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GUYANA – Legislator who brought down gov’t may have committed treason

A Brooklyn, New York group is claiming that the Member of Parliament (MP) who brought down the coalition government in Guyana many have committed treason. The Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) said on Saturday that the legislator Charrandas Persaud, opposition leader Bharrat Jagdeo, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) member Peter Ramsaroop and others “have been […]

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GUYANA – Gov’t maintains position regarding incident involving Venezuelan navy

CMC – Guyana has reiterated its position that the Norwegian ship hired by ExxonMobil was “intercepted” by a Venezuelan naval vessel and brushed aside a claim by Caracas that the vessel had been operating in its territorial waters. Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, speaking at a symposium that focused on the continuous incursion into the […]

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JAMAICA – Twenty murders in first week of 2019

KINGSTON — Prime Minister Andrew Holness this afternoon disclosed that the island has recorded 20 murders as of yesterday, noting that 11 of them were committed in Kingston and St Andrew, where a state of emergency ended last night. Holness made the disclosure during a statement in the House of Representatives this afternoon on the […]

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Caribbean islands record three earthquakes in 24 hours

The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Friday said an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.6 rattled three Caribbean islands, as the region recorded three earth tremors within a 24 hour period. It said that the latest quake, which occurred at 6:52 p.m. […]

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GUYANA: Body of child found after gold mine collapses

The body of an 11-year-old boy was recovered from a gold mine on Friday after it collapsed on him and nine others, police have confirmed. They said the pit collapsed on the child, identified as Tyrone Tyrel De Souza, trapping him in mud and water. Media reports said that De Souza, who dropped out of […]

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REGIONAL – Cruise Line warns passengers to avoid Fish Fry area in Bahamas

NASSAU – A major cruise line yesterday “blindsided” a cabinet minister by warning its passengers that the Arawak Cay Fish Fry was a “particular area of concern” for crime. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, told Tribune Business that The Bahamas probably needs to create “a working group forum” to address the cruise industry’s crime […]

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GUYANA – Government falls, as backbencher supports opposition motion

CMC – Guyana was preparing for a general election early next year after a government backbencher supported an opposition motion of no confidence against the David Granger government late on Friday night. Opposition leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who had been heckled as he outlined his reasons for the motion in Parliament, has already signalled his intention […]

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JAMAICA – Sandals says allegations of cover-up false

KINGSTON – Sandals Resorts has strongly denied allegations that it was covering up allegations of sexual assault on two American female guests and said it stands ready to “vigorously defend itself in court” against the case that is now a subject of litigation. “Recent allegations of cover-ups by our organisation are false and are gross misrepresentations […]

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TRINIDAD – Burst of earthquakes felt in Leeward Islands

CMC – The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies, Saturday said that a burst of 54 earthquakes occurred north of St. Kitts during a 21 hour period. The biggest had a magnitude of 4.1. In a brief statement, SRC said that the quakes were […]

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REGIONAL – Buju arrives in Jamaica

KINGSTON – The Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston was the centre of all activity — as far as reggae music lovers are concerned — moments ago, as dancehall-turned reggae superstar Mark ‘Buju Banton’ Myrie touched down after spending eight years imprisoned in the United States. There were was a few false alarms as people […]

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THE BAHAMAS – Gunmen slay couple as they leave hospital

NASSAU – An engaged couple were murdered yesterday in an apparent ambush near the general entrance to the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre in Fox Hill. The incident, which shocked many who had gathered in the area, reportedly played out as the victims attempted to leave Sandilands following a therapy session. The male victim was said to be […]

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REGIONAL – Antigua, Guyana raise concerns regarding sale of Scotiabank

ST JOHN’S / GEORGETOWN— Two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments Tuesday expressed some unease at the announcement that the Canadian-based Bank of Nova Scotia had agreed to sell its operations in nine Caribbean countries to a Trinidad-based financial institution. The Antigua and Barbuda government Tuesday said it was “deeply disappointed” that the Bank of Nova Scotia […]

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JAMAICA – Housing for poor

KINGSTON — The Andrew Holness administration is now crafting a programme through which $500 million will be spent to build “reasonable” housing solutions for the poor and indigent across the island. Further, Holness, the prime minister, signalled yesterday that from the Corporate Area to the western end of the island, more major roadworks were in […]

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Six injured as Fly Jamaica aircraft makes emergency landing in Guyana

SOURCE: CMC: The Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) re-opened on Friday, a few hours after a  Fly Jamaica airliner made an emergency landing 45 minutes into its flight to Toronto, Canada. “We can confirm that Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 bound for Toronto has returned to Georgetown with a technical problem and has suffered an accident […]

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Antigua and Barbuda vote in favour of staying with the Privy Council

SOURCE: CMC: Antigua and Barbuda Tuesday voted in favour of retaining the London-based Privy Council as its final court, according to the preliminary figures released here. The Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) said that of the 17,743 votes counted, the “no” vote secured 9, 234 as against 8,509 for the “Yes” vote. Voters here had […]

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Grenadians reject efforts to adopt the CCJ as final court

SOURCE: CMC:  Grenadians voted for a second time within a two year period, to reject efforts to replace the London-based Privy Council as the island’s highest court. In a national referendum on Tuesday, the preliminary figures released by the Parliamentary Elections Office (PEO) show that the “No’ vote secured 12,133 as compared to 9,846 for […]

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JAMAICA – Stop the killing!

KINGSTON — A rise in the incidence of domestic attacks, the latest of which claimed the life of a nine-year-old St Catherine boy, has triggered a call for the authorities to set up centres in vulnerable communities where people who are experiencing domestic issues can access counselling. The call was made by mostly male residents […]

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