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CLICO to make major investment in St. Kitts
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Basseterre St. Kitts July 25: CLICO announced Monday, it is to locate its new Financial Centre in St. Kitts, market Phase 1 and begin Phase 2 of the Douglas Estate Housing Development;  and start construction of a multi-million dollar condominium project at Frigate Bay, one of St. Kitts’ leading tourism area.  More...

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Haiti seeks billions in international aid

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti July 25 (Reuters) - Haiti will ask for $7 billion (3.7 billion pounds) from international donors meeting in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday to help the troubled Caribbean country revive its moribund economy, a government minister said.Haitian Foreign Affairs Minister Renald Clerisme said on Monday that the government needs several billion dollars to implement medium- and long-term projects...  More...

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Lloyd Noel is  a former Attorney General of Grenada and prominent attorney at law
Where to - the executive, judiciary or CCJ- in T&T?
During the past two weeks, as I look and listened at the massacre and rhetorical shameful excuses - coming from Israel and Lebanon - as the former killed hundreds and devastated everything in sight in the latter - I could not resist making comparisons with our lifestyle in the Region. While I shared, from a distance, the grief of the many thousands who were fleeing their homeland maybe for the last time - I also felt that we in the Caribbean are very, very, fortunate, to be living in peaceful surroundings by comparison - while at the same time not being subject to the extremities and fanaticisms that obtain in the Middle East. More... 
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Caribbean in Focus
The real worth of political manifestos in the Caribbean
By Dr. Isaac Newton

I was the guest speaker at a prestigious University recently. My topic was “Caribbean integration and change agent leadership.”

The atmosphere was laced with anguish realism and undaunted hope. Students demonstrated an extraordinarily rare diasporic deliberation, over how to make enduring contributions to the Caribbean. More....

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T&T Chief Justice cant be arrested at least for now
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Port of Spain Trinidad July 25 2006: A judge in Trinidad and Tobago has ruled that the police cannot arrest the Chief Justice, Satnarine Sharma, on the criminal charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice. Mr. Sharma has been accused of trying to intervene improperly in the trial of former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday, who has been convicted for failing to declare a London bank account. More...

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Caribbean deaths from non communicable disease is 10 times higher than HIV-AIDS
Basseterre St. Kitts July 11 2006: Caribbean Heads of Government have received a report of a study on the macro-economic implications of non-communicable diseases.The study is a follow-up to the Report of the Caribbean Commission on Health Development headed by Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Sir George Alleyne and was presented at the 27th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community in St. Kitts. More...
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Four Cubans guilty of human trafficking fined and deported from Jamaica

Kingston Jamaica July 25 2006:  Four Cubans believed to be part of a human trafficking ring were hit with heavy fines Monday and ordered deported.
The Cubans, 41-year-old Jorge Felix; 37-year-old Crespo Mario Antonio; 25-year-old Cruz Hernandez Paval and 25-year-old Sanchez Vasquez, pleaded guilty when they appeared in the Half-Way-Tree Criminal Court..
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The apostles of regional integration 
This is a speech delivered by St. Vincent's Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves at the 27th meeting of the conference of Heads of Government in Bassetere St. Kitts. Because of its intellectual value Carib News Now has published the speech here in its entirety... More 
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Caribbean urged to do more to fight illegal drugs

Bridgetown Barbados July 25: Regional crime fighting bodies have been urged to do more to control the spread of illegal drugs throughout the region. This was revealed in the Report of the International Narcotics Control Board for 2005. In the Report, it was stressed that the region remained a major transshipment point in the spread of narcotics in the Western Hemisphere, particularly in the Americas. More... 

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Jamaica PM invites international investment

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Kingston Jamaica July 05: Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, has invited international investment in Jamaica, noting that there was tremendous potential for doing business in the island.Mrs. Simpson Miller, who was addressing a meeting of international bankers and investors recently in Miami, pointed to the tourism and alumina industries as important areas for investment. More...  

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St. Lucians called upon to show greater care for government property

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Castries St. Lucia  July 05 2006: The island's Minister for Social Transformation, Culture and Local Government   has made an appeal for citizens to treat public facilities with better care and respect. Menissa Rambally was at the time giving her support to a Disaster Management Bill which went before Parliament on Tuesday 27th June 2006. Miss Rambally encouraged the public to treat government property as they would their own possessions.  More...

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Haiti returns to the Caricom brotherhood
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Two years after Caribbean Community leaders meeting here refused to recognize Haiti's interim government, they returned here Monday to embrace its new president and re-engage CARICOM's poorest member-state.Haitian President René Préval, fresh from visits to Paris, Brussels and Miami, arrived for the three-day CARICOM summit to officially resume his country's membership in the 15-nation regional bloc. More...

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Caricom to pursue more bilateral trade agreements with US and Canada

Basseterre St. Kitts July 04: Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has endorsed a proposal for regional states to pursue more bilateral arrangements with the United States.The proposal was made Monday by a ministerial sub-committee of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) which was chaired by Mrs. Simpson-Miller. More...

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UK agrees to cease recruitment of Caribbean nurses

London United Kingdom July 04: The British government has told the country's National Health Service (NHS) to stop recruiting junior nurses from overseas. Caribbean authorities have long rued the drain of nurses from the region who are lured to more lucrative jobs in Britain and the United States.However the British Royal College of Nursing is not in favour of a recruitment ban. More...

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Caricom to discuss Venezuela's bid to UN security council

Basseterre, St Kitts July 04:  The 15-member Caribbean Community will discuss Venezuela's bid for a UN Security Council seat, which the United States opposes, an official said yesterday.The Caribbean Community (Caricom) will talk about the bid tomorrow during its summit, St Kitts Foreign Minister Timothy Harris said. Washington officials have encouraged Latin American and Caribbean nations to vote for Guatemala for the region's rotating seat on  More...

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St. Kitts empowerment for ownership fund gets a $10 million boost

Bassetere St. Kitts July 03:  Prime Minister Dr. Denzil  Douglas says launching of the EC$10 million “Empowerment for Ownership” Fund should prove to be a major boost to the micro, small and medium-size enterprises in the twin-island Federation. “After all, it is this sector that historically has proven to be the most dynamic in developing countries and development economies around the world,” said Prime Minister Douglas More...

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Vincentian athlete wins Caricom 10k marathon

Basseterre St. Kitts July 03: The CARICOM 10K Run held on Sunday to commemorate the 27th Summit of CARICOM Heads of Government in St. Kitts was won by Pamenos Ballantyne of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.The 31-year-old professional athlete has enjoyed numerous successes on the regional and international circuit and has represented his country at the Olympic level. .More...

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CDB president says priority attention needed in key areas to transform regional economies

Georgetown Guyana July 1: Professor Compton Bourne, President of the Caribbean Development Bank, is urging priority attention to “supply-side” constraints to structural transformation of regional economies, which he has identified as critical in the Region, now facing a new era after years of access to preferential markets. Supply-side is a description of economic policies that promote conditions favouring the producers of goods and services. More...

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Jamaica health delegation gets reponses fron eye care patients in Cuba 
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Kingston Jamaica July 1: "ˇVer es creer!" means "seeing is believing" and this was the main objective of the Jamaican delegation that visited Cuba from June 16 to 18 as part of a review of the Jamaica/Cuba Eye Care Programme.Led by Minister of Health, Horace Dalley, the delegation was welcomed by Dr. Gustavo Aldereguia Lima, Director General of the University Hospital in the province of Cienfuegos, Cuba, who invited the group to observe and assess the quality of care given to Jamaican patients.  More...

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Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls for new trial for Grenada 17

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (AP) June 29:  A fact-finding panel in Grenada advised the government on to grant new trials to 17 people convicted of killings in a 1983 coup that triggered a US invasion, one of the last conflicts of the Cold War.In a report submitted to Parliament, the South Africa-style Truth and Reconciliation Commission,...More... 

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