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April 20, 2018

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Got FEMA Funds? The Feds Will Be Watching

Source: St. John Source Federal funds are coming into the territory to help the islands recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. And coming with those dollars are federal inspectors to make sure the money gets spent rightThe federal government may have deep pockets, but it’s also got big ears, sharp eyes, and patience. A…

Heritage legacy

Source: Newsday SHEREEN ALI Not all older buildings are worth the effort of preservation. In some cases, people argue it may be simpler and cheaper to simply start anew. But some buildings are treasures because they are distinctive symbols of our history, carrying a special resonance about our past realities and the… Link:

False hope – Workers resigning with wrong expectation of redundancy payment

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Scores of employees have been resigning from their jobs with the mistaken expectation that they will receive redundancy payments from their employers, a Ministry of Labour official disclosed yesterday.”There’s a misconception out there among the… Link: False hope – Workers resigning with wrong expectation of redundancy payment

McKenzie holds talks with Chinese ambassador on fixing parochial roads

Source: Jamaica Gleaner With deplorable road conditions in many parts of rural Jamaica posing serious problems to farmers and motorists, Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie has begun preliminary talks with the Chinese ambassador to explore areas of support,… Link: McKenzie holds talks with Chinese ambassador on fixing parochial roads

McKenzie gathers information on Albion Estates green space

Source: Jamaica Gleaner The Ministry of Local Government is now gathering information in relation to a disputed 400-acre lot in Albion Estates, St Thomas, where residents have complained bitterly for years that the land that they claim… Link: McKenzie gathers information on Albion Estates green space

Int’l Banks show little interest in doing business in Guyana

Source: Kaieteur News Finance Minister, Winston Jordan …despite strengthened AML framework –Finance Minister By Kiana Wilburg It has been several months since the authorities here got kudos for strengthening Guyana’s Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CML/CFT)Framework. In spite of this, it appears that Guyana is still experiencing difficulties when it…

Govt. continues to overpay contractors

Source: Kaieteur News The construction of duplex living quarters at Mongrippa Hill, Bartica which was cited by auditors. State auditors have raised concerns about the instances where Government has overpaid on several construction projects. This has been picked up by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) who highlighted the growing trend where auditors found…

Bisram continues extradition battle

Source: Kaieteur News In jail: Marcus Bisram Lawyers for embattled New York-based Guyanese businessman, Marcus Bisram, have filed a reply to objection of the US government, insisting that the evidence of the eyewitness could not be relied on as it was taken under duress. Bisram, a millionaire philanthropist, is being held for the…

4.7 Quake Rattles BVI

Source: Island Sun Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith said that while the earthquake that rocked the Territory on 6 April was startling it was not cause for serious concern. Last Friday at around 5:21pm tremors were felt in the BVI. The following day the Department of Disaster Management announced…

Miguel Diaz-Canel is the New President of Cuba

Source: Havana Times The National Candidacy Commission today proposed to the Cuban Parliament the designation of Miguel Diaz-Canel as the only candidate to be the next president of Cuba, replacing Raul Castro. Link: Miguel Diaz-Canel is the New President of Cuba

DRUG TALKS

Source: Barbados Advocate Today, Barbadians should have greater clarity as it relates to the new Barbados National Drug Formulary. Link: DRUG TALKS

Concern about possible increase in homelessness

Source: Barbados Advocate Kemar Saffrey, President of the Barbados Vagrants and Homeless Society (centre) accepting a donation from The Springer Memorial School at the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation’s Scotiabank $20 Challenge presentation to charities. Kemar Saffrey, President of the Barbados Vagrants and Homeless Society (BVHS) is concerned about the rising number of homeless people…

System too soft on violent crime

Source: Nation Newspaper The horrendous killing of a young mother – and in front of her young child – continues to drape my spirit in black. My mind keeps asking the question: how could any human be minded to treat another… Link: System too soft on violent crime

President reaffirms commitment to malaria fight

Source: Guyana Chronicle PRESIDENT David Granger on Wednesday proposed a four-pronged international approach to tackling malaria when he addressed a conference on malaria in London. Malaria remains one of the leading causes of death for communicable diseases in Guyana. Therefore, the President said the country is committed to halving the number of malaria…

Army officers testify …before Lindo Creek CoI

Source: Guyana Chronicle SENIOR military officers who were on the ground pursuing one of the country’s most notorious gangs between Kwakwani and Christmas Falls in the Upper Berbice River back in 2008 were interviewed as the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the Lindo Creek Massacre continued on Wednesday. Among the soldiers who were…

‘Pay attention to your health’

Source: Guyana Chronicle …PM Nagamootoo tells Health Expo launch Health Expo 2018 was on Wednesday launched amid calls for citizens to lead healthier lives. THEMED “Reaching for a better life with good health,” the Expo which will run from May 30 to June 2, 2018, at the Sophia Exhibition Centre, and is geared…

Power company, UG sign partnership pact

Source: Guyana Chronicle …pledges $1.5M annually to assist engineering students THE University of Guyana (UG) and the Power Producers and Distributors Incorporated (PPDI) have formalised years of partnership with the signing of an Academic Collaboration Agreement. As part of the agreement, the power company among other things has committed to donate $1.5M annually…

Pastors uncover ‘devilish’ irregularities in driver’s exam

Source: Guyana Chronicle AN investigation has been launched into what appears to be “massive irregularities” in the Guyana Police Force’s learner driver’s theoretical examination which took place last Thursday at the Felix Austin Police College, Georgetown. According to a statement issued by the Guyana Police Force, the Office of Professional Responsibility has commenced…

Abandoned tangled net ensnares 100s of fish

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Boats, planes and all the relevant authorities around the region have been alerted to a twisted and tangled ball of abandoned fishing net, estimated to be at least 40ft across and 40ft deep, that is drifting somewhere off the Cayman coast. The so-called “ghost net” has ensnared hundreds of fish…

Citrus Greening Takes Toll on Industry

Source: Channel 5 Belize Citrus production will see a sharp decline of almost seven hundred thousand boxes of oranges this year, down from three point two million in 2017.  That downturn is being attributed to HLB, or citrus greening, disease.  While production of grapefruit goes up, there are concerns that both fruits are being…

How Nursery Can Still Save Citrus

Source: Channel 5 Belize Despite its financial woes, all is not doom and gloom in the citrus industry.  There is optimism to report from the Plant World Nursery project.  C.E.O. Anderson believes that once it gets off the ground fully and the arrears are covered, the investment will provide monies for its stakeholders.  …

Ports get 4 container scanners

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rhondor DowlatPublished: Thursday, April 19, 2018Violent crime, fuelled by illegal narcotics and weapons, has had an adverse effect on the landscape of T&T. However, the influx of this type of contraband is expected to be addressed with the implementation of four mobile container scanners at two of the country’s major ports…

Psych evaluation

Source: Trinidad Guardian Sascha WilsonPublished: Thursday, April 19, 2018 Days after a baby girl was beaten to death, a 17-year-old boy yesterday appeared in court charged with her murder. The teenager appeared in the Children’s Court in Fyzabad charged with the murder of 15-month-old Racquel George on April 11. The baby was discovered unresponsive…

Fishermen still not back home

Source: Trinidad Guardian Kevon FelminePublished: Thursday, April 19, 2018Despite National Security Minister Edmund Dillon telling the Parliament on Tuesday that Cedros fishermen Awardnath Hajarie, his son Nicholas and colleague Shami Seepersad were expected to return home yesterday, the community was again left with disappointment after they failed to show up. Heartbroken at the reality…

$60,000 bail for pregnant woman on cocaine charge

Source: Trinidad Guardian Sascha WilsonPublished: Thursday, April 19, 2018A pregnant woman yesterday appeared in court charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. Mother of two Melissa Pancham, 32, was arrested at a market stall along Guaracara Tabaquite Road, Williamsville, on Tuesday. It is alleged that she had 27 grammes of cocaine in…

Dulalchan vows to sue PCA over JSC comments

Source: Trinidad Guardian Derek AchongPublished: Thursday, April 19, 2018Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Deodat Dulalchan is threatening to sue the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) over its recommendation that disciplinary charges be brought against him over a complaint made to it in 2011. In a letter sent to PCA director David West on Tuesday, Dulalchan’s…

Omission spurred Forde

Source: Nation Newspaper Four decades ago, Elvis Forde was controversially not selected on the Barbados team for the CARIFTA Games in the Bahamas despite being one of the leading quarter-milers in the country. Forty years… Link: Omission spurred Forde

More illegal drugs found at the airport

Source: Antigua Observer A FedEx package containing $8,000 worth in marijuana was discovered at the V.C.Bird International Airport this afternoon. Officers attached to the Narcotics department and K-9 Unit made the discovery during a routine check of the Customs Bonded Warehouse at about 4.30 p.m. The cannabis was stashed in two vacuum-sealed packages…

Empire hit Deacons for six

Source: Nation Newspaper A fantastic beaver-trick from Peter Alleyne led a weakened Massy United Insurance Empire side to a convincing 6-0 thrashing of Deacons, who were also missing some key players in the third round of the… Link: Empire hit Deacons for six

Skyline – Movie review by Rouén Robinson

Source: Bahamas Weekly If You Think You Can Hide…If You Think You Can Resist…If You Think You Can Survive…You Haven’t Seen The Light. Following a late night birthday party, a group of friends are awoken in the wee hours before dawn by strange blue lights beaming through their penthouse window. These eerie lights…

Cougars roar in South Carolina

Source: Nation Newspaper Nine athletes from secondary school boys champions The St Michael School, including CARIFTA gold medallist Jonathan Miller, have been offered full track scholarships to American universities. The scholarship… Link: Cougars roar in South Carolina

Tuach through to quarters

Source: Nation Newspaper Barbados’ highest rated international surfer Chelsea Tuach continued her impressive form in her Round of 16 heat at the Krui Pro in Indonesia on Tuesday. Tuach, the event’s No. 1 seed, only caught… Link: Tuach through to quarters

Pine end Warriors winning streak

Source: Nation Newspaper Hilton Barbados Warriors are rolling no more. National forwards Charles Vanderpool and Junior Moore combined for 44 points and 43 rebounds, as KFC Orange 3 Pinelands ended Warriors’ recent run via Tuesday’s… Link: Pine end Warriors winning streak

Guyana Carnival unveils ‘Carnival Rugby’

Source: Guyana Chronicle … Regional teams set to invade Guyana on May 20 SOME of the Caribbean’s top ‘ruggers’ will invade Guyana on May 20, as Hits and Jams Entertainment team up with Pepsi Hornets Rugby Club to host the inaugural ‘Guyana Carnival 7s Rugby’ at the National Park. The one-day tournament was…

GAPLF Bench Press Challenge set for 704

Source: Guyana Chronicle … Part of a fundraising drive THE Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPLF) Bench Press challenge was launched on Monday in collaboration with the 704 Sports Bar at the company’s location at Albert and Lamaha Streets, Georgetown. The staging of the GAPLF’s Club 704 and Banks DIH’s Guinness fundraising Bench Press…

Women’s issues front and centre stage at CHOGM 18

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Commonwealth of The Bahamas is intently involved in the discussion on empowering women and girls in all aspects of personal and community development – at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018. According to Minister of Social Services and Urban Development the Hon. Lanisha Rolle, The Bahamas has certainly…

CEDA makes small business funding available

Source: St. Lucia Times Press Release:–   The Caribbean Export Development Agency in cooperation with the European Union is working with the Saint Lucia Trade Promotions Agency (TEPA) to sensitize the local business community on the Direct Assistance Grant Scheme (DAGS). As a part of its sensitization drive, the agencies hosted a one-day proposal writing…

Jury Convicts Trant on Firearm Charge

Source: St. John Source After a one day trial, a federal jury on Monday found Rehelio Trant, 39, of St. Thomas, guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, U.S. Gretchen C. F. Shappert announced. Trant faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled…

Cayman Islands: Foster’s IGA donate thousands of trash bags & gloves for the 2018 Earth Day Clean-up

Source: Cayman Eye News Foster’s IGA has generously donated thousands of trash bags and plastic gloves for the Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Earth Day Clean-up. “We are incredibly grateful to Foster’s IGA for their donation of these items,” said Chamber CEO, Wil Pineau, CCE. “Their contribution supplements the donation made by the Department of…

Thugs invade Nigeria Senate

Source: St. Lucia Times AfricaNews.com:–  Nigeria’s Senate does not have a mace. The ceremonial staff and symbol of authority which usually precedes the Senate President was stolen by thugs who invaded the red chamber of Wednesday morning during a plenary session. A live Facebook video carried by the Senate showed that proceedings for the day…

Budget prioritizes human resource development

Source: St. Lucia Times Press Release:–   Opposition Senator Guibion Fernand recently called for a greater demonstration of investment and interest in the island’s human resources. During the 2018 Appropriations Debate, Senator Ferdinand said while investments in the country’s physical infrastructure are necessary, developing the island’s citizenry is equally as important. “It’ is not about…

Cops round up arson suspect

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police have arrested a 32-year-old man from George Town in connection with the arson attack on two new RCIPS patrol cars at a garage on Walkers Road Tuesday morning. A spokesperson for the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service stated in a short release that the suspect was arrested shortly…

SLNT: End Plastic Pollution – Our Lives Depend on it

Source: St. Lucia Times Press Release:–  Earth Day is an internationally recognized day to celebrate the Earth and raise awareness of issues which threaten the planet. Earth Day has been celebrated annually on April 22nd since 1970. It has grown over the decades and according to Earth Day Network, over 1 billion people participate in…

Motown Revue Show Set For This Weekend

Source: Bernews The Motown Revue Show will be held this weekend, with a number of performers set to provide entertainment on both Friday and Saturday night. A spokesperson said, “All is set for this week’s Motown Revue Show at Fairmont Southampton Hotel. The promoters are promising two very special nights. Friday night… Link:

Driver in Corentyne fatal accident remanded

Source: iNews Guyana The man who was driving the car which slammed into a parked lorry on Monday morning at Number 58 Village Corentyne, killing one of the three passengers was remanded this morning (Wednesday) on a dangerous driving charge. Navindra Premnauth, 25, of Crabwood Creek, Corentyne, is accused of driving motorcar bearing…

Motorcyclist Injured In Spanish Point Collision

Source: Bernews [Updated] Emergency services responded to a collision tonight [April 18] in the Pontoons area of Spanish Point, which appeared to result in a motorcyclist being injured. Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service personnel tended to the injured man before he was transported by ambulance to King Edward Memorial Hospital for treatment.… Link:

Morici: Cutting a deal with China

Source: Cayman Compass The Trump strategy to radically change trade and investment relations with China is well-intentioned but poorly conceived. Link: Morici: Cutting a deal with China

Cuba Calls Unjustified Canada’s Withdraw of Diplomats’ Relatives

Source: Havana Times The Cuban Government believes the decision of Canada to immediately send home from the island relatives of the diplomats at its embassy in Havana is unjustified. Canada said the reason is a result of mysterious injuries suffered by its personnel. Link: Cuba Calls Unjustified Canada’s Withdraw of Diplomats’ Relatives

Uproar over the ‘right to be Caymanian’

Source: Cayman Compass Legal difficulties in proving the right to be a Caymanian, identified in reports by the Cayman Compass more than two years ago, have left the local government trying to explain to multigenerational citizens why they might need to visit the Immigration Department. Link: Uproar over the ‘right to be Caymanian’

Kiddie Carnival/Soca Bowl Family Fun Day

Source: Bernews Nirvana Soca Band is getting set to present a Kiddie Carnival/Soca Bowl Family Fun Day to be held this Sunday [April 22] at the Strykz Bowling Lounge at 27 Southside, St.Davids. A spokesperson said, “The free event starts at 12.00pm and ends at 4.00pm. Costume selections, tee shirt packages and… Link:

Column: Insurtech, Demystifying The Hype

Source: Bernews [Opinion column written by Chris Garrod] I work in the reinsurance world. Wait don’t leave. Specifically, I work in the legal sector, and for whatever reason, it always feels like conference and/or event season. And I’ve been to a number of insurance and reinsurance related events/conferences lately. And every single one… Link:

WTTO Projects Bahamas Tourism Growth

Source: Bahamas Weekly Despite the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTO) report that it can take up to four years for the Caribbean to fully recover from the tumultuous 2017 hurricane season, The Islands Of The Bahamas is forging ahead with growing its Travel and Tourism to GDP. Recently, the WTTO launched a…

Lindo Creek CoI privately interviews GDF soldiers

Source: iNews Guyana Four members of the a high profile Joint Services team that was deployed, 10 years ago, to the Lindo Creek area to hunt the members of the Fine Man gang were today privately interviewed by retired Justice Donald Trotman, the sole Commissioner in the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the…

Butterfield shares slip 2.3

Source: The Royal Gazette Shares of Butterfield Bank fell 2. 3 per cent on light volume in Bermuda Stock Exchange trading. The bank fell 1. 05 to close on 44. 20 as 641 shares changed hands. Butterfields US-listed shares moved in the opposite direction, gaining 58 cents, or 1. 3 per cent, to close…

Bahamasair new direct flights Miami-Bimini

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Islands Of The Bahamas is the closest landfall from the U.S. mainland and a mere 50 miles away, Bimini Island in the Bahamas is the closest.  Bahamasair, The Bahamas national flag carrier, has announced that beginning May 3rd, they will begin non-stop service between, Miami, Florida and Bimini. The…

IPL: Kuldeep, Chawla, Rana lift KKR to top of table

Source: iNews Guyana By Nikhil Kalro Kolkata Knight Riders 163 for 3 (Uthappa 48, Karthik 42*) beat Rajasthan Royals 160 for 8 (Short 44, Rahane 36) by seven wickets (ESPNcricinfo) Kolkata Knight Riders have banked on a traditional modus operandi, but have also adopted a new approach this season. Spin, their longtime asset,…

30 Minute Video: April 18 ZBM Evening News

Source: Bernews With an aim to expand the way they deliver their news to the community, the Bermuda Broadcasting Company is continuing to live stream their evening news programme online for viewers both on the island and abroad. The live video will begin at 7.00pm, and play to 7.30pm, and then the… Link:

Mayor Francis signs historic agreement

Source: St. Lucia News Online The post Mayor Francis signs historic agreement appeared first on St. Lucia News Online. (PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Mayor of Castries, His Worship Peterson D. Francis has signed a formal Accord with the cities of Kingston, Georgetown and Port of Spain, fulfilling a commitment established during the Caribbean

Self-Help Commission board a "rogue entity"

Source: Newsday The National Commission for Self-Help Ltd (NCSHL) was yesterday described as a dysfunctional, “rogue entity” by the Public Accounts (Enterprises) Committee (PAEC) which grilled Chairman Edgar Zephryine on unauthorised appointments, purchase of laptops without permission and lack of minutes provided to the relevant authorities. “It appears to where we sit… Link:

National Public Meeting

Source: St. Lucia News Online The post National Public Meeting appeared first on St. Lucia News Online. (PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Saint Lucia Labour Party is tonight hosting a National Pubic Meeting on the Castries Market Steps. Political Leader Hon. Philip J. Pierre will lead a list of speakers who will inform

Entrepreneurs’ workshop helps new businesses develop

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Participants of the DAGS sensitization workshop Entrepreneurs’ workshop helps new businesses develop From SKNIS BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – Caribbean Export’s Direct Assistance Grant Scheme (DAGS) Sensitization Workshop was held April 18 for entrepreneurs wishing to receive financial aid for their businesses. This comes at an opportune time and makes

BTC brings the hype to the Bahamas Carnival Experience

Source: Bahamas Weekly For the fourth consecutive year, BTC will support Bahamas Carnival. This year’s event promises to be a three-day explosion of local and international talent. BTC will also support five groups participating in the Road Fever event. Vice President with responsibility for Marketing, Marcian Cash said, “We are proud to support…

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Damion Hobson Robert Morris Stanley Knight Music Festival chairman says patrons’ experience improved From the St. Kitts Music Festival Committee A redesigned layout for the 2018 St. Kitts Music Festival has been completed and shown to media representatives as the festival chairman affirmed commitment to making the experience better for

ARIN seeks Caribbean candidate for board of trustees

Source: Curacao Chronicle MIAMI – Persons from the Caribbean seeking to contribute to the governance ecosystem of the global Internet can now volunteer for an appointment to the board of trustees of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN). The call for volunteers will close on April 30 at 5 pm EDT. ARIN is…

St. Maarten sent to prison for tax fraud

Source: Curacao Chronicle PHILIPSBURG – United Democrats Member of Parliament (MP) Chanel Brownbill was sentenced Tuesday by the Court of First Instance to eighteen months, fifteen of which were suspended, on three years’ probation, with 240 hours of community service, in the “Emerald” case. The Court found it proven that Brownbill had deliberately…

First ambidextrous games to be held

Source: The Royal Gazette Ambidextrous athletes are set to test their skills this weekend at the first MD X Games. Monroe Darrell, owner of event organisers M-Core School of Health, said This event will promote total health by facilitating interactive activities and competition that use both the left and right sides of the body,…

Superyacht event organisers back on island

Source: The Royal Gazette The organisers of last years superyacht regatta have returned to Bermuda to discuss holding more events in the islands waters. The Bermuda Tourism Authority said representatives for Boat International and the J Class Association have been in Bermuda this week to look at future regattas. The groups organised the Superyacht…

OPCW rejects Russian claims of second Salisbury nerve agent

Source: Suriname Times Senior figures from the global chemical weapons watchdog have flatly rejected Russian claims that the watchdog’s laboratories had found a western military chemical agent in the poison that incapacitated the Russian double agent Sergei Skripal. In a weekend claim widely picked up on social media, the Russian foreign minister, Sergei…

Erdogan kondigt vervroegde presidentsverkiezingen Turkije aan

Source: Suriname Times De Turkse president Recep Tayyip Erdogan heeft vervroegde verkiezingen aangekondigd voor 24 juni. Dat is meer dan een jaar eerder dan gepland. De verkiezingen zouden oorspronkelijk in november 2019 worden gehouden. Erdogan zegt dat het land behoefte heeft aan een “uitvoerend presidentschap”. Daarom moet er opnieuw gestemd worden. De Turkse president…

Same-sex marriage row on BBC World Service

Source: The Royal Gazette The islands fight for marriage equality has been highlighted in a BBC World Service radio programme. Bermudas Change of Heart, presented by spoken word artist Tiffany Paynter, explored the toll the debate surrounding same-sex marriage has taken. Ms Paynter, a gay Bermudian, outlined the events that led to the island…

Police Probe Bishopgate Street Homicide

Source: Antigua Observer Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Samuel Emmanuel Joseph aka “JB” of Bishopgate Street. Joseph’s body was discovered at the back of a welding shop on Bishopgate Street around 11am on Wednesday. He was found lying face down on the ground, with both hands bound behind…

Drink driver banned for 18 months

Source: The Royal Gazette A 47-year-old man was fined and banned from the roads for 18 months today after he crashed his bike while nearly two times over the drink driving limit. The court heard that Narasiman Chittibabu crashed his motorcycle on St Johns Road, near Pitts Bay Road, in the early hours of…

St. Croix Icon John Tranberg Turns 102

Source: St. John Source Editor’s Note: Born when the USVI was part of Denmark, St. Croix’s John Tranberg turned 102 on April 17. Wishing him a happy birthday, we are reprinting our June 10, 2016 feature celebrating his centenary. Centenarian John Tranberg recently sat in Buddhoe Park in Frederiksted. He had a story to…

CCREEE, regional energy security among matters for COTED ministers

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer From left, the Hon. Paul Lewis, minister of communications, works and labour, Montserrat; Dr. Devon Gardner, programme manager, energy, CARICOM Secretariat; and Joseph Cox, assistant secretary-general, trade and economic integration, CARICOM Secretariat CCREEE, regional energy security among matters for COTED ministers From the CARICOM Secretariat Greater Georgetown, Guyana

Energy stakeholders to begin drafting TAPSEC operational plan

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Energy stakeholders to begin drafting TAPSEC operational plan From the CARICOM Secretariat Greater Georgetown, Guyana – Work on drafting an operational plan for the Technical Assistance Programme for Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean (TAPSEC) gets underway later this month. National governments, key regional institutions and development agencies will meet

Vincentians among C’bean nationals nabbed during immigration sweep

Source: News 784 Officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 225 during a 6-day period, ending Apr. 14 in New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley. During the operation, ICE’s ERO arrested 225 individuals including Vincentian nationals for violating U.S. immigration laws. Of those arrested, more than 180 were…

DROUGHT CONCERNS IN PARTS OF THE CARIBBEAN

Source: Antigua Chronicle In its latest Drought Bulletin for April 2018, the Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) reported concerns over long-term and short-term drought in several Caribbean islands. The assessment for Cuba and Antigua prompted the CPDMN to state that “water resources should be monitored for long-term drought that can affect…

Female and Male

Source: Havana Times “Female and male” is the title of a short video found in the Weekly Package (audiovisuals sold in Cuba for downloading), which I normally buy every Tuesday. This type of material which is strongly homophobic made me sad and bothered me at the same time. Link: Female and Male

Court: Driver Fined $1200, Banned For 18 Months

Source: Bernews A drink-driver who lost control of his bike has been banned from the roads for 18 months. Narasiman Chittibabu admitted driving when the proportion of alcohol in is system was over the legal limit when he appeared at Magistrates’ Court this morning. The court heard the 47-year-old crashed his bike… Link:

Earthquake Rocks Antigua and Barbuda

Source: Antigua Chronicle Antigua and Barbuda was rocked by a magnitude 4.4 earthquake on Tuesday afternoon around 4:26 pm. Information from the UWI Seismic Research Centre in Trinidad says the quake was located latitude 16.947 North and longitude 61.819 West at a depth of 21.43 kilometres. Reports are that the quake was felt…

Haiti – FLASH : Police operation failed against armed gangs

Source: Haiti Libre Tuesday afternoon a specialized intelligence unit of the PNH in infiltration and spinning operation in the population of the neighborhood of Cité Plus, with a view to arresting the dangerous leader of the Gang known as « Arnel »… Link: Haiti – FLASH : Police operation failed against armed gangs

Caymanians outraged over need to prove status

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The immigration department has issued a statement aiming to clarify the situation for people who are Caymanian by right through descent who have to acquire a letter from immigration proving that fact. However, the statement leaves several questions unanswered and has done little to address the outrage local people…

Trump says porn star Daniels is conning the media

Source: iNews Guyana WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at porn star Stormy Daniels in his first substantive comments over the scandal surrounding the woman who says she slept with him and was paid to keep quiet. A day after Daniels released an artist’s sketch of a…

Grenada acting PM: gas finds will come to TT

Source: Newsday Grenada’s acting Prime Minister (PM) Gregory Bowen says his country will “push all the gas, if Trinidad will buy it.” He was responding on Tuesday to a question from a Grenadian reporter about the National Gas Company of TT Ltd’s (NGC) recent announcement of a commercial agreement with Global Petroleum… Link:

State to compensate former CG officer

Source: Newsday A FORMER coast guardsman who was discharged from the Defence Force after he was slapped with a cocaine trafficking charge, has received $115,000 in compensation from the state which agreed that his right to a presumption of innocence was infringed because of the TTDF’s zero-tolerance policy. Kwasi Williams, of Lastique… Link:

Cuba, Just Hours before a New President

Source: Havana Times What do Cubans think might happen on April 19th? Are they worried about Raul Castro leaving office? Do they feel a new president will be able to make any real changes on the island? Link: Cuba, Just Hours before a New President

Tourism Minister Charles Fernandez warns of “false, sinister and dangerous” forces

Source: Antigua Chronicle Antigua and Barbuda’s Tourism Minister, Charles Fernandez, has rejected claims by two convicted money launderers, Kenneth Rijock and Monte Morris Friesner on Internet blogsites, as “false, sinister and dangerous”. Fernandez is the latest target of a sustained campaign against the Antigua and Barbuda government and its ministers, joining previous attacks…

RFP-015-2018 (P)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Request for Proposal: RFP-015-2018 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Office of Management and Budget is requesting proposals from qualified firms to provide Third Party Fiduciary Oversight and Funds Management Services for the…

LionsDive and Avila repeat the successful Pasta e Basta

Source: Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – It is time again for the swinging and singing waiters, delicious dishes, tasteful wines and unforgettable performances by the talented waitresses of Pasta e Basta. This popular event takes place from May 17 until May 20. The restaurants of LionsDive (Nemo and Hemingway) and Avila Beach Hotel (Restaurant…

BHS To Build State-Of-The-Art Innovation Centre

Source: Bernews At the unveiling of the designs for its new Innovation Centre, BHS announced that it had surpassed its initial $10 million goal for the project and the effort, conducted in less than three years, is the largest in the school’s history. The funds raised from the School’s Campaign will support the… Link:

Premier says Cayman is part of ‘Global Britain’

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin has said that Cayman is a “very important part of Global Britain”. As he began attending events in London this week in connection with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference, McLaughlin, who was invited to the international event on behalf of all the British Overseas Territories,…

Anti-gay laws are wrong, British PM tells ex-colonies

Source: St. Lucia Times LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday told former colonies that anti-gay laws once imposed by her country “were wrong then, and they are wrong now”. The premier raised discriminatory legislation affecting same-sex couples, women and girls, in an address to Commonwealth leaders in London. “I…

Disabled man seeking new wheelchair

Source: Jamaica Star Life has not been an easy road for Adrian Hurst. However, his faith and hope have never gone dim, and at this stage of his journey, he believes any assistance he receives would do wonders.Hurst, 48, is no stranger to streets, where he can be seen… Link: Disabled man seeking

Holness gets support – British PM promises to help reform anti-gay laws

Source: Jamaica Star British Prime Minister Theresa May has apologised for Britain’s historical legacy of anti-gay laws across the Commonwealth as its 53 leaders gathered in London for their annual summit.”Nobody should face persecution or discrimination because of who… Link: Holness gets support – British PM promises to help reform anti-gay laws

MP bats for cricket

Source: Jamaica Star Having turned out to play for the St Elizabeth Invitational team in the IGL Curry Goat Cricket series last Sunday, Member of Parliament for South Eastern St Elizabeth, Franklyn Witter, is adamant that cricket has the power to promote peace.Witter,… Link: MP bats for cricket

Police thank citizens for helping wounded cop

Source: Jamaica Star The High Command of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) commended residents of Christiana in Manchester, for rushing to the assistance of a lawman who was chopped yesterday morning.A corporal from the Christiana police station had to be rushed to… Link: Police thank citizens for helping wounded cop

Vaccination week April 21 to 28

Source: Nation Newspaper Public health nurses will be out in the field from April 21 to 28 as they mount outreach programmes aimed at encouraging Barbadians to ensure that they are immunised against vaccine-preventable diseases…. Link: Vaccination week April 21 to 28

Antigua: Earthquake sends residents scampering

Source: St. Lucia News Online The post Antigua: Earthquake sends residents scampering appeared first on St. Lucia News Online. (ANTIGUA OBSERVER) – Residents across the country were reportedly running out of buildings out of fear for their safety, on Tuesday, when a 4.4 magnitude earthquake rocked Antigua and Barbuda around 4:26 p.m. Social media

Guatemala gives assurances

Source: Cana News BELMOPAN, Belize, Apr 18, CMC – Guatemala has give… You are unauthorized to view this page. Login Link: Guatemala gives assurances

DNA: The Bahamas must plan beyond the EU Blacklist

Source: Bahamas Weekly The decision of the European Union Code of Conduct Group (COCG) to recommend to the Economic and Financial Affairs (ECOFIN) Council that The Bahamas should be removed from the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes is a welcome development. The announcement that our removal from the blacklist is expected…

Nicaragua Chosen by US-Israel Company for Huge Cacao Plantation

Source: Havana Times The Israeli-U.S. company Bean & Co., that intends to plant 40,000 hectares (98,842 acres) of cacao all over the world, has chosen Nicaragua as one of the 18 countries where it will bring this vision to reality. Link: Nicaragua Chosen by US-Israel Company for Huge Cacao Plantation

EYEWITNESS: Tossed aside…

Source: iNews Guyana …WI in Britain There’s talk about Britain apologising for its treatment of Black West Indians who’d arrived in the wave that brought over 500,000 of them after the Windrush in 1948. But Britain had joined the anti-immigrant wave since 1968 when Conservative MP (and Minister) Enock Powell gave his infamous…

BBC Release Documentary On SSM In Bermuda

Source: Bernews A BBC documentary titled “Bermuda’s Change of Heart” explores the island’s laws on same sex marriage, calling the repeal “a radical change of events.” The documentary’s description says, “In a radical turn of events – Bermuda has become the first country in the world to repeal same-sex marriage. “In May… Link:

Haiti – Agriculture : Meeting around the budget reform

Source: Haiti Libre Eugène Branly, the Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture received last week a delegation of the Directorate General of Budget of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, around the question of budget reform… Link: Haiti – Agriculture : Meeting around the budget reform

BMA Highlights Bermuda Market At RIMS

Source: Bernews Bermuda Monetary Authority [BMA] Chief Operating Officer Shanna Lespere is highlighting the Bermuda market at the 2018 Risk Management Society’s [RIMS] annual conference, currently underway in San Antonio. A spokesperson said, “2017 saw increased activity for Bermuda Monetary Authority [BMA or Authority] with an emphasis on developing global regulatory standards… Link:

Catholic Bishop backs Drive for Change

Source: The Royal Gazette The islands Catholic Church has thrown its weight behind ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigts Drive for Change road safety campaign. Bishop Wieslaw Spiewak issued a message of support for the campaign in a weekly Bishops Corner bulletin and asked Catholics to join in its efforts. He said Between increasing numbers of those.…

Zebras hungry for more silverware, says Morton

Source: The Royal Gazette Even after a near-perfect season, PHC Zebras coach Scott Morton is not resting on his laurels. The Zebras claimed four trophies in 2017-18, for the most successful haul in a single campaign since Devonshire Cougars won the Triple Crown of the league, FA Cup and Friendship Trophy in 2012-13, to…

Police recruitment drive

Source: The Royal Gazette Police are on the hunt for new recruits. The service wants to sign up trainee constables and cadets. Applicants for the role of constable should be aged between 19 and 49 years and be Bermudian, the spouse of a Bermudian or a Permanent Resident Certificate holder. Potential cadet entrants should…

Lightbourne gives youth a chance

Source: The Royal Gazette Bermuda coach Kyle Lightbourne will have seven members of the Under-20 national team in a National Select squad of 19 for tomorrows opening match in the Elite Mens Cup against the Oakville Blue Devils at the National Sports Centre, which kicks off at 8pm. The squad consists mainly of local-based…

Guyana: Opposition leader to boycott anti-corruption walk

Source: St. Lucia Times Demerara Waves:–  Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo will be boycotting an anti-corruption walk being organised by the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) on the grounds that that agency was being used as a tool to target government’s political opponents and it has done nothing to curb increasing incidents of alleged corruption by…

Be a man!

Source: Havana Times Those who follow my articles (which I hope are quite a few) should know that I live in a suburb of Guantanamo city, the fifth most populated city in Cuba. Link: Be a man!

18 Apr Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 18 Apr Wed 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Isolated showers along with moderate northeasterly winds and seas will continue across the Cayman area today as the front weakens over the northwest Caribbean. Radar images show isolated showers south of Grand Cayman moving towards the southwest. Sunshine just makes the day…

M-CORE School Of Health To Hold MD X Games

Source: Bernews The M-CORE School of Health is getting set to hold the MD X Games on Sunday, April 22 at the National Sports Centre’s south field. A spokesperson said, “The M-CORE School of Health has been working since August 2017 to develop a community event that focuses on ambidexterity. M-CORE is… Link:

Jamaica PM accepts UK PM’s apology over Caribbean migrants

Source: Stabroek News (Trinidad Guardian) A sense of “relief” descended on the Caribbean community in Britain yesterday when British Prime Minister Theresa May apologised to Caribbean leaders over the treatment of members of the so-called “Windrush Generation,” who have been threatened with deportation after decades of living in the United Kingdom in what…

Antigua: Earthquake sends residents scampering

Source: St. Lucia Times Antigua Observer:–  Residents across the country were reportedly running out of buildings out of fear for their safety, on Tuesday, when a 4.4 magnitude earthquake rocked Antigua and Barbuda around 4:26 p.m. Social media sites were also abuzz with comments from users who shared their experiences and their location at the…

Companies reminded of deadline for waiver for penalties

Source: Nation Newspaper The Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (CAIPO) is reminding companies that they have until Monday, April 30, to benefit from a waiver of penalties for the late filing of annual returns… Link: Companies reminded of deadline for waiver for penalties

RBPF: Police investigate traffic fatality in Eleuthera

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police on Eleuthera, are investigating a traffic accident which occurred, Tuesday, 17th April, 2018, and has left an adult female dead.  Reports are that shortly before 6:00pm, a woman was driving a silver Chevrolet Cobalt car on Queens Highway, south of the settlement of Upper Bouge, when she lost control…

Rosignol man wanted by CANU

Source: Stabroek News The Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit has issued a wanted bulletin for Antoney Carmichael whose last known address is 2 Bennett Dam, Rosignol. Link: Rosignol man wanted by CANU

The Spectacular Zico at Queen’s Hall for the family

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018From the imagination of Carvalho Productions, a leader in children/family theatre production, comes a magical journey—The Spectacular Zico. The production continues daily at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s until Tuesday, April 24, at this venue. It travels to South Trinidad afterwards to be staged at the Southern Academy…

Lend a hand to Sherrez

Source: Trinidad Guardian Paula LindoPublished: Wednesday, April 18, 2018Web developer Sherezz Grant has less than two weeks to raise over eight thousand euros (TT$69,000) to pursue the Full Stack Software Engineering Programme at Codeworks, an advanced web development course which will add to her core competencies. She is attempting to raise the funds through…

Bank of Guyana gold reserves plummet

Source: Guyana Times 2018 Assets and Liabilities statement …go from $25B in 2014 to $1.9B in 2018 By Jarryl Bryan The Bank of Guyana’s latest Statement of Assets and Liabilities are out and it shows the bank’s total assets are on a slide, with several indices ranging from the bank’s gold holdings to…

DPP asked to review charges against Singh, Brassington

Source: Guyana Times A request has been made to have Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Shalimar Ali-Hack review the charges filed against former Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh and former Head of the Privatisation Unit of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) Winston Brassington. The request was made through defence Attorney…

Man found guilty of raping 6-year-old

Source: Guyana Times …jailed for 28 years Colvin Norton was on Tuesday found guilty by a 12-member jury on two counts of raping a six-year-old girl, whom he attempted to silence with death threats. The 24-year-old man was jailed for a total of 28 years by Justice Jo-Ann Barlow at the Sexual Offences…

Another motorcyclist dies in accident

Source: Guyana Times A Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) motorcyclist died on Tuesday after he was struck by a car at Mackenzie, Linden. Three persons, including an 11-month-old child, were injured in the accident. Dead: Florenda Benjamin Dead is Florenda Benjamin of Block 22, Wismar, Linden. Injured are Leinani Ally, 31, of Lot…

Rockersville hand Coolers their first loss

Source: Antigua Observer Harold Lovell Rockersville pulled off a big upset on Monday night at the JSC Sports Complex as they handed frontrunners, Ottos Coolers their first loss of the season in their Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) Division 2 encounter. Rockersville, who were led by former national player, Walton “Bundy” Christian…

Netball Boss Pleased After 10-Year Hiatus

Source: Antigua Observer President of the Antigua and Barbuda Netball Association (ABNA) and former national player, Karen Joseph is heartened by the support the game has received since the reintroduction of a national league this year. The sport, which has been dormant for about 10 years, played its first official league match in…

EDITORIAL : A plan for tourism

Source: Antigua Observer The revelation that there was a only a small increase in visitor arrivals to our bit of paradise during the winter season, pales in comparison to the associated news that bookings for the summer season are slow at this time. The news came from Alex DeBrito, Chairman of the Antigua…

‘Clean your own house’

Source: Stabroek News The Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has declined an invitation from the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) to participate in its anti-corruption walk, citing a series of transgressions by the government and calling on it to `clean its own house’. Link: ‘Clean your own house’

Attorney asks DPP to review charges against Singh, Brassington

Source: Stabroek News Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Shalimar Ali-Hack has been asked to review and possibly discontinue the charges laid against former Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh and former head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) Winston Brassington. Link: Attorney asks DPP to review charges against Singh, Brassington

Umroa spins Berbice past Demerara

Source: Stabroek News A superb spell of left-arm spin bowling from Kelvin Umroa spearheaded an eight-wicket win for Berbice over defending champions, Demerara in second round action of the Hand-in-Hand Mutual Fire and Life Insurance/Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) U19 Inter-County three-day competition at Lusignan, yesterday. Link: Umroa spins Berbice past Demerara

Politics and failure in the mix

Source: Newsday HERE are five more nominees for the 2018 Newsday People’s Choice TT Book of the Year at the NGC Bocas Lit Festival. Michelle Ragoonanan-Ali, who wrote Oh Happy Day, is the founder of StaffPlus Solutions, an online recruitment company, as well as Caribbean Fiction Writers, an online community that inspires… Link:

Caught in a rush

Source: Newsday WHEN Olga and Mervin Braithwaite left the Caribbean for the UK, they envisioned a better life for themselves and their six children. The journey on British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) was the flight to a better life. But the dream of that better life stood in jeopardy as many from… Link:

Heather shows her hues

Source: Newsday GARY CARDINEZ HUES of Heather proved to be a very interesting an entertaining evening featuring former Calypso Queen Heather Mac Intosh, former Calypso Monarch Devon Seale, Ms Dija, Organizer and Short Pants as master of ceremonies. The event held last week Friday at Kaiso Blues Cafe was sold-out long before… Link:

Guatemalans voted yes to ICJ referendum

Source: Amandala News No date has been set for Belize’s referendum. The voter turnout in Guatemala was low. GUATEMALA CITY, Mon. Apr. 16, 2018– Voters in Guatemala went to the polls yesterday, Sunday, April 15, to cast ballots in a referendum (popular consultation) […] Link: Guatemalans voted yes to ICJ referendum

James Jason Bellencio, 30, murdered on Lovely Lane

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Mon. Apr. 16, 2018– The life of Jason James Bellencio, 30, a laborer of Barrack Road, Belize City, was brutally cut short at about 6:30 yesterday evening. Bellencio was walking on Victoria Street towards Barrack Road, when, upon […] Link: James Jason Bellencio, 30, murdered on Lovely Lane

Tax them

Source: Amandala News It is too much for one week. Earlier in the week, a brilliant, wonderful Belizean had some bad things to say about cigarettes on his Facebook page. I am not one hundred percent with the anti-smoking lobby so I threw […] Link: Tax them

Women plan legal action after marriage rejection

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A woman from the Cayman Islands and her fiancée are taking legal action after their application for a marriage licence was rejected Monday by the General Register because they are in a same-sex relationship. Chantelle Day, who is Caymanian, and her partner Vickie Bodden, who is British, have been together for…

Seek justice! – Windrush Generation urged to contest deportation

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Jamaicans and other Caribbean nationals dubbed the Windrush Generation who have been aggrieved by the actions of the United Kingdom (UK) government should immediately take steps to seek redress, advised Diana Baxter, solicitor in Britain.At the… Link: Seek justice! – Windrush Generation urged to contest deportation

Class-action lawsuit looms over CRH

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Junior doctors at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) have indicated that they will pursue a class-action suit against the Government regarding the unhealthy environment at the western Jamaica hospital.The incensed doctors informed the Jamaica… Link: Class-action lawsuit looms over CRH

Diamond in the rough – Tivoli Gardens student rising to the top

Source: Jamaica Gleaner His life has been plagued by a number of setbacks, including sitting the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) from a hospital bed last year, recuperating from surgery.Jahnoy St Jacques, 19-year-old resident of Tivoli Gardens, is… Link: Diamond in the rough – Tivoli Gardens student rising to the top

Brazilian chopped to death at Cuyuni in row over woman

Source: Kaieteur News – suspect held A quarrel between two men over a woman ended with a Brazilian being chopped to death and a Guyanese being detained. The victim, 46-year-old Adrian Sousa Santos, succumbed after being chopped on the right arm. His alleged attacker, a 33-year-old Guyanese, has reportedly admitted to the killing.…

Guyana updates UK, Commonwealth on border case

Source: Guyana Chronicle SECRETARY-GENERAL of the Commonwealth, Rt Hon. Patricia Scotland, QC, and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson were on Tuesday updated on the status of the Guyana/Venezuela border case which is currently before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) by Head of State, David Granger, during bilateral discussions. The President along with…

PPP opened over 300 bank accounts

Source: Guyana Chronicle …gov’t says in response to signing bonus court challenge …contends Consolidated Fund includes public monies held at any other banks as directed by Minister of Finance THE Government said the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has miscomprehended the meaning of Consolidated Fund in the context of the fiscal management and accountability…

Total of 28 years jail for young rapist

Source: Guyana Chronicle …two sentences to be served concurrently COLVIN Norton was on Tuesday afternoon found guilty of two counts of rape of a child under age 16 years old and was sentenced to 52 years imprisonment before Justice Jo-Ann Barlow in the Sexual Offences Court of the Georgetown High Court. In handing…

Six gunmen charged with series of offences

Source: Guyana Chronicle One confesses – jailed for 8 years and fined $800,000 UNDER heavy police security, the six alleged gunmen who were nabbed last week at a police roadblock at the Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD) in a stolen motor car with arms and ammunition were on Tuesday charged with…

Energy stakeholders to begin drafting TAPSEC operational plan

Source: Guyana Chronicle WORK on drafting an operational plan for the Technical Assistance Programme for Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean (TAPSEC) gets underway later this month. National governments, key regional institutions and development agencies will meet for the first planning workshop of the TAPSEC from 24-26 April, in The Dominican Republic. The workshop…

Hamilton Princess full for triathlon event

Source: The Royal Gazette Hamiltons landmark hotel is fully booked ahead of the MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda. The Hamilton Princess is sold out for April 26 to 29, the Bermuda Tourism Authority said this morning. Tim Morrison, the hotels general manager, said the venue was extremely happy with its partnership with the sporting…

Just one arrest would do

Source: Nation Newspaper I read the articles in last Friday’s WEEKEND NATION by Carlos Atwell with mixed feelings. Firstly, delight that once more the awful situation with loud kite-flying has been highlighted, but utter despair… Link: Just one arrest would do

The “Horse’s Head” that Raul Castro Leaves Behind

Source: Havana Times The new President, whoever he is, and everything seems to indicate that it will be current first vice-president Miguel Diaz Canel, will inherit what we Cubans call a great “horse’s head”, of a dead horse of course, from his predecessor. Link: The “Horse’s Head” that Raul Castro Leaves Behind

Gov’t Says Yes to I.C.J. but Belizeans Have Final Say

Source: Channel 5 Belize Patrick Faber Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber has chimed in on the outcome of Guatemala’s referendum, sharing with the media a personal view on the democratic process in the absence of a cabinet meeting.  On Monday, the Government of Belize issued a statement applauding Guatemala for successfully carrying out its…

If It’s a No, Respect, but Nothing Changes

Source: Channel 5 Belize The possibility of voters saying no to the ICJ is a very real likelihood.  If that were indeed the case, Faber says that government would have no choice but to respect the will of the people.  The drawback, however, is that Belize would once again find itself in the very…

Keep Politics Out of I.C.J. Decision

Source: Channel 5 Belize Patrick Faber On Monday, Opposition Leader John Briceño told News Five that government has fallen short of meaningfully consulting with the People’s United Party on what has long been a national issue.  This evening, Deputy Prime Minister Faber responded by saying that the P.U.P. are in fact the ones that…

Guatemala Foreign Minister Commends Relations with Belize

Source: Channel 5 Belize Sandra Jovel Polanco News Five, in an interview with Guatemala’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, touched on two topics of special interest to Belizeans in the wake of Sunday’s referendum. The first concerns relations between the countries. At the highest level, says Sandra Jovel Polanco, things could not be better. Polanco…

FM Sandra Jovel Polanco Promises Guats Will Respect Any Ruling

Source: Channel 5 Belize Sandra Jovel Polanco But could relations be soured or broken irretrievably if the International Court of Justice, assuming assent from both populations, rules in Belize’s favor? It’s a question that makes both sides uncomfortable considering Guatemala’s prior reputation and the scale of how much Belize has to lose. But Minister…

Plaskett Named Outstanding Legislator for Work on Health Care in Territories

Source: St. John Source Delegate Stacey Plaskett accepts the Distinguished Chairwoman’s Outstanding Legislator Award from the CBC Health Braintrust. Delegate Stacey E. Plaskett was honored Tuesday by the Congressional Black Caucus’s Health Braintrust with the award for Outstanding Legislator, according to a news release from her office. Plaskett is ranking member on the Subcommittee…

St Lucia Government ponders reward for history-making Spencer

Source: Guyana Chronicle CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC – Sports Minister Fortuna Belrose says government is mulling over an appropriate reward for jumper Levern Spencer, who won the country’s first-ever gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia last weekend. Belrose said Spencer’s achievement had been a significant one for the country, communicating to…

GCB/Hand-in-Hand Inter-county U-19 tournament

Source: Guyana Chronicle Demerara crumble for paltry 50 to hand Berbice stunning victory KELVIN Umroa was the architect of Berbice crushing 8-wicket victory on the third and final day of their second round encounter against defending champions Demerara. When round two of the 2018 GCB/Hand-in-Hand Insurance Under-19 Inter-county tournament concluded yesterday at the…

City Cops Get New Booths in Patrol Areas

Source: Channel 5 Belize Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett is at it again. This afternoon the Eastern Division South Regional Commander was at the corner of West Canal and Rocky Road in south side Belize City where a new police booth was installed at the location following requests made by officers and a resident on…

Rohit, Lewis get Mumbai Indians off the mark

Source: Guyana Chronicle VIRAT Kohli’s efforts were in vain as Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered a 46-run defeat to Mumbai Indians, who claimed their first win of the Indian Premier League season. The defending champions had lost all three of their matches in 2018 – all from either the final or penultimate delivery –…

Mohamed’s Enterprise, Japarts join in for KoTS 2

Source: Guyana Chronicle … Trinidad cars arrive LOCAL companies, Mohamed’s Enterprise and Japarts, have chipped in with support for the King of the Strip (KoTS) 2, set for Sunday at the South Dakota Circuit. The premier drag race event, organised by the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC), will now see support…

Wanted man takes to social media

Source: Nation Newspaper A wanted man has taken to social media to plead his innocence in the court of public opinion. Twenty-nine-year-old LeRoss Leandre Burnett, aliases “Bin”, “Ross” and “CJ”, did so yesterday after police… Link: Wanted man takes to social media

Ganesh Parts on board with Boyce/Jefford Relay Festival

Source: Guyana Chronicle GANESH Parts and General Store became the latest sponsor of the Boyce & Jefford Relay Festival and Family Fun Day yesterday, when the company handed over a sponsorship cheque to the organisation, ahead of the event scheduled for Sunday at the Police Sports Club ground, Eve Leary. Sales Manager Suresh…

Police find illegal gun during robbery inquiry

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police have seized yet another illegal handgun, which was found during a search they carried out in connection to a recent robbery, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has said. The illegal weapon was discovered just before 9am Tuesday, while police were at a residence in West Bay as…

Lawyer: EBC got it wrong

Source: Nation Newspaper The way is now open to all Commonwealth citizens who qualify under the Representation of the People Act and have been living in Barbados for three years or more to register to vote in the upcoming General… Link: Lawyer: EBC got it wrong

Tourism numbers holding steady

Source: Nation Newspaper Returns from the winter tourist season are looking similar to last year’s, according to preliminary assessments. Chief executive officer of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, Rudy Grant, said… Link: Tourism numbers holding steady

Six bodies benefit from Rihanna cause

Source: Nation Newspaper On Tuesday the Clara Lionel Foundation donated $120 000 to six learning institutions. Justine Lucas, executive director of the charity founded by superstar Rihanna, said the initiative was part of… Link: Six bodies benefit from Rihanna cause

Pope can’t take any more jail

Source: Nation Newspaper His record with its 21 previous convictions was bad, Leandro Renaldo Pope admitted yesterday. But he was tired of spending his life in jail and wanted to make something for himself outside. Pope… Link: Pope can’t take any more jail

Cheers to youth champs

Source: Nation Newspaper Cosmos and Pinelands are the new Under-15 champions, while it was double delight for Fitts Village West Coast when the Barbados Football Association’s Scotiabank National Youth Cup climaxed at the Wildey… Link: Cheers to youth champs

Procedural error trips up HDC caseAG to refile matter

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018The Government has suffered a setback in its prosecution of a corruption lawsuit against former Housing Development Corporation (HDC) officials, two State officials and two private companies over a $175 million land deal. High Court Judge Eleanor Donaldson-Honeywell yesterday upheld an application by the 10 defendants in…

CAISO taking LGBTQI firings, evictions to EOC

Source: Trinidad Guardian Shaliza HassanaliPublished: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 The numbers of gays who have been thrown out of their parents’ homes and evicted from apartments have increased to eight in the last week. Two LGBTQI members were also reportedly fired in the wake of last Thursday’s major victory in the High Court after…

After jewelry heist in Sando:

Source: Trinidad Guardian Sascha WilsonPublished: Wednesday, April 18, 2018A 27-year-old man who pawned eight rings which were stolen during a jewelry store heist in San Fernando has been jailed for 24 months. Dwayne Stoute, of St Clements Village, San Fernando, pleaded guilty to receiving the stolen jewelry and possession of a firearm and ammunition…

PSC voted on DCP selection with faulty ‘PCA’ info

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rhondor DowlatPublished: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 It seems as though there was misinformation by Police Service Commission (PSC) members regarding recommendations made by the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) to have disciplinary action taken against a candidate over allegations of serious misconduct. During yesterday’s sitting of the Special Select Committee to clarify…

HSBC gains 2.7 on BSX

Source: The Royal Gazette HSBC Holdings Bermuda Stock Exchange-listed shares gained 2. 7 per cent. The international bank gained 25 cents, to close on 9. 55 as 4,750 of its shares traded. On a day when no domestic main board issuers traded, The Royal GazetteBSX Index was unchanged on 2,550. 15. The BSX Insurance…

4 NCAA tournament teams headline strong  Cayman Islands Classic Basketball Tournament

Source: Cayman Eye News GEORGE TOWN, GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS — Caymax Sports Ltd., in conjunction with Global Sports Management, has announced that Clemson, Creighton, Georgia State and St. Bonaventure, which competed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, will headline the second annual eight-team Cayman Islands Classic college basketball invitational Nov. 19-21 2018. Akron, Boise State, Georgia…

The Editor Speaks: Arson. A new low

Source: Cayman Eye News The utter disdain that has crept into our society for our hardworking police force reached a new low this morning. “Around 2:45AM this morning, Tuesday, 17 April, police and fire officers were dispatched to the scene of a fire at a local garage on Walkers Road where two new police…

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