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Draft EPA Model Bills up for Consideration

caricom1GEORGETOWN, Guyana- June 25, 2013-    Legislative drafters from regional states signatory to the Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM)-European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) are to meet on 26-28 June in Grenada, to discuss draft Model Bills to give effect to provisions of the Agreement.

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Bahamas Rejects US Accusations

Fred-Mitchell-5Nassau, Jun 24 (Prensa Latina) The Government of Bahamas rejected US accusations that assert that this archipelago is a sexual tourist destination, The Nassau Guardian newspaper reported today.

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Plans underway for Caribbean week of Agriculture in Georgetown

caricom HQ-GTPreparations are moving apace for the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) which will be held in Georgetown, Guyana in October. CWA 2013, the twelfth edition of the Region’s premier agricultural event, will be hosted by the Government of Guyana, 4-12 October, 2013, under the theme `Linking the Caribbean for Regional Food and Nutrition Security and Rural Development’. Emphasis will be placed on fisheries and forestry.

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BARBADOS - Mottley wants the chairman of the Police Services Commission to go

Mia mottley-420x350BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, June 23, 2013 - Opposition Leader  Mia Mottley says the newly appointed chairman of the Police Services Commission (PSC), Guyson Mayers, should immediately resign from the position .

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PM Douglas wants Harris and Condor to resign parliamentary seats

Harris-and-CondorBASSETERRE, St. Kitts, 19th June 2013– St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister and National Political Leader of the governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) is lending his voice to growing calls for two former Cabinet and Party colleagues to resign their parliamentary seats won on the Party’s ticket in the 2010 general election.

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CARICOM Foreign Ministers to visit Turks and Caicos

Fred-MitchellNASSAU, Bahamas – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) foreign ministers are to visit the Turks and Caicos Islands on a fact-finding mission next week.

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Canada to send peace keeping troops to Haiti

canada-haitiPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti--A handful of Canadian troops are about to take part in peacekeeping operation in Haiti, under the command of Brazilian forces, in a long-delayed mission that has been kept inexplicably low on the political radar.

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Where is 'Dudus' money?

dudus coke17KINGSTON,  Jamaica June 23, 2013 - The government-owned Assets Recovery Agency (ARC) is yet to find any of the millions of dollars in assets which former Tivoli Gardens gangster Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was supposed to have amassed over the years.

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Wiels murder was a paid hit

Helmin WielsWILLEMSTAD--The killers of PS-leader Helmin Wiels were hired, disclosed Curaçao police spokesman Reginald Huggins in the first official statement for quite a while on the May 5 assassination of the parliamentarian.

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Legal saga ends in landmark judgement at Privy Council

scales-of-justice(CNS Business): Alastair Paterson, who has fought a more than seven year legal battle as a result of what were found to be malicious and unjustified civil proceedings against him, has been awarded damages of CI$1.375 million.

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Bouterse criticised for travelling to China on Suriname Airways A340 Airbus

SurinameAir A340PARAMARIBO--President Bouterse has claimed the lone Airbus A340 of national airline Surinam Airways SLM to travel to China on Friday. While some say it is understandable, because a president who flies his own colours demands prestige, exporters and travellers have reacted furiously.

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‘Murdered Wiels-suspect bodyguard of a merchant’

Helmin-Wiels2WILLEMSTAD--According to Curaçao daily "Ultimo Noticia" the murdered suspect in the assassination of PS-leader Helmin Wiels, 30-year-old Raul Jacinto Martinez, had been a bodyguard for a well-known entrepreneur with businesses on both sides of the island. The morning newspaper said it could not get more information, but was working on it.

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Barbados Opposition BLP demands answers about the Dottin asffair

dalemarshallBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, June 19, 2013 - The Police Service Commission has decided that Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin “should be required to retire in the public interest” within the next three weeks.

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Cayman gets first female governor

Gov Helen KilpatrickThe Cayman Islands will receive its first woman governor in history later this year as current Governor Duncan Taylor heads off to an ambassadorship in Mexico.

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Kamla on ‘secret’ meeting: Rowley lured Gordon into a trap

Kamla-at-FelicityPrime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is asking whether Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley can be charged for misbehaviour in public office. She did so as she kicked off the election campaign in the Chaguanas West constituency on Monday night. Addressing supporters at Felicity, Persad-Bissessar declared that Nomination Day for the July 29 by-election would be July 8. She urged her troops to band together under the UNC’s logo and to not get distracted by the machinations of the PNM.

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Credit rating agency downgrades St Lucia

St. Lucia-pixCASTRIES—Persistent and severe deterioration in the government’s fiscal position and a resultant steady increase in debt stock are among reasons which the Caribbean Information and Credit Rating Services Ltd (CariCRIS) has cited for its decision to downgrade St Lucia’s credit ratings. CariCRIS is a regional credit rating agency, with a market-driven initiative aimed at fostering and supporting the development of regional debt markets.

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PM Douglas reiterates support for Revised Treaty of Basseterre

douglas ziz5BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, 18th June 2013 - St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Honourable Dr. Denzil L Douglas  has reiterated the support of his Government for the deepening  of the economic integration process  with  the coming into force in January 2011 of the Revised Treaty of Basseterre which provides for the establishment of an Economic Union.

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EU wants budget support funds spent on sugar industry

singh-kopeckyThe government and the European Union on Thursday signed an agreement which would see some 23.35 million euros coming Guyana’s way as part of EU support in the wake of the removal of the preferential status previously enjoyed by African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) sugar producers in EU markets.

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Motion will be heard, says Douglas but PAM has no moral authority to castigate

denzil douglas 460BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, 18th June 2013– With a July 11th and 12th date fast approaching for the hearing of a matter concerning a Motion of No Confidence taken to High Court by the Opposition members in the National Assembly, St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister  Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, has been speaking about the “political double standards and political hypocrisy at play.”

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Grenada-Venezuela relations must stay on strong growth path says David

peter-davidSt George’s, June 20, 2013 – A former Grenada minister, who was part of negotiations that resulted in the signing of a maritime agreement between Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago in 2010, wants his country to now also engage Venezuela in maritime talks.

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BARBADOS – Mottley and Inniss clash in PAC over procedural matters

Mia Amor MottleyA war of words between Government and Opposition members might be headed to Parliament’s Committee of Privileges for resolution.

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