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A plate of Cuban hospitality

April 20, 2017
A plate of Cuban hospitality “How long will you be in Cuba for?” Mario, a waiter at La Berenjena, in Viñales, asked. “Three weeks,” I said in between bites of their delicious black bean crepes. “Three weeks? Wow, that’s a lot of time here.” “Somehow, I don’t think it’s enough.” “Well, what are your plans for tomorrow?” he asked.

Evidence mounts of flawed US State Department Caribbean report

April 18, 2017
Evidence mounts of flawed US State Department Caribbean report WASHINGTON, USA -- There is a growing body of evidence that the 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) published last month by the US State Department contains a number of factual inaccuracies in relation to the Eastern Caribbean. The INCSR covers 87 countries and...

Dominican Republic author wins Caribbean literature prize

April 13, 2017
Dominican Republic author wins Caribbean literature prize POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe -- Dominican Republic author Rita Indiana Hernández was awarded the Grand Prix Littéraire Région Guadeloupe on Saturday at the fifth Caribbean Writers Congress hosted by the Guadeloupe Regional Authority for her novel “La Mucama de Omicunlé”.

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Build them up

April 8, 2017
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Build them up Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: Build Them Up – a Child’s Mantra – Powerful Words from...

Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 6 of 6): Volcanic flowers

April 6, 2017
Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 6 of 6): Volcanic flowers My alarm went off at 6am. Despite how impossible it was for me to fall asleep with the Halloween festivities going on, I tiptoed around the room as I packed my bag for the hike. The tour company I booked with was coming to the hostel at 7am. Side note, I paid 200 quetzales ($26) for my trip.

Moreno set to be next president of Ecuador, according to early official results

April 5, 2017
Moreno set to be next president of Ecuador, according to early official results QUITO, Ecuador -- Ecuadoreans last Sunday opted for continuity over change, according to early official results from the tightest election race the small South American country of 15 million people has known in recent modern times. First official results from the crucial April 2 poll gave the ruling...

US State Department attack on Nevis 'unfounded and misleading'

April 4, 2017
US State Department attack on Nevis 'unfounded and misleading' CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- In a press statement on Friday, Heidi-Lynn Sutton, the financial services regulator in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), refuted as “unfounded and misleading” claims made by the US State Department that “financial oversight in Nevis remains problematic due to...

Caribbean defendants convicted of international drug trafficking

April 4, 2017
Caribbean defendants convicted of international drug trafficking WASHINGTON, USA -- Two Caribbean defendants were convicted in Washington on Friday after a 12-day jury trial for their roles in an international drug trafficking conspiracy that aimed to transport more than 2,400 kilograms of cocaine aboard US registered aircraft. Dwight Knowles, a Bahamian...

US ambassador offers advice to Caribbean states

April 4, 2017
US ambassador offers advice to Caribbean states BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- St Kitts and Nevis and other Caribbean nations are getting some advice on measures that should be taken in their quest to strengthen their economies. US Ambassador Linda Taglialatela, who heads the American embassy in Bridgetown, says regional states...

Caribbean Writers Congress to pay tribute to Sir Derek Walcott

April 4, 2017
Caribbean Writers Congress to pay tribute to Sir Derek Walcott POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe -- The Saint Lucian Nobel Laureate, Sir Derek Walcott, will be remembered during the fifth Caribbean Writers Congress taking place in Guadeloupe from April 5 - 8 and organised by the Guadeloupe Regional Collectivity in partnership with the Association of...

Relationships: Are you surrounded by people, but drowning in solitude?

April 4, 2017
Relationships: Are you surrounded by people, but drowning in solitude? If a person is surrounded by other people, especially in a social situation such as a party, you can realize that you don't have a real connection with any of these people. When you are alone, you are not confronted with the superficiality of your relationships. But when you are in a room full of your...

Alternative facts: A tale of two countries - Antigua-Barbuda and Honduras

April 3, 2017
Alternative facts: A tale of two countries - Antigua-Barbuda and Honduras WASHINGTON, USA -- As reported on Saturday, a report released last month by the US Department of State credits the Honduras government with battling crime and drug trafficking, while being sharply critical of Eastern Caribbean islands, Antigua and Barbuda in particular, for failing to curb drug...

Russia deploys humour against fake news

April 3, 2017
Russia deploys humour against fake news GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- According to a press release issued on Saturday, April 1, by the Russian embassy in Georgetown, Guyana, the Russian foreign ministry deployed a hitherto secret weapon in its arsenal – humour – by posting on its Facebook page for April Fools’ Day the following...

Caribbean can expect continued US cooperation on security

March 31, 2017
Caribbean can expect continued US cooperation on security BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The region can expect continued cooperation with the United States under the Trump administration in the area of security, says Bridgetown-based US Ambassador Linda Taglialatela. She was responding to questions about the likelihood of US relations...

Former USVI senator presents arguments for Danish reparations and apology

March 31, 2017
Former USVI senator presents arguments for Danish reparations and apology ST CROIX, USVI -- League for league, square mile for square mile, the Caribbean archipelago is the world’s most international region. There, since the 15th century, the Old and New Worlds have collided and the world’s people -- Native Americans, Europeans, Africans, and Asians...

Ecuador's 2017 choice: Continuity or change!

March 30, 2017
Ecuador's 2017 choice: Continuity or change! QUITO, Ecuador -- Days ahead of Sunday’s keenly-contested April 2 presidential run-off election in Ecuador, the latest popularity polls – officially the last before the elections -- predicted a win for the ruling party’s left-wing candidate Lenin Moreno. The latest figures (by pollsters Perfiles de Opinion...

US brands Eastern Caribbean countries 'a transit point for drug traffickers'

March 25, 2017
US brands Eastern Caribbean countries 'a transit point for drug traffickers' BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The US State Department has labeled the Eastern Caribbean as a “transit point for drug traffickers going to the United States and Europe”. According to the State Department’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) released in March, the Eastern Caribbean...

Caribbean Basin Security Initiative representatives meet in Key West

March 25, 2017
Caribbean Basin Security Initiative representatives meet in Key West KEY WEST, USA -- When it comes to combating transnational criminal organizations in the Caribbean and securing America’s borders, the cooperation with partner nations in the region continues to thrive. This relationship was tangible as representatives from Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad...

'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean

March 21, 2017
'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean NEW YORK, USA -- The fifth annual World Happiness Report, written by a group of independent experts under the aegis of the United Nations, was published on Monday, but the concept immortalised in song of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, often erroneously attributed to Bob Marley, seems to have...

USAID clean energy program to help regional hospitality sector

March 20, 2017
USAID clean energy program to help regional hospitality sector CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Program (CARCEP), is supporting energy efficiency across the region’s hospitality sector with a series of energy efficiency workshops.

Sir Derek Walcott, one of the great poets of all time, planted the Caribbean in our collective imagination

March 20, 2017
Sir Derek Walcott, one of the great poets of all time, planted the Caribbean in our collective imagination Derek Walcott, winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature, the titan who planted Caribbean poetry deep into our global literary consciousness, died at his Saint Lucia home on March 17. Walcott was 87. The Bocas Lit Fest, the largest literary festival in the Anglophone Caribbean, tried to capture...

Opponents of press freedom use fake news as a censorship tool

March 18, 2017
Opponents of press freedom use fake news as a censorship tool PARIS, France (RSF) -- Opponents of press freedom have seized on the notion of “fake news” to muzzle the media on the pretext of fighting false information. Nonetheless, many of them have taken recent statements by President Donald Trump as a means of justifying their repressive policies.

Seven reasons why gaming is great for your relationship

March 18, 2017
Seven reasons why gaming is great for your relationship Gaming was often associated with social misfits – pariahs – who were incapable of interacting with their peers in a ‘normal’ way. However, that stereotype has been dispelled some time ago. The widespread growth in gaming since the 1990s has shifted expectations and paradigms by...

Trump budget would eviscerate already limited US Coast Guard presence in the Caribbean

March 16, 2017
Trump budget would eviscerate already limited US Coast Guard presence in the Caribbean WASHINGTON, USA -- US President Donald Trump's budget proposal reportedly includes a $1.3 billion cut to the US Coast Guard, which would significantly reduce the already minimal national security presence in the Caribbean. The administration's 2018 financial year budget proposal plans...

Feature: Exclusive interview with Trinidad and Tobago minister of sport and youth affairs

March 11, 2017
Feature: Exclusive interview with Trinidad and Tobago minister of sport and youth affairs PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The objective of sport is to deliver and receive. To create harmony, discipline, global unification and share culture. Sports and trade create a global integration. Reflecting breezily and happily on his ministerial tenure, from speaking with him my firm belief is...

Caribbean bracing for increase in criminal deportees

March 10, 2017
Caribbean bracing for increase in criminal deportees BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- An expected increase in the number of Caribbean nationals that will be deported from the US for serious crimes in the coming months is being considered by many Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries as a threat to their national security.

Trinidad and Tobago: The Mecca of all Caribbean carnivals

March 8, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago: The Mecca of all Caribbean carnivals PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In the sun drenched West Indies lies the twin island republic called Trinidad and Tobago with its captivating landscapes, home of the best Carnival in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago is celebrated before the commencement...

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