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FATCA is baptism by fire for region, says Bahamas minister

FATCA is baptism by fire for region, says Bahamas minister

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Caribbean states facing challenges in preparing for the new transparent automatic exchange of information (AEOI) world order have been placed – in some instances – in an unfair situation, according to Bahamas Financial Services Minister Ryan Pinder.

Four CARICOM countries cut back reliance on PetroCaribe

Venezuela

Four CARICOM countries cut back reliance on PetroCaribe MIAMI, USA -- At least four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member countries are taking steps to reduce their reliance on Venezuela’s PetroCaribe oil subsidy as crude prices plunge, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  The four countries are Guyana, Haiti, Belize and Jamaica.

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LIAT responds to speculation over staff cuts

Travel

LIAT responds to speculation over staff cuts ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The management of regional airline LIAT has responded to recent media reports about proposed job cuts at the company. LIAT’s head of corporate communications Desmond Brown said: “Any staff cuts that may be required in order to reflect the size of LIAT's business...

FAO invests in developing Caribbean cassava industry

Features

FAO invests in developing Caribbean cassava industry PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Addressing agricultural revitalization and the high food import bill are two of the major challenges facing the countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Over the past ten years, the food import bill has doubled to almost US$4 billion, with 11% being spent on...

EarthTalk: Assessing the risks of genetically engineered crops

Health

EarthTalk: Assessing the risks of genetically engineered crops Proponents of genetic engineering (GE) -- whereby DNA from unrelated species is combined to produce improved or novel organisms -- insist that the benefits of increased crop yields and less agricultural waste outweigh the potential risks, but many environmental and public health advocates aren’t convinced.

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Commentary: The Commonwealth's battle for relevance

Opinion

Commentary: The Commonwealth's battle for relevance Where is the Commonwealth these days? The multi-lateral organisation of nations who are bound together by similar colonial past as colonies under British rule has lost its sparkle and it’s rarely heard of these days. It led the way in the 1970s and 1980s in galvanizing international interest and support for...

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Commentary: A National Development Plan: What should be expected? (with audio)

Opinion

Commentary: A National Development Plan: What should be expected? (with audio) We have heard very little about the National Development Plan for The Bahamas. People from all quarters of the Bahamian society have clamoured, begged and pleaded for someone to commit to creating a proper one for a new Bahamas. For years, the calls have gone unanswered. Until now!

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Commentary: The Keith Rowley conundrum...

Opinion

Commentary: The Keith Rowley conundrum... In 2009, Dr Keith Rowley stood up in Trinidad and Tobago’s Parliament and told the nation that he had gone to then Prime Minister Patrick Manning and warned him that there was “massive bid rigging and corruption taking place at UDECOTT that was ten times worse than (what took place at) Piarco".

Letter: Construction or geological fault line - you be the judge

Letters

Letter: Construction or geological fault line - you be the judge A fault line is a line on a rock surface or the ground that traces a geological fault. This means there was some natural occurrence such as the movement of tectonic plates, or other natural earth movement that causes the movement of and cracking, breaking or slippage of surface material.

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Letter: Grenada desperately needs an 'economic reshuffle'

Letters

Letter: Grenada desperately needs an 'economic reshuffle' The recent cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Keith Mitchell of Grenada was done purely out of political consideration and has absolutely nothing to do with the severe economic crisis facing the tri-island state. Getting rid of his minister of tourism Alexandria Otway Noel and his foreign minister Nicholas Steele...

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Cuba and Russia discuss cooperation in sports

Sports

Cuba and Russia discuss cooperation in sports MOSCOW, Russia (ACN) -- Sports exchanges, the setting up of training bases for athletes and extending cooperation in the sector, were among the topics recently discussed by Russian Sports Minister Vitali Mutkó and Cuban Ambassador Emilio Lozada. The meeting took place at the headquarters of...

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Martinique takes nearly all honours in St Lucia International Triathlon 2014

Sports

Martinique takes nearly all honours in St Lucia International Triathlon 2014 CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Martinicans have landed – and abducted nearly all the honours at the second Saint Lucia International Triathlon on Saturday. In fact, the only winner in the adult races not representing the French dependency was so delighted he went down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend.

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