more


UN keeping eye on Haiti, envoy says

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) — Sandra Honore — a diplomat from Trinidad who has headed the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH since July 2013 — says the UN will keep tabs on progress in the country even after the mission shuts down. Following the UN Security Council's decision on Thursday to end the mission by the end of October, she also spoke to AFP about allegations of sexual abuse committed by UN peacekeepers in the poor Caribbean country. ... read more

MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2017

Call For Travel and Tourism Best Practices

MIAMI, United States – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is accepting nominations for the coveted Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) Awards, which are set to take place during the third edition of the event in Miami from June 2 to 4, 2017. ... read more


Canada unveils legislation to legalise marijuana

OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government unveiled legislation Thursday to fully legalise marijuana, making Canada only the second country to do so, after Uruguay. While medical marijuana use has been regulated in this country since 2001, cannabis remains a controlled substance. Its legalisation and regulation for recreational use is expected in 2018, in time for Canada's national holiday on July 1. ... read more


UN Security Council to Vote on Getting Peacekeeping Mission Out of Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Wednesday April 12, 2017 – The United Nations Security Council will officially vote tomorrow on closing the 13-year-long peacekeeping mission in Haiti as recommended by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Sandra Honoré, told the Security Council yesterday that United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) should prepare to drawdown over the next six months and transition into a smaller peacekeeping operation focused on strengthening the rule of law, institutions and the national police force. ... read more


Safe, High Quality Drugs Assured With Caribbean Regulatory System

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Tuesday April 11, 2017 – The establishment of a Caribbean Regulatory System (CRS) will improve conditions for patients in the region to receive safe, efficacious, high quality drugs. Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Dr. James Hospedales gave that assurance as he promised that access to safe, efficacious and good quality drugs is a human right which the regional public health organization is committed to facilitating. ... read more

MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2017

Trump funding cuts to UNFPA could affect Jamaica

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has dismissed claims by the United States Government that it supports, or participates in the management of a programme of forced abortion in China, the reason given for deep funding cuts to one of the UN's key agencies.ch of the partnership. ... read more


Zika could cost region billions, says UN

UNITED NATIONS (CMC) — A new United Nations report has found that in addition to the impact on public health, the mosquito-borne Zika outbreak could cost the Latin American and the Caribbean region as much as US$18 billion between 2015 and 2017. The report, titled "Socio-economic impact assessment of Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean", prepared by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has a particular focus on Brazil, Colombia and Suriname – countries that first reported the outbreak in October-November 2015. ... read more


Jamaica in Partnership with Facebook to Search for Missing Children

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica's Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be partnering with social media giant, Facebook, to broadcast Ananda Alerts which are issued when children go missing. State Minister in the Ministry Floyd Green said a Facebook team will be visiting Jamaica next month for the official launch of the partnership. ... read more


CARICOM Considers How To Keep Market Access in Tact After Brexit

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - CARICOM has reportedly narrowed down the options it intends to pursue to prevent a break in market access in the United Kingdom due to the UK's planned exit from the European Union (EU). Director General of the Office of Trade Negotiations at the CARICOM Secretariat, Ambassador Gail Mathurin said while a number of possibilities were being considered, one option appears more probable. ... read more


Barbados health minister worried at high level of hypertension, diabetes

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — A national consultation for the developmyent of the National Strategic Plan for Health 2017-2022, began on Monday with Health Minister John Boyce warning that end-stage renal failure is a growing public health problem in Barbados, driven primarily by the high levels of hypertension and diabetes in the population. Boyce said that the treatment of hypertension and diabetes combined accounted for 58 per cent of expenditure by the Barbados Drug Service last year. ... read more


Jamaica expecting 4.2 million visitors in 2017

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has projected that tourist arrivals will reach 4.2 million by the end of this year, surpassing last year's 3.84 million, to set a new record in Jamaica. "So you know what that means. It means 4.2 million opportunities for income generating and earning. More consumption in the Jamaican space translates into more opportunity for jobs," the minister said. ... read more


Step Afrika! - Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8pm

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2016-17 season with the much-anticipated return of Step Afrika! on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8pm. Holding the distinction of the first professional company in the world dedicated to the art of stepping, the company will conduct a three- day residency that includes not only a public performance but also a free after-school stepping masterclass on Thursday, March 30 at 3:30pm and three educational shows for schoolchildren. ... read more


US urged to clarify policy towards Caribbean

MIAMI, USA (CMC) – Grenada's Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has called for clarity regarding the policy of the United States towards the Caribbean. Mitchell issued the call yesterday as he participated in a World Bank conference – "The Caribbean Dilemma" — examining the socio-economic situation in the Caribbean. ... read more


Eastern Caribbean Branded a Transit Point For Drug Traffickers By US

WASHINGTON DC, USA– The Eastern Caribbean has been branded a "transit point for drug traffickers going to the United States and Europe" by the US State Department. The department's International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR), released this month, claims that the Eastern Caribbean hosts abundant transhipment points for illicit narcotics, primarily from Venezuela destined for North American, European and domestic Caribbean markets ... read more


OAS discusses Venezuela crisis, Caracas protests

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The Organization of American States held a special meeting on the crisis in Venezuela on Tuesday, triggering a furious reaction from the Venezuelan government and its staunchest regional allies. The meeting is the international community's latest effort to get to grips with an economic and political unravelling in the once-booming oil producer, whose skid to the brink of collapse has the rest of Latin America increasingly worried. ... read more

MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017

India willing to help develop Jamaican film industry

(Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange) Indian High Commissioner to Jamaica Shri Sevala Naik expressed an interest in helping to develop the Jamaican film industry by offering scholarships and internships to interested Jamaicans. Though nothing has been officially implemented, the diplomat welcomed the suggestion that through India's booming film industry, known as Bollywood, his country could offer assistance to Jamaica. ... read more


Step Afrika! - Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8pm

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2016-17 season with the much-anticipated return of Step Afrika! on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8pm. Holding the distinction of the first professional company in the world dedicated to the art of stepping, the company will conduct a three- day residency that includes not only a public performance but also a free after-school stepping masterclass on Thursday, March 30 at 3:30pm and three educational shows for schoolchildren. ... read more


Caribbean pastors call on US to halt promotion of LGBT rights abroad

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — Several religious officials, including pastors from across the Caribbean, have called on the United States to halt the promotion of LGBT and intersex rights abroad. LGBTA report published in the Washington Blade, a LGBT publication, said 289 Ministers of Religion from The Bahamas, St Maarten, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana made the request in a letter sent to US President Donald Trump on January 31. ... read more


Trinis Are The Happiest Islanders In The Caribbean, Says UN Report

NEW YORK, USA, Wednesday March 22, 2017 – The United Nations annual World Happiness Report was published on Monday (World Happiness Day), but Caribbean people interested in how their country fared were mostly disappointed, with much of the region apparently escaping the attention of the experts who compiled the report. Of those nations to make it on the 155-strong list, the top four that could be considered part of the wider region were the mainland countries of Mexico (25), Guatemala (29), Panama (30) and Colombia (36). ... read more


Government bans corned beef from Brazil amid rotten meat scandal

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Several Caribbean countries have ordered the immediate ban on the sale and importation of corned beef from Brazil, following reports that several major meat processors in the South American nation have been selling rotten beef and poultry. Several countries have gone as far as banning all meat and meat products from Brazil, where it is alleged that companies involved in the illegal practice paid hefty bribes to auditors in exchange for fraudulent sanitary licences. ... read more

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017

Barbados Still Has the Most Powerful Passport in the Caribbean

LONDON, England, Monday March 20, 2017 – Barbados has the most powerful passport in the region and the 25th most powerful on the planet, according to the results of the latest world travel rankings. Barbados' position in the Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index closely mirrors its performance on Passportindex.org's rankings released earlier this year. ... read more


National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica Celebrates 55th Anniversary

(Photo by Bryan Robinson) The National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) of Jamaica is a voluntary group of dancers, singers, musicians and creative technicians who are dedicated to the view that their work in dance can help to bring discipline, a sense of process and cultural awareness to the awesome task of nation-building. The search for a definitive Caribbean dance theater linked a varied and versatile group together to make this goal a reality. During its more than five decades of existence, NDTC has achieved a reputation for artistic excellence, developing much of its repertoire from authentic folk material. ... read more


Exxon Mobil plans to make Guyana a major oil producer

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Thursday March 16, 2017 – American oil giant Exxon Mobil Corporation is moving full steam ahead with plans to transform Guyana into a major oil producer. In what industry experts call a rare occurrence in the industry, Exxon Mobil has asked the David Granger administration for a production licence to start pumping oil from the country's seabed, less than five years after it discovered major oil finds ... read more


Jamaican Condiment Manufacturer Gets Foot Back in Canadian Market

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Jamaican condiment and seasoning manufacturer King Pepper Products Ltd. has re-entered the Canadian market. The company, which was joined by six other Jamaican manufacturers at a Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO)-led trade mission to Canada last year, was able to secure a distributor for its Eaton's line of products, and recently received its first container order to Canada. ... read more


Cuba agrees to extension on trade agreement with CARICOM

HAVANA, Cuba (CMC) — Cuba is providing the Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries with an extension of the agreement on trade and economic cooperation which facilitates access to the Cuban market for hundreds of Caricom products, according to an official statement issued here yesterday. It said that the issue was discussed at the fifth Caricom-Cuba ministerial meeting that was held here last Saturday. ... read more

MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017

As Far as Debt Performance Goes, Barbados is Now on the Same Level as Greece

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Barbados' Prime Minister Freundel Stuart may not think much of the pronouncements of international ratings agencies, but the rest of the world is watching, with respected business publication Bloomberg reporting that the island's debt is the worst performer in emerging markets this year. ... read more


Eight Jamaicans in Lottery Scam to be extradited to the United States

EIGHT alleged members of a lottery scam network, including a serving member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the mother of the alleged leader and mastermind of the scam, Lavric Willocks, are to be extradited to the United States of America. The group, who had challenged the extradition request, was yesterday ordered extradited by Parish Judge Vaughn Smith following a hearing in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court. ... read more


International Women's Day (IWD)- theme 'Be Bold for Change'

TODAY, March 8, is being celebrated worldwide as International Women's Day (IWD), under the theme 'Be Bold for Change'. It is a call for individuals to help forge a more inclusive, gender-equal world. For the United Nations, the focus is on 'Women in the changing world of work: Planet 50-50 by 2030', and Secretary-General António Guterres has called for all to "pledge to do everything we can to overcome entrenched prejudice, support engagement and activism, and promote gender equality and women's empowerment" ... read more


Jamaica adopts alternative theme for International Women's Day

KINGSTON, Jamaica — International's Women Day, will be celebrated tomorrow under the theme "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030". The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, however, said earlier this year that it will be turning the spotlight on gender-based violence for the occasion. ... read more


CARICOM, Korea commit to areas of closer cooperation

KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Republic of Korea have agreed to several areas for closer cooperation. The decision was made at the first high-level meeting held here on Monday. In a joint statement issued at the end of the meeting both sides committed to further strengthen their ties of friendship and spirit of cooperation. ... read more


Marleys Launch Ganja Lines As California Legalizes Recreational Use

SAN FRANCISCO, California, Thursday March 2, 2017 – The children of reggae legend Bob Marley are among a growing number of celebrities openly embracing the marijuana industry and eyeing the California ganja market, which is expected to take off after voters agreed on legalization of the recreational use of the herb. ... read more


Muhammad Ali Jr says airport detention made him feel 'violated'

FLORIDA, USA — Muhammad Ali Jr, son of the American boxing great, said yesterday he felt "violated" when immigration officials questioned him about his religion at a Florida airport. "I was just appalled," Muhammad Ali Jr told The Associated Press in a phone interview. "I'm a US citizen and they're asking me what is my religion?" ... read more

Voices from Haiti: Artists as Activists

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 6:30pm

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents a panel discussion on the role of Haitian artists as activists, both at home and abroad, on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Woody Tanger Auditorium, located on the first floor of the Brooklyn College Library. Featured participants on the panel include singer/songwriter and Red Cross Ambassador Emeline Michel; acclaimed author Ibi Zoboi; Régine Roumain, the Executive Director of Haiti Cultural Exchange; Dr. Jean Eddy Saint Paul, founding Director of the CUNY Haitian Studies Institute; and filmmaker/journalist Cassandre Thraysbule. Tickets for the roundtable are free, no reservations necessary. For more information, visit www.BrooklynCenter.org.


Son of Jamaican immigrant is vice chairman of Democratic Party

NEW YORK, USA (CMC) — A Caribbean American legislator in New York has won a top position in the United States Democratic Party's National Committee. Bronx Assemblyman Michael Blake, the son of Jamaican immigrants, won one of the vice chair positions in the Democratic National Committee (DNC) at an insiders' meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, over the weekend. ... read more


Rihanna Named Harvard University's 2017 Humanitarian of the Year

By Brianne Tracy (people.com) Rihanna may be widely celebrated for her music, but now she's accepting a different type of honor—for her humanitarian work. The 29-year-old singer has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year and will accept the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at a ceremony on campus next Tuesday. ... read more


Trinidad reports nearly 800 cases of Zika

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Health authorities in Trinidad are reporting more than 400 confirmed cases of pregnant women suffering from the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The Ministry of Health said that since the virus was first reported here in February last year, there has been 718 cases with 463 confirmed cases noted in pregnancy. ... read more


US congratulates Guyana on 47 years of Republican status

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — US President Donald Trump on Thursday congratulated President David Granger as Guyana marks 47 years since attaining Republican status. Trump said the US remains committed to the long-standing friendship with Guyana, noting that the country is a leader in the region. ... read more


Trump Invites Trinidad PM to Washington

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Tuesday February 21, 2017 – Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley got a surprise calls from American President Donald Trump during which the leader of the twin-island republic was invited to Washington ... read more


Jamaican Government starts new programme to assist deportees

(Jamaica Observer) While the country grapples with its crime issues, over 100 Jamaicans are being deported home every month from developed nations such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, for various reasons. The situation has been aggravated by reports of mass deportations of Jamaicans who have been living in the United States permanently without the necessary legal instruments, under the Donald Trump Administration. ... read more


Jamaican Scientists Close To Creating Affordable Hepatitis C Drug From Cannabis

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday February 15, 2017 – Research scientists say they have discovered properties in Cannabidiol (CBD), one of the major bioactive compounds in the cannabis plant, that have the potential to provide affordable treatment as nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals for hepatitis C. ... read more


Jamaicans among undocumented migrants nabbed

MIAMI, USA (CMC) — The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says the authorities have detained several undocumented Jamaicans during a human smuggling attempt. The CBP said the Jamaicans were among 14 people detained after a chase in waters off the south-east coast of Miami on February 7. ... read more

Romella VaughnStopped by ICE: You Have Rights!

Stopped by Immigration: You Have Rights. Know Them. Use Them.

If you are stopped by Police Officers, Immigration Agents or other public authorities, you have rights. It does not matter if you entered the country by crossing the border in Mexico, if you are an overstay, green card holder or citizen. As long as you are within the borders of the United States, you have rights. Know them. Use them. ... read more


Ziggy Marley Snags Seventh Best Reggae Album Grammy

CALIFORNIA, USA, Tuesday February 14, 2017 – It was a case of lucky seven for Ziggy Marley on Sunday when he added another Best Reggae Album Grammy to his collection at the 59th staging of the annual awards ceremony at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Marley got the gong over fellow Jamaicans Sly and Robbie (Reggae For Her — Sly and Robbie Presents Devin Di Dakta and JL) and Raging Fyah ( Everlasting), as well as California band Rebelution ( Falling Into Place), Hawaiian singer J Boog ( Rose Petals), and American band SOJA ( Live in Virginia). ... read more


Obama didn't pardon Garvey... moving right along to Trump

New York USA — They might not have achieved their objective while former President Barack Obama was in office, but organisers of a move to have National Hero Marcus Garvey pardoned for a 1928 conviction in the United States will continue. Dr Julius Garvey, son of the national hero, said no approach has as yet been made to the new Donald Trump Administration, but that would come in due course. ... read more


Rihanna Follows AMA Success With Eight Grammy Nominations!

CALIFORNIA, U.S.A – Hot on the heels of her success at the American Music Awards (AMA), Barbados' pop princess Rihanna continues her reign with a whopping eight nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards.

The impressive tally places her a heartbeat behind Beyonce, with nine nods, who Rihanna will face off against in the Record of the Year and Best Urban Contemporary Album categories as a solo artiste, as well as in the Best Rap/Sung Performance as featured artiste on Kanye West's Famous. ... read more


CARICOM and Cuba Agree to Accept Each Other's Goods Duty-Free

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Wednesday February 8, 2017 – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba have reached agreement for the expansion of preferential access to each other's markets. The agreement was reached at the 10th Meeting of the Joint Commission Established Under the Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement Between CARICOM and Cuba, held in Guyana at the end of last month, according to a statement from the CARICOM Secretariat. ... read more


Crime Costing Caribbean Billions

WASHINGTON, U.S – A study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates the direct annual cost of crime and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean at US$261 billion or 3.55 per cent of GDP – roughly what the region invests on infrastructure. The Costs of Crime and Violence: New Evidence, New Revelations in Latin America and the Caribbean provides comparable crime costs numbers for 17 countries in the region – including the CARICOM nations of Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago – benchmarking them against six developed countries. ... read more


New President Takes Charge in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Tuesday February 7, 2017 – Haiti officially has a new elected president. Jovenel Moise was installed this morning as the French speaking nation's 58th president in a brief ceremony that was attended by former President Michel Martelly, as well as Caribbean and international dignitaries. The 48-year-old entrepreneur and political novice took the oath of office at the Haitian Parliament, a year after Martelly left office without a successor and Jocelerme Privert filled the post in the interim. ... read more


Trinidad to amend anti-terrorism legislation

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Trinidad and Tobago government on Thursday announced plans to amend the existing anti-terrorism legislation making it much more difficult for anyone to participate in terrorist activities at home or abroad. Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, speaking at the weekly Cabinet news conference said that the amendment to the Anti-Terrorist Act will be presented to the Parliament on Friday. ... read more


Yemeni Bodega Owners in Brooklyn Speak Out

(voiceofny.org) At noon on Feb. 2, a thousand Yemeni-owned bodegas around NYC closed their doors for eight hours in protest of President Trump's executive order that halts entry into the U.S. of citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries who do not have green cards. Prior to the store closings, BKLYNER's Carly Miller spoke to owners of participating bodegas in Ditmas Park, like Saleh Kassim of Cortelyou Smoke Shop & Deli who came to the U.S. as a teenager. ... read more


Iran rejects Trump missile warning as relations sour

TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) — Iran on Thursday rejected a warning from President Donald Trump over its latest missile test as unfounded and "provocative", reflecting growing tensions between Tehran and the new US administration. Trump is a strident critic of the Islamic republic and a vocal opponent of an international deal that saw Iran curb its nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief. ... read more


More Than 100 Trinis Linked to Terrorist Activities Overseas

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday February 1, 2017 – Some 128 Trinidadians have been linked to terrorist activities in other countries, but Trinidad and Tobago is no terrorist state, National Security Minister Edmund Dillon has declared. ... read more


How President Trump's Anti-Abortion Order Could Hurt HIV Programmes in Barbados

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – US President Donald Trump's signing of a ban on US government funding international groups that perform or provide information on abortions could have an unlikely casualty in Barbados. The Barbados Family Planning Association (BFPA) just might lose out on funds for its HIV programmes. ... read more


Americans for Social Justice will win this War

A war against immigrants is a war against Blacks, which includes African Americans and all other Americans. President Trump has declared war through an unconstitutional Executive Order which targets Muslims using the Department of Homeland Security as the front line in his unlawful warfare. In the most recent crisis, Judge Ann M. Donnelly of Federal District Court in Brooklyn, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama, ruled, in Darweesh v Trump, just before 9 p.m, on Friday, January 28, 2017, that implementing Mr. Trump's order by sending the travelers home could cause them "irreparable harm." She said the government was "enjoined and restrained from, in any manner and by any means, removing individuals" who had arrived in the United States with valid visas or refugee status. Click here to read the Judge's complete order ... read more

Romella VaughnWe can help you sign up for health insurance

by By Mayor Bill de Blasio A few weeks ago I met a man from the South Bronx named Wellington. He was diagnosed with cancer and lost his health insurance. The City of New York fought for him and discovered he was entitled to free health coverage. Within a few days Wellington was in the hospital, getting care. Today he is cancer free. ... read more


Haitians face deportation as 2010 quake reprieve expires

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Bernedy Prosper is afraid his 23-year-old son Harold will die if he is deported from the United States back to Haiti. Prosper, 52, had hoped Harold could benefit from a special status granted to Haitian immigrants in 2010 after a devastating earthquake struck the impoverished Caribbean nation. ... read more


Caribbean American legislators outraged over Trump's executive orders on illegal immigration

NEW YORK, United States, Thursday January 26, 2017 – A Caribbean-American legislator is vowing to fight for immigrants following President Donald Trump's executive orders expanding immigration raids across the United States. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke made the pledge yesterday on the heels of Trump signing the executive orders that include penalties for so-called sanctuary cities – jurisdictions that, through a range of policies, shield undocumented immigrants. ... read more


Cuba seeks 'respectful' talks with Trump govt: Castro

BAVARO, Dominican Republic (AFP) — Cuba is willing to hold "respectful dialogue" with Donald Trump, President Raul Castro said Wednesday, following the new US leader's warnings that he may halt the two countries' rapprochement. "I wish to express Cuba's desire to continue negotiating on current bilateral issues with the United States on a basis of equality, reciprocity and respect for the sovereignty and independence of our country," Castro said. ... read more


Ending HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean by 2030

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — A two-day consultation on ending HIV and AIDS in the Caribbean by 2030 will be held in Trinidad and Tobago early next month. The February 1-2 event is being organised jointly by the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) and Caribbean Faith Leaders. It is being co-funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and AIDS Healthcare Foundation. ... read more


First Zika-related Microcephaly Case Recorded In Grenada

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada – One Caribbean country has confirmed its first case of Zika-related microcephaly, while another is investigating a possible case. Grenada has confirmed that a baby was born with the birth defect, while Jamaican authorities have dispatched samples from a baby suspected of having the condition to the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing. ... read more


Help for Haiti

Errol Pierre, V.P. Medicaid & Commercial Markets at Healthfirst, on Haiti and Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew — the most brutal Caribbean storm in a decade — devastated Haiti. And, when disaster strikes, children are the most vulnerable. In fact, nearly 900,000 kids are menaced by this catastrophe and its dangerous aftermath. Eighty percent of homes in the most affected region have been damaged or destroyed. Nearly 176,000 people are living in shelters. Hundreds of schools are out of commission. Cholera cases are growing daily, making safe, clean water a top priority.

Click here to listen to find out how you can help Haiti


Uber's in Trinidad, But the Government Is Questioning Whether It's Legal

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Online transportation network company Uber is now in Trinidad and Tobago. But the government of the twin-island republic is looking into whether it can legally operate there. The Uber app was activated in Port of Spain and San Fernando yesterday, three months after the company announced it was heading to Trinidad. ... read more


US Ends Wet Foot, Dry Foot Policy; Cubans Now Face Same Fate As Other Illegal Immigrants

WASHINGTON, United States – In one of his final acts as US president, Barack Obama has put an end to the so-called "wet foot, dry foot" policy that allowed Cubans who land on American soil to stay in the country while those caught at sea were sent home. ... read more


Caribbean American congresswoman joins legislators in boycotting Trump's inauguration

NEW YORK, (CMC) – Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke has joined several United States Congressional representatives in planning to boycott Donald Trump's inauguration as US President on Friday. Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, who represents the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York, will be among a number of Democratic lawmakers who say they will stay away from the ceremony. ... read more


Commemorating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been 88 years old on Sunday. His courage in the face of adversity and resolve during a time of uncertainty forever changed the course of our nation's history. Dr. King's call to action resonated with people of all backgrounds who rallied together and engaged in nonviolent protests to end racial injustice, discrimination, acts of hatred and violence. ... read more


This Caribbean Destination Will Give You US$300 To Visit For More Than Three Days

ST CROIX, USVI – You wouldn't expect the US Virgin Islands to have to pay travellers to go there. The quartet of islands is a typical Caribbean paradise with white sand beaches, azure sea, tropical trails and no language barriers – more than incentive enough for most people. ... read more


Obama ends decades old open door policy for Cuban migrants

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — United States President Barack Obama on Thursday ended a five-decade-old open door policy for Cuba migrants, who will now face similar residency restrictions to other citizens from Latin America. In one of his final acts before leaving the White House, Obama scrapped rules dating back to the 1960s, which allowed those fleeing communist Cuba a fast track to US citizenship. ... read more


Antigua Looking to Trump to Finally Settle Gaming Dispute

ST JOHN'S, Antigua, Wednesday January 11, 2017 – With just a week to go before United States President-elect Donald Trump takes office, Antigua and Barbuda has served notice that the settlement of its long standing dispute over online gaming with Washington will be issue number one as it prepares to engage the new administration. ... read more


Caricom wants good working relationship with Trump administration

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Caribbean Community (Caricom) Council of Ministers has ended a two-day meeting here Tuesday saying it was appreciative of the Caribbean's good working relationship with past US administrations and was looking forward to working with the Donald Trump administration. ... read more


Help Caribbean Immigrants, Coalition Pleads With U.S. President

(caribbean360) WASHINGTON, United States – Outgoing US President Barack Obama is being urged to draft policies to assist Caribbean immigrants before he leaves office this month. Cities for Action, a coalition of over 100 mayors and county executives from across the United States, is calling on Obama to commit to further protections for Caribbean and other immigrants in their communities. ... read more


US ambassador to Jamaica not among diplomats recalled by Trump

UNITED States Ambassador to Jamaica Luis G Moreno will not be among US diplomats around the world who will be returning home by January 20, when president-elect Donald Trump assumes office. ... read more

Romella Vaughn Rihanna's magnum opus

By Justin Tinsley
'Anti,' set to dominate next month's Grammys, is 2016's best album — the best project of Rihanna's career.
Who she is. What she hopes to become. What turns her on. What turns her off. The strength. The pain, and the vulnerability. The seemingly never-ending pond of possibilities at her fingertips. It's all there, hiding in plain sight. It's always been there. Robyn Rihanna Fenty is the ultimate 21st century pop star. ... read more


Antigua Diplomat to repay money but denies accepting bribe

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) – Casroy James, Antigua and Barbuda's diplomat to the United Arab Emirates, has denied being involved in corrupt activities related to the Brazilian multinational, Odebrecht SA, and the energy company, Petrobras. The twin-island state became embroiled in the scandal after court documents revealed that a high-level Government official accepted millions of dollars in bribes. The revelation was made as investigation continues into corruption at global construction conglomerate, Odebrecht, based in Brazil, the same company which court documents show acquired Meinl Bank Antigua in 2010. ... read more


Bolt's Bubbly New Role As CEO Of Mumm Champagne

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Whether you were ringing out the old year or ushering in the new, chances are there was a glass of bubbly in your hand. If you were doing so in style, the fizz in question may well have been Mumm champagne, which is not only one of France's finest, but has recently forged a special relationship with the world's fastest man Usain Bolt. ... read more


Jovenel Moise It Is! Court Confirms Victory of Businessman In Haiti Presidential Election

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Wednesday January 4, 2017 – It's official! In just over a month, businessman Jovenel Moise is set to be installed as the new President of Haiti, ending weeks of uncertainty following the November 20, 2016 election. ... read more


Guyanese Man Shot Dead in New York While Visiting US for Grandmother's Funeral

NEW YORK, United States, Tuesday January 3, 2017 – A Guyanese man has been listed as New York's first homicide victim for the New Year. Ricky Kalisaran, 31, who travelled the United States city to attend his grandmother's funeral, lost his life at the hands of an armed thief, plunging his already grieving family into despair. ... read more


Murders in Jamaica Reach Double Figures Just Days into New Year

KINGSTON, Jamaica – 2017 is only three days old, but already there have been 11 murders recorded in Jamaica. And Police Commissioner Dr. Carl Williams – who will go on pre-retirement leave in just three days – is scheduled to meet this morning with the heads of the country's various police divisions. ... read more


Obama's Parting Gift to the Caribbean

In one of his last acts before demitting office, United States President Barack Obama is shortly to initial legislation aimed at deepening relations between the US and the Caribbean, with special emphasis on energy security, countering violence, expanding diplomacy and providing educational exchange opportunities for citizens of the region. The far-reaching legislation called the United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act (HR 4939), was passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, following earlier passage by the Senate. ... read more


Trinidadian ISIS Soldier Admits To Local Killings, Urges Muslims To Wage Jihad In Homeland

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – It's no secret that several Trinidadian Muslims have left the country to join Islamic group ISIS. But in a candid interview, one of them, a sniper in the organization, admitted to killings in his homeland and urged Muslims still living there to wage jihad in the twin-island republic. ... read more

Romella VaughnJamacian Dancehall Artiste Sean Paul Back With A Bang

NEW YORK, United States – The triumphant return of Jamaican dancehall artiste Sean Paul to the international charts has been hailed by Forbes Magazine as "one of the most surprising stories of 2016 in the music world." ... read more


3 Caribbean countries deemed among the world's worst corporate tax havens

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday December 14, 2016 – Mischievous, grossly inaccurate and under-researched! That's how three Caribbean countries deemed among the world's worst corporate tax havens have described a report published by international charity Oxfam, entitled 'Tax Battles – The Dangerous Global Race to the Bottom on Corporate Tax'. ... read more

Romella VaughnRihanna Follows AMA Success With Eight Grammy Nominations

CALIFORNIA, U.S.A – Hot on the heels of her success at the American Music Awards (AMA), Barbados' pop princess Rihanna continues her reign with a whopping eight nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards. ... read more


IDB warns of low rate of export for Latin America and Caribbean

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is warning of a lower rate of export contraction due to the stabilisation of commodity prices In a new report released Monday, the IDB noted that Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) exports are expected to fall approximately US$50 billion, or six per cent in 2016, a lower contraction rate than the 15 per cent observed in 2015. ... read more


Tourism key to US-Caribbean interests

MIAMI, USA — The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has joined Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA) in urging the US Senate to adopt the US-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2016 (HR 4939), which has already received bipartisan support in the House of Representatives, and which recently moved out of Senate Committee for consideration by the full Senate. ... read more


International Human Rights Day - Dec. 10th, 2016

Message from Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade - Jamaica is pleased to join the international community once again in the observance of Human Rights Day. This year's theme, Stand up for someone's rights today, is a call for each of us to promote universal advocacy of the fundamental rights to which human beings are entitled and especially those who are unable to act on their own behalf. ... read more


Lessons Learnt And Best Practices In Zika Virus Response

By the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Less than a month ago, on November 18, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the Zika virus is no longer a public health emergency of international concern. It does, however, continue to present a serious public health concern in the Americas, especially to the most vulnerable populations like women of childbearing age. ... read more


Caribbean cruise line to pay largest-ever criminal penalty for deliberate vessel pollution

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) — The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) says a Caribbean cruise line has agreed to plead guilty to seven felony charges stemming from its deliberate pollution of the seas and intentional acts to cover it up. The DOJ said Princess Cruise Lines Ltd will pay a US$40-million penalty – the largest-ever criminal penalty involving deliberate vessel pollution – and plead guilty to charges related to illegal dumping of oil contaminated waste from the Caribbean Princess cruise ship. ... read more


Prince Harry And Rihanna Join Barbados' 50th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Britain's Prince Harry joined Rihanna in celebrating 50 years of independence for her native Barbados. The prince and the singer shared the stage with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart during a concert marking the date the island broke away from Britain. ... read more


Cuba buries Castro, entering post-Fidel era

SANTIAGO de CUBA, Cuba (AFP) Fidel Castro's ashes were entombed in a massive stone next to national heroes on Sunday, as Cuba opens a new era without the communist leader who ruled for decades. President Raul Castro placed his brother's cedar urn inside the tall round monolith near the mausoleums of 19th century independence icon Jose Marti and comrades of Castro's rebellion in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba. ... read more


7 Things De Blasio Asked New Yorkers To Do in the Face of Trump's Election

by Ben Max (gothamgazette) — "We have a special obligation in New York City," Mayor Bill de Blasio told New Yorkers from The Cooper Union on Monday, giving a formal speech to reassure and rally the city after the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States. De Blasio indicated that he had decided to give the speech because of all the fear that Trump's campaign and election had created. More than two years ago, in April 2014, de Blasio spoke from the same Cooper Union stage, delivering remarks "on New York City's future" to mark his first 100 days as mayor. ... read more


UN secretary general calls for greater effort to eradicate HIV/AIDS on World AIDS Day

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Outgoing United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon yesterday urged the world to do more to eradicate the HIV/AIDS virus, even as he acknowledged that 35 years since its emergence, the international community can look back with some pride. Ban, who is due to leave office this year, said "we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030". ... read more


Royal Hospitality scholarships for Caribbean professionals

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC) — At least nine Caribbean nationals working in the hospitality sector will have an opportunity to experience working in Buckingham Palace next year under a new initiative announced by Britain's Prince Harry, who is now winding up a 15-day visit to the Caribbean. ... read more


T&T Gov't warns against using home testing kits to test for HIV/AIDS

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Ministry of Health Monday urged people not to use HIV home testing kits to determine whether or not they are suffering from the HIV/AIDS virus. In a statement, the ministry said it has become aware of the kits are now available locally, but advised "members of the public who have concerns about their HIV status to get tested at a quality assured Ministry of Health testing site. ... read more


Fidel Castro, who defied US for 50 years, is dead

HAVANA (AP & AFP) — Former president of Cuba Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 11 US presidents during his half-century rule, died Friday at age 90. With a shaking voice, his younger brother, Raul Castro, announced on State television that his brother died at 10:29 pm. ... read more


Airbnb Set To Sign Another Caribbean Agreement

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday November 18, 2016 – On the heels of Airbnb signing its first Caribbean partnership with the Aruba Tourism Authority, Jamaica's Tourism Ministry is set to sign a major agreement with the online short-term rental business. Minister Edmund Bartlett made the disclosure after a meeting with Airbnb officials this week. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is to be drafted and signed at a later date. ... read more


Antigua PM calls for immediate intervention on Climate Change with Trump

MARRAKECH, Morocco (CMC) — Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda has called on all government and special groupings in the United Nations to commence discussions with the incoming US administration on Climate Change. "If the United States waivers in its current leadership on climate change, or if it withdraws from its commitments, a chain reaction will be triggered, that will leave the Agreement in tatters, and the world in peril," said Browne in addressing at a meeting of the 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties (COP22) here on Wednesday. ... read more

Institute of Caribbean Studies Celebrates Caribbean Excellence

Washington, DC - The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) will present its annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards to nine Caribbean American stalwarts excelling in science, business, advocacy, technology and the arts on Friday, November 18 in Washington, DC. In its 23rd year, the CARAH Awards celebrate the accomplishments of individuals of Caribbean American descent making outstanding contributions to American society and friends of the Caribbean community. ... read more


Fight against Zika virus a 'marathon' PAHO warns

ATLANTA, United States (CMC) — Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Dr Carissa F Etienne has warned that the fight against the Zika virus will be a "marathon," making it clear that it is "not a hundred-meter race". In delivering the keynote address at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene here, Etienne said the fight is "a marathon in which science and public health need to work hand in hand". ... read more


Mexico weighs grim prospect of deportation wave under Trump

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico is starting to seriously contemplate the possibility that millions of its migrants could be deported, and the picture is not pretty. Under proposals put forward by President-elect Donald Trump, Mexico could see millions of people streaming back with no jobs available; the country might lose some of the billions of dollars in remittances sent home annually; and some jobless deportees could swell the ranks of drug cartels, sparking more violence. ... read more


Guyanese Entrepreneur To Meet President Obama

(caribbean360) GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday November 14, 2016 – Guyanese entrepreneur Abbigale Loncke will get the opportunity of a lifetime this week. She is one of a select 21 young people who will meet president of the United States Barrack Obama later this week in Peru at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. ... read more


US congresswoman calls on Obama administration to halt deportation of Haitians

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — US Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has urged the Obama administration to immediately halt the deportation of undocumented Haitians. "Earlier today (Wednesday), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed that removal proceedings have resumed for Haitian nationals in the United States who lack Temporary Protected Status (TPS)," Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC)."The majority of the people DHS intends to remove have not been accused of any crime". ... read more


President Obama hosts Trump at The White House

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Barack Obama hosted a triumphant Donald Trump in the Oval Office Thursday for talks on executing a smooth transition of power and steadying nerves after a vote that shocked the world. Anger over the Republican property mogul's upset election win over Hillary Clinton spilled out onto the streets of US cities late Wednesday as chanting protesters lit bonfires and snarled traffic. ... read more

Romella VaughnJamaican Athletes In World Award Running

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica's speed king and queen could be in line for athletics' most prestigious award. Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt and newly crowned Olympic double champion Elaine Thompson are among the three finalists for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) male and female Athlete of the Year awards, it was announced this morning. ... read more


Clinton loses tight race; Trump asks U.S. to Unite

NEW YORK, United States (AP/AFP) – Donald Trump was elected America's 45th president yesterday, and early this morning asked the nation to come together and promised to "represent every citizen of our land". ... read more

Romella VaughnEsosa Edosomwan Wins Flow Caribbean People's Choice Award!

MIAMI, FL – Esosa Edosomwan (pictured below, photo credit Lanly Le) is the 2016 'Flow Caribbean People's Choice Award' winner! Esosa's television show concept Brooklynites – an inspired tale of young hopes, dreams, ambition, and the pursuit of lasting love – received the most online votes. ... read more


Historic Climate Change Agreement Goes Into Force

(caribbean360) The Paris Agreement on climate change enters into force today, 30 days after the required 55 minimum states – accounting for 55 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions – ratified the convention. ... read more

Romella VaughnGet Your Flu Shot… Not the Flu

By NYC Health Commissioner, Dr. Mary T. Bassett - A few days ago, I overheard a woman in Brooklyn saying proudly that she and her two children have never gotten the flu shot, and have never gotten sick. Her statement – the equivalent of saying that you will never use a seat belt, because you have never gotten into a car accident – concerned me. Unfortunately, despite tremendous efforts and progress by health care providers and public health authorities in making the flu vaccine available and accessible, her posture is not a rarity. ... read more


The Haitian Diaspora Urges President Obama to Stop Haitian Deportation Now

(whitehouse.gov) Created by F.B. on November 03, 2016 - This petition is to urge President Barack Obama to grant Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED), expand and/or Redesignate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals including recently arrived individuals who are currently threatened with deportation, based on the devastation of Hurricane Matthew. ... read more

Romella VaughnRihanna Beats Beyonce On Forbes' Highest-Paid Women In Music List

(caribbean360) NEW YORK, USA, Friday November 4, 2016 – Barbados' pop princess Rihanna has added another jewel to her crown by streaking ahead of Queen Bey on this year's Forbes' highest-paid women in music list. It's been quite a year for Rihanna, who earned US$75 million in the past 12 months, bagging fourth place on the list and comfortably pushing 2014's top earner Beyonce into fifth spot with $54 million. ... read more


UN calls for end of impunity for crimes against journalists

UNITED NATIONS, United States (CMC) — Warning that impunity for crimes against journalists is rampant, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for immediate action to secure justice in cases where journalists have been attacked or killed. On marking the International Day to end impunity for crimes against Journalists on Wednesday, Ban also called for concrete steps from all countries, including those in the Caribbean, to ensure that media professionals are guaranteed space to operate free from harassment and intimidation. ... read more


Trinidad and Tobago confirms first case of microcephaly linked to Zika

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago yesterday confirmed the first case of a baby born with microcephaly as a result of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh told a news conference that the parents were informed of the diagnosis on Friday. The unidentified child was born in September. ... read more


Caribbean ministers' summit to highlight tourism outlook seminar

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS)—A Summit of Caribbean Tourism Ministers will highlight this year's staging of the Tourism Outlook Seminar slated for December 6 to 8 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. The three-day event is being jointly hosted by the Ministry of Tourism, Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), under the theme – 'Tourism: Navigating Global Challenges for Continued Growth'. ... read more


Ambassador Marks tells Jamaicans to become US citizens

By Harold Bailey, Jamaica Observer, New York, USA — Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States Audrey Marks on Saturday urged her compatriots here who qualify to "take steps to become citizens of the US" as one way of stemming the high deportation numbers, especially among young males with little or no concrete connections to Jamaica. ... read more


Caribbean countries approve strategy to achieve gender equality by 2030

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (CMC) — The 13th Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean ended here on Friday with delegates, including those from the Caribbean, approving the Montevideo Strategy to achieve gender equality in the region by 2030. The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) said the Strategy sets out 74 measures for the 10 implementation pillars of the regional agenda on gender. ... read more


A Donald Trump Presidency Could Backtrack On US Relations With Cuba

WASHINGTON, United States, Wednesday October 26, 2016 – Donald Trump has criticized the Barack Obama administration's move to normalize relations with Cuba as a "very weak agreement", and suggested he would roll back some measures if he becomes president. ... read more


CARICOM SG tours farm during Caribbean Week of Agriculture

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (3rd left) joined the Premier of the Cayman Islands Hon. Alden McLaughlin (2nd right) on a tour of the CARDI (Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute) Research field on Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, Tuesday. They were accompanied by Cayman Islands Agriculture Minister Mr. Kurt Tibbets (2nd left) and CARDI officials. ... read more


Seat Mix-Up On Caribbean Airlines Lands Passenger In Police Custody

KINGSTON, Jamaica – A Jamaican-born UK citizen is threatening to sue Caribbean Airlines over a seat mix-up landed him in court in Trinidad and Tobago. When Dudley Smith boarded the flight to Barbados at the Norman Manley International Airport he never dreamt that it would lead to his first arrest and detention. ... read more


Study shows Caribbean middle class has grown over past 10 years

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The middle class in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) nearly doubled in size during the last decade, according to a new study released by the Washington-based Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on Monday. It said that the middle class population now stands at 186 million people "The region experienced a transformation in all sectors," said Héctor Salazar, manager of the social sector of the IDB. ... read more



Washington, DC - The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) will present its annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards to nine Caribbean American stalwarts excelling in science, business, advocacy, technology and the arts on Friday, November 18 in Washington, DC. In its 23rd year, the CARAH Awards celebrate the accomplishments of individuals of Caribbean American descent making outstanding contributions to American society and friends of the Caribbean community. ... read more


Haiti hurricane victims face choice: leave or rebuild

ROCHE-À-BATEAU, Haiti (AFP) — The beach was like paradise. Then Hurricane Matthew turned it into a cemetery of coconut palm trees, with not a house left intact. Facing such devastation, the residents of Chabet, a town in southwestern Haiti, are stuck between leaving or starting from scratch. Hilaire Servilius paces around what was, two weeks ago, a beach of fine sand. Walking amid rocks carried ashore by the powerful waves unleashed by Matthew, he searches in vain for a telephone signal. ... read more

Romella VaughnBook Review:
Naked By Romella Vaughn

Naked, it's not what you think… This look into author Romella Vaughn's personal testimony was written to encourage others to examine their hearts and shed the layers of hurt,unforgiveness and bitterness caused by wounds of the past and possibly the present. Only when the root of the pain is exposed and dealt with can true wholeness come. Romella invites you to read the intimate details of her journey with God from deep hurt to dynamic healing. ... read more


Caribbean countries warned to closely monitor National Insurance Schemes

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — Caribbean countries have been warned that they need to build national awareness of the fiscal risk associated with pension schemes and need for reforms. "At a minimum, the actuarial deficits should be systematically monitored and reported to the public with more frequency and a degree of detail to allow proper evaluation of the fiscal risk," according to a new study released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). ... read more


Actor And Activist Visited Barbados For A Solemn Occasion

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday October 18, 2016 – American actor, director and activist Danny Glover was recently in Barbados for activities marking the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Cubana airline bombing. ... read more


Marcus Garvey's Criminal Record Being Expunged

KINGSTON, Jamaica – A petition calling on the US government to clear the name of Jamaican National Hero Marcus Garvey failed to get the required support, but the Jamaica government plans to clean up his criminal record at home, along with the records of two other heroes and a noted freedom fighter. Garvey, along with fellow national heroes Samuel Sharpe and Paul Bogle and Maroon Chief, Tacky will have their records expunged. ... read more


Jamaica starts coordinating help for Haiti

JAMAICA'S Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) says it is too early to put a monetary estimate on the level of assistance that the country will be providing to Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. This, as Haiti is yet to give an initial damage assessment report. The impoverished Caribbean nation was slammed by the devastating Category Four storm between Monday and Tuesday, after sparing Jamaica. ... read more


Here's What The UN Is Asking For To Help Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Tuesday October 11, 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday announced the launch of a near US$120 million appeal to fund aid activities in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, where the rising death toll coupled with the start of the rainy season has prompted officials to sound the alarm on the threat of waterborne diseases to those living in the worst-affected areas. ... read more


Nearly 2 million urged to flee — as Hurricane Matthew barrels towards US

MELBOURNE BEACH, Florida (AP) — Hurricane Matthew marched toward Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, and nearly two million people along the coast were urged to evacuate their homes yesterday, a mass exodus ahead of a major storm packing power that the United States hasn't seen in more than a decade. Matthew was a dangerous and life-threatening Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 120 mph (190 kph) as it passed through The Bahamas, and it was expected to be very near Florida's Atlantic coast by this evening. At least 16 deaths in the Caribbean have been blamed on the storm, with heavy damage reported in Haiti. ... read more


Hurricane Matthew damage said the worst since 2010 earthquake

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A United Nations official said yesterday that Hurricane Matthew has created the biggest humanitarian crisis in Haiti since the devastating earthquake of January 2010. Deputy Special Representative for Haiti Mourad Wahba said in a statement that 10,000 people were forced from their homes into shelters and communications systems have been knocked out in the country's hard-hit south-western peninsula. ... read more


Hurricane Matthew Makes Landfall In Western Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Tuesday October 4, 2016 – Hurricane Matthew has made landfall in western Haiti. The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said in its 8 a.m. advisory that the eye of the Category 4 hurricane made landfall around 7 a.m. near Les Anglais, Haiti. "They are getting everything a major hurricane can throw at them," Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and spokesman for the NHC was quoted by the Associated Press as saying. ... read more


Jamaica Saved From Full Impact of Matthew

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday October 4, 2016 – While Matthew may still be a powerful Category 4 hurricane, which up to yesterday afternoon had Jamaica under a hurricane warning, it's on a path that is taking it east of the country, sparing the island its full impact. Government yesterday evening discontinued a hurricane warning and replaced it with a tropical storm warning as Hurricane Matthew's centre tracked closer to Haiti. ... read more


CTO pleads for access for the disabled

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) has made a plea for people living with disabilities to be able to gain equal access and flourish within the tourism industry in the region. In a message marking World Tourism Day 2016 yesterday, CTO Secretary General Hugh Riley said as a region, it is important to be aware that accessibility in tourism is a shared responsibility, which warrants consistent and conscientious effort by all parties involved in the tourism value chain to tourism. ... read more


New study finds taxes on labour income lower in Latin America and Caribbean

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — A new study has found that taxes on the labour income of the average worker in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries totalled 21.7 per cent of total labour costs in 2013. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), said that the new study titled "Taxing Wages in Latin America and the Caribbean," found that the figure was one-third lower than in Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, where the average was 35.9 per cent. ... read more


UN Boss To Assess Guyana-Venezuela Border Dispute Before Departure

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday September 26, 2016 — United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has promised to look into the Guyana/Venezuela border dispute before his term of office ends. Speaking at a meeting with Guyana President David Granger on Saturday, Mr Ban said his assessment would most likely be delivered in November. ... read more


Grenada's Prime Minister to attend Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus Funeral in Brooklyn

Prime Minister Keith Mitchell will attend the funeral of Ambassador Lamuel Stanislaus in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday. The Prime Minister confirmed this to the publisher of EVERYBODY'S Magazine at an early morning meeting in Grenada on Wed. morning. "He was to me a special human being. I have always said that outside of my mom I don't know any one closest to that special description as Dr. Stanislaus. … The people of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique have lost a beloved son and a very great human being … He was a friend of almost every Caribbean national in New York," Prime Minister Mitchell said. Dr. Stanislaus passed on Sunday at age 95. He was born in Petite Martinique, attended the GBSS and graduated from Howard University Dental School. Dr. Stanislaus was a pupil of Dr. Eric Williams at Howard.


Commonwealth SG backs plans for global agreement on migration

Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland is supporting plans for a global agreement to end the refugee and migration crisis around the world. The global compact for safe, regular and orderly migration is part of the agenda for sustainable development and achieving full respect for the human rights of migrants by 2030. It will be discussed at a round-table event at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). ... read more


Caricom leaders raise concerns about 'global inequalities' at NAM summit

MARGARITA ISLAND, Venezuela (CMC) – Two Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders have used the just concluded summit of non-aligned countries to highlight concerns affecting their respective countries. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne called for the "active solidarity" of members of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) in his island's Internet gaming dispute with the United States. ... read more


China offers US$100 million in aid for refugees

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (Photo: AFP)
UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — China on Monday pledged US$100 million in humanitarian aid to address the world's biggest refugee crisis and said a US$1-billion fund it has set up with the United Nations could also be used for that purpose. ... read more


UN holds first-ever summit on refugees and migrants

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AP) — The issue of what to do about the world's 65.3 million displaced people takes centre stage at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly today when leaders from around the globe converge on New York for the first-ever summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants. ... read more


US congressman demands dismissal of cop in killing of Jamaican youth

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) – A United States congressman is demanding the dismissal of a white New York Police Department (NYPD) officer who allegedly shot and killed a Jamaican youth in his home four years ago. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, a member of the US Congressional Black Caucus leadership and US House of Representative's Judiciary Committee wants the NYPD to dismiss officer Richard Haste in connection with the death of Ramarley Graham.
Haste had shot Graham in the bathroom of his Bronx home. Jeffries is also demanding that the NYPD dismiss another officer, Daniel Pantaleo, who has been linked to the death of African American Eric Garner in 2014. ... read more


US official wants Caribbean nationals help to shape foreign policy

NEW YORK, USA (CMC) — A top United States official is calling on Caribbean nationals in the United States to help shape Washington's foreign policy. "Our diversity is our strength and it needs to move faster," said Juan Gonzalez, deputy assistant secretary for Central America and the Caribbean at the US Department of State, as he addressed a panel discussion on the Caribbean Diaspora at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York. ... read more


Former New Zealand PM seeking CARICOM support as the next secretary General of the United Nations

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark is lobbying Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries as she seeks to replace Ban Ki-moon as the next secretary general of the United Nations. Clark, the Administrator for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is considered the front runner among the 12 candidates vying to replace the diplomat who is ending his second consecutive five-year term of office at the end of the year. ... read more


Caribbean countries urged to do more to tackle cyber-crime

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – A senior official of the accounting firm, Deloitte's Global, says despite increased improvements in technology in Latin America and the Caribbean, the region remains highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Delivering the Prime Minister's Independence Lecture Series Monday as part of the activities to celebrate the 33rdanniversary of St Kitts and Nevis' independence from Britain, is Deloitte's Global Chief Information Officer, Larry Quinlan, said "there is a price to be paid for all the unfettered computing and it's called cyber security. ... read more


US envoy wants to be known as the 'Billion-Dollar Ambassador'

United States Ambassador Luis G Moreno believes that Jamaica can have a fully developed economy that provides prosperity for all its citizens by 2030, the target date for Vision 2030, Jamaica's long-term development plan to make the country the 'place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business'. ... read more


Claims of injustice, racism as UK deports 42 Jamaicans

(jamaica observer) Despite a protest staged outside the Jamaican High Commission in London Tuesday, the British Government deported 42 Jamaicans amid claims that they were tricked and that the expulsions were unjust. The deportees, some carrying only one bag of personal possessions, arrived in Kingston on a chartered flight yesterday morning and were taken to Mobile Reserve, the police unit at Merrion Road, where they were processed before being released to anxious relatives. ... read more


Island Routes to host first Caribbean attractions conference

MORE than 50 of the Caribbean's top attractions providers will gather in Jamaica later this month to discuss industry challenges and opportunities for growth and development when Island Routes Caribbean Adventures hosts its inaugural Island Routes Certified Partner Conference. ... read more


US politician condemns shootings at West Indian Day Carnival

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) – Brooklyn Council member Jumaane Williams says United States law enforcement authorities need to deal with the "chronic violence" now affecting the J'ouvert celebrations which precedes the grand West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. ... read more


NYC Mayor and Police Department Promise Top Notch Security for J'ouvert 2016

For the first time in its history, a legal permit was granted by the City of New York to the organizers of the Caribbean cultural J'ouvert pre-dawn Labor Day celebration. The 2016 after midnight street party will also see an increased police presence and safety measures by the NYPD, as City administration and community organizers of the event seek to stamp out the violence associated with the cultural Labor Day celebrations.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton say this year's J'ouvert will be the safest, as thousands of police officers will be deployed through the streets of Brooklyn, and some 40 police cameras in addition to those already in place, will be installed along the route of the jubilation parade to ensure its safety. ... read more

West Indian Day Parade Route & Details

The following streets will be closed Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm for the West Indian Children's Day Parade as permitted by NYPD. Formation:

St. Johns Place between Kingston Avenue and Brooklyn Avenue

Route: St. Johns Place between Kingston Avenue and Franklin Avenue Franklin Avenue between St. Johns Place and President Street President Street between Franklin Avenue and Washington Avenue


President Street between Classon Avenue and Washington Avenue Into Brooklyn Museum

Jouvert Event

The following streets will be closed Monday from 5 am to 10 am for the Jouvert Event as permitted by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO). Formation:

Grand Army Plaza Eastern Parkway between Washington Avenue and Plaza Street East

Route: Flatbush Avenue between Grand Army Plaza/East Drive and Empire Boulevard Empire Boulevard between Flatbush Avenue and Nostrand Avenue Nostrand Avenue between Empire Boulevard and Midwood Street


Nostrand Avenue between Midwood Street and Rutland Road

Reviewing Stand:

Empire Boulevard between McKeever Place and Bedford Avenue Empire Boulevard between Bedford Avenue and Rogers Avenue Nostrand Avenue between Sterling Street and Lefferts Avenue West Indian American Day Parade and Festival The following streets will be closed Monday from 11 am to 6 pm for the West Indian American Day Parade and Festival as permitted by NYPD.

Buffalo Avenue between Eastern Parkway and Rutland Road
Rochester Avenue between East New York and Sterling Place
Ralph Avenue between Eastern Parkway and East New York Avenue
East New York Avenue between Howard Avenue and Utica Avenue
Eastern Parkway between Howard Avenue and Grand Army Plaza
Flatbush Avenue between Grand Army Plaza and Caton Avenue
Ocean Avenue between Empire Boulevard and Parkside Avenue
Butler Place between Grand Army Plaza and Sterling Place
St. Johns Place between Underhill Avenue and Grand Army Plaza
Rockaway Parkway between East New York Avenue and Rutland Road
Parkside Avenue between Park Circle and Flatbush Avenue
Bedford Avenue between Eastern Parkway and Empire Boulevard
Empire Boulevard between Flatbush Avenue and Nostrand Avenue
Nostrand Avenue between Empire Boulevard and Linden Boulevard
Lincoln Place between Eastern Parkway and East New York Avenue


New database to help in fight against human trafficking

THE Integrated Trafficking in Persons Information System and Database is supporting law enforcement efforts to combat human trafficking in Jamaica. Jointly developed by the Ministry of Justice and United Nations Development Programme in August 2015, the system is designed to improve data collection, analysis, and sharing in support of national policies, programmes and strategies to prevent human trafficking. ... read more


CARICOM congratulates Trinidad and Tobago on 54th Independence anniversary

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday August 31, 2016 – The oil-rich Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago is celebrating its 54th Anniversary of Independence today. And in a congratulatory message to the government and people of the twin-island republic, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque thanked the country for its economic success that has benefited the entire region. ... read more


Canada partners with PAHO to reduce disaster risks in Caribbean health sector

RIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Canada is providing $3 million (US$2.28 million) to help the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reduce the health consequences of emergencies and disasters in the Caribbean. PAHO said that the grant will aid in improving preparedness for emergencies and making the health sector more resilient to climate change. ... read more


Obama presses Congress for Zika funding as worries grow

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – US President Barack Obama called on Congress Saturday to step up funding to combat the Zika virus, warning that delay is putting more Americans at risk. Obama's latest appeal, in his weekly radio address, came the day after the US authorities expressed deepening worry about the spread of the mosquito-borne virus, urging that all donated blood be tested for Zika. ... read more


Haiti launches programme to deal with HIV/AIDS among young population

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) – Haiti has launched a programme aimed at sensitising young people about the HIV/AIDS virus. The project is being co-funded by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and UNAIDS and will target young people between the ages 15 to 30 mainly from the west, center and south Haiti where the epidemic is most widespread. ... read more


Hurricane Gaston expected to weaken in the Atlantic

MIAMI, Florida (AP) — Hurricane Gaston is expected to weaken to a tropical storm in the Atlantic. The US National Hurricane Center says the storm's maximum sustained winds early Thursday are near 75 mph (120 kph) with weakening forecast during the next day or so. The hurricane is centred about 1,225 miles (1,970 kilometres) east of the Leeward Islands and is moving northwest near 17 mph (28 kph). ... read more


WANTED: Volunteers Willing To Be Infected With the Zika Virus

NEW YORK, United States, Monday August 22, 2016 – Zika is an unorthodox virus, transmittable through mosquito bites, sexual intercourse and blood. Therefore, it only seems natural that researchers are taking unorthodox methods to combat the virus, and they are now looking for people who are willing to be infected to help in their efforts to combat it. ... read more


Caribbean countries warned to prepare for major quake

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.0 rattled three Caribbean islands on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of damages or injuries. The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) said that the quake, which occurred at 3.21 am (local time) occurred near Dominica,Antigua and Barbuda and the French island of Guadeloupe. ... read more


Usain Bolt Ends Olympic Career As A Legend

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Saturday August 20, 2016 – If there were any doubts about his status as the greatest sprinter of all time, Usain Bolt erased them last night when he helped Jamaica win the 4x100m relay to complete the first "triple triple" in Olympic history. ... read more



By National Urban League - "Women in this country must become revolutionaries. We must refuse to accept the old, the traditional roles and stereotypes…We must replace the old, negative thoughts about our femininity with positive thoughts and positive action affirming it, and more. But we must also remember that we will be breaking with tradition, and so we must prepare ourselves educationally, economically, and psychologically in order that we will be able to accept and bear with the sanctions that society will immediately impose upon us." -- Shirley Chisholm ... read more


This Hurricane Season Still Set To Be Strongest Since 2012

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) – A number of United States-based Caribbean organisations have joined a campaign to exonerate Jamaica's first national hero, Marcus Garvey. The Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), said Caribbean Diaspora organisations signing on the campaign include Caribbean Georgia; Caribbean American Advancement Foundation; Caribbean Political Action Committee; Foundation for the Exoneration of Marcus Garvey; Jamaica Association of Maryland; Jamaica Nationals Association; and Rebuild Dominica. ... read more


Caribbean Diaspora join campaign to exonerate Marcus Garvey

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) – A number of United States-based Caribbean organisations have joined a campaign to exonerate Jamaica's first national hero, Marcus Garvey. The Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), said Caribbean Diaspora organisations signing on the campaign include Caribbean Georgia; Caribbean American Advancement Foundation; Caribbean Political Action Committee; Foundation for the Exoneration of Marcus Garvey; Jamaica Association of Maryland; Jamaica Nationals Association; and Rebuild Dominica. ... read more


More than 200 confirmed cases of Zika virus in T&T

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago health authorities said that the country now has 254 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The Ministry of Health in a statement noted that the number of Zika positive pregnancies stands at 78. ... read more


A new Jamaican champion makes her mark in Olympic 100 meters

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Sunday August 14, 2016 – Jamaica won the English-speaking Caribbean's first medals at the Olympic Games in Rio last night – gold and bronze – in a highly-anticipated women's 100m final. Elaine Thompson's gold-winning run saw her dethroning two-time champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and ending her compatriot's hopes of a hat-trick of 100m titles. ... read more


Cybercrime Bill not meant to stifle free speech says Gonsalves

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) — Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves has brushed aside suggestions that he is seeking to stifle free expression in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Gonsalves, speaking on a radio programme here on Tuesday, also dismissed remarks that the Cybercrime Bill — which is now before the Parliament — is designed to protect him and other members of the ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP). ... read more


Bolt Big in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Wednesday August 10, 2016 – A veteran Brazilian journalist says that Usain Bolt is more popular than all of Brazil's top sports personalities, including Pele, Formula One champion Ayrton Senna, and current football star Neymar. ... read more


Power Outage Leaves Airline Passengers Worldwide Stranded

LONDON, United Kingdom, Tuesday August 9, 2016 – Thousands of air passengers around the world have been left stranded after a power cut forced the US airline Delta to suspend flights. The incident caused delays across the US and in Japan, Italy and the UK. Airport check-in systems, passenger advisory screens, the airline's website and smartphone apps were affected by the systems failure on Monday. ... read more


US congratulates Jamaica on anniversary of independence

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) – The United States has extended congratulations to Jamaica on its 54th anniversary of political independence from Great Britain, saying that it considers Jamaica a "close friend and partner". Jamaica celebrated its independenec on Saturday, August 6. ... read more


Caribbean fishing industry at risk

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The lead researcher at a US-based environmental research unit has called for urgent action to ensure the future sustainability of the fishing industry in the Caribbean. Aylin Ulman, from the Sea Around Us — a research initiative at the University of British Columbia — also warned that the marine environment of local communities in the Turks and Caicos Islands and the rest of the Caribbean are being threatened as marine catches have been "drastically under-reported". ... read more


2024 rivals send leaders to Rio in fight for support

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — Presidents from France and Hungary, Italy's prime minister and the US secretary of state headed for Rio on Thursday to step up their countries' bids for the 2024 Olympics. Budapest, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome are in contention to stage the 2024 Games and the Rio Games will be a key campaign stage ahead of the International Olympic Committee vote in September next year. ... read more


Cuba develops crops resistant to climate change

HAVANA, Cuba (CMC) — Cuban scientists have created varieties of crops that will be able to withstand the effects of climate change. The Cuban news agency reports that professionals from the National Research Institute of Tropical Viandas (INIVIT) have genetically engineered varieties of cassava, sweet potato, yams and bananas to withstand climate change. Director of the Institute, Sergio Rodriguez Morales says the clones require less water and are more resistant to pests. ... read more


With 14 local Zika cases, Florida asks for emergency aid

MIAMI, Florida (AFP) – Florida now has 14 people who likely contracted the Zika virus from mosquitoes in the Miami area, and the State needs emergency help from the federal government, officials said Monday. Governor Rick Scott announced 10 new cases of locally transmitted Zika, in addition to four made public by the department of health on Friday. ... read more


Caribbean countries observing Emancipation Day

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries were on Monday observing Emancipation Day with a national holiday and calls for the population of the region to reflect on the social, economic and political progress achieved since slavery had been abolished in 1834. ... read more


Business leaders lauded for participation in Caricom review

MINISTER of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith has commended business leaders for participating in the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Review Commission. Johnson Smith also lauded the leaders for their demonstrated interest to ensure that Jamaica's path to realising economic growth and job creation is "well cemented" with the nations closest to the island. ... read more


Florida probes four suspected non-travel cases of Zika

MIAMI, United States (AFP) – Florida is investigating two new cases of Zika virus that may not involve people infected while traveling outside the United States, bringing the state's total number of such cases to four, officials said Wednesday. If any of the cases are confirmed, it would mark the first time that mosquitoes carrying the virus are known to be present in the continental United States. ... read more

TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016

First medical marijuana dispensary to open in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) — The first medical marijuana dispensary in Florida is slated to open. Trulieve, the approved organisation in northwest Florida, is set to open a dispensary in Tallahassee on Tuesday, one week after being given dispensing authorisation by Florida's health department. ... read more

MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016

Jamaica participates in clinical trials for Zika

Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says Jamaica will shortly be participating in a number of clinical trials in the drive to find a vaccine to treat the Zika Virus (ZIKV). Addressing a Ministry of Health/Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) Parish Town Hall Meeting at the Sandy Bank Primary School in St. Elizabeth on July 21, the Minister said Jamaica's participation forms part of an international study and fight against ZIKV. ... read more

FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2016

UWI honours T&T PM; Holness to be recognised later this year

Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Hon. Keith Rowley, was inducted on Wednesday July 20, into the Prime Minister's Park of Honour located at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona. The park is used to honour UWI graduates who have been or are serving as Heads of Government. The addition of Dr. Rowley's name brings to 17 the number of heads who have been added to the monument at the park. ... read more


CARICOM Heads of Government endorse Action Plan for Statistics

The necessity to underpin any action towards growth, development and empowerment of the peoples of CARICOM with statistically sound evidence has been the consistent rallying cry of statisticians. Regionally, there is an increasing demand for better data to inform decision-making. But that demand has exposed deficiencies in the statistical offices and has prompted undertakings to better equip statistical offices with the tools, human and otherwise, to do the job. ... read more


Zika Epidemic To Last For Years And Could Become Endemic

LONDON, England, Wednesday July 20, 2016 – The Zika virus isn't going anywhere anytime soon, according to experts. They say the epidemic is likely to continue for another two to three years, and in a worst-case scenario could become endemic in Latin America. ... read more

TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016

Discussions between Jamaica and T&T to strengthen bonds – PM Holness

(jis.gov) Bilateral discussions between Jamaica and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago are expected to result in robust initiatives that will lead to increased co-operation, and the promotion of improved trade relations. This is the sentiment expressed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, who is hosting his Trinidadian counterpart, Dr. the Hon. Keith Rowley, on an official four-day visit. ... read more

MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016

Jamaica welcomes Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister

(jis.gov) Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Hon. Keith Rowley, and Mrs. Sharon Rowley, arrived in Jamaica today (July 17) for a four-day official visit. They were met at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston by a welcoming party led by Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, and Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith. ... read more

FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016

HIV infections in Caribbean on the rise

GENEVA, Switzerland (CMC) — The United Nations says HIV infections among adults in the Caribbean has risen, warning also that the decline globally among adults has stalled for at least five years. The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Prevention Gap Report, issued here on Wednesday, revealed that "after years of steady decline, the Caribbean saw a nine per cent rise among adults". ... read more


US Records First Zika-Related Death as Virus Spreads

UTAH, United States, Thursday July 14, 2016 – A Utah woman infected with the Zika virus has died, and while the exact cause is unclear, authorities said that it marks the first death related to the virus in the continental United States. ... read more


Caribbean countries entangled by U.S. financial crackdown

BELIZE CITY, Belize, (Reuters) – Burdened by chronic back pain, Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow avoids traveling abroad, his colleagues say. But in January, he flew to Washington and visited one government agency after another on a singular mission: reconnecting his country to the U.S. financial system. ... read more

TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016

Bahamas issues travel warning for US, citing racial tension

NASSAU, Bahamas (AFP) – The government of the Bahamas has urged its citizens to be careful when traveling to the United States, citing tensions over the recent deaths of black men at the hands of police. Most people in the Caribbean nation are black. The foreign ministry said young Bahamian men in particular should exercise caution in their dealings with police in US cities. ... read more

MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016

Caribbean leaders in Florida to host prayer vigil following fatal shootings

Fort Lauderdale, USA (CMC) — Caribbean American pastors and community leaders in South Florida will be holding a prayer vigil here this week in the aftermath of the recent shootings across the country that led to the deaths of five police officers in the state of Texas and two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. ... read more


Jamaica welcomes US-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Legislation

MINISTER of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith has commended the US-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Legislation now being considered by the United States Senate. Speaking at the American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica (AMCHAM) breakfast last Tuesday at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, Senator Johnson noted that the bipartisan bill, which was introduced by Congressman Eliot L Engel (D-NY), seeks to enhance the level of engagement between the United States and the Caribbean. ... read more


Guyanese nationals warned against overstaying in US

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Guyanese nationals visiting the United States (US) have been warned against overstaying their time in the country. According to Bryan Hunt, the outgoing deputy chief of mission at the US Embassy here said while the US has been increasing the number of non-immigrant visas to Guyanese nationals, the situation could be overturned if visitors overstay their time. ... read more

MONDAY, JULY 4, 2016

Former Trinidad Prime Minister Patrick Manning dies

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning died early Saturday after being diagnosed with blood cancer. He was 69. On Friday, his wife, Hazel Manning, a former education minister, confirmed that her husband had been suffering from Acute Myeloid Leukemia and was "being prepared to undergo treatment". ... read more

FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2016

Court blocks Barbados plans to introduce fingerprinting at ports

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The Supreme Court on Thursday quashed plans by the Government to introduce fingerprinting at ports of entry. The case brought by social activist and attorney David Comissiong was heard by Justice Pamela Beckles after Government failed to file a defense within the stipulated 28-day period. ... read more


ExxonMobil confirms significant oil discovery off Guyana

TEXAS, United States, Thursday June 30, 2016 – International oil and gas giant Exxon Mobil Corporation says that drilling results from a second exploration well off Guyana, confirm a world-class discovery with a recoverable resource of between 800 million and 1.4 billion oil-equivalent barrels. ... read more

TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2016

ECLAC proposes single digital market for the Caribbean

CANCUN, Mexico (CMC) — The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has called for the creation of a regional digital market, saying that it will contribute to development with equality and environmental sustainability in the region. ECLAC told the fourth Latin American Telecommunications Congress here that the creation of the market will enable increased connectivity for people and businesses, and facilitate the online exchange of goods and services. ... read more

MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2016

US citizenship law that treats men, women differently to be reviewed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to referee a dispute about an odd piece of US citizenship law that treats men and women differently. The justices said they will hear a case about a law that applies only to children born outside the US to one parent who is an American and one who is not. The law makes it easier for children whose mother is a citizen to become citizens themselves. Even after reform legislation in 1986, children of American fathers face higher hurdles claiming citizenship for themselves. ... read more

FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016

New York City Council passes resolutions for Haitian Day in US

NEW YORK, CMC –The New York City Council has unanimously passed resolutions tabled by Haitian-born Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene calling on New York State and the United States to recognise the contributions Haitians have made by establishing a Haitian Day. Resolution 687 establishes October 9 – which signifies the Battle of Savannah, when Haitian soldiers fought for freedom with the United States – annually as New York City Haitian Day, in recognition of the historic contributions of the Haitian Diaspora to the City of New York. ... read more

MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016

IMF approves US$80M disbursement for Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) board has completed Jamaica's eleventh and twelfth reviews under the Extended Fund Facility (EEF) and has approved US$80 million disbursement. The review, which was completed on June 17, 2016, enabled the disbursement of additional funds, bringing the total disbursements under the arrangement to US$748.2 million. ... read more


US Congresswoman seeks presidential pardon for Garvey

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke is seeking presidential pardon for one of Jamaica's National Heroes – Marcus Mosiah Garvey who was charged with US mail fraud. Clarke – the daughter of former New York Council woman Una Clarke hopes that Garvey will be exonerated before US President Barak Obama leaves office in January 2017. ... read more


US lawmakers pass Bill to increase engagement with Caribbean region

WASHINGTON, United States--The United States House of Representatives has passed a piece of legislation aimed at increasing engagement with the governments of the Caribbean region, the Caribbean Diaspora in the US, and the private sector and civil society in the US and the Caribbean. ... read more

TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016

Florida bank issues first US credit card for use in Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — A small Florida bank will issue the first US credit card intended for use in Cuba and make it easier for Americans to travel and work on an island largely cut off from the US financial system, the bank announced Tuesday. Pompano Beach-based Stonegate Bank said its Mastercard, available Wednesday, will let US travellers charge purchases at state-run businesses and a handful of private ones, mostly high-end private restaurants equipped with point-of-sale devices. Until now, Americans have generally had to bring cash to Cuba and change it either at state institutions that impose a 10 percent penalty on the dollar or in informal exchanges with locals. ... read more

MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016

Marijuana conversation moves forward in CARICOM

The formal regional conversation around marijuana in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will move to another level when the first national consultation on the issue is held on Wednesday, 15 June in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Regional Commission on Marijuana, in collaboration with the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has convened a series of consultations with a cross section of stakeholders including youth, faith based organizations and non-governmental organizations and special interests groups. ... read more

FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2016

UN plan to end AIDS by 2030 faces Russian resistance

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) – UN member-states agreed on Wednesday to fast-track their response to end the AIDS pandemic by 2030 despite a last-minute bid by Russia to dilute efforts to focus on drug users and gay men. A political declaration was adopted by the 193-nation General Assembly that stressed the need to help intravenous drug users, sex workers, gay men, transgender people and prisoners who are at high risk of contracting HIV. ... read more


Caribbean still worried at high prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS

UNITED NATIONS (CMC) – The 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping says despite its successes in dealing with the HIV/AIDs epidemic, the region still remains second to Sub-Sahara Africa in its prevalence rate. ... read more


Reflect, act to safeguard Caribbean Sea – CARICOM on World Oceans Day

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM), as steward of the the Caribbean Sea – the second largest sea in the world – is joining in the observance of World Oceans Day today. And this year's celebration should be used to reflect and act "as we seek to safeguard this natural resource so critical to this Region's economy, cultural expression and recreation," according to Dr. Douglas Slater, Assistant Secretary General, Human and Social Development, CARICOM Secretariat. ... read more


WHO to reconsider Olympics Zika threat after "conflict of interest" accusation

NEW YORK, United States, Monday June 6, 2016 – With less than two months to go before the start of the Rio Olympics, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said it will reconsider the threat of the Zika virus. In an unexpected turnaround, the director-general of the organisation, Dr Margaret Chan, said the WHO will now "examine the risks of holding the Olympic Summer Games as currently scheduled." ... read more

MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016

CARICOM unwavering in its determination to preserve Guyana's territorial integrity

Georgetown, Guyana – Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Wednesday said that the Community remained unwavering in its determination to preserve Guyana's territorial integrity. He gave the commitment when he met with President David Granger at the Ministry of the Presidency.... read more

FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016

Jamaica to get climate change aid from Japan

Jamaica will receive US$1.8 million from Japan to assist in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Approximately J$73 million (US$587,054) of that sum will be provided to support on-the-ground work to help communities' efforts to cope with the effects of climate change. . ... read more


CDB helps Haitian entrepreneurs find the recipe for success

In Haiti, small-business owner Isabelle Laguerre Mevs has found the recipe for success. Her company turns local produce into condiments that are in demand across the island. Today, the pepper sauce, honey, vinegar, and green seasoning sauce are now on local supermarket shelves and in a number of Haitian restaurants and hotels. ... read more


South America's biggest airline is latest to pull out of embattled Venezuela

SANTIAGO, Chile, Wednesday June 1, 2016 – Latin America's largest airline is the latest carrier to suspend flights to Venezuela. LATAM, which was formed by the merger of Chile's LAN and Brazilian airline TAM blamed the "difficult macroeconomic scenario" for the move. ... read more

MONDAY, MAY 31, 2016

Caribbean urged to brace for more hurricane activity this year

ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — A two-day Caribbean Regional Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) began here yesterday with the region being told to brace itself for a wetter than usual season and chances of more hurricane activity this year than in the past five years. ... read more

FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016

Caribbean expanding share in US$130B global seafood market

(CRFM) Caribbean economies are poised to benefit from a Region-wide initiative to expand seafood market share, through the implementation of food safety measures to enable countries to get a bigger piece of the global pie, worth an estimated US$130B annually. ... read more

THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016

Jamaican company selected to participate in IDB programme

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) – A Jamaican company is the sole Caribbean entity selected from Latin America and the Caribbean to participate in an innovation and entrepreneurship event sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in October. The IDB said that "Book Fusion" is among the 12 start-up companies that will participate in the 2016 edition of Demand Solutions on October 4 in Washington. ... read more


Trinidad and Tobago to supply Venezuela with manufactured goods

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Government of Trinidad and Tobago says it will be providing relief to Venezuela in the form of manufactured goods, but gave no indication as to whether it is as a result of the socio-economic and political unrest in the Spanish- speaking country. Prime Minister Keith Rowley made the announcement yesterday after holding bilateral talks with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. ... read more

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016

Obama signs bill striking 'negro' from US laws

WASHINGTON, United States (AP) — Federal laws will no longer include outdated and offensive terms used to describe minority groups. President Barack Obama signed a bill striking the several terms, including "Negro" and "Oriental" on Friday, the White House said. Those terms will be replaced with "African American" and "Asian American". ... read more

MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016

Maduro arrives in Trinidad for talks with PM

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Venezuelan Leader Nicolas Maduro arrived here on Sunday night for talks with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley. Maduro arrived here from Jamaica where he held "fruitful" talks with Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Maduro will meet with Prime Minister Rowley to discuss issues of mutual interest, including enhancing bilateral cooperation between the two oil rich countries. A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister said that the talks would also centre on foreign policy, energy and trade. ... read more

FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016

Possible human trials of Zika vaccine by September

TEXAS, United States, Thursday May 19, 2016 – Scientists have for the first time cloned the Zika virus, an important development towards fast-tracking a vaccine against the disease. The genetically engineered copy is a replica of the strain that is spreading across Latin America and the Caribbean, bringing an increase in microcephaly, a condition in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and underdeveloped brains. ... read more

TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016

Development of marijuana industry urgent – Jamaica Finance Minister

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, says Jamaica must move with urgency to develop a medical marijuana industry. He pointed out that exploiting the benefits of marijuana is "not about smoking a spliff" or "walking around with two ounces of the weed." ... read more

MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016

Caribbean marine resources worth hundreds of millions of dollars

Caribbean countries have a living bank of marine resources from which they collectively cash out hundreds of millions of dollars a year. They can spend that money to support emerging national economies by providing good jobs, food and foreign exchange, among other benefits. ... read more

FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016

CARICOM advances relations with Sweden, Netherlands

CARICOM Secretariat – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Foreign Ministers have put measures in place for closer cooperation with Sweden and the Netherlands even as they seek to place issues impacting the development of Small Island Developing and Low-lying States (SIDS) in the spotlight. The Ministers, at their just concluded 19th Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, met their counterparts from the two European Union (EU) Member States. ... read more

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016

CARICOM's strategic relationships critical in changing global environment

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent and the Grenadines – The critical importance of CARICOM maintaining traditional relationships and building new ones was underscored by Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque as he addressed CARICOM Foreign Ministers who are gathered in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the 19th Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR). ... read more


UN launches trust fund for Caribbean Zika virus response

UNITED NATIONS (CMC) – The United Nations has established a Zika Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) to finance critical unfunded priorities in the response to the outbreak of the mosquito borne virus in Latin America and the Caribbean. The UN said the Fund, which aims to provide a rapid, flexible and accountable platform to support a coordinated response from the UN system and partners, will directly support the Zika Strategic Response Framework, developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in consultation with UN agencies, partners and international epidemiological experts. ... read more

TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016

Caribbean students to benefit from Rihanna's new scholarship programme

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday May 10, 2016 – Barbadian-born Grammy-winning singer Rihanna has announced a global scholarship programme that would fund education for students from seven countries, including her home country and four other Caribbean nations, in the United States. ... read more

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016

Fight the bite! Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week begins May 9

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. 5th May, 2016. The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is extending an invitation to representatives of the media to the launch of Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week. ... read more

FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016

Cleaner, cheaper and more secure sources of energy for Caricom

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) – Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that creates a framework for cooperation to promote programmes and activities that foster the transformation of the energy sector in the Caribbean. ... read more


Caribbean energy sector to get transformation support

(caricom.org) The just ended Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington gave a commitment to support the Caribbean's transformation of the energy systems. In a joint statement the Summit pledged to pursue, among other things, comprehensive, planning-based and research-driven approaches to energy transition; the promotion and development of affordable no-or-lower carbon electricity generation through wind, solar, geothermal power, hydropower, bioenergy, ocean energy, energy recovery from waste, and other clean energies; and promotion of energy efficiency measures while also recognising that alternative fuels, such as natural gas, can play a useful bridging role. ... read more


US identifies priority areas to help Caribbean economies grow

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) – United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, has identified what he regarded as three priority areas in which the Obama administration would like the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean to grow and thrive. Addressing the Council of the Americas' 46th Annual Washington Conference of the Americas/US-Caribbean-Central American Energy Summit Reception Tuesday night, Kerry said these areas are trade, supporting entrepreneurs and innovators, and promoting accountability and transparency in government institutions. ... read more

TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016

Strong CARICOM presence for Energy Summit with U.S. Vice President

Several CARICOM Heads and Ministers of Government are in Washington for the US-Caribbean-Central American Energy Summit hosted by US Vice-President Joe Biden. The May 3 and 4 Summit will build on the work of the Caribbean Energy Security Summit that the Vice President hosted in January 2015, and launch the results of the energy task force for the Caribbean and Central America announced by President Obama during his meeting with CARICOM Heads of Government in Jamaica last April. ... read more

MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016

Region continues climate change planning

The Caribbean Community continues to plan the way forward following the recent signing of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Member agencies of the Regional Coordinating Committee on Climate Change (RCCC) met in St. Lucia 27-28 April, to review the progress made in the implementation of the region's climate change plan and discuss the way forward. ... read more

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016

CARICOM countries seek to strengthen social security

NASSAU, Bahamas, Friday April 29, 2016 – Countries within the region are strategizing ways to ensure sustainability of their respective social security schemes. Officials are meeting in the Bahamas for the 27th CARICOM Heads of Social Security Meeting and they are exploring the global trends in social security and how these fit within the region, and at a national level. ... read more


New Zika Warning

(barbadostoday) A regional health official today warned of a possible rise in the number of Zika cases once the rainy season begins in June. And chairman of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Zika Task Force Professor Clive Landis said when it does Barbados and its Caribbean neighbours must not be caught unawares. ... read more


US legislators introduce US-Caribbean strategic engagement legislation

The United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2016, which Engel introduced last week with well known Anti-Castro Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, would require the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to submit to Congress a multiyear strategy focused on outreach to the countries of the Caribbean and diaspora communities in the US, improving energy security, countering violence, ramping up diplomacy, and other priority areas. ... read more

MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016

Immigration officials need to do better, suggests CARICOM official

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Amid concern about the way some CARICOM nationals are treated when they visit their regional neighbours, CARICOM Deputy Secretary-General Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan has called for more sensitization of immigration officials. ... read more

FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016

Caribbean Countries To Sign Paris Agreement

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,(CMC) – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders and senior government ministers are heading to the United States to participate in the signing and ratification of the Paris Agreement which adopted, late last year, at the 21st Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP21). ... read more


Jamaica defends decriminalizing Marijuana at UN General Assembly

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Jamaica defended its decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana. Iran said it seized 620 tons of different types of drugs last year and is helping protect the world from "the evils of addiction." Cuba opposed the legalisation of drugs or declaring them harmless. ... read more


U.S. Decries Human Rights Practices In The Caribbean

By Nelson A. King
WASHINGTON, DC Apr. 17, (CMC) – The United States continues to decry human rights practices in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member-states, saying that many of them are still engaged in egregious practices that derail democracy. ... read more


Immigrant children placed with adults who are in the U.S. illegally

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The vast majority of immigrant children who arrive alone at the US border are placed by the government with adults who are in the country illegally, federal data reviewed by The Associated Press show. The government has long said that it places the children with family and friends regardless of immigration status. But since more children began arriving on the border in 2014, officials have not revealed how often those sponsors lack legal papers. ... read more

MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2016

Caribbean countries still struggling to overcome global economic meltdown says IMF

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — A senior official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says with the global economy still struggling many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are facing a harsher world than they did a few years ago. ... read more

FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016

US cautions Caribbean countries offering economic citizenship

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday April 14, 2016 – The United States Government has cautioned Caribbean countries offering a Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) to be extra cautious about who they give their passports to, and ensure that recipients have no terrorist or crime links. ... read more


Barbados seeking to break into Cuban market

With the formal re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States (US), Barbados and other CARICOM countries are now seeking to further partner with that country in an effort to take advantage of emerging opportunities. ... read more


Region gets US$3B to support renewable energy efforts

NASSAU, Bahamas, Tuesday April 12, 2016 – Japan and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) are partnering to invest US$3 billion in Latin America and the Caribbean to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, as well as quality infrastructure projects related to energy savings. ... read more


New project to create resilience culture in the Caribbean

BRIDGETON, Barbados (CDEMA) – The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) announced the project 'Strengthening Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies and Capacities for Resilience in the Caribbean', that is supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). The purpose of the project is reinforcing disaster risk reduction and creating a resilience culture in the Caribbean. The announcement was made during the Disaster Risk Reduction Development Partners Meeting which took place on April 7, 2016, in Barbados. ... read more

MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016

ECLAC predicts Caribbean economies will contract this year

SANTIAGO, Chile (CMC) – The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has revised downward its growth projections for the region's economic activity, forecasting an average contraction of -0.6 per cent in 2016. ECLAC said that this new estimate reflects that the contraction experienced by regional Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2015 (-0.5 per cent) will extend to the current year. ... read more


Jamaica and Mexico to deepen relations with cooperation agreement

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday April 8, 2016 – Relations between Jamaica and Mexico will be further strengthened next month with the two signing a comprehensive cooperation programme. Mexico's Ambassador to Jamaica, Martha Cecilia Jaber, said the programme, which will involve several projects, will be signed at the 8th Meeting of the Mexico-Jamaica Binational Commission in Mexico City. ... read more


Jamaica's marijuana industry on pause

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday April 6, 2016 – It will be a while longer before people who want to get involved in marijuana cultivation, transportation, processing, retailing, and research and development legally in Jamaica can do so. The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), which was expecting to accept applications from Monday, says the process has been delayed with the change in government. ... read more


The World Bank on three trends on Public-Private Partnerships in the Caribbean

(Jamaica Observer) Many small developing states facing climate and social vulnerabilities are struggling to develop high-quality, efficient and accessible infrastructure. While private investment in infrastructure is not new in the Caribbean, the governments in the region are increasingly turning to Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) to develop and maintain infrastructure that supports national economic growth and delivers basic services to their citizens. In the context of low growth and global tailwinds, what can Caribbean countries do to invest in infrastructure and spur sustainable and inclusive growth? ... read more


IDB Says It Committed Billions To Climate Change Adaptation In The Caribbean

WASHINGTON, DC Apr. 4, (CMC) – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) said, today, it had committed US$3.8 billion for projects that target climate change adaptation and mitigation, renewable energy and environmental sustainability in Latin America and the Caribbean last year. "This investment represents over one-third of the Banks' lending for the year, surpassing its institutional target of 25 per cent," according to the IDB's annual Sustainability Report released here. ... read more


Raising the US minimum wage to US$15 – an American dream

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — New York, Seattle, California: in the battle over the US minimum wage, cities and states are taking their own initiative, making regional advances toward the goal of a US$15-an-hour floor. Some cities have voted through spectacular increases, making the dream of better pay a reality for hundreds of thousands of employees in a country where the federal minimum wage level has remained unchanged at US$7.25 an hour since 2009. ... read more


Trio sentenced for targeting immigrants in Green Card scam

NEW YORK, United States, Friday April 1, 2016 – Three people, including one who impersonated a police officer, have been sentenced in New York in connection with a scheme in which they stole more than US$8,000 from two victims by falsely promising to help them obtain Green Cards and other government documents. ... read more


Caribbean tourism officials to focus on business, service excellence

St. John's, Antigua (caricom.org) – As Caribbean tourism rebounds, tourism practitioners within the region are making their next strategic move by focusing on enhancing the quality of their product, and developing a strong culture of service excellence. The Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Hugh Riley and other well-known Caribbean tourism officials will meet in Antigua and Barbuda to address the theme 'Making Excellence a Habit: Service Loyalty and Profitability in Caribbean Tourism' at the Caribbean Tourism Organisation's 8th annual Tourism Human Resources Conference, taking place from May 11 – 13, 2016. ... read more


Criminals using China to launder millions of dollars

ASHDOD, Israel (AP) — Scam artists, drug cartels and gangs from around the world have found a new haven for laundering money: China. The country's well-developed underground financial networks have caught the attention of foreign criminals who are using China to clean their dirty money and pump it back into the global financial system — largely beyond the reach of Western law enforcement, an Associated Press investigation has found. ... read more

MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2016

Ebola scare after patient returns to Bahamas from South Africa

NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) – Health authorities say they are taking "the necessary precautions" and have so far ruled out a case of Ebola infection following the hospitalisation of a 51-year-old woman after a visit to South Africa earlier this month. The Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) said the unidentified woman checked into the Accident and Emergency on March 15 after she visited Johannesburg two weeks ago. ... read more

FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016

CARICOM Ambassador wants Caribbean people to take advantage of CSME

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – A senior Barbados diplomat Wednesday called on Caribbean people to secure their future by taking full advantage of the opportunities provided under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) that allows for free movement of goods, skills, labour and skills. ... read more


China, Barbados signs extradition treaty

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Barbados and China Wednesday signed two treaties aimed at assisting each other in investigating criminal matters and bringing fugitives to justice. Acting Attorney General, Michael Lashley, signed the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty as well as an Extradition Treaty with China's Vice Foreign Minister Wang Chao. ... read more


WHO chief issues new warning on Zika virus

UNITED NATIONS (CMC) — The head of the United Nations health agency has issued a new warning on the mosquito-borne Zika virus, saying that "the more we know the worse things look". World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, said that in less than a year, the status of Zika has changed from "a mild medical curiosity" to a disease with severe public health implications. ... read more

MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016

Obama, Castro hold groundbreaking Cuba talks

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — US President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro met Monday in Havana's Palace of the Revolution for groundbreaking talks on ending the decades-long standoff between the two neighbors. Obama, meeting Castro for only the third time for formal talks, was the first US president in Cuba since 1928. ... read more

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2016

Caribbean countries not fully satisfied with EPA accord

Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) countries say they are yet to "meaningfully reap the potential benefits" of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) signed with Europe in 2008. The issue was among matters discussed at the 23rd Meeting of the Council of CARIFORUM Ministers held here earlier this week, and according to a statement issued on Friday a review of the EPA had concluded that the region " had as yet to meaningfully reap the potential benefits of the Agreement. ... read more


US Customs agents nab Caribbean smugglers

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) – The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) say they have detained two people, including a Haitian, on drug related charges. CBP said that its officers had detained United States citizen, Elisabethmone Lewis and Haitian Anne Cadet, in two separate occasions earlier this month. ... read more


Tax evasion accounts for billions in lost revenue in Latin America and the Caribbean

SANTIAGO, Chile (CMC) – The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says evasion is one of the main weaknesses of the tax systems in the region's economies, accounting for US$320 billion in 2014. ECLAC has just released its "Fiscal Panorama of Latin America and the Caribbean 2016," noting that tax revenues are the cornerstone of the basic financing of modern State, and it is therefore vital to prioritize the creation of a tax culture in which evaders are effectively punished. ... read more


Haiti records nearly 100 cholera deaths in first two months of 2016

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — Haiti says it has recorded 96 people have died from cholera during the first two months of this year. The Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) said there were also 7, 782 cases of the disease during the period January 1 to February 27. ... read more

MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016

Grace Kennedy and SRC Sign MOU to Develop New Food Products

(jis.gov) The Scientific Research Council (SRC) is partnering with food manufacturing giant, Grace Kennedy on the development of new food items from local agricultural produce. Under a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed at the SRC's Hope Gardens headquarters on March 8, the entities will collaborate to improve the quantity and quality of food products on the market through the application of science and technology solutions. ... read more

FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016

US healthcare agency pays compensation for 'No Haitians' ad

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — A United States-based major healthcare staffing agency has agreed to pay US$100,000 in a settlement for what has been described as an "egregious" classified advertisement that discriminated against Haitian nurses. New York State Attorney General Eric T Schneiderman said that Interim Healthcare of Greater New York, Inc, a local franchise of one of the largest healthcare staffing agencies in the nation, will pay the penalty and agreed to revise its policies and procedures to ensure full compliance with law. ... read more


Trinidad & Tobago ranked world's biggest daily waste producer

TRINIDAD GUARDIAN – T&T has been ranked as the highest producer of Municipal Solid Waste per capita by the World Bank. Municipal Solid Waste includes non-hazardous waste generated in households, commercial and business establishments, institutions, and non-hazardous industrial process wastes, agricultural wastes and sewage sludge. ... read more


Caribbean countries urged to fully develop energy sector

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — Caribbean countries have been told that reducing energy costs will help the region improve growth and strengthen competitiveness. But at the same time, regional policymakers face conflicting objectives. On the one hand, investment in an effective energy reform strategy would have long-term benefits, while on the other, few countries have fiscal space to embark on ambitious investments to reform the energy sector. ... read more


CARICOM seeks Portugal's advocacy on major concerns

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Caribbean Community (Caricom) is calling on Portugal to help remove a number of Caribbean countries from a list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions developed by the European Union. Caricom Secretary General Irwin LaRocque raised the issue as he received the accreditation Friday of Portugal's ambassador to the 15-member regional grouping, Fernando Teles Fazendeiro. ... read more


Europe funds project on preventing domestic violence in the Caribbean

LONDON, United Kingdom (CMC) – The European Union is providing 400,000 euros to implement a new project on preventing domestic violence in the Caribbean. The funds have been awarded to a team of Caribbean and European experts, headed by Professor Adele Jones from the University of Huddersfield, in partnership with The Sweet Water Foundation of Grenada. ... read more


JAMAICA ELECTION: Holness To Be Sworn In Tomorrow

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Mar 2, (CMC) – Andrew Holness will be sworn in as Prime Minister of Jamaica, tomorrow afternoon, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has announced. JLP spokesperson, Kamina Johnson Smith, said, the party is preparing for the swearing in, scheduled for 4.00 pm (local time). ... read more


CARICOM Official Warns That Violence Threatens Gains Made By Region

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Feb 29, (CMC) – A two-day regional forum on "Youth Crime and Violence" began here, on Monday, bringing together a wide range of stakeholders to examine challenges and solutions to the issue. Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Deputy Secretary General, Dr. Manorma Soeknandan, said, the issue threatens to consume the gains "we have made as a region and as individual member states, in preparing our young people to live productive and safe lives, and to contribute to the further development of our region". ... read more


Jamaica Prime Minister, Calls For Calm as recount in Jamaica elections continue

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Feb 28, (CMC) – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, today, called for Jamaicans to remain calm, as the recounting of ballots in the February 25 general election resumes on Monday. In a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister, she said, that she wanted both the supporters of the People's National Party (PNP) and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), to remain calm in light of the prolonged recounting of ballots taking place in some constituencies. ... read more


CARICOM, Japan strengthen decades-old ties

(caricom.org) The long-standing friendship that has existed between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Japan was strengthened on Thursday 25 February, with the accreditation of new Ambassador of Japan to CARICOM, His Excellency Mitsuhiko Okada. ... read more


Jamaica Labour Party wins general elections

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Andrew Holness is back in charge in Jamaica. He is set to be sworn in as the country's new Prime Minister after his Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) toppled the People's National Party (PNP) government, winning 33 of the 63 seats in Parliament in yesterday's elections. ... read more


Barbados bags Best Caribbean Destination 2016 award

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Barbados has been voted Caribbean Best Destination 2016 in recognition of outstanding performance and partnership by Expedia, the largest retailer of travel products in the Caribbean. The award, which was presented during the Caribbean Travel Marketplace in The Bahamas, was a continuation of Barbados' recent winning streak and marked the seventh international award Barbados has received over the past year. ... read more


CARICOM mounts Observer Mission for Jamaica's elections

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is mounting a CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission to monitor the general elections to be held in Jamaica, Thursday 25 February, 2016. The Mission is being headed by Ms. Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer, Elections and Boundaries Department, Belize. ... read more


Time to actually save the planet as world leaders agreed

By Andreas Sieber, Giselle Bernard and Ivo Bantel BERLIN, PARIS AND BRUSSELS, IPS, Monday February 22, 2016 – The day, 12 December 2015 was historic. Following decades of negotiations, countries agreed to sign the first global, legally binding climate agreement. ... read more


Obama plans historic trip to Cuba to further ties

WASHINGTON, United States (AP) — US President Barack Obama will pay a historic visit to Cuba in the coming weeks, senior Obama administration officials said, becoming the first president to set foot on the island in nearly seven decades. ... read more


Caribbean countries urged to brace for floods

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) is warning regional countries that they should brace themselves for floods as the drought conditions which have affected the region since late 2014 are expected to subside by the start of the 2016 Hurricane Season. ... read more


Cuba and US to sign agreement for regular direct flights

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – The United States and Cuba will sign an agreement Tuesday authorizing up to 110 daily US commercial flights to Havana and nine other destinations in the communist island, restoring regular air travel for the first time in more than 50 years. ... read more


American charged with defrauding Caribbean immigrants

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) says an American had been arrested and charged with defrauding Caribbean and other immigrants. The DOJ said Helaman Hansen, 63, was arrested after a US federal grand jury returned a 13-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, 11 counts of mail fraud and one count of wire fraud for operating a fraudulent adult-adoption programme that targeted undocumented immigrants. ... read more


Cuba to host international congress on computer science in health

HAVANA, Cuba (CMC) — The 11th International Congress of Computing in Health will be held here next month under the theme 'Connected in Health'. The March 14-18 conference will also include talks in the areas of health and clinical proactive, computing nursing processes; telemedicine and medical technologies; and computer science, society and bio-computing. ... read more


Barbados and United Kingdom sign air services agreement

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday February 11, 2016 – Barbados and the United Kingdom (UK) have signed an Air Services Agreement which is expected to strengthen existing air transport links between the two countries. ... read more


Reducing non-communicable disease in SIDS through climate preservation

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday February 9, 2016 – Chronic non- communicable diseases (NCDs) including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease account for some 7 out of every 10 deaths in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) including those of the Caribbean. This results in the expenditure of approximately 60% of health budgets in nearly all Caribbean countries. While it is easy to assume that the most common cause of NCDs are behavioural, such as exposure to tobacco smoke, unhealthy eating, physical inactivity and alcohol abuse, recognizing and understanding the connection between NCDs and environmental factors is critical, more so now than ever before. ... read more


Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Zika virus. In an announcement Monday, the White House said the money would be used to expand mosquito control programs, speed development of a vaccine, develop diagnostic tests and improve support for low-income pregnant women. ... read more


Cuba and US to collaborate in fight against migration fraud and human trafficking

HAVANA, Cuba, Feb. 6, (CMC) -Representatives from Cuba and the United States have agreed to collaborate in the fight against trafficking in persons and migration fraud. This was discussed at a meeting in Miami, Florida on Thursday. ... read more


WHO declares Zika an International Public Health Emergency

The World Health Organization declared the spread of Zika and an associated birth defect an international public health emergency Monday, freeing funds to combat the disease. "This is an extraordinary event," said WHO Director General Margaret Chan at a press conference Monday. ... read more


Jamaica commits to climate change mitigation

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday February 1, 2016 – Jamaica is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of 1.1 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide per year by 2030, as part of its global commitment to take climate change mitigation action. ... read more


Japan & UNDP kick start US$15M Caribbean Climate Change Project

UNDP, 28 January, 2016) – The Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a US$15 million Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) today, in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. ... read more


CARICOM condemns acts of violence in Haiti, calls for calm

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has called on all the stakeholders in Haiti's electoral process to do their utmost to resolve the current political crisis. The Community, in a statement Tuesday, condemned the acts of violence which have marred the electoral process and contributed to the postponement of the second round of the Presidential elections and the remaining members of the legislature. ... read more


US broadens allowable exports to Cuba

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – The United States is expanding authorized exports to Cuba in the latest incremental steps to ease a Cold War-era trade ban on the communist-ruled island, the US Treasury said Tuesday. The rule changes, which go into effect Wednesday, will allow more US exports related to disaster preparedness, education, agricultural production, food processing, public transportation and artistic endeavors. ... read more


Jamaica receives more visitors than population

ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) – Minister of Tourism and Entertainment Dr Wykeham McNeill, says Jamaica has been welcoming more visitors than the population, confirming the country's status as one of the elite destinations in the Caribbean. The Minister told JIS News that for the past two years the country has been receiving two million stopover visitors and 1.5 million from the cruise ships annually, more than the population of 2.5 million. ... read more


Zika virus seen spreading to nearly all countries in the Americas: WHO

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease suspected of causing serious birth defects, is expected to spread to all countries in the Americas except Canada and Chile, the World Health Organization said. Zika has suspected but unproven links to microcephaly – in which babies born to women infected during pregnancy have abnormally small heads. ... read more


Caribbean reliance on tourism

The annual Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Market place is under way here with Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie underscoring the importance of the tourism sector to the socio-economic development of the Caribbean. Christie addressing the three-day event, said that tourism as a direct contribution to Caribbean gross domestic product (GDP) was three per cent in 2015 compared to the worldwide average of 3.7 per cent. ... read more


2015 was hottest year by far in modern times

MIAMI, United States (AFP) – Blistering heat blanketed the Earth last year like never before, making 2015 by far the hottest year in modern times and raising new concerns about the accelerating pace of climate change. Not only was 2015 the warmest worldwide since 1880, it shattered the previous record held in 2014 by the widest margin ever observed, said the report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. ... read more


Caribbean countries want more cooperation within energy sector

Barbados and Guyana are looking for Caribbean support to develop their energy sector and are looking towards Trinidad and Tobago for support. Guyana's National Resource Minister Raphael Trotman said that in terms of energy, Trinidad and Tobago has been, "in a sense a big brother to the region" while Barbados Energy Minister Darcy Boyce said "today's offshore petroleum acreage (in Barbados), like that of many countries within the region, remains largely under-explored". ... read more


Turkish newspaper says four Trinidadians among ISIS foreign fighters detained

ANKARA, Turkey, Tuesday January 19, 2016 – Four Trinidadians fighting with Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS or ISIL) were caught by Turkish security forces last year, according to a report in a Turkish newspaper. Hürriyet Daily News yesterday published an article in which it reported that the Turkey government last month released a list of 913 foreign jihadists from 57 countries who had been caught in Turkey in the first 11 months of 2015, and its sources had indicated that four Trinidad and Tobago citizens were among them. No other Caribbean country was mentioned. ... read more


US officials could advise pregnant women against visiting Caribbean islands with Zika

WASHINGTON, United States, Thursday January 14, 2016 – United States federal health officials are expected to make a decision either today or tomorrow on whether to warn pregnant women against travel to Caribbean and Latin American countries where the Zika virus has been confirmed. ... read more


Jamaica moves ahead with oil and gas exploration

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday January 13, 2016 – An offshore two-dimensional seismic survey will be conducted over the next 30 days to determine Jamaica's potential for commercial oil and gas, as the country moves full steam ahead with its exploration plan. ... read more


Obama summons Americans to compromise and change

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Americans soon to begin choosing his successor, President Barack Obama is casting his seven divisive years as a time of positive change, implicitly asking voters to replace him with a Democrat who would continue his hard-won policies on health care, climate change and Iran. ... read more


Cash for climate change please, Caribbean leaders plead

By Desmond Brown GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday January 11, 2016, IPS – Funding to address the financial flows needed for adaptation and mitigation of climate change remains an issue of concern for the Caribbean. The region's leaders say developed countries should continue to take the lead in mobilizing climate finance from a wide variety of sources to prevent disaster to these vulnerable island states. ... read more


US army general concerned about potential ISIS attacks in Caribbean

WASHINGTON, United States – A top army general in the United States is worried that a few Islamic extremists in the Caribbean could carry out terrorist acts in the region. Commander of US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) General John Kelly said about 100 Islamic extremists left the Caribbean region to join Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters in the Middle East last year – some of whom were killed – and the number had risen to about 150 this year. ... read more


Jamaica lifts ban on travellers from Ebola-affected countries

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday January 8, 2016 – Government has lifted the ban it introduced more than a year ago on people entering the island from countries affected by the deadly Ebola virus. The Ministry of National Security made the announcement yesterday, saying the decision recently taken by Cabinet followed recent indications from the World Health Organization (WHO) about the reduction of cases worldwide, especially in countries that were directly affected by the virus. ... read more


Caribbean legislators hail US President's executive action on gun control

WASHINGTON - A tearful President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced stricter gun control regime in the United States, fondly remembering the children killed in mass shootings in America and making a passionate call for a national "sense of urgency" to limit gun violence in the country. ... read more


Caribbean journalists prepare to report on climate change

By Ivet Gonzalez SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, IPS – Environmentally committed journalists in the Caribbean point to a major challenge for media workers: communicating and raising awareness about the crucial climate change agreement that emerged from the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris. ... read more


Addressing climate change on several fronts in the Caribbean

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Tuesday January 5, 2016 , (IPS) – Climate change is already affecting the Caribbean. But there is concern that a gap still exists between what the region's leaders are saying about the issue and what residents believe. ... read more


CTO declares 2016 "Year of Romance in the Caribbean"

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) has declared 2016 as the Year of Romance in the Caribbean . The organisation says with the launch of this new initiative, the CTO and its member countries and hotels will highlight the region as the leading choice for a romantic vacation for consumers and travel planners selling the region. ... read more


Politics dominated Caribbean life in 2015

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Dec 30, (CMC) – Three governments were booted out of office by the electorate in St Kitts and Nevis, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago during 2015. But while Dr Denzil Douglas, Donald Ramotar and Kamla Persad Bissessar sat brooding, their counterparts in Anguilla, Belize, Suriname, the British Virgin Islands and St. Vincent and the Grenadines were celebrating victories. ... read more


St Vincent court refuses opposition application to inspect poll documents

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) — High Court judge Justice Brian Cottle has rejected an application from Ben Exeter, the opposition New Democratic Party's (NDP) candidate for Central Leeward in the December 9 general election, seeking access to certain electoral documents. ... read more


Stranded Cuban migrants permitted to enter United States

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, Tuesday December 29, 2015 – Thousands of Cuban migrants stuck in Costa Rica for the past month have finally been given the green light to continue their journey to the United States. ... read more


Harvard-affiliated research institute supporting eHealth in the Caribbean

MASSACHUSETTS, United States (CMC) – A major Harvard Medical School-affiliated research institute is aiming to develop education and care delivery in the Caribbean. The Division of Clinical Informatics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has signed a framework agreement with the Washington-based Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to collaborate in supporting the advancement of eHealth in Latin America and the Caribbean. ... read more


CARICOM SG says 2015 was a "fulfilling year"

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has singled out unity, commitment and innovative ideas among the features that helped to fashion a fulfilling 2015 in the Region. ... read more


UN urges transfer of power in Haiti through polls

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his concern today over growing political uncertainty in Haiti and urged the two candidates in the presidential run-off there to help the electoral process move forward while preserving the country's democratic gains. "The Secretary-General is concerned over the growing political uncertainty in Haiti, following the publication of the results of the 25 October elections," which included the first round of presidential polls, read a statement issued through his spokesperson. ... read more


Strong regional collaboration credited for CARICOM's successful Climate Change campaign

CARICOM's well prepared and experienced team of negotiators, and a focused, unified campaign, helped the Caribbean Community get its red line climate change issues all represented in the final Agreement at the just ended Climate Change conference, COP 21, in Paris, France. And, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has hailed the strong regional collaboration, given the critical importance of climate change to the Region's survival. ... read more


US Cuba agree to restore regular commercial flights

HAVANA, Cuba (CMC) — The United States and Cuba have agreed to restore regular commercial flights, a move that could pave the way for thousands of visitors to the Spanish-speaking Caribbean nation, on a daily basis. ... read more


Latin America and Caribbean severely affected by El Nino, says IICA

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (CMC) — A new study by experts of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) has found that Latin America and Caribbean countries (LAC) will continue to be severely affected by the El Niño phenomenon that has been affecting the region since 2014. ... read more


Caribbean to have total input in selection of next UN Secretary General

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) – For the first time in its history, the United Nations says the 193 member-states, including those of the Caribbean, will be included "totally" in the selection of the next UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon is the eighth UN Secretary General who first took up office on January 1, 2007. In 2011, he was unanimously re-elected by the General Assembly and serves until December 31, 2016. ... read more


Paris Agreement offers hope to Caribbean – CTO

(BRIDGETOWN, Barbados) – The climate change agreement hammered out in Paris, France last week was a "huge achievement" for the Caribbean and offers hope for the region, the Caribbean Tourism Organisaton (CTO) said. The CTO welcomed the agreement in a statement issued at the conclusion of Paris the negotiations which saw 195 nations adopting the agreement. ... read more


Historic pact to slow global warming celebrated in Paris

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Nearly 200 nations adopted the first global pact to fight climate change yesterday, calling on the world to collectively cut and then eliminate greenhouse gas pollution but imposing no sanctions on countries that don't. The "Paris agreement" aims to keep global temperatures from rising another degree Celsius (1.8 Fahrenheit) between now and 2100, a key demand of poor countries ravaged by rising sea levels and other effects of climate change. ... read more


CARICOM reiterates call for lifting of economic and trade embargo against Cuba

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – The Caribbean Community (Caricom) has reiterated its call for the United States to lift the economic, trade and financial embargo against Cuba. In an address to mark Caricom-Cuba day, that was observed on Tuesday, CARICOM Chairman, the Prime Minister of Barbados Fruendel Stuart while welcoming the re-establishment of diplomatic ties between Cuba and US and t he re-opening of diplomatic missions, other hurdles remain. ... read more


ECLAC proposes debt relief for Caribbean in fight against climate change

WASHINGTON, United States, Thursday December 10, 2015 (CMC) – The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has proposed a strategy to reduce the external public debt of English-speaking Caribbean countries that are considered to be Small Island Developing States (SIDS) through the creation of a regional resilience fund to finance climate change adaptation and mitigation measures. ... read more


Caricom to push positions on key issues in second week of COP21

CARICOM Ministers of Government and negotiators met on Monday to set the stage for a final push in negotiations around several key issues at COP 21 in Paris, France. Following a week of intense negotiations by the region's technical team, the ministers will take the process forward with equally intense political negotiations which they hope will lead to, among other things, a global legally binding agreement on climate action. ... read more


Female farmers strive to combat climate change in the Caribbean

ANSE-LA-RAYE, St. Lucia (IPS) – In the Caribbean, some women find themselves on the frontline with the battle to mitigate climate change. Meet Dr. Krystal Cox. She is one of three girls who all studied medicine and got medical degrees. "I have planted, I've harvested potatoes and tomatoes, I've worked in the greenhouses, I drive my own tractor, I plough my own land, I drive my trucks, I do deliveries to the supermarkets that we serve," she explained. ... read more


Global negotiators adopt draft agreement to reduce emissions

(AP) Negotiators adopted a draft climate agreement Saturday that was cluttered with brackets and competing options, leaving ministers with the job of untangling key sticking points in what is envisioned to become a lasting, universal pact to fight global warming. ... read more


CARPHA again urges precaution to avoid mosquito bites

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is again urging persons to take every precaution to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Earlier this month, CARPHA had confirmed five case of Zika virus in a territory of the Caribbean Community. ... read more


Development banks vow to mobilize collective resources to confront climate change

The heads of the world's largest development banks have pledged to work together to substantially increase climate investments and ensure that development programs going forward consider climate risks and opportunities. ... read more


CARICOM chairman tells world leaders climate change conference must have legally binding outcome

PARIS, France, Tuesday December 1, 2015 – The outcome of the climate change conference now underway in Paris must be ambitious, legally binding and ensure global participation. That was the message Barbados' Prime Minister and Caribbean Commuinty (CARICOM) chairman Freundel Stuart delivered in a statement to leaders at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in the French capital yesterday. ... read more


Caribbean encouraged to work towards eliminating AIDS

KINGSTON, Jamaica — World AIDS Day 2015 is being commemorated under the theme, "Take care of the complete you: ask for a HIV test too". This year, the Ministry of Health says it will focus on a wellness and preventative drive that will be supported by mass media as well as community mobilization, which aims to increase the number of people with HIV knowing their status. ... read more


Bahamas to host regional environment conference

NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) -- Two years after the implementation of the 2014-2024 Caribbean Comprehensive Disaster Management Strategy, delegates to a one-week regional forum here will discuss the progress made to date. The Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM9), which opens today and runs until December 4, is being held under the theme 'The Road to Resilience: Checkpoint 2015'. ... read more


Cuba and US agree to cooperate in environmental protection

WASHINGTON, United States – The good relations between the United States and Cuba are continuing, with the two countries signing an agreement to cooperate on environmental protection. The joint declaration was signed at the Cuban Embassy in Washington on Tuesday. ... read more


Sinking into Paradise: Climate Change Worsening Coastal Erosion in Trinidad

Damages in the aftermath of the flood in Trinidad. Photo credits: Rajiv Jalim
(www.undp.org) As unusually heavy rainfall battered Trinidad's east coast a year ago, a lagoon here was overwhelmed, flooding a major access road to the island's south-eastern communities. As the flood waters poured over Manzanilla beach, they washed sand away, caved in sections of road and collapsed a seawall at a tourist beach facility. Further damages were also incurred with the flooding of homes and agricultural plots. ... read more


Trinidad to strengthen trade facilitation processes with help from the IDB

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Thursday November 19, 2015 – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$25 million loan to Trinidad and Tobago to help the twin-island republic improve its trade facilitation processes, part of an effort to boost and diversify the economy. ... read more


French Caribbean under state of emergency following Paris attacks

FORT DE FRANCE, Martinique, Thursday November 19, 2015 – The state of emergency declared by France following the deadly terror attacks in Paris has been extended to Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, Reunion Island, and St Martin and St Barths. ... read more


Haiti's ruling party wins big in municipal elections

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) – Haiti's ruling party has emerged as the big winner of the impoverished Caribbean country's municipal elections, election results showed Tuesday. The PHTK party won more than 30 mayoral races, including Port-au-Prince, the biggest prize of the country's 140 municipalities. ... read more


Confirmed cases of Zika virus in CARICOM region

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has confirmed five cases of Zika virus in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nation. But it has not identified the country or given no details about the infected individuals. In a statement issued today, CARPHA said the cases were confirmed on Monday. ... read more


Latin America and the Caribbean maintain high traffic accident mortality rate

WASHINGTON, United States– Latin American and the Caribbean's progress on reducing road traffic accident fatalities has been slower than expected, and therefore the region should redouble its efforts to achieve the goal of halving the number of deaths stemming from these tragedies by 2020, as established by the United Nations, ECLAC said in a recently published report. ... read more


New study finds inequality a major barrier to good health in the Caribbean

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (CMC) – A new study by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has found that persistent inequities across gender, race and socioeconomic groups in the Americas, including the Caribbean, compound every major health challenge facing the region. ... read more


CDB and European Investment Bank agree to work on climate change and energy issues

By Desmond Brown BRIDGETOWN, Barbados– Officials from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the European Investment Bank (EIB), signed a Letter of Intent formalizing their intention to work together in the future to address pressing issues relating to climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency. ... read more


Caribbean agriculture looks to cope with climate change

By Desmond Brown BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday November 9, 2015, IPS – Climate change represents a clear and growing threat to food security in the Caribbean with differing rainfall patterns, water scarcity, heat stress and increased climatic variability making it difficult for farmers to meet demand for crops and livestock. ... read more


World Bank warns of increased poverty in Latin America and Caribbean due to climate change

WASHINGTON, United States, Monday November 9, 2015 – Without climate-informed development in Latin America and the Caribbean, 2.6 million more people could fall into extreme poverty by 2030, largely as a result of the health impacts of climate change and effects of warmer temperatures on worker productivity, according to a World Bank report. ... read more


CARICOM Energy Week Kilo Walk

CARICOM Energy Week (CEW) will be observed from 7-14 November, 2015, under the theme `Empowering Our Sustainable Development'. The Week will be launched on Saturday with a `Kilo Walk' from the CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana. ... read more


Haiti council names two candidates for presidential runoff

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Government-backed candidate Jovenel Moise and former state construction chief Jude Celestin appear to be advancing to a runoff election for Haiti's presidency, according to preliminary results announced Thursday. ... read more


Climate change could cost Caribbean millions annually

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Caribbean countries have been warned that if left unchecked, climate-related natural disasters, especially hurricane and drought, could result in losses estimated at US$22 billion annually by 2050. ... read more


CARICOM climate change ministers and negotiators working out COP21 strategy

CASTRIES, St. Lucia – CARICOM climate change negotiators and ministers began a two-day meeting in St. Lucia last week, to revise and improve the region`s negotiating artillery in preparation for the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). ... read more


Jamaica Government Grants Licence To Canadian Company To Grow Ganja For Research

KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – the Jamaica government has granted a licence to the Canadian nutraceutical and pharmaceutical company, Timeless Herbal Care Limited (THC), allowing it to cultivate marijuana, locally, for research and development, in keeping with provisions outlined in the amended Dangerous Drugs Act. ... read more


World Bank approves loan inclusive growth and climate resilience

WASHINGTON, October 29, 2015- The World Bank Board of Directors approved today a US$ 15 million Development Policy Credit and Loan (DPC/DPL) with Grenada which aims to create sustainable conditions for private investment, improve public resource management, strengthen the banking sector and boost resilience against natural disasters. ... read more


CARICOM votes against Cuban trade embargo

NEW YORK, United States, Wednesday October 28, 2015 – Countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) were among the 191 nations calling for an end to the decades-old US trade embargo on Cuba, as the United Nations yesterday adopted the resolution for a 24th consecutive year. The United States, which recently relaxed restrictions and resumed diplomatic ties, continued to cast a "no" vote. ... read more


World Bank says Jamaica among countries with most business reforms

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (CMC) — The World Bank says Jamaica and Mexico have recorded the most reforms in Latin America and the Caribbean in the last five years, continuing to make big strides to improve their countries' business climate According to the World Bank's latest annual ease of doing business measurement, titled "Doing Business 2016: Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency", which was released Tuesday, Costa Rica is the world's top improver. ... read more


U.S. gives region good review for religious freedom

WASHINGTON, USA (CMC) — So accustomed to annual scathing reports on human rights practices and drug trafficking, Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries have received what can be considered overall favourable and rare review of their religious practices by the United States. ... read more


Caribbean record strong tourism figures for 2015

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is forecasting a five to six per cent growth in tourist arrivals for the region in 2015. The news comes as the region outpaces all other major regions globally, with record numbers for the first six months of 2015. ... read more


JetBlue increases flights to Barbados

NEW YORK, United States, October 22, 2015 – JetBlue today announced its intent to expand the airline's service to Barbados by adding a daily roundtrip flight between Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) and Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) in Barbados. ... read more


Ancient fossils reveal humans greater threat than climate change

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA (UFL.edu) – Nearly 100 fossil species pulled from a flooded cave in the Bahamas reveal a true story of persistence against all odds — at least until the time humans stepped foot on the islands.. ... read more


Venezuela leader wants economic zone for Caribbean and Latin America

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada, Tuesday October 20, 2015 – Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro is advocating the establishment of an economic zone for the Caribbean and Latin American. He says the economic zone should be part of a production and economic plan aimed at curbing the region's high import bill. ... read more


Six Caribbean countries to benefit from Sustainable Energy Facility

MIAMI, FLORIDA October 20, 2015 – More funding has been put in place to facilitate the growth of the renewable energy sector in the Eastern Caribbean. The Sustainable Energy Facility for the Eastern Caribbean; a USD 71.5 million loan and grant package, was today signed by Dr. William Warren Smith, President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and Luis Alberto Moreno of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). ... read more


Invest in improvement of statistics – SG urges Member States

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has urged Member States to invest in the improvement of the production of statistics to support and guide sustained Regional economic and social development. ... read more


Venezuelan President to visit Grenada and St. Lucia this weekend

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada – (CMC) – Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is scheduled to visit Grenada and St. Lucia this weekend to discuss ongoing and future areas of cooperation between the member states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the South American nation. ... read more


France warns about security risks caused by global warming

PARIS, France (AP) — UN conference on climate in Paris this year will also be a "conference for peace," given that global warming threatens the world's security, a top French official said Wednesday. Government officials from several African and island nations gathered in Paris on Wednesday to discuss the implications of climate change for defence issues. ... read more


Small and medium business leaders to meet in St Lucia

CASTRIES, St Lucia – Entrepreneurs, owners, operators and managers of small to medium firms from across the region will meet here from Wednesday to adopt a strategy aimed at strengthening entrepreneurship and boost job creation across 14 Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries. ... read more


New ambassador to focus on energy, security and trade

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (JIS) – New Ambassador to the United States, Ralph Thomas, says energy, security, trade and economic development are among the priorities he intends to pursue at the State and Federal levels. ... read more


Caribbean immigrants among 314 criminals arrested in U.S.

MIAMI, United States – The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says it has arrested several Caribbean nationals among 314 criminal immigrants in an enforcement action targeting individuals who pose a threat to public safety. ... read more


UN launches probe amidst bribery allegations against Antiguan diplomat

NEW YORK, United States, Friday October 9, 2015, (IPS) – After initial hesitation, the United Nations has decided to probe allegations of bribery and corruption extending to the office of a past president of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the highest policy-making body in the 70-year old organization. ... read more


World Bank warns of adverse effects for Latin America and Caribbean

The World Bank says four years of an economic downturn are beginning to have adverse effects on jobs and household incomes in Latin America and the Caribbean. It said that after a commodity boom brought significant gains, a drop in labour force participation is causing families to feel the pinch. ... read more


Caribbean bankers concerned over new "tax haven list"

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Wednesday October 7, 2015 – The Caribbean Association of Banks Inc. (CAB) is expressing deep concern over yet another tax-haven list which includes 15 Commonwealth Caribbean countries, and it's calling for them all to be removed. ... read more


Jamaica secures $810.2 million World Bank grant for climate change project

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Government has received approximately $810.2 million (US$6.8 million) in World Bank grant funding support to improve climate and weather data collection and information management within Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs). ... read more


ECLAC projects growth for Caribbean in 2015 and 2016

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday October 5, 2015 – While the wider Latin America and the Caribbean grouping looks set to see a contraction this year, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says Caribbean economies looks set to grow not only in 2015 but 2016 as well. ... read more


Jamaica and Japan to expand trade

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Oct. 1, (CMC) - Jamaica and Japan have agreed to expand trade between both countries. On Wednesday, following bilateral talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller also announced that Japan will also provide assistance in the areas of energy efficiency and culture ... read more


CARICOM Foreign Ministers reaffirm support for Guyana's territorial integrity

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Oct. 1, (CMC) - CARICOM Foreign Ministers have welcomed Venezuela's decision to receive a United Nations Technical team which will provide recommendations to the UN Secretary-General on the way forward to a full and final solution to the Guyana/Venezuela territorial controversy. ... read more


CTO calls for Open Skies policy at Caribbean airports

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (Caribbean Tourism Organisation Press Release) – Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) Hugh Riley has urged regional authorities to institute an Open Skies policy and wherever possible to eliminate secondary screening at Caribbean airports. ... read more


CARICOM Reparation Commission writes open letter to British PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Sept 29, (CMC) – Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Reparation Commission, Sir Hilary Beckles has told British Prime Minister David Cameron that reparation justice is an issue that can no "be further ignored, remain under the rug, or placed on back burners". ... read more


Guyana and Venezuela resume diplomatic relations after talks

New York, NY Sept 28, – President David Granger met with his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolas Maduro for the first time to discuss the border dispute between the two countries. Maduro and Granger are currently holding discussions along with United Nations Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon, in his office at the UN headquarters in New York. ... read more


PAHO/WHO promoting smart, green and safe hospital in the Caribbean

WASHINGTON, Sept 25, (CMC) – Two United Nations health organizations have a launched a campaign to promote safe, green and smart hospitals in the Caribbean. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) said that nearly seven in 10 hospitals in Latin America and the Caribbean are located in disaster prone areas, putting them at risk of becoming casualties themselves during hurricanes, earthquakes or flooding. ... read more


Venezuelan President invites Guyana President to "one on one" meeting

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Sep. 24, (CMC) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has extended an invitation to President David Granger to a one on one meeting ahead of addressing world leaders at the 70th UN General Assembly meeting in New York on Tuesday. ... read more


World Bank report calls for new social contract for Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Wednesday September 23, 2015 – A new World Bank Group report is cautioning that faster economic growth alone will not be enough to improve the living standards of most Haitians, and proposes key priorities for rebuilding the social contract between the state and citizens. ... read more


Attorney General signs off on Jack Warner extradition to the U.S.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Tuesday September 22, 2015 – Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi has signed the document required to begin the process of extraditing former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner to the United States to face corruption charges. But Warner's attorneys have challenged Al-Rawi's missed deadline for signing the authority to proceed (ATP) document, and a magistrate will rule on that on Friday. ... read more


Call for Caribbean diaspora brand

NEW YORK, United States – A Caribbean-American community leader called on West Indians living in the United States to establish a Caribbean Diaspora brand. Following the success of the 48th West Indian American Labor Day Carnival Parade, Kwayera Archer Cunningham asserted it was time build on brand Caribbean, starting in Brooklyn – "Caribbean Central" in the United States. ... read more


US court allows IRS to get info on American taxpayers' with Belize bank accounts

A federal judge in Miami has issued an order allowing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to serve a "John Doe" summons seeking information about American taxpayers who may hold offshore accounts at Belize Bank International Limited (BBIL) or Belize Bank Limited (BBL). ... read more


NY attorney shot in pre-dawn West Indian Parade dies

NEW YORK - (AP) An aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo who was shot in the crossfire between two gangs hours before the city's West Indian Day parade died Wednesday, police said. Carey Gabay, a first deputy general counsel at the Empire State Development Corp., was shot in the head during a pre-dawn party celebrating the parade earlier this month. He was hospitalized and placed into a medically induced coma. ... read more


Possible financial market turbulence - World Bank

WASHINGTON, Sep. 16, (CMC) – The World Bank is warning developing economies, including those in the Caribbean, to brace for "possible financial market turbulence" from the upcoming US monetary policy tightening cycle. ... read more


Cuba releasing 3,522 prisoners ahead of pope's visit

HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — Cuba's highest authority says it is releasing 3,522 prisoners ahead of next week's visit to the island by Pope Francis, the third time Cuba has granted inmates freedom before a papal visit. ... read more


Caribbean declared free of Rubella

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) - The Americas region, which includes the Caribbean has been declared free of Rubella. The declaration of the elimination of rubella and congenital rubella syndrome was made by the international expert committee for Measles and Rubella Elimination in the Americas during the recent meeting of the Pan American Health Organisation and World Health Organsation (PAHO/WHO) in Washington, DC. ... read more


Obama leads US in moment of silence on 9/11

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle on Friday stood on the White House lawn to observe a moment of silence to mark the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. ... read more


Caribbean nationals among 79 'criminal aliens' arrested in major immigration sweep

DETROIT, Sept 10, (CMC) – The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says officers have arrested several Caribbean nationals among 79 in a major enforcement action targeting "criminal aliens" and individuals who pose a threat to public safety. ... read more


Caricom leaders send congratulations

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sept. 9, (CMC) – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders were extending congratulations to Dr. Keith Rowley, who will be sworn in Wednesday as the new prime minister in Trinidad and Tobago, saying that they were looking forward to working with him in the socio-economic development of the Caribbean. ... read more


Democrats Say Violence-Marred West Indian Day Celebration Is Still Very Safe

By Ross Barkan (Observer) -A day after violence surrounding the annual West Indian Day Parade left one man dead and a Cuomo administration aide in critical condition, a trio of City Council members declared that the annual celebration is still safe. Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, the chairwoman of the City Council's public safety committee, and local Council members Laurie Cumbo and Jumaane Williams issued a joint statement this afternoon that also called for more state and federal efforts to combat gun violence. They asked for further unspecified improvements to the Brooklyn parade. ... read more


PNM wins general election

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sept 7, (CMC) – The main opposition People's National Movement (PNM) won the general election here on Monday defeating the coalition People's Partnership (PP) of Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar that came to power in 2010. ... read more


Spike in Caribbean people booking travel on mobile phones

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Friday September 4, 2015 – New data released by one of the world's leading travel companies shows a significant increase in people in the Caribbean market making bookings for hotels, flights and other travel plans using their mobile devices. ... read more


Caribbean Carbon Forum 2015 looks towards International Climate Conference

GENEVA, Sep. 3, (CMC) – The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Government of Chile will host the 9th Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF 2015) next week with "an eye" on the forthcoming International Climate Conference in Paris. ... read more


US hopes to strengthen energy initiative in the Caribbean

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The United States says it hopes to strengthen plans for a Caribbean Energy Security Initiative when regional policy makers meet in Miami next month. United States' Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Robin Dunnigan met with the minister with responsibility for energy, Darcy Boyce, on Tuesday to discuss the issue. ... read more


US and UK governments announce humanitarian aid for storm-ravaged Dominica

ROSEAU, Dominica, Tuesday September 1, 2015 – The United States and the United Kingdom governments are sending personnel and humanitarian aid to assist in Dominica's ongoing recovery effort on the heels of the destructive Tropical Storm Erika. ... read more


Trinidad & Tobago celebrates 53 years of Independence

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 31, (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago is celebrating its 53rd anniversary of political independence from Britain with the thoughts of the political leaders of the country fixed on the September 7 general elections and the destruction that occurred in the neighbouring island of Dominica. ... read more


Caribbean commits to 75% reduction in new HIV infections by 2020

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 27, (CMC) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says Caribbean and Latin American countries have set new regional targets for 2020 aimed at reducing by 75 percent new HIV infections in adults and young people by 2020. ... read more


Jamaica charities and youth projects get millions from Queen Diamond Jubilee Trust

LONDON, England – Jamaican charities and youth projects stand to benefit from approximately £2 million (US$3.1 million) from the Queen Diamond Jubilee Fund. The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is a charitable foundation established in 2012 to mark and celebrate the Queen's 60 years on the Throne and her contribution to the Commonwealth. Its mission is to enrich the lives of people from all backgrounds across the Commonwealth. ... read more


United Nations holds first historic meeting on LGBT rights

by John Riley - (metroweekly)
The United Nations Security Council is meeting to discuss anti-LGBT persecution and violence for the first time in the organization's history. Specifically, the meeting will focus on the treatment of sexual minorities in areas under the control of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). ... read more


How the Caribbean diaspora can win in the connection economy

By Daniella Bien-Aime
How are your relationships going? Do you consider building relationships an investment or a fruitless deed? We're living in a dynamic new economy where we need to understand how relationships can yield a competitive advantage for success in the connection economy. ... read more


Hurricane Danny strengthens in the Caribbean but expected to weaken

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Aug 21, 2015 (CMC) – Hurricane Danny strengthened a little overnight as it makes it way towards the Leeward Islands on Friday, the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has said. In its 5.00 am bulletin, the NHC said that the hurricane, the first for the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane season, was 985 miles east south east of the Leeward Islands with maximum winds of 85 miles per hour (mph). ... read more


Continued drought expected for Caribbean with El Niño expected to be strongest on record

FLORIDA, United States, – This El Niño could be one of the strongest ever recorded, bringing further drought to the Caribbean. That's according to an updated forecast issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which indicates that there's a 90 per cent chance that El Niño will continue through the end of the year, and an 85 per cent chance that it will last until next April. ... read more


Marcus Garvey's home to be transformed into a heritage site

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Aug. 18, (CMC) – The house in which Jamaica's first National Hero, Marcus Mosiah Garvey grew up, will be refurbished and transformed into a heritage site. This was outlined in a message from Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna during a ceremony to commemorate the 128th birthday of Jamaica's first national hero, held on the compound of the St Ann Parish Library in St Ann's Bay on Monday. ... read more


The Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) names two new inductees into Hall of Fame

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada, Aug 18, CMC – The Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) Monday night inducted the late Guyanese broadcaster Terry Holder and Montserratian Rose Willock into its Hall of Fame. Holder, who died in January last year, was recognized as being instrumental to the birth of the region's first ever television news exchange, "Caribvision" as well as the regional television magazine, "Caribscope". ... read more


Obama Takes Lead On Climate Change

UNITED NATIONS, New York (IPS) — Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama formally unveiled the details of his Clean Power Plan (CPP), a comprehensive carbon-cutting strategy he described as "the biggest and most important step…ever taken to combat climate change" in a prior video address posted on Facebook. ... read more


Caribbean Nurses Praised As Region Has One Of The World's Highest Immunization Rates

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC) – Caribbean regional nurses began a four-day meeting here, amid praises that the region can boast of having one of the highest immunization rates in the world. Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Assistant Secretary General for Human and Social Development, Dr. Douglas Slater, told the meeting that the region's rate is even better than that of the United States. ... read more


Caribbean man wants to be FIFA's boss

ST JOHN'S, Antigua — Former Trinidad and Tobago international David Nakhid has announced his candidacy for the position of president of Football's World Governing Body FIFA. Nakhid, who played 35 times for Trinidad and Tobago, made the announcement in a radio interview in Antigua on Tuesday. ... read more


Caribbean countries agree to continue strengthening cooperation on digital matters

MEXICO CITY, – The Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says Caribbean countries have agreed to continue strengthening cooperation on digital matters. Representatives from 18 countries approved the Digital Agenda for Latin America (eLAC 2018) during the Fifth Ministerial Conference on the Information Society. ... read more


Jamaica making moves to tap into multi-billion-dollar bamboo industry

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday August 10, 2015 – The Ministry of Industry, Investment, and Commerce will spearhead a government feasibility study to determine whether mined-out bauxite lands are suitable for the wide-scale bamboo production, as the country seeks to get a piece of the lucrative international market for bamboo products, estimated to be valued at more than US$20 billion. ... read more


OECS statisticians meet in St. Kitts

Education statisticians across the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will attend an annual meeting in St Kitts and Nevis from August 11-14, 2015 to provide OECS statisticians with a forum to identify and adopt best practices for improved education data for regional and international comparability. ... read more


WINAIR and Domino's launch Caribbean's first airline pizza delivery service

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten, Thursday August 6, 2015 – It is by far the region's most unique delivery service – pizza by plane. Regional airline WINAIR has teamed up with Domino's to offer a delivery service to residents of Saba and St. Eustatius. ... read more


Jamaica celebrates 53 years of Independence

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Aug. 6, (CMC) – Jamaica is celebrating its 53rd year of political independence from Britain with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller calling on Jamaicans to build communities as a way of bringing the real meaning to independence. ... read more


Warning to Haitian electoral candidates

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Aug 5, (CMC) – The Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) is warning candidates that it has the powers to remove them from contesting the upcoming elections as local authorities and the United Nations appealed for an end to all forms of violence before the first ballot is cast on August 9. ... read more


Law suit for parent company of Red Stripe

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Aug 4, (CMC) – The London-based alcohol company, Diego, the parent company of Red Stripe, is facing a lawsuit in the United States for reportedly misleading consumers into believing that the beer is made in Jamaica ... read more


Caribbean countries represented at Codex meeting in Uruguay

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Aug 3, (CMC) – Delegates from several Caribbean countries are gathering here for a meeting of 22 Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries o establish common positions on international food safety standards. ... read more

FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2015

Caribbean wants positive action from UN climate conference in Paris

By Peter Richards BELMOPAN, Belize, July 31, (CMC) – Caribbean countries have been told that they should want to see " a very ambitious agreement" emanating from the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP 21) to be held in Paris in December. ... read more


United for "Climate Justice"

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jul. 30, (CMC) - Caribbean artistes are being encouraged to use their talents to galvanise support for the region as the world prepares to sign a new climate accord in Paris later this year. The call came from Dr. Didacus Jules, director general of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) at the opening of the two-day "Voices and Imagination United for Climate Justice" conference here on Thursday. ... read more


Guyana seeks alternatives to Petrocaribe as tensions flare with Venezuela

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Tuesday July 28, 2015 – As tensions flare between Guyana and Venezuela, and the latter country fails to meet its oil export quotas, Guyana is considering energy alternatives to the Petrocaribe programme. Bloomberg reports that Guyanese Finance Minister Winston Jordan revealed that his country is "actively considering other options." ... read more

TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2015

Venezuela President says UN mission to visit Guyana and Venezuela

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - A UN mission will travel to Venezuela and Guyana to promote dialogue between them over a border dispute, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday. Maduro made the remarks after meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who the Venezuelan said had promised to "immediately activate a commission" to visit both countries. ... read more

MONDAY, JULY 27, 2015

American civil rights leader visits French Caribbean islands

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Martinique continues to build upon its efforts in support of the United Nations Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024), welcoming American civil rights activist and Baptist minister, Jesse Jackson, for an official visit July 20-21, 2015. ... read more

FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2015

Trinidad gets extradition request for Warner in FIFA case

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Trinidad and Tobago's attorney general says he has received a U.S. request for the extradition of former FIFA vice president Jack Warner on corruption charges. Garvin Nicholas told reporters Wednesday that his office will evaluate the documents from the US Justice Department to decide whether to take the extradition matter before a magistrate. ... read more


Canada introduces new travel system for Caribbean nationals

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Canada has introduced a revision to its new entry requirements for all visa-exempt travellers seeking to enter the country by air. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade here said it has been advised that, effective March 15, 2016, it will become mandatory for Barbadians and other Caribbean nationals travelling to Canada to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA). ... read more


UN agencies urge Caribbean governments to impose measures to curb alcohol consumption

WASHINGTON, Jul 22, (CMC) –Two United Nations health organisations are calling on Caribbean governments to implement measures that would curb the consumption of alcohol after a new study found that alcohol consumption in the Americas is higher on average than the rest of the world. ... read more

TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2015

US and Cuba officially restore relations after 54-year diplomatic freeze

WASHINGTON, United States, Monday July 20, 2015 – Cuba's flag now stands among those of the nations with which the United States has diplomatic relations. An agreement reached after months of negotiations, to restore the ties between the two countries that had been broken for more than five decades, came into force at midnight. ... read more

MONDAY, JULY 20, 2015

IDB approves climate-smart agriculture funds for Latin America and Caribbean

First-of-its-kind fund will support investments that increase rural livelihoods, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance biodiversity The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced the approval of the $5 million Climate-Smart Agriculture Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean (CSAF) to incentivize private sector companies in the region to invest in projects that increase farmers' incomes while addressing climate change. Created in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the CSAF aims to unlock greater private-sector investment in sustainable land use and climate-resilient agribusiness. ... read more

FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2015

Caribbean leads world in reducing the number of new HIV/AIDS infections

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, – The United Nations is reporting major progress by the Caribbean in battling HIV/AIDS, with the region recording the biggest drop in new infections compared to all regions in the world. ... read more


American Airlines expands service in the Caribbean

FORT WORTH, Jul. 16, (CMC) – American Airlines has announced plans to add eight new routes throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America later this year, further strengthening its position in these key regions and providing customers with increased options when traveling to these destinations. ... read more


UN official says Caribbean countries need urgent access to financing

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – A senior United Nations official says Caribbean countries have very limited access to concessional financing and Official Development Assistance (ODA), with the exception of Haiti, which is classified as least developed country. ... read more

TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2015

UN chief says world on way to 'generation free of AIDS'

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AFP) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world was headed for a "generation free of AIDS", after UNAIDS reported a 35-per cent drop in new HIV infections from 15 years ago. The positive news was also coupled with calls for more funding, with the objective of eliminating the virus by 2030. The United Nations also warned that continuing stigmatisation of sex workers, drug users and homosexuals were barriers to progress. ... read more

MONDAY, JULY 13, 2015

Regional Cultural Committee criticises Dominican Republic

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Regional Cultural Committee (RCC) wants the Dominican Republic "to immediately cease and desist" overtly racist policies disguised as state foreign policy. In a statement criticising Santo Domingo over its policy of deporting people of Haitian descent, the RCC, which met in Haiti last week in preparation for the region's premier cultural festival, The Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) in August, said it was also sending a similar message to "all other Caribbean nations" with such a policy. ... read more

FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2015

Jamaica considering bio-fuel production

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) –The country is looking to produce its own biofuel and increase the current mix of ethanol in petrol to about 20 per cent. This is according to Principal Director, Policy, Planning, Development and Evaluation Division, in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Dr Oral Rainford, who said this "is something that we are giving serious consideration." ... read more


Maduro blames Guyana for agitating border dispute

CARACAS, Venezuela, Jul 9, (CMC) – President Nicolas Maduro Thursday accused the newly elected Guyana President Donald Granger of disregarding the history surrounding the border dispute between the two countries and seeking to provoke and isolate his oil-rich country. ... read more


Cholera eradication in Haiti will take 'some years,' says outgoing UN coordinator

(un.org) While some 16,000 new cases of cholera have been reported in Haiti so far this year, the disease is now under control but it will not be eradicated unless improving water and sanitation conditions are given a higher priority by both the Government and donors, says the outgoing United Nations official tasked with leading the response to the outbreak. . ... read more


ACP secretary general wants Caribbean to play significant role in shaping new global order

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jul 7, (CMC) – Secretary General of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) grouping, Dr. P.I. Gomes wants Caribbean countries to be part of the efforts in putting across a strong position for development financing for Small Island Developing States (SIDS). ... read more

MONDAY, JULY 6, 2015

CARICOM nominee for Commonwealth top post to be selected by bureau

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday July 6, 2015 – With no consensus reached on its nominee for the post of secretary-general of the Commonwealth, CARICOM has decided to refer the matter to its bureau. The body, which is headed by CARICOM Chairman Freundel Stuart of Barbados, has been charged with making its own recommendation. ... read more

FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2015

UN warns risky occupations drive vulnerability in the Caribbean

UNITED NATIONS, (CMC) - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has found that half of the 220 million "vulnerable" people in the Latin America and Caribbean region "who live slightly above the poverty line but below middle-class levels " are working under precarious conditions. ... read more


Guyana wants total CARICOM support

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jul 2, (CMC) – The Guyana government says despite assurances from Venezuela that Georgetown has nothing to fear from the recent decree issued by President Nicolas Maduro regarding the country's territorial borders, the situation has not changed at all. ... read more


Caribbean leaders open annual summit with recurring issues dominating event

By Peter Richards BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jul 1, (CMC) – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders gather here from Thursday for their annual summit with recurrent issues ranging from the impact of the ongoing global economic crisis to climate change dominating the three day event. ... read more

TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2015

HIV rate study highlights condom use gap among Caribbean youths in Canada

ONTARIO, Canada, Jun 30, (CMC) - A study examining the rates of HIV infection among local African, Caribbean and black youth here has found they are using condoms less often than their peers, though their sexual activities are otherwise the same as the broader population of youth that has a lower rate of infection. ... read more

MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2015

Caribbean countries participating in biotechnology workshop

IRAPUATO, Mexico, Jun 29 (CMC) – Agricultural producers and professionals from 13 Caribbean and Central American countries are attending a training programme in the use of biotechnology in agriculture. The training is organised by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in collaboration with the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute of Irapuato (CINVESTAV Irapuato). ... read more

FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2015

CARICOM "strongly objects" to EU tax haven blacklist

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jun 26, (CMC) – More than a week after the European Union named 13 Caribbean countries among a list of 30 nations deemed as tax havens, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping has taken strong objection to the Europe's position. ... read more

TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015

Experts meeting to discuss options for renewable energy

FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique, Jun 22, CMC – A three-day meeting bringing together some of the world's leading renewable energy experts considering options for renewable energy development in the Caribbean and on the numerous islands scattered around the globe is taking place here ... read more

MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2015

US based Caribbean families torn apart by drug deportations – report

LOS ANGELES, Jun. 21, (CMC) – A major human rights group here says thousands of Caribbean families in the United States have been torn apart in recent years by detention and deportation for drug offenses. In its latest report, Human Rights Watch said that disproportionately harsh laws and policies relating to drug offences can lead to deportation for lawful permanent Caribbean and other residents and unauthorised immigrants alike ... read more

FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015

Lack of equity restricting Caribbean infrastructure investments

BY KARENA BENNETT- The Caribbean region has been losing out on a number of infrastructure developments due to its inability to provide up to US$20 million ($2.3 billion) in equity to international investors. The disclosure was made by managing director of CIBC's corporate credit and structured finance, David Clee, during the first of a two-day CIBC First Caribbean Infrastructure Conference being held at the Hyatt Ziva hotel, Montego Bay under the theme: 'Unlocking Economic Potential'. ... read more


European Union blacklists 14 Caribbean countries as among world's worst tax havens

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday June 18, 2015 – Fourteen Caribbean countries are among 30 territories blacklisted by the European Union (EU) as the world's worst tax havens. The list published by the EU on Wednesday includes Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, and the Turks and Caicos Islands and the US Virgin Islands. ... read more


Swipe card coming to ease travel between OECS countries

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Wednesday June 17, 2015 – Member states of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) are planning to take their integration a step further with the introduction of a swipe card that will ensure hassle-free travel between countries. Already there is no need to obtain a skills certificate to move and live in any OECS member state, and a driver's license allows citizens to drive in any country in that sub-region. ... read more

TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2015

Glitch forces delay in issuing of US visas

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday June 15, 2015 – Caribbean nationals waiting for visas to travel to the United States are facing some delays. The US State Department said it has had to suspend issuing US passports and visas at its overseas diplomatic missions because of a technical glitch in its Consular Consolidated Database (CCD). ... read more

MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2015

Six Caribbean countries to benefit from sustainable energy funds

KINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Six Caribbean countries will benefit from an US$500,000 energy statistical capacity-building initiative that is being spearheaded by the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE). Jamaica, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti and Suriname are included in the initiative that seeks to provide reliable and up-to-date data for the energy planning process as well as allow for analysis of the energy sector in an integral and strategic way. ... read more


Drowning among leading causes of death among children in Caribbean

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) - A new report says drowning is among the five leading causes of death among children aged 14 years and under in the Caribbean and the rest of the Americas. According to the first "Global Report on Drowning: Preventing a Leading Killer", published by the World Health Organization (WHO) and presented by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), drowning takes the life of 372,000 people around the world every year and is one of the 10 leading causes of death among children and young people worldwide. ... read more


Guyana puts up a fight as Venezuela claims territory where oil discovered

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jun 8, (CMC) – Caribbean health officials are meeting with representatives of United Nations agencies this week to discuss actions that can be taken to reduce the impact in the Caribbean of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes, and their associated risk factors. ... read more

MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2015

Caribbean health leaders to discuss action to tackle chronic diseases

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jun 8, (CMC) – Caribbean health officials are meeting with representatives of United Nations agencies this week to discuss actions that can be taken to reduce the impact in the Caribbean of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes, and their associated risk factors. ... read more

FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2015

Caribbean countries record growth in tourist arrivals

NEW YORK, Jun 5, (CMC) – The Caribbean recorded a six per cent increase in tourist arrivals in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same period last year, chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Richard Sealy has said. ... read more


Blatter resigns amid FIFA corruption scandal that has touched Caribbean

ZURICH, Switzerland – The just re-elected president of football's world governing body, FIFA, today announced he will step down amidst a corruption scandal that has roped in a former FIFA official from Trinidad and Tobago and the current FIFA vice-president who is from the Cayman Islands. ... read more


Warner placed on INTERPOL most wanted list

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jun 3, (CMC) – Former FIFA vice president Austin Jack Warner has been placed on the most wanted list of the international police (INTERPOL) on charges including corruption, conspiracy and racketeering. ... read more


Forecasters say effects of drier 2015 rainy season will be felt next year

CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — Caribbean countries have been warned to prepare for a drier than normal hurricane season, even as forecasters say the effects of the lower rainfalls will be felt in the dry season of 2016. ... read more

MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2015

Caribbean 2030: new thinking for a new generation

A three-day conference designed to tap into the thinking of future Caribbean leaders is scheduled to open today in London, England. The event, named Caribbean 2030, is being staged by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI), Wilton Park, JN Foundation and the Caribbean Council in association with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. ... read more

FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015

Caribbean countries sign visa waiver agreement with Europe

By Marie-Claire Williams BRUSSELS, Belgium, May 28, (CMC) – Five Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries were among seven member states of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries that have signed visa waiver agreements with the European Union on Thursday. ... read more

THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015

Caribbean to increase resilience to climate change through US$10-m grant

WASHINGTON, May 27, (CMC) – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says Caribbean countries will increase their resilience to climate change by enhancing the adaptive capacity across the region through a US$10.39 million grant. ... read more


Arrested FIFA officials 'corrupted world soccer' says US Attorney General

ZURICH (AP) — US Attorney General Loretta Lynch says bribery and corruption have been marring soccer for at least 24 years as FIFA officials solicited bribes from sports marketing firms and others surrounding its marque events. ... read more

TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015

China bets on strategic ties with Latin America and the Caribbean

China's Premier Li Keqiang is welcomed by ECLAC executive secretary Alicia Bárcena to the commission's headquarters in Santiago.
SANTIAGO, Chile, Tuesday May 26, 2015 – China's Premier Li Keqiang has reaffirmed his country's commitment to working with the region, and a United Nations body says it's time to take a "qualitative leap forward" in that cooperation. China is prepared to deepen its cooperation with Latin America and the Caribbean in order to mutually learn from each other and forge together a new path for the China-Latin America and the Caribbean Comprehensive Cooperation Association, announced by President Xi Jinping last July," said Premier Li Keqiang, during a keynote lecture at the headquarters of UN's Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago. ... read more

MONDAY, MAY 25, 2015

Caribbean Week New York 2015

BY Jared McCallister (NY Daily News) THE BUZZ around Caribbean Week New York 2015 is growing — reverberating from the Caribbean Tourism Organization's headquarters in Barbados all the way to New York, where the staffers at the CTO's USA offices in Lower Manhattan are making final preparations for the anticipated event. ... read more

FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015

UN human rights experts say deportation of Jamaican from Canada is "cruel, inhuman"

GENEVA, May 22, 2015 - The United Nations Human Rights Committee says Canada's deportation of a Jamaican man with a mental disability who spent most of his life in Canada amounted to "cruel and inhuman treatment." Canada's 2011 decision to deport the man, identified in the media as 52-year-old Audley Horace Gardner, left him "without the medical and family support he depended on," the UN Human Rights Committee ruled. ... read more

THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015

New CDB study recommends 'major rethink' of Caribbean airline industry

Damian Reeves of the Caribbean Development Bank presenting the findings of its newly launched study, 'Making Air Transport Work Better for the Caribbean'. (Photo: CDB)
A study commissioned by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has recommended a major rethink of the regional airline industry and for the setting up of a CARICOM Airlines Association to identify opportunities to reduce costs, create greater synergies and earn more revenue. ... read more


Rethinking Caribbean logistics

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, May 20, (CMC) – A senior official of the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) says Caribbean countries need to act quickly to take full advantage of the potential and opportunities for the development of Caribbean logistics. ... read more

TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015

Canada gives millions to CARICOM justice sector reform project

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday May 18, 2015 – The Canadian government is providing CAN$19.2 million to help reform the justice sector in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries. ... read more

MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015

CARICOM expecting fresh ideas from new Guyana president

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday May 18, 2015 – Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque is anticipating "fresh ideas and views" from the newly elected President of Guyana David Granger. He said he expected that Granger's fresh perspectives would assist in "advancing the interests of the Community and its people." ... read more

FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015

Caribbean renewable energy start-up fails in IPO attempt

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday May 14, 2015 – A renewable energy finance company that opened a share offering to the public in a bid to be listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) has to go back to the drawing board after failing to attract enough interest. The JSE announced that Caribbean Energy Finance Company Limited (CEFCL) could not raise a minimum J$231 million (US$2 million) of the J$452 million (US$3.9 million) in the initial public offering (IPO). ... read more

THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015

Opposition coalition wins general election in Guyana, according to preliminary results

By Peter Richards GEORGETOWN, Guyana, May 14, (CMC) – The main opposition coalition has won the general elections held here on Monday according to preliminary figures released Thursday by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). ... read more


Guyana Elections 2015: Commonwealth Group to outline several recommendations to improve electoral process

By: Hon Kate Wilkinson - The Commonwealth has long supported elections in Guyana. Its first election observation exercise dates back to 1992. The Commonwealth Charter, which was adopted by the Commonwealth Heads of Governments in 2012, has at its heart credible and peaceful elections that enable citizens to choose their leaders. ... read more

TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015

Caribbean countries want "pragmatic" help to deal with non communicable diseases

Nationnews.com BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, HEALTH MINISTER John Boyce will lead the Barbados delegation to the 68th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, from Thursday this week. There, he will join with other countries in the Caribbean region to call for a more pragmatic and systematic approach to technical and financial assistance required in the battle against non-communicable diseases. ... read more

MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015

A Crucial Election: The Next Commonwealth Secretary-General

By Alex May – CNS Contributor May 09 2015 – The last rites have been read prematurely for the Commonwealth many times. But even some of its strongest supporters now believe that it faces an existential crisis graver than any it has faced before. ... read more

FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015

Golden Krust recalls patties because of undeclared allergen

BRONX, N.Y. (PIX11) — Golden Krust is recalling more than 6,000 cases of shrimp and soya patties because of undeclared egg, which could give customers with egg allergies the wrong impression that the patties are safe for them to eat and potentially lead to a serious or life-threatening reaction, the company announced Wednesday. ... read more


IMF launches youth photo contest for the Caribbean

LIMA, Peru, May 7, (CMC) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has launched a regional photo contest entitled "Latin America and the Caribbean: Through the Eyes of its Youth" for Latin American and Caribbean youth. ... read more


St Lucia tightens cyber security after hacking of SVG site

CASTRIES, St Lucia, Wednesday May 6, 2015 – Concerned about the recent attack on the official website of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines government, the administration of Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony is taking steps to strengthen its own cyber security. ... read more

TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015

New paradigm for Caribbean development

By Peter Richards PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, May 5, (CMC) – A three-day forum on the future of the Caribbean began here on Tuesday amidst concerns that a new paradigm is needed to take the region forward in a changing global environment. ... read more

MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015

ISIS group hacks St. Vincent Government website

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, May 4, (CMC) - The Islamic State (IS), an Islamist rebel group claiming religious, political and military authority over all Muslims worldwide, has hacked the official website of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines government (www.gov.vc), a message appearing on the website Sunday evening suggested ... read more

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015

IDB launches new portal to aid Caribbean development

WASHINGTON D.C., United States, Thursday April 30, 2015, (CMC) – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched its new open data portal, which allows users to explore, visualize and download data from Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB said the data comes from diverse research analysis and sources it uses to generate knowledge for its development interventions. ... read more


IMF predicts improved growth in the Caribbean

SANTIAGO, Chile, April. 30, (CMC) – While overall growth in Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to decline for a fifth consecutive year—dipping below 1 percent in 2015 – the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts that growth in the Caribbean will improve ... read more


Commonwealth officials meet to focus on youth

Government officials and young people from across the Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean are mulling the major issues affecting youth as part of a three – day meeting, which started on Tuesday. Topping the list of matters for discussion is youth employment and entrepreneurship, participation in civic and political processes, the role of young people in peace building, and the professionalisation of the youth work sector. ... read more


CARICOM to urgently review request from Cuba for improving trade

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, April 28, (CMC) – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries say they will give urgent attention to a request from Cuba for additional preferential access to the markets of the more developed countries of the 15-member CARICOM grouping. ... read more

MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2015

Caribbean technologists meeting in St. Lucia

Google IT Expert, Arturo Servin speaks at recent CaribNOG event in Trinidad
(Photo: Caribbean Network Operators Group)
CASTRIES, ST. Lucia, April 27, (By Gerard Best, CJ Contributor) St Lucia will be the backdrop to the highly anticipated gathering of the men and women responsible for securing and administering computer networks across the Caribbean. From April 27 to May 1, the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) will hold their ninth regional meeting, a significant forum that has been playing a key role in coordinating and equipping the region's technical community. ... read more

FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015

FBI investigates British rogue trader for allegedly stashing millions in offshore banks in the Caribbean

LONDON, United Kingdom (CMC) – The United States Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is investigating a British trader who allegedly stashed millions of pound sterling in offshore bank account in some Caribbean islands. The London Evening Standard reported that Navinder Singh Sarao, 36, who lives in a modest semi-detached house with his parents in Hounslow, West London, and doesn't even own a car, was able to find £5 million in sureties to pay his bail. ... read more


US cancer institute signs agreement to import vaccine developed in Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, Apr. 23, (CMC) –Cuba's Center of Molecular Immunology and New York's Roswell Park Cancer Institute, have signed an agreement to export to the United States, a therapeutic vaccine against lung cancer developed here. ... read more


Caribbean entrepreneurs being urged to address General Assembly on climate change

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 22, (CMC) -The United Nations is appealing to young entrepreneurs from the Caribbean and other developing countries to address a special High-Level Event on Climate Change in June. ... read more


UWI plants legal marijuana tree

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 20, (CMC) – The Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) planted the first legal marijuana plant in Jamaica on Monday, a few days after the amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act came into effect. ... read more

MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2015

Pensions at risk for 80 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean

WASHINGTON, Apr 20, (CMC) – Financial experts and policy makers have warned Caribbean countries that in the absence of reforms, members of the growing middle class may be vulnerable to poverty in their old age. ... read more

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015

Slow down in remittances to the Caribbean

WASHINGTON, Apr 17, (CMC) - The World Bank says remittances growth in the Caribbean is expected to slow in 2015. The Washington-based international financial institution said in its latest issue of its Migration and Development Brief that growth in global remittances, including those to developing countries, such as the Caribbean, will slow sharply this year due to weak economic growth in Europe, deterioration of the Russian economy and the depreciation of the Euro and Ruble. ... read more


CARICOM committed to International Decade for People of African Descent

NEW YORK, Apr. 16, (CMC) - St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador to the United Nations, I. Rhonda King, has affirmed the commitment of the Community (CARICOM) to the International Decade for People of African Descent, as pronounced by the United Nations, which began on January 1 ... read more


President Obama wants Cuba removed from US terrorist list

Presidents Raul Castro (left) and Barack Obama during the Summit of the Americas in Panama (File Photo)
WASHINGTON, Apr 14, (CMC) – United States President Barack Obama Tuesday decided to lift the U.S. designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism. In a message to Congress, the White House said that the long-awaited decision effectively removes the principal impediment to establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, as pledged by Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro last December. ... read more


Ganja law goes into effect April 15

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 13, (CMC) – The Jamaica government says the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015, commonly referred to as the "Ganja Law" and passed by both Houses of Parliament in February, goes into effect on Wednesday. ... read more

MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2015

United States rolls out new programme to support youth development in the Caribbean

    President Obama with Caribbean leaders
By Nelson A. King WASHINGTON, Apr 13, CMC - On his short visit to the Caribbean last Thursday, United States President Barack Obama launched the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI), aimed at expanding opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs and civil society activists. ... read more


Meet the Red Hot Line Up at Kings Theatre! April 10- April 12

Three AMAZING shows will be happening this weekend at the newly renovated Kings Theatre! Friday April 10- Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn. Visit www.ticketmaster.com or Call 718-282-8041 for information.


Former Ambassador Dr. Donatus Keith St. Aimee Passes

It is with deep regret that the Consulate General of Saint Lucia in New York and the Permanent Mission of Saint Lucia to the United Nations inform of the passing of former Ambassador Dr. Donatus Keith St. Aimee on Thursday, 9th April, 2015.

Ambassador St. Aimee served Saint Lucia in the diplomatic, educational and agricultural spheres, however it was during his tenure as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Saint Lucia to the United Nations that he truly became"The People's Ambassador" to Saint Lucian Nationals residing in the north-eastern States of the USA.

Consul General Julian Du Bois, Ambassador Menissa Rambally and Staff of the Consulate and Permanent Mission wish to express sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ambassador St. Aimee, who was indeed a friend to all.

The Consulate and Mission will issue a Press Release as soon as the memorial activities are finalized.

FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015

Jamaica signs energy agreement with United States

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday April 9, 2015, (CMC) – An energy co-operation agreement has been signed between Jamaica and the United States that could lead to the island becoming a hub for the distribution of liquefied natural gas (LNG), from the US to the rest of the Caribbean. ... read more


Caribbean American congresswoman urges US to end delay in implementing immigration programmes

WASHINGTON, Apr 9, (CMC) – Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has joined 180 colleagues in the US House of Representatives in filing an amicus brief urging a US appeals court to end the delay in implementing critical programs for Caribbean and other immigrants. ... read more


Talks between Obama and CARICOM leaders to focus on energy and security

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Apr 7, (CMC) – The prime ministers of Barbados, Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago will address the summit of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders and United States President Barack Obama in Jamaica later this week. ... read more


Regional leaders gearing for talks with President Obama

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Apr 7, (CMC) – The prime ministers of Barbados, Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago will address the summit of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders and United States President Barack Obama in Jamaica later this week. ... read more


Major US Black group to host reparations summit

NEW YORK, United States, Monday April 6, 2015, (CMC) – The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), a leading research, policy and advocacy group with offices in New York and Baltimore, says it is holding an International Reparations Summit at various sites across New York City from April 9-12. ... read more


New report urges Caribbean to make adjustments amid rising fiscal imbalances

BUSAN, Apr 2, (CMC) – A new report released here has called on Latin American and Caribbean countries to make budget adjustments in the face of rising fiscal imbalances and higher financial risks. The 2015 Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) annual macroeconomic report has addressed the question of how budgets should be adjusted and how fast. ... read more


National Reserves called out for US President's visit

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr. 2, (CMC) – The National Reserve of the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) has been called out to strengthen security ahead of the April 9 visit of US President Barak Obama. The National Security Minister, Peter Bunting made the disclosure in a statement issued this afternoon, saying it was among several measures being pursued. ... read more


Warning for US travelers to the Caribbean

NASHVILLE, April 1, (CMC) - The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is warning vacation and business travelers to the Caribbean about the importance of protecting themselves from mosquitoes that may transmit Chikungunya virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue. ... read more


CARICOM seeking international support for future socio-economic growth

UNITED NATIONS, March 31, 2015 (CMC) – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are still grappling with the effects of global economic crisis as well as the impact of climate change, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie has said. ... read more

MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015

British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce Saint Lucia - President's reception concludes week of Events marking Launch

CASTRIES, ST. LUCIA - A week of meetings and events to mark the official launch of the British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce in Saint Lucia was concluded with a cocktail party hosted on Cap Estate by Chamber President, John Kennedy, attended by Her Excellency the Governor General of Saint Lucia, Dame Pearlette Louisy, Prime Minister The Honourable Dr Kenny Anthony, former Prime ministers Stephenson King and Dr Vaughn Lewis, members of the Opposition, including Allen Chastanet and Dr Gail Rigobert as well as other distinguished ministers, parliamentarians and leaders of the business community of Saint Lucia. ... read more

FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015

CARICOM looking to Cuba to strengthen ICT sector

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada, Mar 27, (CMC) – Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Science, Technology and Innovation Committee. Professor Harold Ramkissoon is to lead a delegation to Cuba as the region seeks to strengthen its technology lings with Havana ... read more


ECLAC, UNAIDS sign agreement to support regional response to HIV-AIDS

SANTIAGO, Chile, Mar. 26, (CMC) – The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Latin America aimed at promoting and facilitating cooperation on matters related to the regional response to HIV/AIDS. ... read more


Jamaica, Suriname agree to on-site visits of Anti-Corruption Mechanism

WASHINGTON, Mar 25, (CMC) - The Organization of American States (OAS) says the governments of Jamaica and Suriname have consented to receive on-site visits as part of the Fifth Round of the Mechanism for Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC). ... read more


World TB Day 2015: TB still a major health priority for the Caribbean

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Mar 24, (CMC) – The Caribbean Tuesday joined the international community in observing World Tuberculosis (TB) day with the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) indicating that the disease remains a major health priority for the region. ... read more

MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2015

Jamaica-based company gets new patent on cancer research

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Mar 23, (CMC) – The Jamaica-based Bio-Tech R&D Institute says it has been granted a new patent by the United States as it continues its cancer research. It said the new patent — Number 8907117 — is titled "Anti-tumour and Anti-Inflammatory Dicinnamoyl-Glycerol Esters and their Analogues" and is being regarded as a major scientific stride for biotechnology in Jamaica, as it relates to the making of a new group of chemical compounds called Dicinnamoyl-Glycerol Esters, which have major anti-cancer activities.... read more

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015

Fidel Castro: Venezuela ready to confront US on sanctions

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) – Cuba's Fidel Castro warned Tuesday that Venezuela was prepared to confront US "threats and impositions," and said Washington could no longer count on the Venezuelan military to do its bidding. ... read more


Impact of decline in oil prices on Caribbean

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Mar 18, (CMC) – A senior official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the impact of the drop in oil prices globally will affect member countries of the PetroCaribe grouping differently even though Haiti could be among those most affected. ... read more


US President to meet CARICOM leaders

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Mar 17, (CMC) – United States President Barack Obama will meet with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders here on April 9, Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller announced Tuesday. Obama will meet with regional leaders prior to his arrival in Panama for the Summit of the Americas. ... read more


OAS urges Caribbean to 'decisively' combat corruption, defend democracy

WASHINGTON (CMC) – The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, has called on Caribbean countries to "decisively" combat corruption and defend democracy. Insulza urged regional governments to "stand strong against the scourge of corruption," saying that "governments and public authorities have the obligation and the legal mandate to be accountable for their actions, and citizens have the right to demand detailed accounts of them. ... read more

MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015

Top general says Islamic State could infiltrate US through Caribbean

WASHINGTON, (CMC) — A top United States military general says the militant group Islamic State (IS) could infiltrate the US through the Caribbean and South America. Marine General John F Kelly, chief of the Miami-based US Southern Command, known as SOUTHCOM, told the US Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday that about 100 people have joined the militant group from the region. ... read more

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015

Cuba and US re-establish direct telephone links for the first time in 15 years

HAVANA, Cuba, Mar. 12, (CMC) – For the first time in 15 years, Cuba and the United States have re-established direct telephone links. The company, Etecsa, said initially the link would only be for phone calls. Telephone calls have until now passed through a third country, making them very expensive. ... read more


Centuries-old DNA helps identify specific origins of slave skeletons found in Caribbean

(Stanford.edu) A newly developed genetic technique enabled researchers to sequence DNA from the teeth of 300-year-old skeletons, helping to pinpoint where in Africa three slaves had likely lived before being captured. ... read more


World Bank report calls for breaking cycle of poverty in the Caribbean

LIMA, Peru (CMC) — A new report by the World Bank is calling on Caribbean countries to rethink their policies in order to break the cycle of chronic poverty in the region. The report entitled "Left Behind, Chronic Poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean", ... read more


Online travel sites report rise in demand for Cuba

NEW YORK, United States, Tuesday March 10, – Music moguls Jay-Z and Beyonce have been there, so have hotel heiress Paris Hilton and talk-show host Conan O'Brian. Now it seems John Public wants to jump on the bandwagon as travel sites report a surge in interest for trips to Cuba. ... read more


IDB calls for gender equality in the Caribbean

WASHINGTON, Mar. 8, (CMC) – President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Luis Alberto Moreno, in his message to mark International Women's Day, has called for gender equality in the Caribbean and Latin America. ... read more


Suriname abolishes death penalty

By Marvin Hokstam PARAMARIBO, Suriname, Mar 6, (CMC) – The National Assembly has approved legislation formally abolishing the death penalty in the Dutch-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country. But the legislators raised the highest prison term limits from 30 to 50 years in what is seen as a compromise to amending the Criminal code. ... read more


Cuba's designation as terrorism sponsor snags negotiations with US

WASHINGTON D.C., United States, (CMC) – Cuba's spot on the American list of states that sponsor terrorism has emerged as a major sticking point in efforts to restore diplomatic ties with the United States and reopen embassies that have been closed for nearly five decades. ... read more


Jamaica biggest exporter of marijuana in Caribbean and Central America

LONDON, Mar 4, (CMC) – A report by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has found that Jamaica remains the largest illicit producer and exporter of cannabis herb in Central America and the Caribbean. ... read more


Caribbean observes World Birth Defects Day

WASHINGTON (CMC) – The Caribbean Tuesday joined the international community in observing World Birth Defects Day with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) noting that congenital anomalies, or birth defects, are the second-leading cause of death in children under five in the region. ... read more


Haiti says Ebola measures still in effect

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) – Health authorities here say that the international guidelines regarding the prevention of the Ebola virus remain in effect and that people who would have travelled to countries with the deadly virus "should not try to get into Haiti before a minimum period of 21 days after the departure from the affected country". ... read more


Several Caribbean nationals caught trying to enter US illegally

MIAMI, Feb 27, (CMC) - The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says it has apprehended 10 Caribbean migrants in the waters off Miami. CBP said that the migrants, whose nationalities were not identified, were nabbed after agents deployed warning shots and disabling fire to successfully interdict a vessel earlier this week. ... read more


CARICOM leaders gather in The Bahamas

NASSAU, Bahamas, (CMC) – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders open their two-day inter-sessional summit here on Thursday discussing ways of leveraging the region's human, cultural and natural assets for the socio-economic development of the 15-member grouping. ... read more


Major regional conference on Chikungunya virus

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Feb 25 (CMC) – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) says it will host a three day conference focusing on the Chikungunya virus and other mosquito borne diseases. ... read more


OECS health ministers discuss region's readiness for diseases

CASTRIES, St Lucia, Feb 24, (CMC) – Health ministers and officials from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Tuesday met to discuss the status of the nine-member grouping regarding the deadly Eboa virus and other heath issues. ... read more


President Maduro to visit Trinidad for energy talks

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, February 23, 2014, (CMC) – The future of the Petrocaribe initiative is expected to be high on the agenda during bi-lateral talks between Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine and Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar on Tuesday. ... read more


CARICOM acknowledges successes from 20 years of relations with Japan

BELIZE CITY, Belize, Feb 19, (CMC) – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has acknowledged the contribution of Japan in promoting sustainable use and management of living marine resources in the region over the last 20 years. ... read more


Exxon Mobil to begin exploratory drilling offshore Guyana

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Thursday February 19, 2015, (CMC) – Exxon Mobil says plans are in place to start exploratory drilling next month. In a release on Thursday, it was disclosed that the Minister of Natural Resources Robert Persaud, met with Chuck Calavan, ExxonMobil Vice President of US and Latin America and Jeff Simon, Country Manager, ESSO. ... read more


Caribbean to benefit from new ACP study

BRUSSELS, Feb 16, (CMC) – Caribbean countries are to benefit from a disaster preparedness study launched by the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group that offers a comprehensive view of the various risks faced by member countries, as well as valuable efforts to reduce them ... read more


UN urges stepped-up measles surveillance in Caribbean

UNITED NATIONS (CMC) — The United Nations says its health agency has called for "stepped-up" surveillance to prevent the spread of measles in the Americas, including the Caribbean. On Wednesday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said the recent outbreaks of measles -- one of the leading causes of deaths among young children — in the United States and Brazil suggested that immunisation rates in some areas have dropped below levels needed to prevent the spread of imported cases into the Americas. ... read more


World "dangerously unprepared" for pandemics warns bank chief

WASHINGTON D.C., United States, Wednesday February 11, 2015 – World Bank president Jim Yong Kim says the world is "dangerously unprepared" for future pandemics and lessons need to be learned from the Ebola crisis in West Africa. ... read more


Inequality, Stigma, Discrimination Drive HIV Epidemic In Caribbean

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, Feb 10 2015 (IPS) - At 49 years old, Edison Liburd has established himself as one of Antigua and Barbuda's most recognisable artists. But Liburd was not always in the spotlight. In fact, you could say he was a man in hiding. ... read more


Caribbean tourism has 'best ever' year in 2014

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Feb 10, (CMC) – The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is projecting a five per cent increase in tourist arrivals in 2015 after the region recorded its best year ever in 2014. "Last year, we received more visitors than ever before - recording our fifth straight year of growth - and visitors spent more money in the Caribbean than they ever did before. ... read more


CARICOM urged to implement unified energy framework

THE 55th Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Energy and the Environment opened yesterday at the CARICOM Secretariat at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown with Jamaica's Minister for Land, Water, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickershill, calling on CARICOM to move closer to implementing a unified energy framework. ... read more


Jamaican teen makes history as country's first female Pan American Champion

TORONTO, Canada, Friday February 6, 2015, (CMC) – A Jamaican teenager has written her name in the history books by becoming the country's first female fencer to be crowned Pan American champion. ... read more


Caribbean Airlines registers significant losses in 2014

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – The state-owned Caribbean Airlines (CAL) has recorded losses estimated at US$60 million last year, Finance Minister Larry Howai has said. Howai, speaking in the Senate on Tuesday, said that the accounts for fiscal year ending December 31, 2014 were still being compiled but that the losses took into account the US$38 million grant provided by the government during 2014 which was recorded as equity. ... read more


Cancer second leading cause of death in the Caribbean-CARPHA

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, (CMC) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says the number of leprosy cases in the Americas, including the Caribbean and Latin America has declined significantly over the last decade. ... read more


Japan praised for developing Caribbean fisheries sector

BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) – The executive director of the Belize-based Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), Milton Haughton, has praised Japan for its support to the regional fishing industry over the past 20 years. ... read more


Decline in leprosy cases across the Caribbean

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, (CMC) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says the number of leprosy cases in the Americas, including the Caribbean and Latin America has declined significantly over the last decade. ... read more


Economic challenge for Trinidad and Tobago

WASHINGTON, Jan 26, (CMC) – The United States Monday rolled out a new initiative for Caribbean countries to ensure energy security in a move widely seen as distancing the Caribbean from Venezuela for their oil needs. ... read more


New oil initiative for Caribbean countries

WASHINGTON, Jan 26, (CMC) – The United States Monday rolled out a new initiative for Caribbean countries to ensure energy security in a move widely seen as distancing the Caribbean from Venezuela for their oil needs. ... read more


UN delegation calls for free and fair elections in Haiti

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Jan 26, CMC – The United Nations has welcomed the formation of a new government in Haiti after the country's Parliament became "dysfunctional" due to its failure to hold elections within its constitutional framework. ... read more


International security leaders resume dialogue on Caribbean counterdrug efforts

NASSAU, New Providence, Bahamas -- Strengthening capabilities, interoperability and information sharing to effectively counter transnational organized crime in the Caribbean was the focus again for military and civilian leaders from 21 nations who met in Nassau Jan. 21-22 to discuss the threat and ways to effectively reduce its presence and impact. ... read more


US official visits Cuba to begin talks on embassies and diplomatic ties

HAVANA (AP) — The United States and Cuba on Thursday set a detailed agenda for re-establishing full diplomatic ties, but said it could take weeks just to schedule the next round of talks, a sign of the long road ahead after more than a half-century of tension. ... read more


WHO wants Caribbean countries to take urgent action in addressing non-communicable diseases

GENEVA, Jan 21, (CMC) –The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging Caribbean countries to take urgent action to meet global targets to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). ... read more


Caribbean regionalism in the context of economic challenges

By Peter Richards PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Former Barbados prime minister Owen Arthur says while the decision in 1989 to transform Caribbean economies into a into a single market and economy was one of the most momentous decisions in the history of the Caribbean "it was a transformation that was never going to be easily achieved". ... read more


T&T government says oil price drop has resulted in $TT7.5 billion loss

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jan 16, (CMC) – The Trinidad and Tobago government has reiterated its position that the drop in oil prices on the global market is not a signal for a sudden change in its economic development policies. ... read more


Google testing new smartphone project in the Caribbean

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Jan. 15, (CMC) –The global tech giant, Google, will be launching the pilot test of its new smartphone project in Puerto Rico. The 'Project Ara' smartphone is a modular phone that allows users to swap out individual components of the phone, from the camera to the speaker to the lights. ... read more


U.S. Vice President Biden to Host Caribbean Energy Security Summit

(whitehouse.gov) Vice President Biden will host the first ever Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington, DC on January 26, 2015. The Vice President looks forward to welcoming Caribbean leaders and representatives of the international community to promote a cleaner and more sustainable energy future in the Caribbean through improved energy governance, greater access to finance, and donor coordination. ... read more


Caribbean warned to be prepared for massive earthquake

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jan 13, (CMC) – The Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) is warning the region to "move expeditiously" towards building resilience amid predictions of the Caribbean being hit with an earthquake with a magnitude of eight or larger. ... read more


Political crisis marks earthquake anniversary

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Jan 12, (CMC) – Haiti is Monday marking the fifth anniversary of the powerful earthquake that killed an estimated 300,000 people and left more than a million others homeless with the Organization of American States (OAS) pledging its commitment to the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country rebuild its battered economy and infrastructure. ... read more


Guyana backs India for UN Security Council seat

GANDHINAGAR, Jan. 8, (CMC) – President Donald Ramotar has pledged to support the Government of India in its quest to secure a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. Ramotar, who delivered the inaugural address to the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Conference here on Thursday, said India has greater responsibility to support other developing countries and asked New Delhi to play a proactive role in fighting global challenges like climate change. ... read more


World Bank says Caribbean will benefit from oil price slump

(CMC) Gains from low oil prices can be substantial for developing-country importers if supported by stronger global growth, says a World Bank Group analysis of the oil price decline, contained in the latest edition of Global Economic Prospects. ... read more


China pledges assistance to region

BEIJING, China, Jan 7, 2015 (CMC) – China says it will work "hand in hand" with Latin American and Caribbean countries to boost the comprehensive and cooperative partnership between Beijing and the region. ... read more


Major US black group to host CARICOM reparations summit

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) – A major Black group here says it will host the next summit of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Reparations Commission early this year. The New York-based Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) said on Saturday that the summit will take place from April 9-12. ... read more


CARICOM chair says community should fully implement five-year strategic plan

New CARICOM chairman Perry Christie says it's important for the 15-member regional grouping to fully implement the five-year strategic plan that has been endorsed by regional leaders to deepen the integration movement. ... read more


Year in review: Caribbean rocked by Chikungunya virus in 2014

By Peter Richards BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Dec 30, (CMC) – Three general elections and continued socio-economic problems may have made the headlines in the Caribbean in 2014, but it was the Chikungunya virus, the mosquito borne disease that really caught the attention of the region over the past 12 months. ... read more


Ebola crisis likely to continue throughout 2015

LONDON, England, Monday December 29, 2014 – The Ebola crisis in West Africa is likely to continue until the end of 2015, according to Professor Peter Piot, a leading researcher who helped to discover the deadly virus. ... read more


Caribbean publication names Mighty Sparrow - "Person of the Year"

NEW YORK, United States, Monday December 29, 2014, (CMC) – A United States-based publication has named calypsonian Slinger Francisco, popularly known as The Mighty Sparrow, as its "Person of the Year." ... read more


New York pays tribute to Calypso Rose

By Nelson A. King NEW YORK, Dec 27, (CMC) - Though she was barely able to walk because of gout, Calypso Rose was still able to woo her audience, as Brooklyn paid tribute to the Tobago-born singer who "broke the glass ceiling" in the calypso genre. ... read more


Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Kamla style

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Dec 27, (CMC) – Government ministers have defended the decision to spend thousands of dollars erecting billboards showing Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar wishing the nation "Merry Christmas" even as a non-government organization warned that it showed the "dictatorial" tendencies of the leader of the coalition People's Partnership administration. ... read more


Caribbean share of global tourism market declining

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday December 23, 2014, (CMC) – A study examining what is driving the tourism flows in the Caribbean has found that the region's share of the global tourism market is declining. ... read more


CARICOM secretary general says 2014 was a "milestone" for the 15-member group

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Tuesday December 23, 2014, (CMC) – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Irwin La Rocque says 2014 has been a "milestone" for the 15-member regional grouping. In an end of year message released here Monday, La Rocque said that the "milestone" is as a result of the Community's Five Year Strategic Plan being approved by regional leaders at their summit in Antigua in July. ... read more


American indicted for defrauding Caribbean immigrants

NEW YORK, United States, (CMC) – United States law enforcement authorities have indicted a woman who allegedly promised GREEN CARDS and work permits to undocumented CARIBBEAN immigrants. They said Nickya Wittington, also known as Nicky John, 27 has been charged with stealing US$12,850 from the immigrants. ... read more


Private sector objects to terrorist links

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Dec 18, (CMC) – The Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce (TTCIC) has taken issue with a statement made by the Governor of the Central Bank that businesses here should not conduct "business with companies with terrorist links" as the private sector again complain of a shortage of foreign currency here. ... read more


Regional leaders welcome new chapter in US-Cuba relations

By Peter Richards BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Dec 17, (CMC) – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders Wednesday welcomed the new chapter in diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba with St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves describing the event as one "'of earth shattering proportions". ... read more


Cuba-United States improving diplomatic relations

WASHINGTON, Dec 17, (CMC) – The United States and Cuba are to start talks to normalise diplomatic ties in a historic shift in relations between the two countries, President Barak Obama announced Wednesday. In a nationwide broadcast, Obama said Washington will also open an embassy in Havana in the coming months. ... read more


Warning for Caribbean countries

By Ernie Seon BRUSSELS, Dec 15, (CMC) – The former director general of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Dr. Len Ishmael, says the Caribbean will never achieve the status of economic resilience, as long as the international community insist on graduating it to middle income status at the level of the European Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations. ... read more


UNHCR says nearly 5,000 people risk their lives by sea to avert poverty

GENEVA, Dec 14, (CMC) – The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said nearly 5,000 people have taken to boats this year in a bid to escape poverty. But the agency is warning that given the high number of global migrant arrivals by sea, the international community is steadily losing focus on saving lives and intensifying its efforts to deny foreigners access to asylum. ... read more


ACP urges lifting of travel and trade restrictions related to Ebola outbreak

Washington, D.C., 10 December 2014 (PAHO/WHO) — A new report on interpersonal violence around the world shows that low- and middle-income countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have the highest homicide rates of any developing region, as well as the highest proportion of homicides committed with firearms. ... read more


Caribbean leads in homicide rates

Washington, D.C., 10 December 2014 (PAHO/WHO) — A new report on interpersonal violence around the world shows that low- and middle-income countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have the highest homicide rates of any developing region, as well as the highest proportion of homicides committed with firearms. ... read more


CARICOM 'heartened' by UN's call for climate financing

By Kenton X. Chance
LIMA, Peru, Dec. 10, (CMC) -- The 15-member Caribbean (CARICOM) says it is "heartened" by the call of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for development finance to be linked to funding for climate change adaptation and mitigation. ... read more


CARICOM-Cuba end successful summit

HAVANA, Cuba, Dec 9, (CMC) – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuban leaders Monday adopted a declaration urging closer unity and integration of the region as "the only way to confront the challenges" common to them. ... read more


Trinidad government defends spending TT$2.6m to deport African nationals

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Monday December 8, 2014, (CMC) – The Trinidad and Tobago government has defended its decision to spend TT$2.6 million (One TT dollar = US$0.16 cents) to charter a plane to deport 15 illegal Ghana nationals saying that it was difficult to get visas for them men to travel back to their country through commercial flights ... read more


2014 set to be the hottest year on record – NOAA

WASHINGTON D.C., United States, Friday December 5, 2014 – Despite the record early snowfall in parts of the United States in recent weeks, 2014 is shaping up to be the hottest year on record. According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the first ten months of this year have been the hottest since record keeping began more than 130 years ago. ... read more


Caribbean legislators outraged over acquittal of white police officer in "chokehold death"

Nelson A. King NEW YORK, United States, Thursday December 4, 2014, (CMC) – Caribbean American legislators Thursday expressed outrage over a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in Staten Island in the death of a black man who died when the officer used a chokehold to restrain him. ... read more


Britain abolishes travel tax for children under 12

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Dec 3, (CMC) – The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Wednesday said it welcomed the announcement by the British government to abolish the Air Passenger Duty (APD) for children under the age of 12. ... read more


World AIDS Day - UNAIDS predicts Caribbean country could be first to eliminate mother to child HIV transmission

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Dec 1, 2014 (CMC) – UNAIDS Caribbean is predicting that a Caribbean country could become the first nation worldwide to eliminate mother to child HIV transmission. ... read more


Bill and Melinda Gates give J$226m to Jamaica's ICT development

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has provided US$2 million (approximately J$226 million) to finance a project to provide Jamaicans with increased access to ICT services, as well as training to promote personal, organizational and national development. ... read more


Caribbean legislators outraged over decision not to indict white police officer

by Nelson A. King NEW YORK, United States, Wednesday November 26, 2014, (CMC) – Caribbean born legislators have expressed outrage over a grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri not to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed 18-year-old black youth in August. ... read more


St Lucia places temporary ban on all UK poultry imports

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Nov 25, (CMC) - St Lucia has slapped a temporary ban on the importation of all poultry and poultry products from the United Kingdom, as a result of an outbreak of Bird Flu there. The Ministry of Agriculture said the ban was imposed in light of information received from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the United Kingdom confirming that the country recently experienced an outbreak of a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). ... read more


President Obama moves to halt deportation of millions of immigrants

by By MICHAEL D. SHEAR (NYTIMES) WASHINGTON — President Obama chose confrontation over conciliation on Thursday as he asserted the powers of the Oval Office to reshape the nation's immigration system and all but dared members of next year's Republican-controlled Congress to reverse his actions on behalf of millions of immigrants. ... read more


U.S. Attorney general to visit Barbados

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to visit Barbados this week to discuss various issues related to justice and security on the island where his father was born.Holder will meet with Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, ... read more


IMF monitoring impact of PetroCaribe on Caribbean

By Kenton Chance KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Nov 19, (CMC) -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it is monitoring the potential impact any changes to PetroCaribe, Venezuela's oil alliance with several Caribbean islands will have on regional economies. ... read more


Haitian diaspora to benefit from new identification office

MIAMI, United States, Monday November 17, 2014, (CMC) – Haitians living in the Diaspora will no longer have to fly to Haiti to get a national identification card, a critical document to obtain a Haitian passport or the ability to vote in the country's elections. ... read more


New York mayor signs bills limiting deportation of Caribbean immigrants

NEW YORK, United States, Sunday November 16, 2014, (CMC) – With United States President Barack Obama vowing to proceed on immigration reform by executive order, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday signed two bills that would drastically limit the federal government's ability to deport undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants from New York City. ... read more


Solar energy to meet Barbados needs?

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Nov 12, (CMC) – Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, Dr. DeLisle Worrell believes that the island could benefit significantly from the use of solar energy and reduce the billion dollar import bill on energy. ... read more


Japan provides more than one billion Yen in assistance to Caribbean countries

By Peter Richards TOKYO, Japan, Nov 12, (CMC)– Japan has provided more than JPY1.7 billion (One Yen=US$0.008 cents) to 14 Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries since 1975, according to figures released here on Wednesday ... read more


Jamaican appointed chair of United Nations Security Council reform

KINSGTON, Jamaica – Jamaica's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Ambassador Courtenay Rattray, has been appointed Chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council reform. ... read more


"Credibility being undermined" - CARICOM Secretary General

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Nov. 10, (CMC) – Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Irwin La Rocque, says problems related to the freedom of movement across the region have undermined the credibility of the regional body. ... read more


CARICOM prepared to walk out of Peru climate change talks

By Kenton X. Chance KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday November 7, 2014, (CMC) – The 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is making it clear that it is prepared to walk out of the world climate change talks in Peru next month if rich countries are not prepared to agree on a deal that will reduce the impacts of climate change on the region. ... read more


Caribbean likely to get hotter as climate changes says researcher

By Kenton X. Chance KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday November 6, 2014, (CMC) – A Jamaican researcher has warned that the Caribbean will have to take steps to respond to climate change, as predictions are that the region will become increasingly hotter and drier if global temperature rise continues or increases. ... read more


Regional leaders agree on plan to deal with Ebola and Chikunguyna

By Peter Richards PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Nov 4, (CMC) – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders have ended a three-hour special summit here on Tuesday agreeing to a 10-point plan to deal with the outbreak of the Chikunguyna virus and any possible incident of the deadly Ebola virus that has killed nearly 5,000 people in West Africa. ... read more


PAHO/WHO mobilize Ebola preparedness teams in the Caribbean

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday November 4, 2014, CMC – The Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) say they are mobilizing teams of experts in outbreak alert and response to help member states in Latin America and the Caribbean ensure they are prepared for any potential introduction of Ebola virus disease (EVD). ... read more


Grenadian-American legislator expresses outrage over resignation of black NYDP chief

NEW YORK, United States, Monday November 3, 2014, (CMC) – A Grenadian American legislator has joined his New York City Council colleague in expressing outrage over the resignation of the black chief of the New York Police Department (NYPD). ... read more


Region observes Caribbean Tourism Month

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Oct 31, (CMC) – Caribbean countries have been told that while there has been an upswing in tourist arrivals to the region they are yet to achieve their goals. Chairman of the Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), Richard Sealy in a message marking Caribbean Tourism Month in November, said the statistics provided by the CTO's research department show that arrivals to the Caribbean are up for the first half of this year. ... read more


Caribbean economies adopt record number of reforms – World Bank

WASHINGTON D.C., United States, Thursday October 30, 2014, (CMC) – The World Bank says many Caribbean countries have implemented at least one reform in their economies over the past year making it easier for local entrepreneurs to do business. ... read more


Ship denied entry to St Vincent following report of crew exhibiting Ebola symptoms

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Wednesday October 29, 2014, (CMC) - St. Vincent and the Grenadines earlier this month denied an oil tanker entry into its territorial waters after being informed that two crewmembers were exhibiting symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has said. ... read more


Haiti postpones Legislative and Municipal elections

PORT AU PRINCE, (CMC) – Haiti Sunday announced the postponement of the much delayed legislative and municipal elections. The polls were due to have taken place on Sunday but a statement from the Office of the President gave no indication when the polls would take place. ... read more


Caribbean cyber crime comes under scruitny during OAS, IDB workshop

WASHINGTON D.C., United States, Friday October 24, 2014, (CMC) – The Organization of American States (OAS) is collaborating with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in conducting a workshop here to improve public policies to better prevent cyber crimes in Latin American and the Caribbean. ... read more


Caribbean health a‎uthority to host infectious substance training

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) says it will host workshops geared at strengthening the Caribbean's ability to prepare and respond to outbreak situations such as the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa. ... read more


New report says more than seven suicides per hour in the Caribbean

MEXICO CITY (CMC) – A new Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), report says about 65,000 people take their own lives in the Americas, including the Caribbean, each year—more than seven per hour. The report, "Suicide Mortality in the Americas," is based on data from 48 countries and territories in the Western Hemisphere. ... read more


More than 200 Canadians infected with Chikungunya virus according to health agency

OTTAWA, Canada, Wednesday October 22, 2014, (CMC) – Canada's health agency says more than 200 Canadians have been infected by the chikungunya virus that has affected thousands of people in the Caribbean. On Tuesday, Health Canada reported that 201 Canadians have been infected with the mosquito borne virus. ... read more


Defending CARICOM countries to impose a travel ban

By Anika Kentish ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, Oct 20, (CMC) – Prime Minister Gaston Browne Monday defended the decision by a number of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries to impose a travel ban on nationals from three West African countries because of the deadly Ebola virus that has killed nearly 5,000 people. ... read more


Antigua, Suriname join other Caribbean countries banning nationals from Ebola hit countries

ST JOHN'S, Antigua, Friday October 17, 2014, (CMC) - Antigua and Barbuda and Suriname have become the latest Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries to issue a ban on travelers from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. ... read more


Guyana takes issue with WHO report on highest per capita suicide cases

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Friday October 17, 2014, (CMC) – The Guyana government says it is taking umbrage the recent figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO) giving the country the dubious ranking of having the highest suicide rate per capita in the world. ... read more


Caribbean healthcare workers must be trained, prepared for potential Ebola cases – PAHO

WASHINGTON D.C., United States, Wednesday October 15, 2014, (CMC) - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) wants healthcare workers throughout the Americas, including the Caribbean, trained in the use of personal protective equipment and early identification of suspected cases of the Ebola virus disease (EVD). ... read more


Caribbean Statistics Day 2014 Celebrations

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Oct 15, 2014 (CMC) – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are observing Caribbean Statistics Day on Wednesday amidst concerns that investment in statistics remains a challenge despite the significant role it plays in development. ... read more


Ebola screening underway at US and UK airports as another case diagnosed in US

NEW YORK, United States, Monday October 13, 2014 – Ebola screening got underway on Saturday for some travellers at New York's John F Kennedy International Airport, with four other US airports due to come on stream on Thursday. ... read more


Caribbean wants justice for atrocities committed under transatlantic slave trade

ST JOHN'S, Antigua, Monday October 13, 2014, (CMC) - The second Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Conference on Reparations began here on Sunday night with reparations activists joining political leaders in calling for justice for a region that is still reeling from the social, economic effects from the transatlantic slave trade. ... read more


Foreign minister says CARICOM treaty was breached in UN vote against terrorism

KINGSTON, Jamaica — CARICOM countries breached their regional agreement (the Treaty of Chaguaramas) by not consulting on the recent United Nations resolution against terrorism. The resolution focused on the activities of the radical Islamic group referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria(ISIS). ... read more


Amnesty International says 'truth must not die' with Duvalier

LONDON, Oct. 9, (CMC) – The London-based human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, says the death of former Haitian ruler Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier must not halt the investigations and prosecutions owed to thousands of people killed, tortured, arbitrarily arrested and disappeared under his regime. ... read more


IMF says economic growth in Caribbean continues to slow down in 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 8, (CMC) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean continued to slow in early 2014 even as it predicted that regional growth will pick up to 2.2 per cent in 2015, 0.7 percentage points weaker than previously projected. ... read more


Golden Krust Takes Halal Patties to the Middle East!

Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, the nation's largest and fastest growing Caribbean franchise has enhanced their 25th anniversary by successfully delivering the first shipment of Golden Krust Halal Beef Patties to the Middle East. The journey began four years ago with Everest Foods Company. W.L.L., a general trading company specializing in importing and exporting frozen food products. Everest Foods Co. supplies frozen products to consumers in, not limited to, the following countries: Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. ... read more


Jamaica activates emergency response team to fight Chikungunya outbreak

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Oct. 2, (CMC) - Jamaica's National Emergency Response Team has been activated to coordinate and support the country's response to the current outbreak of Chikungunya . ... read more


Ebola-ravaged nations could face "chaos and collapse"

LONDON, England, (Caribbean360) – The Ebola outbreak raging in West Africa could potentially infect 1.4 million people by the end of January, according to a worst-case scenario extrapolated by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ... read more


St Vincent and the Grenadines assumes chairmanship of OAS Permanent Council

WASHINGTON D.C., United States, Thursday October 2, 2014 - St. Vincent and the Grenadines has assumed the chairmanship of the Permanent Council at the Organisation of American States. The Permanent Council, comprised of the Permanent Representatives (Ambassadors) from the 34 member states is one of the two main political bodies of the Organisation. At the handing over ceremony which took place at the OAS headquarters in Washington DC, Permanent Representative of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador La Celia A. Prince received the chairperson's gavel from outgoing chair of the Council, Ambassador Sonia Johnny of St. Lucia. ... read more


Jamaican, Trinidadian and Guyanese nationals seek top ACP post

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC) – Three candidates from Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica have been short listed for the post of secretary general of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) grouping. ... read more


Regional countries urged to collaborate on improving health care

WASHINGTON, (CMC) – Health ministers from the Caribbean are joining their counterparts from other member countries of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) in the United States this week to debate universal coverage and other regional health challenges. ... read more


Cuba calls for "profound reform" of United Nations

NEW YORK, United States, Monday September 29, 2014, (CMC) – Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla has called for "profound reform" of the United Nations, starting with the 15-member Security Council, saying that the Secretary-General should be "an advocator and guarantor of international peace and security." ... read more


Haiti president seeks to attract investors in energy, tourism and industry sectors

NEW YORK, United States, Friday September, 26, 2014, (CMC) – Haiti's president Michel Martelly has told an international conference here that while "major challenges" still remain, the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country is strengthening democracy and rebuilding the infrastructure damaged by a powerful earthquake in 2010 that killed more than 300,000 people. ... read more


Climate change an "existential threat" for the Caribbean

Desmond Brown KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Wednesday, September 24, 2014, IPS – When it comes to climate change, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves doesn't mince words: he will tell you that it is a matter of life and death for Small Island Developing States (SIDS). "The threat is not abstract, it is not very distant, it is immediate and it is real. And if this matter is the premier existential issue which faces us it means that we have to take it more seriously and put it at the centre stage of all our developmental efforts," Gonsalves told IPS. ... read more


Caribbean countries mark China's Independence Day

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – Guyana and Dominica Tuesday night praised China for its role in helping in their socio-economic development and promised to continue diplomatic relations with the Asian country. In separate activities in Roseau and Georgetown, the two countries marked the observance of the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1, 1949, praising Beijing for friendship that has led to economic development in the two countries. ... read more


Caribbean among most vulnerable regions to climate change

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Monday September 22, 2014, (CMC) – Environmental experts say developing societies in the Caribbean are the most vulnerable economies in the Americas to climate change because the majority of the population reside in coastal areas. According to the Spanish international news agency (EFE), rising sea levels, coastal erosion and the spread of tropical diseases are among the signs of climate change. ... read more


Study highlights Caribbean women's role in socio-economic development

BRUSSELS, Sept 22, (CMC) - A newly released study on the role of women in advancing sustainable human development in African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries has highlighted the prevalence of social and cultural norms that discriminate against women in ACP regions. ... read more


No Ebola case in Trinidad, Health Ministry says after man shows symptoms

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sept 19, (CMC) – The Trinidad and Tobago government says there are "no suspected or confirmed cases" of the Ebola virus in the country. "A Trinidadian man was initially seen at the Mayaro Health Centre after exhibiting prolonged symptoms of fever, pains and tiredness. The patient recently travelled from Equatorial Guinea through the Abuja Airport, Nigeria, before arriving in Trinidad on September 3. ... read more


Caribbean countries named in US major drug transit countries

(Jamaica Observer) JAMAICA has been listed as one of 22 major drug-producing and transit countries by US President Barack Obama, according to information released Monday by the US Department of State. However, Minister of National Security Peter Bunting did not appear overly worried about the listing as he said Jamaica has been included in that category for some time now. ... read more


Expert fears Ebola could mutate to become airborne

MINNESOTA, United States, Wednesday September 17, 2014 - As the Ebola outbreak continues to spiral out of control, with the number of cases rising faster than the ability to contain them, some scientists are concerned that the virus could mutate to become an airborne disease, greatly increasing its potential for contagion. ... read more


CARICOM formalising recommendations to deal with Ebola, Chikungunya

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Tuesday September 16, 2014, (CMC) – The Guyana-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) says it is formalising recommendations to deal with any possible incidence of the Ebola virus and is also improving efforts to respond to the Chikungunya epidemic. ... read more


Caribbean Export funding tech initiative "Start Up Jamaica"

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday September 15, 2014, (CMC) – The Barbados-based Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) says it will provide financial support towards the launch of "Start Up Jamaica (SUJ)," an initiative through which technology companies can access seed capital, training and mentorship in return for equity in the company. ... read more


Caribbean low risk case for Ebola

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sept 11, (CMC) – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) while there has not been any case of the deadly Ebola visa in the Caribbean, the region should not rest on its laurels. "The overall risk assessment remains low risk for the Caribbean region. Be that as it may this is not a time for complacency because of the consequence of an imported case…will be serious for the health of our residents and for the tourism industry in the Caribbean," said CARPHA executive director Dr. James Hospedales. ... read more


Americans remember 9/11 on 13th anniversary

NEW YORK, (AFP) - Americans on Thursday marked the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, with sombre ceremonies of remembrance in New York and Washington. President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and Vice-President Joe Biden observed a moment of silence on the White House south lawn, along with about 300 staffers. Flags in Washington flew at half-mast. ... read more


Antigua seeks millions from US to end gaming dispute

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) – Antigua and Barbuda is seeking US$100 million to settle the long standing dispute over internet gaming with the United States. Prime Minister Gaston Browne told a news conference that his administration, which had submitted new proposals to Washington to end the dispute, that while the figure represents a reduction on what St John's had originally been demanding, it is negotiable and could be a mixture of cash and kind. ... read more


Marijuana tourism

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sept 9, (CMC) – The deputy chief executive officer of Jamaica's first medical marijuana company, Richard Kildare, will lead of debate on the notion or reality of marijuana tourism during the Caribbean Tourism Organization's (CTO) State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) later this month. ... read more


Can you imagine a Caribbean minus its beaches? It's not science fiction, it's climate change

(WorldBank.org) Nearly 15 years ago, a World Bank disaster risk management team went to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia to work at the beach -- literally. Based on scientific evidence, they set off, together with the government, to counter erosion and rebuild the beaches. The result, the construction of two submerged offshore structures, designed to break up incoming waves and capture sand. Today, 15 meters of beach in the area have been restored. ... read more


Antigua and Barbuda confident new proposals will end dispute with US

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, Sept 5, (CMC) –Antigua and Barbuda says it remained confident that the new proposals submitted to the United States for ending their long running dispute over internet gaming will be accepted by Washington. ... read more


Caribbean countries discussing "critical factors" that underpin their vulnerability

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says the authorities in several Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and experts from the United Nations have been discussing "critical factors" that underpin the vulnerability of Caribbean countries ... read more


Region warned to brace for full impact of Chikungunya

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sept 3, (CMC) – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is warning the Caribbean to be prepared for the "full impact" of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus eight months after the first case was detected. CARPHA executive director Dr. James Hospedales told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that almost all Caribbean Community (CARICCOM) countries have now reported cases of the virus. ... read more


Jamaican food chain Golden Krust sues rival over name

NEW YORK, (CMC) – The owners of the popular Golden Krust food chain in the US have filed a lawsuit to stop a rival Jamaican food company -- Silver Krust -- from partially using its name. In papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court Friday, Golden Krust says it's been "among the most successful minority owned businesses in the country" since opening in the 1990s, and the knockoff is hurting its reputation. ... read more


Increase tourist arrivals to the Caribbean

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Aug 29, (CMC) - The Caribbean recorded a rise in visitor arrivals during the first half of this year, keeping pace with the world average, according to figures released by the Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). ... read more


Haiti urged to hold legislative and municipal elections in 2014

WASHINGTON, Aug 28, (CMC) – The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) has adopted a declaration calling on the three branches of government in Haiti to comply with an earlier agreement to hold legislative and municipal elections by the end of this year. ... read more


Caribbean and Latin America poverty on the decline – UNDP

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, Wednesday August 27, 2014, (CMC) - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says poverty is on the decline in the Caribbean and Latin American. In launching its latest report here to complement global analysis on vulnerability and resilience that was presented in Japan, the UNDP said more than 56 million people have been lifted out of poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean in recent years. ... read more


Antigua seeking Chinese funds to establish local university

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, Tuesday August 26, 2014, (CMC) – Antigua and Barbuda is hoping that China will provide US$18 million towards the expansion of the Five Islands Secondary School to the University College Antigua. Prime Minister Gaston Browne, who is on an official visit to Beijing, has officially informed the principals of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) of the intention of his government regarding the facility, according to a government statement issued here Tuesday. ... read more


Japan ready to offer flu drug for Ebola treatment

TOKYO (AP) — Japan said Monday it is ready to provide a Japanese-developed anti-influenza drug as a possible treatment for the rapidly expanding Ebola outbreak. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that Japan can offer favipiravir, developed by a subsidiary of Fujifilm Holdings Corp., at any time at the request of the World Health Organisation. ... read more


Jamaican Diaspora remits US $16 billion over last ten years

WASHINGTON DC (JIS) -- Jamaicans living overseas have remitted US $16 billion to the island over the past 10 years. The figure was disclosed by Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Arnaldo Brown, while addressing the launch of the Mapping Jamaica's Diaspora Project recently in Baltimore, Maryland. ... read more


Suriname no longer hosting African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) summit

PARAMARIBO, Suriname, Aug 20, (CMC) – Suriname says it will no longer host the summit of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries here in November. A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Cabinet had reconsidered hosting the November 6-7 summit because the Dutch-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country would still be chair of the Union of South American States (UNASUR). ... read more


Kamla wants Caribbean leaders to meet on Ebola and Chikungunya

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday August 20, 2014, (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago has called for a meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders to discuss a coordinated response to the public health threats posed by the Ebola and Chikungunya viruses. ... read more


United States court has granted subpoena to the Trinidad Integrity Commission

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 19, (CMC) – A United States court has granted a subpoena to the Integrity Commission here allowing it to request information from the internet search engine, Google, as part of its investigation into the alleged "Emailgate" scandal here. ... read more


Caribbean fine tuning new system to detect harmful products on local markets

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) - Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are implementing a new system aimed at protecting consumers from acquiring dangerous goods on the regional markets. ... read more


CARICOM to harmonise Caribbean business rules

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Thursday August 14, 2014, (CMC) - The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has started work towards creating a harmonized framework within which companies and other businesses can be established and operate in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). ... read more


Integrity Commission goes after Google

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug. 14, (CMC) – A subpoena has been filed in the US Federal Court ordering Google to provide information to aid the "Emailgate" investigations. The Integrity Commission has hired top US attorney Gina Durham, partner co-Chair, US Social Media Practice at DLA Piper law firm, to initiate action. ... read more


New guidelines for marijuana arrests

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Aug 13, 2014 (CMC) - The Jamaica government has outlined new guidelines which are to be implemented immediately by police regarding how they treat persons who are charged with minor offences such as possession of small quantities of marijuana. ... read more


Legislators debate controversial Constitution Amendment Bill

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 11, (CMC) – Debate on the controversial Constitution Amendment Bill is expected to begin here on Monday amid growing opposition and a call by the second largest member of the coalition government to delay the vote on the legislation. ... read more


Two new Chikungunya cases confirmed in Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday August 8, 2014, (CMC) – Health Minister Dr. Fenton Ferguson Thursday confirmed two new cases of the mosquito borne disease, Chikungunya. He told a news conference that the victims had no travel history outside of Jamaica ... read more


Flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia suspended amid escalating Ebola fears

LONDON, England, Thursday August 7, 2014 – As Nigeria's health minister described the Ebola outbreak as a national emergency that could become an international emergency, and the death toll in the four affected West African countries inched relentlessly closer to the 1,000 mark, British Airways became the latest airline to temporarily suspended flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia. ... read more


CARPHA says risk of Ebola in the Caribbean "Low"

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 6, (CMC) – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) says the risk of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) being imported to the Caribbean is low. "There have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in the Caribbean, and overall, the risk of becoming infected with the Ebola virus in this region remains low," said CARPHA executive director, Dr. C. James Hospedales. ... read more


Eight Caribbean governments purchase CCRIF parametric rainfall insurance

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, Wednesday August 6, 2014, CMC – The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) says it is now providing excess rainfall insurance coverage to eight regional countries as the Caribbean continues to take precautions against possible damage caused by storms and hurricanes during the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. ... read more


Slight economic growth for the Caribbean

SANTIAGO, Chile, Aug 5, (CMC) – The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says Caribbean economies are expected to recover in 2014, while lowering the growth forecast for the entire region to 2.2 per cent. ... read more


Caribbean travellers to the US can expect new customs declaration forms

WASHINGTON D.C., United States, (CMC) - The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says it has issued a new customs declaration form "in print and online" that expands the definition of family members for arriving Caribbean and other travellers. ... read more


Eastern Caribbean prepared for any Ebola virus 'eventuality'

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Friday August 1, 2014, (CMC) - St Lucia's national Epidemiologist, Nahum Jn Baptiste, is confident that the Eastern Caribbean sub-region is prepared for any eventuality in connection with the Ebola virus. Jn Baptiste told reporters that St Lucia and the other islands have trusted surveillance systems with which to track some of the main symptoms of viral diseases including dengue fever and chikungunya. ... read more


On World Day against Trafficking in Persons, UN calls for action to eradicate scourge

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 31, (CMC) – Emphasizing that the practice of slavery still plagues modern society, the United Nations marked its first-ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons by calling on the international community to end impunity for perpetrators ... read more


US officials detect new agricultural pest in luggage of Jamaican visitor

BALTIMORE, USA (CMC) -- The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has confirmed the discovery of a new agricultural pest after intercepting the Chrysauginae (Pyralidae) caterpillar in the luggage of an unidentified Jamaican visitor. ... read more

TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2014

Caribbean countries to benefit from Japanese aid

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jul 28, (CMC) – Japan is providing US$15 million to help several Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries cope with the impact of climate change. The "Project for Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership" will help Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, Suriname, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Dominica and Belize build the capacity to cope with climate change. ... read more

MONDAY, JULY 28, 2014

Japan PM to meet CARICOM leaders

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jul 27, (CMC) – Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Sunday began an official two-day visit to Trinidad and Tobago holding talks with Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar. A statement issued afterwards said that the two leaders had discussed a wide range of issues including possible Japanese investment in the oil-rich twin island Republic and the possibility of Port of Spain opening an embassy in Tokyo. ... read more

FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014

May and June were the hottest months ever as global warming heats up

FLORIDA, United States, Friday July 25, 2014 (Caribbean360)– The planet appears to be turning up the jets, setting a global heat record last month hot on the heels of breaking the same record in May. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the average global temperature in June was 61.2 degrees, which is 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average, and beat the record set in 2010 by one-twentieth of a degree. ... read more


Drought induced food shortage confirmed in Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – The protracted dry spell across the island has led to a shortage of several food items based on an assessment completed by the Ministry of Agriculture. Donovan Stanberry, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry said the vegetables that are hard to come by include carrots, lettuce, tomatoes and onions. ... read more


Caribbean HIV / AIDS fight to benefit from USAID US$500m global fund

MELBOURNE, Australia, Wednesday July 23, 2014, (CMC) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) recently announced that over US$500 million will be allocated for new efforts to achieve an aids-free generation in the Caribbean and other countries around the World. ... read more

TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014

GraceKennedy buys U.S. food chain

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, (CMC) – GraceKennedy has acquired the assets of USA food business La Fe Foods Inc through its wholly owned subsidiary GraceKennedy Foods (USA) LLC for US$26 million. ... read more

MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014

Jamaica water woes continue as drought worsens

KINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – The water crisis across Jamaica's Corporate Area has worsened as the severe drought continues. The National Water Commission (NWC) is reporting that levels at the two main catchment facilities in the Corporate Area have dwindled to about one month's supply ... read more

FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014

UN Secteray-General, Ban Ki-moon, makes 'necessary pilgrimage' to Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, (CMC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for intensified efforts to ensure access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation in Haiti, as he launched a new UN-supported initiative and met with families affected by the cholera epidemic. ... read more


Pakistani teenage activist Malala to visit Trinidad

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Seventeen year old Pakistani activist, Malala Yousafzai will visit the twin island republic on July 31. This was confirmed on Monday in a news release from the Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training. ... read more


Jamaica investigates first possible case of chikungunya virus

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday July 16, 2014, (CMC) – The Ministry of Health is investigating a suspected case of the Chikungunya virus in an individual who travelled from an affected country and fell ill. ... read more

TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014

Taiwanese disburse funds for crop improvement

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, July, 15 (CMC) – The agriculture industry has received a boost with the with the disbursement of just over US$324,000.00 from the Government of the Republic of China (ROC) – Taiwan ... read more

MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014

ID cards for NY Caribbean immigrants

NEW YORK, July 13, 2014 (CMC) – New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, has signed legislation to create a municipal identification card for Caribbean and other immigrants living in the city, including undocumented persons. ... read more

FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014

Caribbean Airlines projecting TT$100 million loss

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Friday July 11, 2014, (CMC) – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines (CAL) is projecting a loss of just under TT$100 (One TT dollar = US 0.16 cents) million for its financial year 2013. Finance Minister, Larry Howai, said that the airline has been enduring a difficult period but may now be emerging from it. ... read more


This is a sobering statistic on the spread of Chikungunya across the Caribbean

NASSAU, Bahamas, Wednesday July 9, 2014, CMC – Bahamian authorities have confirmed the country's first case of the mosquito-borne disease, Chikungunya, warning that the progression of the sickness in the region is occurring at the rate of one country every seven to 14 days. ... read more


HIV/AIDS cases on the rise in Dominica

ROSEAU, Dominica, Wednesday July 9, 2014, (CMC) – Dominica has recorded an increase in the number of HIV/AIDS cases and health authorities are warning that most of the cases are among the male population. Coordinator of the National Response Programme for HIV/AIDS, Julie Frampton, said that since the first HIV/AIDS case was reported here in 1987, there were 410 cumulative cases at the end of 2013. ... read more


Barbados voices concern over impact of climate change in the Caribbean

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday July 8, 2014, (CMC) – Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says Caribbean countries and other small island developing states (SIDS) are becoming increasingly susceptible to climate change and steps have to be taken to reduce this vulnerability. ... read more

MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014

US drug policy groups support CARICOM's decision to set up marijuana commission

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) - Two influential drug policy groups here have supported the Caribbean Community's (CARICOM) decision to establish a Regional Marijuana Commission. It's great that governments in the Caribbean are finally pushing forward with this dialogue," said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), which claims that it is America's leading organization that promotes drug policies that are "grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights". ... read more


Obama seeks funds to speed deportations

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) — After announcing plans earlier this month to detain and deport more illegal immigrants, including Caribbean nationals, US President Barack Obama wants Congress to provide more than US$2 billion to control the surge of illegal migrants entering the country. ... read more


Study finds Caribbean children obese and overweight

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – A study done in four Caribbean countries has found that 30 per cent of children aged 11 to 13 were overweight or obese, a senior official of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has said ... read more


Caribbean leaders gather in Antigua and Barbuda for annual summit

By Peter Richards ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, July 1, (CMC) – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders begin their annual summit here on Tuesday fully discussing the first ever Strategic Plan for the 15-member regional grouping. ... read more

MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014

Late stage HIV/AIDS diagnoses worries Barbados authorities

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday June 30, 2014, (CMC) - Amid continued decline in the number of persons diagnosed HIV/AIDS positive, authorities are concerned that many of those found to be infected are offering themselves for testing at late stages. ... read more

FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014

Chikungunya disease has spiraled out of control

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jun 26, (CMC) - Health authorities here have reported that the mosquito-borne disease, Chikungunya , has now spiraled out of control, affecting persons in all 17 constituencies on the 238-square-mile island. ... read more


Suriname confirms seventeen chikungunya cases

PARAMARIBO, Suriname, Thursday June 26, 2014, (CMC) – The Bureau of Public Health (BOG) has confirmed 17 cases of the mosquito-borne chikungunya-virus, and widespread infection is expected. During a press conference late Wednesday, officials from BOG, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Pan-American Health Organization warned that if precautionary measures are not taken, the virus could affect thousands. ... read more


ACP adopts resolution on bananas amid concerns with European Union

BRUSSELS, Jun 25, (CMC) – Caribbean banana producing countries are being urged to improve their consultations and exchange of information on the implementation of the Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) adopted by the European Union Council in December 2011 ... read more

TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014

United States slams Guyana's efforts to curb human trafficking

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday June 23, 2014, (CMC) - The United States government has again listed Guyana among countries not doing enough to curb trafficking in persons, and suggested it was an unwilling partner in the effort. "Guyana is a source and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. Guyanese and foreign women and girls—including from Venezuela, Suriname, and Brazil—are subjected to prostitution in Guyana," the June 2014 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report said. ... read more

MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014

Eminent Persons Group calls for "realistic, doable" targets for ACP future

Brussels, (ACP): The 12-member Eminent Persons Group (EPG), assembled to advise on the future form and direction of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) as an organisation, will be lobbying Heads of States from the ACP regions in coming months for political commitment to the exercise. ... read more

FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014

Call for greater cooperation to deal with crime in the Caribbean

Greater levels of cooperation among policymakers and those responsible for implementation is the ammunition needed to battle crime affecting the region. Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite made a call for cooperation and unity among regional partners, while addressing the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative's (CBSI) Technical Working Group on Law Enforcement Matters at their two-day meeting at the Accra Beach Resort and Spa today. ... read more


Guyana stamp auctioned for record US$9.5 million in New York

NEW YORK, United States, Thursday June 19, 2014 – A rare 19th Century postage stamp from British Guiana, the former British colony now known as Guyana, has sold to an anonymous bidder for a record US$9.5 million at auction in New York. The famous British Guiana one-cent magenta stamp had been sold on three previous occasions, each time setting the auction record for a single stamp. ... read more


St Lucia group concerned over Jamaica's move to decriminalise marijuana

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Tuesday June 17, 2014, CMC – The Cannabis Movement of St Lucia (CMSL) Tuesday expressed concern over a decision by the Jamaica government to implement changes in relation to the possession and smoking of marijuana. ... read more

MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014

New strategies needed to deal with climate change

By Kenton Chance KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Jun 16, (CMC) -- As the Caribbean countries prepare for the Third United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Samoa, a warning has come from St. Vincent and the Grenadines that the region has been developing within different "straight jackets" and there is need for the developed world to view SIDS from a different perspective. ... read more

FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014

Jamaica to decriminalize personal marijuana possession

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday June 13, 2014, (CMC) – Plans are in the making for the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana. "Cabinet approved certain changes to the law relating to ganja (marijuana). These relate to possession of small quantities of ganja for personal use, the smoking of ganja in private places and the use of ganja for medical-medicinal purposes," Justice Minister, Mark Golding, said Thursday, as he announced that Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, and her cabinet had decided to amend the Dangerous Drugs Act. ... read more


Caribbean American congresswoman wants redesign of immigration process

NEW YORK, USA (CMC) -- Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke is calling for the redesign of the immigration process in the wake of a United States Supreme Court ruling that Caribbean immigrant children who lost their places in the slow-moving immigration system could not be given special priority. "We need to redesign the process to work efficiently, to eliminate these unnecessary delays," said Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, who represents the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York. ... read more


Haiti's development plan

WASHINGTON, Jun 11, CMC –Haiti is embarking upon a development plan that is aimed at making it an "emerging country by 2030," Prime Minister Laurent Salvador Lamothe has said. The country has developed a three year investment programme with assistance from the World \bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that is designed to "achieve accelerated, balanced economic growth and poverty reduction". ... read more

TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2014

US Supreme Court rules no special priority for Caribbean children

WASHINGTON, US (CMC) -- The United States Supreme Court has ruled that Caribbean immigrant children who lost their places in the slow-moving immigration system because they turned 21 before their parents received their immigrant visa could not be given special priority. ... read more

MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2014

New open data project to support business innovation, transparency in the Caribbean

St Lucia, June 5, 2014 – St Lucia is taking the first step in making government data easily and freely accessible online. It is the first country in the region to join a new open data initiative, which will provide technical assistance and build capacity for countries to open priority data sets, including budget data. ... read more

FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2014

Importing food is damaging the Caribbean: Why no action?

Sir Ronald Sanders BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, June 5, 2014 (Caribbean360) - It is shameful that golden opportunities to produce more food in the Caribbean and significantly reduce the astronomically high annual food import bill of US$4.75 billion are being woefully neglected. If this misguided trend continues, the economies of many of the countries of the region will be increasingly imperilled. ... read more


Cuba welcomes well over a million tourists in first four months of 2014

HAVANA, Cuba, Wednesday June 4, 2014 – While some Caribbean countries continue to struggle to keep their tourism numbers in positive territory, business is booming in Cuba, with the communist country seeing a rise of about five percent in the first four months of this year compared to the same period in 2013. ... read more


Atlantic Hurricane season begins

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) - The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on Sunday with a warning that the there is no way of knowing what the true impact of the season will be. Dennis Feltgen of the National Hurricane Center in Miami says notwithstanding predictions of a "slow" season "It takes only takes one storm hitting your area for it to make it a bad year, regardless of the number of storms that are forecast in the seasonal outlook." ... read more

MONDAY, JUNE 2, 2014

Obama proclaims June Caribbean-American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON D.C., United States, Sunday June 1, 2014, (CMC) – President Barak Obama has proclaimed June, 2014 National Caribbean-American Heritage month, stating that the US is expanding cooperation with its Caribbean partners, in promoting social justice and prosperity throughout the Americas. He said during National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, America will honour Caribbean Americans' history, culture, and 'essential role in the American narrative'. ... read more

FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014

Five-fold increase in dengue cases in the Caribbean over the past decade

WASHINGTON, May 30, (CMC) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says the number of dengue cases in the Americas, including the Caribbean increased five-fold between 2003 and 2013. According to data presented this week at a high-level regional meeting on dengue hosted by PAHO, between 2009 and 2012, over 1 million cases were reported annually, on average, with more than 33,900 severe cases and 835 deaths. ... read more

THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014

Caribbean countries ended 2013 on a stronger economic footing

By Peter Richards GEORGETOWN, Guyana, May 29, (CMC) – Caribbean countries ended 2013 on a more solid economic footing than it had done since the start of the 2007/2008 global economic recession, according to figures released by the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). ... read more


Regional countries urged to make full use of Green Climate Fund

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC) –A senior official of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) says the operationalising of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) provides an important opportunity for regional countries to not only adapt to climate change but also to mitigate its effects. In addition, Selwin Hart,, the Climate Change Finance Advisor with the CDB said the fund could also assist the Caribbean move towards renewable energy and energy efficiency. ... read more

TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014

Taskforce outlines roadmap for Jamaica to decriminalise marijuana within 120 days

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday May 26, 2014, (CMC) – The Jamaica government is being urged to enact legislation that would decriminalise marijuana as well as establish a medical marijuana industry. The Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Taskforce, which organised a three-day meeting on marijuana decriminalisation together with the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), says the Portia Simpson Miller administration should move within a four month period to decriminalise marijuana. ... read more

MONDAY, MAY 26, 2014

Memorial Day: President Obama vows better care for veterans as New Yorkers honor the fallen

BY Erin Durkin, NY Daily News - Obama commemorated the holiday at Arlington National Cemetery after returning from his surprise visit to Afghanistan. In New York, Mayor de Blasio honored veterans in ceremonies at the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial in Riverside Park and at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. De Blasio and Gov. Cuomo both marched in the Little Neck-Douglaston Parade in Queens ... read more

FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014

Green light for Haitians in Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, May 22, (CMC) – Law makers in the Dominican Republic have given the green light to legislation establishing a system for granting naturalized citizenship and permanent residency to people of Haitian descent born in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean country. ... read more

THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014

The Caribbean recognises International Day of Biodiversity

By Pietra Brown -KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 22, (CMC) - "Island Biodiversity" is the theme for this year's International Day of Biodiversity. This day is observed annually on May 22 and for 2014 aims to raise awareness on the importance of biodiversity for islands and the need for island states to sustainably manage their resources. ... read more


PAHO calls for more information on LGBT community in the region

WASHINGTON D.C., United States, Tuesday May 20, 2014, (CMC) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has called for more information on the health of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in the region and measures taken to overcome stigma and guarantee access to health services. ... read more

TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014

IMF funds for St. Vincent and the Grenadines

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, May 19, (CMC) – The St. Vincent and the Grenadines government is seeking more than six million US dollars in emergency financing from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said Monday. ... read more

MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014

Increase in Immigrant deaths at sea

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, May 15, (CMC) - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) says shipwrecks of boats carrying immigrants on the Caribbean Sea from Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic and other countries in the region have jumped significantly during the last year. ... read more

FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014

Chikunguyna cases rise significantly in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Friday May 16, 2014, (CMC) – The Department of Health has confirmed that at least 1,529 cases of the Chikungunya virus have been confirmed across the country, with about 900 in the capital of Port-au-Prince. ... read more

THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014

WHO report reveals country with highest alcohol consumption in Caribbean

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada, Thursday May 15, 2014, (CMC) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed Grenada as having the highest alcohol consumption per capita in the Caribbean. In its 2014 Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health, the WHO said the island was given a 12.5 per cent rating, followed by St. Lucia at 10.4 per cent. ... read more


New study looks at ways of improving agricultural production in Latin America and Caribbean

WASHINGTON, May 14, (CMC) - A new study suggests the design of policies and greater investment in eight priority areas will enable Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to raise agricultural productivity, meet its own food and nutrition needs, and help meet the burgeoning world demand for food, fiber and fuel. ... read more

TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014

Grace Kennedy/Western Union Contributes Tremendously to Education
By Vandell Park

The Grace Kennedy/Western Union partnership is using its corporate dollars to provide educational opportunities for children and youths in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. According to Group CEO Don Wehby, each year the food and financial services company invests thousands of dollars in the welfare of young people to ensure that they are equipped for life. ... read more

Suriname disputes Guyana's claim to mineral rich land

PARAMARIBO, Suriname, Monday May 12, 2014, (CMC) – Suriname maintains the Tigri area, a huge, mineral rich landmass in the south west section of the country belongs to the Dutch Caribbean Community (CARICOM) despite claim by Guyana dating back to the 1840s. ... read more

MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014

Recommendation for decriminalization of marijuana in Bermuda

HAMILTON, Bermuda, May 12, (CMC) – A government appointed task force is recommending the decriminalization of marijuana in this Overseas British Territory and that the government should take "immediate action to enable access to medical cannabis with a prescription". ... read more

FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014

"Major global threat" posed by antibiotic resistance – WHO

GENEVA, Switzerland, Thursday May 8, 2014 – Resistance to antibiotics is now a "major global threat" to public health, with "devastating" implications likely unless significant action is taken urgently. That's according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), which analysed data from 114 countries and said resistance was occurring "in every region of the world." ... read more


Regional trade and economic ministers meet in Guyana

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, May 8, CMC – Trade and Economic Development ministers from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) begin a two-day meeting here on Friday with discussions on various issues including the ongoing talks to finalise a trade and development agreement with Canada. ... read more


American Airlines crash could have been avoided - Saftey measures recommended

KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 6, (CMC) - Five years after an American Airlines jet ran off the runway at the Norman Manley International Airport, the final report on the investigation into the incident has been released. ... read more

TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014

National Security Council meets in emergency session following murder of prominent attorney

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Tuesday May 6, 2014, (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago authorities Monday night announced a TT$2.5 million (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for the murder of prominent Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal, as Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar sought to give the assurance that other high level officials were not being targeted by criminals. ... read more

MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014

In-state tuition rates approved for Undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, May 4, (CMC) – The Florida Senate has voted to allow undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities, bringing to an end a fight that spanned more than a decade. ... read more

FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2014

Chikungunya declared an epidemic in the Caribbean

ORANJESTAD, Aruba, May 1, (CMC) – The head of the Caribbean Public Health Authority (CARPHA), Dr James Hospedales, has declared the Chikungunya virus has reached epidemic proportions in the Caribbean. ... read more


Caricom seeking Mexico's help to access concessionary funds

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CMC) — Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries are looking to Mexico for assistance in reversing a decision by developed countries to re-classify the regional states, thereby limiting their access to vital concessionary and development financing. ... read more


Five-day farewell for ANR Robinson begins

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago Tuesday begins the five-day process of saying a final farewell to its third president and prime minister, Arthur NR Robinson, who died on April 9 at the age of 87. ... read more


Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Banned for Life

Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Banned for Life'Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life and fined $2.5 million following the racist comments he made to his ex-girlfriend, V. Stiviano. Commissioner Adam Silver announced the penalties at a press conference on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Silver also said he will urge the NBA Board of Governors to force a sale of the Clippers. For full details, click here

Caribbean drug commissioners to address micro-trafficking

WASHINGTON D.C., United States, Tuesday April 29, 2014, (CMC)– The Organization of American States (OAS) says drug commissioners of the Americas, including the Caribbean, will meet in Washington this week to discuss issues related to micro-trafficking and other emerging themes. ... read more

MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014

Tepid economic growth for Caribbean countries

WASHINGTON, Apr 25, (CMC) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says economic activity in the Caribbean is expected to stay in low gear in 2014. It said growth remains tepid in most of the Caribbean. It said that while the recovery in the United States and other advanced economies is expected to bolster export growth, lower world commodity prices and rising global funding costs are likely to weigh on activity across the region. ... read more

FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014

OAS, World Bank discuss economic and social outlook for Caribbean

WASHINGTON (CMC) – Secretary General of the Organisation of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, believes that one of the main challenges of the region is building more inclusive societies. Insulza made the statement on Wednesday at the 55th Lecture of the America where he focused on the Economic and Social Outlook for Latin American and the Caribbean. ... read more


National Animal ID system to be implemented

KINGSTON, Jamaica, April 24, (CMC) - As the Government moves to intensify its anti-praedial larceny thrust, a national animal identification and traceability system, which entails tagging cattle, will be rolled out by the second quarter of this year. ... read more


Caribbean, Central American countries team up for seismic and climate catastrophe risk coverage

WASHINGTON D.C., United States, Wednesday April 23, 2014, (CMC) – The World Bank says Caribbean and Central American countries are teaming up for seismic and climate catastrophe risk coverage. ... read more


St Lucia government says island needs new crop of farmers

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Monday April 21, 2014, (CMC) - The St Lucia government says there is need for a new cadre of farmers if the island is to take advantage of the new emerging markets globally. Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony says currently, the local banana industry was in no condition to maximise emerging opportunities as the black sigatoka disease had taken a toll on plantations forcing some farmers to abandon their farms. ... read more

MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014

Haitians to re-register for Temporary Protected Status by May 2 deadline

Eligible nationals of Haiti who currently have Temporary Protected Status (TPS) must re-register for TPS by May 2, 2014. Failure to re-register by this deadline may result in the loss of your TPS and your work authorization. Details and procedures for re-registering for TPS are provided on the USCIS website and in the Federal Register notice announcing the extension of TPS for Haiti. ... read more

FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014

Good Friday now an official holiday in Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, Friday April 18, 2014 – For the first time in decades, Good Friday has been reinstated as an official national holiday in Cuba. On Tuesday, a report in the Communist Party newspaper Granma said that the new Labour Code, passed by the National Assembly in December, established Good Friday as a holiday "every year." ... read more


OECS works with entrepreneurs to improve trade with French Caribbean islands

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Thursday April 17, 2014, (CMC) - The OECS Export Development Unit (EDU) says it is working with regional entrepreneurs to further promote trade with the French Caribbean following a successful fact finding business mission to the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. ... read more


World Bank voices concern over high cost of remittances to the Caribbean

WASHINGTON D.C., United States, Tuesday April 15, 2014, (CMC) – The World Bank has voiced concern about what it described as the exorbitant cost of sending remittances to the Caribbean and other places, saying that forcing migrant workers to pay as much as US$50 to send US$200 is "wrong." ... read more


Caribbean countries yet to ratify convention allowing children to complain directly to UN about human rights abuses

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 14, (CMC) – No Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country has yet ratified an agreement that went into effect Monday, allowing children the right to complain directly to the United Nations about alleged violations of their rights. ... read more

MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014

World Bank calls for renewed support to fight cholera

By Jacqueline Charles, (www.miamiherald.com)
The head of the World Bank is calling for a renewed sense of urgency and more coordination from the international community to help Haiti eliminate cholera, which has killed thousands of Haitians since its outbreak in October 2010. "Cholera can be eliminated in Haiti. We need to do much more to strengthen Haitian institutions and support the government's cholera elimination plan," World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said. "This will require an integrated multi-sector approach that prioritizes improvements in water and health programs for the most vulnerable people." ... read more

FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014

OAS anti-corruption team visits Jamaica

WASHINGTON D.C., United States, Thursday April 10, 2014, (CMC) – The Organization of American States (OAS) said its Commission on the Anti-Corruption Mechanism has held an on-site visit to Jamaica, as part of the analysis carried out in accordance with the methodology adopted by consensus among its member countries. ... read more


Caribbean urged to strengthen measures to deal with proceeds of crime

ROSEAU, Dominica, (CMC) – The two-day eighth annual regional Proceeds of Crime Conference began here on Wednesday with Caribbean countries being urged to strengthen measures aimed at curtailing the activities of criminals that could undermine national security. ... read more


Insect borne diseases pose threat to Caribbean

WASHINGTON D.C., United States, Tuesday April 8, 2014, (CMC) – The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) has warned that about 50 percent of people living in the Americas, including the Caribbean, are at risk of one or more diseases carried by insects. The Washington-based PAHO said these insects include mosquitoes, ticks, flies and other vectors which carry diseases such as the West Nile virus, dengue, malaria and most recently chikungunya. ... read more


World Health Day 2014 Focuses on Big Threats from Small Bites

Monday marks World Health Day for 2014. The World Health Day is celebrated every year on 7 April, under the guidance and sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO). In 1948, the first World Health Assembly was held which decided to celebrate 7 April of each year as the World Health Day, with effect from 1950. The World Health Organization is highlighting the annual observance with information about the increasing threat of vector-borne diseases. ... read more


Study sheds light on financial behavior of Caribbean migrants

Study by IDB's Multilateral Investment Fund and the Inter-American Dialogue identifies need for formal savings products for remittance clients. Remittances remain one of the largest cross-border flows to Latin American and Caribbean region, totaling more than $60 billion annually. However, these resources still contribute little to formal household savings for poor and vulnerable households, highlighting the importance of banking remittance clients. ... read more


Drug Abuse Alert

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada, Apr 3, (CMC) – A survey on the use of drugs by secondary school children in Grenada has found that alcohol and marijuana were among the main substances of choice for students and that almost a third would try a substance if given the opportunity. ... read more


Caribbean Center of Excellence for Financial Services

By Kathy Barrett NASSAU, Bahamas, Apr 2, (CMC) – The third Caribbean Conference on the International Financial Services Sector ended here on Wednesday with an agreement to establish a Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Financial Services. ... read more


UN calls for Marshall Plan to tackle cholera in Haiti

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 2, (CMC) - The United Nations official tasked with coordinating the response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti says the country is not receiving the international attention it deserves and is calling for the implementation of a Marshall Plan in order to allow donor countries to beef up its support for combating the disease. ... read more


Cuba passes law to lure foreign investment

HAVANA, Cuba, Tuesday April 1, 2014, (CMC) – Cuba's National Assembly on Saturday passed a new foreign investment law that aims to bring badly needed capital to the island by offering steep tax cuts and promising a climate of investment security. ... read more