In Cayman, an Unwelcome Tourist

It may flutter innocuously, but the Papilio demoleus, or Chequered Swallowtail, is no friendly butterfly. The creature, which has recently been sighted for the first time in Cayman, has spread across the Caribbean with great intensity, from Jamaica to Puerto […]


Bahamians March Against Drugs

Above: the march in Windsor Park (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Bahamians took the streets this week to protest the abuse and trafficking of illegal drugs. The march was part of the Bahamian Ministry of National Security’s Four Point Solidarity March and […]


Mark Jones and the Secret of Jamaica's Unknown Market

Global Gateway Chairman Mark Jones, left, and Commerce Minister Karl Samuda What began with a single visit to Jamaica in 2007 for Mark Jones has turned into a group of investments employing 1,000 Jamaicans in real estate, financial services and […]


In Hong Kong, Bahamas Maritime Authority Looks to Chinese Market

From left: Huang He, director general of China’s Maritime Safety Administration, BMA Chairman Ian Fair and Bahamian Ambassador to China Elma Campbell. (BIS Photo) The Bahamas Maritime Authority is in Hong Kong as part of an promotional initiative across Asia, […]


Barbados Continues Human Rights Push

(Minister Esther Byer Suckoo/BGIS Photo) The Barbadian government is continuing its human rights campaign with a series of new laws aimed at preventing discrimination, including a legislation on sexual harassment. According to Minister of Labour and Security Dr Esther Byer […]

Chilean to Lead Haiti Peacekeeping Force

Above: Mariano Fernandez Amunategui (UN Photo/Logan Abassi) Mariano Fernandez Amunategui has been named the next head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti. Amunategui, a career diplomat, is the special representative of Ban Ki-Moon, secretary general of the United […]

Bridgetown Named World Heritage Site

Above: Bridgetown and its colonial garrison (Barbados Government Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Barbados’ capital, Bridgetown, has been named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, joining the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany and a Hiraizumi, Japan. Historic Bridgetown […]


Bahamas Looks to Solar Power

Above: Solar panels in Andros, Bahamas The Bahamas is starting a large-scale initiative to install solar water heaters across the country, as part of the country’s National Energy Policy. The turn to solar power is part of an effort to […]

Grenada Ramps Up Development

Housing Minister Alleyne Walker and Prime Minister Tillman Thomas (GIS Photo) The beginning of the first phase of Grenada’s Greater Greenville Project is part of a new development push by the government that includes a series of infrastructure projects. Prime […]

U.S. Senator: Haiti's Political Climate Threatening Reconstruction Efforts

Political bickering is threatening Haiti’s attempts to rebuild from its devastating earthquake last year, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez said yesterday. Menendez, referring to the rejection of President Michel Martelly’s candidate for prime minister, Daniel Rouzier. “I hope that the Haitian […]


Jamaica Works to Navigate Housing Crisis

The Jamaican government has tabled a new National Housing Policy and Implementation Plan in order to “chart the way out of the housing crisis,” according to Minister for Information Daryl Vaz. “The policy covers all the key areas critical to […]

China Officially Hands over $30 Million National Stadium to Bahamas

Ambassador Hu Shan and Cabinet Secretary Anita Bernard (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) The new Bahamas National Stadium, a $30 million gift from China to the Bahamas, was officially handed over yesterday. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham held the ceremony for the project, […]

Buju Banton Gets 10-Year Sentence

Grammy-winning reggae star Buju Banton has been sentenced to 10 years in Federal prison for his cocaine conspiracy conviction. Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, had seen a wave of support for leniency, and his 10-year sentence fell below […]


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