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British Virgin Islands Leads International Advocacy for Islands

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands  –  On the heels of the UN Ocean Conference held in New York between June 5 and 9, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) – a tiny British overseas territory – is highlighting the common challenges faced by islands as it calls on international partners to support the efforts of islands to address their unique challenges. As ...

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Barbados-based airline to offer service to Dominica

ROSEAU, Dominica – The Barbados-based Trans Island Air 2000 (TIA) will soon offer its services to Dominica, Benoit Bardouille, the chief executive officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Port Authority (DASPA) has said here. Speaking on the radio programme “‘DASPA In Touch’ on Thursday, Bardouille said TIA, a small airline operating out of Barbados, is looking to fly into ...

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LIAT reports millions in losses from strike by pilots

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – LIAT has reported losing some $7 million as a result of  a recent three-day strike by the airline’s pilots. Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Julie Reifer-Jones was quoted by Observer media as saying that the strike resulted in thousands of bookings being cancelled over a very short period. “The challenge with cancellation is that when they ...

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Former national security minister gravely Ill

NASSAU, Bahamas – Former Minister of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage is in a “very troubling and grave state” in the Intensive Care Unit at Doctors Hospital, according to Progressive Liberal Party chairman Bradley Roberts. In the latest update provided by Roberts, he indicated that doctors were working hard to aid the veteran politician. Roberts said he remained in contact ...

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United States Strategy for Engagement in the Caribbean

Willemstad, Curaçao – The U.S. Department of State, in coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), submitted a multi-year Caribbean strategy to Congress on June 19 that establishes a framework for enhancing the security and prosperity of the United States and its Caribbean partners. Considered the “third border” of the United States, the Caribbean is a vital part ...

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Former Haiti Coup Leader Sentenced to Nine Years in U.S. Prison

MIAMI – The leader of a 2004 coup that toppled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was sentenced to nine years in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to a U.S. money laundering charge related to an international drug trafficking scheme. Guy Philippe, 49, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga in Miami after pleading guilty to conspiring to commit money ...

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Guyana pleased with first rice crop for 2017

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Guyana produced more than half a million tonnes of paddy in the first crop for this year with exports of the commodity totalling more than US$92 million, according to figures released by the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) on Wednesday. The GRDB said that 518,667 metric tonnes of paddy was produced during the first crop, a 26 ...

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Antigua and Barbuda prepared to draw the line on Venezuela if . . .

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has dismissed suggestions that his country and others in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), have been giving blind support to the Nicolás Maduro-led administration in Venezuela. During an interview on Radio Jamaica’s Beyond the Headlines programme this evening, Browne made it clear that his country is ready to ...

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Office of Disaster Management: Recent Tropical Storm Activity is a Reminder to Be Prepared

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season kicked off on June 1st, and two named storm systems formed this week, namely Bret and Cindy. This is a stark reminder that residents and business owners should be prepared for the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season which according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center, ...

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Op-Ed: A new accord to conserve and sustainably use the seas

LONDON – The United Nations Ocean Conference underlined the need for an integrated approach to the blue economy, one which supports jobs and livelihoods while conserving the environment. A new Blue Charter of principles for sustainable ocean development may be the answer, writes Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland Ours is a blue planet. The ocean, which covers more than two thirds of the ...

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