Category: Regional

PM threatens ‘a handful’ of Barbudans

ST JOHN’S – Prime minister Gaston Browne has again threatened to take strong action against “a handful of people in Barbuda”, whom he is accusing of “fabricating strife in order to create chaos and confusion”. This time, he made the comment at the closing ceremony of the Antigua and Barduda China-Aid Post-Disaster Restoration Project, which […]

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TRINIDAD – CCJ President disappointed with reluctance to join court’s appellate jurisdiction

Newly appointed president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Adrian Saunders has expressed disappointment with the reluctance of the government of Trinidad and Tobago to have the institution as its final court of appeal. Saunders told reporters following a special sitting of the court on Friday  that there is need for more public information , […]

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GUYANA – ‘Alarming’

GEORGETOWN – The parliamentary opposition has raised concerns over what it described as the high number of deaths of newborn infants at the Georgetown Public Hospital over the past year. Opposition member of parliament (MP) Dr Vindhya Persaud, who was allowed oral questions in parliament on Thursday, requested health minister Volda Lawrence to provide statistics in […]

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Canada urged to put hold on sending asylum seekers back to Haiti

As violent protests continue to roil Haiti, a Quebec-based coalition is calling on Ottawa to put a hold on sending asylum seekers back to the Caribbean nation. “My concern is that the situation in Haiti is uncertain and there is big turmoil over there,” Marjorie Villefranche, director general of Montreal’s Maison d’Haïti, told CBC Montreal’s […]

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JAMAICA – Appeal court allows fresh evidence in Kartel case

KINGSTON – The credibility of the main witness in the murder trial of Vybz Kartel and Shawn Storm came under scrutiny yesterday as lawyers for the imprisoned entertainers successfully argued that they should be allowed to introduce fresh evidence in their quest to have their clients’ convictions tossed. Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, and […]

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Haiti protests enter third day despite fuel hike reversal

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Mostly young protesters in Haiti blocked streets on Sunday while many stores remained closed for a third day following anger over steep fuel price increases in the Caribbean nation. The U.S. embassy warned its citizens to avoid the unrest in the capital Port-au-Prince and reschedule any travel plans as several airlines cancelled […]

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CRICKET RANKINGS – Brathwaite, Roach into top 20

LONDON, CMC – Opener Kraigg Brathwaite and Kemar Roach have surged into the top 20 of the ICC Players rankings following outstanding performances in the just concluded opening Test against Bangladesh. In the latest Test rankings released Saturday, Brathwaite moved up five spots to be 16th in the batting charts while Roach jumped four places […]

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Update HAITI – Gov’t suspends fuel price hike

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – The controversial fuel price hike that triggered deadly protests in the French speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state, has been suspended. The decision to suspended the increase in the price of gasoline, was announced on Saturday by Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant. On Friday, at least three people were […]

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HAITI – Violent protests erupt over fuel prices

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – At least three people were reportedly killed on Friday as Haitians protested an announcement by government of a hike in fuel prices. According to police two protestors were fatally shot when they clashed with lawmen in the capital while the third person killed was a security guard of a […]

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Hurricane Beryl forms off Lesser Antilles

The first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season has formed. Hurricane Beryl is currently located about 1,140 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and is packing  maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, according to an advisory issued by the National Hurricane Centre in Miami at 5 a.m. today. It said Beryl is currently […]

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JAMAICA – Church urged to welcome homosexuals, sex workers and transgenders

KINGSTON – Executive director of the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition Ivan Cruickshank is urging faith-based institutions to create a space in their congregation for marginalized people. Cruickshank said he wants the church to create a welcoming environment for homosexuals, sex workers and transgenders who want to have a spiritual life. “The church has a responsibility […]

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Ganja high on CARICOM’s agenda

To decriminalize, or not to discriminalize, or other. That’s the task of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government who have placed the marijuana issue high on the agenda of their 39th Regular Meeting in Jamaica from July 4 to 6, 2018,  which will consider the Report of the Regional Marijuana Commission (RMC). The people of […]

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Antoine appointed chairman of catastrophe risk insurance facility

Grenadian Timothy Antoine has been appointed chairman of the regional catastrophe risk insurance facility CCRIF SPC for the next three years. His appointment took effect July 1, following the retirement of Milo Pearson, who chaired CCRIF’s board from its inception in 2007. At a recent function hosted by CCRIF SPC to honour its outgoing chairman, […]

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BAHAMAS – Woman killed after tour boat explodes

NASSAU – An American woman was killed and ten others injured after the boat they were on exploded in waters off Barraterre, Exuma, early Saturday. Police said the engine on the boat exploded, causing the vessel to catch fire. The boat, a Four C’s Adventures craft, was carrying ten American passengers and two Bahamian crew […]

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ANTIGUA – Grenada and St Lucia agree to fund LIAT, St Kitts says no

Prime Minister Gaston Browne has revealed that the governments of Grenada and St Lucia have agreed to subsidise the operations of LIAT. These governments have been two of the airline’s biggest critics and after years of dialogue, Browne said they now see it fit to support the operations of the airline. Browne did not reveal […]

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JAMAICA – Woman perishes inside flaming SUV after crash

KINGSTON — A woman was burnt beyond recognition yesterday afternoon when the Toyota Rav 4 sport utility vehicle which she was driving burst into flames after it collided with a Knutsford Express passenger bus on the North Coast Highway in Trelawny. A number of passengers on the bus reportedly sustained injuries and were rushed to […]

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GUYANA – ‘Big blow to racism’

GEORGETOWN – Attorney general and minister of legal affairs, Basil Williams, SC, has described as a “great victory” for Guyanese and also a big blow to racism here, the Caribbean Court of Justice’s (CCJ) ruling on Tuesday upholding the constitutional restriction of a presidential two-term limit. Speaking with the Guyana Chronicle while enroute to Paris, France, […]

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