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Slightly weaker Otto heads for Central America with torrential rains

November 24, 2016
Slightly weaker Otto heads for Central America with torrential rains MIAMI, USA -- Late season tropical cyclone Otto weakened slightly from hurricane force to a tropical storm as it took aim at Costa Rica and Nicaragua in Central America. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, at 4:00 pm EST on Wednesday, the centre of...

Otto becomes seventh hurricane of 2016 season

November 23, 2016
Otto becomes seventh hurricane of 2016 season MIAMI, USA -- Late-season tropical cyclone Otto strengthened into a hurricane on Tuesday and a hurricane warning could be required for portions of the coast of Nicaragua or Costa Rica later Tuesday night or early Wednesday. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami...

Late season tropical storm forms in the Caribbean

November 22, 2016
Late season tropical storm forms in the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- After several days of threatening to become a tropical cyclone right at the end of the Atlantic hurricane season, Tropical Storm Otto has formed in the Caribbean about 190 miles (305 km) east-southeast of San Andres Island and about 315 miles (505 km) east of Bluefields, Nicaragua.

Rule of Law Index ranks Costa Rica, Barbados and Antigua-Barbuda highest in region

October 24, 2016
Rule of Law Index ranks Costa Rica, Barbados and Antigua-Barbuda highest in region WASHINGTON, USA -- The latest World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index was published last week and includes 22 countries in the wider Caribbean in its expanded coverage of 113 countries and jurisdictions (from 102 in 2015), relying on more than 100,000 household and expert...

OAS secretary general welcomes resumption of Colombia peace talks

October 12, 2016
OAS secretary general welcomes resumption of Colombia peace talks WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, has welcomed the announcement of renewed negotiations and public dialogue between the Colombian government and the ELN guerillas as “a concrete and hopeful...

Commentary: Peace in Colombia

October 11, 2016
Commentary: Peace in Colombia On October 7, 2016, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for his efforts to negotiate a peace agreement between the Colombian government and the leftist Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC). Over the past four years...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Why not more interest from Colombian suppliers?

October 10, 2016
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Why not more interest from Colombian suppliers? Last week we had an unannounced visit from one of the Lonely Planet travel editors, Alex Egerton, who is based in Popayan, Colombia. It brought back fond memories of a week that I spent there, many years ago and reminded me of what a scenically beautiful and tremendously...

Commentary: What the FARC! Colombians reject landmark peace deal

October 7, 2016
Commentary: What the FARC! Colombians reject landmark peace deal Actually, this stunning blow is just the latest in a year of black-swan phenomena, which has seen, among other things, Republicans nominate Donald J. Trump for president, Britons Brexit the EU, and Brazilians impeach their first female president. Of course, Americans would only punctuate...

Haiti braces for life-threatening wind and rain from Hurricane Matthew

October 4, 2016
Haiti braces for life-threatening wind and rain from Hurricane Matthew MIAMI, USA -- The centre of powerful category four Hurricane Matthew was expected to approach southwestern Haiti on Monday night, bringing with it 140 mph winds and torrential rains of 15 to 25 inches, and as much as 40 inches in some areas. Coastal flooding was already reported in some areas.

Colombian voters reject FARC-EP peace deal

October 4, 2016
Colombian voters reject FARC-EP peace deal BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombians voted NO on Sunday in the referendum to approve the peace accord signed just days earlier between the government and the country’s largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP). After over 99.4 percent...

Haiti and Jamaica prepare for category four Hurricane Matthew

October 3, 2016
Haiti and Jamaica prepare for category four Hurricane Matthew MIAMI, USA -- Preparations were underway in Haiti and Jamaica on Sunday in anticipation of the approach of the powerful category four Hurricane Matthew on Monday. On Sunday afternoon, the interim president of Haiti, Jocelerme Privert, accompanied by several ministers and...

Hurricane warning issued for Jamaica and much of Haiti

October 2, 2016
Hurricane warning issued for Jamaica and much of Haiti MIAMI, USA -- Hurricane Matthew, which remained a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on Saturday, is expected to approach Jamaica and southwestern Haiti on Monday, bringing life-threatening rainfall to portions of Haiti. The government of Jamaica...

Matthew strengthens to category 4; hurricane watch issued for Jamaica

October 1, 2016
Matthew strengthens to category 4; hurricane watch issued for Jamaica MIAMI, USA -- Matthew rapidly strengthened to a powerful category 4 hurricane on the Saffir- Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on Friday and on its forecast track the centre will move north across the central Caribbean Sea on Saturday, and be near Jamaica on Sunday.

Tropical Storm Matthew forms, moves into eastern Caribbean Sea

September 29, 2016
Tropical Storm Matthew forms, moves into eastern Caribbean Sea MIAMI, USA -- As expected, Tropical Storm Matthew formed early Wednesday as the system moved through the Windward Islands into the eastern Caribbean, bringing heavy rains and high winds and forcing the closure of government offices and schools in several islands.

Commentary: Colombia: Peace as a force for transformation

September 29, 2016
Commentary: Colombia: Peace as a force for transformation The latest good tidings confirm that we are living through a change of era in Latin America. The building of peace will be the great force behind and the opportunity for progressive structural change, with equality, which will embrace as its own the goals of sustainable development.

Commentary: The Colombia-FARC agreement: A fragile step towards a sustainable peace

August 31, 2016
Commentary: The Colombia-FARC agreement: A fragile step towards a sustainable peace After 52 years of armed conflict, the Colombian government led by President Juan Manuel Santos and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC) signed a historic agreement last Wednesday ending the country’s civil war.

Post-conflict Colombia should be a land of opportunities for small farmers, says UN agency

August 30, 2016
Post-conflict Colombia should be a land of opportunities for small farmers, says UN agency ROME, Italy -- A lasting peace in Colombia will only be possible if small farmers have the right opportunities to develop and prosper, said the associate vice-president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Perin Saint Ange, on the eve of his official visit to the country.

Commentary: Economic incentives vital for development of the Guiana Shield

August 25, 2016
Commentary: Economic incentives vital for development of the Guiana Shield The fourth international congress on the biodiversity of the Guiana Shield, sponsored by the International Biodiversity Society of the Guiana Shield (IBG) in conjunction with the Guyana government, was held during August 8-12 in Georgetown, Guyana. In his address to the forum on April 8...

Colombia strengthens its hospital care selection to attract more foreign patients

July 30, 2016
Colombia strengthens its hospital care selection to attract more foreign patients MIAMI, USA -- Colombia continues to position itself as an innovative country in the health industry. It stands out among other countries in Latin America for its highly complex quality procedures performed by some of the top rated and highly trained medical personnel. The International...

Colombian narcotics kingpin sentenced to 35 years in US prison for massive cocaine conspiracy

July 27, 2016
Colombian narcotics kingpin sentenced to 35 years in US prison for massive cocaine conspiracy NEW YORK, USA -- Daniel Barrera Barrera, also known as “Loco Barrera”, a citizen of Colombia, was sentenced on Monday in Manhattan federal court to 35 years in prison and ordered to forfeit $10 million by US District Judge Gregory Woods for his role in conspiring to distribute...

US Coast Guard ends search for migrants of capsized vessel off BVI

July 18, 2016
US Coast Guard ends search for migrants of capsized vessel off BVI SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Coast Guard rescue crews ended a four-day search on Saturday for possible survivors of a migrant vessel, which reportedly capsized sometime between the night of July 9, 2016 and last Monday morning in waters between the British Virgin Islands and...

US Coast Guard searches for possible survivors of capsized migrant vessel off the BVI

July 16, 2016
US Coast Guard searches for possible survivors of capsized migrant vessel off the BVI SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Coast Guard rescue crews were actively searching the waters between the British Virgin Islands and the Caribbean island of St Maarten on Thursday for possible survivors of a capsized migrant vessel. Two St Maarten and two Cuban migrants who...

Colombian government and rebel group FARC sign historic peace accord in Cuba

June 25, 2016
Colombian government and rebel group FARC sign historic peace accord in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Colombian government and the rebel group FARC-EP on Thursday signed in this the Cuban capital Havana a bilateral and definitive agreement on cease-fire and the cessation of hostilities, considered a key step to achieve peace in that nation, which has endured...

Panama Papers law firm accused of helping Colombians evade taxes on $20bn

May 20, 2016
Panama Papers law firm accused of helping Colombians evade taxes on $20bn MIAMI, USA -- The Colombian ministry of finance, after a visit to the Bogotá offices of Mossack and Fonseca, has alleged that the Panama Papers law firm and other Panamanian offshore specialists assisted Colombian nationals in evading taxes upon approximately $20 billion.

Colombian and Venezuelan smugglers detained in $32 million cocaine seizure

April 16, 2016
Colombian and Venezuelan smugglers detained in $32 million cocaine seizure SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon and the USS Shamal successfully interdicted more than 1,110 kilograms of cocaine and detained four suspected smugglers in international waters in the Caribbean Sea on April 7. The suspected smugglers...

World Happiness Report 2016 update shows significantly more inequality in Caribbean

March 17, 2016
World Happiness Report 2016 update shows significantly more inequality in Caribbean ROME, Italy -- The World Happiness Report 2016 Update, which ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, was released on Wednesday in Rome in advance of UN World Happiness Day, March 20, and shows that two regions – the Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America and Caribbean...

US names fourteen major money laundering countries in the region in latest report

March 5, 2016
US names fourteen major money laundering countries in the region in latest report WASHINGTON, USA -- Fourteen nations in the wider Caribbean have been named by the US as “major money laundering” countries in the 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) released by the US State Department on Wednesday. A major money laundering...

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