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Savings retirement initiative

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched the Retirement Savings Laboratory, a project that seeks to increase the number of people saving for retirement in Latin America and the Caribbean. Comment

Another debt crisis for poor countries?

Viewpoints: Masood Ahmed is president of the Center for Global Development* WASHINGTON DC, April 18, 2018 (IPS) — When the world’s finance ministers and central bank governors assemble in Washington later this month for their semi-annual IMF meeting, they will no doubt set aside time for yet another discussion of the lingering debt problems in the Eurozone or how impaired bank debt could impact financial stability in China. Comment

CARICOM nationals voting in Barbados

Barbados: After the state denied many Commonwealth citizens the right to vote in Barbados, lawyers challenged that refusal in court and won, but the government appealed that High Court decision only to concede this week that it was in error. Comment

Few Indians joined Black Power in 1970

Trinidad and Tobago: Saturday April 21st marks the 48th anniversary of the declaration of the State of Emergency to quell the Black Power Revolution in Trinidad in 1970. The uprising was led by Makandal Daaga and his chey-la [disciple], Kafra Kambon, of the National Joint Action Committee (NJAC). Comment

Opposing views on Brexit impact on Caribbean

Barbados: Both economics scholar, Andrew Rose, and British High Commissioner, Janet Douglas, agree that Brexit, the UK’s severing of economic and immigration ties with the European Union, would affect Caribbean trade, but differ on solutions. Comment

Migration agency responds to Venezuelans exodus

Venezuela: The United Nations says its migration agency has launched a regional action plan to bolster its response to massive population outflows from Venezuela amid the worsening political and socio-economic situation in the South American country. Comment

Antigua to plant marijuana for medicine

Antigua: Just weeks after its parliament had overwhelmingly approved laws allowing for Antiguans to personally possess up to 15 grams of marijuana legally, authorities are preparing to take it to the next level. Comment
Cuba: The government of Prime Minister Gaston Browne in Antigua and Barbuda says it is “happy” to commemorate the 24th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Cuba. Comment

Pay fees says Barbados gov’t minister

Barbados: Amidst controversy swirling around Trinidad and Tobago’s refusal to agree to a waiver on hurricane-hit Dominica’s fees to the Organisations of American States, Barbados Government Minister, Donville Inniss, said CARICOM members should pay their dues. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Despite all the denials and a plan by the foreign ministry to investigate the faux paus, the controversy over Trinidad and Tobago’s recent vote against a request by Dominica for an ease of its annual contributions to a hemispheric umbrella body just would not go away. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn’s Caribbean legislators on Wednesday commemorated the 50th anniversary of the assassination of America’s foremost civil rights leader, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Comment

Barbados in uncharted territory

Barbados: Barbados Opposition Leader Mia Mottley’s call for civil servants to become watchdogs of the nation’s purse and to guard against wrongful disposal of other national assets, seems an expected request in unnatural times for this island. Comments (1)
Jamaica: The World Bank has signed a multi-million dollar grant to aid climate-resilient practices in the fisheries sector in Jamaica. The Washington-based financial institution said Dr. Nigel Clarke, Jamaica’s minister of Finance & the Public Service, and World Bank Country Manager Jamaica Galina Sotirova signed the US$4.875 million grant on Wednesday, March 28 “to help highly vulnerable fishing and fish farming communities in Jamaica to adopt climate-resilient practices. Comment

Caribbean nationals nabbed in immigration sweep

Immigration: The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has said officers from its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) have arrested several Caribbean nationals among 271 immigrants as part of an enforcement action targeting immigration violators and those who the agency says pose a threat to public safety. Comment



Bahamas: There is no other country in the 15-nation Caribbean Community where it is more difficult for a foreigner, even a national from the region, to obtain permanent residency or citizenship than in the Bahamas. Comment
St Lucia: Many Caribbean territories, currently besieged by tight financial situations, are about to feel another monetary blow because their currencies are tied to the United States dollar, said economics scholar, Andrew Rose. Comment

Seminal report on tourism in the Caribbean

Travel: The Organization of American States (OAS) says it has collaborated with the United Nations World Trade Organization (UNWTO) in launching a seminal report on tourism in the Americas, including the Caribbean. Comment


Sports: Major League Soccer (MLS) says DC United believe the Caribbean could become the MLS’s next battleground for talent, stating that Jamaicans Dane Kelly and Oniel Fisher “blazed entirely different paths to D.C. United’s roster this season.” Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

St Lucia: Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne said if Member of Parliament Asot Michael is charged with a criminal offense he would not be a candidate in his Antigua and Barbuda Labor Party (ABLP) at the next general election. Comment

Reefs protect Caribbean fish from climate change

Environment: New Research by the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF) at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada finds that larger reef areas may help protect the Caribbean’s coral reef fish communities from the impacts of ocean warming. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Justice Paula-Mae Weeks has reportedly settled in nicely into her new role as the first woman to serve as president of Trinidad and Tobago after being sworn as head of state at a well attended public ceremony on Monday. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Prime Minister Gaston Browne announced that his government has decided to appoint a special investigator to look into bribery and mo Comment

Impact of Twenty20 format on WI cricket, money

Barbados: The need for money to ensure survival of the game was the common ground reached in a discussion among former Test greats and Barbados cricket administrators. Comment

Seismic center: Caribbean undersea volcano may soon erupt

Grenada: ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) — A Caribbean seismic research center says an underwater volcano just north of Grenada may be about to erupt but does not pose a tsunami threat to the region. Comment

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