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Caribbean News Desk radio prog: Guyanese trafficked to work in slave-like conditions in Suriname

Caribbean News Desk radio prog: Guyanese trafficked to work in slave-like conditions in Suriname

Several Guyanese from Indigenous Amerindian communities have complained that they were trafficked to neighbouring Suriname to work under harsh conditions. Guyanese police said the men were recruited to work on...

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41 Prisoners break out of Venezuela jail

41 Prisoners break out of Venezuela jail

Caracas, Nov 26 (EFE).- A total of 41 alleged criminals fled on Wednesday morning from a jail managed by the CICPC scientific, penal and criminal research corps in the central...

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Caribbean News Desk radio prog for Tues Nov 25, 2014

25 November, 2014

Caribbean News Desk radio prog for Tues Nov 25, 2014

St Kitts and Nevis has pledged to resolve security concerns by Canada in the wake of that North American country now requiring nationals of that twin-island nation to obtain visas. Canada says that its decision was based on concerns about t...

Guyanese businessman arrested allegedly with US$600K in Puerto Rico

26 November, 2014

Guyanese businessman arrested allegedly with US$600K in Puer…

A Guyanese man was arrested this weekend for traveling on a plane over US$ 600,000 in cash hidden in plastic bags. The large sum of money was allegedly not reported to federal authorities, but a dog handled by agents in the Luis Munoz Marin...

GUYANA: Linden bauxite workers on strike for more pay

25 November, 2014

GUYANA: Linden bauxite workers on strike for more pay

Workers at the Chinese-owned BOSAI Minerals Limited bauxite plant at Linden on Tuesday continued to down tools and stayed off the job to press demands for higher salaries, according to well-placed sources. Preliminary information reaching C...

Facebook launches a new chatting application

25 November, 2014

Facebook launches a new chatting application

Madrid, Nov 25 (EFE).- Facebook launched on Tuesday a new chatting application worldwide called "Rooms" which simulates traditional internet chatting rooms, enabling users to chat with strangers on specific topics."Rooms", which has been ac...

Latin America must modernize port legislation, experts say

25 November, 2014

Latin America must modernize port legislation, experts say

Montevideo, Nov 25 (EFE).- The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean must update and modernize legislation on ports to deal with the changes in the maritime transportation industry over the past two decades, experts from 18 countries...

Puerto Rico to create commission to prevent and deal with violence  against women

25 November, 2014

Puerto Rico to create commission to prevent and deal with vi…

San Juan, Nov 25 (EFE).- Puerto Rican authorities will establish a multisector commission to prevent and attend to gender violence, which so far this year has taken the lives of 17 women on the island, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla announce...

Pres. Ramotar seen as candidate for re-election in Guyana

25 November, 2014

Pres. Ramotar seen as candidate for re-election in Guyana

San Juan, Nov 25 (EFE).- With the likelihood of an early poll, Guyana's ruling PPP/C is holding talks about presidential nominations and said Tuesday that its only candidate for the position of president is incumbent Donald Ramotar."Preside...

Bahamas expects to implement national health insurance in 2016

25 November, 2014

Bahamas expects to implement national health insurance in 20…

San Juan, Nov 25 (EFE).- The Bahamas government expects to start in 2016 the implementation of the National Health Insurance program, first approved in 2006, to ensure universal access to medical services at lower cost. In an event to cele...

Cuba sells medicines and health technology to more than 50 countries

25 November, 2014

Cuba sells medicines and health technology to more than 50 c…

Havana, Nov 25 (EFE).- Cuba sells medicines and health technologies to more than 50 countries, including vaccines, generic medications, equipment and diagnostic systems, the official daily Juventud Rebelde reported Tuesday. "About 30 new p...

Caribbean News Desk radio prog for Mon, Nov 24, 2014

24 November, 2014

Caribbean News Desk radio prog for Mon, Nov 24, 2014

The St. Kitts and Nevis opposition has been weighing in on Canada’s decision to abolish visa-free entry of nationals of that twin-island federation. This follows concerns about St Kitts and Nevis’ Economic Citizenship Programme that has all...

Trinidad police yet to find killers of German couple

24 November, 2014

Trinidad police yet to find killers of German couple

Tobago House of Assembly Chief Secretary Orville London says $100,000 is being offered by Crime stoppers for information in solving the murder of the German couple over the weekend. 71-year-old Birgid Keil and her 74 year old husband Hubert...

Spain's foreign minister in Cuba for bilateral and regional talks

24 November, 2014

Spain's foreign minister in Cuba for bilateral and regional …

Havana, Nov 24 (EFE).- Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo has arrived on his first official visit toCubawhere he will discuss bilateral relations and regional and international issues with his hosts. Garcia-Margallo arriv...

Dominican flight attendant convicted for money laundering in St Vincent

24 November, 2014

Dominican flight attendant convicted for money laundering in…

A Dominican flight attendant was on Monday convicted for money laundering in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Thirty-year old Sherita Kernelle-Newton  was find more than US$3,700 or an alternative of  9 months imprisonment. St Vinc...

U.N. official visits Bahamas to discuss new immigration policy

24 November, 2014

U.N. official visits Bahamas to discuss new immigration poli…

San Juan, Nov 24 (EFE).- The deputy director-general of the International Organization for Migration visited the Bahamas for talks with top officials on the nation's controversial new immigration law, the government said Monday. The IOM's ...

Jamaica urges residents to conserve water due to rain deficit

24 November, 2014

Jamaica urges residents to conserve water due to rain defici…

San Juan, Nov 24 (EFE).- Jamaica's Meteorological Service has urged island residents to "remain vigilant" and conserve water due to a shortage of rainfall in some regions of the country. "Southern parishes, in particular, are expected to c...

Cheddi Jagan Airport Maintenance Engineer drowned

23 November, 2014

Cheddi Jagan Airport Maintenance Engineer drowned

The body of a Maintenance Engineer at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) was Sunday afternoon removed from a reservoir near the airport, shortly after he allegedly sexually molested a female. He has been identified as  Chris...

Catholic Church ousts priest in Dominica for abuse

22 November, 2014

Catholic Church ousts priest in Dominica for abuse

(DOMINICA NEWS ONLINE)- A local Roman Catholic priest in Dominica has been “defrocked” by Rome almost two years after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against him. Msgr Reginald LaFleur, who has been a Roman Catholic priest for ove...

Caribbean News Desk radio prog: Obama's Executive Order not good news for all undocumented immigrants

21 November, 2014

Caribbean News Desk radio prog: Obama's Executive Order not …

United States President, Barack Obama’s Executive Order that will benefit almost 5 million illegal migrants is not going down well with many others including Caribbean nationals there.The order benefits millions of undocumented immigrants w...

Cuban doctor diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone reaches Geneva

21 November, 2014

Cuban doctor diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone reaches Ge…

International Desk, Nov 21 (EFE).- Cuban doctor Felix Baez Sarria, who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone, has reached Geneva for treatment at the Geneva University Hospital, Swiss public broadcaster RTS reported Friday.The 43-year-...

Bill Cosby performs in Bahamas amid sexual assault accusations

21 November, 2014

Bill Cosby performs in Bahamas amid sexual assault accusatio…

San Juan, Nov 21 (EFE).- Bill Cosby performed at a charity event in the Bahamas amid a media storm in the United States sparked by sexual assault accusations against the 77-year-old comedian and actor.Cosby offered a comedy show a...

Study: Majority of Haitian migrants in the Bahamas are Protestant

21 November, 2014

Study: Majority of Haitian migrants in the Bahamas are Prote…

By Natalia BonillaSan Juan, Nov 20 (EFE).- Protestantism has become the majority religion for Haitian immigrants in the Bahamas, where they make up 16 percent of the population, according to a forthcoming book by U.S. anthropologist Be...

Puerto Rico: More than 18,000 chikungunya infections, 5 related deaths

21 November, 2014

Puerto Rico: More than 18,000 chikungunya infections, 5 rela…

San Juan, Nov 21 (EFE).- Puerto Rico has accumulated more than 18,000 suspected cases of chikungunya and five deaths linked to that virus, the U.S. commonwealth's Department of Health said, citing figures for the week ended Oct. 2...

Dominica police in pay dispute ahead of general election

21 November, 2014

Dominica police in pay dispute ahead of general election

As Dominica prepares for general election on December 8,  police there have rejected the government’s latest pay increase proposal for the period 2012 to 2015. Neither the government nor the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) is mak...

Guyana's main opposition now calls for general election

21 November, 2014

Guyana's main opposition now calls for general election

The Opposition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) is now calling for early general election, just hours after Opposition Leader David Granger insisted that he would not be talking with President Donald Ramotar on any issue unless Parli...

Documents expose diplomatic deals between Cuba, Argentine junta

21 November, 2014

Documents expose diplomatic deals between Cuba, Argentine ju…

Buenos Aires, Nov 21 (EFE).- Documents recently declassified by the Argentine government reveal diplomatic cooperation between Communist Cuba and the right-wing military junta that ruled the South American country between 1976 and 1983.The ...

Caribbean News Desk radio prog: Guyana flooded; Caribbean Airlines boss takes home US$30K

20 November, 2014

Caribbean News Desk radio prog: Guyana flooded; Caribbean Ai…

Thousands of Guyanese in the capital city, Georgetown, and other coastal areas are counting their losses as a result of severe flooding due to heavy rainfall overnight.Many stores and dwellings on lower-flats have been inundated with severa...

CARICOM implements Single Market information project

20 November, 2014

CARICOM implements Single Market information project

San Juan, Nov 20 (EFE).- The Caribbean Community is implementing a Trade and Competitiveness information project to facilitate participation in the CARICOM Single Market. For the next five months, the initiative "aims to connect nationals ...

Georgetown schools to remain closed Friday

20 November, 2014

Georgetown schools to remain closed Friday

(Georgetown, November 20, 2014) The Ministry of Education wishes to advise the public that all public  schools in Georgetown will remain closed on Friday, November 21, 2014 to facilitate the sanitization of the facilities. Meanwhi...

Brazil negotiates accord with U.S. to develop anti-Ebola serum

20 November, 2014

Brazil negotiates accord with U.S. to develop anti-Ebola ser…

Sao Paulo, Nov 19 (EFE).- Brazil's Butanta Institute scientific research center is negotiating an agreement with the U.S. National Institutes of Health to develop a serumagainst Ebola, authorities said Wednesday.The details of the acco...

Venezuela pledges commitment to Petrocaribe despite oil-price dip

20 November, 2014

Venezuela pledges commitment to Petrocaribe despite oil-pric…

Caracas, Nov 20 (EFE).- Venezuela pledged at a Petrocaribe meeting here Thursday to continue supplying oil on favorable terms to member states despite a drop in international crude prices.Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez, the form...

Caribbean Development Bank to honor region's 1st Nobel laureate

20 November, 2014

Caribbean Development Bank to honor region's 1st Nobel laure…

San Juan, Nov 20 (EFE).- The Caribbean Development Bank and the University of West Indies will commemorate in 2015 the centenary of the birth of late Saint Lucian economist Arthur Lewis, the Caribbean's first Nobel laureate.Lewis'...

Bahamas still defending new immigration policy

20 November, 2014

Bahamas still defending new immigration policy

The Bahamas’ Foreign Minister prepares to brief the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Community (Caricom) on his country’s crackdown on illegal immigrants.Addressing the House of Assembly on Wednesday, he continued to ...

Eastern Caribbean telecoms regulator warns Cable and Wireless about competition meltdown

20 November, 2014

Eastern Caribbean telecoms regulator warns Cable and Wireles…

The move by Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) and Columbus Communications to create a combined business operation is not going down well with the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL). That regulatory body says that t...

Heavy rain causes severe flooding; schools in several regions closed

20 November, 2014

Heavy rain causes severe flooding; schools in several region…

Heavy rain overnight rain has left several parts of Guyana’s capital, Georgetown, and a number of coastal areas flooded. The Ministry of Education announced that the flood has forced the closure of all government schools in the city and Reg...

Caribbean News Desk radio prog: Guyana's President invites Opposition to talks... Cuban doctor infected with Ebola...Dominica's eligible voters more than population.. Antigua and Barbuda bans poultry from Britain, Netherlands

19 November, 2014

Caribbean News Desk radio prog: Guyana's President invites O…

President Donald Ramotar has invited Opposition Leader, David Granger to talks, despite the combined opposition’s position not to speak with government about matters on the Parliamentary agenda ever since the Guyanese leader suspended Parli...

St. Lucia waives VAT for Christmas

19 November, 2014

St. Lucia waives VAT for Christmas

St. Lucia waives VAT for certain products during ChristmasSan Juan, Nov 19 (EFE).- The St. Lucia House of Assembly approved a measure to waive the value added tax on certain products for personal use during the Christmas season.Prime Minist...

Granger dumps Ramotar's invitation for talks

19 November, 2014

Granger dumps Ramotar's invitation for talks

Opposition Leader, David Granger has rejected President Donald Ramotar’s invitation to high-level talks, a move that appears to inch Guyanese closer to the polls very early New Year to elect a new government of their choice. A spokesman for...

IMF concerned about impact of PetroCaribe's likely collapse on Caribbean

19 November, 2014

IMF concerned about impact of PetroCaribe's likely collapse …

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it is very concerned about the future of the PetroCaribe concessionary oil-deal in the wake of Venezuela’s deteriorating economy and falling international oil prices. Several Caribbean countries ha...

Dominica's eligible voters more than population

19 November, 2014

Dominica's eligible voters more than population

Dominica’s Electoral Commission has announced that the number of eligible voters for next month’s elections is more than that island’s population. Figures show that there are 72,489 eligible voters for the general election set for December ...

Antigua and Barbuda bans poultry from Britain, Holland

19 November, 2014

Antigua and Barbuda bans poultry from Britain, Holland

Antigua and Barbuda has banned poultry and poultry products from the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Japan in the wake of an outbreak of Bird Flu. Scientists say this strain of Avian Influenza may be transmitted to humans. The ban Veter...

4 Foreigners jailed in Cuba for sexual abuse of children

19 November, 2014

4 Foreigners jailed in Cuba for sexual abuse of children

Havana, Nov 18 (EFE).- Four foreign citizens - a Canadian, an Indian and two Italians - have been sentenced to prison inCubafor the sexual abuse of children, while another two are awaiting trial for similar offenses, an official report rele...

Cuban doctor contracts Ebola in Sierra Leone, to be moved to Geneva

19 November, 2014

Cuban doctor contracts Ebola in Sierra Leone, to be moved to…

Havana, Nov 19 (EFE).- A Cuban doctor, part of the country's medical team that is fighting the Ebola disease in Sierra Leone, has been infected by the virus and will be flown to Geneva, Switzerland to be treated, Cuban officials said. Dr. ...

Jamaica studies producing biofuel with local crops

19 November, 2014

Jamaica studies producing biofuel with local crops

Jamaica studies producing biofuel with local cropsSan Juan, Nov 19 (EFE).- The state-owned Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, or PCJ, is looking into producing biofuel from local crops as an alternative to imported oil, the government said W...

GUYANA: Opposition party begins "campaign of resistance" for Parliament to be reconvened

18 November, 2014

GUYANA: Opposition party begins "campaign of resistance…

Guyana’s opposition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) on Monday began a wave of protests aimed at pressuring President Donald Ramotar to lift the suspension of Parliament. He prorogued the Parliament last week Monday to prevent the ma...

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