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DIASPORA | US Green Card now linked to use of public benefits

WASHINGTON, January 28, 2020 -  As members of the Caribbean diaspora continue to be buffeted by the uncertainty of the Trump administration policies in relation to immigrantion, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the government can implement a policy connecting the use of public benefits with whether immigrants can become permanent residents.
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JAMAICA | State of Emergency announced for Eastern Kingston

KINGSTON,  Jamaica, January 26, 2020 - Prime Minister Andrew Holness, today announced yet another State of Emergency for the Corporate Area. This time, a State of Public Emergency (SOE) is now in effect for the Eastern Kingston Police Division.

GUYANA | Granger appeals to East Coast Demerara Residents to Vote in their numbers

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, January 25, 2020- Leader of the ruling Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC), President David Granger has appealed to voters in the heavily populated East Coast Demerara-Mahaica region, to ensure a more than 80 percent turnout at the polls on March 2, as he was dissatisfied with their participation in 2015.
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TRINIDAD | Office of the Prime Minister, Whitehall Officially Reopened

PORT-OF-SPAIN, January 25, 2020- The original home of the Office of the Prime Minister, the historic all-white building, Whitehall, located at Queen's Park Savannah, was officially reopened on Wednesday night,  just ahead of the observance of its 57th year of independence of Trinidad and Toibago. 
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Palestinians Threaten to Quit Oslo Agreement Over Trump Plan

The Palestinian Liberation Organization has threatened to quit the Oslo Accords agreement that was brokered by former U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1993 after U.S. President Donald Trump announced he was planning to unveil his so-called "peace plan" in the coming days. 

JAMAICA | Latest Ranking Confirms Island's Corrupt Image says Opposition

KINGSTON, Jamaica, January 23, 2020: The People’s National Party (PNP) says Jamaica’s four-point plunge in the most recent Transparency International corruption perception index is of serious concern and must be understood in the context of the rampant and relentless theft of public funds across several government agencies.

Cuba criticizes Pompeo's position on the Caribbean

Havana, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez has criticized the position of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding the relationship between Cuba and the rest of the Caribbean nations.
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JAMAICA | Government Moves to Develop Port Royal

KINGSTON,  Jamaica, January 22, 2020 - Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government of Jamaica will move to implement the Greater Infrastructure Development Programme (GIDP) on the conclusion of the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP), to promote productivity, connectivity, and protection of the environment in the development of Port Royal.

JAMAICA | Holness Reaffirms Jamaica's Commitment To A Unified CARICOM

KINGSTON, January 22, 2020 - Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, says “Jamaica does not want to see, and does not engage in any policy that would divide CARICOM, which is an important fraternity of countries. We want to keep it that way. Jamaica’s interest is to unite the region for prosperity, freedom and peace.”
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Venezuelan Assembly to Investigate US Funding to Guaido

The president of the National Assembly (NA), Luis Parra, has announced that the Parliament will name a special commission that will be in charge of investigating the use of the alleged humanitarian aid funds sent to sectors of the extreme right of Venezuela, by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

JAMAICA | Robinson outraged by waste of public Funds by Energy Ministry

KINGSTON, Jamaica, January 21, 2020: The People’s National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister of Information and technology, Julian Robinson has again raised the spectre of the continued mismanagement of public funds and resources by the Holness government, by pointing to the  engagement of six recently retired employees of the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology (MSET) as consultants at extraordinary rates.

DIASPORA | Scholarship Fund Praised for Nurturing Jamaican Young Men

WASHINGTON DC, January 20, 2020 - The David Wagga Hunt Scholarship Foundation has been recognized by the Jamaica’s Ambassador in Washington Her Excellency Audrey Marks, for its consistent contribution to nurturing young men from two of the island’s premier institution.
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JAMAICA | CMU Board Chair Resigns; Bunting Alarmed over Reports

KINGSTON, January 20, 2020 - Chairman of the council of the embattled Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) Hyacinth Bennett has tendered her resignation in the face of repeated calls for the council for the Board to resign and in the wake of damning findings of a report by the Auditor General on the operations of the institution.

Trinidad and Tobago stands with Barbados on US invitation

PORT OF SPAIN,  January 20, 2020 - The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, has given support to the position of CARICOM Chairman and Prime Ministrer of Barbados, Mia Amour Mottley, not to send a representative to a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jamaica on Tuesday.
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CARICOM Chair Concerned over Pompeo's Jamaica meeting

KINGSTON, January 20, 2020 - CARICOM Chairman and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley says she will not be sending her foreign minister to meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jamaica on a matter of principle.  She says the refusal to invite the entire CARICOM body to participate in tomorrow's multilateral round table discussion seems to be an attempt to divide and rule.
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JAMAICA | E-Passports Soon to be Introduced by PICA

KINGSTON, January 18, 2020 - Jamaicans are on the cusp of receiving electronic passports (e-passports), as part of the transformation process taking place at the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA).

GUYANA | EU, UK, US call for “mature election campaign”

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, January 18, 2020 - The European Union (EU) , United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US) on Saturday said after a “smooth and efficient” Nominations Day on Friday, it is now time for a hassle-free election campaign towards polling day on March 2, 2020.
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JAMAICA | Opposition urges Gov't to Table Auditor General's Report on CMU

KINGSTON, Jamaica, January 16, 2020: The People’s National Party (PNP) says failure of the  Speaker of the House of Representative’s to table the Auditor General’s Special Report on the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) is a disturbing development and signals the continuation of the administration’s effort to cover up the corrupt practices within the government in general and at the institution in particular.

JAMAICA | PNP Youth arm to help Domestic Abuse Victims

KINGSTON, Jamaica, January 16, 2020: The People’s National Party Youth Organisation has announced that it is leading the coordination of a project to provide legal services to assist victims of abuse to access free legal support that will allow them to safely separate themselves and their children from their abusers.

JAMAICA | PNP Tells Gov't: Fix Issues Affecting Integrity Commission

KINGSTON, Jamaica, January 15, 2020: The People’s National Party (PNP) says the government needs to take immediate steps to resolve the issues affecting the smooth operations and legislative mandate of the National Integrity Commission, so that outstanding corruption matters can be prosecuted, and persons brought before the court.

Britain Secretly Funded Reuters in 60s and 70s Using the BBC

The British government secretly funded Reuters News Agency in the 1960s and 1970s as part of an anti-Soviet propaganda program linked to British intelligence, concealing the funding using the BBC to make the payments, declassified government documents show.

TRINIDAD | Sections of TT Sedition Act Unconstitutional says High Court

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, January 13, 2020 - Trinidad and Tobago’s High Court has struck down Sections 3, 4 and 13 of the country’s Sedition Act, as they infringe the fundamental rights guaranteed under the constitution, and “contravene the principle of legality in that they are vague, uncertain and therefore illegal, null and void and of no legal effect, unconstitutionally vague and offend the rule of law.”
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