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US releases multi-year strategy for engagement with the Caribbean

June 22, 2017
US releases multi-year strategy for engagement with the Caribbean WASHINGTON, USA -- Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY), ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the chairman emeritus of the committee, on Monday announced the release of a new US government strategy on future engagement...

Montreal hosts 18th edition of Taste of the Caribbean

June 20, 2017
Montreal hosts 18th edition of Taste of the Caribbean MONTREAL, Canada -- A Taste of the Caribbean is returning for its 18th edition and will kick off the summer festival season in the Old Port of Montreal. Coinciding with the summer solstice and the St-Jean Baptiste holiday, what better way to welcome the summer and celebrate Quebec ... Caribbean style!

Relationships: The foundation is important...

June 8, 2017
Relationships: The foundation is important... Half of all marriages end in divorce. One main reason is that the foundation was not solid. If you are married, even if you aren’t, it is important that your personal relationships are built on a solid foundation. If you are going to build something that will last, you must have a plan. Part of that plan, and an important one...

Former USVI senator searches for the identity of the '1855 mysterious mulatto from the Danish West Indies'

May 30, 2017
Former USVI senator searches for the identity of the '1855 mysterious mulatto from the Danish West Indies' ST CROIX, USVI -- The people of Denmark and the US Virgin Islands – art historians, museum directors, archivists, researchers, former colonial families, genealogists, and the general public – are being asked to help uncover the identity of arguably the most mysterious woman in European colonial art.

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Hello gorgeous, mental health is important

May 29, 2017
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Hello gorgeous, mental health is important 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: Hello gorgeous, mental health is important – A little mental health...

High crime rates in the Caribbean require new evidence-based policy approach, says IDB study

May 23, 2017
High crime rates in the Caribbean require new evidence-based policy approach, says IDB study WASHINGTON, USA -- The Caribbean region needs to redirect its anti-crime efforts in favor of more interventions that are evidence-based and targeted at high-risk individuals and geographic areas, with improved monitoring of police and justice systems, a study by the Inter-American Development Bank...

US Powerball jackpot jumps to $250 million, try your luck this Wednesday!

May 22, 2017
US Powerball jackpot jumps to $250 million, try your luck this Wednesday! The US Powerball jackpot is in the headlines once again as it rolls over and climbs to $250 million. Now that the Powerball jackpot has passed $250 million, people will be clamoring to get tickets, which will send the jackpot higher still. Eventually, this cycle of increased ticket sales and explosive...

How the Caribbean can play for the $228 million US Powerball jackpot this Saturday!

May 19, 2017
How the Caribbean can play for the $228 million US Powerball jackpot this Saturday! The US Powerball jackpot is in the headlines once again as it rolls over and climbs to $228 million. Now that the Powerball jackpot has passed $228 million, people will be clamoring to get tickets, which will send the jackpot higher still. Eventually, this cycle of increased ticket sales and explosive jackpot...

Book review: The iPINIONS Journal - Commentaries on the Global Events of 2016 by Anthony L. Hall

May 12, 2017
Book review: The iPINIONS Journal - Commentaries on the Global Events of 2016 by Anthony L. Hall Reminding us that yet another year has passed, Caribbean News Now op-ed columnist Anthony Hall embarks on his twelfth annual retrospective compendium of insights and observations on the major events of our times with the publication of his latest edition – The iPINIONS Journal - Commentaries on the...

Call to take Caribbean cuisine to global heights

May 10, 2017
Call to take Caribbean cuisine to global heights CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Celebrated Trinidadian chef Richardson Skinner asserts firmly that the Caribbean can do much more to promote its cuisine to attract interest and travel to the region. "In the past, visitors came to the Caribbean for sand, sun and sea ... and the food was just simmering on the back burner...

The ghost towns left behind by Cuba's shuttered sugar mills

May 10, 2017
The ghost towns left behind by Cuba's shuttered sugar mills The people's council of Gregorio Arleé Mañalich, in the western province of Mayabeque, is better known as el Central, which means sugar mill in Cuban Spanish. However, sugar harvest isn’t talked about there anymore. Twelve years ago, production at the mill was halted, and then came the dismantling.

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: A child is a child - every child is different, special, precious and gifted

May 5, 2017
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: A child is a child - every child is different, special, precious and gifted 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: A Child is A Child – Every Child is Different, Special, Precious and Gifted!

Relationships: Does what keep you up at night include you?

May 2, 2017
Relationships: Does what keep you up at night include you? The truth is that often times we are worried about the wrong things, whether it is financial troubles, failing health, broken relationships; life is filled with challenges that rob us of our peace. If you feel like giving up, ask yourself why? Did you decide what matters? Did you decide who matters?

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...

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