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Incidences of foodborne ailments on the rise in the Caribbean region


PRESS RELEASE – Every year, thousands of people in the Caribbean experience food-borne illnesses, after exposure to contaminated food or drink. Persons affected usually experience severe diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pain, sometimes accompanied by fever, headaches and other symptoms. Recent increases in reported incidents of foodborne diseases (FBDs), have now made this common health issue a regional priority. Dr Bernadette Theodore-Gandi, ...

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CARIBBEAN: Jamaican gunmen attack police with hand grenades


JAMAICA GLEANER – An intense police military operation is underway in St Ann to apprehend two men who allegedly used hand grenades to injure a policeman. The men being sought are suspects in the recent quadruple murder in Westmoreland. It’s reported that about 2 o’ clock this morning a police team went to premises in St Ann following intelligence that ...

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CARIBBEAN: Beet sugar, Brexit threaten cane sugar in Caribbean


JAMAICA OBSERVER – A recent article by Bloomberg is predicting that European demand for cane sugar exports from the Caribbean, including Jamaica, could soon be on the decline as the continent reverts to beet sugar. “The European Union’s decision to remove limits on its own beet sugar output from October (2017) means less demand for cane growers from Jamaica in the ...

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CARIBBEAN: Jamaican charged with attempted murder of partner in Antigua


ANTIGUA OBSERVER – Fifty-three-year-old Linsome Boyd of Cashew Hill has been charged with the attempted murder of his partner, 47-year-old Althea Henry. The charge was brought against the Jamaican-born Boyd, after Henry was found in a “bloody and bruised state” in Radio Range early Monday morning, the police said in a STRATCOM release. The woman, who was discovered by a ...

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CARIBBEAN: Antigua and Barbuda bans chicken, meat products from Brazil


ANTIGUA OBSERVER – Antigua & Barbuda has followed the lead of its regional partners by instituting an outright ban on the importation of Brazilian meat products and chicken. The Cabinet of Antigua & Barbuda made the decision yesterday following news that Brazilian inspectors had been bribed to certify meat for export that was rotten or tainted with salmonella. Information Minister ...

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CARIBBEAN: Body of missing T&T girl found dumped in field


TRINIDAD EXPRESS – Missing mother Sharlene Somai has been found, dead. She was killed and her body dumped in the bushes near her home at Peterfield Village, Chaguanas. It appears she died the very night she went missing. According to the information given to police, Somai walked away from her home to go to a nearby parlour at around 8.p.m ...

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CARIBBEAN: Dominica places immediate ban on corned beef from Brazil


DOMINICA NEWS ONLINE – Director of Trade, Matthan J. Walter, has stated that Dominica has placed a ban on the importation of corned beef from Brazil with immediate effect. Walters informed Dominica News Online (DNO) on Wednesday afternoon that a joint decision was made after discussions between the Customs and Excise Division, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Veterinary Unit, and ...

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CARIBBEAN: Trinidad joins Jamaica in banning Brazil corned beef


TRINIDAD EXPRESS – AGRICULTURE Minister Clarence Rambharat has announced immediate restrictions on meat imports from Brazil. But as of Tuesday afternoon, the products remain on local supermarket shelves. Rambharat said the Ministers of Agriculture, Trade and Industry and Health have been examining the meat scandal which has unfolded in Brazil. “ Our Chief Veterinary Officer has advised that import permits ...

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CARIBBEAN: Jamaican government to cut student loan funding


JAMAICA OBSERVER – THE Government is proposing to slash its contribution to the Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) by $100 million for the financial year 2017/2018. The financial year 2016/2017 saw Government spending $3 billion to help finance the bureau, and this financial year is projected to spend $2.9 billion, according to the estimates of expenditure. SLB funds approximately 30 per cent ...

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CARIBBEAN: Jamaican government imposes ban on corned beef from Brazil


JAMAICA OBSERVER – The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries has imposed an immediate import ban on corned beef originating from Brazil. The move follows reports from Brazilian authorities that several major Brazilian meat processors have been “selling rotten beef and poultry”. The companies are also alleged to have paid hefty bribes to auditors in exchange for fraudulent sanitary ...

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CARIBBEAN: Guyanese businessman charged for attempting to hire hitman


DEMERARA WAVES – 65-year-old Ganesh Rajkumar of Durban and Henry Streets was today, March 20, charged by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan with soliciting the services of a hitman to murder one Roger Conners. The virtual complainant in the matter is the would-be hitman, Mark Sandy. Rajkumar was not required to plea to the charge, which alleged that the offense occurred ...

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PHOTO UPDATE: Two charged with policewoman’s murder in Trinidad


TRINIDAD EXPRESS – THE lawyers for Melissa and Kenneth Browne, who appeared in court today charged with murdering WPC Nyasha Joseph, have written to the Commissioner of Police and Police Complaints Authority to complain about the conduct of the police officers involved in the murder investigation. Defence attorney Criston J Williams made the disclosure when he addressed Chief Magistrate Marcia ...

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CARIBBEAN: Jamaica hotel association fuming over property tax increases


JAMAICA OBSERVER – THE Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) is fuming at the levels of increases in property taxes being imposed on hotels, and has called on stakeholders to withhold payments until there is consultation with the Government. Minister of Finance Audley Shaw announced in the 2017/18 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 9 that a ...

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CARIBBEAN: 4 men killed at cookshop in Jamaica


JAMAICA OBSERVER – The Westmoreland police were busy up to late last evening probing Saturday night’s gun attack at a cookshop here which left four men dead and an entire community in mourning. The deceased have been identified as 68-year-old tyre repairman Glendon Nanan; 54-year-old ‘Duco man’ Carl Banhan; 24-year-old labourer Timothy Bernard; and 19-year-old Dimario McIntosh, who is unemployed ...

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CARIBBEAN: ‘Hijab’ carnival costume stirs intense debate in Antigua


ANTIGUA OBSERVER – A fiery debate erupted on social media over the weekend, after popular mas’ band Insane Carnival released photographs of the costumes for a section of its 2017 Carnival troupe. Several users communicated their disapproval with what appeared to be a representation of a hijab — a head scarf worn by Muslim women — in Insane’s “Persia” costumes. ...

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CARIBBEAN: Gunman shot dead by businessman in Guyana


INEWS GUYANA – One bandit was shot dead following a shootout in Bel-Air, Georgetown, during the wee hours of this morning, while another man is left hospitalized for a wound to his elbow. Based on reports received, the incident occurred sometime after mid-night while a businessman and his two friends were returning home from a movie night out. INews understands that ...

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CARIBBEAN: Man in Jamaica says he chopped teens to death because they stole from his farm

Alton Baker

JAMAICA OBSERVER – The man accused of killing two St Elizabeth students in January 2014 was yesterday convicted on two counts of murder. The accused, 26-year-old Alton Baker, was charged after allegedly chopping to death 15-year-old boys Desrick Williams, a student of Balaclava High School and Ashnell Coke of Maggotty High on January 8, 2014. The Director of Public Prosecutions, in ...

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CARIBBEAN: Bride to be and her 10 children lose home in fire

The scene of the fire.

ANTIGUA OBSERVER – Aduke Antoine was left shell-shocked and in tears on Friday evening as she tried to come to grips with the loss of her Gray’s Farm family home where she lived with her 10 children. The tragedy came less than 24 hours before she was to tie the knot at the Multipurpose Cultural Center with a lover and partner ...

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CARIBBEAN: Antigua’s Citizenship by Investment covers multiple public expenses

Antigua carnival revellers.

ANTIGUA OBSERVER – A review of the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) Six-monthly Report for June to December 2016 has revealed that the CIU’s operating account is used to cover a multiplicity of public expenses, the most recurrent of which are pension payments and carnival. According to the document released this week, the government of Antigua & Barbuda continues to spend ...

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Caribbean Association of Banks supports Harmonized Credit Reporting Bill


PRESS RELEASE – The Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) commends the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union’s (ECCU) Monetary Council for approving the Harmonized Credit Reporting Bill and Regulations for the OECS Region, at its 87th Meeting of the ECCU Monetary Council on 2nd March, 2017. The CAB views the approval of this bill as a step in the right direction to facilitate ...

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CARIBBEAN: Man sentenced to 5 years for buggery in Dominica

Harold Tyson

DOMINICA VIBES NEWS – Harold Tyson, who was found guilty on one count of buggery, has been sentenced to five years imprisonment. A nine-member jury returned a unanimous verdict on 17 January 2017. The victim was male and above the age of consent. After being found guilty, a social inquiry report was ordered by Justice Victoria Charles-Clarke. That report stated ...

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CARIBBEAN: Grenada man jailed for sexual assault on daughter


GRENADA INFORMER – A forty-three year old man from the village of Mt Rush in St George’s has been sentenced to nineteen years behind prison bars, one week after jurors at the Number Two Supreme Court found him guilty on three counts of sexual assault on his daughter. The now convicted man Earnest Campbell who last resided in the United ...

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CARIBBEAN: Trini man commits suicide after calling suicide hotline, didn’t get an answer


TRINIDAD EXPRESS – Before attempting suicide last week Friday, 24-year-old Matthew Levi Caesar called the suicide hotline desperate for help. No one answered, his family said. Caesar went ahead and drank a poison. Caesar was found lying on a football field at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine. He died at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex on ...

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CARIBBEAN: Caricom to introduce secure, harmonised skills certificates


ANTIGUA OBSERVER – The Caribbean Community (Caricom) said it will be implementing a harmonised skills certificate with a range of security features under the Caricom Single Market & Economy (CSME) regime. The aim of this initiative, it said, is to reduce or eliminate the instances of people falsifying the skills certificate issued by Caricom member states. “There have been very ...

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CARIBBEAN: Not going IMF route, says Barbados PM


BARBADOS TODAY – Prime Minister Freundel Stuart again has said he would consider turning to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for assistance in addressing the island’s current fiscal challenges if it were necessary. However, Stuart told Parliament today the country was not badly off enough to warrant such a move. Only yesterday, former Prime Minister Owen Arthur stated that Barbados’ ...

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CARIBBEAN: Vybz Kartel and co-accused granted appeal


JAMAICA OBSERVER – Vybz Kartel and his three co-accused were granted leave to appeal their conviction and sentence in the Court of Appeal yesterday. Kartel, given name Adidja Palmer; Kahira Jones; Andre St John; and entertainer Shawn “Shawn Storm” Campbell hope to have their sentences for murder overturned. Thomas Tavares-Finson, attorney for Vybz Kartel, described the development as an “important ...

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CARIBBEAN: Jamaica minister says Whatsapp calls could be denting revenues


JAMAICA OBSERVER – Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw, admitted Wednesday that data using technology like WhatsApp could reduce the flow of Government revenues. Shaw was responding to an assertion by former technology minister Phillip Paulwell that data using technology, like WhatsApp, could be reducing the level of taxes from a tax levy on phone calls, which ...

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CARIBBEAN: Man surrenders in WPC killing case


TRINIDAD EXPRESS – A 24-year-old Sea Lots man wanted for questioning in the disappearance and death of WPC Nyasha Joseph surrendered to police last night. An attorney representing the boat owner contacted officers who took the man to the Four Roads Police Station. Photographs of the suspect, who some know by the nickname “Dole” began circulating on social media on ...

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CARIBBEAN: Two suicides in 24 hours in Guyana


INEWS GUYANA – A Corentyne family is now grieving the loss of a 16-year-old teen who reportedly committed suicide this morning. The dead teen has been identified as Shemar Hunte of Rose Hall, Region 6. Based on reports received by Inews, the teen was reportedly involved in argument with his mother, just before she left the home to go out ...

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CARIBBEAN: Jamaican activist arrested after posting names of alleged sexual predators


GUARDIAN (UK) – The co-founder of a new organization that campaigns against gender-based violence in Jamaica has been arrested after posting the names of alleged sexual predators on social media. Latoya Nugent, a prominent LGBT activist and co-founder of the Tambourine Army, was arrested late on Monday and charged with three counts of breaching the country’s Cybercrimes Act. Jamaica constabulary ...

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CARIBBEAN: T&T WPC body found in Gulf of Paria


CNC3 – Several police officers at the port of Port-of-Spain have told reporters that a body discovered in the Gulf of Paria by a fisherman is that of missing WPC Nyasha Joseph. Joseph went missing last Thursday and several searches have been focussed in the Sealots area and the waters offshore. Officers attached to the Homicide Division have also confirmed ...

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CARIBBEAN: Barbados is IMF bound – former Barbados PM

IMF headquarters

BARBADOS TODAY – There is no doubt in the mind of former Prime Minister Owen Arthur that Barbados will turn to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for help to tackle its fiscal problems. Speaking during debate on 2017/2018 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, Arthur said the move was inevitable, warning that the island simply could not tackle its $3.3 billion ...

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CARIBBEAN: No more $2 to $1, advises Arthur

Owen Arthur

BARBADOS TODAY – Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur made a strong case today for Barbados to end its currency peg to the United States dollar. In setting out his case before Parliament during the morning session on the second day of the debate on the 2017/2018 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, Arthur said other currencies should be considered to help stabilize ...

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CARIBBEAN: Dominica needs an international airport – tourism minister


DOMINICA NEWS ONLINE – Tourism Minister Senator Robert Tonge is of the view that there is a need for an international airport in Dominica. Speaking on Kairi’s Heng Programme on Monday he said air access to Dominica is critically important for visitors, as well as locals, and a lot is being done to ensure that persons can visit Dominica whenever they ...

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CARIBBEAN: A&B gov’t to conduct in-house survey on ease of doing business

Government stakeholders meet to discuss latest World Bank Ease of doing business report (OBSERVER media photo)

ANTIGUA OBSERVER – The government will be carrying out its own assessment of the recently released World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business report, with a view to re-examining the figures quoted in the 2017 release and to make changes going forward. According to the latest report, Antigua & Barbuda placed second to last among Caribbean and Latin American countries, ranking only ...

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CARIBBEAN: Antiguan gov’t orders resumption of probe into CIP investor


ANTIGUA OBSERVER – The government has ordered the resumption of the investigation into the granting of citizenship to Chinese investor, Lihua Tian, who allegedly wilfully concealed material facts in support of her application which was approved. A notice ordering the probe has been published in the March 9, 2017 official Gazette on the government’s website. It comes six weeks after ...

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CARIBBEAN: Americans warned of Trini crime hotspots


TRINIDAD EXPRESS – The US State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security “has assessed Port of Spain as being a critical-threat location for crime directed at or affecting US Government interests”. It however identified the capital city as “a low-threat location for terrorist activity directed at or affecting official US government interests”. This is stated in the bureau’s 2017 Crime and ...

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CARIBBEAN: Officials urge residents to exercise caution when shopping online


ANTIGUA OBSERVER – Stop, think and connect, is the message officials from the Prices and Consumer Affairs Division is sending to the general public ahead of World Consumer Rights Day being observed today. World Consumer Rights Day, being celebrated under the theme: Building a Digital World Consumers can Trust’,  provides an opportunity to promote the basic rights of all consumers, ...

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The Caribbean meets in Cuba to strengthen unity and regional exchange


PRESS RELEASE – From March 8 to 11, 2017, meetings of the Association of Caribbean States and of CARICOM took place in Havana, Cuba, at the Ministerial level, to strengthen unity and regional exchange: the First Cooperation Conference and the XXII Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Association of Caribbean States and the V CARICOM-Cuba Ministerial Meeting. Cuba ...

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CARIBBEAN: Jamaican parish hurting from six murders in 24 hours


JAMAICA OBSERVER – Marauding gunmen have snuffed out the lives of six people during two incidents at shops in St James between Thursday night and Friday night, despite the strong patrol of members of the security forces across the parish. The fresh killings have again raised the fear level of the people of the St James parish capital and its ...

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CARIBBEAN: T&T PM accuses Opposition of creating ‘fake news’

Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Dr. Keith Rowley.

TRINIDAD EXPRESS – PRIME Minister Dr Keith Rowley is accusing the Opposition of creating “fake news” and misleading the public with regard to the hiring of a Washington lobbyist and lobbying firm to represent this country’s interest in the United States. In a letter to the editor , Rowley said of creating such fake news, the Opposition should instead join ...

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CARIBBEAN: Magistrate says do not tolerate pre-consent aged teens having sex

Senior Magistrate in British Overseas Territory of Anguilla, Ivenia Benjamin

ANTIGUA OBSERVER – A magistrate from a neighbouring island has advised that although teenagers below and above the age of consent are prone to having sex with each other irrespective of the law, youth is no excuse for society to tolerate the practice. In an interview with OBSERVER media over the weekend, Senior Magistrate in British Overseas Territory of Anguilla Ivenia ...

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CARIBBEAN: Experts advise on cosmetic surgery following Antiguan woman’s death

Antiguan immigration officer, Nikisha Lewis, died after doing surgery.

ANTIGUA OBSERVER – Professional counselling, social support from the family and openness with health care professionals are three important areas medical professionals said will help reduce the number of people opting for cosmetic surgery. Dominican Clinical Psychologist Lesley-Ann Waldron and local practitioner Dr Damion Gordon said cosmetic surgery is elective as it focuses on enhancing a patient’s appearance for aesthetic appeal ...

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CARIBBEAN: Antiguan woman dies after plastic surgery in Miami


WSVN – Police are investigating the death of a woman who traveled to South Florida from the Caribbean to undergo a cosmetic procedure at a clinic in Miami, Monday. According to Miami Police, the victim, identified by family and friends as 32-year-old Nikisha Lewis from Antigua, had traveled to South Florida to undergo the procedure at the Miami location of ...

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CARIBBEAN: Pastor told 13-year-old girl after sex it was their ‘secret’


JAMAICA OBSERVER – REV Paul Hanniford was yesterday sentenced to 20 years in prison for having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl two years ago. The sentence was handed down by Justice Lorna Shelly Williams when Hanniford appeared in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston. The Pentecostal City Mission Church pastor was on January 24 convicted by a seven-member ...

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UWI launches scholarship for OECS students, honouring former ECCB governor


JAMAICA OBSERVER – The University of the West Indies (UWI) has launched a memorial scholarship in honour of the late economist and former governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Sir Dwight Venner, who died in December last year. Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Cave Hill campus, Professor V Eudine Barriteau said the scholarship highlights Venner’s contribution to ...

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Venezuela voted President of Association of Caribbean States


PRESS RELEASE – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro welcomed Thursday the Association of Caribbean States decision to appoint Venezuela head of the regional organization. “We have just been unanimously selected as president of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) to lead it in the next few years,” Maduro said. The president praised the ACS’s decision as a validation of Venezuela’s proactive ...

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England crushes Windies, sweep series


JAMAICA OBSERVER – England thrashed a hapless West Indies by 186 runs on Thursday to win the third one-day international and sweep the series 3-0. Chasing 329 to win, the West Indies were bowled out for 142 with more than 10 overs to spare at Kensington Oval with only Jonathan Carter getting decent runs with 46. Earlier, Alex Hales and ...

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CARIBBEAN: ECCB to name building in honour of Sir Dwight


ANTIGUA OBSERVER – The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, in recognition of the legacy of former Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), the late Sir K Dwight Venner, said it will be naming the Phase 1 building at its headquarters in his honour. According to a release from the ECCB, Sir Dwight’s family, his close friends and colleagues will ...

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St. Lucia Yellow Pages goes Yello


PRESS RELEASE – Invited guests, attendees and staff of Yello good evening. I would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to you all for being here at the official launch of this new chapter in our company’s story – the beginning of our Yello journey. The journey to Yello has been a long one. It took ...

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CARIBBEAN: US gov’t policy could lead to return of skilled labour

This image provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) shows Pedro Pimentel Rios being led to a  government-chartered plane to Guatemala at an ICE airport in Mesa, Ariz. on Tuesday, July 12, 2011. Pimentel, a former instructor at the Guatemalan training school for a force known as the "kaibiles," was ordered deported from the United States in May when an immigration judge rejected his bid for asylum. (AP Photo/ICE)

ANTIGUA OBSERVER – One of the founding members of the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition, Dr Marcus Day, believes the present state of affairs in the United States could encourage skilled migrants to return home. Dr Day, who is also the director of the Caribbean Drug & Alcohol Research Institute in Castries St Lucia, was speaking during OBSERVER media’s Big Issues, ...

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CARIBBEAN: Gay Trini fights to get buggery laws abolished


CARIBBEAN 360 – He has been disowned by his family and taunted for his sexual preference, and now gay rights activist Jason Jones is fighting back. The Trinidadian, who now lives in London, has filed a lawsuit challenging the country’s buggery laws. He says he has no selfish motive but is on a mission to improve life for “future generations”. ...

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CHTA helps hurricane-affected Haiti and The Bahamas

Hotelier Agnes Pierre-Louis receives Haiti's donation from (l-r) Vanessa Ledesma, Frank Comito and Karolin Troubetzkoy of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.

PRESS RELEASE – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) presented checks totaling $70,000 to hotel associations in Haiti and The Bahamas to assist residents in both countries with Hurricane Matthew relief efforts. Recognizing the considerable hardship and damage which Haiti and part of the northern Bahamas faced in the aftermath of the hurricane, CHTA President Karolin Troubetzkoy called upon fellow ...

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CTU Secretary General leads discussions on sustainable development goals at int’l forum

Secretary General Bernadette Lewis, represents the CTU at the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs) at the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) Regional Development Forum in Paraguay.

PRESS RELEASE – The Secretary General of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), Ms. Bernadette Lewis, led a discussion panel addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) Regional Development Forum on 20th March in Asunción, Paraguay. In her introductory remarks, the SG noted that in September 2015, the countries of the United Nations (UN) adopted ...

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CARIBBEAN: Former Jamaican minister gets death threats after calling for Kartel ban


JAMAICA OBSERVER – The police say they are now investigating vicious death threats made on social media against parliamentarian Lisa Hanna after she called for recordings of incarcerated dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel and other murder convicts to be banned from the airwaves. Head of the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police Clifford Chambers, told Jamaica Observer yesterday ...

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