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Nerissa Golden Wins at PitchIT Caribbean Challenge

BY DISCOVERMNITEAM · DECEMBER 5, 2016   An idea from a tiny island broke the stranglehold that Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago were about to have on the second installment of the PitchIT Caribbean Challenge. Nerissa Golden from Montserrat won a coveted Top 5 spot in the mobile application competition held December 2 and 3 […]

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Fidel Castro dies at 90

by STAFF WRITER  HAVANA,Cuba, Nov. 26, CMC – The former president of Cuba Fidel Castro, has died at the age of 90. Fidel Castro ruled Cuba as a one-party state for almost half a century and defied the power of the United States and other countries before handing over power to his younger brother Raul […]

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Regular ‘Electricity Generation’ before Christmas

Only without unexpected delay problems Once again, exactly one year ago Montserrat has been plagued by a series of severe power outages that seem worse than it has ever been. Exactly a year ago, it was not known when the exasperating new generating plant would begin operation, but now, however, in the midst of the […]

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The Government speaks on its third outing at the JMC since 2014

On November 1 and 2 the Montserrat delegation met with JMC delegations from other Overseas Territories representing Anguilla, Ascension, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena and Tristan da Cunha. The Premier reported that apart from the JMC meeting they met with several groups, ministers and parliamentarians, and that […]

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Still signs of unrest yet at the Soufriere Hills Volcano

A Preliminary Statement #21 dated November 11, 2016, from the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) on the Soufriere hills Volcano in Montserrat states as follows: “Soufrière Hills volcano has shown no significant changes in its behaviour during the past year. Seismicity has remained at a very low level except for occasional short episodes of volcano-tectonic earthquakes. […]

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Earthquake south-east of Tobago

07 December 2016

The following is a Press Release from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago SEISMIC RESEARCH CENTRE St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, W.I. –7th December, 2016, 11:00AM — On Tuesday evening 6th December, at 5:42PM local time, a strong earthquake occurred near Trinidad and Tobago about 15 km south-east of Scarborough, Tobago and […]

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OAS says Haiti preliminary results in line with data collected by observation mission

01 December 2016

by STAFF WRITER WASHINGTON, Nov 30,   CMC – The Organization of American States (OAS) says the preliminary results in the November 20 presidential election in Haiti are “in line” with data collected by its own observation mission. “The preliminary results show significant margins between the number of votes obtained by the candidates contesting the election, and are in […]

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St. Lucia government to hold public discussions on decriminalising marijuana

01 December 2016

by STAFF WRITER CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Nov 29, CMC – The St. Lucia government says it is planning a series of town hall meetings to discuss the decriminalisation of marijuana. National Security Minister Hermangild Francis said it is important for the discussion to take place, and to explore the properties and use of hemp. The discussions […]

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Aviation authorities investigating collision of two planes at CJIA

30 November 2016

by STAFF WRITER PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Nov 29, CMC – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines (CAL) announced that it had temporarily withdrawn one of its aircraft from service after it was involved in a collision with another aircraft at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Guyana on Tuesday. The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said […]

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Opposition party welcomes referendum defeat

30 November 2016

by STAFF WRITER GEORGE’S, Grenada, Nov 29, CMC – The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Tuesday said that Grenadians had rejected “arrogance, disrespect and partisanship” in last week’s referendum that would have resulted in a change of the 1974 constitution. In a statement issued nearly one week after Grenadians voted overwhelmingly to reject all seven […]

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By-election set for January 30, 2017

30 November 2016

Montserrat will have its first by-election in nearly thirty-five years when voters go to the polls to vote for a replacement on the Legislative seat left vacant by former Premier and leader of the Movement for Change and Prosperity (MCAP), Opposition Leader Reuben T. Meade. This will take place on January 30 2017 when Montserrat votes will […]

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Barbados celebrates 50th anniversary of political independence

30 November 2016

by STAFF WRITER November 30, 2016 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Nov 30, CMC – Barbados is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its political independence from Britain despite the inclement weather that has forced the postponement or cancellation of some of the activities to mark the occasion. Britain’s Prince Harry, who arrived here on Tuesday, is the highest profile guest […]

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Trinidad rattled by earthquake, again

29 November 2016

 by STAFF WRITER PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Nov 29, CMC – An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.2 rattled Trinidad on Tuesday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damages. The Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI), said that the quake, which occurred 3.43 pm (local time) had […]

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OAS notes low voter turnout for Grenada referendum; Antigua-Barbuda to take different approach

27 November 2016

  Caribbean News Now! caribbeannewsnow.com November 26, 2016 By Caribbean News Now contributor ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — The electoral delegation of the Organization of American States (OAS) observing Thursday’s referendum on constitutional reform in Grenada noted that, while preliminary results indicated that none of the proposed reforms were approved, voter participation and interest remained low, […]

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Man convicted of sexual assault of five-year-old child

26 November 2016

    BELMOPAN, Belize, Nov 25, CMC – A 39-year-old man will return to court on November 30 for sentencing after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a five-year old child earlier this year. John Francisco Leslie was found guilty of the offence that reportedly occurred in April when he took the child to […]

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Ferry Services resume on a 10 month conbtract

25 November 2016

Following an earlier release with news from the Premier’s office a release on Friday, the Government of Montserrat says it is pleased to announce (confirming further) that the ferry service between Montserrat and Antigua will resume on Friday, December 2, 2016. This followed an announcement made by the Premier earlier in the week about the […]

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Antigua-based business guilty of murdering former wife

25 November 2016

by STAFF WRITER LOS ANGELES, Nov 23, CMC – An Antigua-based businessman, who was extradited from the island in 2015, has been found guilty of murdering his first wife more than two decades ago. Morrad Ghonim, who has since married Dominican beauty queen, Nadira Lando, in 2014, will return to court on December 19 for sentencing. […]

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New ferry to resume services between Montserrat and Antigua

25 November 2016

In a release on Friday, the Government of Montserrat says it is pleased to announce that the ferry service between Montserrat and Antigua will resume on Friday, December 2nd, 2016. In a press conference on Thursday November 24th, 2016, Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo indicated to the press that the Government of Montserrat has entered a […]

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Low voter turnout, as Grenadians snub changes to Constitution

25 November 2016

By Linda Straker ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Nov 25, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has promised a post mortem examination of yesterday, Thursday’s referendum where voters rejected all seven bills that would have resulted in a reform of the 1974 Constitution. “Definitely we will be reviewing the entire process that led us to this […]

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Trinidad rocked by earthquake

23 November 2016

by STAFF WRITER PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Nov 21, CMC – An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 rocked southern Trinidad on Sunday night, the Trinidad-based Seismic Research centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has reported. It said that the quake, which occurred at around 9.36 pm (local time) was approximately […]

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CLICO policyholders “closely monitoring” new developments

23 November 2016

by STAFF WRITER  PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Nov 21, CMC – The CLICO Policyholders Group (CPG) says it is “closely monitoring” reports that the former executive chairman of the insurance giant, Lawrence Duprey, is making an attempt to reclaim the company that collapsed in 2009. Successive governments have pumped billions of dollars (One Trinidad dollar […]

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Britain’s Prince Harry begins visit to the Caribbean

22 November 2016

by STAFF WRITER ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Nov 21, CMC – Britain’s Prince Harry has started a 15-day visit to the Caribbean that will include stops in Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts-Nevis, St.Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Barbados, and Guyana. The highlight of his visit to the region will be to participate in the 35th […]

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Haiti President Privert urges acceptance of election results – counting of ballots underway

22 November 2016

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Nov 21, CMC – Interim President Jocelerme Privert has called on Haitians to a accept the outcome of Sunday’s vote for a new head of state, saying it is important for the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country to emerge from the political instability over the years. At least six million Haitians […]

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OECS celebrates completion of inaugural Digital Internship Programme

22 November 2016

Thirteen OECS nationals graduate from three-month course Monday, November 21, 2016 — The OECS Commission held a Graduation Ceremony last Friday to commemorate the completion of its first ever OECS Digital Internship Programme. Thirteen individuals from 3 OECS member states graduated from the three-month online course. The Programme was coordinated and led by Digital Media […]

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines Opposition party selects new leader

20 November 2016

by STAFF WRITER KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Nov. 18, CMC- Lawyer and four-time Member of Parliament, Dr. Godwin Friday, was elected the lead the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP), when he garnered the support of his colleagues in a vote on Thursday. This paves the way for him to be sworn in as leader of the […]

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Disaster officials monitoring increase in activity at Dominica’s Boiling Lake

20 November 2016

by STAFF WRITER   ROSEAU, Dominica, Nov. 18, CMC – Visitors to the Boiling Lake – a volcano-Hydrothermal feature located in the southern end of the island, have been urged avoid visiting the area due to a change in water levels. The warning was issued by Office of Disaster Management and the Trinidad and Tobago […]

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Haitians vote in long awaited presidential election

20 November 2016

by STAFF WRITER   PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Nov. 20, CMC – Approximately six million registered voters are heading to the polls here on Sunday in a presidential election that has been long overdue. Haiti’s elections had been scheduled for October 9 , but was postponed due to the devastation cause by Hurricane Matthew  – […]

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Caribbean American congresswoman joins colleagues in urging Trump to remove White nationalist sympathizer from White House team

18 November 2016

by STAFF WRITER NEW YORK, Nov. 18, CMC – Caribbean American congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has joined 168 members of the US House of Representatives in urging President-Elect Donald Trump to remove White nationalist sympathizer Steve Bannon from his White House team. “I am deeply concerned about the appointment of Stephen K. Bannon as Chief Strategist […]

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COTED urges partnerships with private sector to support economic growth

18 November 2016

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Nov. 17, CMC, (adapted) – Members of the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) are being urged to work together, to strengthen relationships with the private sector and achieve economic growth and development in their countries. Suriname’s Minister of Trade and Industry Sieglien Burleson made the charge at COTED’s […]

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18 November 2016

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CDB approves US$3.7 million for youth empowerment project in St Lucia

CDB approves US$3.7 million for youth empowerment project in St Lucia

04 November 2016

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved funding of US$3.7 million to support at-risk youth in Saint Lucia. The Youth Empowered for Life Project will expand access to existing social services, as well as develop new social programmes to target young people and their families in selected communities across Saint Lucia. Saint […]

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Reuben T Meade officially retires (Update)

04 November 2016

Only now by-election preparation process can begin by Bennette Roach Former Chief Minister and until two years ago Premier, Reuben T Meade, announcing to his Movement for Change and Prosperity party that he was going to retire from ‘active elected politics’. He however only made the retirement official when the Governor’s office advised in a press […]

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Caribbean fisheries ministers meet in Cayman Islands

04 November 2016

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CRFM) — The Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), the top policy and decision-making arm of the CARICOM agency, met on Thursday in Grand Cayman for its sixth special meeting. The meeting was held as part of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture, which is hosted in the Cayman […]

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A plea for support to Colvin ‘Catz’ Luthers

25 October 2016

Colvin Luthers of Cudjoe Head centre (TV and all other electronics repairer) affectionately known as Catz is 43 years old and has been diagnosed with End Stage Kidney failure, and complications that are much more serious than the doctors initially discovered upon arrival in China where he is currently undergoing treatment in China. It is […]

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Five killed as torrential rains hit hurricane ravaged Haiti

22 October 2016

by STAFF WRITER PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Oct 21, CMC – At least five people were killed and one other missing as torrential rains caused fresh flooding in Haiti still recovering from the ravages of Hurricane Matthew earlier this month. The Civil Protection Agency said Friday that the victims were in Haiti’s northwestern Nord-Ouest department, where […]

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British Airways 737-800 First Landing On St Helena

22 October 2016

Saints / 19/04/2016 The Comair operated, British Airways Boeing 737-800 flying in for a first low-level pass over the new St Helena Airport, below the ruin of Prosperous Bay House and King & Queen Rock. THE FLIGHT FROM THE TOP OF THE BARN | Sharon Henry The last time we clambered onto ‘The Barn‘ the […]

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Is Atlantic Star The Solution To St Helena Airport Wind Shear?

22 October 2016

Saints / 1 day ago Final approach on the southern end of the airport, the Avro RJ100 preparing to land at runway 02 at St Helena. The Atlantic Star Airlines demonstrating the aircraft’s capabilities. AIR TRAVEL IS AT ST HELENA’S DOOR | Darrin Henry Islanders on St Helena starved of information for more than six […]

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Dutch aid ship forced to quit Haitian port as crowd threatens security

19 October 2016

 Caribbean News Now! – October 19, 2016 PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — A Dutch navy ship carrying much-needed aid for stricken Haiti has had to turn back because of a lack of port security. The HNLMS Pelikaan has 35 tons of food, shelter and hygiene kits from Curacao to help after Hurricane Matthew, and is […]

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Montserrat GB in #iamgb video features global Girls’ Brigade transformation stories

14 October 2016

The Girls’ Brigade (GB) International has released a video on International Day of the Girl demonstrating girls feel confident, courageous, loved and accepted as a result of being a member of Girls’ Brigade. Celebrating its 123rd birthday, Girls’ Brigade is a worldwide faith-based movement focused on working amongst girls and women in around 50 countries. […]

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Bahamas’ hurricane Matthew experience a lesson for the Caribbean

Bahamas’ hurricane Matthew experience a lesson for the Caribbean

14 October 2016

By Kenton X. Chance NASSAU, Bahamas, Oct 13, CMC – One week after Hurricane Matthew ravaged parts of this multi-island nation, the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) disaster management agency says lessons are already emerging for the entire region. Ronald Jackson, executive director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), made the observation to the Caribbean […]

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Trump Rejects Growing Calls to Quit Race: ‘I’ve Never Withdrawn in My Life’

08 October 2016

By Newsmax Wires | Saturday, 08 Oct 2016 01:43 PM Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Saturday defied party members’ calls for him to quit the presidential race over a 2005 video that surfaced of him talking crudely about women, as open rancor about the GOP’s White House choice thrust the party into its biggest […]

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CDEMA sends response teams into Haiti and Bahamas

CDEMA sends response teams into Haiti and Bahamas

07 October 2016

by STAFF WRITER BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Oct 7, CMC – The Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) says it is deploying specialised response teams to Haiti and the Bahamas as the region assesses the damage caused by the powerful Hurricane Matthew this week. Hurricane Matthew lashed the Bahamas, with widespread flooding, forcing residents to flee their […]

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World Bank offers immediate hurricane relief support to Haiti – as death toll climbs 

06 October 2016

By Ivan Cairo WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, CMC – In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew that slammed into the French speaking Caribbean Community member state, killing over 100 people, the World Bank has offered immediate support to the Haitian government. That announcement was made Thursday morning by World Bank-president Jim Yong Kim at a press conference […]

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Cocaine at seized at San Juan Airport from passenger arriving from USVI

06 October 2016

Caribbean News Now! n Published on October 6, 2016 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations Officers on Sunday seized 22 pounds (9.9 Kilograms) of cocaine from a passenger arriving at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan from St Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The estimated street value […]

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IMPACT Justice – Restorative Practices Workshops

01 October 2016

Bridgetown – September 30, 2016 – Some 59 Educators and Ministry of Education Officers will receive training in Restorative Practices in two workshops being sponsored by the Canadian Government funded Improved Access to Justice (IMPACT Justice) Project. These workshops will take place in the Ixora Conference Room of the Bay Gardens Inn on October 4 – […]

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ECCB/ECCU Financial Information Month

30 September 2016

packed with activities …to support the goals of a financially developed and vibrant ECCU region that fosters strong and sustainable economic growth and the improved well-being of the region’s citizens. October is for some years since 2002, dubbed “Financial Information Month” (FIM) across the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank […]

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David Jessop is a consultant to the Caribbean Council and can be contacted at david.jessop@caribbean-council.org. Previous columns can be found at www.caribbean-council.org

Commentary: The View from Europe: The changing face of the Caribbean – Part 1

18 September 2016

Caribbean News Now Published on September 10, 2016 By David JessopOver the next ten years it is likely that the ways in which we all think about the Caribbean will change radically. Oil and gas discoveries in countries once seen as being at the margins of the region; deep water ports offering close access to the […]

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BEING HAPPY (from all sides)

BEING HAPPY (from all sides)

02 December 2016

by Pope Francis “You may have defects, be anxious and sometimes live irritated, but do not forget that your life is the greatest enterprise in the world. Only you can prevent it from going into decadence. There are many that need you, admire you and love you. I would like to remind you that being […]

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Editorial – November 25, 2016

30 November 2016

How informed are the people of Montserrat, public and private sectors? This week the question was posed: “What is your opinion with the influx TCOs to Montserrat?” Surprised, much thought had to be given particularly because of the source whence the question, that reasoned information should have been known, and the opinion would have been […]

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