Tourist fined for explosive words

10 August 2016

ST JOHN’S – A 35-year-old French national has been fined EC$4 000 (BDS$2 963) after he pleaded guilty to causing a bomb scare on a LIAT flight at the VC Bird International Airport last week. Francois Bourneth, who was returning to Guadeloupe from Barbados where he... Read More


Rush for US visas in Jamaica

07 August 2016

KINGSTON – The United States Embassy in Kingston has confirmed that all interview dates for nonimmigrant visas have been exhausted for the rest of the year. In fact, the embassy said the demand for visas is so heavy that it is scheduling 1 000 appointments daily.... Read More


Contractor had reservations before bridge was built

06 August 2016

GEORGETOWN – The problems associated with the shifting Hope Canal Bridge located at Hope on the East Coast of Demerara are a result of poor design and not the failure of the contractor, Minister of Agriculture Noel Holder said. The minister stated that records show... Read More


IMF: St Kitts economy ‘robust’

04 August 2016

BASSETERRE – The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest Article 1V consultation with St Kitts and Nevis on July 8, 2016, has concluded that the Federation’s economy is in a good state of health. It also stated the debt-to-GDP Ratio... Read More


Lobster season opens in St Lucia

04 August 2016

CASTRIES – St Lucians can now enjoy lobsters until February 28 next year. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries, Co-operatives and Rural Development on Tuesday announced the opening of the season, which has several restrictions in place. When... Read More


OUR CARIBBEAN: Choosing leaders in US, Caricom

03 August 2016

WITH Crop-Over 2016 officially over, perhaps Barbadians would also become more focused on the unique political challenge currently facing Americans – the election of a woman as their first-ever President – Hillary Rodham Clinton. At 68, and hailed by the outgoing... Read More


Build on jubilee celebrations, urges Minister

02 August 2016

GEORGETOWN – The economic spinoffs from Guyana’s 50th anniversary celebrations have exceeded expectations, and presented new opportunities for the development of the country’s economy, Minister of Finance Winston Jordan said. The Minister said, “The results of the... Read More


Reject violence, Jamaicans told

02 August 2016

PRIME MINISTER Andrew Holness, is urging Jamaicans to reject violence and focus building a society that is more compassionate and peaceful. “We, as a society, have not fully overcome slavery, and one element of it that still permeates, pervades, directs, influences,... Read More


St Lucians get 16 scholarships to Taiwan

02 August 2016

CASTRIES – The government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) recently expressed its commitment to provide Saint Lucians with opportunities to further their studies, at a ceremony that awarded scholarships to 16 Saint Lucians for study in Taiwan. Taiwan’s ambassador... Read More


Trump’s immigration stand generates fear

02 August 2016

TWO HIGHLY-PLACED Bajan immigrants in New York and New Jersey share a common concern: the “frightening” impact of Donald Trump’s proposed immigration policies. And in their different ways, Adrian Mapp, the Democratic Mayor of Plainfield, a municipal area with a population... Read More


Grenadians to vote in referendum October 27

01 August 2016

ST GEORGE’S – Grenada will vote in a referendum for a new constitution on October 27 this year with the authorities acknowledging the importance of the month in Grenadian history. “Putting all things on the table… we have learnt that October is a month of great significant... Read More


Tropical Wave approaching region

30 July 2016

ISLANDS IN THE Eastern Caribbean are bracing for the impact of a tropical wave later today. According to the National Hurricane Centre, at 8 a.m., the wave was located about 700 miles east of the Lesser Antilles over the Atlantic Ocean, moving westward at 25 to 30... Read More


Greater police presence in St Kitts and Nevis

30 July 2016

BASSETERRE – Intensified security operations are being executed in St Kitts and Nevis, and will continue over the coming days and weeks as law enforcement seeks to enhance public safety. The news was announced on Wednesday at the Prime Minister’s Monthly Press Conference... Read More


Jamaican government promises tighter policing of public funds

28 July 2016

KINGSTON – Information Minister Senator Ruel Reid yesterday sought to assure the public that the Government plans to act in the face of mounting reports of blatant breaches of Government regulations and guidelines on the use of public funds and resources. “The matter... Read More


Minister agrees to random bauxite testing

28 July 2016

GEORGETOWN – Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman has agreed to random testing of the bauxite that is being shipped out of Guyana that would dispel Linden residents’ misconceptions. Minister Trotman appeared before the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee yesterday,... Read More


New plant varieties could revitalise coconut industry in Grenada

27 July 2016

ST GEORGE’S – With support from the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), 1500 Lethal Yellowing resistant coconut plantlets from Mexico have been added to Grenada’s coconut stock, as the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) continues its coconut resuscitation... Read More


OUR CARIBBEAN: An outstanding regional son

27 July 2016

THE LAD who grew up humbly in rural Chaguanas and Tunapuna to later scale primary, secondary school and university successes before achieving recognition as a pre-eminent diplomat and head of Trinidad and Tobago’s Public Service has much of relevance to recall for today’s... Read More


High unemployment among Bahamian youth

26 July 2016

NASSAU – A survey has found that the number of young people who are unemployed in the Bahamas continues “to be considerably higher than any other age group” in the country. The Department of Statistics while it gave no figure for the number of unemployed young people,... Read More


Shaw promises new regulatory environment for micro credit companies

25 July 2016

KINGSTON – Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw says that the Government is in the process of creating a new regulatory environment for the microfinancing sector. He said that currently the process involves the reviewing of the most recent revisions... Read More


Bahamas Central Bank denies dollar will be devalued

23 July 2016

NASSAU – The Central Bank of the Bahamas (CBB) has denied reports of a possible devaluation of the local currency insisting there “are also no existing or emerging pressures that would precipitate the forced abandonment of the fixed exchange rate regime”. In a statement,... Read More


St Kitts adding more courts to clear backlog

21 July 2016

BASSETERRE – The administration of justice in St Kitts and Nevis is expected to improve significantly with the addition of another High Court as well as a third Magistrate Court in Basseterre. The Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs Vincent... Read More




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