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  • Commonwealth or Europe? Why a choice?

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The New Year started with yet another welcome affirmation from the British Government of the importance of the 54-nation Commonwealth. Hugo Swire, who was appointed Minister of State for the Commonwealth last summer, published an Opinion in the Daily Telegraph in London on January 2 in which he said that the Commonwealth “is an important institution” that…

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  • Opposition in the dark over new Constitution Bill for Tobago

    SCARBOROUGH, Tobago, CMC – The main opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) said it is in the “dark” regarding plans by the coalition People’s Partnership government to table legislation later on Monday providing for more autonomy for Tobago. “It is a high point of vulgarity, lack of class, and crassness that washes this country when you see a government calling the…

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  • Opposition critical of funds spent on PM annual gala

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, CMC – Opposition Leader Shawn Richards has criticised the St. Kitts-Nevis government of wasting much needed funds in hosting the Annual Prime Minister’s New Year’s Gala at a time when the twin-island federation could ill afford to do so. The gala was held over the weekend and with American actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover and Citigroup’s…

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  • Governor reappoints three independent senators

    HAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC – Governor George Fergusson has reappointed three existing independent senators to complete the 11-member Upper House team. Carol Ann Bassett, who was Senate President in the last parliament,  will be again joined by Joan Dillas-Wright, who was Vice-President and James Jardine. They will join the One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) Government team of Michael Fahy, Nalton Brangman, Alexis…

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  • Less haste on Tobago

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – There are no issues more core to the integrity of the unitary state of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago than the terms of association between the islands of this republic. It is therefore a great pity that the Government has chosen the hectic and pugilistic period of an election campaign for the Tobago House…

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  • CARICOM stock market review 2012

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – The year 2012 was a challenging one for equity investors in CARICOM. Despite solid gains on manufacturing, conglomerate and banking stocks, returns were depressed by declines on tourism, real estate, insurance, investments and retail stocks. As a result, the CSX 30, which tracks the 30 most influential stocks in CARICOM, posted a modest gain of 7.27 per…

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  • Opposition blasts government over legislation

    SCARBOROUGH, Tobago, CMC – The Tobago Council of the People’s National Movement (PNM) Friday condemned what it termed “the cynical and vulgar manner” in which the coalition People’s Partnership government of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is dealing with the issue of self-government for the sister isle. Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar, who heads the four-party coalition that includes the Tobago…

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  • Premier Parry announces election date

    CHARLESTOWN, Nevis, CMC – Premier Joseph Parry has announced January 22 as the date when voters in Nevis could go to the polls to elect a new Nevis Island Administration (NIA). “At this the start of 2013, we hold the future of our beloved island truly in our hands,” said Premier Parry in a nationwide radio and television broadcast. Premier…

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  • More than 13,000 new voters added to official list

    ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC – With Grenada gearing for a general election later this year, the Parliamentary Elections Office (PEA) says 13,900 names have been included on the official Voters List released here on Thursday. The PEA said that people with complaints have until January 11 to submit them.  In his New Year’s message, Prime Minister Tillman Thomas urged voters…

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  • Plans to amend human trafficking legislation

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – With international pressure mounting on Jamaica to re-double its efforts to clamp down on human trafficking, the task force appointed to deal with this issue is pushing for amendments to already existing legislation. According to Carol Palmer, Chairperson of the Task force Against Human Trafficking, the recommended amendments will be submitted to Cabinet shortly for approval.…

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