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Friday, May 26, 2017

Caribbean exports increase for the first time in four years

Caribbean: Washington, D.C.-based Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says that after four consecutive years of contraction, Latin American and Caribbean exports returned to “a path of growth.” Comment

Thursday, May 25, 2017

BANK WOES SPREAD

Barbados: In the past year or so, several of the larger commercial banks in the United States such as JP Morgan Chase and the Bank of America cut ties with counterpart institutions in the Caribbean, blaming increased pressure from federal regulators and higher costs to monitor the legitimacy of transactions from the region as reasons. It was easier to simply sever ties as they have done. Comment

Severe financial demands damaging innocents

Barbados: Pressure of developed countries on other states to tighten their financial laws and regulations to fight money-laundering is yielding unintended victims, such as charities and legal gambling outfits in Barbados that are now crying foul. Comment

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Barbados, Canada sign new air transport deal

Barbados: Barbados and Canada have signed a new air transport agreement to give aircraft “the flexibility to operate without directional or geographical limitations.” Comment

Trump wants to dump Caribbean retreat

People: President Donald Trump will have one less issue to contend with when he sells a property he owns on the Caribbean island of St. Martin. Comment

Monday, May 22, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is seeking to strengthen its relationship with Emirates Holidays, the largest tour operator in the Middle East, as it seeks to broad the Caribbean’s appeal in the Arabia Market. Comment

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Friday, May 19, 2017

CARICOM to review import taxes

Caribbean: The 15-nation Caribbean trade bloc is undertaking a complete review of its import taxes regime into the regional free market including poultry and agriculture products from the United States in the wake of a plethora of requests from governments and the private sector to periodically suspend tariffs to correct shortages of items in various member states. Comment

Caribbean countries urged to tax tobacco, alcohol and sugar-sweetened beverages

Health: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is urging Caribbean countries to tax tobacco, alcohol and sugar-sweetened beverages, saying that the taxes can help reduce consumption of these products and generate income that can be used to improve the health of the Caribbean population. Comment

Thursday, May 18, 2017

REGIME CHANGE DEBACLE

Venezuela: Caribbean foreign ministers meeting for two days in Barbados from Thursday are to examine why countries did not vote as a bloc at the Organization of American States (OAS) to support or reject proddings from the United States for regime change in Venezuela and at least one prime minister has formally complained about the unusual breakdown of voting unity officials said this week. Comment

Monday, May 15, 2017

Caribbean rolls out plans to reduce climate change hazards

Environment: KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 30, 2017 (IPS) - Climate change remains inextricably linked to the challenges of disaster risk reduction (DRR). And according to the head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Robert Glasser, the reduction of greenhouse gases is “the single most urgent global disaster risk treatment.” Comment

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Raising literacy in Jamaica

Jamaica: Reading for Jamaica’s future. A young Jamaican educator is innovating a new way to increase literacy among Jamaica’s youth with her summer reading camp and comprehensive reading sessions. Comment

Labor conditions in the Caribbean continues to weaken: New report

People: A new report released in Santiago, Chile by two United Nations agencies says that the labor conditions in Latin America and the Caribbean continue to weaken. Comment

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mass murder trial to restart in Suriname

Suriname: A court has ordered authorities to resume a stalled mass murder trial in the Caribbean Community nation of Suriname in which President Desi Bouterse is the main suspect. Comment

PAHO launches virtual health directory in the Caribbean

Health: Information on the health situation and the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the Americas, including the Caribbean, now has a new home, with the launching of a virtual directory of digital health, or eHealth, profiles that includes data and statistics from 47 countries and territories by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Comment