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CDEMA deploys teams to support The Bahamas ahead of Hurricane Dorian

As the Northern Islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas brace for the pending impact of Hurricane Dorian, CDEMA has once again taken the lead to coordinate the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) in support of this Participating State. CDEMA, with the financial support of the Government of the United Kingdom through the Department for International […]

HAITI – Fight to the finish

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Haiti’s president says he will serve out his term despite rising violence, poor economic performance and months of protests over unresolved allegations of corruption in his predecessor’s administration. President Jovenel Moise pledged in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday to respect the findings of a commission investigating the corruption allegations. “It […]

Vincy tourism ‘to go sustainable route’

STC – 2019. St Vincent & the Grenadines St Vincent and the Grenadines is on a mission to take a bigger slice of the region’s tourism pie. But officials insist on developing community tourism to avoid making the same mistakes that either mature or developing destinations make. Chief Executive Officer of the St Vincent and […]

Storm Watch: Vincentian tourism officials prepare for TS Dorian

by Marlon Madden ON ASSIGNMENT KINGSTOWN, St Vincent & the Grenadines As Tropical Storm Dorian takes aim for the Eastern Caribbean, tourism officials in St Vincent and the Grenadines are giving the assurance that the country’s systems are in place to protect the bread-and-butter industry. Chief Executive Officer of the St Vincent and the Grenadines […]

Virgin Atlantic eyeing Guyana market

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – The Guyana government says the United Kingdom based Virgin Atlantic Airline is interested in servicing the route and could possibly do so by next year. Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson has confirmed that he has held talks with a senior official of the airline. “They were on a Skype call to […]

TRINIDAD – Golden Tombstone locks down North Coast, 22 held

Twenty-two people, including several fishermen, were detained during an intelligence-led operation called “Golden Tombstone” by joint National Security forces in the wee hours of Thursday morning. High-powered weapons and ammunition were also seized. The total lockdown of the northern coastal area came 21 days after Vaughn “Sandman” Mieres, his wife and two of his bodyguards […]

CDF promises greater level of assistance

As Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states continue to face several challenges and limitations, officials of the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) are promising to do a lot more to assist. In fact, officials say efforts are already underway to help disadvantage countries grow and develop their economies while forming closer ties with more advanced economies in […]

PUERTO RICO – Political crisis

SAN JUAN — The unprecedented resignation of Puerto Rico’s governor after days of massive island-wide protests has thrown the U.S. territory into a full-blown political crisis. Less than four days before Gov. Ricardo Rosselló steps down, no one knows who will take his place. Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez, his constitutional successor, said Sunday that she […]

Gay men file legal challenges to homosexuality laws in St Vincent

(Source: CMC) – Two men have filed court proceedings challenging St Vincent and the Grenadines’ “buggery” and “gross indecency” laws, which criminalise homosexuality. The men, who are being advised by Queen’s Counsel Jeremy Johnson and British-based Peter Laverack, argue that the laws strip their dignity and autonomy. The challenges were filed by local lawyers, Zita […]

US accuses Venezuela jet of aggressive action over Caribbean

(Source: The Associated Press) – U.S. authorities on Sunday said that a Venezuelan fighter jet “aggressively shadowed” an American intelligence plane flying in international airspace over the Caribbean, underscoring rising tensions between the two nations. The U.S. Southern Command said that Venezuela’s action demonstrates reckless behaviour by President Nicolas Maduro, whose government accused the U.S. […]

Guyana’s President travels to Cuba for medical treatment

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – President David Granger left Guyana on Saturday for Cuba where he has been undergoing treatment for cancer. Granger, who celebrated his 77th birthday earlier this week, is being accompanied by his wife, Sandra Granger. According to an official statement, Granger travelled to Cuba for a scheduled evaluation by doctors of the […]

GUYANA – ‘Pepper spray saved my life’

GEORGETOWN – For two years, she suffered severe beatings at the hands of a man she truly loved and wanted to please. She was battered and bruised for many days but never got the courage to leave because the “love” kept her back. But now when she looks back, she wonders whether it was love […]

REGIONAL – Saint Lucia Carnival organisers say nudity and lewd behaviour unacceptable

CASTRIES – Organisers of Saint Lucia Carnival 2019 have declared the event a resounding success by the large turnout of people, particularly in the final two days of the Parade of Bands. However, they expressed concern that the rampant nudity and lewd behaviour have put a damper on this success. Chairperson of Events Company of […]

Antigua looking at new destinations for LIAT

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – The Antigua and Barbuda government says its future plans for the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, is to have it fly as far north as Florida, stopping in places like Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Antigua and Barbuda is seeking to become the largest shareholder government of the airline and […]

TRINIDAD – Young: ‘Brothels will not be tolerated’

PORT OF SPAIN – National Security Minister Stuart Young said the illegality of brothels will not be tolerated. He was speaking yesterday at the post-Cabinet media conference at the Diplomatic Centre, Port of Spain. He was responding to a late-night raid in Cunupia on Saturday night when 12 Venezuelan women were detained, and three Jamaicans, […]

REGIONAL – US family hits out over shark death in Bahamas

NASSAU – The family of the American woman killed in a shark attack while swimming off Rose Island in June has claimed the tour company had no basic medical supplies and did nothing to attempt to save the college student’s life. Californian Jordan Lindsey, 21, pictured, was savaged by sharks while swimming with her mom […]

JAMAICA – A fall or beating?

KINGSTON – A mother is demanding answers after an expletive-laced altercation between her son and members of a police team manning a checkpoint on Pretoria Road in Kingston 13 left him nursing multiple wounds and needing surgery to repair a broken jaw. The son, 31-year-old Ricardo Humphrey, is now a patient at Kingston Public Hospital and […]

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