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Erika ravages Dominica, leaving at least 4 dead

Hurricane Erika has damaged parts of Dominica in the Windward Islands of the Caribbean. At least four people are feared dead, but the number of fatalities has increased over time. Once it dissipates, Erika could bring heavy rain to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, as well as tropical storm-force winds Thursday night into early Read More

Quake-affected Haitian immigrants given more time to stay in US

Haitian immigrants to the US who got Temporary Protected Status (TPS) after the 2010 earthquake have been given more time to stay in the country under that provision. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has announced the extension of Haiti’s TPS designation for another 18 months, right into July 2017. Haiti was initially designated for Read More

Tropical Storm Erika to make its way to Antigua, Leewards

Tropical Storm Erika has strengthened slightly as it continues on a path towards Antigua and Barbuda and the Leeward Islands. A tropical storm warning is still in effect for the twin island nation. Forecaster Orvin Paige says the system should begin to affect Antigua and Barbuda from midnight onwards. In the meantime, as the storm Read More

SVG commits to Zero Hunger Challenge

St. Vincent and the Grenadines has launched the national Zero Hunger Challenge, a major initiative by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to eradicate hunger by 2025. Agriculture Minister Saboto Caesar presented a Motion in Parliament this morning, which he says symbolizes the Government’s commitment to eliminating hunger. Caesar says that government has made several Read More

Guyana to hold local government elections later this year

Guyana’s long overdue local government elections set for later this year are expected to cost two billion Guyanese dollars. Minister of State Joseph Harmon says 250 million dollars have been set aside for over 500 billboards and voter education schemes. Harmon also says the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is already training staff, and intends to Read More

Caribbean Airlines’ axed London flights won’t affect Jamaica, says tourism minister

Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Wykeham McNeil is trying to allay fears that the country’s arrival figures would be negatively affected by Caribbean Airlines terminating its London route early next year. McNeil says there will be no fallout for the local tourism sector as it was not dependent on the airline to bring passengers from the UK, Read More

Italy ambassador to Barbados apologizes for EU tax haven blacklisting

Italy’s Ambassador to Barbados says his country made an unfortunate mistake when it put the Caribbean island on a blacklist of tax havens. Paolo Serpi sought to clear up the misunderstanding as the two countries signed a Double Taxation Agreement yesterday. Back in June, the European Commission named Barbados among several Caribbean countries on the Read More

St. Lucia MP challenges citizenship-by-marriage law

Alvina Reynolds, St. Lucia’s Minister of Wellness and Gender Relations, wants equal citizenship rights for foreign men who marry St. Lucian women. During a debate on a constitutional reform report, the Babonneau representative says such rights should be considered in the process of reforming the constitution. A debate on the report continues today in the Read More

Preparations underway as Tropical Storm Erika approaches Caribbean

Caribbean residents breathing a sigh of relief for the dissolution of Tropical Storm Danny are now holding their breaths again, after Tropical Storm Erika formed overnight. This storm prompted watches for Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten. The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) says other parts of Read More

T&T Opposition Leader Rowley slams Integrity Commission

Trinidad and Tobago’s Opposition Leader Keith Rowley says if he had to go to jail, he would. The Sunday Express reports that the Integrity Commission wrote to Rowley in a letter dated August 13 asking him to provide information on his 2004 Declaration (of Income, Assets and Liabilities), which had been filed with the commission Read More

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