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CARICOM begins consultations on reform

caricom HQ-GTThe 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was Wednesday due to begin region-wide consultations on identifying priorities and overhauling the Guyana-based regional headquarters, the Secretariat said in a statement.

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Poll says Bouterse popularity soaring in young Surinamers

desi-bouterse-palestinaPARAMARIBO--Suriname's embattled President Desi Bouterse has turned out to be the most popular candidate for the country's next round of elections in 2015.

A poll Foundation Enquete Statistics and Research in Suriname SESOS carried out last March reports that some 42 per cent of the electorate – mostly young, first-time voters – would want Bouterse to return as President. About 30 per cent of the voters were in favour of Chandrikapersad Santhoki, leader of the opposition party VHP.

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JAMAICA - Private sector urged to help determine strategic direction of COTED

CARICOMHQComplexKINGSTON, Jamaica, May 11, 2013 - Jamaica's Private sector has been encouraged to actively participate in framing the strategic direction of CARICOM’s Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) at a Special Session in September called to consider the matter.

 

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New Governor appointed for Turks and Caicos Islands

peter beckinghamMr Peter Beckingham has been appointed Governor of Turks and Caicos Islands in succession to Mr Ric Todd, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment.

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GUYANA - Gov’t has not taken a position on South Africa’s decision to defer award to Burnham-HPS

Forbes-BurnhamGeorgetown, GINA, May 9, 2013 - The PPPC administration as a collective has not taken a decision regarding the South African Government’s decision to put off awarding the Order of the Companions of O. R. Tambo (OCOT) posthumously to the late President Forbes Burnham.

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Caribbean Council for the Blind recognises Blindness Awareness Month

senator flloyd morris at unSt John’s Antigua - May 30, 2013: Almost three hundred million people around the world are blind or visually impaired with more than 180,000 living in the Anglophone Caribbean.

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Guantanamo: Prisoners on Strike Demand Justice

guantanamo2Havana (PL) "There are no human rights there. They could do with us whatever they wanted," recalls Murat Kurnaz, former Turkish-German prisoner of Guantanamo Bay, set in a territory arbitrarily occupied to Cuba over 100 years ago.

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Barbados and Guyana To Work On Immigration Issues

maxine-mcclean460x250Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, has acknowledged the need to work on immigration issues between Barbados and Guyana as an impetus to further deepen the existing bilateral relationship. 

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GUYANA - US govt. wants fair and transparent allocation of radio licenses

Brendt Hardt wpfd 2013The United States (US) on Thursday called on the Guyana to ensure that radio licenses are granted fairly and transparently, but Attorney General Anil Nandlall signalled that the process might have been flawed.

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Kenny Anthony wants a new strategy for financing governments in the Region

Kenny A 643747499-450x350CASTRIES, St. Lucia, May 25, CMC – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) Wednesday began its 43rd Board of Governors meeting here with St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony calling on the international financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to develop a new strategic partnership with the region.

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Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force has its first female superintendent

Mercelyn-HughesBASSETERRE, St. Kitts, April 28 2013 - Double history is in the making in the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force. The law enforcement agency not only has its first female Superintendent of Police, but also the first female head of the Strategic Intelligence Unit, formerly Special Branch.  Both honours go to Ms. Merclyn Hughes.

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Haiti: Rising from the rubble

nationalpalace gettyThe day after the disaster, the world was mobilised for Haiti. International aid to the tune of $10 billion was pledged. Over 200,000 people had died, and over one million left homeless. Three years on, most of the rubble has been removed and an estimated 300,000 people are still living in makeshift shelters. So what’s it like to live in Port au Prince today? Eve Irvine and Alexandra Renard went to find out.

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Nicholson to address Jamaican travel across CARICOM

aj nicholson 77DECLARING THAT Jamaica is by no means satisfied with how the free movement of nationals across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region is being facilitated, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade AJ Nicholson has announced that the Government is gearing up to take the matter to the highest level of the CARICOM secretariat for discussions.

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Guyana Gov’t committed to combating drug scourge

DrugsMay 15, 2013 - Transnational drug trafficking is of growing concern to countries around the world, and particularly the illicit trade’s broad impact on development. Few, if any, countries are exempt. Drug trafficking has particularly severe implications because of the vast illegal profits it generates: an estimated $322 billion a year.

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US tries new aerial tools in Caribbean drug fight

aerostat 460xABOARD THE HIGH SPEED VESSEL SWIFT (AP) — Drug smugglers who race across the Caribbean in speedboats will typically jettison their cargo when spotted by surveillance aircraft, hoping any chance of prosecuting them will vanish with the drugs sinking to the bottom of the sea.

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CARICOM must be prepared to face shifting global priorities - SG

irwin larocque9GEORGETOWN, Guyana- May 14, 2013 -   The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) must remain alert, proactive and responsive as it confronts the shifting priorities of the world’s dominant players, including its traditional partners.

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Sovereign Debt Stress in the Caribbean

debt-lightningThis year marks the 30th anniversary of the “formal” commencement of the Third World Debt Crisis (TWDC). This event is commonly acknowledged as having started in August 1982 when Mexico publicly announced a default on its external debt obligations.

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How the US tracked Coke -Secret surveillance days before security operation

Orion.usnavy.460pixGLEANER, KINGSTON,  Jamaica, May 12, 2013 - It now appears certain that the Jamaican Government received even more air support from the United States than has already been reported.

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Aid shortfalls jeopardize Haiti’s humanitarian programs


haitiunsoldierguardsfoodApril 23, 2013
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- For the first time since four back-to-back storms and hurricanes battered Haiti five years ago, the U.N.’s lead feeding program and other agencies don’t have enough food to stockpile in strategic areas before a major storm hits.

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JAMAICA - Traces of a Massacre

Duduscustody20100626CNew Yorker Magazine – May 2013 - The question of how to extract a dangerous man from a residential neighborhood is one of the fundamental problems of our time, happening everywhere from Gaza to Rio to Abbottabad. Sometimes hundreds or thousands of civilians are caught in the middle of such manhunts.

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The case for compensating the Caribbean

Ronald Sanders-1In 1838, British slave owners in the English-Speaking Caribbean received £11.6 (US$17.8) billion in today’s value as compensation for the emancipation of their “property” – 655,780 human beings of African descent that they had enslaved, brutalised and exploited. The freed slaves, by comparison, received nothing in recompense for their dehumanisation, their cruel treatment, the abuse of their labour and the plain injustice of their enslavement.

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