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The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle Change of Board

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten – As the end of ‘The Rotary Year 2016-2017’ came to an end Mid Isle held their Change of Board celebration at ‘The Zoo Rock Café’. President Veronica Jansen-Webster had several personal and career challenges to face this year and thanked her outgoing board and fellow members of Mid Isle for their unimaginable and overwhelming support ...

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Unions reject comment from Industry Minister ahead of planned protest

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Ahead of Tuesday’s planned march to protest against the recent implementation of the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL), the major trade unions have accused Industry and Commerce Minister Donville Inniss on “mocking the Barbadian workers”. The union leaders in a joint statement on the weekend, made reference to a comment made by Inniss in which he dismissed the ...

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Legal fraternity mourns sudden passing of DPP

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), in Barbados, Charles Leacock QC died suddenly on the weekend following surgery in the United States. Leacock, 59, died in Orlando, Florida late Saturday where he was undergoing prostate surgery. Born in Guyana, he rose from the Crown Counsel in the DPP’s chambers here in 1984 to head the prosecution service in 1997 – ...

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One death reported in Guyana prison fire

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Guyana Government has sought to assure citizens that the situation at the country’s main prison in the capital is under control and that inmates from the burnt facility were being transferred to other institutions across the country. Prison officials confirmed that six prison officers were taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) where prison warden Odinga Wickham ...

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Trinidad PM warns West Indies cricket could “destroy” CARICOM

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has warned that the situation regarding the state of West Indies cricket had the potential to “destroy” the regional integration grouping, CARICOM, because of the differences among the regional leaders on the issue. Rowley said he was surprised when he did not see the matter of West ...

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PM Stuart – LIAT still vital to the region

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has pledged Barbados’ continued commitment to the regional carrier LIAT, describing it as “vital” to the movement of people across the Caribbean. Stuart made this assertion as he spoke to the media recently about concerns being voiced by some CARICOM leaders about the viability of the regional carrier during the just concluded 38th ...

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Venezuelan Opposition Leader released from jail

CARACAS, Venezuela – Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was transferred to house arrest Saturday after spending more than three years behind bars in a military prison. The Supreme Court, in a statement, said it had granted Lopez the “humanitarian measures” for health reasons and “serious signs of irregularities” in the handling of the case that it did not specify. ...

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T&T ranked most dangerous English-speaking Caribbean country

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Trinidad and Tobago has received its lowest ranking ever on an international peace list as the country continues to have maximum scores for homicides and violent crimes, and high scores for perceptions of criminality and access to weapons. The Report put the “national cost of the violence” at US$ 3,852,415,069. This country ranked 97 out ...

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New airline begins service

CASTRIES, St Lucia – Barbados based carrier, Trans Island Air 2000 (TIA), has commenced service from St Lucia to Grenada, Barbados, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica. This was announced by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet who told reporters earlier this week that Martinique will also benefit from the service. “Obviously that is a very important initiative given the cost of ...

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Radio station bans opposition legislator as PM files lawsuit

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The OBSERVER Media Group says it has taken a decision not to broadcast any live coverage of any statement made by an opposition legislator after the group was sued by Prime Minister Gaston Browne. The media group in a statement published in its newspaper, THE DAILY OBSERVER, noted that “due to numerous related issues, the OBSERVER ...

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