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CARICOM chair welcomes US-Cuba rapprochement

CARICOM chair welcomes US-Cuba rapprochement

ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has welcomed the historic decision announced on Wednesday by US President Barack Obama to ease restrictions on the movement of people...

Bahamas government preparing for Cuba opening up

Bahamas

Bahamas government preparing for Cuba opening up NASSAU, Bahamas -- Prime Minister Perry Christie said on Wednesday the announcement that the United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba “ought to be a very serious concern” for The Bahamas’ tourism product. Christie said the government is encouraging investments to be able...

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No evidence of illegal wiretapping, says Trinidad national security minister

Trinidad & Tobago

No evidence of illegal wiretapping, says Trinidad national security minister PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Minister of national security, Senator Gary Griffith, has stated that there is no evidence that there is illegal wiretapping by Trinidad and Tobago’s Strategic Services Agency (SSA). He also noted that should it be proven that any illegal wiretapping activities are in fact taking place...

Belize and Guatemala sign landmark agreements

Belize

Belize and Guatemala sign landmark agreements BELMOPAN, Belize -- Thirteen bilateral agreements were signed on Wednesday between Belize and Guatemala, covering the protection of cultural goods, migratory issues, electric energy, student exchanges, protection of the environment, sustainable tourism, and processing of visas, among others.

Media reports of chikungunya in Curacao cause alarm in Holland

Curacao

Media reports of chikungunya in Curacao cause alarm in Holland WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- News of the outbreak of chikungunya virus in Curacao has now reached the Dutch media. De Telegraaf reported earlier this week about the “killer mosquito” and Dutch TV news broadcasts drew attention to the problem. Outside the Netherlands, the press also picked up the news.

Villa Isis

British navy starts new deployment to Caribbean

Features

British navy starts new deployment to Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- British warship HMS Severn is visiting Bridgetown, Barbados this week at the beginning of her deployment to the Caribbean. The UK-based offshore patrol vessel has deployed to the region, recently taking over from HMS Argyll, in order provide to reassurance in the region...

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Trinidad and Tobago to reduce mortality rate of chronic non-communicable diseases

Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago to reduce mortality rate of chronic non-communicable diseases WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$110 million loan for Trinidad and Tobago to prevent and control risk factors of chronic diseases among adults, and primary and secondary school students. The program will strengthen the delivery of integrated...

Business Calendars

Ten Caribbean destinations reaped $867 million from private jet vacationers in winter season

Travel

Ten Caribbean destinations reaped $867 million from private jet vacationers in winter season NEW YORK, USA -- Elite Traveler Magazine has just reported the top ten destinations to enjoy the benefits of private jet charter flights during last year's peak winter season, which resulted in revenues of $867 million from 12,566 flights. Nassau in The Bahamas, St Maarten and Turks and Caicos...

Aruba celebrates one million stay-over visitors milestone

Aruba

Aruba celebrates one million stay-over visitors milestone ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- The One Happy Island of Aruba celebrated one huge milestone on Wednesday. For the first time in history, the destination welcomed its one-millionth stay-over visitor in a year – and JetBlue passengers traveling from New York to Aruba that morning were surprised to discover...

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Commentary: Obama takes historic steps towards lifting Cuban embargo

Opinion

Commentary: Obama takes historic steps towards lifting Cuban embargo I have written many commentaries on America’s 50-year embargo against Cuba. Here, for example, are excerpts from two of them in which I proffered the moral imperative for the United States to lift it.  More to the point, though, while other pundits were waxing either theoretical or completely hopeless...

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Commentary: Cutting loose the shackles of the past: Cuba and the US

Opinion

Commentary: Cutting loose the shackles of the past: Cuba and the US The US is cutting loose the shackles of the past by establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba after 53 years. But the first blow in the Western Hemisphere against those shackles was struck by four governments of the English-speaking Caribbean. Today that single act should be a source of...

Geneive

Commentary: Raul and Barack closing de gap, Douglas ah 'buse Washington!

Opinion

Commentary: Raul and Barack closing de gap, Douglas ah 'buse Washington! On Wednesday, the United States and Cuba announced that they have agreed to normalize relations between the two countries. That is a major development, with implications for hemispheric affairs and very significantly for Caribbean countries and territories. And we would be wise to pay...

Island Journal

Letter: The coined con of a dollar-strapped SLP government

Letters

Letter: The coined con of a dollar-strapped SLP government Against the promise of “Better Days” Emma stood as a symbol of hope for a better tomorrow. It was indeed refreshing to see the face of the former director of the NIC. She came into the political fray as a reassuring figure against the egotistic male dominated politics of the day, only to succumb to it.

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