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CARIBBEAN: Oldest woman in the world receives Medal of Appreciation from Jamaican PM


JAMAICA GLEANER – Super centenarian Violet Brown has received the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation. Brown, the 117-year-old matriarch of Duanvale, Trelawny is the oldest person in the world. Yesterday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness visited her at home and presented her with the medal. “The country takes great pride in acknowledging Mrs. Mosse-Brown,” Holness said. A day earlier, Opposition Leader ...

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CARIBBEAN: Baby drowns in bucket of urine, relatives say “poverty” is to blame


TRINIDAD EXPRESS – Don’t blame the child’s parents, blame poverty! That was the cry of relatives of five-month-old Kydari Pacheco who drowned on Thursday in a bucket filled with urine. The toddler was found ata round 4.35a.m.  head down in the plastic pail by his father, 29-year-old Kevon Pacheco. He was pronounced dead at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital. Police believe ...

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CARIBBEAN: US preparing extradition request for Jamaican lawyers involved in lottery scamming


JAMAICA GLEANER – The United States Embassy in Kingston has revealed that extradition warrants are now being prepared for two to three Jamaican lawyers who have been facilitating the lottery scamming scheme that has been bilking vulnerable Americans of millions of dollars a year. “There are lawyers who facilitate this as well, who make it possible for someone to appear ...

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CARIBBEAN: Health City Cayman celebrates three years of achievements


PRESS RELEASE – Health City Cayman Islands, the renowned Caribbean hospital, has treated more than 29,000 patients since it opened its doors three years ago. As Health City celebrates its third anniversary this month, officials at the Joint Commission International-accredited (JCI) facility are recommitting to its pledge of high quality, affordable healthcare for all, and preparing for a long future ...

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CARIBBEAN: Too much unnecessary sick leave in Dominica PM Skerrit says


DOMINICA NEWS ONLINE – Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has expressed concern over the level of productivity in Dominica, saying there are too many unnecessary sick leave papers from doctors. He was speaking at a government organized consultation at the State House on Monday. “Too many employers are complaining about our level of productivity, too many unnecessary sick leave papers from ...

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CARIBBEAN: Passenger dies aboard CAL flight en route to New York


PRESS RELEASE – Following the death of a passenger, those travelling on Caribbean Airlines flight BW 526 to New York were up to press time grounded at the San Juan Airport in Puerto Rico. One passenger on the flight related to Stabroek News that around 8:47 PM the pilot announced that there was a medical emergency on board and they ...

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CARIBBEAN: Jamaican doctor warns that ‘fluffy’ bodies not healthy


JAMAICA OBSERVER – Dr Suzanne Arscott, one of the presenters at the Jamaica Observer Your Health, Your Wealth Symposium currently taking place at the Spanish Court Hotel, is reminding Jamaicans that despite the culture of liking ‘fluffy’ women and big bodied men, such body types are not healthy. “If your weight is disproportionate to your height it’s problematic. If you’re ...

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CARIBBEAN: T&T lifts corned beef ban, says it is safe to eat


TRINIDAD EXPRESS – THE MINISTRY of Agriculture has lifted the restriction on Brazilian corned beef and other meat imports as of today. The temporary restriction which was imposed on March 21, was put in place by Agriculture Minster Clarence Rambharat after it was revealed by Brazilian authorities to have been investigating a private manufacturer using rotted meat. The Ministry made ...

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CARIBBEAN: Trinidad president urges region to dump Privy Council


CARIBBEAN360 – Trinidad and Tobago President Anthony Carmona has expressed frustration that his country and other CARICOM states have not replaced the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as their final authority in legal matters. Though 12 of the 15 CARICOM territories have signed the agreement establishing the CCJ, which was launched in 2005 as the final ...

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CARIBBEAN: Body of German discovered on drifting yacht in Grenada


JAMAICA OBSERVER – Grenada police yesterday said the decomposing body found on a yacht drifting seven miles south of here is that of German national, Bernd Ludwig Ottogottel. Police said that a group of Grenadian divers saw the yacht on April 13 sailing without professional guidance and alerted the local Coast Guard whose members found the body in the cabin. ...

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CARIBBEAN: Haiti leader pleads guilty to money laundering in drug case


JAMAICA OBSERVER – A former Haitian coup leader and recently elected senator in that country pleaded guilty Monday to a US drug money-laundering charge under a deal that should allow him to avoid a potential sentence of life in prison for cocaine trafficking. Under the plea deal, the recommended prison sentence for Guy Philippe is nine years and the drug ...

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CARIBBEAN: Dutch government declares Trinidad & Tobago safe for refugees


CNC3 – Trinidad and Tobago and Brazil have been declared safe countries for refugees by the Dutch government. The latest revision to the list means asylum applications from those countries can be processed and rejected more quickly, though junior justice minister Klaas Dijkhoff said individual cases involving LGBT applicants still deserved special attention. Similar rules apply to Jamaica, which is ...

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CARIBBEAN: Mandatory DNA testing before child maintenance – T&T official


ANTIGUA OBSERVER – Mandatory DNA testing should be required before child maintenance orders are granted for children in Antigua & Barbuda and the wider region, the head of an organisation geared towards the interest of men, is suggesting. President of the Single Fathers’ Association of Trinidad & Tobago, Rhondall Jesse Feeles believes that this should be a crucial part of ...

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CARIBBEAN: Major cruise line slapped with penalty for illegal dumping

The sun sets over the Florida coastline as the new Caribbean Princess departs on its maiden voyage from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,  Saturday, April 3, 2004. The $450 million, 3,100-passenger vessel is the first ship dedicated to year-round Caribbean voyages for Los Angeles-based Princess Cruises. The ship features 881 balcony cabins and a  300-square-foot outdoor video screen. The Golden Princess, a sister ship, is in the background. (Photo by Andy Newman/Princess Cruises)

CARIBBEAN360 – A major cruise line with ships that call on the Caribbean will have to pay a US$40 million penalty –  the largest-ever for crimes involving deliberate vessel pollution. The sentence has been imposed on Princess Cruise Lines Ltd by US District Judge Patricia Seitz in Miami, for illegally dumping oil-contaminated waste overboard and falsifying official logs to conceal ...

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CARIBBEAN: Puerto Rico to host 2018 Caribbean Travel Marketplace


PRESS RELEASE – Puerto Rico will host the 2018 edition of Caribbean Travel Marketplace, the Caribbean’s largest marketing event, at the Puerto Rico Convention Center from January 30 to February 1, 2018. Produced by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Convention Center District Authority, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, and the Puerto Rico ...

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CARIBBEAN: Police investigating plot to kill Guyana’s president

President Granger

DEMERARA WAVES – The Guyana Police Force is currently investigating an assassination plot against President David Granger – a security challenge that government is taking seriously. This was confirmed by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who today (April 20, 2017) during a post Cabinet briefing was asked if the administration was aware of the alleged plot and what actions are being ...

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CARIBBEAN: Wanted man escapes police custody with cuffs in Guyana

Chandanie Dass

INEWS GUYANA – After months of hunting for the fugitive driver involved in the fatal accident of former Courts Manager Chandanie Dass, police on the Essequibo Coast last week managed to apprehend the now 21-year-old driver, Nicklous Singh. Acting on a tip-off, Police ranks nabbed the suspect at his parents’ home in Annandale Village, Essequibo Coast. He was arrested by ...

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CARIBBEAN: Jamaica allocates US$14M to upgrade port facilities

Harmony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, makes inaugural call at the Falmouth pier in Trelawny in November 2016. * Photo: Garwin Davis.

JIS – In anticipation of larger cruise vessels coming to Jamaica, US$14 million has been allocated to improve port facilities in Ocho Rios, says Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett. Mr. Bartlett told JIS News that two mega liners, one from Carnival and the other from Norwegian Cruise Line, are slated to call on Jamaica in November of this year and ...

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CARIBBEAN: Guyana exploring mining of other rare minerals

Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman.

INEWS GUYANA – More attention will be placed on the mining of rare earth minerals, particularly lithium in the coming year, Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman said. Minister Trotman was quoted by GINA as saying that a survey is currently being done to “get a better sense of what exactly we have.” Last year, a permit was given to a ...

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CARIBBEAN: Benjai’s attackers to face legal action


LOOP T&T – Attorneys for Benjai will pursue legal action against those who assaulted their client. The attorneys, Gideon McMaster, Keith Scotland and Joel Roper, issued a press release indicating their intentions following reports that the soca star was assaulted in Guyana. “We say nothing more of the incident at this time, other than to give the perpetrators of this ...

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CARIBBEAN: Strengthening OECS social and poverty data for better decision making


PRESS RELEASE — Social and poverty data for better governance decision making across the OECS has been strengthened with the recent convening of the OECS Living Standards Measurement Committee (LSMC) Joint Sixth Technical and Ninth General meetings held from April 10th and 11th in Dominica. The LSMC serves as an advisory body to the national statistics offices (NSOs) and the OECS ...

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Growth returns to Latin America and counter-cyclical policies increase


PRESS RELEASE – In a positive development, today more than ever before, Latin American and Caribbean countries are pursuing counter-cyclical fiscal policies – spending more in bad times and saving in good times, according to a new World Bank semiannual report for the region. “Leaning against the Wind: Fiscal Policy in Latin America and the Caribbean in a Historical Perspective” argues ...

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CARIBBEAN: OECS prepares for fisheries subsidies negotiations in the WTO


PRESS RELEASE — The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission has begun consultations to develop an OECS brief for negotiations on the rules that govern fisheries subsidies in the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The first meeting convened via online web-conference on Friday April 7th 2017 and was attended by senior trade and fisheries officials from OECS Member States and ...

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CARIBBEAN: Ken Gordon gets it right at CARIMAC – WJC public lecture

Ken Gordon

PRESS RELEASE – Kenneth Gordon, veteran media mogul from Trinidad and Tobago, delivered a riveting and insightful lecture at the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at the U.W.I. Western Jamaica Campus’ annual public lecture on April 11, 2017. Under the theme “Get It Together: The Role of Media In Caribbean Integration”, Mr. Gordon said, “the logic of working ...

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CARIBBEAN: Dominican Republic author wins Caribbean literature prize


PRESS RELEASE – Dominican Republic author Rita Indiana Hernández was awarded the Grand Prix Littéraire Région Guadeloupe on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the fifth Caribbean Writers Congress hosted by the Guadeloupe Regional Authority for her novel “La Mucama de Omicunlé”, published by Périférica. Rita Indiana was born in Santo Domingo in 1977. A writer but also singer-songwriter, she started ...

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CARIBBEAN: PriceSmart borrows US$12m to finance T&T operations


TRINIDAD EXPRESS – Warehouse shopping giant PriceSmart has borrowed US$12 million from Citibank to finance its operations in US dollar-starved Trinidad and Tobago. In its US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing on April 6, PriceSmart said: “The company has evaluated all events subsequent to the balance sheet date of February 28, 2017, through the date of issuance of these consolidated ...

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CARIBBEAN: Chinese cemetery in Jamaica moving with technology

Relatives of deceased Chinese clean up graves at the cemetery on Waltham Park Road recently. (Lionel Rookwood)

JAMAICA OBSERVER – People tend to have difficulty locating their deceased relatives buried in cemeteries across the island, but for the Jamaican Chinese that is not a problem. In fact, the Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA) launched a cemetery web gallery roughly two years ago. The gallery allows Chinese relatives to locate their ancestors who were buried at the Chinese Cemetery ...

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CARIBBEAN: Jamaica’s ‘Aunt V’, now the world’s oldest human

117-year-old Violet Mosse Brown is the world's oldest person. (Observer file photo)

JAMAICA OBSERVER — Jamaican supercentenarian Violet Mosse Brown became the world’s oldest human today, Saturday April 15, after the passing of Italian woman Emma Morano, who was born on November 29, 1899. Mosse Brown is 117 years old, having been born on March 10, 1900. Affectionately called Aunt V, she lives in Duanvale, Trelawny. Her eldest child, Harold Fairweather, at age ...

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OECS/Venezuela discuss matters of mutual interest


PRESS RELEASE — The Sixty-Fourth Meeting of the OECS Authority, which resumed in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Wednesday April 12th 2017, was honoured by a previously unscheduled visit from His Excellency Nicolas Maduro, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. OECS Heads of Government welcomed candid discussions with President Maduro and reflected on the shared history of the ...

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Communiqué: Continuation of the 64th OECS Authority Meeting


PRESS RELEASE — A continuation of the Sixty-Fourth Meeting of the OECS Authority was held at the Beachcombers Hotel, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, on April 12th 2017, under the Chairmanship of Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis. Other Heads of Government or Representatives in attendance included: Honourable Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua ...

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Nigeria strengthens ties with CTU

Acting High Commissioner of Nigeria, Mr. Ganiyu A. Adeyemi (left), paid a courtesy visit to the Secretary General of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), Ms. Bernadette Lewis.

PRESS RELEASE – In the wake of the recently concluded ICT Week and Symposium Antigua and Barbuda, the Acting High Commissioner of Nigeria, Mr. Ganiyu A. Adeyemi, paid a courtesy visit to the Secretary General of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), Ms. Bernadette Lewis. Mr. Adeyemi expressed gratitude to the CTU for inviting him to the event and for affording ...

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Demand for luxury properties throughout Caribbean region report significant growth in 2016

caribbean tourism

PRESS RELEASE — The Expedia group, the world’s largest online travel agency, has reported that travel demand to luxury properties throughout the Caribbean increased in 2016. When compared to 2015, overall demand for four and five-star rated properties throughout the Caribbean increased by nearly 20 percent in 2016. Likewise, the Caribbean’s leading destinations also experienced luxury demand growth including the Dominican ...

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CARIBBEAN: Prison conditions worsen in Antigua


ANTIGUA OBSERVER – The head of the prison said harsh conditions at the facility are worsening and the authorities continue to fail to deliver on promises to invest in upgrading the facility; thus, the morale of prison staff and inmates is dipping. Prison Superintendent Albert Wade’s complaints at the close of the Criminal Assizes this week are a turnaround from ...

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CARIBBEAN: US$34M solar street lights project for Dominica


DOMINICA NEWS ONLINE – A U.S. $34-million solar street lights project has been approved for Dominica which will assist in reducing the impact of climate change. Speaking at the launch of a Low Carbon Development Project at the Fort Young Hotel earlier this week, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Environment, Ivor Stephenson, stated that over 4,000 solar ...

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CARIBBEAN: 36 families receive keys to new apartments in Dominica

The keys to the apartments were presented on Monday.

DOMINICA NEWS ONLINE – Thirty-six families have been presented with keys to new apartments in Elmshall constructed by the government of Dominica. The families are set to move in at the end of this month. The keys were presented to the families on April 10th 2017, but the official handing over ceremony will be done soon. Acting Minister for Housing, Collin ...

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CARIBBEAN: Trini to hang for killing mom, baby

Murder conviction Anand Baboolal (centre) who was convicted on Wdnesday of murdering Ria Ramlochan (right) and her baby Timothy Ragbir.

TRINIDAD EXPRESS – Anand Baboolal will suffer death by hanging for the murder of a mother and her baby in Mayaro twelve years ago. The death sentence was read twice to Baboolal in the San Fernando Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon by the judge, after the jury returned with a verdict within two hours. Baboolal, 40 of Mayaro who is also ...

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CARIBBEAN: 20-yr-old drown trying to save girlfriend in Guyana


NEWS ROOM (Guyana) – A romantic outing turned deadly for a 20-year-old West Demerara resident who drowned on Sunday (April 09, 2017). Dead is 20-year-old Richard Ramirez who along with his girlfriend, went on an outing at the Parika Sea-dam East Bank Essequibo on Sunday. Both of the young people were unable to swim. The body of the man was ...

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CARIBBEAN: Ivy League schools vie for Trini teen


TRINIDAD EXPRESS – A seventeen-year-old Trinidadian aced the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and has landed acceptance letters from several United States Ivy League universities, including the prestigious Harvard University. Malcolm Reid III, also known as “Jamieson”, will make his decision by April 25 on which university he will choose as he will spend the next couple weeks visiting the institutions ...

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CARIBBEAN: Antigua and Barbuda told to make laws to save unwanted babies


ANTIGUA OBSERVER – Antigua & Barbuda is being advised to table laws that would allow parents to anonymously abandon their babies without fear of being criminally pursued. The advice comes from two US-based non-profit organisations mere days after a dead premature baby boy, still attached to his umbilical cord and amniotic sack, was found floating in a plastic bag at ...

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CARIBBEAN: Jamaican pharmacy launches mobile clinic


JAMAICA OBSERVER — Three Angels Pharmacy’s proprietor Rohan McNellie has a “privileged front row seat” when it comes to medical issues. He knows of many people walking around not knowing their health status and some who are reluctant to seek medical attention even if they are aware. “I have been to many funerals; I have been to many bedsides in ...

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CARIBBEAN: Jamaica appoints new commissioner of police


JAMAICA OBSERVER — Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) George Quallo has been appointed Commissioner of Police. His appointment takes effect on April 18. Minister of National Security, Robert Montague, in making the announcement this afternoon, acknowledged the sterling contribution made by Novelette Grant who acted as Commissioner of Police following the resignation of Dr Carl Williams. Montague also thanked the Police ...

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CARIBBEAN: Businesswoman and daughter killed in Jamaica


JAMAICA OBSERVER – The Portmore police said yesterday that robbery was the motive for the slaying of a mother and daughter in Phoenix Park, St Catherine. According to the police, 52-year-old shopkeeper Janett Moore and her 19-year-old daughter, Tajona Rhoden, were at their shop when two gunmen showed up and demanded money. One of the men was reportedly wearing a ...

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CARIBBEAN: Jamaica reports increase in child abuse cases


JAMAICA OBSERVER – The Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) yesterday jolted the nation with data stating that close to 70,000 cases of child abuse were reported in Jamaica over eight years, from 2007, and that preliminary figures show a troubling increase in the number of cases reported in 2015. According to OCR Registrar Grieg Smith, the 13,948 reports received ...

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World Bank supports tourism development in the Eastern Caribbean


PRESS RELEASE – Tourism dependent communities in Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines will benefit from better connectivity, better infrastructure, and improved tourism market development as a result of a US$ 26 million regional project approved by the Board of Directors of the World Bank. Tourism accounts for 61 percent, 50 percent, and 45 percent of export ...

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CARIBBEAN: Baby thief to learn fate today in Jamaica

University Hospital of the West Indies (File photo)

JAMAICA OBSERVER – The medical assistant who pleaded guilty to snatching a day-old baby from the University Hospital of the West Indies last year is to know her fate in court today. Lorna Williams, 47, was scheduled for sentencing in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday but the proceedings were postponed as the judge in the matter ...

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CARIBBEAN: Antigua abandons plan to include fingerprints on new e-passport for CIP applicants

Minister of Information Melford Nicholas (OBSERVER media photo)

ANTIGUA OBSERVER – The government has abandoned its plan to add the fingerprints of new applicants to the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) in the e-passports that are about to be introduced. Minister of Information and Telecommunications Melford Nicholas made the announcement during the weekly post-Cabinet briefing yesterday. The minister said that although discussions were being held with a view ...

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OECS Commission and PAHO collaborate to deliver energy and water management training


PRESS RELEASE – The OECS Commission’s Energy Programme partnered with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) to undertake another round of Energy Management Training, under their Smart Health Facilities initiative. The training took place in Grenada on March 30, 2017 and was facilitated by the Commission’s Sustainable Energy Programme Coordinator, Ms. Judith Ephraim; and Consultants to PAHO, Dr. Judith Harvey ...

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Caribbean American congresswoman calls on community to oppose Trump’s immigration policies


INEWS GUYANA – Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke has called on the Caribbean community in the United States to strongly oppose the Donald Trump administration’s immigration policies. “The way in which this administration is terrorising the immigrant community, we need to speak up,” said Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, as she delivered the keynote address at the 25th anniversary ...

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GraceKennedy looking into producing its own corned beef


JAMAICA OBSERVER – At least one local manufacture and distribution company, GraceKennedy, is now contemplating the manufacture of corned beef at its local meat facility. GraceKennedy’s decision to explore the manufacture of corned beef locally comes as Jamaica lifts the two-week-long ban on the importation and sales of corned beef from Brazil, a move which undoubtedly placed a dent in ...

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Grow Well junior golfers head to Trinidad


PRESS RELEASE – Excitement reigns as five talented Grow Well, Gros Islet, juniors head to Trinidad to compete in a major golf tournament – the Caribbean Junior Open which begins April 8, 2017. Flashing new passports, with the help of many government officials along the way, these young golfers who have risen to the top in local golfing events are ...

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CARIBBEAN: Jamaica lifts ban on corned beef


JAMAICA OBSERVER – The temporary ban on the importation of corned beef from Brazil has been lifted. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda made the announcement this morning at a press briefing after discussions with stakeholders in the industry. “That means that all imports en route, all stocks of corned beef that were quarantined, all stocks of ...

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