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Curacao government will not renew oil refinery lease with Venezuela

February 5, 2016
Curacao government will not renew oil refinery lease with Venezuela WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- In a letter to the leader of the coalition party PAIS, Alex Rosaria MP, the minister of public health, science and environment, Siegried Victorina, has indicated that the Curacao government will not renew the oil refinery lease agreement with the Venezuelan state oil...

US career criminal fraudster claims Caribbean connections

February 3, 2016
US career criminal fraudster claims Caribbean connections SACRAMENTO, USA -- A 48-year-old career criminal Ralph lnnachia Sanders, formerly of El Dorado Hills, California, is reportedly claiming to be a wealthy retired professional basketball player, currently on contract as a basketball coach for teams in the Dominican Republic, Aruba and Venezuela.

Caribbean Baseball Series kicks off in Dominican Republic

February 2, 2016
Caribbean Baseball Series kicks off in Dominican Republic SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (ACN) -- Puerto Rico were due to face Venezuela on Monday and Mexico were to challenge the hosts Dominican Republic at the beginning of the 2016 Santo Domingo Caribbean Baseball Series, which continues until February 7.

St Kitts-Nevis secures more funds from Venezuela

January 22, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis secures more funds from Venezuela BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, has announced that St Kitts and Nevis has secured a further US$1 million from the government of Venezuela through its Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) St Kitts-Nevis Limited to fund the Fresh Start programme.

US issues travel alert over zika virus in Caribbean

January 18, 2016
US issues travel alert over zika virus in Caribbean ATLANTA, USA -- The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday issued a travel warning for the Caribbean region where infection with zika, a mosquito-borne virus, is a risk. The CDC also cautioned pregnant women not to travel to those areas as zika has been linked...

US general reiterates warning on Islamic extremists in the Caribbean

January 11, 2016
US general reiterates warning on Islamic extremists in the Caribbean WASHINGTON, USA -- General John Kelly, commander of US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), has repeated an earlier warning that Islamic extremists leaving the Caribbean to join the international terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Middle East...

Commentary: Two hundred years ago, Haiti received Simon Bolivar with open arms

January 4, 2016
Commentary: Two hundred years ago, Haiti received Simon Bolivar with open arms December 28, 2015, marked the 200th anniversary (December 28, 1815) of the visit by Simon Bolivar to Les Cayes, Haiti, seeking assistance from Alexander Petion, president of Haiti, in his quest to liberate Latin America from Spain colonial rule and its world order of slavery.

Netherlands issues new warning to those traveling to Venezuela

December 30, 2015
Netherlands issues new warning to those traveling to Venezuela WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Dutch ministry of foreign affairs has tightened its travel advice for Venezuela. According to the advisory, Venezuela is among the most violent countries in the world and it does not recommend Curacao citizens travel to the neighbouring country. The foreign ministry noted...

Commentary: The anti-Chavista political swing in Venezuela - Its impact on Guyana and Caribbean relations

December 24, 2015
Commentary: The anti-Chavista political swing in Venezuela - Its impact on Guyana and Caribbean relations The December 6 elections to the National Assembly in Venezuela resulted in an overwhelming majority victory of the opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (Mesa de la Unidad Democrática, MUD), over the governing Chavistas -- the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.

Commentary: The View from Europe: Venezuela's new National Assembly and the Caribbean

December 19, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Venezuela's new National Assembly and the Caribbean Over the last few years Venezuela has, through its PetroCaribe oil and development facility, provided an economic lifeline for most Caribbean Basin economies; extending support in a manner that no other country has been willing to replicate. It is therefore scarcely surprising that the outcome...

St Kitts-Nevis government in discussions with Venezuela on PetroCaribe debt

December 18, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis government in discussions with Venezuela on PetroCaribe debt BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The government of St Kitts and Nevis is in discussions with Venezuela regarding outstanding debt under the PetroCaribe arrangement. Minister of public infrastructure, posts, urban development and transport, Ian 'Patches' Liburd said that the debt to Venezuela...

St Kitts-Nevis hopes to continue economic and social development policies with Venezuela

December 14, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis hopes to continue economic and social development policies with Venezuela BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Ian 'Patches' Liburd, minister of public infrastructure, posts, urban development and transport, says he is confident that Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris has the ability to use diplomacy to convince the Democratic Unity opposition coalition, which recently...

Jamaican ministry of health heightens alert for zika virus

December 12, 2015
Jamaican ministry of health heightens alert for zika virus KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Minister of health Horace Dalley has called on Jamaicans to take the necessary steps to protect themselves from the zika virus and other mosquito borne diseases as the ministry of health heightens its response to the spread of zika in the region and its threat to Jamaica.

Commentary: What lies ahead for Venezuela, Guyana, and the Caribbean?

December 12, 2015
Commentary: What lies ahead for Venezuela, Guyana, and the Caribbean? This year’s election cycle in Venezuela has spurred President Nicolás Maduro’s fierce opposition. With a key two-thirds majority in the country’s National Assembly, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) hopes that its feat will lead to a change in Venezuela’s current domestic and...

Commentary: Venezuela finally awakens from Chavismo nightmare

December 11, 2015
Commentary: Venezuela finally awakens from Chavismo nightmare According to the February 13, 2014, edition of Business Insider, Venezuela sits on the world’s third largest energy reserves – valued at $34.9 trillion. This includes 297.6 billion barrels of oil – the most of any oil-producing country. Therefore, it speaks volumes that 25 percent of Venezuelans live...

Commentary: Argentina's political change can influence changes in UNASUR's strategies

December 9, 2015
Commentary: Argentina's political change can influence changes in UNASUR's strategies By a relatively slim margin, conservative opposition challenger Mauricio Macri of the Commitment to Change party won Argentina’s presidential election on November 22, bringing to an end to more than a decade of leftist rule and with a promise to open up the ailing economy to investors.

Venezuelan opposition sweeps parliamentary elections

December 8, 2015
Venezuelan opposition sweeps parliamentary elections CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) has released the preliminary but “irreversible” results of the country’s National Assembly elections. In the early hours of Monday morning, Tibisay Lucena, CNE president, congratulated the Venezuelan people...

Commentary: The real test begins for Venezuelan President Maduro

December 8, 2015
Commentary: The real test begins for Venezuelan President Maduro Sunday’s momentous legislative electoral events may have marked a turning point in the history of modern Venezuelan politics. The overwhelming victory of the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) over President Nicolas Maduro’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) has arrived at...

Venezuela goes to the polls in congressional elections

December 7, 2015
Venezuela goes to the polls in congressional elections CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelans were voting on Sunday in congressional elections that are seen as the first serious challenge to the ruling Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV) in 17 years. Voters were electing all 167 National Assembly members. Opinion polls suggest a broad...

Commentary: Contextualizing Venezuela's parliamentary elections

December 5, 2015
Commentary: Contextualizing Venezuela's parliamentary elections Venezuelans will elect a new Parliament on December 6th for the first time in five years. If the opposition, the Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD), beats President Nicolás Maduro’s Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV), there could be major legislative consequences.

Open letter from OAS Secretary General regarding pre-electoral climate in Venezuela

November 30, 2015
Open letter from OAS Secretary General regarding pre-electoral climate in Venezuela Today, one week before the December 6 elections, I reiterate my call for peace and an end to the violence in Venezuela. The insults and impunity, whatever their source, cannot be an answer to the national and international clamor for equal rights and electoral justice. It does not make one 'garbage'...

OAS secretary general calls for immediate end to violence in Venezuela

November 27, 2015
OAS secretary general calls for immediate end to violence in Venezuela WASHINGTON, USA - The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, on Thursday condemned the killing in Venezuela of the secretary general of Acción Democrática Guarico, Juan Manuel Diaz, and called for an immediate end to the violence in the country.

Venezuela military pilots flew drug plane to Haiti

November 23, 2015
Venezuela military pilots flew drug plane to Haiti NEW YORK, USA -- The latest details to be released in a drug trafficking case involving relatives of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro and his wife Cilia Flores indicate that the Venezuelan military is actively involved in transporting cocaine to Haiti for onward trafficking into the US.

OAS push to monitor Venezuela elections undercut by PetroCaribe influence

November 23, 2015
OAS push to monitor Venezuela elections undercut by PetroCaribe influence WASHINGTON, USA -- Just ten days after the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS) in a harshly-worded letter severely criticized the head of Venezuela's electoral board over its conduct of parliamentary elections in December, Caribbean and Central American diplomats...

Curacao oil suppliers ask Venezuela state company for cargo prepayments

November 23, 2015
Curacao oil suppliers ask Venezuela state company for cargo prepayments WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Big oil suppliers at the Bullenbay oil terminal in Curacao have started requiring prepayment when selling cargoes of crude and refined products to Venezuela’s PDVSA, in an effort to limit potential risks from the state-owned company’s well-known cash flow woes.

Commentary: UNASUR's lukewarm attitude to border crises

November 21, 2015
Commentary: UNASUR's lukewarm attitude to border crises During this year (2015) two major territorial and border issues flared up between Venezuela and its neighbours to the east and west. In May, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro issued a decree claiming almost all of Guyana’s maritime space as well as portion of Colombia’s offshore waters.

Commonwealth heads set to ratify support of Guyana in dispute with Venezuela

November 18, 2015
Commonwealth heads set to ratify support of Guyana in dispute with Venezuela GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The Commonwealth continues to stand behind the government of Guyana in the border controversy with Venezuela. In addition to stating its wholehearted support of Guyana in several communiqués since the resurgence of the issue, by Venezuela...

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