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

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

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...

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CARICOM implements Single Market information project

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,...

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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...

Bandits knocked down and caught after robbing a couple they trailed from bank

18 November, 2014

Bandits knocked down and caught after robbing a couple they …

Two bandits, who trailed a couple from a city commercial bank to their East Coast Demerara home and robbed a woman of a bag of money, were Tuesday night in an unconscious condition at a city hospital after they were run over by a car that w...

Trinidad and Tobago seeks to boost trade with French Caribbean

18 November, 2014

Trinidad and Tobago seeks to boost trade with French Caribbe…

San Juan, Nov 18 (EFE).- A Trinidad and Tobago trade mission travels this week to three French overseas territories in the Caribbean to bolster business ties.The delegates have already scored some successes in Martinique, the Nati...

Trinidad says repairing flooded road will cost $8 mn

18 November, 2014

Trinidad says repairing flooded road will cost $8 mn

San Juan, Nov 18 (EFE).- Rebuilding a main road damaged by heavy rains will cost around 50 million TTD ($8 million), Trinidad and Tobago's Ministry of Works and Infrastructure said Tuesday.Work has already begun on the damaged str...

Dominica's Electoral Office dismisses opposition's concerns

18 November, 2014

Dominica's Electoral Office dismisses opposition's concerns

As Dominica prepares for next month’s general election, the Electoral Office there says everything is on track for a free and fair poll despite concerns by the opposition United Workers Party (UWP). The UWP has been demanding the use of vot...

Obama orders review of policies for responding to kidnappings abroad

18 November, 2014

Obama orders review of policies for responding to kidnapping…

Washington, Nov 18 (EFE).- President Barack Obama ordered a review of the policies in place to respond to the kidnapping of U.S. citizens abroad, the White House confirmed on Tuesday. Obama ordered the appropriate authorities - including t...

Barbados, U.S. sign tax accord

18 November, 2014

Barbados, U.S. sign tax accord

San Juan, Nov 18 (EFE).- The government of Barbados signed an agreement under the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, known as FATCA, to combat tax evasion by foreign residents in the island. The minister of Industry, International Bu...

U.S. attorney general to visit Barbados

18 November, 2014

U.S. attorney general to visit Barbados

San Juan, Nov 18 (EFE).- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to visit Barbados this week to discuss various issues related to justice and security on the island where his father was born. Holder will meet with Attorney General A...

Puerto Rico police investigating murder of family in luxury neighborhood

18 November, 2014

Puerto Rico police investigating murder of family in luxury …

San Juan, Nov 18 (EFE).- Puerto Rican authorities are investigating the murders on Monday night of four people from the same family in their home in an exclusive neighborhood with on-site security on the outskirts of this capital.The bodies...

Caribbean News Desk radio prog: Britain tells Guyana to try solving its internal problems..

17 November, 2014

Caribbean News Desk radio prog: Britain tells Guyana to try …

Britain believes that Guyana should try to solve its own political impasse before seeking external assistance. While the combined opposition has largely resisted calls by the President Donald Ramotar administration for talks on major issues...

Authorities probing how ferry ran aground on Wakenaam

17 November, 2014

Authorities probing how ferry ran aground on Wakenaam

The Transport and Harbours Department (T&HD) Monday night said it was  currently investigating the circumstances which resulted in the MV SABANTO running aground on to Wakenaam Island during the wee hours of Monday, November 17, 20...

Russia, Venezuela sign oil supply agreement

17 November, 2014

Russia, Venezuela sign oil supply agreement

MOSCOW, Nov 17 (EFE).- Russia closed a deal withVenezuela Monday to purchase 1.6 million tons of oil and nine tons of petrolueum derivates from the Latin American country over the next five years. The agreement was between Russia's go...

Church of England clears way for ordination of women bishops

17 November, 2014

Church of England clears way for ordination of women bishops

London, Nov 17 (EFE).- The General Synod of the Anglican Church on Monday gave its approval for women to be ordained as bishops in the Church of England, a move that will open the way for the first appointments of female bishops early in 20...

Obesity up sharply among primary students in Trinidad and Tobago

17 November, 2014

Obesity up sharply among primary students in Trinidad and To…

San Juan, Nov 17 (EFE).- The proportion of Trinidad and Tobago primary school students who are obese or overweight has doubled in the past decade, Health Minister Fuad Khan said Monday. The ministry collected data on the body mass index of...

Venezuela court authorizes extradition request for Serra murder suspect

17 November, 2014

Venezuela court authorizes extradition request for Serra mur…

Caracas, (EFE).- The Venezuelan Supreme Court, or TSJ, has authorized the extradition request for Leiver Padilla Mendoza, suspected of assassinating Chavista lawmaker Robert Serra and his assistant, and who was arrested in Colombia last Nov...

Guyana- Jamaica: Huge amount of cash seized from Bulgarian

17 November, 2014

Guyana- Jamaica: Huge amount of cash seized from Bulgarian

Guyanese authorities say they have seized a large sum of foreign currency from a Bulgarian man under the Anti Money Laundering and Countering of Financing Terrorism legislation. Agents of Guyana’s Special Organised Crime Unit of the Guyana ...

Bahamas: Multi-million $$ drug seizure

17 November, 2014

Bahamas: Multi-million $$ drug seizure

Police in Grand Bahama are investigating a major drug seizure that has left three Grand Bahamian males in custody. Bahamian police say that about 5 O’clock Sunday morning, officers of the Drug Enforcement Unit acting on information and arm...

GUYANA-POLITICS- Britain calls for swift resumption of Parliament

17 November, 2014

GUYANA-POLITICS- Britain calls for swift resumption of Parli…

British High Commissioner to Guyana, Andrew Ayre on Monday called for the swift resumption of Parliament, one week after President Donald Ramotar suspended (prorogued) the law-making body to avoid a no-confidence vote against his administra...

GUYANA: Two die in early morning fire

17 November, 2014

GUYANA: Two die in early morning fire

Two girls perished in an early Monday morning fire in Guyana's capital, Georgetown widely believed to be the work of arsonists. The fire began shortly after 2 am at the building located on the southwestern side of Robb and King Streets. Th...

Opposition appears cautiously open to some talks with govt

14 November, 2014

Opposition appears cautiously open to some talks with govt

A narrow fissure Saturday night appeared to have developed in the opposition’s hard-line position that there would be no talks with government unless President Donald Ramotar revokes the suspension of the Parliament. Joining with A Partners...

Caribbean News Desk radio prog: Guyana's House Speaker asks Commonwealth to intervene but the President says not yet

14 November, 2014

Caribbean News Desk radio prog: Guyana's House Speaker asks …

The Speaker of Guyana’s National Assembly, Raphael Trotman today asked the Commonwealth Secretariat to intervene in that country’s political impasse that has deepened since the Parliament was prorogued earlier this week. President Donald Ra...

Grenada PM announces cabinet re-shuffle

14 November, 2014

Grenada PM announces cabinet re-shuffle

The former General Secretary of Grenada’s opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Peter David has been appointed Senator by Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell. Veteran trade unionist, Chester Humphrey has been also appointed Senator ...

Caribbean News Desk radio prog: Guyana's opposition party says "no" to 2015 National Budget...

13 November, 2014

Caribbean News Desk radio prog: Guyana's opposition party sa…

The Alliance For Change (AFC) says that it will not approve Guyana’s 2015 National Budget even if it contains hefty salary increases for government employees. AFC Leader Khemraj Ramjattan told a news conference that his party, which holds s...

Archaeologists find babies bones buried since last Ice Age

13 November, 2014

Archaeologists find babies bones buried since last Ice Age

A team of archaeologists have discovered the bones of two babies in Alaska who were buried around 11,500 years ago during the glaciation of the last Ice Age, local media reported Tuesday. This makes them the youngest human remains ever tra...

Toyota to recall 362,000 vehicles worldwide

13 November, 2014

Toyota to recall 362,000 vehicles worldwide

Tokyo, Nov 13 (EFE).- Toyota will recall some 362,000 vehicles worldwide of seven of its models including passenger cars, vans and trucks on account of technical glitches, the Japanese car maker told Efe Thursday. Leading the recalls is th...

Senior U.S. diplomat travels toBahamasfor drug-enforcement talks

13 November, 2014

Senior U.S. diplomat travels toBahamasfor drug-enforcement t…

San Juan, Nov 13 (EFE).- The U.S. assistant secretary of state of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs travels Thursday to theBahamasfor talks on counternarcotics cooperation. During his visit, William Brownfie...

Study: Brazil's underground economy equivalent to 16.2 pct of GDP

13 November, 2014

Study: Brazil's underground economy equivalent to 16.2 pct o…

Rio de Janeiro, Nov 13 (EFE).- Brazil's underground economy will shrink slightly this year to 16.2 percent of gross domestic product, down from 16.3 percent in 2013, according to a study released by the Getulio Vargas Foundation, or FGV, a ...

World's largest underwater sculpture installed in Bahamian waters

13 November, 2014

World's largest underwater sculpture installed in Bahamian w…

By Natalia Bonilla. San Juan, Nov 13 (EFE).- The warm waters off the Bahamas are home to a collection of large-scale underwater sculptures, including one considered the world's largest that rises nearly 18 feet from the seafloor and is des...

Nearly 400,000 Cubans take out loans under new policy

13 November, 2014

Nearly 400,000 Cubans take out loans under new policy

Havana, Nov 13 (EFE).- Cuba's central bank has extended 3.23 billion pesos ($135 million) in personal loans since lending to individuals began in December 2011, Communist Party daily Granma said Thursday. The total of borrowers stood at 37...

Caribbean News Desk Radio prog: Trinidad and Tobago sets up "elite" group to tackle school gangs... No-confidence motions in St Kitts and Nevis, Guyana

12 November, 2014

Caribbean News Desk Radio prog: Trinidad and Tobago sets up …

Trinidad and Tobago has set up an elite multi-agency unit to combat gang violence in and around schools, in the wake of the murder of student in a troubled community of that twin-island nation.Gang violence in schools is a growing problem i...

ECLAC: Aging population to characterize 21st century Latin America

12 November, 2014

ECLAC: Aging population to characterize 21st century Latin A…

Santiago, Nov 12 (EFE).- An aging population will characterize the Latin American and Caribbean region in the 21st century, a phenomenon attributable to lower fertility rates and longer life expectancy, the Economic Commission for Latin Ame...

4 Brazilian cabinet officials resign to ease Rousseff's gov't reform

12 November, 2014

4 Brazilian cabinet officials resign to ease Rousseff's gov'…

Brasilia, Nov 12 (EFE).- Four Brazilian cabinet officials on Wednesday announced their resignations to ease the way for President Dilma Rousseff to restructure her administration after her reelection last October.On Tuesday, Culture Ministe...

Latin America has world's highest rate of female researchers

12 November, 2014

Latin America has world's highest rate of female researchers

Montevideo, Nov 12 (EFE).- Forty-five percent of the scientific researchers in Latin America are women, the highest for any region of the world, the head of the Science Policy and Sustainable Development Division of Unesco, Lidia Brito, sai...

Dominica hotel project offers citizenship to investors

12 November, 2014

Dominica hotel project offers citizenship to investors

San Juan, Nov 12 (EFE).- Dominica's government has signed an agreement with Range Developments for the construction of a luxury hotel on the Caribbean island, the first approved real-estate project under a program that offers citizensh...

China and Peru to create working group for Peru-Brazil railway project

12 November, 2014

China and Peru to create working group for Peru-Brazil railw…

Beijing, Nov 12 (EFE).- Chinese President Xi Jingping and his Peruvian counterpart, Ollanta Humala, on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding to create a trilateral working group for bi-oceanic railway project be...

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