Month: May 2011

Bahamas, Cuba Agree on Sea Border

 Source: Nasa Visible Earth The Bahamas and Cuba have reached an agreement in principle regarding their mutual maritime border, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette. Setting the border was important due to the new …

BHP Billiton Starts Drilling in Caribbean

 BHP Billiton has begun drilling gas at its Agostura Project off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago. According to CEO Michael Yeager, the platform has a design capacity of 280 million cubic feet of gas per day. BHP has a …

UWI Pro Vice-Chancellor Replaces Mary King in Trinidad Cabinet

 Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie, the pro vice-chancellor at the University of the West Indies, has replaced Sen. Mary King in the Trinidad Cabinet after King was removed from office in a conflict-of-interest government award scandal. [Trinidad Express]

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 Anguilla The Caribbean could see as many as 7.4 million visitors in the next ten years, according to a joint study by Ypartnership and the U.S. Travel Association. “There is no way the current capacity can handle that, so it’s …

 The Democratic National Alliance, a new political party in the Bahamas, is set for launch this week by leader Branville McCartney, MP for Bamboo Town. McCartney, who was a former cabinet minister and member of the ruling Free National Movement, …

 Following increasing pressure over an allegedly improperly awarded government contract, the appointment of Trinidad Sen. Mary King, the Minister of Planning, Restructuring and Gender Affairs will be revoked today. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar met with the nation’s president today to …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Eleven counsellors of the Inter-American Development Bank are in Barbados looking at local projects funded by the bank. Representatives of the bank, which last week warned that the region was in danger of significant effects …

 Amending its 1987 constitution, Haiti’s legislature has recognized multiple citizenship, giving members of the Haitian diaspora the right to vote for the first time. More than four million Haitians living abroad can now vote, though they are still unable to …

 Ian Wilkinson, the president of the Jamaica Bar Association, described calls for a domestic final court of appeal in Jamaica “a retrograde step,” saying that it was time for the country to sign on to the Caribbean Court of Justice …

 Sen. Mary King Following allegations published over the weekend that Trinidad and Tobago Sen. Mary King participated in the award of a $100,000 contract to a company in which her family had an interest, pressure has mounted on King from …

 Joined by officials from several regions including the Caribbean, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has proposed an international fund operated by the United Nations to tackle the increasing global problem of illegal drug trafficking. Earlier this week, Gen. Douglas Fraser, head …

 Kingston, Jamaica Sometimes the Caribbean’s local governments are not given adequate attention — but they are largely the ones providing services and other governmental functions in the region for a huge number of residents. Caribbean local governance tends to break …

 Criminal gangs engaged in the transnational trafficking of drugs, guns and humans are the greatest threat to the region, according to Gen. Douglas Fraser, the head of the U.S. Southern Command. “The traffickers are well-financed and very capable,” he said, …

 Angela Brown-Burke is the vice president of Jamaica’s People’s National Party, along with being Councillor for the Norman Gardens Division and Minority Leader in the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation. Caribbean Journal talked to Brown-Burke about the ongoing problems of …

 The 4.2-magnitude earthquake this morning in Jamaica originated in Chestervale, St. Andrew in the country’s Blue Mountains, according to the University of the West Indies – Mona Earthquake Unit. The quake was felt in St. Thomas, Kingston and St. Andrew. …

 ECLAC headquarters in Santiago, Chile By the Caribbean Journal staff A report released yesterday showed Latin America with a larger increase in foreign direct investment than any other region last year, but the Caribbean did not fare as well, according …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff The Caribbean region can wield global influence despite its small size through diplomacy, according to acting CARICOM Secretary General Lolita Applewhaite. “It is the force of ideas and creativity that are our strengths as we …

 A geothermal well in Nevis Caribbean geothermal developer West Indies Power Holdings has announced plans for an 8.5-megawatt project in Nevis. The project will be funded with a $55 million loan from the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Nevis’ …