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Granada: U.S. Tourist Murdered with Machete

abcnews.go.com reported aA machete-wielding man attacked a U.S. tourist couple as they walked along an isolated beach on Grenada, killing the woman, police on the Caribbean island said Tuesday.

Jessica Lewis Colker, 39, of Atlanta, was found dead after her husband ran to get help following the attack, which occurred around noon Sunday on a remote stretch of coast along the island’s southeast, said Sylvan McIntyre, an assistant superintendent with the Royal Grenada Police Force.
A suspect was in custody but has not been identified. Colker and her husband, Brian Van Melito, had arrived on Grenada a day before the assault and were staying at a hotel near where the attack occurred in an area of beach and mangrove in St. David Parish, McIntrye said. Read Article

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Antigua Caribbean: Coconut Palms Dying Off

White sand beaches fringed by lofty palm trees – it is the image of a tropical paradise that has lured holidaymakers to the Caribbean for decades. But in tourism-dependent Antigua, a deadly disease has wiped out almost half of the island’s majestic coconut palms – leaving unsightly headless trunks littering the landscape. Lethal yellowing, the […]

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Philipsburg, Sint Maarten: Tourist dies while on diving trip

soualiganewsday.com reported…PHILIPSBURG – On Thursday December 24th at approximately 11.50 a.m. police were directed to Bobby’s Marina, where a female tourist who was visiting the island would be brought in from a diving trip and was not showing ant signs of life. On the scene the patrol learnt, that the victim was on a diving […]

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Caribbean countries fishing sectors warned of ocean acidification

IPSnews.net reported Scientists here are warning Caribbean countries, where the fisheries sector is an important source of livelihoods and sustenance, that they should pay close attention to a new international report released Wednesday on ocean acidification. The report, published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), coincides with the 12th meeting of […]

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100 percent of the Latin American and Caribbean population is susceptible to Chikungunya fever

Chikungunya Fever Cases Reported in Latin America – (excludes Caribbean) Costa Rica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela. (source: CDC) Worldbank.org reported Chikungunya fever is spreading more rapidly through Latin America and the Caribbean than it takes to learn to spell and pronounce its name correctly. The virus has already […]

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St. Lucia, Crazy for Country Music

theguardian.com reported the Caribbean island of St Lucia is so crazy for country music, its buses are named after Jim Reeves songs and its radio stations blare out Tammy Wynette. St Lucia isn’t the only Caribbean island with a liking for the sounds of Nashville (last year, Kenny Rogers told the Guardian about his popularity […]

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Caribbean: Unpredictable Weather Patterns impact water resources

ipsnews.net reported as unpredictable weather patterns impact water availability and quality in St. Lucia, the Caribbean island is moving to build resilience to climate-related stresses in its water sector. Dr. Paulette Bynoe, a specialist in community-based disaster risk management, climate change adaptation policy and environmental management, says integrated water resource management is critical. “All governments […]

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Aruba: Venezuelan General Detained at request of U.S. Govt

BBC.COM reported A top Venezuelan official, Gen Hugo Carvajal, has been detained in the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba at the request of the American government. He had been accused by the US Treasury of assisting Colombian Farc rebels in their drug trafficking activities. The Venezuelan government said Gen Carvajal had a diplomatic passport and […]

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Margarita Island Venezuela: German tourist murdered outside shopping center

Reuters.com reported that an elderly German tourist has been murdered by a gunman outside a shopping mall on Margarita Island Venezuela. The event occurred last Friday, authorities said, in the latest incident illustrating the country’s rampant crime. The victim was identified as Goldhahm Hors Kurt, 76, from Germany. Read Article

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U.S. lawyer believes Bahamas close to having cruise lines pull out if violence continues

caribbean360.com reported that Florida-based maritime lawyer Jim Walker believes that Nassau may be “one gunshot away” from seeing cruise lines drop it from their cruising itineraries. Walker, partner at Walker & O’Neil, a Miami law firm that represents passengers and crew members injured or assaulted on cruise ships around the world, said he saw The […]

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British tourist killed aboard boat, St. Lucia, investigation continues

nzherald.co.nz/AP reported that aA 62-year-old British tourist has been killed aboard a boat near the eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia, according to police. Authorities identified the man as Roger Pratt and said his wife was injured during the attack late Friday. Police did not say how the killing occurred, and it is unclear whether […]

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Chikungunya virus spreading across Caribbean

AP.com reported that a mosquito-borne virus appears to be spreading quickly in the Caribbean during the winter tourism season just weeks after epidemiologists first found local transmission occurring in the French dependency of St. Martin. Scientists said Tuesday that St. Martin now has as many as 200 cases of chikungunya. Read Article MORE ABOUT THIS […]

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Canadian tourist drowns at Dominican Republic hotel pool

16minutos.blogspot.com reported in Bavaro, Punta Cana – A Canadian tourist apparently drowned while bathing in the hotel pool Ibero Star, it was reported. The tourist Cristofer n or o, of 36 years, died of asphyxia by drowning, acute myocardialas certified forensic physician, Felix Tejada. It was reported that overseas enjoyed a swim presenting cardiac arrest, […]

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Colon, Panama: Authorities Discover 1,396 Kilos of Cocaine in Shipwreck

From lainformacion.com on August 20, 2013- The National Air Service of Panama (SENAN) reported that it seized 1,396 kilos of cocaine on the coast of the Colon province in the Casa Blanca area. The drugs were hidden in a beached boat. SENAN found the stash on the boat after receiving intelligence from the Directorate of […]

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Ponce, Puerto Rico: Authorities Detain Two Dominicans, One Venezuelan, Seize 682 Kilos of Cocaine

From lainformacion.com on August 14, 2013- U.S. authorities arrested two Dominicans and one Venezuelan for carrying 681 kilos of cocaine on a ship 296 kilometers south of Ponce. The operation started when a U.S. Border Patrol plane spotted a suspicious boat and called in the Coast Guard to investigate. Since September 2012, the U.S. Coast […]

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Santa Marta, Colombia: Argentine Captured with 23 Kilos of Drugs

From lainformacion.com on August 3, 2013- An Argentine citizen was arrested in the Caribbean city of Santa Marta with 23 kilos of cocaine in his possession. The operation took place in the tourist area of the city. Several agencies were involved with the arrest including the Technical Investigation Corps, the Army, and British drug agencies. […]

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U.N. Report Lists Panama as Number One Country for Drug Seizures in Central America

From Impacto on June 26, 2013- According to the latest World Drug Report from the UNODC, last year Panama seized 64 tons of cocaine which accounts for 89% of drug seizures in Central America. The report also shows that traffickers are beginning to change their transportation networks to using more Caribbean routes rather than Central […]

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Colombia: Sailboat passengers rescued after going adrift, five Americans on board

Five Americans, one Swiss, one Panamanian, one Canadian, one Colombian sailing from Panama for Cartagena resucued. The crew of the vessel amounted to report the incident to the line 123 of the Police, who informed the Coast Guard of Cartagena, who undertook the rescue. Nine people were rescued by the Navy units, after the boat […]

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Hotel Samasati Costa Rica victim of armed attack, 18 tourists robbed

Hotel Samasati – one victim was taken to a local hospital after being struck in the face. Puerto viejo, limon Costa Rica, 18 tourists robbed at gunpoint (many tourists from the United States Hotel is located in the southern region of Limón, near the border with Panama. According to the ticotimes.net, five armed assailants raided […]

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20 die in plane crash St Barthelemy Caribbean, numerous dead French tourists

A small plane has crashed on the Caribbean island of St Barthelemy, killing 19 people on board and one person on the ground. The Caribbean Airlines plane departed from Princess Juliana Airport on the island of St Martin on Saturday afternoon and crashed into a house near the St Barthelemy Airport on the nearby French […]

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Curacao: gold heist worth eleven million dollars committed on boat

AP reported Police on the southern Caribbean island of Curacao say thieves boarded a boat and stole about 70 gold bars worth an estimated $11.5 million. Curacao police spokesman Reggie Huggins says the band of thieves assaulted the captain in the early-morning heist. The boat is from Guyana. Read Article

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Colombia: New type of fraud scheme reported at Interbolsa

New type of fraud reported in Interbolsa / Curacao major destination for evading taxes According to FM is crossed emails and letters in recent days called ‘Premium Fund affected investors’. The FM said he is holding the first names of the investors of the controversial ‘Premium Fund’ running through Interbolsa and moved millions of money. […]

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U.S. tourist perishes in helicopter crash, Bahamas

An American has died and four others were injured after the helicopter they were traveling in crashed around a private resort in the Bahamas, as reported by the local police. Apparently, the helicopter was landing when a gust of wind caused the pilot to lose control, causing the unit to rush to Baker’s Bay Golf […]

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Refinery in Curacao operating at third of capacity

La Isla refinery in Curacao PDVSA, operates at a third of capacity, then the restart of a catalytic cracking unit that did not work for four months, told Reuters workers union president, Angelo Meier . For restarting the unit was necessary to stop other areas and thus the cracker allocate the limited supply of industrial […]

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Haiti: Hurricanes devastate farmlands, food crisis looming

Relief groups have launched fresh appeals for funds to feed over a million Haitians after hurricane Sandy devastated farmland, compounding agricultural damage from tropical storm Isaac which destroyed 40% of the harvest in August….. food security situation is threatened… Read Article

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Dengue outbreak Dominican Republic according to Health Minister

Public Health Minister recognized that there is a dengue outbreak in the country and said that so far this year there have been nine people killed by the disease.

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Nearly two tons of cocaine seized in the Caribbean region over weekend

Nearly two tons of cocaine were seized in the Caribbean in two operations during the August 18, 2012 weekend. The first operation took place near San Blas Islands, Panama. According to Fox News Latino, a go-fast type boat was found by Colombian officials carrying 1,362 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride. No arrests were reported. The second […]

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Panama a transit country for human trafficking; Many come from Africa

Experts estimate that over 80,000 individuals are trafficked each year, and that Panama has become a major transit country. According to TVN Noticias, many individuals involved in these operations pay high sums to be taken to a new country. Many of those trafficked in Panama come from Africa via the Atlantic Ocean. Security forces in […]

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Nicaragua determines Colombian cartels operate in Caribbean after multiple incidents

After extensive intelligence work, the police in Nicaragua have determined that its area of the Caribbean is used by narco-traffickers, particularly those belonging to Colombian cartels. Sucesos Critica reports that last month Nicaraguan officials disbanded a drug trafficking organization operating between Panama and Honduras. Authorities also combated gunfire in the Caribbean with other criminal groups. […]

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12 packages of cocaine found in Dominican Republic, to be sent to Venezuela

The National Drug Control seized 12 packages of cocaine in the port of Boca Chica, the Dominican Republic on July 25, 2012. The shipment was to be sent to Secre, Venezuela, authorities believe. The drugs originated in Curaçao, but a mechanical issue forced the boat to seek land. The vessel is registered with the name […]

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Psychologist arrested at Colombian airport with 250 grams of cocaine; Headed to Aruba

Psychologist Yamal Antar Zawady Ospino (36) was caught in the Riohacha airport in Colombia attempting to fly to Aruba with 250 grams of cocaine. According to El Heraldo, the drugs were hidden inside latex gloves and balloons. The suspect claimed he had been commissioned by a woman identified as Dayana Buelvas to transport cosmetic materials. […]

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Four Costa Ricans arrested in Colombia with one ton of cocaine on lobster boat

The Armed Forces in Colombia detained four citizens of Costa Rica in waters near San Andrés with one ton of cocaine. The arrestees had been sailing in a lobster boat, La Nacion reports. They were intercepted after officials detected a boat moving at high speed toward Central America. 81 bags of cocaine were found on […]

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Three reggaeton artists investigated by US DEA; attended narco-trafficker’s wedding

Reggaeton singer Arcángel and the Jowell and Randy duet are under investigation in the United States after officials discovered the three artists attended the wedding celebration of arrested narco-trafficker Camilio Torres, alias “El Fritango.” The singers were hired as entertainment at the party, El Universal reports. The party was to last several days at the […]

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Seven U.S. citizens attended wedding party of arrested Colombian drug trafficker

Seven U.S. citizens, including three police officers, attended the party of Colombian drug trafficker Camilo Torres, alias “Fritanga.” Torres had been arrested on July, 2 2012 shortly after his wedding. He had organized the celebration party on a Caribbean island to follow the ceremony, during which he was arrested. The U.S. citizens present at the […]

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Drug route through Colombia to the Caribbean disrupted

Two men carrying 395 kilos of cocaine were caught attempting to transport the drugs to the Caribbean, El Heraldo reports. The stash originated in Medellín and was in route to the Gulf of Urabá. From there, the drugs were to be transported to the Turbo port, in Antioquia. Urabá police report a vehicle carrying the […]

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Antigua: British women found dead on beach

A BRITISH mum of two was found dead on a beach hours after arriving in the Caribbean for her father’s wedding. Nicola Raybone went missing after being briefly left alone by friends at their hotel bar while they went to order food. Read Article

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Barbados, death penalty to be abolished by end of 2011

Amnesty International positively noted reported statements that the mandatory death penalty will be abolished in Barbados by the end of 2011 and urged the county’s authorities to swiftly move to turn these affirmations into reality. Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite was reported in local newspaper The Barbados Advocate on 2 October […]

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China is out to conquer the Caribbean

China will allocate 1,000 million dollars in preferential loans to support economic development of countries in the Caribbean. Es la primera vez que lo hace fuera de Cuba. It is the first time I made ​​out of Cuba. Chinese Vice Quishan Wang said that “China can not develop isolated from the world and the world […]

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China to loan Caribbean countries one billion dollars for infrastructure

China announced on Monday it will provide $1 billion in loans to Caribbean countries to finance infrastructure projects as it deepens ties in a region historically linked with the United States. The loans will be made available through the state-run China Development Bank, China’s Vice Premier Wang Qishan told a meeting of Caribbean and Chinese […]

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Bahamas, health alerts for travelers

Diseases transmitted by insects or animals Arthropod-borne diseases, especially dengue fever, are common in the Bahamas. The country is not affected by malaria. Diseases transmitted by food, water or environment In the Bahamas, gastric diseases are common among tourists who are not accustomed to local food or who do not take precautions. Due to the […]

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Latin Americans Unknowingly Affected with AIDS and Tuberculosis

• Most Latin Americans who are infected with both AIDS and tuberculosis are unaware of it according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). •The World Health Organization (WHO) states that the combination of these two diseases has killed 1 in 4 people with HIV per RCN Radio. •Heads of national programs of 18 Latin […]

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Heavy rains cause blackouts in Dominican Republic

The national electricity system in the Dominican Republic has suffered in the past few days due to bouts of heavy rain, according to hoy.com.do. Parts of Santo Domingo and other inland communities experienced blackouts yesterday as a reported 40 circuits and electrical lines were damaged. Electrical companies in the south (Edesur) and East (Edeeste) have […]

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How Latin America Should Promote a Relationship with China

•In Peking, Colombia’s portafolio.co spoke with Enrique Dussel, the director of the Center of Chinese-Mexican Studies of Unam, who gave his view on how Latin America should approach Chinese business and involvement in the area. •One improvement he suggests is the increase of foreign exchange students between the two regions. •Lingual and cultural understanding is […]

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Colombia, Illegal Immigrants from Cuba and Africa

•According to El Mercurio, 13 illegal immigrants from Cuba and Africa departed from the Turbo Port and were attempting to travel towards Central America by sea after entering Colombia through Ecuador, and were caught by the authorities. •The two Colombians that aided these immigrants were arrested and charged with the illegal trafficking of migrants. Read […]

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Tourist dies Bermuda after diving

A 52-year-old cruise ship passenger died yesterday after suffering a heart attack on board a diving boat. Read Article

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Homophobia contrasts in the Caribbean

While homosexuality is punishable by law in nine Caribbean island nations, gay activism is increasingly taking root in countries like Cuba. “The situation in the Caribbean today is one of contrasts,” Gloria Careaga, co-secretary general of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), founded in 1978 and with close to 700 member […]

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IMF: Caribbean economic recovery beginning

The Caribbean is beginning to turn the corner after a long and deep recession, according to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) 2011 Regional Economic Outlook for the Western Hemisphere. Read Article

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Dominica: The world’s leading eco-tourism destination?

Of the 249 places in the world in which human beings live and work, the small Caribbean island of Dominica (751 sq km) ranks at 187 in size. Even so, it is bigger than well-known Caribbean tourism destinations such as St Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Cayman Islands, St Kitts-Nevis, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, […]

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Workshop puts Caribbean education on forefront

Members of the media are advised that The Cropper Foundation, supported by several international, regional and national partners, will be hosting a Regional Workshop for the Caribbean on Education for Sustainable Development entitled “Assessing progress and developing capacity in the Caribbean region in the context of the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD).” Read […]

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AMARC Communication prepares Caribbean Conference

The Conference will be in Port au Prince, Haiti, from 4 to 6 May. Community radios reach, allied organizations and radio movement. Analyze the role of community media in the climate crisis and disaster management. Read Article

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Caribbean, RedJet airline is ready for take off

The Caribbean’s first Low Fares Airline (LFA) REDjet will take to the region’s skies on May 8 with a service from Barbados to St Lucia while the second introductory flight would be to Port-of-Spain from Barbados. Tickets went on sale yesterday. Read Article

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Dominican Police still execute, torture people, the U.S. says

The U.S. denounced today deaths and tortures at the hands of the police forces, and the terrible conditions persist in Dominican Republic’s prisons in 2010. In its annual report on the world’s human rights situation, the State Department affirmed that people trafficking, violence against women, discrimination against minorities and little enforcement of the labor laws […]

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Caribbean ship testing new anti-piracy system

A container ship that steamed into a Puerto Rican port Friday was old by commercial shipping standards but it had the latest in security measures, upgrades that convert it into a floating fortress designed to be impregnable to piracy. Read Article

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Costa Rica Hosts Meeting For First Multinational Treaty Designed To Stop Drug Trafficking In The Caribbean

Delegates from 12 countries are trying to reach agreement on how to implement the first multinational treaty designed to stop drug trafficking in the Caribbean. They met this week in San José, Costa Rica at a time Mexico’s and Colombia’s wars against illegal drugs are pushing the gangs farther into Central America. Read Article

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Venezuela, French tourist shot dead on Margarita Island

French tourist, Lebres Ives, age 53, was murdered in what appeared to be a robbery attempt at a hotel on Margarita Island, Venezuela. El Nuevo Herald did not name the hotel and the case was still being investigated. Official records state the homicide rate in Venezuela is 48 per 100,000 peopel. Margarita Island is one […]

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St Lucia to host luxury tourism conference

St Lucia is to play host to a conference focused on luxury tourism in the Caribbean. The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) Caribbean Boutique and Intimate Hotel Conference will take place on the island from October 13-15. Read Article

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Caribbean to test tsunami preparedness

The first tsunami exercise for the Caribbean gets underway Wednesday with the participation of 33 countries, testing the region’s emergency preparedness after Japan’s recent devastation, officials said. Read Article

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Giant refinery becoming unwelcome guest in Curacao

Lighting up the night sky with flames from its chimneys, Curacao’s giant Isla refinery is at the center of an increasingly acrimonious dispute over the island’s economic and environmental future. Run by neighboring Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA, the smoky, 335,000-barrels-per-day facility is the second-biggest in the Caribbean but has long been plagued by technical […]

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Southern Caribbean concerned over loss of cruise business

The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) has expressed concern over the loss of cruise business from the southern Caribbean. The CTO said Royal Caribbean International has announced plans to reposition its ship, Serenade of the Seas, from the Caribbean to Europe in the summer of 2012. Read Article

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Did contract row lead to the UK navy quitting the Caribbean?

THE government has been accused of pulling Royal Navy warships out of the Caribbean because Trinidad and Tobago cancelled a £150m deal to buy three patrol ships from BAE Systems. The Caribbean nation pulled out of a purchase of three offshore patrol vessels from BAE in September last year – despite the ships nearing completion […]

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Caribbean warned about food price shocks

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund are warning poor regions that have so far not been hit by rising food prices, like sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean, to get ready to face them. Food price volatility is here to stay, the World Bank cautioned, amid growing worries there could be another full-blown food crisis […]

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U.K. Navy forced to drop warship patrols in Caribbean through lack of funds

Britain is to abandon its warship patrols of the Caribbean for the first time since the second world war because of the navy’s funding crisis, the Guardian has learned. The withdrawal means the navy will no longer provide a warship for anti-narcotic operations in the region, and will have to reduce its role in disaster […]

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Cuban castaways released despite agreement

Seven Cuban castaways landed on Ambergris Caye, on Wednesday, December 29, and despite agreements between Belize and Cuba, the men were released. The Belize-Cuba agreement, which Belize had adhered to in past, says Belize should repatriate back to Cuba any Cuban national who arrives in our country illegally. But in this case of the stranded […]

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Seismic Researcher predicts major Caribbean earthquake

The Caribbean region should expect an earthquake of at least 8.0 magnitude on the Richter scale sometime soon, says Dr. Joan Latchman, Acting Director of the Seismic Research Centre of the University of the West Indies. Latchman says the region experiences a massive quake about every 100 years, in clockwork-like fashion, and has long since […]

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