Wednesday Oct 18

Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

A summary of our daily news headlines of events happening in or relevant to the Caribbean region
  1. Antigua-Barbuda student selected as education grant recipient at UWI
    ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Mill Reef Fund board chair James Lewis has announced that the University of the West Indies (UWI) has selected Charrelle Browne, an incoming third year student to Cave Hill, Barbados, to receive a Mill Reef Fund Education Grant for this school year. Lewis said, “We congratulate...
  2. Commentary: Guatemala political corruption: Impunity starched out by reform
    As thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Guatemala City on March 7, 2017, Estuardo Batz was expressing his indignation over the broken promises of the new administration. Batz, a leader of the diverse, unified group of dissenters, called for the resignation of President Jimmy...
  3. US Coast Guard sets Port Condition Four for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Effective 1 pm on Thursday, the US Coast Guard Captain of the Port San Juan set Port Condition Four for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The maritime community was strongly urged to remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions, as tropical cyclone Irma...
  4. Hurricane Irma turns westward with 120-mph winds
    MIAMI, USA -- Hurricane Irma maintained its category 3 status on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on Friday and is forecast to remain a powerful hurricane for days, as it turned westwards as expected. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami...
  5. Public trust in justice further eroded with arrest of former Trinidad and Tobago attorney general
    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- It's not unusual for politicians to steal the spotlight from one another, but residents of Trinidad and Tobago probably didn't expect it to happen quite so fast. On August 29, former attorney general Anand Ramlogan was arrested on charges of perverting the course of justice and...
  6. Letter: Government lacks capacity to negotiate effectively with China on development projects
    The memorandum of understanding between the government of Jamaica (GoJ) and China Construction South American Division (CCASA), dated March 9, 2017, sets out the general framework for the development of Centre of Government at National Heroes Park but is structured in such a way that will not...
  7. New senator, new education minister in Grenada cabinet reshuffle
    ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (GIS) -- Senator Simon Stiell has been promoted to a full government minister in Grenada as part of a minor cabinet reshuffle announced on Wednesday. Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell said Stiell is being elevated to the minister of education from his original posting as...
  8. EarthTalk: Was Hurricane Harvey caused by global warming?
    The short answer is no. No single hurricane or weather event can be directly linked to the general phenomena known as climate change. “Climate change does not cause things, because climate change is not a causal agent,” David Roberts wrote on Vox.com. “‘Climate change’ is a descriptive term...
  9. US federal judge orders former president's extradition to Panama
    MIAMI, USA -- A US magistrate judge in Miami has entered a final order on the government's motion for a certificate to extradite former president Ricardo Martinelli to Panama. In a 93-page opinion, the court found: (1) Valid extradition treaties exist between the United States and Panama; (2) The alleged...
  10. Commentary: A proposed road map for the government in the Great North of Haiti
    The Great North of Haiti that includes the North, the North East and the North West has been the theater of most of the battles two centuries ago leading to the liberation of the slaves of St Domingue, creating Haiti, the first black republic and facilitating the end of slavery in the world. I am proposing...
  11. Calypsonian Kelly 'won outright' in Grenada contest, says mentor
    TORONTO, Canada – Rootsman Kelly was the definite winner of Grenada’s 2017 Calypso Monarch competition, according to his mentor King Ajamu. “He won and I think he won outright,” Ajamu said in an exclusive interview in Toronto. Ajamu is Grenada’s most decorated calypsonian. The performer, who...
  12. Letter: Let the flowers bloom
    A commentator on a radio talk show in Trinidad and Tobago agreed that it is necessary that we diversify our economy. However, he does not see a fundamental role for the government or the need for centres of excellence, which concentrate on the development of a few technologies...
  13. Commentary: The View from Europe: Is Mexico about to deepen its regional relations?
    As the year proceeds, Mexico, the world’s 13th largest economy, is expected to rebalance its international trade relationships. It is likely to do so irrespective of the outcome of meetings underway with Canada and the US on the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), or President Trump’s...
  14. Jamaica tourism earns US$2 billion
    KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica’s minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has disclosed that the country earned a record US$2 billion during the first eight months of this calendar year from 2.8 million visitors. The figure represents an increase of 8.3 percent in gross foreign exchange earnings than the...
  15. More flaws apparent in US State Department report
    WASHINGTON, USA -- More flaws have become apparent in the 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) published in March by the Department of State, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. The veracity of the report has already been attacked by...
  16. Irma becomes a category three hurricane
    MIAMI, USA -- Tropical cyclone Irma strengthened to hurricane force early Thursday morning as the system continued to head towards the Caribbean. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT the centre of Hurricane Irma was located about 720 miles...
  17. LIAT requests funds from Antigua-Barbuda to pay CDB debt
    ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The government of Antigua and Barbuda has been asked to pay LIAT additional funds to meet its debt to the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The money requested is commensurate with the country’s shareholding, local media reported. Antigua and Barbuda owns a 34 percent...