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By Melanius Alphonse Caribbean News Now associate editor CASTRIES, St Lucia — In an op-ed published today, opposition Member of Parliament for Castries South, Ernest Hilaire, asks the question “should we not be scared?” after reviewing the level of proposed borrowing by the government of Saint Lucia and the real cost of the Hewanorra […]

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — Newly appointed Governor Martyn Roper has said he hopes the Cayman Islands will not be going it alone when it introduces a public register identifying the beneficial owners of companies and other financial entities, as the UK will be promoting this as a global standard. There are international efforts […]

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By Colene A. Penn ROAD TOWN, BVI — The director for Overseas Territories in Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Ben Merrick, begins a four day visit to the British Virgin Islands on Wednesday. His visit will focus on governance, financial services and the post-hurricane recovery of the BVI. While in the territory, Merrick will […]

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Relying upon a $100 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the government of Barbados is seeking to regain macroeconomic stability, implement fiscal adjustment measures that foster a sustainable fiscal balance in the short and medium term, and protect social spending programs for the most vulnerable Barbadians. The structure and content […]

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced a US$106.5 million programme of assistance for The Bahamas, over the period 2018-2022. The programme is outlined in a new country strategy paper for the country, which was approved by CDB’s board of directors on October 25. “This strategy has been designed in collaboration with […]

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The US Coast Guard returned 71 of 81 interdicted migrants to law enforcement authorities in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, over the weekend following multiple at sea interdictions off Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Ten other migrants interdicted are facing federal prosecution in Puerto Rico for attempting to illegally re-enter […]

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By Stephen A Cooper VAN NUYS, USA — In an introductory essay to “Yes, Rasta” (Powerhouse Books 2000) – described by the New Yorker as “a book of dramatic black-and-white portraits of Rastafarians set against a lush Jamaican landscape” by Patrick Cariou – Perry Henzell, director of the hit movie “The Harder They Come” writes: […]

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By Mike Jarvis ‘Appeal’ as indicated in the heading is a rhetorical question. There will no doubt be extensive post mortems on the outcome of the referenda in Antigua and Barbuda and Grenada (where the membership bid has now failed twice) on having the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as their final appellate court. Both […]

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By Melanius Alphonse Stripping away the smoke screens of ideology and public relations, political leader, Philip J Pierre, in addressing the annual conference of the Saint Lucia Labour party (SLP), stated: “I am no showman, nor am I an actor, my detractors say I stammer but I rather stammer the truth than be speaking lies […]

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By Dr Ernest Hilaire The parliamentary sitting in Saint Lucia of October 30 was quite depressing. With another family facing tragedy, our thoughts were with these families. The premature end to the business of the day was just as well; it was an all round frightening day. My condolences to all the families suffering from […]

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