Sunday Jun 25

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

A summary of our daily news headlines of events happening in or relevant to the Caribbean region
  1. Short-lived CARICOM unity collapses at OAS summit
    CANCUN, Mexico -- The unity displayed earlier by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries at the May 31 ‘meeting of consultation of ministers of foreign affairs’ of the 34-member Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington to discuss the situation in Venezuela...
  2. Trinidad and Tobago chief justice admits to error
    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Chief Justice Ivor Archie has admitted that the Trinidad and Tobago judiciary made an error last month when it announced that the 53 cases left unfinished by former chief magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar would have to be restarted. An embattled Archie made the statement...
  3. Commentary: Whither England...
    Fraught events are besieging England like wild weeds o’er the green grass of Wimbledon. Brexit was (and remains) unsettling enough. But then Islamists started terrorizing the place. Then Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election, which she (and every pundit) thought would forge national unity...
  4. Bahamas government to seek outside assistance in drafting anti-corruption legislation
    NASSAU, Bahamas -- Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said he instructed the Bahamas ministry of foreign affairs to seek assistance from the governments of the United Kingdom and Singapore for the drafting of anti-corruption legislation that would result in the asset seizure of corrupt public officials.
  5. Stakeholders recommend regional coordination effort to improve education results
    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Education stakeholders from across the Caribbean are recommending the establishment of a dedicated coordination platform, which will implement and monitor the Region’s progress on achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 Education Goals and Targets.
  6. 'Minor storm' causes 'major losses' in parts of Trinidad and Tobago
    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- As of 5 am on June 20, 2017, the tropical storm warning that was in effect for Trinidad and Tobago was discontinued -- but in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Bret, the humour and lightheartedness of storm night has taken a sobering turn. There were also reports of...
  7. Letter: 'Let them eat cake'
    Marie-Antoinette (1755-93), the Queen consort of Louis XVI, is supposed to have said this when she was told that the French populace had no bread to eat. Marie-Antoinette understood little about the plight of the poor and could not have cared less. Turks and Caicos Islands Premier Sharlene...
  8. Haitian senator-elect sentenced to nine years in US prison for money laundering
    MIAMI, USA -- On Wednesday, US District Judge Cecilia Altonaga of the Southern District of Florida, imposed a sentence of nine years in prison on Haitian senator-elect Guy Philippe, with an order for a money judgment in the amount of $1.5 million to follow, for money laundering offences.
  9. Cayman Islands first solar farm commissioned
    GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Calling the event historic, Caribbean Utilities Company (CUC) president and CEO Richard Hew, along with project and government representatives, officially commissioned the Cayman Islands' first solar farm on Tuesday, which is expected to generate...
  10. US judge defers ruling on extradition and bond for former Panama president
    MIAMI, USA -- The efforts of lawyers acting for Ricardo Martinelli, the fugitive ex-president of Panama, to obtain release on bond during his pending extradition proceedings were thwarted this week when the court declined to rule immediately on his bond request. A motion to dismiss the extradition...
  11. Spanish hotel group invests in city hotels in central Cuba
    HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Melia Hotels International, with 27 years of operations in Cuba, including Camagüey province, has signed a contract for managing the Gran Hotel, Colón Hotel and Camagüey Hotel, three iconic facilities in Camagüey. Operated thus far by Islazul, a local firm, which will...
  12. Canada deports Iranians holding Eastern Caribbean CBI passports, detains others
    OTTAWA, Canada -- The Department of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees Canada has reportedly deported a number of Iranian nationals, all holding citizenship by investment (CBI) passports from Eastern Caribbean countries, back to the countries that issued their passports.
  13. Commentary: CARICOM: Pride turned to gloom
    Three weeks ago, I and many other committed Caribbean integrationists, declared that the unity displayed by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries at the Organization of American States (OAS) on May 31 “was a moment for unbridled pride”.  What happened on Monday June 20, just days later...
  14. Put your money where your mouth is, says Barbados culture minister
    GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Minister of culture, sports and youth of Barbados, Stephen Lashley, is of the view that regional governments needed to redirect some of their resources to the cultural industries if they were truly interested in regional economic expansion and development.
  15. Letter: Cuba-US: Obama, Trump, everyone is the same
    When many comrades refer to the infamous speech of Donald Trump on June 16, they apparently do not consider that Obama and all presidents that preceded them maintained the policy of trying to destroy the Cuban Revolution and that, within that policy, many times referred to different aspects...