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CAL Pilots in JFK incident with JetBlue taken off duty

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad January 20, 2015 – CARIBBEAN Airlines Limited (CAL) says it is committed to probing what is said to be near collision between two aircraft on a runway at JFK Airport, New York, and has taken the two CAL pilots involved have been taken off duty pending an investigation. CAL in a statement said they are committed to the safety and security of all passengers.

Martelly gets a new Cabinet but no Parliament

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A new Haitian Cabinet and other government leaders were sworn in Monday as President Michel Martelly runs the troubled Caribbean country without a parliament.
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Over 45,000 Land Titles Ready for Delivery

SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland, January 20, 2015 – Housing Minister Dr. Morais Guy says Government is preparing to distribute over 45,000 certificates of title which are ready for delivery to property holders, islandwide.

Wigton Signs US$40 Million Contract for 24 MW Expansion

KINGSTON, January 20, 2015 - Wigton Windfarm Limited, a subsidiary of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has signed a contract valued at approximately US$40 million with the Spanish firm, Gamesa, for the construction of Wigton III, a 24MW expansion of its wind farm complex in Rose Hill, Manchester.

New Senate Bill Threatens 1965 Civil Rights Legislation

Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), introduced an education bill Monday that threatens civil rights-era laws passed to improve equality in U.S. school systems. The “Every Child Ready for College or Career Act” ironically dismantles state efforts to equitable, quality education for all U.S. students.

CARICOM Council of Ministers meet in Guyana

GEORGETOWN, Guyana January 19, 2015 — The 35th meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Council of Ministers began in Guyana on Friday with delegates considering the revised implementation plan of the Five-Year Strategic Plan 2015-19 as part of the reform process of the 15-member regional integration movement.
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Hotel test for Obama’s new Cuba policy

HAVANA—AP – January 17, 2015 - The success of President Barack Obama’s new Cuba policy depends partly on hotel hand towels. Not just hand towels, but working air conditioning, breakfast waffles and the hundreds of other amenities that American tourists will demand when they flood to Cuba in numbers that travel experts expect to double this year, thanks to the loosening of travel restrictions yesterday.

Gov’t to regularise informal settlements in Central Westmoreland

SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland January 17, 2015 - Persons living in informal housing settlements in Central Westmoreland are shortly to be given the opportunity to own the plots of land on which they live under the Government’s comprehensive national titling programme, which was launched in 2012.

Starting Friday, U.S. Will Ease Restrictions on Travel to Cuba

WASHINGTON — For decades, the aging tourist mecca of Havana beckoned, but the United States did not make it easy for Americans hoping to visit. They had to justify their trips to a government agency, apply for licenses, sign up with a company organizing “people to people” exchanges, or circumvent the law altogether by flying somewhere else first.

The UK wants Guyana to resume Parliament or face sanctions

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – January 14, 2015- The Government of the United Kingdom has called on the Government of Guyana to resume Parliament without further delay or lay out a timeline for the resumption of parliamentary democracy which helps to deliver shared commitments to democracy, security and prosperity for all.
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10% decline in children reported missing in 2014 compared to 2013

  KINGSTON, January 13, 2015 - The Office of the Children’s Registry, OCR, is pleased to announce that preliminary statistics as reported to us by the Missing Person Monitoring Unit (MPMU) of the Jamaica Constabulary (JCF) indicate that there has been a ten percent (10%) decline in the number of children reported missing for the period January to December 2014 when compared to the corresponding period in 2013.

Trinidad: Opposition cautions changes to Govt’s Hanging Bill

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, January 14, 2015- Trinidad and Tobago’s Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley says the Kamla Persad-Bissessar administration is trying to bully the People’s National Movement (PNM) into supporting changes to the Hanging Bill.
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Caribbean warned to build resilience against earthquake

The Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) is warning the region to “move expeditiously” towards building resilience amid predictions of the Caribbean being hit with an earthquake with a magnitude of eight or larger.

Australian Government Renders Clean Energy 'Uninvestable

MELBOURNE, January 13, 2015 - Australia's large scale investment in renewables slumped by 88 percent in 2014 to the lowest level in over a decade. The Australian government's disinterest in green energy has made Australia almost a no-go zone for large scale renewable investment, according to a study released Wednesday.

JPS customers to see cut in electricity bills

KINGSTON, Jamaica January 12, 2015- Customers of the Jamaica Public Service Company ( JPS) will see a further reduction in electricity bills this month. The latest cut is as a result of the electricity company passing on the reduction in fuel costs.
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