(CNN) -- Forget Disneyland! Costa Rica is the happiest place in the world, according to an independent research group in Britain with the goal of building a new economy, "centered on people and the environment."
Costa Rica is known for its lush rain forests and pristine beaches. In a report released Saturday, the group ranks nations using the "Happy Planet Index," which seeks countries with the most content people. In addition to happiness, the… Continue
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Former US President Bill Clinton. AFP PHOTO
NEW YORK, USA -- The new United Nations envoy on Haiti, Bill Clinton, on Monday laid out his vision to advance development in the small and impoverished Caribbean nation, stressing that, more than ever before, the country has the opportunity to advance.“Haiti, not withstanding the total devastation wreaked by the four storms last year, has the best chance to escape the darker aspects of its history in… Continue
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Soldiers stand near the hijacked CanJet 737 as it sits on the tarmac at the airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in late April 2009 (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AFP) -- A man who hijacked a Canadian plane full of tourists and held them hostage for several hours in Jamaica in April was Tuesday declared mentally fit to stand trial on more than 20 charges. Stephen Fray, 21, appeared in the Montego Bay magistrates court with… Continue
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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad: A major initiative taken by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) in conjunction with the government of Trinidad and Tobago is to address the requirement for national broadband connectivity for small island states throughout the Caribbean.
The upcoming forum to take place on 19th to 20th November aims to discuss the need for a Public Private Peoples Partnership approach to ensure that the right frameworks and incentives are put in place to… Continue
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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (Reuters) -- The Caribbean's small island states ride out hurricanes year after year, but they are fighting to stay afloat in a global economic storm that is battering rich and poor nations alike. Tiny nations like twin-island St Kitts and Nevis, a short chain of lush green volcanic cones set in an azure sea, have felt the shocks of the downturn and credit crunch as keenly as the winds and seas that lash them every… Continue
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The Gleaner has learnt that Indigo Partners and Oaktree Capital, who are reportedly the owners of Spirit Airlines
, have bought the country's national carrier, Air Jamaica.
It is further understood that Air Jamaica's name might be changed to Spirit of Jamaica.
Sources close to the negotiations are tight-lipped, but they have confirmed that Trinidadian-owned Caribbean Airlines did not win the bid to take over the Jamaican airline.
The news comes days after… Continue
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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- A total of 26 Jamaican students have been awarded scholarships to study at universities in Cuba, under the 2009/10 Cuban Scholarship Programme.
The scholarship awards, which were presented by Cuba's Ambassador to Jamaica, Gisela Garcia Rivera, at a ceremony held on Sunday in Kingston, will enable the students to pursue study in the fields of medicine, architecture, pharmacy, physical education and sports, and humanities.
Jodi-Ann Jones, one of 20… Continue
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MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- A Casino Gaming Bill is to be tabled in Parliament next week, Jamaica's Prime Minister Bruce Golding announced on Thursday night. Golding told a Town Hall Meeting in Montego Bay that Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw, will table the Bill in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, when the House meets again.
The Prime Minister, in response to a concern raised by Mayor of Montego Bay,… Continue
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The St. Kitts & Nevis Democrat:
The Campaign to Victory train rolled into Baker’s Corner in the heart of East Basseterre on the evening of Wednesday 24th for a pre Music Festival “Poor Cant Take No More” rally. The People’s Action Movement brought the overwhelming momentum of the message of CHANGE to this community as well as the returning nationals who are back for the festival and the election that will soon follow. The whole corner was… Continue
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The British High Commission has announced significant increases in the application fees for UK visas.
Some of the new fees are almost twice what currently exist.
In a release last night, the British High Commission said the new fees will take effect on Monday, July 6.
It will now cost $10,700 for a six-month or a single entry UK visitor’s visa application.
The cost of a 5-year visitors visa application moves to $64,000 while it will now cost $80,000… Continue
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New cervical cancer vaccine here
Published: Friday | July 3, 2009
A vaccine to prevent cervical cancer is now available in the island.
The drug Cervix has been made available through pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, which officially launched the product Tuesday at the Hilton Kingston Hotel in New Kingston.
The drug has been on the market for three years in countries such as the United Kingdom and United States, but was… Continue
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, July 1, 2009 - The ruling Lespwa party of Haitian President Rene Preval has taken the lion share of the 11 seats up for grabs in Senate elections, preliminary results have indicated.
It took five, while five other parties won one seat each and the other went to a registered independent in the June 21st run-off election.
Voting for another seat will take place later, after initial balloting was cancelled as… Continue
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ST JOHN'S, Antigua, July 1, 2009 - The ruling United Progressive Party (UPP) has come out on top in an Antigua Labour Party (ALP) challenge to two of its election victories, but the Opposition also scored a victory when a judge said a case involving four other disputed seats would be heard in September.
Justice Louise Blenman yesterday dismissed the ALP challenges in the All Saints West and St Paul constituencies on the grounds that the… Continue
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Until now doctors have debated whether or not men should refrain from sex for a few days before attempting to conceive with their partner to improve the chance of pregnancy. But a new study by Dr. David Greening of Sydney IVF, an Australian center for infertility and in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment, suggests abstinence is not the right approach.
He studied 118 men with above-average sperm DNA damage… Continue
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ST JOHN'S, Antigua, June 25, 2009 - Offshore companies in Antigua and Barbuda are now under the scrutiny of local authorities as a consequence of the criminal charges filed against the former boss of the country's financial regulatory body over his involvement in an alleged fraud at the Stanford International Bank (SIB).
Finance Minister Harold Lovell said in an interview on Observer Radio yesterday that in addition to firing the Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FSRC)… Continue
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HAMILTON, Bermuda -- At the recently concluded Annual Business Meeting of the University of the West Indies' Council, which was held for the first time at the St Augustine Campus, the petition by Bermuda to be recognised as a full contributing country was unanimously accepted.
This means that the government of Bermuda will contribute to the revenues of the UWI based on an agreed formula. Bermuda's addition will transform the UWI-12 to the UWI 13 , contributing countries which do not… Continue
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By Esteban Israel
HAVANA, Cuba (Reuters) -- To record his next hit El Micha, one of the rising stars of Cuba's reggaeton music blending reggae, Latin and electronic rhythms, just has to knock on his neighbor's door.
A microphone plugged into an old computer in an apartment in Havana's working-class suburb of Reparto Electrico serves as the studio where some of Cuba's most successful reggaeton songs are recorded.
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POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe (AFP) - Between 1,200 (according to Guadeloupe police) and 3,000 people (according to the organisers), rallied on Saturday in Pointe-a-Pitre in a demonstration concluding the “week of mobilisation” called by the LKP protest movement, the group that organised the general strike at the beginning of the year in Guadeloupe.
However, the “week of mobilisation” went almost unnoticed, with the picketing of less… Continue
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