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Former Resident Magistrate Sworn in as Senator and Foreign Affairs State Minister

Former Resident Magistrate, Marlene Malahoo Forte was today (July 15) sworn in as Senator and Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, presided over the swearing in ceremony, which was held at King's House. Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, had announced the appointment of Mrs. Malahoo Forte to fill the vacancy in the Senate resulting from the… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 15, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Reggae lovers feast on Beres Hammond and Gramps Morgan in Charlotte NC

Beres Hammond performing in Charlotte N.C. Photo: GBurkeImages

Charlotte, N.C. July 12, 2009. Brightworks Promotions in conjunction with the Neighborhood Theater gave Reggae fans a treat last night. Gracing the stage were some really fantastic performers headlined by the beloved Beres Hammond. The night saw other performances by Gramps Morgan (Morgan Heritage) doing his solo act, Culture, bringing back some real old reggae vibes and Lenya… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 12, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

OAS Group of Friends of Haiti satisfied with Haitian debt cancellation

WASHINGTON, USA -- The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Albert Ramdin, expressed at a meeting of the OAS Group of Friends of Haiti his satisfaction with the cancellation by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) of almost two thirds of the debt of the Caribbean nation. “The cancellation of the debt will certainly offer some relief to the Haitian budget,” said Ramdin, who presented a… Continue

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OAS to train Jamaican consular officers to combat human trafficking

WASHINGTON, USA -- The Department of Public Security (DPS) of the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security (SMS) of the Organization of American States (OAS) is currently implementing the “Training Institutes of Foreign Affairs on Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children” Program. As part of this program, a 2-day training seminar will take place in Kingston, Jamaica, on July 15th and 16th, 2009 to train Jamaican consular officers in the prevention and identification of human… Continue

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Preparations moving apace for regional symposium on services in Antigua-Barbuda

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- More than a hundred representatives of the Services Sector in the Caribbean will gather in St John’s, Antigua and Barbuda next week to begin charting a more structured approach to the development of the Sector within the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Chief Executive Officers of large, medium and small sized enterprises operating in the Sector, international experts, representatives of the academic community and senior public service officials are among those… Continue

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Grenada's new representative to the OAS presents credentials

Grenada's Ambassador Gillian Bristol and OAS Secretary General, Jose Miguel Insulza.

WASHINGTON, USA -- On Friday, Ambassador Gillian Bristol presented her credentials to the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Jose Miguel Insulza, as the Permanent Representative of Grenada to the institution. The ceremony took place at the headquarters of the Organization in Washington, DC. Addressing a group of ambassadors who… Continue

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Despite turnout, optimism grows for youth biz project

Nineteen-year-old Anika Shaw fills out forms to join the Young Entrepeneurs Programme during a sensitisation seminar at the St Elizabeth Technical High School on July 3. - Photo by Tashieka Mair

WESTERN BUREAU: Despite a low turnout to the launch of the Young Entrepreneurs Programme (YEP) in St Bess, organisers are heartened by the early interest of students who attended sensitisation seminars at the St Elizabeth Technical High… Continue

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Nothing to HARP about in Barbados

The HARP gun – all 136 feet, 280 tonnes of it – is still an impressive sight as it points out to sea. The salt-laden air has wreaked havoc on the brainchild of Dr Gerald Bull; it is now a far cry from its original state. HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON

THE YEAR WAS 1963. On a sunny afternoon, foreign and Barbadian journalists, Canadian scientists, United States army men and goggling locals gathered on the cliffs at Paragon, Christ Church, to witness a… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 10, 2009 at 11:23pm — No Comments

Wanted: more debt-for-nature swaps for Caribbean

KINGSTON, Jamaica, July 10, 2009 - With issues of global warming and the economic crisis causing headaches for many countries, there's a suggestion that more debt forgiveness should be offered to Caribbean countries in exchange for their investment in conserving the environment. Jamaica's Education Minister Andrew Holness said the debt-for-nature swap would not only benefit cash-strapped nations but would be mutually beneficial in protecting and… Continue

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Air Tax Hikes Will Price Foreign Travel By Brits Out Of Skies Caribbean Destinations May Suffer As Cost Expected To Soar

Caribbean destinations looking for economic relief from an upturn in the British economy to trigger a return of English tourists may have something else to contend with. It’s the effect of the planned hike in Britain’s Air Passenger Duty, commonly called the “air tax,” according to travel industry experts and commentators in London.

Call it a double whammy hitting the Caribbean’s tourism industry. First it was the global economic crisis that sent tourism arrivals in the Bahamas,… Continue

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CARICOM Countries Urged To Fully Embrace CCJ

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC - Eminent Caribbean jurist Sir Shridath Ramphal last Thursday made an impassioned plea for all Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries to fully join the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), as he weighed-in on the ongoing immigration debate across the region.

“It is almost axiomatic that the Caribbean Community should have its own final Court of Appeal in all matters. A century-old tradition of erudition and excellence in the legal profession… Continue

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Jamaica to IMF :We Are Setting The Terms. PM Golding Yes To IMF, But On Jamaica Terms

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC - Prime Minister Bruce Golding says his administration will only enter into an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) if the terms are beneficial to Jamaica. "We are not going to go back into any IMF agreement unless we are satisfied that that agreement is good for Jamaica, that it has the provisions in it to help Jamaica to move forward, and not to help Jamaica to go into any reverse gear. We are not into that,"… Continue

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Turks & Caicos: Premier Says Country At A Standstill

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, CMC – Premier Galmo Williams says the current situation in the territory is untenable and he is anxious to receive word from the British authorities on the way forward for the Turks and Caicos Islands.

“Today our country remains at a standstill. It has been nearly a month since Sir Robin Auld submitted the final report of the Commission of Inquiry to Governor Gordon Wetherell and the people of our… Continue

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Hope for Haiti

Deborah and Leo Duncam, along with their adopted daughters Taphatna, 12, and Camasiz, 11, started their Hope for Haiti walk-a-thon on Friday. The Duncans are raising donations for Feed the Children and FIDA.

Deborah Duncan and her kids went for a walk one Friday morning and, six days later, arrived in Hope having raised $6,000 for development efforts in Haiti. Dubbed To Hope for Haiti, the walk-a-thon kicked off at a celebration of the… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 9, 2009 at 10:54pm — No Comments

In Haiti, Bill Clinton finds a still-stricken nation

Walking through mud with the sun beating down on his sweat-covered face, former US president Bill Clinton confronted this week the harsh reality of the country he wants to help. "I want to speed up the aid and make sure it is directed to the priorities of the Haitian people," he said Tuesday on a visit to Gonaives, a city of 300,000 along Haiti's north coast.

The recently-named special UN envoy to Haiti, on his first visit to the Western hemisphere's poorest nation, conceded that his… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 9, 2009 at 10:48pm — No Comments

Beating the rush - Back to School in Barbados

Cherie Pitt - Photo

ONLY ONE WEEK of the summer vacation has gone, but parents are already getting the jump on back-to-school shopping.

Not only do they want to get the necessary chore out of the way, but after last year's fire at Yankee Garments, they are taking no chances. Staff at Cave Shepherd were busy cutting material and helping customers with shirts, pants and overalls with room to allow for summer growth.

"This is… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 9, 2009 at 10:29pm — No Comments

Cuba's Fidel Castro honoured with a reggaeton song

A banner hangs in Havana of Cuban President Fidel Castro. AFP PHOTO

HAVANA, Cuba (Reuters) -- Since he swept into power 50 years ago, Cuba's Fidel Castro has been honoured in poems, movies and paintings and now in reggaeton, a form of music widely popular among Cuban youth but not island leaders.

Cuban musician Yoandys "Baby" Lores presented on Friday in Havana his song "Creo" ("I Believe"), said to be the first reggaeton track dedicated to… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 7, 2009 at 6:45pm — No Comments

Yemen publicly executes man for rape, killing 11-Y-O

SAN'A, Yemen (AP) - The Yemen news agency reports that a barber has been publicly executed after he was found guilty of raping and killing an 11-year-old boy who came to his shop for a haircut.

Pictures of the execution yesterday in the capital of San'a showed hundreds of people gathered around as Yehya Hussein was killed.

The pictures showed the barber lying face down on a large piece of red cloth, his hands bound behind him, as a Yemeni police official stood over him… Continue

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First swine flu death IN jamaica

Published: Tuesday | July 7, 2009

Health Minister Rudyard Spencer has ordered a probe into the death of a young man at the Tony Thwaites Wing of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) yesterday morning after he suffered complications associated with the influenza A (H1N1) virus.

The St Catherine man, believed to be 22 years old, became the first known fatality of the virus in… Continue

Added by Troy Porter on July 7, 2009 at 10:28am — No Comments

Commission to regulate casino gambling in Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica, July 6, 2009 - A casino gaming commission is to be established to regulate the industry in Jamaica.

Under the Casino Gaming Bill which has been tabled in the House of Representatives, the commission would have regulatory functions over the conduct of casino gaming, including the power to grant gaming licences to persons to conduct casino gaming within an approved integrated resort development.

It will also be able to… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 6, 2009 at 8:56pm — No Comments

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