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  • Britain opens world’s second-largest offshore wind farm

    LONDON,  (Reuters) – The world’s second-largest offshore wind farm, capable of generating enough electricity to power over half a million homes, was opened officially off England’s east coast yesterday. Energy and Business Minister Michael Fallon opened the 500 megawatt Greater Gabbard wind farm off the Suffolk coast, a 1.3 billion pound ($2 billion) project that is a 50-50 joint venture…

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  • British companies looking to Jamaica but have concerns

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, Observer – BRITISH High Commissioner to Jamaica David Fitton has indicated that there is some level of interest from companies in Britain that want to set up shop in Jamaica, but says this will depend on a number of factors, including concerns about security. Speaking with the Jamaica Observer in an interview on Monday, Fitton — who took…

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  • Slavery compensation: Caribbean nations propose Mau Mau model

    Leaders of more than a dozen Caribbean countries are launching a united effort to seek compensation from three European nations for what they say is the lingering legacy of the Atlantic slave trade. The Caribbean Community, a regional organisation, has taken up the cause of compensation for slavery and the genocide of native peoples and is preparing for what would…

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  • Scientists create human liver from stem cells

    LONDON,  (Reuters) – Scientists have for the first time created a functional human liver from stem cells derived from skin and blood and say their success points to a future where much-needed livers and other transplant organs could be made in a laboratory. While it may take another 10 years before lab-grown livers could be used to treat patients, the…

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  • UN calls for “action on all fronts to end scourge” of human trafficking

    VIENNA, Austria, CMC – A week after the United States assailed some Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments for not doing enough in addressing human trafficking, the United Nations has called for “action on all fronts to end the scourge”. UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson is urging all partners, governments, the private sector, civil society, the media, and ordinary citizens to help…

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  • Carib High Commissioners in London To Lobby Against APD

    The Caribbean High Commissioners in the United Kingdom (UK) are gearing up to lobby the British Government for an ease in the Airline Passenger Duty (APD) and have secured £40,000 to assist them in this effort. Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy, gave an update on his recent visit to the UK to meet with players in the…

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  • Atoning for the Sins of Empire

    WARWICK, England — THE British do not torture. At least, that is what we in Britain have always liked to think. But not anymore. In a historic decision last week, the British government agreed to compensate 5,228 Kenyans who were tortured and abused while detained during the Mau Mau rebellion of the 1950s. Each claimant will receive around £2,670 (about…

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  • UK will get no favours to stay in single market, MPs warn

    Britain will not get “special treatment” from EU members to stay in the single market, MPs will warn as they urge Conservatives to be realistic about attempts to repatriate powers from Brussels. The Commons foreign affairs committee will say on Tuesday it is sceptical that member states would allow the UK to water down integration and repatriate powers. The cross-party…

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  • UN urges Caribbean to build on successes of decolonization

    QUITO, Ecuador, CMC – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged Caribbean countries to build on the successes of decolonization, saying they must also show statements of principle can be transferred into action. “Let us build on the many successes of decolonization,” said Ban in his message to the Caribbean Regional Seminar on Implementation of the Third International Decade…

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  • Britain’s politics and the European Union

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana – When, in January of this year, Prime Minister David Cameron spoke to the British people on the issue of the country’s membership of the European Union, he promised that following the next parliamentary general elections due in mid-2015, the electorate would have an opportunity to decide on that issue, in what he called an “in or out”…

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