Economic Politics Regional News Tourism 

Sandals Resorts Cries Foul on PM Mia Mottley

Press Release. Once more we have noticed attempts to spread misinformation and unsubstantiated claims about Sandals Resorts International, including a totally sensationalized headline regarding a recent statement by Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley. However we are not and have never been deterred by fake news, rather we appreciate the opportunity it gives us to set the record straight. First, we have, and have always had an amicable relationship with Prime Minister Mottley. The Prime Minister is aware that Sandals is completely open to working with her government – as we…

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Regional News 

Windrush Compensation Submissions Requested

West Indians who may have been affected by the Windrush Generation scandal are being encouraged to continue to make submissions directly and confidentially to the Home Office Adviser, Martin Forde QC. At the meeting with CARICOM high commissioners and diaspora representatives on Thursday 8 June, Forde reiterated that, “notwithstanding the fact that the call for evidence by the Home Office for the Windrush compensation scheme was to end on 8 June, persons could still contact him directly.” Noting that many submissions had already been sent straight to him, Forde stated…

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Development Regional News Sports 

CDB, UWI partner to boost Caribbean sports industry

The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank has approved funding to assist the University of the West Indies (UWI) in fulfilling its mandate to further develop a modern, integrated Faculty of Sport across the UWI System. The project is intended to enhance the Faculty’s capacity for strategic business development planning, in order to increase responsiveness to the needs of the Bank’s Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs), and to advance the Region’s sports industry. It will also support greater gender-equitable access to UWI programmes, especially for male students, and will promote…

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Prison Regional News 

“I take full responsibility for the defeat.” – Freundel Stuart Losses all 30 Seats to Mia Motley

“I take full responsibility for the defeat.” These were the words of a clearly deflated Prime Minister Freundel Stuart as he pondered the overwhelming defeat of his Democratic Labour Party (DLP) at the polls yesterday. Standing virtually alone on stage at the DLP’s George Street headquarters in the early hours of this morning, a clearly dejected Stuart accepted blame for the crushing loss in which not one DLP member retained a seat. Speaking in a low tone and with none of the defeated DLP candidates in sight, Stuart maintained his…

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Prison Regional News 

Zimbabwe begins process to re-join Commonwealth

Zimbabwe has applied to re-join the Commonwealth. The proposal came in a letter dated 15 May to Secretary-General Patricia Scotland from Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa. The Secretary-General was delighted to receive the letter.  “I whole-heartedly echo the sentiments of Heads of Government who have said twice, in 2009 and subsequently in 2011, that they very much look forward to Zimbabwe’s return when the conditions are right. Zimbabwe’s eventual return to the Commonwealth, following a successful membership application, would be a momentous occasion, given our shared rich history,” she said. Zimbabwe…

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Foreign Affairs Politics Regional News Tragedy 

PM Browne sends Message of Condolence to Cuban President following fatal plane crash

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda the Hon. Gaston Browne has sent a message of condolence to the President of the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Miguel Diaz-Canel following a plane crash in Santiago de las Vegas on Friday last, minutes after takeoff, killing over 100 passengers. In his letter to President Diaz-Canel, Prime Minister Browne said that the loss of life, especially under circumstances like this, is always painful.  “At this time I wish to express my sincerest condolences to the government and the people of the Republic of Cuba for…

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Community Development Foreign Affairs Politics Regional News 

History in the Making- Ambassador Francis – King Frank I – speaks at the OAS Council

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda will report to the Organisation of American States (OAS) on Monday, May 14th on its measures to improve the rights of Rastafarian community. Ambassador to the United States and the OAS, Sir Ronald Sanders, will address the Permanent Council of the OAS on Mondaymorning to advise that the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has apologised to the Rastafarian community for decades of discrimination against them.   He will also inform the Council of other measures that the Government has taken or intends to take to…

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Regional News Regional Travel & Tourism 

LIAT COMMENCES SERVICE TO US VIRGIN ISLANDS IN JULY

LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, will commence service to the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) from July 2nd, 2018. This official announcement came at a press conference held at the Lieutenant Governor’s Office in St. Thomas on Monday 12th 2018. LIAT’s Corporate Communications Manager, Shavar Maloney reiterated LIAT’s commitment to the region and to maintaining connectivity. He thanked the Lieutenant Governor and other authorities in the United States Virgin Islands for their cooperation in this partnership to ensure this service is available to the territory. LIAT will commence operations from July…

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Regional News 

As Venezuelans flee throughout Latin America, UNHCR issues new Protection Guidance

In light of the continuing outflow of Venezuelans to neighbouring countries and beyond, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has released new guidance for governments to address the situation of persons in need of international protection and humanitarian assistance. As a result of the complex political and socio-economic developments in Venezuela, a country that has traditionally been host to thousands of refugees, the number of people compelled to leave their homes continues to increase. The movements are taking place for a variety of reasons, including insecurity and violence, lack of food,…

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Columns Regional News 

Firing-up a furnace in an igloo – The OAS

By Sir Ronald Sanders A new report has been produced on the Organization of American States (OAS), a body that began with ideals appropriate to the geo-politics of the 1940’s.  Those old ideals were enshrined in a Charter that now traps the Organization and immobilizes it.   Over time, the organization has become contentious, unconstructive and increasingly irrelevant to the peoples it was ostensibly created to serve, not because of the actions of Caribbean countries but due to the desire by a few powerful countries to coerce the OAS into adopting positions…

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