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Trinidad and Tobago chief justice continues to resist growing pressure to resign

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- While retired judges Humphrey Stollmeyer and Roger Hamel-Smith recently resigned from the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC) amid growing pressure, Trinidad and Tobago Chief Justice Ivor Archie remained adamant that he wi
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Trinidad and Tobago chief justice continues to resist growing pressure to resign

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- While retired judges Humphrey Stollmeyer and Roger Hamel-Smith recently resigned from the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC) amid growing pressure, Trinidad and Tobago Chief Justice Ivor Archie remained adamant that he will not be following suit.

Barbados pledges continued support for LIAT

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has pledged Barbados’ continued commitment to the regional carrier LIAT, describing it as “vital” to the movement of people across the Caribbean. Stuart made this assertion as he
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Barbados pledges continued support for LIAT

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has pledged Barbados’ continued commitment to the regional carrier LIAT, describing it as “vital” to the movement of people across the Caribbean. Stuart made this assertion as he spoke to the media recently about concerns being...

Cuba rejects European Parliament resolution

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Commission on International Relations of the National Assembly in Cuba has rejected a non-binding resolution on Cuba approved by the European Parliament last week in Strasburg, France. The “non-legislative resolution”, ur
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Cuba rejects European Parliament resolution

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Commission on International Relations of the National Assembly in Cuba has rejected a non-binding resolution on Cuba approved by the European Parliament last week in Strasburg, France. The “non-legislative resolution”, urging governments to help Cuba toward...

St Kitts-Nevis announces the addition of a residency programme to its CBI offerings

BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) has announced an addition to the range of programmes on offer by making available a residency programme to people wanting to live and work in St Kitts and Nevis. The CEO, Les Khan, made the anno
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St Kitts-Nevis announces the addition of a residency programme to its CBI offerings

BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) has announced an addition to the range of programmes on offer by making available a residency programme to people wanting to live and work in St Kitts and Nevis. The CEO, Les Khan, made the announcement as a guest speaker...

Jamaican implicated in Tivoli Gardens Massacre appointed as St Kits-Nevis national security adviser

BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- St Kitts and Nevis prime minister and minister of national security, Dr Timothy Harris has reportedly hired a former Jamaican Defence Force (JDF) officer alleged to have been involved in the Tivoli Gardens Massacre in which Jamaican se
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Jamaican implicated in Tivoli Gardens Massacre appointed as St Kits-Nevis national security adviser

BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- St Kitts and Nevis prime minister and minister of national security, Dr Timothy Harris has reportedly hired a former Jamaican Defence Force (JDF) officer alleged to have been involved in the Tivoli Gardens Massacre in which Jamaican security forces killed at least 73 people.

Defamation claim in Dubai does not affect Caribbean, say regional citizenship consultants

DUBAI, UAE – In response to speculation by regional media that defamation proceedings filed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by regional and global citizenship consultants Arton Group against the International Migration Council (IMC), which began in Du
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Defamation claim in Dubai does not affect Caribbean, say regional citizenship consultants

DUBAI, UAE – In response to speculation by regional media that defamation proceedings filed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by regional and global citizenship consultants Arton Group against the International Migration Council (IMC), which began in Dubai this week, may somehow reflect negatively...

Chinese fugitive has Canadian residency, St Kitts-Nevis passport

BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- On the heels of the recent withdrawal of visa-free entry to Canada for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, apparently because of concerns over its citizenship programme, questions are now being asked about the integrity of Canada’
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Chinese fugitive has Canadian residency, St Kitts-Nevis passport

BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- On the heels of the recent withdrawal of visa-free entry to Canada for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, apparently because of concerns over its citizenship programme, questions are now being asked about the integrity of Canada’s own investor visa programme.

Organiser of failed Bahamas musical festival arrested, charged with fraud

NEW YORK, USA -- A criminal complaint was unsealed in New York on Friday charging William McFarland with wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud investors in a company controlled by McFarland, Fyre Media, as well as a related entity responsible for
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Organiser of failed Bahamas musical festival arrested, charged with fraud

NEW YORK, USA -- A criminal complaint was unsealed in New York on Friday charging William McFarland with wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud investors in a company controlled by McFarland, Fyre Media, as well as a related entity responsible for organizing a music festival set to...

Meet the young leader from Carriacou shaking up Grenada politics

NEW YORK, USA -- The Grenada opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) caretaker and candidate for the constituency of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, Tevin Andrews, stood in New York at the NDC New York Chapter Day Brunch recently, and declared a new vi
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Meet the young leader from Carriacou shaking up Grenada politics

NEW YORK, USA -- The Grenada opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) caretaker and candidate for the constituency of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, Tevin Andrews, stood in New York at the NDC New York Chapter Day Brunch recently, and declared a new vision for the future.

Puerto Rico customs stops millions in counterfeit products

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) San Juan Field Operations recently made in one week approximately 115 seizures of counterfeit products, valued at more than $6.5 million dollars, which were illegally imported into Puerto Rico vi
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Puerto Rico customs stops millions in counterfeit products

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) San Juan Field Operations recently made in one week approximately 115 seizures of counterfeit products, valued at more than $6.5 million dollars, which were illegally imported into Puerto Rico via international mail.

Chinese fugitive still in St Kitts-Nevis awaiting passport renewal

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Chinese national Ren Biao, accused of the theft of more than US$100 million in China and wanted by the Chinese government, is still in St Kitts and Nevis, awaiting a federation passport that he submitted for renewal. Baio becam
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Chinese fugitive still in St Kitts-Nevis awaiting passport renewal

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Chinese national Ren Biao, accused of the theft of more than US$100 million in China and wanted by the Chinese government, is still in St Kitts and Nevis, awaiting a federation passport that he submitted for renewal. Baio became a citizen of St Kitts and Nevis through its...

Former Antigua-Barbuda regulator continues fight against extradition

ST JOHN’S, Antigua --The Antigua and Barbuda Cabinet says it has been informed that the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court handed down a judgment on Wednesday in favour of former financial regulator Leroy King, granting leave for him to appeal an earlier H
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Former Antigua-Barbuda regulator continues fight against extradition

ST JOHN’S, Antigua --The Antigua and Barbuda Cabinet says it has been informed that the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court handed down a judgment on Wednesday in favour of former financial regulator Leroy King, granting leave for him to appeal an earlier High Court judgment rejecting an application...

Murder trial of Suriname president to resume this week

PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- A military court in Suriname is to resume the murder trial of President Desi Bouterse for his alleged role in the 1982 murders of 15 political opponents of his then military government. Resumption of the criminal proceedings is schedul
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Murder trial of Suriname president to resume this week

PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- A military court in Suriname is to resume the murder trial of President Desi Bouterse for his alleged role in the 1982 murders of 15 political opponents of his then military government. Resumption of the criminal proceedings is scheduled for Wednesday.

Jamaica looks to plea bargaining to ease burden on criminal justice system

KINGSTON, USA -- Minister of justice, Delroy Chuck, says he hopes plea bargaining will become a major component of the criminal justice system in Jamaica. “Prosecutors must see negotiations with defence attorneys as a very important component to get ri
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Jamaica looks to plea bargaining to ease burden on criminal justice system

KINGSTON, USA -- Minister of justice, Delroy Chuck, says he hopes plea bargaining will become a major component of the criminal justice system in Jamaica. “Prosecutors must see negotiations with defence attorneys as a very important component to get rid of the vast majority of cases,” Chuck said.

Little to celebrate on Day of the Journalist in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (RSF) -- Political tensions continue to fuel growing violence against the media in Venezuela, which marked Day of the Journalist on Tuesday with little to celebrate after a dramatic decline in the environment for reporters since the start o
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Little to celebrate on Day of the Journalist in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (RSF) -- Political tensions continue to fuel growing violence against the media in Venezuela, which marked Day of the Journalist on Tuesday with little to celebrate after a dramatic decline in the environment for reporters since the start of the year. The figures are dizzying.

Suriname to boost agriculture sector competitiveness with IDB loan

WASHINGTON, USA -- Suriname will improve its agricultural sector’s competitiveness and raise rural incomes and exports with a US$17.5 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The farming industry is Suriname’s second lar
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Suriname to boost agriculture sector competitiveness with IDB loan

WASHINGTON, USA -- Suriname will improve its agricultural sector’s competitiveness and raise rural incomes and exports with a US$17.5 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The farming industry is Suriname’s second largest export sector after mining, accounting for 7%...

Puerto Rico authorities seize 116lbs of cocaine concealed in private vessel

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers found 116 pounds (52.55 kilos) of cocaine concealed inside a private vessel inspected on Sunday. The estimated wholesale value is $1.6 million. On June 24, a private vessel named “
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Puerto Rico authorities seize 116lbs of cocaine concealed in private vessel

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers found 116 pounds (52.55 kilos) of cocaine concealed inside a private vessel inspected on Sunday. The estimated wholesale value is $1.6 million. On June 24, a private vessel named “Sweet Bite” was randomly selected...

Canada ends visa-free travel for Antigua-Barbuda nationals

ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The government of Canada has decided to end visa-free travel for citizens of Antigua and Barbuda. This decision reportedly relates to concerns over individuals who obtain passports under citizenship by investment programmes in the
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Canada ends visa-free travel for Antigua-Barbuda nationals

ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The government of Canada has decided to end visa-free travel for citizens of Antigua and Barbuda. This decision reportedly relates to concerns over individuals who obtain passports under citizenship by investment programmes in the Caribbean.

Regional accounting profession imperilled by de-risking, says Caribbean diplomat

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Veteran Caribbean diplomat, Sir Ronald Sanders, has warned the accounting and auditing community of the Caribbean that their businesses could soon be at risk as a result of rules that governments are expected to legislate and implement.
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Regional accounting profession imperilled by de-risking, says Caribbean diplomat

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Veteran Caribbean diplomat, Sir Ronald Sanders, has warned the accounting and auditing community of the Caribbean that their businesses could soon be at risk as a result of rules that governments are expected to legislate and implement. According to the Antigua...

Guyana opposition MPs added to international no-fly list

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- As if the revocation of their respective US visas was not enough of a travel nightmare, a usually reliable source at the US State Department has confirmed to the Guyana Guardian that, based upon information at their disposal since 2015,
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Guyana opposition MPs added to international no-fly list

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- As if the revocation of their respective US visas was not enough of a travel nightmare, a usually reliable source at the US State Department has confirmed to the Guyana Guardian that, based upon information at their disposal since 2015, an intelligence request...

Short-lived CARICOM unity collapses at OAS summit

CANCUN, Mexico -- The unity displayed earlier by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries at the May 31 ‘meeting of consultation of ministers of foreign affairs’ of the 34-member Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington to discuss th
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Short-lived CARICOM unity collapses at OAS summit

CANCUN, Mexico -- The unity displayed earlier by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries at the May 31 ‘meeting of consultation of ministers of foreign affairs’ of the 34-member Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington to discuss the situation in Venezuela...

Trinidad and Tobago chief justice admits to error

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Chief Justice Ivor Archie has admitted that the Trinidad and Tobago judiciary made an error last month when it announced that the 53 cases left unfinished by former chief magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar would have to be restarted
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Trinidad and Tobago chief justice admits to error

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Chief Justice Ivor Archie has admitted that the Trinidad and Tobago judiciary made an error last month when it announced that the 53 cases left unfinished by former chief magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar would have to be restarted. An embattled Archie made the statement...

Bahamas government to seek outside assistance in drafting anti-corruption legislation

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said he instructed the Bahamas ministry of foreign affairs to seek assistance from the governments of the United Kingdom and Singapore for the drafting of anti-corruption legislation that would result in t
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Bahamas government to seek outside assistance in drafting anti-corruption legislation

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said he instructed the Bahamas ministry of foreign affairs to seek assistance from the governments of the United Kingdom and Singapore for the drafting of anti-corruption legislation that would result in the asset seizure of corrupt public officials.

Haitian senator-elect sentenced to nine years in US prison for money laundering

MIAMI, USA -- On Wednesday, US District Judge Cecilia Altonaga of the Southern District of Florida, imposed a sentence of nine years in prison on Haitian senator-elect Guy Philippe, with an order for a money judgment in the amount of $1.5 million to follow
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Haitian senator-elect sentenced to nine years in US prison for money laundering

MIAMI, USA -- On Wednesday, US District Judge Cecilia Altonaga of the Southern District of Florida, imposed a sentence of nine years in prison on Haitian senator-elect Guy Philippe, with an order for a money judgment in the amount of $1.5 million to follow, for money laundering offences.

St Vincent PM calls for regional condemnation of US reversal of Cuba policy

VARADERO BEACH, Cuba -- St Vincent and the Grenadines prime minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, has called on Caribbean governments and regional credit unions to loudly condemn US President Donald Trump’s reversal of recent positive advances in US-Cuba rel
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St Vincent PM calls for regional condemnation of US reversal of Cuba policy

VARADERO BEACH, Cuba -- St Vincent and the Grenadines prime minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, has called on Caribbean governments and regional credit unions to loudly condemn US President Donald Trump’s reversal of recent positive advances in US-Cuba relations started by his...

Tropical Storm Bret moves into southeastern Caribbean

MIAMI, USA -- After bringing gusty winds and torrential showers to Trinidad and passing to the south of Grenada on Monday night, Tropical Storm Bret moved into the southeastern Caribbean Sea on Tuesday. Little change in strength is forecast, with a weakeni
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Tropical Storm Bret moves into southeastern Caribbean

MIAMI, USA -- After bringing gusty winds and torrential showers to Trinidad and passing to the south of Grenada on Monday night, Tropical Storm Bret moved into the southeastern Caribbean Sea on Tuesday. Little change in strength is forecast, with a weakening trend expected.

OECS convenes citizenship by investment stakeholder meeting

CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Representatives from the region’s five citizenship by investment programmes (CIP) met in Saint Lucia last Friday to explore opportunities for increased collaboration and harmonisation of due diligence processes. The meeting, con
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OECS convenes citizenship by investment stakeholder meeting

CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Representatives from the region’s five citizenship by investment programmes (CIP) met in Saint Lucia last Friday to explore opportunities for increased collaboration and harmonisation of due diligence processes. The meeting, convened at the behest of heads of government of...

US embassy hosts active shooter training in Barbados

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The US embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, recently conducted two training sessions on how to prepare for an active shooter attack. At a June 16 session held at the embassy, participants included members of the Overseas Security Adviso
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US embassy hosts active shooter training in Barbados

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The US embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, recently conducted two training sessions on how to prepare for an active shooter attack. At a June 16 session held at the embassy, participants included members of the Overseas Security Advisory Council, the American Chamber...

Cuba: Trump is insane, according to Einstein

MIAMI, USA -- A quote commonly attributed (rightly or wrongly) to Albert Einstein defines insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. On Friday, US President Donald Trump did exactly that by reverting to a sanctions p
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Cuba: Trump is insane, according to Einstein

MIAMI, USA -- A quote commonly attributed (rightly or wrongly) to Albert Einstein defines insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. On Friday, US President Donald Trump did exactly that by reverting to a sanctions policy in relation to Cuba...

Tropical systems show signs of organisation

MIAMI, USA -- According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, cloudiness and showers associated with a tropical wave located several hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands continue to show signs of organization.  Slow development i
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Tropical systems show signs of organisation

MIAMI, USA -- According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, cloudiness and showers associated with a tropical wave located several hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands continue to show signs of organization.  Slow development is possible during the next few days.

Jamaica welcomes one millionth stop-over visitor

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Jamaica’s tourism industry marked a historical milestone on Thursday with Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett welcoming the millionth stop-over visitor to the island for the year to date. In tandem with this landmark achievement
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Jamaica welcomes one millionth stop-over visitor

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Jamaica’s tourism industry marked a historical milestone on Thursday with Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett welcoming the millionth stop-over visitor to the island for the year to date. In tandem with this landmark achievement, the tourism sector has earned...

USAID signs MOU with St Lucia government

CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The US government is increasing cooperation with the government of St Lucia to reduce youth involvement in crime and violence via the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Project. O
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USAID signs MOU with St Lucia government

CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The US government is increasing cooperation with the government of St Lucia to reduce youth involvement in crime and violence via the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Project. On Friday, USAID supervisory...

Cuba: The odd couple

MIAMI, USA -- As the #clustercovfefe that is the Trump presidency continues to stumble around the world, damaging decades-old relationships (perhaps beyond repair), making enemies of democracies and friends of dictators, the odd couple of US-Cuba policy is pr
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Cuba: The odd couple

MIAMI, USA -- As the #clustercovfefe that is the Trump presidency continues to stumble around the world, damaging decades-old relationships (perhaps beyond repair), making enemies of democracies and friends of dictators, the odd couple of US-Cuba policy is preparing...

Landmark St Kits and Nevis youth policy to open up opportunities

BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- A new federal youth policy in St Kitts and Nevis will give young people greater access to education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities, according to Pauline Campbell, head of the Commonwealth Technical Assistance Unit. Her
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Landmark St Kits and Nevis youth policy to open up opportunities

BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- A new federal youth policy in St Kitts and Nevis will give young people greater access to education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities, according to Pauline Campbell, head of the Commonwealth Technical Assistance Unit. Her comments come after the country’s...

Seaborne Airlines to resume service to Antigua

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Seaborne Airlines has announced that non-stop service between the carrier’s hub in San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport and Antigua and Barbuda, V.C. Bird International Airport, will resume starting on
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Seaborne Airlines to resume service to Antigua

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Seaborne Airlines has announced that non-stop service between the carrier’s hub in San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport and Antigua and Barbuda, V.C. Bird International Airport, will resume starting on Friday, July 21, 2017. Seaborne Airlines and the Antigua...

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