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SVG government recognizes police work

The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has pledged its continued support to the local police force. While delivering an address at the police awards ceremony on Saturday night, Prime Minister and Minister of National Security Ralph Gonsalves says his administration has done a lot in providing a better working environment for police officers Read More

Jamaica to increase national minimum wage

The Government of Jamaica is expected to announce an increase in the national minimum wage and the minimum wage for industrial security guards. The announcement is expected to be made by the Labour and Social Security Minister, Doctor Fenton Ferguson, in the House of Representatives. Last year, a Commission was set up by the government Read More

Haiti marks six years after deadly earthquake

Today, Haiti marks the sixth anniversary of the deadly earthquake that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calling on the international community not to stop helping the country. The UN chief said even as the victims of the quake are honoured, the commemoration of the tragedy must be Read More

Vincentians remember one year since Rock Gutter minibus crash

The community of Fancy in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is marking one year since 7 students died in a minibus accident. There was a wreath laying ceremony at the site at Rock Gutter this morning, followed by an afternoon memorial service at the Fancy Playing Field. The ceremony was also addressed by Opposition Leader Read More

Antigua immigration department to get at least 36 more employees

Antigua and Barbuda’s Immigration Chief Annette Mark says the department is hiring at least 36 more employees. She says the recruitment process area was restructured in keeping with heightened security concerns worldwide. Mark says the new recruits will be trained within, and outside of, the classroom. (Image source: Government of Antigua and Barbuda)

Barbados finds eight suspected cases of H1N1, Zika viruses

Health authorities in Barbados have reported eight suspected cases of the H1N1 and Zika viruses. Health Minister John Boyce says samples have been sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency for confirmation. Boyce says that although he is aware of public concern over a new disease, residents of Barbados should use simple measures to prevent Read More

St. Lucia doctors warn against smoking due to rising COPD rates

Doctors at the Victoria Hospital in St. Lucia say they have recorded an increase in respiratory diseases, mostly in young people, due to marijuana and tobacco use. Dr. Lisa Charles, Medical Director at the hospital, said over the past 10 years she has seen an epidemic with a spike in young patients suffering with Chronic Read More

US-bound Cubans to leave Costa Rica on Tuesday

The first batch of Cuban migrants trying to enter the United States will be set to depart Costa Rica next week. According to Costa Rica’s foreign minister Manuel Gonzalez, 180 Cubans will head to El Salvador next Tuesday evening, and from there they will have ground transportation to the Guatemala-Mexico border. Gonzalez said other flights Read More

Bahamas labour minister declares new plans to curb unemployment

The Bahamas government is suggesting that the unemployment line could become much shorter this year. The latest figures from the Department of Statistics show unemployment is now at 14.6 per cent. The country’s Labour Minister Shane Gibson admits it is concerning, but says many capital and private projects are on the way that will increase Read More

US$145,000 seized from vessel off St. Thomas, USVI

The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says its Air and Marine Operations agents seized 145,000 US dollars from a vessel operated by three American citizens near St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. Officials report that during a maritime patrol, a St. Thomas-based marine crew located a vessel with three men traversing around Read More

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