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US probing another visa racket at embassy in Guyana

US Embassy GuyanaGEORGETOWN, Guyana, July 3, 2013 - The United States (US) is probing another visa racket allegedly involving another Consular Officer, the State Department has confirmed.

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LIAT increases fares to pay for rising security cost

Liat62ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, July 03, 2013 – LIAT has implemented a security surcharge on tickets in response to rising security demands and spiraling security costs.

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Judge tells JA police to end illegal stop and search

police-searchA Supreme Court judge has ruled that the police have no power, under the Road Traffic Act, to arbitrarily stop and search motor vehicles, opening the door for a flood of lawsuits.

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T&T’s Energy Minister strengthens Regional and Global ties at Gas Exporting Countries' Forum in Russia

2nd-Gas-Summit-GroupT&T’s Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs Kevin Ramnarine has called for greater collaboration and partnership between Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela in the area of natural gas development with a view to expanding the natural gas market in the Caribbean and Latin America.

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Political analyst: An independent Jack can fracture UNC

Jack-kamlaJack Warner’s decision to go up as an independent candidate or form his own political party can challenge and fracture the United National Congress (UNC). Going up as an independent can also result in Warner being expelled from the party forthwith. This was the view of political analyst Maukesh Basdeo yesterday, following the announcement by Warner that he now has three options before him.

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Ricardo Allicock - Jamaica’s new Ambassador to Tokyo

Ricardo alicockJamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, Sen. Arnold J. Nicholson, has announced the appointment of Ricardo Allicock as Jamaica’s new Ambassador to Tokyo, Japan.

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Kamla takes back electronic devices after disagreement with police

Kamla Persad-Bissessar 8Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has not handed over or left any of her electronic communication devices with the police.

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Former Turks and Caicos premier fighting extradition from Brazil

michael misick brazilPROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Despite being refused political asylum in Brazil both initially and following an appeal process, former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick is now reported to have engaged attorneys to fight his extradition to the TCI to face charges in relation to widespread government corruption in the British territory during Misick’s 2003-2009 term in office.

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Corbie quits Caribbean Airlines

CorbieRobertActing chief executive Officer of Caribbean Airlines (CAL), Robert Corbie, has resigned with immediate effect from the cash-strapped national carrier. 

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CARICOM - LaRocque highlights the high economic cost of youth unemployment

irwin larocque9PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago, July 3, 2013 - CARICOM’s Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has pointed to an number of elements which he says has stymied growth and has threatened the growth of Regional economies.

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PM Douglas says his St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Government holds majority

denzil douglas88.jpgBASSETERRE, St. Kitts, 26th June 2013– St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Dr. Denzil L. Douglas on Tuesday emphasized that his governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party administration holds a majority in the National Assembly.

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Barbados facing very serious economic challenges, says PM

freundelstuart7 440 300BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- A $400 million fiscal adjustment programme is needed if Barabdos is to stave off economic doom, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said, as he gave the closing address at last Thursday’s one-day national private/public sector consultation on the economy.

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Ja Gov't announces smoking ban in public space

NosmokingDescribing it as the most far-reaching piece of public health policy undertaken in recent times, Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson has announced that as of July 15, no smoking will be permitted in public spaces across Jamaica.

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CARICOM Ministers discuss Decent Work agenda at ILO Caribbean confab

Guy Ryder ILOCaribbean Ministers of Labour will meet in Port of Spain on July 2 and 3, 2013 and will be addressed by Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder.

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Kamla hands over computers; AG, Suruj decline

PM-Khan-and-MoonilalWhile Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar handed over her laptop and the central processing unit (CPU) of a computer to the police yesterday as part of the ongoing e-mail probe, two other Cabinet members have opted not to.

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Warner to run as an independent in Caroni by-election

jack cottageDespite threats of expulsion by his beloved party, former United National Congress (UNC) chairman Jack Warner last evening announced that he would officially run as a candidate in the July 29 Chaguanas West by-election.

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Tivoli boycott - JLP labels proposed Commission of Enquiry a waste of time

horacechangDeclaring the Tivoli Gardens Commission of Enquiry a waste of time and claiming its terms of reference have been designed by the Government to vilify the people of West Kingston, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has indicated it has no intention of taking part.

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Petrocaribe Summit Ends with New Social Projects

petrocaribe4Managua, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) The 8th Petrocaribe Summit of Heads of State and Government concluded on Saturday with new plans to promote a shared economic development area and social investments in education, health and food.

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T&T – Carmona appoints Integrity Commission members

Ken Gordon77President Anthony Carmona yesterday named three new members to the Integrity Commission and re-appointed one from the former commission. The new appointees are retired Justice Sebastian Ventour, Deonarine Jaggernauth, a petroleum and environmental engineer, and Dr Shelly-Anne Lalchan, an ophthalmologist and surgeon. 

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Jamaican diplomat gets new United Nations posting

Michelle-Gyles-McDonnough6UNITED NATIONS – The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon has appointed Jamaican-born diplomat, Michelle Gyles-McDonnough, as the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System’s operational activities for development in Malaysia.

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Richards dismisses call for Condor and Harris to resign as MPs

harris-condor-richardsSt. Kitts and Nevis (WINN):  The Leader of the Opposition People’s Action Movement Mr. Shawn Richards is rubbishing assertions that Sam Condor and Timothy Harris owe their Parliamentary jobs to the St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party and that they should have gone back to their constituents for permission to participate in a Vote of No Confidence against the government.

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