Saturday Jul 22

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

A summary of our daily news headlines of events happening in or relevant to the Caribbean region
  1. Letter: Meddlesome Matty reverses on 'unwarranted meddling'
    The situation in Venezuela is dire. The country is sinking deeper into chaos to the point that it resembles a country in a civil war. From April 1, thousands have been arrested, hundreds injured and 77 dead. The city is beset with violence. The last reported murder rate, in 2014, was equivalent to the...
  2. Letter: The NNP administration is a hot mess
    Grenada is at a very low point at this time with Prime Minister Keith C. Mitchell; we’ve become the laughing stock of the Caribbean. It’s time for every registered voter in Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique to take Mitchell and his deplorable administration out. A truly despicable man...
  3. Honduran president urges national congress to approve tourism incentives
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- This week, President Juan Orlando Hernández urged the National Congress of Honduras to approve the Tourism Incentives Act. The legislation would help create 250,000 jobs by 2019 as part of Honduras' 20/20 growth plan. "Honduras is becoming a highly desirable destination...
  4. 'Dark web' mastermind had clean background: Antigua-Barbuda CIU
    ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- In response to revelations on Thursday that the largest criminal marketplace on the Internet, AlphaBay, was created and operated by an economic citizen of Antigua and Barbuda, the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) issued a statement confirming that...
  5. Opposition calls on Cayman Islands government to deal with arrested speaker
    GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Opposition members of the Legislative Assembly in the Cayman Islands have called on the coalition government to deal with what they say is the embarrassment caused by the arrest of the assembly’s speaker, McKeeva Bush. The statement from the five...
  6. Tourism earns US$1.46 billion for Jamaica in six months
    KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica generated US$1.46 billion in tourism earnings during the first six months of the 2017 calendar year to record an impressive 7.5 percent increase over the corresponding period in 2016. Additionally, the country welcomed 2,165,330 visitors up to the end of June.
  7. CDB approves funding to support education reforms in British Virgin Islands
    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a US$9.28 million loan to support the government of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in improving the quality, equity and effectiveness of the education system in the Islands. The Education Sector...
  8. Commentary: The View from Europe: Brexit, global trade and the overseas territories
    Last month a report appeared indicating just how important one of the Caribbean’s overseas territories has become in facilitating global trade. The study ‘Creating Value: the BVI’s Global Contribution’, commissioned by BVI Finance from the international research consultancy, Capital Economics...
  9. Antigua-Barbuda hotel stakeholders impressed with tourism marketing strategy
    ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The marketing strategies for Antigua and Barbuda’s main source markets in the USA, UK and Europe, Caribbean and Canada, were scrutinised by local stakeholders at a public/private sector market consultation hosted by Antigua and Barbuda’s ministry of tourism and and the Antigua and...
  10. Commentary: If Puerto Rico thinks bankruptcy is a better solution, it has a rude awaking coming!
    One should look no further than the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s (PREPA) pending bankruptcy. All credible financial analysts agree that PREPA only needs slightly more than a 10% reduction in debt service to continue paying its bills and operating as expected. Over a three-year period...
  11. Commentary: St Lucia's national security in peril
    The question was asked by Allen Chastanet in the 2016 general elections: “Has Kenny Anthony made Saint Lucia safer? He didn’t, but we will. He didn’t, but I will… this is the most important decision to consider in the upcoming campaign.” Throughout our history, storytelling has been commonplace.
  12. Cayman Islands speaker arrested outside Florida casino
    FORT LAUDERDALE, USA -- The speaker of the Legislative Assembly and former premier of the Cayman Islands, McKeeva Bush, was arrested in Broward County, South Florida, on Monday outside the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. Bush was reportedly released on a $1,000 bond.
  13. New Bermuda premier sworn in
    HAMILTON, Bermuda -- New premier of Bermuda, David Burt, was sworn in to office on Wednesday following his Progressive Labour Party (PLP) victory at the polls on Tuesday. The PLP were voted into office in a resounding victory, securing a clear mandate to govern with 59 percent of the vote.
  14. Feature: A guide for the savvy journalist in a world of ever-decreasing privacy
    Many veteran journalists, but not only these, surely noticed that we are all of a sudden bombarded again from all-over with mentions of Watergate. Books like George Orwell’s 1984 are on display at bookstores and an air of danger to freedom of speech and freedom of the press is spreading slowly slowly like a...
  15. Former Bahamas senator arrested in bribery and fraud investigation
    NASSAU, Bahamas -- Former Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) senator and chairman of the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) Frank Smith was arrested and questioned by Bahamas police for nearly six hours in relation to allegations of extortion and fraud by false pretenses on Wednesday.
  16. US lawmakers call for continued funding of US democracy programs in Venezuela and Cuba
    WASHINGTON, USA -- US Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and others are urging Senate appropriators to continue funding programs aimed at building democracies in Venezuela and Cuba, despite President Trump’s budget request that would eliminate the programs altogether. Since the 1980s, US democracy...
  17. Guyana pushes youth empowerment at Islamic bloc meeting in Abidjan
    ABIDJAN, Cote d'Ivoire -- Guyana’s vice-president and minister of foreign affairs Carl Greenidge attended the 44th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, which took place July 10-11. Also in his delegation was Shiraz Mohamed...