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When Will Chile's Post Office's Re-open? 

(PHOTO: Workers set up camp at Santiago's Rio Mapocho/Mason Bryan, The Santiago Times)Chile nears 1 month without mail service as postal worker protests continue. This week local branches of the 5 unions representing Correos de Chile voted on whether to continue their strike into a 2nd month, rejecting the union's offer. For a week the workers have set up camp on the banks of Santiago's Río Mapocho displaying banners outlining their demands; framing the issue as a division of the rich & the poor. The strike’s main slogan? “Si tocan a uno, nos tocan a todos,” it reads - if it affects 1 of us, it affects all of us. (Read more at The Santiago Times)

WHO convenes emergency talks on MERS virus

 

(PHOTO: Saudi men walk to the King Fahad hospital in the city of Hofuf, east of the capital Riyadh on June 16, 2013/Fayez Nureldine)The World Health Organization announced Friday it had convened emergency talks on the enigmatic, deadly MERS virus, which is striking hardest in Saudi Arabia. The move comes amid concern about the potential impact of October's Islamic hajj pilgrimage, when millions of people from around the globe will head to & from Saudi Arabia.  WHO health security chief Keiji Fukuda said the MERS meeting would take place Tuesday as a telephone conference & he  told reporters it was a "proactive move".  The meeting could decide whether to label MERS an international health emergency, he added.  The first recorded MERS death was in June 2012 in Saudi Arabia & the number of infections has ticked up, with almost 20 per month in April, May & June taking it to 79.  (Read more at Xinhua)

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Dreams and nightmares - Chinese leaders have come to realize the country should become a great paladin of the free market & democracy & embrace them strongly, just as the West is rejecting them because it's realizing they're backfiring. This is the "Chinese Dream" - working better than the American dream.  Or is it just too fanciful?  By Francesco Sisci

Baby step towards democracy in Myanmar  - While the sweeping wins Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy has projected in Sunday's by-elections haven't been confirmed, it is certain that the surging grassroots support on display has put Myanmar's military-backed ruling party on notice. By Brian McCartan

The South: Busy at the polls - South Korea's parliamentary polls will indicate how potent a national backlash is against President Lee Myung-bak's conservatism, perceived cronyism & pro-conglomerate policies, while offering insight into December's presidential vote. Desire for change in the macho milieu of politics in Seoul can be seen in a proliferation of female candidates.  By Aidan Foster-Carter  

Pakistan climbs 'wind' league - Pakistan is turning to wind power to help ease its desperate shortage of energy,& the country could soon be among the world's top 20 producers. Workers & farmers, their land taken for the turbine towers, may be the last to benefit.  By Zofeen Ebrahim

Turkey cuts Iran oil imports - Turkey is to slash its Iranian oil imports as it seeks exemptions from United States penalties linked to sanctions against Tehran. Less noticed, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the Iranian capital last week, signed deals aimed at doubling trade between the two countries.  By Robert M. Cutler

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Friday
Jan202012

Caribbean-Charisma: UK/CARICOM Forum Open's Today, Other Nations Pursue Regional Opportunities 

St. George, Grenada - Photo courtesy of portang/via flickr(HN, January 20, 2012) -- The seventh biennial UK-Caribbean Forum begins today in St. George, Grenada under the theme of “Sustainable Growth Towards Prosperity”.

The forum is held for the purpose of what has been described as “establishing priority areas for cooperation, discussing key area of concern and proposing mechanisms to facilitate greater collaboration” between Britain and CARICOM nations, this year’s agenda has been organized around three main sub themes: Economic Resilience, Security and the Environment.  

Held at the level of Foreign Ministers, the Meeting is co-chaired by the UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague and the Chair of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, Foreign Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis.

British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has highlighted the major role of private sector investment in these difficult economic times saying, “the private sector is the engine of growth for our economies”

The UK is a major investor in the Caribbean – BG has recently made a large investment in Trinidad and Tabago, and Pinewood Studios are building a state of the art film studio in the Dominican Republic with local partners Grupo Vinci.

“There are however more business opportunities available, which is why I am being accompanied by Nick Baird, Chief Executive of UK Trade and Investment, and will lead a discussion with a rage of UK and Caribbean businesses at the Forum, “ said Hague.

The British foreign official hailed a ‘new era’ for UK-Caribbean relations, as for the first time in its seven iterations of the Forum, the Dominican Republic, one of the fastest-growing countries in the area, Haiti and Suriname will also take part, and observers will include British Caribbean Overseas Territories, including Bermuda, Canada, Australia and the USA.

He went on to say, “When I became Foreign Secretary I was determined to reinvigorate the UK’s relationships with its partners across the Caribbean. This year’s Forum has afforded me my first opportunity to demonstrate this commitment in concrete terms, by hearing firsthand the value of our relationships and how we can improve them.

Hague noted that around one and a half million British tourists visited the Caribbean in 2010, and tourism is a key plank of the economy, but, the Forum was set up in part to emphasise other vital links

CARICOM members, keen to discuss Hague’s expressed interest in forging a new relationship that reflects “changes in the global environment” of the 21st century, are also looking to discuss some sensitive issues of concern in the Caribbean region - ranging from problems being encountered on the arrival in the UK by CARICOM nationals on legitimate businesses to:

- The recent threat by the UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron to review allocation of aid to countries the he thinks “openly discriminate” against gays and lesbians; and

- The level of aid flows for depressed and vulnerable economies and the related prevailing dispute over British-imposed Air Passenger Duty (APD) levy on passengers traveling to the Caribbean from airports in the UK, that has pushed some stakeholders of the region’s vital tourism industry, to consider legal action unless there is a practical solution.

The forum, is also expected to find the CARICOM-member states in a more determined mood to collectively pursue a relevant “aid for trade” strategy with the UK which remains a major development donor in the region.

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has been playing a key role in facilitating such a strategy which was the topic of a teleconference that was organized last October by the Trade Policy Unit of the Castries-based Secretariat of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

The new Secretary General of the CARICOM Secretariat, Irwin LaRocque, will most likely be in a better position to advance discussion on the need for timely delivery of "aid for trade" resources by the region's traditional external partners (including the UK), a matter that was addressed last July at the Third Global Review of Aid for Trade in Geneva.

Speaking then in his capacity as Assistant Secretary General for Trade and Economic Integration, LaRocque had emphasized the importance of this region's international development partners being sensitized to the imperatives of "timely delivery" of aid resources to comparatively small and vulnerable regional economies.

Hague has given assurance that he is not about to "throw away all of the strong bonds that tie the UK and the Caribbean region together…"

Such an assurance at this time, when the global economic crisis and more specifically the deepening "Eurozone financial woes" combine to further negatively impact on the economies of the Caribbean, the British Foreign Secretary is undoubtedly also conscious of the growing importance being attached by the two Asian economic giants: China and India, in doing business with the Caribbean region.

The Chinese spread of trade and economic relations from Jamaica in the northern sub-region to Guyana on the South American mainland would hardly have escaped the attention of either the UK or its closest ally, the USA, where successive administrations in Washington, so often still treat relations with the Caribbean as operating in a so-called "American lake".

While the vigorous initiatives by China to deepen trade and economic ties with the Caribbean on favorable terms, cannot be divorced from longer-term political objectives as an emerging world power under constant scrutiny by the USA, UK and their NATO allies; it is also becoming evident that India is likewise increasingly competing for business and friendship in the Caribbean-Latin American sphere.

- HUMNEWS Staff

Wednesday
Jun082011

HEADLINES - The Caribbean - June 8, 2011

The Carribean:

(Courtesy: CARPHA) It’s World Ocean Day:  A World Ocean

Caribbean countries sign firearms agreement

Caribbean health agency close to establishment

Agenda set for CARICOM meeting next month

Anguilla

Anguilla - independence within Caricom dimmed?

Domestic Violence Bill Presented in Anguilla

Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA), Considering Layoffs

Mother, Police Testify in Mullany/Anderson Trial

Government prepares to export first major mango shipment

Aruba

Aruba film festival unveils 2011 lineup

Bahamas

Customs going after officers involved in scams

Bahamian businessman to buy cruise liner

A graduating senior's advice

(Courtesy: Bahamas Press) Madam Senator Maynard Gibson at the IWF’s Rome Cornerstone Conference

Barbados

Two-day fogging of Bridgetown for Mosquitoes

Research proves images have effect on youth (commentary)

Bermuda

Bermuda hosts global tax forum

 Cayman Islands

Shot fired as masked would-be robbers foiled (The scene at the Strand early Tuesday after a shooting was reported. Courtesy: Dennie Warren, Jr.)

Solar powers catboat passion

Cuba

Cuba: Reforms up against the clock

Dominica

Dominica Brewery launches ‘Kubuli Fest’

(Mother “Fingers” and her baby “Thumb,” swim together off the coast of Dominica. Courtesy: DominicaNewsNet)Researchers find that Dominica whales use accents to communicate

Dominican Republic

LatAm health risk managers gather in the Dominican capital

IMF sees Dominican Republic growth of 5.5% on harsher policies

Dominican Republic among hemisphere’s natural gas leaders, AES Dominicana says

 

 

Grenada

Grenada hospital fund makes major donation to Ministry of Health 

Grenada Postal Corporation Launches GPC Global

Guadeloupe

Lightning strike forces KLM to divert flight to Guadeloupe

Haiti

Severe Weather Leaves 23 Dead in Haiti

UN provides help to relief efforts in flood-hit Haitian capital

Jamaica

Jamaicans have plenty to cheer about at 2011 Adidas Grand Prix

Rape report for Jamaica

Agriculture Ministry Launches Training Manuals to Guide Farmers in Best Practices

Montserrat

(Chief Minister of Monserrat, Reuben Meade. Courtesy: Monserrat Reporter) ss conference-new power stationsFunds approved for new power station for Montserrat, geothermal energy still to be explored

Cayman entrepreneurs energise Montserrat during YES Caribbean

Puerto Rico

Agents seize Puerto Rican kingpin’s cars, boats, watches, Nuevo Dia reports

Saint Kitts & Nevis

St. Kitts/Nevis PM, Minister Pay Tribute To Alexander Hamilton In NYC

St. Kitts reaches US$84 million deal with IMF

St. Kitts and Nevis in global reef expedition

Saint Lucia

Fuel prices up in St Lucia

St Lucians urged to be ready for hurricane season

Mary Joseph—A different kind of healing

St. Vincent & The Grenadines

Indian Arrival Day (commentary)

Bank of St Vincent & the Grenadines is launched (Guests at the bank launch, held at the FLOW wine bar, Kingstown, St. Vincent & Grenadines. Courtesy: The Vincentian)ch of the new banking entity. (THE VINCENTIAN)

Caribbean regional seminar on decolonisation concludes in St Vincent

Trinidad & Tobago

Four cases of HIV in Trinidad and Tobago a day

Central Bank sues former CLICO directors

Turks and Caicos

The Critical Frontier: Healthcare

Virgin Islands

BVI youth participate in Duke of Edinburgh Awards Programme

Task force reviewing Virgin Islands requirements for high school graduation

Virgin Islands car dealers report strong inventories

VI hosts first-ever insolvency conference

Monday
Aug302010

HUMNEWS HEADLINES - August 30, 2010 (The Caribbean) 

(PHOTO: NOAA) Hurricane Earl continues to strengthen as it moves across the northern Leeward Islands. A hurricane warning is in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla. Also for Saint Martin, Saint Barthelemy, St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius. The British and U.S. Virgin Islands are also under hurricane warnings. A hurricane watch is in effect for Puerto Rico including the islands of Culebra and Vieques. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Puerto Rico including the islands of Culebra and Vieques. As of 7 a.m. the center of Hurricane Earl was located near latitude about 25 miles north northeast of St. Martin about 140 miles east of St. Thomas. Earl is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph. A turn toward the northwest is expected on Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Earl will pass near or over the northernmost Leeward Islands this morning and near the Virgin Islands this afternoon and this evening. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 110 mph with higher gusts. Earl is a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Additional strengthening is forecast and Earl is expected to become a major hurricane later today. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 50 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles. St. Maarten recently reported a sustained wind of 41 mph.The latest minimum central pressure reported from a NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft is 965 mb. (SOURCE: noaa.gov)

ARUBA

Aruba Networks Inc. rose to a new high following Q4 report

BARBADOS

Greenidge, Gaskin ensure Barbados of fourth St. Kitts Festival title

Better than 20/20 (commentary)  

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

British territory revealed as No. 39 Dept. haven

Kittitian reappointed to the CARICOM Regional Judicial and Commission  

CAYMAN ISLANDS

ICE deports convict to Cayman Islands

Trico Marine files for bankruptcy

DOMINICA

Dominica PM to stand trial over dual citizenship

‘Beyond expectations’ (sports)

GRENADA

Looking out for country’s best interest

Revenue down for Grenada telecom providers in 2009

 

Thursday
Jul292010

HUMNEWS HEADLINES - July 29, 2010 (The Caribbean) 

ANTIGUA & BARBUDASnipe fleet racing at the Central American and Caribbean Games (PHOTO: ISAF/CAC)

Memoriam: Forbes Burnham remembered

ARUBA

Options trader alert for Aruba networks (ARUN)

Aruba Marriot earns Fodor’s choice 2010 distinction (travel)

Delta airlines expands service to Aruba (travel)  

BAHAMAS

China building US2billion Bahamas resort

Barefoot Bandit Clinton Harris-Moore caught on video running from police in Bahamas

BARBADOS

Singapore concludes open skies agreements with Barbados, Brazil, Jamaica and Rwanda

Barbadian parliamentarian escapes death

CDB to fund development of water projects  

Unbeaten netballers qualify for World Champs (sports)

Barbadians urged to support women’s boxing championships

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

PS put on compulsory leave

Festival opens with cultural celebration  

CAYMAN ISLANDS

PC says judge misbehaved

Superfund Launches Market-Neutral Fund In Japan, Seeks US$100 Million

UK Prime Minister backs Shetty’s Cayman project  

DOMINICA

More marine protected areas coming on stream in the Caribbean

GRENADA

CARICOM engages regional media workers in CSME

Schools with environmental vision

MARTINIQUE

Prévenir la dengue grâce à la "télé-épidémiologie"

MONTSERRAT

Montserrat to assume chairmanship of ECCB Monetary Council

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Clair: Jansen and unbelievable story: From Minor League catcher to big league pitcher in one year (sports)

PUERTO RICO

Why some young Puerto Ricans have to face jail or death

Galaxy ponder fall at home to Puerto Rico Islanders (sports)

Racing heating up at The Central American and Caribbean games in Puerto Rico (sports)  

SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS

Four straight years of growth in St. Kitts cruise tourism

SAINT LUCIA

CARICOM secretariat hosts EPA workshop in St. Lucia

SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

Immigration arrest at sea of undocumented Irishman

TURKS AND CAICOS

Commentary: Regionalism: The Caribbean Perspective Part 1

Monday
Jul122010

HUMNEWS HEADLINES - July 12, 2010 (The Caribbean)