Month: January 2014

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Makes First-Ever Visit to Cuba

 Above: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (centre) at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport (UN Photo/Mark Garten) By the Caribbean Journal staff United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is currently visiting Cuba this week for the second summit of the …

Jamaican Prime Minister Returns to Facebook, Twitter

 Above: Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (Photo: OPM Jamaica) By the Caribbean Journal staff After a nearly 10-month hiatus, Jamaican Prime Minister has returned to social media. Simpson Miller, whose strong social media presence helped her capture the December …

Cuba’s Fidel Castro Meets With CELAC Leaders in Havana

 Above: Cuba’s Fidel Castro with Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff (Photo: ACN Cuba) By the Caribbean Journal staff Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro held meetings with several of the regional leaders visiting Havana this week for the CELAC summit, the government said. …

LATEST NEWS

 Above: a Southwest Airlines plane By the Caribbean Journal staff Southwest Airlines will be launching daily nonstop service from the United States to several new destinations in the Caribbean, the company announced Monday. The service will begin on July 1, …

 By Alexander Britell MIAMI — After a strong year in 2012, the Caribbean hotel industry saw growth slow slightly in 2013, according to new data from STR. After significant improvement in Caribbean hotel occupancy in 2012, the region’s hotel sector …

 By David RoweOp-Ed Contributor It’s not easy getting from island to island in the Caribbean. Seemingly every month, Caribbean politicians and government officials do their own version of island hopping, either for CARICOM events or intra-regional dialogue. But in the …

 Above: Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller in Havana (Photo: JIS) By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller held talks Monday with Cuban President Raul Castro. The two met in the context of the Community of …

 Above: the Explorer of the Seas By the Caribbean Journal staff St Maarten’s government says it advised the Explorer of the Seas’ medical officer not to make its planned call on the island, which had been scheduled for Monday. The …

 Above: Aguadilla By the Caribbean Journal staff India-based firm Infosys could soon open an office in Puerto Rico, according to Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla. The Governor said the firm, which specializes in information technology and consulting work, would …

 Above: an Air Canada Rouge plane By the Caribbean Journal staff Air Canada’s leisure carrier, Air Canada Rouge, is adding several new Caribbean destinations out of Montreal and Toronto, it announced Monday. The new destinations include Cuba, the Dominican Republic, …

 Above: Bermuda By the Caribbean Journal staff The Bermuda Tourism Authority has appointed Bill Hanbury its new Chief Executive Officer. The appointment took effect on Monday. Hanbury had previously served as the CEO of the United Way of the National …

 Above: Antigua (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Antigua has modified its income tax structure, with a series of reductions, according to Finance Minister Harold Lovell. The biggest change will see the personal allowance for computing income tax increase …

 Above: Jessica Korda By the Caribbean Journal staff Golfer Jessica Korda took home the trophy on Sunday in the second-ever LPGA event hosted in the Bahamas. The Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic was hosted at the Ocean Club course on …

 Above: the new National Health Complex in St Lucia (Photo: Ayman Khalil) By the Caribbean Journal staff St Lucia’s government is considering an alliance with the University of the West Indies that would link the country’s hospitals with the regional …

 Above: the Explorer of the Seas By the Caribbean Journal staff Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas will return home two days early from its 10-day Caribbean cruise, the company said on Sunday. The ship, which was carrying several hundred …

 Above: Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina met by Honduran Vice President Maria Antonieta de Bogran (Photo: OPDR) By the Caribbean Journal staff Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina departed the country for Honduras on Sunday to witness the installation of new …

 Above: Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe in Davos with former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (Photo: OPM Haiti) By the Caribbean Journal staff Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe visited Davos, Switzerland this week for the World Economic Forum. Lamothe’s office …

 Above: Ziggy Marley By the Caribbean Journal staff Ziggy Marley took home the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album on Sunday night for his latest album, “Ziggy Marley in Concert.” Marley won in a difficult category that featured Beres Hammond …