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Panos Caribbean disappointed by US move to exit Paris Agreement

KINGSTON, Jamaica – PANOS Caribbean has expressed deep disappointment at news that the United States is to turn its back on the historic Paris Agreement. “There is no question that Panos Caribbean — an organisation that has worked tirelessly in the interest of advancing public education on climate change and enabling communities to have an informed response to the phenomena ...

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Opposition to government’s plans to build school on Basseterre aquifer

BASSETERRE, St Kitts – Opposition parliamentarians have joined public outrage denouncing plans by the Team Unity Government to construct a new Basseterre High School on lands of the Basseterre Aquifer. St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party chairperson, Marcella Liburd, MP for Central Basseterre said it was “a callous and irresponsible act to build any high school on the water table”. “We cannot ...

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US Embassy revokes government minister’s visa

BELMOPAN, Belize – The US Embassy here has cancelled the diplomatic and tourist visas of Transport Minister Edmond Castro. But Prime Minister Dean Barrow has brushed aside calls for him to dismiss Castro over the cancellation. Barrow told reporters that he had seen a letter sent to the minister by the US Embassy and that “there is no indication of ...

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Law Association passes motion of no confidence in Chief Justice

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) Thursday night passed a motion of no confidence in Chief Justice Ivor Archie in a move that could have further ramifications for the judiciary. Archie, who became the youngest Chief Justice here after he was appointed in January 2008, had come under criticism following the controversy over ...

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Prime Minister to receive honorary doctorate from US university

NEWARK – Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne will on Thursday receive an Honorary Doctor of Medical Science Degree from the American University of Antigua School of Medicine during its graduation ceremony in Newark, New Jersey. The ceremony which will see 250 students graduating from the institution, will include five Antiguan students receiving their degrees. According to an Antigua ...

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Pastors arrested in St Lucia

CASTRIES, St. Lucia  –  The Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDA) has appealed to the public not to rush to judgment following the recent arrest of two pastors. But Executive Secretary of the St. Lucia Mission of Seventh Day Adventists, Pastor Roger Stephen, who made the statement at a press conference on Friday said that the church will not condone sin ...

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Guyanese woman arrested in Bahamas with cocaine in hair weave

NASSAU, Bahamas – The police have arrested a Guyanese woman who attempted to smuggle cocaine, that was concealed in her hair weave, into the country. The police report that shortly after 3 p.m. (local time) on Tuesday, the female passenger, who had just arrived at the Lynden Pindling International Airport on a Caribbean Airlines flight from Suriname, was found with ...

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World Bank Deputy Chief Economist urges region to think big about small economies

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands – It is time for the Caribbean Region to think big about its small economies, says Deputy Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank, Dr. Daniel Lederman. Further, small economies can be successful by being open and nimble. Lederman delivered the 18th William G. Demas Memorial Lecture, which took place ...

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Passenger took cocaine before disrupting flight from Jamaica

ORLANDO – An attorney says a Canadian man took cocaine before boarding a flight where he allegedly attacked the crew with coffee pots and tried to open a cabin door. The Orlando Sentinel reports that 34-year-old Brandon Michael Courneyea appeared Monday in Orlando federal court. He has been charged with interfering with flight crew members and attendants after his May 15 flight ...

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Police raid gay sauna, detain 141 men

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian police detained dozens of men including several foreigners in a weekend raid on a gay sauna in the capital, another sign of growing hostility to homosexuality in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Police spokesman Argo Yuwono said 141 men were detained for questioning in the raid Sunday evening on the gym and sauna in north ...

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