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Carib News Desk prog: Falling oil prices unlikely to dent Trinidad and Tobago; Guyana's Opposition Leader pulls out of Local Govt talks; Dom Rep charges first person for terrorism

Carib News Desk prog: Falling oil prices unlikely to dent Trinidad and Tobago; Guyana's Opposition Leader pulls…

The President and Chief Executive Officer of Massy Group, Gervase Warner says falling oil prices will not impact on his company and Trinidad and Tobago; at least, just not yet....

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Guyana's Speaker's Mace not stolen; Opposition wants fixed dates for National Assembly's reconvening

Guyana's Speaker's Mace not stolen; Opposition wants fixed dates for National Assembly's reconvening

The Speaker’s Mace – his symbol of authority- is not stolen or missing, contrary to claims by House Speaker Raphael Trotman. Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs told Caribbean...

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Carib News Desk: Trinidad's Carnival 2015 is on despite Ebola fears; two dead in St Maarten cargo plane crash and more stories...

30 October, 2014

Carib News Desk: Trinidad's Carnival 2015 is on despite Ebol…

Trinidad and Tobago authorities have decided that Carnival 2015 will go ahead, despite concerns in some quarters about the deadly Ebola Virus being imported to the twin-island nation during festivities. Announcing that Carnival will go ahea...

Apple CEO Tim Cook: "I'm proud to be gay"

30 October, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook: "I'm proud to be gay"

Washington, Oct 30 (EFE).- Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly acknowledged his homosexuality in an essay published Thursday in which he said he is "proud to be gay," something that he considers to be "one of the greatest gifts" God has given him....

Two perish in cargo plane crash off Dutch St Maarten

30 October, 2014

Two perish in cargo plane crash off Dutch St Maarten

The pilot and co-pilot of a cargo plane, contracted by Fedex, died when the aircraft plunged into the Caribbean Sea off  Dutch St. Maarten.Acting Director of the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard, Wendell Thode told Caribbean News Desk that ...

Massy's CEO wants a business-friendly Caricom

30 October, 2014

Massy's CEO wants a business-friendly Caricom

The President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Trinidad-based Massy group of companies, Gervase Warner has some harsh-words about the business-friendliness of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (Caricom).Warner says Caricom’s challen...

World Bank earmarks additional $100 mn to fight Ebola

30 October, 2014

World Bank earmarks additional $100 mn to fight Ebola

Washington, Oct 30 (EFE).- The World Bank announced Thursday that it will provide an additional $100 million to battle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and to facilitate the deployment of foreign health professionals in the worst-affected ...

Venezuela holds 10 for lawmaker's murder

30 October, 2014

Venezuela holds 10 for lawmaker's murder

Caracas, Oct 30 (EFE).- Ten people are in custody for the murder of a ruling-party lawmaker and his aide, Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega said Thursday. Arrest warrants remain outstanding for four other suspects, three of them for...

Trinidad's Carnival is on despite some Ebola fears

30 October, 2014

Trinidad's Carnival is on despite some Ebola fears

Trinidad and Tobago authorities have decided that Carnival 2015 will go ahead, despite concerns in some quarters about the deadly Ebola virus being imported to that twin-island nation during festivitiesAnnouncing that the annual calendar ev...

Brazil hikes interest rates after Rousseff's re-election

30 October, 2014

Brazil hikes interest rates after Rousseff's re-election

Brasilia, Oct 29 (EFE).- The decision by Brazil's central bank to raise interest rates following President Dilma Rousseff's re-election has taken the market by surprise. Interest rates were raised on Wednesday by a quarter percentage point...

Clerk refuses to convene House; President hints at sitting soon; Speaker appeals for help with constitutional crisis

29 October, 2014

Clerk refuses to convene House; President hints at sitting s…

Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman on Wednesday said Guyana has plunged into a constitutional crisis because the Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs has refused to convene Parliament on the basis that only the gov...

Nandlall's Tapegate: Conversation not edited but taken out of context- Ramotar

29 October, 2014

Nandlall's Tapegate: Conversation not edited but taken out o…

In the Wednesday edition of Caribbean Newsdesk, President Donald Ramotar says a tape in which Attorney General, Anil Nandlall was heard talking about the vulnerability of Kaieteur News to being attacked by armed persons was not edited. The...

Salary controversy could harm the future of West Indies cricket team

29 October, 2014

Salary controversy could harm the future of West Indies cric…

San Juan, Oct 29 (EFE).- The West Indies cricket team's recent abandonment of the India tour over apparent salary cuts is threatening the future of the game in the Caribbean region, where it enjoys great acceptance.Suruj Ragoonath, chief ex...

Number of Ebola cases jumps to over 13,700, WHO says

29 October, 2014

Number of Ebola cases jumps to over 13,700, WHO says

Geneva, Oct 29 (EFE).- The World Health Organization, or WHO, confirmed on Wednesday that 13,703 people have been infected with the Ebola virus since the epidemic began in March.Of that number, 13,676 of the cases were reported from three W...

4 Die, 28 others injured in traffic accident in Cuba

29 October, 2014

4 Die, 28 others injured in traffic accident in Cuba

Havana, Oct 29 (EFE).- Four people were killed and 28 others injured when a bus collided with a truck on a highway in eastern Cuba, state media reported Wednesday.The accident occurred Tuesday night on the central highway in Camaguey, a pro...

1 Dead, 7 arrested in protests in northern Dominican Republic

29 October, 2014

1 Dead, 7 arrested in protests in northern Dominican Republi…

Santiago, Dominican Republic, Oct 29 (EFE).- One person died and at least seven were arrested during protests held Wednesday in communities in the northern and northeastern Dominican Republic to demand social projects, police said.The fatal...

Coast Guard rescues 33 migrants off Florida

29 October, 2014

Coast Guard rescues 33 migrants off Florida

Miami, Oct 29 (EFE).- The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 33 migrants Wednesday from the sea near Boca Raton, north of Miami, after their boat sank, officials told Efe."We recovered the 33 migrants some nine kilometers (six miles) east of Boca Rat...

Caribbean News Desk prog: Concerns about Jamaican ministers' huge cell phone bills

28 October, 2014

Caribbean News Desk prog: Concerns about Jamaican ministers'…

A furore over telephone bills incurred by members of Jamaica’s cabinet has erupted with the country’s  Parliamentary Opposition demanding an explanation from the Simpson-Miller administration.  This follows an investigation done b...

U.S. Virgin Islands announces agreement to sell refinery

28 October, 2014

U.S. Virgin Islands announces agreement to sell refinery

San Juan, Oct 28 (EFE).- The U.S. Virgin Islands announced that Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and Hess Corp have reached a tentative agreement to sell the now-idle Hovensa refinery to Atlantic Basin Refining.Located on the south shore ...

Suriname Airways ordered to compensate delayed passengers

28 October, 2014

Suriname Airways ordered to compensate delayed passengers

In The Netherlands… The  Amsterdam District Court has ordered Suriname Airways (SLM) to pay 7,800 Euros to twelve passengers for the delay of a flight two years ago. The SLM had invoked exceptional circumstances, but the court rejected...

Guyana's Assembly Clerk will likely ditch Speaker's instruction to re-convene overdue sitting

28 October, 2014

Guyana's Assembly Clerk will likely ditch Speaker's instruct…

The Clerk of Guyana's National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs looks set to refuse an instruction by the Speaker, Raphael Trotman to re-convene the National Assembly next Thursday.  The House has not met since July 10 when government moved f...

Coast Guard rescues 11 migrants near Miami

28 October, 2014

Coast Guard rescues 11 migrants near Miami

Miami, Oct 28 (EFE).- U.S. Coast Guard and Miami search and rescue teams continued Tuesday looking for two men at sea after 11 Cuban migrants where picked up a day earlier from a rickety boat in Biscayne Bay.The air and sea m...

Barbados on track to slash budget deficit

28 October, 2014

Barbados on track to slash budget deficit

San Juan, Oct 28 (EFE).- The government of Barbados plans to reduce its budget deficit to 6.6 percent of gross domestic product by March 2015, the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs said Tuesday.The government is moving ahead with the...

PPP's Navin Chandarpal dies

28 October, 2014

PPP's Navin Chandarpal dies

Veteran Guyanese politician, Navin Chandarpal died early Tuesday morning at his home, ending a long battle with  stomach cancer, according to well-placed sources. He was in his 60s. The former Minister of Agriculture was Presidential A...

Attorney General's voice: Aware of a plot to launch an armed attack on Kaieteur News; govt stands by him

27 October, 2014

Attorney General's voice: Aware of a plot to launch an armed…

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall's voice has surfaced, heard purportedly saying that he is aware of a plot by an armed person to invade the newspaper’s offices in retaliation to a number of articles that are bei...

Carib News Desk Radio: Haiti Police break up protest after election postponement

27 October, 2014

Carib News Desk Radio: Haiti Police break up protest after e…

Haitian police have dispersed an opposition-led demonstration in the capital following an official announcement delaying long-planned legislative and municipal elections. The demonstration began hours after President Michel Martelly announ...

Pope says Big Bang theory does not contradict Christianity

27 October, 2014

Pope says Big Bang theory does not contradict Christianity

Vatican City, Oct 27 (EFE).- Pope Francis believes the "Big Bang" theory as a model for the origin of the Universe "does not rule out the intervention of a divine Creator, but rather demands it," and that "the origin of the world is not a p...

House Speaker orders Clerk to convene sitting

27 October, 2014

House Speaker orders Clerk to convene sitting

Guyana’s House Speaker, Raphael Trotman has intervened in a bid to break an impasse between government and the opposition over the convening of the National Assembly for the first time in more than two months. In letters to the Prime Minist...

Several countries asked to map Guyana's mineral resources

27 October, 2014

Several countries asked to map Guyana's mineral resources

China is the latest of several countries that Guyana is receiving help from to map its gold, diamond and other geological resources to avoid “blind” exploration, a top official said Sunday. Guyana’s Minister of Natural Resources and the Env...

Jamaican gov't asks farmers to increase sugarcane production

27 October, 2014

Jamaican gov't asks farmers to increase sugarcane production

San Juan, Oct 24 (EFE).- Jamaica's Ministry of Agriculture, Labor and Social Security on Friday asked sugarcane farmers to increase production as a way to make the industry more competitive internationally.In a press release on Friday,...

Caribbean statisticians urged to protect integrity of data

27 October, 2014

Caribbean statisticians urged to protect integrity of data

The Programme Director- Statistics at the Caricom Headquarters has called on statisticians from across the Caribbean to ensure the independence and confidentiality of data. Addressing the opening of the 39th meeting of the Standing Committe...

Rousseff wins, but women remain marginal in Brazilian politics

27 October, 2014

Rousseff wins, but women remain marginal in Brazilian politi…

By Eduardo DavisBrasilia, Oct 27 (EFE).- Brazilians gave President Dilma Rousseff a second four-year term, but female officeholders remain a small minority in a country where women are 52 percent of the electorate.Rousseff, who took office ...

Cuban health worker dies of malaria in Guinea

27 October, 2014

Cuban health worker dies of malaria in Guinea

Havana, Oct 27 (EFE).- One of the Cuban volunteers who went to Guinea as part of the medical brigade sent to that African country to fight the Ebola epidemic died on Sunday of "malaria with cerebral complications," officials in Havana said ...

Brazil's Rousseff wins reelection with 51.45 pct. of the votes, 98 pct. counted

26 October, 2014

Brazil's Rousseff wins reelection with 51.45 pct. of the vot…

Brasilia, Oct 26 (EFE).- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff won reelection in the presidential runoff held Sunday, garnering 51.45 percent of the votes, compared with 48.55 percent for Social Democratic challenger Aecio Neves, and with 98 p...

Lethem Police Officer-in-Charge shot at night club brawl

25 October, 2014

Lethem Police Officer-in-Charge shot at night club brawl

The Officer-in-Charge of the Lethem Police Station was early Saturday morning shot and injured during a brawl at a disco in the southern Guyanese township near the border with Brazil, police confirmed. Assistant Superintendent Deo Rooplall ...

Guyana monitoring sick woman for Ebola although disease discounted

24 October, 2014

Guyana monitoring sick woman for Ebola although disease disc…

Guyanese health authorities are monitoring a sick woman for Ebola after she was referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) because she told a private doctor that she had recently returned from a West African country that ...

Caribbean News Desk Radio prog: Poor pilot coordination caused Caribbean Airlines flight in Guyana

24 October, 2014

Caribbean News Desk Radio prog: Poor pilot coordination caus…

An investigation into the Caribbean Airlines crash in Guyana four years ago has found that pilot error was the cause for the plane running off the runway at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA). The probe found that the plane touch...

High-level anti-Ebola talks in Guyana

24 October, 2014

High-level anti-Ebola talks in Guyana

Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar was Friday afternoon meeting with stakeholders in the hope of arriving at a broad-based national consensus on warding off  and tackling the Ebola Virus should it arrive. The talks came just hours after...

FATF blacklisting no longer reason for early elections

24 October, 2014

FATF blacklisting no longer reason for early elections

The decision by the global Financial Action Task Force (FATF), not to blacklist Guyana for failing to amend its financial crimes law has pulled one of the reasons that President Donald Ramotar might have used to call early general elections...

Toddler tests positive for marijuana in Puerto Rico

24 October, 2014

Toddler tests positive for marijuana in Puerto Rico

San Juan, Oct 24 (EFE).- A 14-month-old boy tested positive for marijuana in a toxicology exam Friday at a San Juan hospital where was admitted after his parents became concerned that he was sleeping too much. The child "is in stable condi...

Brazil's Petrobras announces new offshore gas, condensate find

24 October, 2014

Brazil's Petrobras announces new offshore gas, condensate fi…

Sao Paulo, Oct 24 (EFE).- Brazilian state-controlled oil company Petrobras on Friday announced a new natural gas and condensate find in deep waters off the coast of the southeastern state of Espirito Santo. Petrobras made the discovery in ...

Study: Among Bahamian teens, girls more aggressive than boys

24 October, 2014

Study: Among Bahamian teens, girls more aggressive than boys

San Juan, Oct 23 (EFE).- Adolescent girls in theBahamasare usually more aggressive in a dating relationship than their male partners, according to a study published by the International Journal of Bahamian Studies. The College of theBahama...

World Bank touts more public-private partnerships

24 October, 2014

World Bank touts more public-private partnerships

San Juan, Oct 23 (EFE).- The World Bank is encouraging Caribbean governments to create more partnerships with the private sector and to "leverage young talents" as ways to stimulate economic growth. "The global financial crisis exposed the...

Caribbean News Desk Radio Prog: CDB pays Haiti's disaster insurance

23 October, 2014

Caribbean News Desk Radio Prog: CDB pays Haiti's disaster in…

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will once again ensure that Haiti has insurance coverage to limit the impact of catastrophic hurricanes and or earthquakes. The Barbados-based CDB says it is is providing a grant of USD2.5 million dollar...

BREAKING NEWS: Ebola strikes New York City: Doctor tests positive for deadly virus

23 October, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Ebola strikes New York City: Doctor tests pos…

BY  Larry Celona, Jamie Schram, Shawn Cohen, Frank Rosario and Danika Fears(NEW YORK POST) A Harlem doctor who recently treated patients in Africa, tested positive for the deadly disease after he...

Four arrested for shooting death of electrical engineer

23 October, 2014

Four arrested for shooting death of electrical engineer

Four persons have been arrested and two hand guns and ammunition seized, as police continued their probe into last Sunday’s shooting death of an electrical engineer outside his Prashad Nagar home. Investigators said that a suspect who was a...

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