Regional

Caribbean urged to ban sale of high salt foods, high sugar beverages to children

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Friday March 21, 2014, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are being urged to establish regional standards for “clear, consistent, food labeling” while also banning, or at least limiting, the marketing of energy dense, high salt, foods and beverages to children. The recommendations are contained in an 80 page report released at the Second International Conference on Non-Communicable ...

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Nursing Shortage?

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Mar 19, CMC –The St. Lucia Nurses Association (SLNA) has called on the government to ensure that problems confronting the profession are adequately dealt with before seeking to satisfy the employment needs of member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) states. The Kenny Anthony government announced earlier this week that it has welcomed an offer from Trinidad and Tobago to ...

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St Lucia Minister says “Emphatic No” to decriminalization of marijuana

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Tuesday March 18, 2014, CMC – National Security Minister Phillip La Corbiniere has hinted that the St. Lucia government would not support plans to decriminalise marijuana for medicinal and religious activities. Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders at their just concluded inter-sessional summit in St. Vincent and the Grenadines discuss the issue of decriminalising of small quantities of the ...

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Historic Agreement

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, (CMC) – Haiti’s politicians have put aside their differences and signed an agreement ending apolitical impasse that had threatened to delay the holding of elections in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country. The accord, signed over the weekend will now allow for legislative and local elections. It was signed by President Michel Martelly, Senator Steven Benoit, ...

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Kidney Disease on The Rise

WASHINGTON, Mar. 13, CMC – The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) has expressed deep concern about the rise in kidney disease among seniors with diabetes and hypertension in the Caribbean. Noting that diabetes and high blood pressure, together with aging, are “the main risk factors for developing chronic kidney disease (CKD), which affects an estimated one in 10 adults globally,” the ...

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Five appear in Trinidad Court to Face Charges

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday March 12, 2014, CMC – Five men are due to return to court on Thursday after they were granted a total of TT$5.4 million (One TT dollar = US$0.16 cents) in bail following a multi-million dollar bank heist earlier this month. The men – Chaitram Mohammed, 27, Navin Juteram, 34, Jason Villafana, 41, Kumar Narine, 21, and ...

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Defending ALBA and PetroCaribe

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Mar 10, CMC – Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has defended the Venezuela-led Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of the Americas(ALBA) and the oil initiative PetroCaribe, saying these initiative had brought much needed socio-economic benefits to his country. Addressing the Delegates Conference of the ruling St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) in Choiseul, south–east of here on Sunday, ...

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I am no Yankee

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Mar 7, CMC — Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade, Commerce and Information Technology Minister, Camillo Gonsalves, has defended his right to be appointed as a legislator in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), insisting that he has always been a national of the country. The minister, the eldest son of Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, was born in ...

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AG defends Commissioner

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Mar 5, CMC – Attorney General Patrick Atkinson says Jamaicans need to know the truth as to what occurred during the attempt by security forces to arrest Christopher “Dudus” Coke, who was wanted in the United States on drug and gun related charges. Atkinson also dismissed suggestions that former OECS Supreme Court judge, Justice Velma Hylton was biased ...

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Several Caribbean countries listed as Major Money Laundering States

WASHINGTON D.C., United States, Tuesday March 4, 2014, CMC – The United States has named several Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries as major money laundering states whose financial institutions engage in currency transactions involving significant amounts of proceeds from international narcotics trafficking. In its just released “2014 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report,’ the US State Department listed Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, ...

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