US HOMELAND SECURITY

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]

Prince Harry begins whirlwind royal tour of Caribbean

November 28, 2016 admin 0

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (SKNIS) — Prince Henry (Harry) of Wales touched down to a red carpet welcome on Sunday, November 20, at the VC Bird International Airport in Antigua aboard a British Airways commercial flight as he began his 15-day royal visit of several Caribbean countries, including St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Barbados, […More]

Deportation of Haitians from US resumed

November 12, 2016 admin 0

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — The deportation of Haitians to their home country from the US has been resumed, despite the post-Hurricane Matthew recovery situation and the more recent floods in Haiti. Inspector Gary Desrosiers, deputy spokesman of the National Police of Haiti (PNH) in charge of welcoming the deportees on their return to Haiti, confirmed the resumption of such […More]

Canadian prime minister to visit Cuba

November 12, 2016 admin 0

OTTAWA, Canada — The prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, on Tuesday announced that he will pay official visits to Cuba and Argentina from November 15 to 18, and will travel to Peru from November 19 to 20 to participate in the 2016 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ meeting. Canada enjoys strong, long-standing relations with Cuba. During the official […More]

Dozens of illegal Haitian migrants discovered in St Martin

November 7, 2016 admin 0

MARIGOT, St Martin — Police officers of French border control, Police aux Frontières (PAF), who suspected trafficking of migrants in Marigot Bay in the French part of the island of St Martin/St Maarten), discovered during a control operation conducted with support of Customs and the gendarmerie, that 52 illegal migrants, mostly of Haitian nationality (28 men, 17 women and 7 […More]

Some regional central bank banks turn to SWIFT to combat de-risking threat

November 7, 2016 admin 0

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — Eight regional central banks have signed up to adopt the sanctions screening service and Know Your Customer (KYC) Registry provided by the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) in an effort to combat the threat posed to the region by de-risking measures imposed in correspondent banking relationships. The trend of de-risking – the decision taken by […More]

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