Regional

Hoteliers want impact study

ROSEAU, Dominica, Sept 6, CMC – The Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) is calling for a study to determine the impact the “crisis” with the regional airline, LIAT, is having on the economies of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). DHTA has written to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, whose administration became the latest shareholder of the cash-strapped Antigua-based ...

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Wider Plot!

PARAMARIBO, Suriname, Sept 3, CMC – President Desi Bouterse Tuesday hinted that the arrest of his 41-year-old son in Panama last week may have been part of a wider plan to disrupt progress within the Union of American States (UNASUR). Dino Bouterse was held on drugs and gun related charges last Thursday at the request of US authorities, just as ...

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No military action

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Sept 2, CMC – The St. Vincent and the Grenadines government Monday said it was “alarmed” at the recent allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria and remains “deeply concerned with the spiralling humanitarian crisis in the Middle East.   But the government said it considers any external military action to be “premature”. The United ...

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New media regulations?

PHILIPSBURG, ST. Marteen, Aug 27, CMC – The Trinidad-based Association of Caribbean Mediaworkers Association (ACM) Tuesday said it was formulating a response to a call by a senior government minister for a new policy that could prevent some journalists from being accredited in St. Maarten. ACM president Wesley Gibbings told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that the response was being ...

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Regional culture ministers show little interest in CARIFESTA

PARAMARIBO, Suriname — As the eleventh edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts and Culture (CARIFESTA XI) came to a close in Paramaribo, Suriname, Eleston Adams, Antigua and Barbuda’s minister of culture, voiced his disappointed at the lack of interest for the event shown by most of his Caribbean colleagues. Apart from Adams, only his counterparts from Barbados, Jamaica and ...

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St Lucia subject to US ‘Leahy Law’ ban, PM confirms

CASTRIES, St Lucia — In a 17-minute address to the nation on Tuesday night, Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony confirmed that Saint Lucia is currently prohibited by the terms of what is commonly referred to as the “Leahy Law” from receiving security-related assistance from the US. The so-called Leahy Law, named after its principal sponsor, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, ...

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US lawmaker blasts Bahamas

A Florida lawmaker has branded as “spineless” and “immoral” The Bahamas’ decision to repatriate a group of Cubans last week. In a press statement posted on her website, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the US representative for Florida’s 27th congressional district, said, “It is unconscionable that the Bahamian authorities have decided to forcibly repatriate Cuban freedom seekers back to their brutal oppressors under ...

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Security threat

NASSAU, Bahamas, Aug 16, CMC – The Bahamas government says it has been warned by law enforcement authorities in the United States of a “specific threat” against its Consulate in Miami. Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said that the threat comes in the wake of demonstrations in Florida against The Bahamas over Cuban detainees. “Bahamians in Miami are further advised ...

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Tropical Storm Erin forms in eastern Atlantic

MIAMI, USA — Tropical Storm Erin formed in the eastern Atlantic on Thursday morning as the system moved away from the Cape Verde Islands. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Thursday, the centre of Erin was located about 245 miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, moving towards the west-northwest near 15 mph. ...

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Aug 15, CMC – The Clement Payne Movement (CPM) Thursday called for a referendum on free university education after the Barbados government earlier this week announced that it will no longer pay tuition fees for nationals studying at the University of the West Indies (UWI). In a statement, CPM president David Comissiong said no government has the right ...

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