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Aruba releases detained Venezuelan diplomat; US not happy

Aruba releases detained Venezuelan diplomat; US not happy

ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- On Sunday, authorities in Aruba released Venezuelan General Hugo ‘Pollo’ Carvajal, who had been arrested in Oranjestad last Wednesday night on a warrant from the United States. The US State Department expressed “disappointment” on Monday.

CARICOM leaders pleased with Japanese response on key issues


CARICOM leaders pleased with Japanese response on key issues PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) “were heartened” by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s positive response to a number of issues raised during their one-day summit on Monday. Speaking at a joint press announcement in Port of Spain...

Haitian president visits Bahamas


Haitian president visits Bahamas NASSAU, Bahamas -- Haitian President Michel Martelly was due to arrive in The Bahamas on Monday for a short visit to sign several bilateral agreements with Bahamian officials. “I think this visit is very important because it is going to make more significant the relationship between The Bahamas and Haiti,”...

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CARICOM and Turkey to strengthen relations


GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Turkey-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) consultation and cooperation mechanism meeting of foreign ministers re-committed to strengthen existing fields of cooperation and to explore new areas to deepen interaction, according to the outcome document.

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Haiti to modernize its approach to agricultural health with IDB grant


WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $14 million grant to help the government of Haiti reduce plant and livestock losses and increase exports by modernizing its agricultural health services. The government of Haiti is matching the IDB’s pledge...


Eastern Caribbean countries to benefit from energy-focused partnership


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will be working closely to transform the energy landscape in the Eastern Caribbean. Together, the agencies will support...

Cuba develops new sustainable agriculture programme


HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- A new sustainable agriculture program is underway in Cuba aimed at enhancing the production-marketing chain. Funded by European non-government organizations, such as the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency and the Dutch Humanistic Institute...

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Cocaine seized from Dominican Republic; caterpillars from Jamaica

Dominican Republic

NEW YORK, USA -- A traveller had more than a laptop in her computer bag when she arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and agriculture specialists at Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport discovered a new type of caterpillar.

Commentary: Law and Politics: The waiting game continues


Commentary: Law and Politics: The waiting game continues We are coming up to eighteen months since that clean-sweep victory at the polls in February last year, and those in dire need of the jobs and other promises made by the winners to achieve that second total victory continue to wait in great expectations. I have been out of the state on vacation in Canada.


Commentary: Fast tracking the Caribbean from leadership peril to possibility


Commentary: Fast tracking the Caribbean from leadership peril to possibility How do we position Caribbean children to flourish, and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to own an influential part of the future? In short, what should we do -- to excel in excellence in the world? The Caribbean must cut through cycles of bread and butter convenience for long-term enrichment...

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Letter: Garifuna take one giant leap... backward in Barranco, Belize


On July 18, 2014, the government of Belize released through their press office an announcement in essence saying that delivered to the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Mr Gasper Vega from Dr Joseph Palacio, the head of Barranco Village Council, some 39 applications for title...


Letter: In life and death, EG smiles!


St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) mourns the passing of Elwardo Gideon (EG) Lynch, the little man with the big voice. EG was the former host of the New Democratic Party’s (NDP) “New Times” program on NICE Radio. Traditionally, funerals in SVG are solemn.


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