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Jack Warner received kickbacks for T&T meeting, say US authorities

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St. Lucia embassy opens in Taiwan, the first in Asia

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Jamaica tourism numbers go up, says Tourism Minister

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No bad blood with Contractor General, says Jamaica’s DPP

Jamaica’s Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn says her office maintains a good working relationship with Contractor General Dirk Harrison, but will not be directed. Llewellyn’s assertion comes a week after Harrison filed an application for the court to overturn her decision not to prosecute Hanover councillor Shernet Haughton in a nepotism case. She Read More

Puerto Rico unable to pay billions in debt, says governor

The governor of Puerto Rico warned that the island can’t pay its 72-billion dollar public debt, as international economists released a critical report on the economy. The news from Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla delivered another jolt to the recession-gripped US territory, as well as a world financial system already worrying over Greece’s collapsing finances. A Read More

Commonwealth backs Guyana in Venezuela maritime dispute

The 53 member states of the Commonwealth have pledged to support Guyana in the ongoing maritime dispute with Venezuela. The group’s Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma says the Commonwealth supports Guyana’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and that member governments are also committed to peaceful resolution and the rule of law. Venezuela has recently laid claim to Read More

Jamaica: JCTU close to public sector wage deal with government

There are indications that the Jamaica Confederation of  Trade Unions (JCTU) could strike a public sector wage deal with the Government soon, if an agreement can be reached to improve certain benefits for workers. The Confederation will be seeking a meeting with the Government this week to continue wage talks in a bid to secure Read More

Dexter Smith named editor of Bermuda’s Royal Gazette

The Royal Gazette newspaper in Bermuda has announced that veteran Bermudian journalist Dexter Smith will become the first black editor in its 187-year history. The 54-year-old will succeed Editorial Consultant Tim Hodgson, who has been interim editor for the past two years. Smith, currently the paper’s Acting News Editor, first joined as a sports reporter Read More

UWI professor Verene Shepherd appointed to UN anti-racism body

Jamaica’s Verene Shepherd, Professor of Social History at the University of the West Indies, was elected to the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This is the UN group charged with seeing that the international convention on racial discrimination is implemented by the states that are party to the convention. Shepherd received Read More

Mexico-funded projects coming to SVG, says PM Gonsalves

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has announced that about five million US dollars has been earmarked for Development Projects in the Spring Village and Cumberland communities, in the North Leeward area. He made the disclosure during his address at the opening of the Bridge in Chateaubelair last Friday. The Prime Minister Read More

Spain monitoring Haitian expulsion from Dominican Republic

Spain’s Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Jesus Gracia Aldaz, has described the deportation of Haitians from the Dominican Republic as a “very sensitive” issue. Speaking with the Jamaica Gleaner, Gracia, who has responsibility for Latin America and the Caribbean, says the situation cannot be solved in the headlines but through dialogue. He adds that Read More

St. Kitts bracing for hurricane season

St. Kitts and Nevis is preparing for the hurricane season, as other Caribbean countries are doing. Old Road is one of the communities in St. Kitts badly affected, mainly because some homes are located along the coastline and are susceptible to flooding from sea swells. (Image source: Huffington Post)

St. Lucia PM dismisses report on slow tourism growth

A recent report about the slow pace of St. Lucia’s tourism growth may have been based on inaccurate information, and Prime Minister Kenny Anthony wants to set the record straight. The June 16 report by Business Insider, an American website, was even acknowledged by opposition leader Allen Chastanet. (Image source: Caribbean Journal)

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