Caribbean News

Opposition Team Unity Win St. Kitts Elections

St. Kitts and Nevis opposition coalition Team Unity which has been celebrating victory since Monday night has won the St. Kitts general election taking seven of the 11 seats that were up for grabs. The Supervisor of Elections Wingrove George released the final results on the state-owned ZIZ radio and television, several hours after the process was brought to a halt. ...

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Barbados Dominates 10-Best Caribbean Beach Awards

Barbados has dominated the USA TODAY 10-Best Readers’ Choice contest for Best Caribbean Beach, bagging the top spot with its world famous Crane Beach in St. Philip, as well as taking eighth place with the surfers’ paradise of Bathsheba Beach in St. Joseph, making it the only island to secure two places in the coveted top 10. In what was ...

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American Airlines Adds New Caribbean Routes

American Airlines says it will add six new routes throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America to further strengthen its position in these key markets. Expanded service includes new flights to Belize City, Grand Cayman, Guadalajara in Mexico, Managua in Nicaragua and Monterrey, Mexico. With these new routes, American Airlines will operate more than 1,750 weekly flights to 85 destinations. ...

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Barbados High School Bans Natural Hairstyle

“My daughter’s hair style was considered too flamboyant and unsettling for school. At assembly the students were told twist outs are not appropriate for school”. An online petition in Barbados that has gotten over 500 signatures is protesting the school’s decision to outlaw the ‘twist-out’ hairstyle often worn by girls and women with natural hair. The twist-out hairstyle is untwisted, ...

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Trinidad’s Prime Minister All For ‘Hanging Bill’

Trinidad Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced yesterday her Government will again be seeking to reintroduce the “hanging bill” next year. Persad-Bissessar said the number of murders in the country were “too high” and she would ask Cabinet to reconsider the death penalty. Persad-Bissessar explained the death penalty has proven to be a deter­rent in the murder rate in other countries.

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Haiti Prime Minister Resigns From Office

Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe resigned from office on Saturday night, announcing the move in a televised address. The announcement came after Lamothe was effectively forced out of office following the recommendation of a commission appointed by Haiti President Michel Martelly and growing anti-government protests in the streets of Haiti’s major cities. “I leave the position of Prime Minister with ...

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Caribbean Has World’s Highest Homicide Rates

A new report on interpersonal violence around the world shows that low- and middle-income countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have the highest homicide rates of any developing region, as well as the highest proportion of homicides committed with firearms. “The Global Status Report on Violence Prevention 2014”, released on Wednesday, is published jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United ...

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Two Caribbean Beaches Make 10 Most Beautiful List

The Caribbean recently made a splash by securing two places on a list compiled by First To Know titled “10 most beautiful beaches that will make you want to retire early.” Crane Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Caribbean island of Barbados. While no judging methodology was outlined, each of the winning beaches met the website’s ...

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St Lucia Temporary Bans UK Poultry Imports

St. Lucia has slapped a temporary ban on the importation of all poultry and poultry products from the United Kingdom, as a result of an outbreak of bird flu there. The St. Lucia Ministry of Agriculture said the ban was imposed in light of information received from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the United Kingdom confirming ...

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First Caribbean National Tests Positive For Ebola

A Cuban doctor on the frontlines of the battle against Ebola in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the virus, becoming the first Caribbean national known to have contracted the deadly disease. Dr. Felix Baez, a specialist in internal medicine, is one of 165 Cuban medical professionals who have been treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone since early October. The ...

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