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  • US announces final rule to support Caribbean family unity

    WASHINGTON D.C., United States, 2013 -Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, has announced new rules reducing the time Caribbean and other nationals who are US citizens are separated from their immediate relatives. She said these relatives – spouse, children and parents – must be in the process of obtaining visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States under…

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  • EDITORIAL – There is still promise in sugar

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – Ambassador Derick Heaven is a man for whom this newspaper has the utmost respect and whose grasp of the intricacies of the global sugar industry is undoubted. Importantly, he has been a champion of the cause of reforming the industry, promoting the concept of a sugar cane, rather than a sugar, industry. It is in that context,…

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  • PM says last year was difficult, but promises a bright 2013

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has acknowledged that while the record of her ruling People’s National Party (PNP) over the past 12 months “has not been perfect” her government came to office “at a difficult time” and has since restored trust, brought back respect and decency to governance while making important progress in some key areas.…

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  • Caribbean under scrutiny as OAS reforms human rights system

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The United States of America has long been regarded as the land of milk and honey, by the lesser-off inhabitants of the Caribbean and of Latin America. Many people of these countries have tried every trick available to them to enter and remain in this land. Some have been successful in gaining entry and others have…

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  • Haiti Among the Safest Destinations in the Americas

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti /PRNewswire/ — Haiti is one of the safest destinations; not just in the Caribbean, but throughout all the Americas. This is the general finding of recent studies on crime in the region which show that Haiti has the lowest rate of violent deaths in comparison to previous years. In 2012, according to the UNODC, Haiti's violent death rate…

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  • CARICOM air transportation

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – My old friend Jean Holder, chairman of LIAT, recently presented to the airline's major shareholder prime ministers a paper titled “Towards a sustainable regional air transportation service”. Those who have read his extraordinarily informative 2010 book Don't burn our bridges: the case for owning airlines will not be surprised by the theses in his paper.…

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  • Gonsalves want issues surrounding regional aviation discussed

    KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves wants Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders to seriously address the regional airline industry when they meet later this year. CARICOM leaders will meet in Haiti for their inter-sessional summit in February and Gonsalves said that apart from cooperation with other airlines, there is need to address matters such as energy costs,…

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  • Environmentalist backs CARICOM position on toxic shipment

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – A local Marine Biologist has joined calls for the stoppage of a shipment of toxic waste through Caribbean waters. Last week CARICOM chairman, St Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony, highlighted as a grave concern the passage of high level waste through the Caribbean Sea. Barbuda based marine biologist John Mussington says any mishap involving the…

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  • Argentina Renews Dispute With Britain Over Falklands

    British Prime Minister David Cameron has rejected a call by Argentina's president for Britain to give control of the Falkland Islands to Argentina. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner wrote an open letter to the British leader accusing his country of colonialism. More than 30 years have passed since Britain and Argentina fought a 10-week war over the Falkland Islands, a British…

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  • Chavez still has ‘severe’ respiratory problem

    CARACAS – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is still suffering a “severe” respiratory infection that has hindered his breathing as he struggles to recover from cancer surgery in Cuba, the government said on Thursday. The 58-year-old socialist leader has not been seen in public nor heard from in more than three weeks. Officials say he is in delicate condition after his…

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