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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Farming beyond drought

Environment: BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, July 20, 2017 (IPS) - The Caribbean accounts for seven of the world’s top 36 water-stressed countries and Barbados is in the top 10. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) defines countries like Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Kitts and Nevis as water-scarce with less than 1000 m3 freshwater resources per capita. Comment

Friday, July 21, 2017

Exhibition tells hidden story of African Caribbean PoWs

Caribbean: The remarkable overlooked story of more than 2,000 African-Caribbean soldiers imprisoned in a medieval castle in the 18th century is to be told in a new exhibition by English Heritage, according to reports. Comment

Thursday, July 20, 2017

BACK PAY FIGHT

Caribbean: Sometime after the so-called summer holiday period ends, an umbrella body set up by Caribbean Community governments to fight European nations to make them pay for the transatlantic slave trade will meet to review the state of play regarding regional efforts to win this battle. Comment

Strike and sick-out in Barbados

Barbados: An apparent mishandled response to a sick-out at the Bridgetown Port Wednesday sparked a full blown strike at the entity as Barbados trades unions ramped up protests against a tax increase that could spike inflation. Comments (1)

Call for immediate return to democracy in Venezuela

Venezuela: As Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government have “offered their good offices to facilitate” dialogue between the government and opposition in Venezuela, the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, and Venezuela’s opposition leader, Leopoldo López, have urged immediate return to democracy in the country. Comment

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Jagdeo: Guyanese gov’t ‘a threat to democracy’

Guyana: Former Guyana President Bharrat Jagdeo has assailed the incumbent David Granger administration in Guyana, claiming that the government’s policies are “a threat to democracy.” Comment

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Industrial action in Barbados

Barbados: Barbados is on a labor ‘go slow.’ The island’s four largest trades unions, Barbados Workers Union; National Union of Public Workers; Barbados Union of Teachers; and the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union on Monday issued a ‘work to rule’ directive to workers who account for most of the country’s workforce to take it easy on the job and prepare for a march Saturday. Comment

Monday, July 17, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Trans Island Air (TIA) has started a chartered service between Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica on its 12-passenger Beech 900 Turboprop. Comment

Five countries sign Caribbean Arrest Treaty

St Lucia: Five Caribbean countries have signed the Caribbean Arrest Treaty, one of the regional security instruments that was formulated to enhance cooperation between member states in the fight against crime. Comment

Sunday, July 16, 2017

In focus: New book chronicles 100 years of filming in Jamaica

Books: A new book documenting the international movie industry filming in Jamaica was released earlier this month and hopes to share the history of Jamaica as a destination for filming. In the book, “Jamaica, the Land of Film,” author Peter Polack chronicles all of the mainstream films from the early 1900’s to present, that used the island nation’s setting as the go-to place to shoot a movie in the Caribbean. Comment

Friday, July 14, 2017

Weekend anxiety in Barbados

Barbados: An uneasy calm lay over Barbados Friday after a 48-hour ultimatum that trades unions gave government to withdraw a new tax expired without a response and the workers’ representatives kept their next move close to their chests. Comment

Caribbean pledges to end preventable mortality of women, children and adolescents

Health: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says Latin American and Caribbean countries have pledged to work to end the preventable mortality of women, children and adolescents by 2030. Comment

Thursday, July 13, 2017

GUYANA PRISON BREAK

Guyana: Some businesses in the city and coastal areas are shutting up shop earlier than usual after police at mid week revised official figures from five to eight as to the number of inmates who broke out from the city’s main maximum security prison on Sunday before setting fire to facility completely destroying it. Comment

Cuomo vows to protect Caribbean immigrants

New York: Amid draconian measures in clamping down on Caribbean and other immigrants in the United States, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo has reaffirmed his commitment to protecting Caribbean and other nationals. Comment

Caribbean, New Orleans explore cultural links

Music: The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South helped highlight the links between the Caribbean and New Orleans during the annual US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Southern Regional Research Center’s Caribbean Cultural Heritage Month in June, according to Tulane University. Comment

Monday, July 10, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court has handed down a judgement in favor of the former head of Antigua and Barbuda Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FRSC), Leroy King, granting him leave to appeal an earlier High Court rejecting an application for judicial review of the 2012 decision by the government to approve his extradition to the United States. Comment

Caribbean seeks to climate-proof tourism industry

Travel: BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, June 30, 2017 (IPS) — The tourism industry is the key economic driver and largest provider of jobs in the Caribbean after the public sector. Caribbean tourism broke new ground in 2016, surpassing 29 million arrivals for the first time and once again growing faster than the global average. Comment