March, 2012

Caribbean Airlines Non-Stop Flights Between Trinidad & London Open For Sale

Posted on 31 Mar 2012 at 5:02pm

Caribbean Airlines announces that customers can now book flights from Piarco, Trinidad to Gatwick, London, with four weekly non-stop flights on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, starting 14 June 2012. Flights depart Trinidad at 7:10 p.m. local time and out of London on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 11:50 a.m. London local time.

This will be followed shortly by thrice weekly services via Bridgetown, Barbados and onward to London thus facilitating a daily service out of Trinidad. The Barbados flight will be launched in the summer of 2012. Both services will be operated by a 767 – 300 ER aircraft with a two class configuration of Business and Economy.

Arrival…

CARIFORUM & EU Sign Euro 82.6 Milion Agreements

Posted on 31 Mar 2012 at 4:57pm

CARICOM Secretariat, Guyana – March 29, 2012 – The Caribbean Forum of African Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM) and the European Commission (EC) on Wednesday signed three financial agreements designed to boost the Caribbean Region’s ability to deliver tangible results of integration to its populace.

With a total value of Euro $82.6M (US$110M), the financing agreements provide EC support for, among other things, the economic integration and trade of the nine-member Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS); the further development of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), with special allocations for Belize and Haiti; and CARIFORUM’s implementation commitments under the CARIFORUM-EC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

Advancing the OECS Economic Union,…

Jamaica: Government to Acquire Two Firearm Marking Machines

Posted on 31 Mar 2012 at 4:43pm

The Government is to acquire two firearm marking machines to assist with efforts to stem the illegal trafficking in small arms.

The Dot Peen machines will allow the authorities to trace weapons by placing marks on them, which cannot be easily erased, should they fall into the possession of criminals.

They will be procured by the Ministry of National Security as part of a co-operation agreement with the Organization of American States (OAS), which was signed Thursday March 29, at the Office of the Prime Minister.

Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, who signed the agreement with the OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, said the machines will be used to…

Honduras urged to tackle prison turmoil after riots leave 13 dead

Posted on 31 Mar 2012 at 4:37pm

Honduran authorities must urgently tackle chronic problems in their prisons, Amnesty International said after at least 13 inmates were killed in the latest tragedy to hit the country’s troubled jails.

The prisoners died during unrest in San Pedro Sula prison after fighting broke out and a fire started inside the overcrowded jail on Thursday. The San Pedro Sula prison reportedly holds more than 2,000 prisoners in a jail designed for 800.

“Inmates in Honduras’s prisons are being denied their basic human rights and this latest horrific incident shows how precarious their situation continues to be – despite the repeated government promises that no more such incidents will occur,” said Esther Major,…

US Supreme Court: Take Into Account Prison Hardships for Youth

Posted on 31 Mar 2012 at 4:16pm

(New York) – The US Supreme Court, in its deliberations on the cases Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs, should consider the harsh conditions juvenile offenders face in adult prisons, Human Rights Watch said today, based on its recent report. On March 20, 2012, the US Supreme Court held oral arguments in the cases, which question the constitutionality of sentencing youth below the age of 18 to life without parole. Strong evidence shows that such youth are imprisoned under conditions that exacerbate the cruelty of the sentence, violating international human rights law and raising serious constitutional questions.

The 47-page report, “Against All Odds: Prison Conditions for…

Chavez returns to Cuba for radiation therapy

Posted on 26 Mar 2012 at 10:22am

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced on Saturday that he would begin radiation therapy on Sunday in Cuba, almost one month after he underwent surgery to remove a tumor from the same spot in his pelvic region where another tumor was extracted eight months earlier.

“Tonight, I’m leaving for Havana. I’ve decided, on the recommendation of my medical team and also my government political team, to begin now, as we’re going to begin on Sunday, radiation therapy treatment,” Chavez said in a televised meeting on Saturday as he described the treatment as a “complement to…

Puerto Rico authorities intercept 28 migrants in two separate incidents

Posted on 23 Mar 2012 at 3:35pm

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) federal law enforcement authorities intercepted on Tuesday morning a single engine yola type vessel with 18 undocumented citizens of the Dominican Republic in the vicinity of Mona Island, Puerto Rico.

In a separate incident on Tuesday afternoon, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents arrested yesterday afternoon 10 Haitian migrants after an illegal maritime incursion on a makeshift vessel on the northwestern coast of Puerto Rico.

In the first interception, near midnight on Monday the crew of a CBP maritime surveillance aircraft detected a wooden makeshift “yola” boat en route east from the Dominican Republic towards Mona Island.

CBP…

IDB ramps up financing for green projects in the Caribbean

Posted on 22 Mar 2012 at 3:34pm

WASHINGTON, USA — The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is ramping up lending for private sector projects related to renewable energy and energy efficiency to help bridge the gap for long-term financing for green investments in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Last year alone, the IDB approved $736 million in financing for private sector environmentally-friendly projects, compared with the $663 million invested by the Bank between 2000 and 2010. For 2012, the Bank expects to approve more than $700 million in financing for private sector renewable energy projects, particularly wind, solar and hydropower plants.

The increase in the IDB lending for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects reflects both an increase in…

Study finds Caribbean-American women at higher risk for elevated mercury levels

Posted on 22 Mar 2012 at 3:29pm

NEW YORK, USA — A new study published by researchers at SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s School of Public Health assessed mercury levels in pregnant women and examined dietary and environmental sources of exposure to mercury.

The research, which focuses on an urban immigrant community, examined risk factors that may be associated with elevated mercury levels. The study, published this month in the Journal of Environmental Monitoring, found that foreign-born immigrant women from the Caribbean are at higher risk for elevated levels of mercury in the blood, predominantly from dietary sources such as large fish.

Laura Geer, PhD, MHS, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at SUNY…

IMF approves US$15.1 million disbursement to Haiti

Posted on 22 Mar 2012 at 3:20pm

WASHINGTON, USA — The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the second and third reviews of Haiti’s performance under the extended credit facility (ECF) arrangement on March 19, 2012. Completion of the reviews will enable an immediate disbursement of SDR 9.83 million (about US$15.1 million), bringing total disbursements under the program to date to SDR 26.21 million (about US$40.3 million).

Haiti’s ECF arrangement was approved on July 21, 2010, together with the full relief on the country’s outstanding debt to the Fund of about SDR 178 million (equivalent to US$274 million). The debt relief and IMF financing are part of a broad international strategy to support Haiti’s…

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