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GUYANA – Parliament to meet following Court of Appeal ruling

CMC – The Guyana government says Parliament will soon meet to conduct the affairs of the country even as Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said the main opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will appeal a court ruling that the motion of no confidence passed in December last year was invalid. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, […]

JAMAICA – PM pleased with two-hour talks with Trump

CMC – Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the message coming out of the discussions the United States President Donald Trump had with a select group of Caribbean leaders is that Washington “wants to encourage and promote stronger relationship with the region”. Trump met with the leaders of St Lucia, Haiti, the Bahamas and Jamaica […]

TRINIDAD – Fear at school as child dies from meningitis

PORT OF SPAIN – Public health officials are expected to visit the Fifth Company Baptist Primary School today, following the death of a child from a suspected case of meningitis. The girl died last Friday. Her father visited the school and informed officials that a relative of the pupil had also recently died from meningitis. He […]

JAMAICA – Fake recruitment ad causes thousands to descend on JDF headquarters

KINGSTON – The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) is reporting that it is probing the origin of false social media postings about a recruitment exercise by the army which caused thousands of unsuspecting persons to descend on its headquarters today. In a statement, the JDF says approximately 2000 persons turned up at Up Park Camp in St […]

VENEZUELA – Five-day blackout

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelans on Monday converged on a polluted river in Caracas to fill water bottles and held scattered protests in several cities as a growing sense of chaos took hold in a country where people have had little power, water and communications for days. A three-year-old girl with a brain tumor languished in […]

Students urged to participate in COTA essay competition

The Caribbean Organisation of Tax Administrators (COTA) launched its Sixth Essay Competition for secondary school students on February 18. The Competition topic is ‘Digitalization – Moving Today’s Tax Administration Beyond the Twenty-First Century’. This year’s competition targets students between the ages of 14 and 16 from all Members of COTA. Participating tax administrations include The […]


St Vincent hosting ‘prime ministerial meeting’ on LIAT

CMC – Heads of government from Barbados and four other Caribbean countries are expected to attend a meeting on the regional airline, LIAT, to be held in St Vincent and the Grenadines on Saturday. A government statement issued in Antigua said that the Cabinet had discussed the upcoming “Prime Ministerial meeting” regarding funding alternatives “to […]

Trouble spots

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders open a two-day inter-sessional summit here on Tuesday, overshadowed by the unfolding economic and political events in Venezuela, Guyana, Haiti as well as security issues and continued moves by Europe to blacklist the region. CARICOM has sought to play a leading role in trying to diffuse the situation in the South […]

VENEZUELA – Soldiers abandon posts at Colombia border

BBC – Soldiers from the Venezuelan national guard have left their posts ahead of an opposition-led effort to bring aid into the country, Colombia’s migration agency said. In a separate development, Venezuelan troops have fired tear gas at people looking to cross into Colombia to work. Tensions have been rising over a row about the […]

REGIONAL – Haitians seek water, food as businesses reopen

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Businesses and government offices slowly reopened across Haiti on Monday after more than a week of violent demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of protesters demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise over skyrocketing prices that have more than doubled for basic goods amid allegations of government corruption. Public transportation resumed in the […]

GUYANA – Disabled woman perishes in fire

GEORGETOWN – A fire of unknown origin has completely gutted a two-storey wooden structure at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara (ECD), on Sunday morning leaving one woman dead and several homeless. The charred remains of 57-year-old Yowani Sasenarine, who occupied the upper flat of the Lot 564 Block 8 Mon Repos, ECD home were removed after […]

REGIONAL – Bahamas Govt places repatriations of Haitians on hold amid unrest

NASSAU – As a result of the political unrest and violence in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the Bahamas government announced that it will temporarily cease all repatriations to the country. Hours after that announcement on Saturday, authorities apprehended a Haitian sloop with 64 migrants on board, west of Compass Cay in the Exuma chain. The announcement also came […]

TRINIDAD – Police capture one of the country’s most wanted men

CMC – The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) Sunday said they had captured one of the country’s “most wanted men” and that two reputed gang leaders had been slapped with charges and are in custody. In a statement, the TTPS did not identify the person arrested, but said that he is “wanted in connection […]

CRICKET-WI/ENG-West Indies bracing for strong challenge, says Hope

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – With the odds yet again firmly stacked against West Indies in the upcoming One-Day International series, marquee batsman Shai Hope says the Caribbean are bracing for a strong challenge from England but also plan to counter with firepower of their own. West Indies are ranked ninth in the ICC one-day rankings […]

GUYANA – Vice Chancellor denies running University broke as staff calls for audit

GEORGETOWN – University of Guyana (UG) workers on Wednesday intensified their demand for an in-depth examination of how the institution is spending its monies at a time when there is a cutback in certain expenses, but Vice Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith denied responsibility for running the institution broke. “Of course, not! But it’s hazy and wanton […]

REGIONAL – Haiti inmates escape from Aquin prison

PORT-AU-PRINCE – All 78 inmates of a prison in southern Haiti have escaped from captivity, according to the country’s police. The detainees reportedly made their escape from Aquin prison while police were distracted by anti-government protests nearby Haiti’s national police force said it has launched an investigation into the incident. It comes after days of demonstrations […]

GUYANA – ‘Clean up the list’

GEORGETOWN – As the People Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) continues to push for general elections without observing the mandatory registration process, supporters of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) as well as the youth population, on Monday began mobilising, mounting pockets of protest action in various parts of the country to press for the […]

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