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Hurricane Irma turns westward with 120-mph winds

MIAMI, USA -- Hurricane Irma maintained its category 3 status on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on Friday and is forecast to remain a powerful hurricane for days, as it turned westwards as expected. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) i
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Hurricane Irma turns westward with 120-mph winds

MIAMI, USA -- Hurricane Irma maintained its category 3 status on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on Friday and is forecast to remain a powerful hurricane for days, as it turned westwards as expected. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami...

Irma becomes a category three hurricane

MIAM, USA -- Tropical cyclone Irma strengthened to hurricane force early Thursday morning as the system continued to head towards the Caribbean. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT the centre of Hurricane Irma was locate
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Irma becomes a category three hurricane

MIAM, USA -- Tropical cyclone Irma strengthened to hurricane force early Thursday morning as the system continued to head towards the Caribbean. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT the centre of Hurricane Irma was located about 720 miles...

Tropical Storm Irma heads towards the Caribbean

MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Irma has formed in the far eastern Atlantic and is reported to be intensifying steadily as it moves westwards towards the Caribbean. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Wednesday, the centr
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Tropical Storm Irma heads towards the Caribbean

MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Irma has formed in the far eastern Atlantic and is reported to be intensifying steadily as it moves westwards towards the Caribbean. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Wednesday, the centre of Tropical Storm Irma...

Former Trinidad and Tobago attorney general arrested

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- At 6:00 am on Tuesday, a team of police officers, headed by deputy police commissioner, Harold Phillips, arrested former Trinidad and Tobago attorney general Anand Ramlogan and executed a search warrant at his South Trinidad home.
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Former Trinidad and Tobago attorney general arrested

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- At 6:00 am on Tuesday, a team of police officers, headed by deputy police commissioner, Harold Phillips, arrested former Trinidad and Tobago attorney general Anand Ramlogan and executed a search warrant at his South Trinidad home.

Regional and international HIV experts convene in Barbados

SPEIGHTSTOWN, Barbados -- Regional and international HIV experts have been tasked with developing strategies to engage the Caribbean on the “treatment as prevention” approach to HIV care which will put the region on track to end the AIDS epidemic
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Regional and international HIV experts convene in Barbados

SPEIGHTSTOWN, Barbados -- Regional and international HIV experts have been tasked with developing strategies to engage the Caribbean on the “treatment as prevention” approach to HIV care which will put the region on track to end the AIDS epidemic. The challenge came during the opening ceremony...

Urban artist at risk in Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba -- After being arbitrarily detained on 17 August, Yulier Perez, a graffiti artist known for painting dilapidated walls in Havana, is at risk of being imprisoned again, after months of intimidation and harassment from Cuban authorities. State offi
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Urban artist at risk in Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba -- After being arbitrarily detained on 17 August, Yulier Perez, a graffiti artist known for painting dilapidated walls in Havana, is at risk of being imprisoned again, after months of intimidation and harassment from Cuban authorities. State officials arbitrarily detained Yulier Rodriguez...

St Lucia police officers trained in the law of evidence, report writing, interviewing and interrogation

GROS ISLET, St Lucia -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project is hosting a refresher course for officers of the Royal St Lucia Police Force in the areas of the law of evidence, report writing, inte
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St Lucia police officers trained in the law of evidence, report writing, interviewing and interrogation

GROS ISLET, St Lucia -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project is hosting a refresher course for officers of the Royal St Lucia Police Force in the areas of the law of evidence, report writing, interviewing techniques and interrogation.

Threats fly amid Grenada passport controversy

ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- In response to what it describes as “fake news” in relation to the alleged attempted sale of a Grenada diplomatic passport by one of its managing partners, citizenship consultancy firm Henley & Partners has threaten
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Threats fly amid Grenada passport controversy

ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- In response to what it describes as “fake news” in relation to the alleged attempted sale of a Grenada diplomatic passport by one of its managing partners, citizenship consultancy firm Henley & Partners has threatened legal action against a financial compliance...

Serious crimes down in St Kitts-Nevis

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The proactive and sustained operations to enhance public safety by law enforcement have resulted in decreases in the number of serious crimes committed in St Kitts and Nevis, including homicides, attempted murder, and grievous
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Serious crimes down in St Kitts-Nevis

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The proactive and sustained operations to enhance public safety by law enforcement have resulted in decreases in the number of serious crimes committed in St Kitts and Nevis, including homicides, attempted murder, and grievous bodily harm, as well as a corresponding...

Barbados and Chile sign joint cooperation declaration

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Issues of bilateral interest featured prominently when Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart met this week with president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet. At the end of the discussions, Stuart and Bachelet signed a joint declarati
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Barbados and Chile sign joint cooperation declaration

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Issues of bilateral interest featured prominently when Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart met this week with president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet. At the end of the discussions, Stuart and Bachelet signed a joint declaration, which outlines the areas of bilateral...

US Coast Guard apprehends four drug smuggling suspects off Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Coast Guard Investigative Service personnel took custody of four Dominican Republic nationals on Thursday, who were interdicted by the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier in Mona Passage waters the morning of July 28. The night of Jul
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US Coast Guard apprehends four drug smuggling suspects off Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Coast Guard Investigative Service personnel took custody of four Dominican Republic nationals on Thursday, who were interdicted by the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier in Mona Passage waters the morning of July 28. The night of July 27, the crew of a Coast Guard...

Press freedom organisation rejects expulsion of more TV channels in Venezuela

MIAMI, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has rejected the elimination in Venezuela of Colombian television channels RCN and Caracol Televisión and declared that this confirms that the government of President Nicolás Maduro has t
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Press freedom organisation rejects expulsion of more TV channels in Venezuela

MIAMI, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has rejected the elimination in Venezuela of Colombian television channels RCN and Caracol Televisión and declared that this confirms that the government of President Nicolás Maduro has taken on "the dark shape of a dictatorship that despises...

Stop the corruption, says former St Kitts-Nevis minister

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Former Cabinet minister, Dwyer Astaphan, has called for an end to corrupt practices in St Kitts and Nevis. “We have a lot of instances of corruption in this little county of ours. Not a today thing, an ongoing thing and i
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Stop the corruption, says former St Kitts-Nevis minister

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Former Cabinet minister, Dwyer Astaphan, has called for an end to corrupt practices in St Kitts and Nevis. “We have a lot of instances of corruption in this little county of ours. Not a today thing, an ongoing thing and it needs to be met face to face...

USVI gubernatorial candidate denounces secret meeting between governor and senators

ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands gubernatorial candidate Soraya Diase Coffelt has denounced a secret meeting that the media reported took place between the governor and certain senators at Government House on Monday, August 21, 2017, saying there is no qu
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USVI gubernatorial candidate denounces secret meeting between governor and senators

ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands gubernatorial candidate Soraya Diase Coffelt has denounced a secret meeting that the media reported took place between the governor and certain senators at Government House on Monday, August 21, 2017, saying there is no question that this meeting should have...

Citizenship firm denies involvement in Grenada passport allegations

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Attorneys acting for citizenship consultants Henley & Partners have denied that the firm had any knowledge or involvement in an alleged scheme to obtain a diplomatic passport from the government of Grenada for a Ukrainian bus
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Citizenship firm denies involvement in Grenada passport allegations

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Attorneys acting for citizenship consultants Henley & Partners have denied that the firm had any knowledge or involvement in an alleged scheme to obtain a diplomatic passport from the government of Grenada for a Ukrainian businessman.

EC dollar stable, secure, says ECCB

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has given assurances that the EC dollar remains stable and that Eastern Caribbean banknotes are protected by the various security features of the notes. Deputy director of the Currency M
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EC dollar stable, secure, says ECCB

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has given assurances that the EC dollar remains stable and that Eastern Caribbean banknotes are protected by the various security features of the notes. Deputy director of the Currency Management...

Murders up 39 percent in The Bahamas

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Murders in The Bahamas have increased by 39 percent between January 1, 2017 and August 20, 2017, compared to the same period last year. There have been 89 murders for this year. As of August 20, 2016, there were 64 murders. Three killings w
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Murders up 39 percent in The Bahamas

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Murders in The Bahamas have increased by 39 percent between January 1, 2017 and August 20, 2017, compared to the same period last year. There have been 89 murders for this year. As of August 20, 2016, there were 64 murders. Three killings were recorded...

Ukrainian businessman sends a million dollars for Grenada diplomatic passport

MIAMI, USA -- In the opaque world of diplomatic passport sales, it is definitely caveat emptor (let the buyer beware). Last year, a Ukrainian businessman*, who is linked to Dubai, and who wanted to buy a diplomatic passport from a cooperating Caribbean countr
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Ukrainian businessman sends a million dollars for Grenada diplomatic passport

MIAMI, USA -- In the opaque world of diplomatic passport sales, it is definitely caveat emptor (let the buyer beware). Last year, a Ukrainian businessman*, who is linked to Dubai, and who wanted to buy a diplomatic passport from a cooperating Caribbean country, contacted citizenship consultants...

Two tropical systems continue to threaten the Caribbean

MIAMI, USA -- An Air Force Reserve Unit Hurricane Hunter aircraft investigating the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday found that the system still lacks a well-defined centre of circulation, and so far there is no indication of winds to tropical stor
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Two tropical systems continue to threaten the Caribbean

MIAMI, USA -- An Air Force Reserve Unit Hurricane Hunter aircraft investigating the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday found that the system still lacks a well-defined centre of circulation, and so far there is no indication of winds to tropical storm force.

UPDATE: Tropical Storm Harvey forms, warnings issued

MIAMI, USA -- A US Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft found that the tropical system moving into the Eastern Caribbean had become Tropical Storm Harvey on Thursday afternoon. A tropical storm warning has been issued for Martinique, Saint Lucia, Barba
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UPDATE: Tropical Storm Harvey forms, warnings issued

MIAMI, USA -- A US Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft found that the tropical system moving into the Eastern Caribbean had become Tropical Storm Harvey on Thursday afternoon. A tropical storm warning has been issued for Martinique, Saint Lucia, Barbados and...

Tropical system to bring severe weather to Eastern Caribbean

MIAMI, USA -- Thursday morning satellite imagery showed that shower activity associated with a low pressure system centered about 550 miles east of the Lesser Antilles had become better organized overnight, and buoy data indicates that the circulation is beco
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Tropical system to bring severe weather to Eastern Caribbean

MIAMI, USA -- Thursday morning satellite imagery showed that shower activity associated with a low pressure system centered about 550 miles east of the Lesser Antilles had become better organized overnight, and buoy data indicates that the circulation is becoming better defined.

Tropical systems continue to move towards Caribbean

MIAMI, USA -- The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami is continuing to track three tropical systems with the potential to impact the Caribbean during the next several days. A low pressure system located about 900 miles east of the Lesser Antilles continu
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Tropical systems continue to move towards Caribbean

MIAMI, USA -- The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami is continuing to track three tropical systems with the potential to impact the Caribbean during the next several days. A low pressure system located about 900 miles east of the Lesser Antilles continues to produce...

Three new tropical systems on the move, as Hurricane Gert likely to bypass Bermuda

MIAMI, USA -- With Hurricane Gert located several hundred miles west of Bermuda but likely to pass well to the north of the island, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami is tracking three new tropical systems in the Atlantic. An elongated area of low p
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Three new tropical systems on the move, as Hurricane Gert likely to bypass Bermuda

MIAMI, USA -- With Hurricane Gert located several hundred miles west of Bermuda but likely to pass well to the north of the island, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami is tracking three new tropical systems in the Atlantic. An elongated area of low pressure located more than 1,000 miles east...

Haiti lottery chief wants to learn from the Dominican Republic

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Last week, Marie Margareth Fortuné, the director general of the Haitian State Lottery (LEH), paid a two-day visit to the Dominican Republic to learn about operations in the gambling industry and draw on good practices from its
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Haiti lottery chief wants to learn from the Dominican Republic

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Last week, Marie Margareth Fortuné, the director general of the Haitian State Lottery (LEH), paid a two-day visit to the Dominican Republic to learn about operations in the gambling industry and draw on good practices from its neighbours. In addition to a visit to the...

Cuban resort upgrades medical tourism services

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The famous Varadero tourist resort in the western Cuba province of Matanzas has upgraded its international healthcare center now offering specialized medical services. The cutting edge technology providing the new services includes a bio
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Cuban resort upgrades medical tourism services

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The famous Varadero tourist resort in the western Cuba province of Matanzas has upgraded its international healthcare center now offering specialized medical services. The cutting edge technology providing the new services includes a biochemical analyzer  providing fast...

Costa Rica expands access to housing finance

WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), on behalf of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, has established a strategic partnership with Cooperativa Nacional de Educadores, RL (“COOPENAE”), a leading savings a
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Costa Rica expands access to housing finance

WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), on behalf of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, has established a strategic partnership with Cooperativa Nacional de Educadores, RL (“COOPENAE”), a leading savings and credit cooperative in Costa Rica...

IDB Jamaica appoints new chief of operations

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Jamaica has appointed Adriana La Valley as its new chief of operations (COO), with effect from August 1, 2017. With over 20 years of international experience in development financing, La Valle
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IDB Jamaica appoints new chief of operations

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Jamaica has appointed Adriana La Valley as its new chief of operations (COO), with effect from August 1, 2017. With over 20 years of international experience in development financing, La Valley takes up the position after serving...

Vincy soca artist launches new video

BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Vincentian song writer Adonis Browne, aka ‘Major Dan’, is making waves by elevating Caribbean music in Northern Ireland. ‘Baby Gyal’ -- Major Dan’s latest single -- was released at a private launch a
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Vincy soca artist launches new video

BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Vincentian song writer Adonis Browne, aka ‘Major Dan’, is making waves by elevating Caribbean music in Northern Ireland. ‘Baby Gyal’ -- Major Dan’s latest single -- was released at a private launch at Dukes Hotel with special guest speaker Dr Christopher Stange...

Jamaica police review absolves officers in Tivoli Gardens Incursion

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Just over seven years ago, Jamaican security forces entered the troubled West Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens, in search of alleged drug don Christopher “Dudus” Coke, who was wanted for extradition to the United States. D
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Jamaica police review absolves officers in Tivoli Gardens Incursion

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Just over seven years ago, Jamaican security forces entered the troubled West Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens, in search of alleged drug don Christopher “Dudus” Coke, who was wanted for extradition to the United States. During the security operations...

New tropical system heads westwards

MIAMI, USA -- A tropical wave has emerged off the west coast of Africa and is forecast to move westward over the next couple of days and merge with a broad area of low pressure located southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. According to the National Hurricane C
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New tropical system heads westwards

MIAMI, USA -- A tropical wave has emerged off the west coast of Africa and is forecast to move westward over the next couple of days and merge with a broad area of low pressure located southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHS) in Miami...

Barbados police and United States collaborate to investigate and arrest fugitive

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Diplomatic Security Service’s Regional Security Office at the United States embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, collaborated with the Royal Barbados Police Force in a two-year joint investigation of Barbadian fugitive Hainsley B
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Barbados police and United States collaborate to investigate and arrest fugitive

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Diplomatic Security Service’s Regional Security Office at the United States embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, collaborated with the Royal Barbados Police Force in a two-year joint investigation of Barbadian fugitive Hainsley Browne, accused of defrauding elderly...

Guyana newspaper expands journalism team

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- As part of its plan to break away from being a subscriber-only newspaper to a standard print tabloid for ordinary vendor resale from September, one of our regional republishing partners, the Guyana Guardian, has strengthened the quality
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Guyana newspaper expands journalism team

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- As part of its plan to break away from being a subscriber-only newspaper to a standard print tabloid for ordinary vendor resale from September, one of our regional republishing partners, the Guyana Guardian, has strengthened the quality of its news content by adding some...

Tourism minister welcomes Taiwanese investors to St Kitts-Nevis

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Minister of tourism, Lindsay Grant, welcomed more than 30 investors from Taiwan who are currently in St Kitts and Nevis to showcase their products and services, as well as to seek opportunities to invest in the federation. &ldq
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Tourism minister welcomes Taiwanese investors to St Kitts-Nevis

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Minister of tourism, Lindsay Grant, welcomed more than 30 investors from Taiwan who are currently in St Kitts and Nevis to showcase their products and services, as well as to seek opportunities to invest in the federation. “We are very thrilled that you would have made...

US Coast Guard transfers 151 Haitian migrants to Bahamas

MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard Cutter Seneca crew transferred 151 Haitian migrants on Friday to the Royal Bahamian Defence Force. The transfer is a combination of two separate interdiction cases in which Coast Guard aircrews and cutter crews located and res
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US Coast Guard transfers 151 Haitian migrants to Bahamas

MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard Cutter Seneca crew transferred 151 Haitian migrants on Friday to the Royal Bahamian Defence Force. The transfer is a combination of two separate interdiction cases in which Coast Guard aircrews and cutter crews located and rescued these migrants.

Antigua-Barbuda investigating local involvement in bribery scandal

ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Following a recent call by local media for “public inquiries” into allegations against unnamed “ministers and high officials” Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has confirmed that local law enf
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Antigua-Barbuda investigating local involvement in bribery scandal

ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Following a recent call by local media for “public inquiries” into allegations against unnamed “ministers and high officials” Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has confirmed that local law enforcement authorities are investigating the involvement...

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