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Dominica government attending to ailing ex-leader John, says PM Skerrit

Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says the government will assist former Prime Minister Patrick John, who is now a patient at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Roseau. John was initially admitted to the hospital on November 29 last year and discharged a month later. However, he went back on January 3 after complaining of a Read More

Cayman opposition leader gearing up for 2017 vote

The Cayman Islands’ Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush says he will be flanked with young talent when his United Democratic Party (UDP) goes up against the ruling People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) in the polls in 2017. Bush says the UDP is currently reorganizing and not rushing to make any major personnel announcements for now. As the Read More

Guyana passes anti-terror bill that includes death penalty

Guyana has passed an anti-terrorism bill that will seek the death penalty for anyone found guilty of a terrorist act. The Anti-Terrorism and Terrorist Related Activities Bill was passed in the National Assembly, with 31 government members voting in favour of the bill, and 29 from the opposition voting against. It would provide for the Read More

Early morning quake rattles Trinidad

A 5.0 magnitude earthquake shook Trinidad and Tobago this morning, but there were no reports of damage or injuries. The University of the West Indies’ Seismic Research Centre (SRC) says the quake occurred just after 10:30 this morning, about 62 km northwest of the capital Port of Spain, and 103 km south of St. George’s, Read More

Jamaica finance minister Phillips not ruling out PM bid

Peter Phillips, the finance minister who led Jamaica to 10 successive quarterly International Monetary Fund (IMF) reviews, admits that he has not taken his eyes off the position of prime minister. In an interview with the Jamaica Gleaner, Phillips said, “It would be a great honour should there be a vacancy and at that point Read More

T&T government must fulfill promises, says MSJ party leader

The Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) in Trinidad and Tobago is urging government to deliver on their promises to properly guide the country through a tough economic period. MSJ Political Leader David Abdullah spoke at a media briefing in San Fernando, insisting that commitments outlined by the government must be fulfilled. Abdullah noted that the Read More

Forecasters warn of drought-like conditions in Caribbean for 2016

Weather forecasters are predicting that low rainfall and drought-like conditions will pose challenges to the Caribbean region this year. Carl Herbert, National Coordinator of the St. Kitts and Nevis National Emergency Management Agency, believes that authorities will have to pay closer attention to water conservation. While the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane season posed no threat to Read More

Patient in Guyana confirmed to have H1N1 virus

Guyana’s Ministry of Public Health has received confirmation that a Guyanese patient who was hospitalized after showing signs of swine flu, has been infected with H1N1. Public Health Minister Dr. George Norton says the 50 year old patient returned to Guyana from China, and developed the symptoms in a two-week period. The patient, who was Read More

Barbados PM hails 2015 successes for CARICOM

Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says 2015 was a good year of great importance to CARICOM. Stuart, also the current chairman of CARICOM, made the statement in his end of year message. He says the year demonstrated, in no uncertain terms, the value of the regional integration project and the influence it could have internationally. Read More

Jamaica finds two possible bad gas importers

Tests by the Jamaican government have revealed that two of the country’s fuel importers may have been the source of contamination, affecting hundreds of vehicles across the island. Leonard Green, President of the Jamaica Gasoline Retailers Association (JGRA), says this information was disclosed to members of the association during their meeting with the Energy Minister Read More

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