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  • LIAT chairman wants CARICOM summit on transportation

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Chairman of the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, is calling for a meeting of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders early in 2013 to deal with transportation problems in the region. In a paper to the meeting of major shareholders of the Antigua-based airline over the weekend, Jean Holder said that the summit should be convened to discuss…

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  • Opposition leader not impressed with ministerial re-alignments

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The promised ministerial re-alignment of the Baldwin Spencer-led administration has done nothing to reassure the opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) that the quality of the governance in Antigua & Barbuda will be improved. In fact, Opposition Leader Gaston Browne said the shifts promised in Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer’s New Year’s message, “lack synergies.” “It appears to…

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  • PM re-aligns Cabinet portfolios

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer has announced what he described as ‘realignments’ to a number of cabinet portfolios. In his New Year’s Day message, the Antigua & Barbuda leader said the changes would affect the ministries of Information and Broadcasting, Public Works, Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture. He said they were all part of government’s plans to…

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  • President calls for end to political stalemate

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – President Donald Ramotar has called on the opposition to meet his government half way in dialogue to take Guyana forward. In his New Year’s Day message, the head of state urged the collective opposition to reconsider its positions and recommit itself to the betterment of the country and the lives of the citizens of Guyana. In…

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  • EDITORIAL – Misdirected IMF debate

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – IT IS the considered position of this newspaper that much of the public discussion about Jamaica's negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is misdirected, of limited value, and does little to advance an understanding of the issues facing the island's economy and how to make things better. Essentially, what we have engaged in is keeping time…

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  • PNP, IMF – year one

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – The first year of this new People's National Party (PNP) administration has been a mixed bag. Among the things under its control, there (have) been spectacular lows, but no spectacular highs. There have been promises kept and pledges broken. There has been talk on specific issues but no commensurate action and, as the world knows by now,…

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  • PM says brace for harsh conditions

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has acknowledged the reality of harsh conditions that may accompany an International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreement expected to be finalised during this New Year. “This new year will bring stark realities into focus, Jamaicans are capable and we must live up to the challenges, our people have what it takes to…

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  • Haiti’s Long Road

    On the eve of the third anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January 2010, the country remains in a fragile state. Billions of dollars in aid and lofty promises to “build back better” have brought it only so far. A recent article by Deborah Sontag of The Times showed, in disheartening detail, the distance between hope and reality.…

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  • Year of Environment declared in Haiti

    President Michel Martelly on Tuesday declared 2013 as Haiti's Year of Environment and called on citizens to join government efforts to preserve the country's ecosystem. Speaking at a ceremony in northern Haiti to commemorate the 209th anniversary of Haitian Independence, Martelly also urged every Haitian to plant a tree this year. Haiti is currently in an “ecological catastrophe,” according to…

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  • Fiscal consolidation inevitable in the Caribbean – says IMF

    WASHINGTON, CMC – An International Monetary Fund (IMF) working paper says since growth in the current global economic environment is “virtually nonexistent,” significant fiscal consolidation is inevitable in the region. The paper, dubbed “The Challenges of Fiscal Consolidation and Debt Reduction in the Caribbean,” examines debt dynamics in the Caribbean and discusses policy options for reducing the high debt levels.…

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