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Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

TRADE ROW FUROR

Trinidad and Tobago: When Caribbean community leaders assemble in Haiti next week, they might well be forced to discuss the very strong possibility that one of the nations which had helped to found the integration movement and the regional free trade system is seriously considering withdrawing from that very same system until it is better organized and modernized. Comment

Caribbean diplomats to UK: Be more caring

Jamaica: Caribbean diplomats in London have asked the United Kingdom (UK) government to be more compassionate in the treatment of Caribbean nationals Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

Caribbean hits 30 million mark in stay-over visitors

Travel: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says the catastrophic hurricanes that devastated some Caribbean destinations last September slowed down tourism’s progress but did not stop it. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

Pressure to review Guyana-Exxon oil deal mounts

Guyana: Guyana’s government has said the cabinet is reviewing a profit sharing contract with US oil giant ExxonMobil amid mounting criticisms about its alleged lopsidedness from various sections of society as the Caribbean nation prepares to become an oil and gas producer in less than two years. Comment
Suriname: As an indication of how tough economic conditions are in Suriname, the Caribbean Community nation has so defaulted in annual payment contributions to the United Nations that its voting rights have been suspended until it could at least transfer a part of the outstanding fees. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua A 57-year-old Japanese woman who kicked a police officer in the groin and refused to be searched on arrival at the V.C International Airport in Antigua recently was jailed for 14 days on a charge of assault and disorderly conduct. Comment

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

GUYANA BRAZIL PACT

Guyana: Saying it wants peace on its borders and a stable continent, Brazil’s government is planning to renew a bilateral pact defense agreement with the Caribbean Community nation of Guyana in the wake of its simmering and ongoing border troubles with Venezuela, government officials said this week. Comment

Barbados leads Caribbean debt

Barbados: With a fiscal deficit way above the internationally accepted benchmark, Barbados bears the heaviest debt burden of Caribbean countries when compared to its level of production of goods and services, according the Caribbean Development Bank. Comment
Puerto Rico: It’s getting back to business in Puerto Rico! The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) is heralding new milestones on the island as part of the recovery effort post-Hurricane Maria. With cruise ships making their return to San Juan in November of last year, and also hosting one of the largest travel seminars, the agency expects to see over a million tourists, said a spokeswoman. Comments (1)

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

On a mission: Local doctor provides care to Puerto Rican island

Puerto Rico: A helping hand from the mainland. After Hurricane Maria the small and distant island of Vieques, which is just north of Puerto Rico, saw widespread destruction and its residents were left to fend for themselves. But a local Bay Ridge doctor went there last weekend to provide medical assistance to thousands of the island’s residents. Doctor Kirill Alekseyev from Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, traveled with three of his fellow doctors on a medical mission to service people in need of care and the needs were dire, he said. Comment

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean A United States diplomat has urged Caribbean countries to seriously tackle the issue of money laundering. Perry Holloway, US Ambassador to Guyana said regional governments must act now to ensure financial institutions are protected from criminal elements. Comment

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