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Robust interaction at CARICOM Reform consultations in Jamaica

irwin-larocque-2 KINGSTON, Jamica -     Change was in the air in Kingston, Jamaica for the past week as the CARICOM Reform Process was the focus of attention at national consultations.

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Caribbean laments widening gap between rich and poor countries

CourtneyRattray-pic-001NEW YORK-CMC—Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries have expressed concerns over the widening gap between rich and poor countries and warn that they may continue to lag behind in pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Haiti’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Astride Nazaire, told the UN’s Second Committee that it was important for member states to step up their ambitions as they forged the post-2015 development agenda. 

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Guyana’s Amaila Falls hydro project will remove risk of price volatility –Finance Minister

Amaila-falls1Georgetown, GINA, July 13, 2013 - The Amaila Falls Hydro power (AFHP) project is the most prominent and transformative scheme that will convert Guyana from being entirely dependent on fossil fuels to becoming dependent on renewable energy. This will in turn bring back benefits and the avoidance of a significant import bill associated with fuel for electricity generation.

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FULL TEXT OF JUDGEMENT IN SHANIQUE MYRIE CASE

caribbean court of justice2The Caribbean Court of Justice in its original jurisdiction has ruled that Barbados breached the right of Jamaican Shanique Myrie to enter the country, when she arrived at Grantley Adams International Airport on March 14, 2011.

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Panday: I am very sad T&T is going Downhill

Basdeo-Panday-8Constitutional reform is the only way to rid T&T of racial and ethnic voting. This is the view of former prime minister Basdeo Panday, who is accusing both the People’s Partnership Government and the Opposition People’s National Movement of not wanting constitutional reform because it suited their selfish purposes.

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Int’l media watchdogs concerned by Abrahams vs Parbode suit

Parbodes-August-300x256PARAMARIBO–Two international media watchdogs -Reporters Without Borders RSF and the International Press Institute (IPI) – have squared themselves behind investigative monthly Parbode that has been sued by a former Government Minister for reporting that he was corrupt.  

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PM Douglas highlights "hypocritical statements by former minister Harris”

Min-Harris-gesturesBASSETERRE, St. Kitts, 30th June 2013 – Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has responded to calls for him to comment on what nationals term “hypocritical statements” now being made by former senior minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris.

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Warner explains how he beat the UNC in the by election

montano-deonarine-warnerI listened to Ms. Ameen’s speech on the night that she conceded defeat and it was clearto me why the UNC lost in their heartland constituency and why the People’s Partnership Government needs to do more than reflect and introspect before it faces the polls in the upcoming Local Government Elections.

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Fear that slum will replace earthquake camps in Haiti

caanan-camp-haitiThree-and-a-half years after a devastating earthquake that killed 200,000 people, Haiti is slowly returning to normal. There used to be 1.5 million people living under tents in the immediate aftermath of the quake - that number has now dropped to 320,000.

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New report from CARICOM: Integration a boost for regional trade

caricomhqA new report from the CARICOM Secretariat shows that intra-regional trade has increased over the decades of the integration movement and despite a dip in 2009, the increase in trade in 2011 was approximately 30 times the amount of US$0.1B in 1973. T&T has been the region’s dominant exporter. 

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Barbados’ Economy to Come Under Microscope on June 27

chris sinckler5Barbados' economy will come under the microscope soon, when Government joins with key stakeholders to examine the various challenges affecting it and come up with practical solutions to bring it back on track.

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Jamaican Government is ‘lifting up’ children through positive action

LisaHanna 4c65fWednesday, June 17, 2013:  The Government of Jamaica has refuted a characterization by a civil society group of its actions to improve the situation of children who come in contact with the justice system as being “abuse of Jamaica’s children”.

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GuyExpo 2013 launched - reflects Guyana’s new economy, LCDS

Guyana Expo launchGuyana’s signature trade fair and exposition GuyExpo was officially launched jointly with the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) which is celebrating its Golden Jubilee this year.

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Caricom youth ambassadors for Russia

caricomhqCaribbean Community (CARICOM) Youth Ambassadors, Tamira Browne (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Patrice Harris (St. Kitts and Nevis) and Jamonn Roberts (Barbados) are scheduled to participate in the International Youth Forum Seliger 2013 from July 21st – 28th 2013 in Moscow, Russia.

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CARICOM’S AID FOR TRADE INITIATIVE

caricom HQ-GTPort-au-Prince, Haiti, June 11, 2013 - The Caribbean Community, CARICOM, today launches a Regional Aid for Trade initiative, which aims to create consensus within CARICOM on priorities for ensuring growth and a more diversified regional economy.

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A Statement On The Constitutional Crisis In St. Kitts And Nevis “A Plea For Peace And Justice”

ken-cliftonOccasionally in life there comes a moment in time when remaining silent in the face of an impending travesty is a betrayal of peace and justice. The pressing constitutional crisis in St. Kitts and Nevis is one such moment.

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Concern over Antigua youth in dangerous gang activity

gang-380ST JOHN’S, Antigua – It’s a worrying trend, a social worker said: school girls and young women – males too – becoming more frequently involved in dangerous gang activity, including varying forms of sex with multiple partners right from their initiation.

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UK Aid for Trade has helped Pave the Way for EPA Implementation

ivan orgando-loraCARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana-     Great strides have been made in strengthening national capacity in the Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM), regarding the implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU). 

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GUYANA - Opposition Leader misunderstands his role – in confirmation of Chancellor and Chief Justice – AG

Anil-NandlallAttorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall today condemned the political squabbling that has now ensued over the appointment of the Chancellor and Chief Justice, which are two most important posts in the judiciary.

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Pan-African Reparations Coalition writes to CARICOM

Esther-Stanford-XoseiThe Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe (PARCOE), have written to CARICOM expressing their interests in the emerging Caribbean Reparations Movement and the decision by the Conference of Heads at their recent meeting in Trinidad and Tobago, to establish National Reparations Committees in each CARICOM member state.

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Caricom’s survival challenges

freundel stuart-330x228THE FIRST in a series of planned consultations, across this region, for introduction of a “Five-Year Strategic Plan for Caricom”, had a low-profile start in Barbados last Wednesday.

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