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By Caribbean News Now contributor WASHINGTON, USA — The government of Venezuela has backtracked on a decree by President Nicolás Maduro giving US diplomats 72 hours to leave the country. The Foreign Affairs Ministry said that it is now negotiating the establishment of a U.S. Interests Office in Venezuela and will allow U.S. Embassy personnel […]

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NEW YORK, USA — The top UN political official told the Security Council on Saturday that dialogue and cooperation were vital to ending the crisis in Venezuela, but during a contentious debate, Council members disagreed over the appropriate response to mass protests in the South American country and competing claims to the presidency. “We must […]

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By Caribbean News Now contributor BASSETERRE, St Kitts — A January 17, 2019, press release issued by the office of the St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister, Dr Timothy Harris, entitled “Construction on the St Kitts Ramada resort continues apace; developers eye September 2019 opening date” has raised more questions than answers in the absence […]

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By Melanius Alphonse Caribbean News Now associate editor melanius@caribbeannewsnow.com CASTRIES, St Lucia — A motion of no confidence in Saint Lucia’s prime minister and minister of finance, Allen Chastanet, brought by leader of the parliamentary opposition and leader of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), Philip J Pierre, has been placed on the order paper […]

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BELIZE CITY, Belize (CRFM) — The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has initiated a regional fact-finding study to document the record-breaking influx of sargassum seaweed in the Caribbean Sea in 2018, and the impacts this phenomenon has been having on countries in the region since 2011. The fact-finding survey is funded by the Japan International […]

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ROSEAU, Dominica — In December, Dominica’s energy minister, Ian Douglas, addressed the government’s plans to build a geothermal plant in the third quarter of 2019. Construction will be set on the outskirts of the capital city of Roseau. It hopes to power 23,000 homes with clean geothermal energy, which represents approximately 90% of the entire […]

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ESSEX VALLEY, Jamaica — On January 16, the prime minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, officially launched the Essex Valley Agriculture Development Project, which will provide reliable irrigation to 700 hectares of arable land in Essex Valley, St Elizabeth. This has been made possible through grant funding of £35.5 million (JMD5.75 billion) from the UK Department […]

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WASHINGTON, USA — The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) has welcomed the approval in the National Congress of Honduras of the constitutional reform that begins the path of electoral reforms in the country. This is an important first step for the holding of free, fair and transparent elections. The OAS highlighted […]

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