Thursday Aug 24

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

A summary of our daily news headlines of events happening in or relevant to the Caribbean region
  1. Letter: Global competitiveness is not simply about investment in plant and machinery
    The Trinidad and Tobago newspapers report that the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) is requesting export incentives from the government, which could encourage the manufacturers to create additional foreign exchange revenue streams for the economy. This, according to the...
  2. Bahamas government eyes court action against utility management company
    NASSAU, Bahamas -- A legal battle could be looming between the Bahamas government and the US-based PowerSecure, which manages Bahamas Power and Light (BPL). The government intends to take legal action against PowerSecure if certain matters are not addressed within 30 days, including...
  3. Commentary: Politics of inclusion
    Let me begin by giving thanks to the 34,000 Bermudians who exercised their democratic rights on July 18, 2017. Irrespective of whoever they voted for, they proved that as Bermudians they will base their decisions on what they feel is best for our island. In 1960, John F Kennedy was elected as president...
  4. ECTEL member states to undertake a process of telecommunications reform
    BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The five member states of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) are currently undergoing a process of reform to update the telecommunications framework with legislation. A new Electronic Communications Bill is expected to come before the...
  5. Letter: Crime and violence continues until... Part 1
    The CBC radio programme Q FM’s Walter-Point-Two of Sunday, August 6, with the Attorney General Mr Adriel Brathwaite as a guest, caught my attention. The focus of the discussion was the ongoing violence and crime, not only in Barbados but across the Caribbean. The issues of whether or not marijuana...
  6. Region on alert over the spread of 'red eye'
    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Several Caribbean islands have reported outbreaks of conjunctivitis at health facilities and medical practices. “The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is currently monitoring the situation and we want to urge persons to take the necessary precautions to prevent...
  7. Commentary: In Grenada 2017 Carnival, jab jab culture dominated, but judges made biased decisions
    Grenada August 2017 carnival ended on a high with large amount of people playing mas’ but the most dominant masqueraders were jab jab in all the parishes. However, there were traditional mas’ such as shortknee, vecou and pretty mas’ as major highlights, but in terms of the groovy soca and...
  8. Mega-technology companies ready to meet with Jamaica tourism
    KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, is set to travel to San Francisco, California, this week to engage in strategic meetings with American technology mega-companies Google, Airbnb, and Uber Technologies Inc. The meetings are in tandem with two of the five strategic...
  9. Citizenship firm denies involvement in Grenada passport allegations
    ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Attorneys acting for citizenship consultants Henley & Partners have denied that the firm had any knowledge or involvement in an alleged scheme to obtain a diplomatic passport from the government of Grenada for a Ukrainian businessman.
  10. Letter: Take over
    Ellen Bishop Spielman claims to be Maurice Bishop’s sister. In fact, she was adopted by Maurice Bishop’s parents and has never been mentioned by Maurice’s sisters to me nor by Maurice although I only saw him on rare occasions. A contemporary tells me he can remember this rather...
  11. Commentary: St Lucia needs a renaissance - Part 2
    Logic suggests that we have not had any historical examples to review lowering standards, the spectacle of dysfunction and open warfare to blame for historic political and economic imbalances in which ad hoc and irrational dealings threaten the interest of everyone in Saint Lucia. Since coming into office...
  12. CDB introduces Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund at CARIFESTA
    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Building on the recent announcement of its provision of initial capitalisation for the Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) recently introduced the CIIF to approximately 100 cultural practitioners...
  13. Bahamas utility board fires CEO
    NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) board of directors on Monday fired the power company’s CEO Pamela Hill. In an interview with The Nassau Guardian, BPL board chairman Darnell Osborne was asked to detail the reason for Hill’s termination, but she said she was not at liberty...
  14. EC dollar stable, secure, says ECCB
    BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has given assurances that the EC dollar remains stable and that Eastern Caribbean banknotes are protected by the various security features of the notes. Deputy director of the Currency Management Department...
  15. Trinidad ISIS fighter on UN terror list
    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidadian Shane Crawford is on a United Nations Terrorism Sanctions List for his joining terrorists fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The Office of the Attorney General in Port of Spain in a statement on Monday stated that the UN Security Council had...
  16. New BVI governor sworn in
    ROAD TOWN, BVI -- Augustus Jaspert was sworn in as the 13th governor of the British Virgin Islands at a swearing-in and welcome ceremony on Tuesday. Jaspert inspected a guard of honour mounted by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force before participating in the swearing-in ceremony.
  17. NIA to establish small business development centre; boost small business sector
    CHARLESTOWN, Nevis (NIA) -- The ministry of finance in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), through the Small Enterprise Development Unit (SEDU), is seeking to establish a small business development centre to boost the small business sector on the island. Colin Dore, permanent secretary...