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Jamaica Increases Minimum Wage

CaribWorldNews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Fri. May 1, 2009: Jamaica has increased its minimum wage by just over US$3 per week. Come May 11, the new minimum wage will be hiked from J$3,700 or over US$41 per week to J$4,070 or US$45 a week. Security Guards will see their wages increased from J$5,500 or just over US$61 per week to J$6,050 or ...

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Caribbean On High Alert As Swine Flu Cases Grow Globally

CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 1, 2009: Caribbean nations are on high alert even as the World Health Organization announced Thursday that cases from swine flu or influenza A (H1N1) infection had grown globally to 257 cases. While there has been no identifiable cases of swine flu in the Caribbean, the region is taking a proactive stance. In the ...

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Caribbean Nations Makes U.S. Report On Terrorism

CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. May 1, 2009: Four Caribbean countries have been identified as potential transit points for terrorists by the U.S. government. The five are the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and the CARICOM nation of Belize. They were all identified as areas of possible terror risks in the Western Hemisphere in the latest `Country Reports on Terrorism.` ...

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Florida Funeral Home Under Investigation Over Dead Jamaican Migrant

CaribWorldNews, POLK COUNTY, FL, Fri. May 1, 2009: A Florida funeral home owner has been banned from embalming corpses because of the way he reportedly handled the body of a Jamaican immigrant. Lawrence Epps said he embalmed 75-year-old Jamaican immigrant Barrington Perrin, who died Dec. 22. But the state claims Epps did not embalm the body properly and allowed it ...

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Bolt Drops Out Of Kingston International

CaribWorldNews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Fri. May 1, 2009: A day after he walked away largely unharmed from a car crash, the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, is dropping out of the Kingston International race. Bolt’s agent said Thursday the triple Olympian was skipping Saturday’s running of the international in Kingston as a precaution. Ricky Simms says his client will opt out ...

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Obama Administration Insists Cuba Must Make The Next Move

CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Thurs. April 30, 2009: The U.S. State Department is insisting there is no plan to lift the Cuban embargo unless the current administration shows its serious about human rights. The comment comes on a day when Cuban President Raul decried the administration for `achieving only the minimum.` His reference was of course to the recent lifting of ...

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Two Grenadians Quarantined In Swine Flu Alert

CaribWorldNews, St. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, Thurs. April 30, 2009: Grenada’s Ministry of Health has placed two persons under quarantine amid suspicion of swine flu. A government statement said Wednesday the two persons, who have not been named, arrived on an American Airlines flight on Tuesday evening from Mexico. It said the Ministry is taking all steps necessary to ensure relevant tests ...

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Obama Insists Immigration Reform On Agenda For Next 100 Days

CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Thurs. April 30, 2009: Critics of immigration reform may claim the high unemployment rate is no time to address this issue but President Barack Obama insists the hot button topic is high on his agenda for the next 100 days. Obama reiterated the campaign promise during a nation-wide press conference on his 100th day in office Wednesday. ...

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Bermuda Bond Ratings Lowered

CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. April 30, 2009: The government of Bermuda has been knocked off its Aaa bond ratings rank by Moody’s Investors Service. Moody’s lowered the bond ratings to Aa2 Wednesday, amid the global credit crisis and recession, which have affected the dependent territory’s insurance industry. Moody’s said it made the decision since the nation was vulnerable to ...

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Former Senator Pleads Not Guilty In Travolta Extortion Case

CaribWorldNews, NASSAU, Bahamas, Thurs. April 30, 2009: Former Bahamas Senator, Pleasant Bridgewater, has pleaded not guilty to charges that he tried to extort $25 million from actor John Travolta following the death of his teenage son in the Bahamas. Bridgewater entered the plea along with paramedic Tarino Lightbourne, who also pleaded not guilty to committing extortion and aiding attempted extortion. ...

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