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Bahamian, Chinese Officials Meet on National Security, Transnational Crime

 Wang Lequan, left, and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Officials from China visited the Bahamas this week, discussing issues of national security and law enforcement. The two countries’ dialogue actually followed a stint by two Bahamian police officers …

Diaspora Has Critical Role to Play, Jamaica’s Golding Says

 Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding at the Brookings Institution in Washington this week. (JIS Photo) The Jamaican Diaspora has a critical role in moving the country forward for growth, Jamaican Prime Minister said at a Washington reception held by Jamaican …

Virgin May Drop Kingston Flights

 Virgin Atlantic may be dropping its flights to Kingston, and Jamaican Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett is set to meet with the company to discuss the matter. The move will not affect flights from London to Jamaica’s Montego Bay, however. “We …

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 Photo Source: NASA Visible Earth Following 20 years of negotiations, the Bahamas and Cuba have reached an agreement on their maritime border, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette. Symonette would not confirm when the matter would definitively be …

 Brian Waynter (Photo: JIS) Jamaica is going through a period of “remarkable change,” Bank of Jamaica Governor Brian Wynter said yesterday at the Caribbean Canadian Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue Economic Symposium in St. Andrew. Wynter said the bank was working on …

 Keina Calliste By Lincoln Depradine Trinidadian Keina Calliste is the daughter of one of the Caribbean’s greatest calypsonians — but despite a family legacy in Grenada, she had never visited the island. “I like it,” she said. “It’s not that …

 By Alexander Britell A former lawyer for Gucci who worked on singer Rihanna’s contract with the design firm claims her superior discriminated against the Barbados-born singer because of her Caribbean heritage, according to the text of a complaint filed in …

 Edwin Carrington, the former secretary general of CARICOM, has been named Trinidad’s ambassador to the body, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced. Carrington was CARICOM secretary general for 18 years, from August 1992 to December 2010, the longest-serving CARICOM secretary general. …

 Bahamas Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest called for renewed cooperation in the international war on drug crime at the first meeting of the Technical Working Group on Maritime and Aerial Domain Awareness Security Cooperation. The meeting was part of …

 Source: FIFA Trinidad’s Minister of Transport and Works and FIFA Vice President Jack Warner is among two FIFA officials suspended by football’s governing body ahead of an ethics probe. Warner, along with Qatar’s Mohammed bin Hammam, the head of Asia’s …

 Photo source: NOAA By the Caribbean Journal staff The Atlantic basin is slated to see an above-normal hurricane season this year, according to the U.S. government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The agency is predicting between 12 to 18 named …

 Source: FIFA Trinidad and Tobago’s Jack Warner is involved in a bribery probe by officials of FIFA, football’s global governing body. Warner, the president of the CONCACAF federation, a FIFA vice president and Trinidad’s Minister of Works and Transport, has …

 New air carrier REDjet is close to securing final clearance for flights in and out of Trinidad, after a week that saw a great deal of controversy over barriers for the company in Jamaica and Trinidad. According to Ramesh Lutchmedial, …

 Eximbank China’s Export-Import Bank has plans to launch a $1 billion fund to invest in Latin America and the Caribbean, following several years of significant spending in the region. In 2009, China invested $7 billion in the region through private …

 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 …

 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 …

 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 …