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Embattled former USVI senator releases 800-page, cutting-edge etiquette book

December 17, 2016
Embattled former USVI senator releases 800-page, cutting-edge etiquette book ST CROIX, USVI -- Former US Virgin Islands senator and senate liaison to the White House, Wayne James, has just released his highly anticipated etiquette book for men, Manly Manners: Lifestyle & Modern Etiquette for the Young Man of the 21st Century. Published by the iUniverse division...

New York man pleads guilty to sophisticated Caribbean cell-phone fraud scheme

December 15, 2016
New York man pleads guilty to sophisticated Caribbean cell-phone fraud scheme MIAMI, USA -- A New York City resident pleaded guilty on Monday in connection with a sophisticated Caribbean cell-phone fraud scheme that involved compromising cell-phone customers’ accounts and “cloning” their phones to make fraudulent international calls. Farintong Calderon...

New 'safe seafood' laws' regional export rules being readied

December 15, 2016
New 'safe seafood' laws' regional export rules being readied BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CRFM)—The fisheries industry on Wednesday moved one step closer to making the Caribbean fish and seafood trade safer and more profitable when experts met in Barbados to finalise a raft of model regional laws, policies and procedures. The Caribbean region’s...

Relationships: When did sweethearting become the 'norm' of behaviour?

December 15, 2016
Relationships: When did sweethearting become the 'norm' of behaviour? The term “sweetheart” has been accepted for many years now across the Caribbean for a much more painful and oftentimes destructive problem of infidelity. Infidelity has been the cause for divorces, broken homes, and even murder. In fact, infidelity is the only commandment that is...

US Senate passes new Caribbean engagement law

December 14, 2016
US Senate passes new Caribbean engagement law WASHINGTON, USA -- New legislation to enhance US engagement with the Caribbean has now passed both the House and Senate and is headed to President Barack Obama for signature into law. The new law, sponsored by Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), ranking member of the House Committee on...

IMF chief Lagarde goes on trial

December 13, 2016
IMF chief Lagarde goes on trial PARIS, France (WINN) -- The first female managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, went on trial on Monday in a French court for alleged misuse of public funds. The charge of negligence stems from a €425 million payment to a French businessman...

New UN secretary-general sworn-in

December 13, 2016
New UN secretary-general sworn-in NEW YORK, USA -- Sworn in on Monday as the ninth and next United Nations secretary-general, António Guterres pledged to reposition development at the centre of the Organization’s work and ensure that the UN can change to effectively meet the myriad challenges facing the...

The Roads They Walked: The life in leggings horror story

December 13, 2016
The Roads They Walked: The life in leggings horror story It is truly nerve wracking being a woman living in Trinidad and Tobago presently. We are sick, disgusted and tired of the current state of affairs in our country, our homeland. Just recently, two Barbadian friends, Ronelle King and Allyson Benn, started the #lifeinleggings movement aimed at...

EU to boost CARIBBEAN competitiveness by strengthening regional partnerships

December 12, 2016
EU to boost CARIBBEAN competitiveness by strengthening regional partnerships BASSE-TERRE, Guadeloupe -- The INTERREG V Caribbean, a multimillion dollar EU-funded program to strengthen regional partnerships, will be officially launched in Saint Lucia on Wednesday. In addition to boosting the economic competitiveness of the region's countries...

CHTA joins regional support for US-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act

December 10, 2016
CHTA joins regional support for US-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act MIAMI, USA -- The Caribbean must ensure issues of critical socioeconomic importance are firmly addressed with the US Congress and the incoming administration, according to Karolin Troubetzkoy, president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association. Troubetzkoy commented...

First American fashion designer to showcase designs in Cuba in 55 years

December 8, 2016
First American fashion designer to showcase designs in Cuba in 55 years WASHINGTON, USA -- Kelsy Dominick has marked a place in history by being the first American designer to showcase designs in Cuba since the embargo was put in place in 1960. Dominick was approached by Cuban trade representatives after showing in New York Fashion Week...

Relationships: Got holiday anxiety?

December 7, 2016
Relationships: Got holiday anxiety? The holiday season is a time of tradition, and traditions have a funny way of becoming expectations -- like getting lots of stocking stuffers and spending days on end with family and friends. But what if you are going to spend much or all of the holiday season alone? What’s a person to do?

National award for research project tackling domestic abuse in the Caribbean

December 6, 2016
National award for research project tackling domestic abuse in the Caribbean ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- A research project that is helping women in the Caribbean who are most vulnerable to being abused in the home has won a prestigious national award. None In Three, a project led by Professor Adele Jones at the University of Huddersfield and working...

Commonwealth offers plan to stave off 'time bomb' of government liabilities

December 6, 2016
Commonwealth offers plan to stave off 'time bomb' of government liabilities LONDON, England -- Governments could be hit by huge unexpected pay-outs if steps are not taken to manage hidden liabilities in unfunded pensions, loan guarantees, disaster relief and other contingencies. This is the stark warning in a recent Commonwealth report, offering countries...

Caribbean women take their power back by sharing stories of sexual abuse

December 3, 2016
Caribbean women take their power back by sharing stories of sexual abuse PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A powerful hashtag, #lifeinleggings, geared towards giving Caribbean women the space and support to share their stories of sexual harassment, is exploding on Facebook and Twitter. Created by two Barbadian women who wanted to demonstrate the disturbing...

China president invites Caribbean and Latin America media to work closer together

November 24, 2016
China president invites Caribbean and Latin America media to work closer together SANTIAGO, Chile -- China’s President Xi Jinping has invited journalists and media houses in Latin America and the Caribbean to join their Chinese counterparts to do more to better cover growing ties between China and the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region. Xi made the call...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: The most important work - within the walls of your own home

November 24, 2016
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: The most important work - within the walls of your own home Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: The Most Important Work-Within the Walls of Your Own Home.

Prince Harry begins whirlwind royal tour of Caribbean

November 22, 2016
Prince Harry begins whirlwind royal tour of Caribbean ST JOHN’S, Antigua (SKNIS) -- Prince Henry (Harry) of Wales touched down to a red carpet welcome on Sunday, November 20, at the VC Bird International Airport in Antigua aboard a British Airways commercial flight as he began his 15-day royal visit of several Caribbean countries...

IDB engages Caribbean youth on creating vibrant economies, climate change and other issues

November 21, 2016
IDB engages Caribbean youth on creating vibrant economies, climate change and other issues KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Since the appointment last April of Therese Turner-Jones as general manager of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Caribbean country department, there has been increased academic and social engagement with the youth across the region.

Digicel Diaspora gives the gift you want!

November 21, 2016
Digicel Diaspora gives the gift you want! MIAMI, USA -- Digicel Diaspora gives the best gifts! This year, the Christmas promotion, #GetGifted, will see four lucky winners every week being gifted with a share of US$50,000. Through December 31, 2016, customers in the Diaspora will receive an entry into Digicel’s #GetGifted promotion...

Virtual crisis room to answer man-made and natural disasters in the Caribbean

November 18, 2016
Virtual crisis room to answer man-made and natural disasters in the Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean is not isolated from the impact of man-made and natural disasters, as the impact of Hurricane Matthew demonstrated recently. The Caribbean region’s increasing vulnerability to these threats demands a coordinated approach from its regional...

How Caribbean residents can play for the $359 million Powerball jackpot

November 18, 2016
How Caribbean residents can play for the $359 million Powerball jackpot LONDON, England -- Powerball fever swept the world in January 2016 when the American lottery's $1.58 billion jackpot set a new world record. That amazing prize was divided between three winning tickets; each of them took a lump sum cash payment of $327.8 million.

UK and OTs agree to special Brexit negotiation talks in 2017

November 14, 2016
UK and OTs agree to special Brexit negotiation talks in 2017 LONDON, England -- At the recently concluded Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) in London, the United Kingdom government and the political leaders of the Overseas Territories (OTs) agreed to hold special ministerial talks in early 2017 on Brexit negotiations before Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty...

The Caribbean considers a world where Donald Trump is US president

November 11, 2016
The Caribbean considers a world where Donald Trump is US president PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- It's official: Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States. South of the border, where there is a saying that if America sneezes, the region catches a cold, Caribbean netizens have been posting their reactions to the outcome of the 2016 US...

Representatives of Dutch national ombudsman coming to Statia and Saba again

November 11, 2016
Representatives of Dutch national ombudsman coming to Statia and Saba again WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Earlier this year, representatives of the Dutch national ombudsman were on Saba and Statia and received many complaints about the government during the consultation hours. Residents will now have another opportunity to meet with the representatives of...

Caribbean reacts to Donald Trump election victory

November 10, 2016
Caribbean reacts to Donald Trump election victory MIAMI, USA -- His campaign was vitriolic, sometimes acrimonious. He was labeled a racist, a bigot, anti-Mexican, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim. Despite this, Republican candidate Donald Trump was on Tuesday elected the 45th president of the United States, defying the polls and popular media hype..

Brexit won't change relationship between UK and territories

November 8, 2016
Brexit won't change relationship between UK and territories LONDON, England (CNS) -- The UK government has said that the referendum result that saw the British people vote to leave the European Union earlier this year does not change the position on sovereignty between it and the overseas territories. The Brexit issue was a key element during...

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