Month: December 2012

Expansion of Panama Canal Nearly 50 Percent Complete

 Above: the Panama Canal (Photo: Panama Tourism) By the Caribbean Journal staff Progress on the expansion of the Panama Canal was at 48.9 percent through November, the Panama Canal Authority announced in a press release Monday. The report came as …

Caribbean Journal’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2012: Jamaica’s Tyrone Wilson

 Above: Sagicor Life CEO Richard Byles and Tyrone Wilson (right) CARIBBEAN GOVERNMENTS often mention the need for the region to go digital. ICT — information and communications technology, for countries that have few natural resources, is a way to diversify …

St Lucia’s Anthony Urges Halt to Shipment of Radioactive Waste Through Caribbean

 Above: the Caribbean Sea (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff St Lucia Prime Minister and current CARICOM Chairman Dr Kenny Anthony is intensifying calls for a halt to the shipment of hazardous waste through the Caribbean sea. Anthony was …

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 It was another active year in the Caribbean, from the arrests of one former Premier and another sitting Premier; a wave of new hotel activity; a series of downgrades of government debt and several high-profile elections. But what were Caribbean …

 Above: Julio Iglesias at the charity benefit in the Dominican Republic By the Caribbean Journal staff Haiti President Michel Martelly, who in his previous career was the singer “Sweet Micky,” returned to the stage Friday for a charity concert with …

 By Hon. Donna ChristensenUS Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress   AS WASHINGTON frantically scrambles to prevent the United States from falling over the proverbial Fiscal Cliff, I am concerned to hear rumblings of a potential World Trade Organization (WTO) action …

 Above: Jimmy Cliff Caribbean Journal is proud to name Jimmy Cliff as our 2012 Artist of the Year. The award is a testament to Cliff’s enduring talent and his work on the recently-released Rebirth — in our opinion, the best …

 Above: Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Ambassador Dr Eugene Newry (BIS Photo/Derek Smith) By the Caribbean Journal staff The Bahamas has officially appointed Dr Eugene Newry as the country’s new Ambassador to the United Nations. Newry received his letters …

 By Kent GammonOp-Ed Contributor   THE JAMAICAN ECONOMY continues to lag behind the rest of the world with a dismal 1.3 percent growth forecast for 2013. The Jamaican dollar is being sold officially for 92 dollars to one US dollar …

 Above: Carnival in Haiti By the Caribbean Journal staff The US State Department has issued a travel warning to US citizens on traveling to or living on Haiti, citing the current security situation. The warning replaces the previous travel warning …

 Above: Kingston (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica’s government says almost 21,000 people have gained employment under the country’s JEEP programme. The Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme, was launched in March by the People’s National Party government, which marked …

 Above: Nassau (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff A national task force on stem cell therapy in the Bahamas has recommended that embryonic stem cells not be used to create human stem cells in the country. Embryonic cells are …

 Above: the signing ceremony in Guyana By the Caribbean Journal staff Guyana and China have signed an agreement on economic and technical cooperation that will provide up to $4.8 million in support from China. The deal follows a similar agreement …

 Above: a Taiwan-funded solar lighting project in St Kitts (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff St Kitts and Nevis will be unveiling the next phase of solar lights in the country on the island’s main road between Sandy Point …

 Above: Rose Hall in Montego Bay By the Caribbean Journal staff The first-ever flight from the Czech Republic arrived in Montego Bay Friday, part of what Jamaica’s Tourism Ministry said is an effort to tap new and emerging markets. The …

 IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR— award season. When we look back on 2012, it was a strong year for rum across the Caribbean, from Barbados to Martinique, the Dominican Republic to Guyana, and everywhere in between. Rum Journal traveled across …

 Above: a cholera treatment centre in Haiti (UN Photo/Logan Abassi) By the Caribbean Journal staff United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has officially appointed Dr Paul Farmer to help “galvanize support” for anti-cholera efforts in Haiti. The move was first …

 Above: Puerto Rico By the Caribbean Journal staff New York-based Standard & Poor’s has placed a group of highway-related bonds in Puerto Rico on CreditWatch with negative implications, citing insufficient reporting. The bonds, which include a BBB+ rating on the …