UN considers change of mandate for peacekeeping mission in Haiti

February 16, 2017 admin 0

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — While the security situation in Haiti is “not perfect”, solid progress has been made over the past few years, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations said, stressing that the Organization is considering a change in the mandate of the UN stabilization mission in the island nation, known as MINUSTAH. Wrapping up a week-long visit, […More]

Cuba can help strengthen region, says Barbados foreign minister

February 6, 2017 admin 0

By Deirdre Gittens BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — The most fitting testament of solidarity between Cuba and the Caribbean would be their active collaboration to strengthen the region’s domestic, regional and global agendas, said Barbados minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator Maxine McClean, at a cocktail reception on Tuesday to mark the 58th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. McClean […More]

Seven years after devastating earthquake, 47,000 people still live in camps in Haiti

January 30, 2017 admin 0

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — Following the earthquake in January 2010, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) undertook the implementation of a monitoring system of displaced persons in camps in Haiti, named the displacement tracking matrix (DTM), in partnership with the government of Haiti, through the Directorate of Civil Protection. It is a tool to monitor the movements of displaced […More]

US Supreme Court ends Stanford’s legal efforts to overturn conviction

January 30, 2017 admin 0

By Kenneth Rijock HOUSTON, USA — A final legal effort by R Allen Stanford to overturn what is effectively a life sentence, for operating his Antigua-based Stanford International Bank, a massive Ponzi scheme that stole the life savings from many victims in the United States and elsewhere, has ended in failure after the US Supreme Court again declined to hear […More]

Press freedom organisation condemns tough censorship in Venezuela

January 6, 2017 admin 0

MIAMI, Florida — The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has expressed regret that the old year ended with the toughest censorship and restriction of the Venezuelan press following the announcement by the South American country’s oldest newspaper, El Impulso, that in 2017 it will no longer circulate in its print edition. The paper, founded in January 1904, announced in an […More]


January 6, 2017 admin 0

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s US Immigration and Enforcement Agency says it removed a total of 240,255 immigrants from the country in fiscal year 2016, a two percent increase over FY 2015. The leading countries of origin for removals were all Latin American – Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Almost 2,000 immigrants were sent back to the Dominican […More]

2017 holds great promise, says incoming CARICOM chairman

January 5, 2017 admin 0

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — “2017 holds great promise for us to advance our integration process which can only be possible through the involvement and participation of all. Let us resolve to play our part in strengthening our Caribbean Community and to making regional unity a living, breathing experience,” said president of Guyana, Brigadier David Granger, the incoming chairman of CARICOM. In […More]

Government to spend $39.8 million on completion of 2017 carnival events

January 2, 2017 admin 0

Total subvention for “carnival component” (mas) is $7,290,000; for the “pan component” $23,085,000; and for the mas component $9,450,000, said Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly today in Parliament. She said close to 180 steel bands were given money as recently as last week. WHEN IS TRINIDAD CARNIVAL 2017? Officially Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2017 […More]

IMF approves US$41.6 million disbursement under rapid credit facility for Haiti

November 28, 2016 admin 0

WASHINGTON, USA — The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Thursday approved SDR 30.7125 million (about US$41.6 million) in financial assistance for Haiti under the rapid credit facility (RCF) to help the authorities meet urgent balance of payments needs arising from the effects of Hurricane Matthew. The funds will be made available immediately. The strong category-4 hurricane […More]

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