Month: March 2012

Turks and Caicos Names New Chair of National Insurance Board

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Lillian Misick has been named the new Chair of the National Insurance Board of Turks and Caicos, the government announced today. Misick will replace Ervine Quelch, who will complete his five-year term tomorrow. “I am …

St Lucia to Introduce Value Added Tax

 By the Caribbean Journal staff The government of St Lucia will introduce a Value Added Tax in September, fulfilling what it called “undertakings given to international institutions by the former government” that VAT would be introduced during this financial year. …

Barbados Holds Talks with Mexico, Turkey

 Above: Barbados PM Freundel Stuart (UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz) By the Caribbean Journal staff Mexico and Barbados held talks this week aimed at strengthening the existing bilateral relations between the two countries. Mexican Ambassador Mario Eugenio Arriola Woog paid a courtesy …

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 Above: Tobago (Photo: Tobago Tourism) By the Caribbean Journal staff Trinidad Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has presented a Green Paper on internal self-government for the island of Tobago to former Presidnet Arthur Robinson. The Green Paper is currently out for …

 Above: Guyana President Donald Ramotar By the Caribbean Journal staff Guyana President Donald Ramotar says that by broadening bilateral relations, Caribbean countries can better immunize themselves against the problems that affect other parts of the world. Ramotar, who was speaking …

 Above: National Security Minister Peter Bunting (FP) By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica, following the lead of a number of Caribbean countries, will soon receive two firearm marking machines to assist its efforts to stem the illegal gun trade. The …

 Above: the new Mirebalais Teaching Hospital (Photo: Partners in Health) By the Caribbean Journal staff Continuing his tour around Haiti to push the government’s plan to shift power from Port-au-Prince and into local governments, Haitian President Michel Martelly visited the …

 The story of Ron Atlantico begins in the Dominican Republic. But even before that, it began at Georgetown University. It was there that co-founders Aleco Azqueta and Brandon Lieb were classmates, and soon after colleagues at Bacardi. Azqueta then went …

 Above: St John’s, Antigua By the Caribbean Journal staff The inaugural session of the OECS Regional Assembly is on track to be held in Antigua on June 15. The new regional assembly, whose convention was decided at the 54th Meeting …

 Above: US Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen (Photo: WH) By Alexander Britell The US Virgin Islands is in one of the most challenging periods in its history, in large part due to the closure of the HOVENSA oil …

 Above: EU Representative Robert Kopechy and CARICOM SG Irwin LaRocque sign the agreements (Photo: CARICOM) By the Caribbean Journal staff The Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM) and the European Union signed three financial agreements aimed at …

 Above: the new station in Las Galeras By the Caribbean Journal staff The Dominican Republic’s National Police has opened a new station in Las Galeras. The station comes in part to respond to a surge in development and tourism in …

 Above: Ambassador Camillo Gonsalves (UN Photo/JC McIlwaine) By the Caribbean Journal staff Camillo Gonsalves, St Vincent and the Grenadines’ Ambassador to the United Nations, was arrested and detained for 15 minutes Wednesday by a New York City police officer following …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh has submitted to the Legislature modifications to the agreement between the government of the Virgin Islands and Cruzan, VIRIL, Ltd, the St Croix producer of Cruzan Rum and …

 By Kent GammonOp-Ed Contributor The Jamaican people have answered the call of the People’s National Party (PNP) that they should elect their local councillor candidates to, as Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller termed, “join up the power of government.” The …

 Above: Guyana FM Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett and UNICEF Rep. Dr Suleiman Braimoh By the Caribbean Journal staff Guyana Foreign Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett and UNICEF Guyana/Suriname Representative Dr Suleiman Braimoh have signed a five-year Country Programme Action Plan that will provide Guyana …

 Above: UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Haiti Nigel Fisher (UN Photo/Victoria Hazou) By the Caribbean Journal staff Haiti was selected to receive an $8 million emergency allocation from the United Nations-managed Central Emergency Response Fund as a result of a funding …

 Above: Villa Rosa (Photo: Kendi Zidor) SEVERELY DAMAGED DURING HAITI’S 2010 EARTHQUAKE, the metropolitan area known as Villa Rosa is a striking example of what has gone wrong with reconstruction. The absence of a government presence is as noticeable as the …