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Daily Archives: November 5, 2014

CARICOM representatives join emergency communications workshops on Ebola

San Juan, Nov 5 (EFE).- Caribbean Community health representatives participated Wednesday in a communications workshop in Barbados about the threat of possible Ebola cases in the region, which has remained free of the disease so far.Health-care and communications professional from CARICOM member-states gathered to learn skills and strategies to better communicate regarding Ebola, influenza, dengue fever and Chikungunya.The workshop, which ...

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ISIS on Caricom’s radar

Caricom is paying keen attention to the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq that has been attracting persons from the Caribbean to join their band of fighters. For instance, more than 50 persons from Trinidad and Tobago have reportedly travelled to Syria to fight for ISIS.  Some reports say that foreign fighters are being paid about US$1,000 per day. Trinidad ...

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Bus drivers’ protest in Brazil metropolis strands 1 million commuters

Sao Paulo, Nov 5 (EFE).- Bus drivers protesting against the torching of their vehicles during street demonstrations left commuters stranded for several hours Wednesday here in Brazil’s largest city. Drivers halted work between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and used their vehicles to blockade Sao Paulo’s 29 bus stations, snarling traffic. The buses carry around 1 million passengers a day, ...

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EU gives Caribbean US$25 mn to improve disaster management

San Juan, Nov 5 (EFE).- Several Caribbean islands will share a 20-million-euro (US$25-million) grant from the European Union to strengthen their national disaster-management programs. The funding will be disbursed over the next five years, the Antigua and Barbuda Government said Wednesday in a statement. It is expected the EU aid will be used to strengthen critical infrastructure to make it ...

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Caribbean News Desk: Dominicans go to the polls in Dec; ISIS on Caricom’s agenda

Dominicans will go to the polls on December 8, 2014. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerritt made the announcement Wednesday afternoon in address to the nation. He said that he has advised the President to dissolve the Parliament immediately. Nomination Day will be November 19. Skerrit’s Dominica Labour Party (DLP) will be coming up against the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) led by ...

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Cuba seeks US$8.7 bn in foreign investment

Havana, Nov 4 (EFE).-Cuba is seeking to attract US$8.7 billion in foreign investment with a list of 246 already approved projects in sectors including energy, tourism, agriculture and industry.Foreign Trade Minister Rodrigo Malmierca opened the 32 Havana business fair with a presentation of the “portfolio of opportunities for foreign investment,” another step by the Communist-ruled island to attract foreign capital as ...

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Dominican Republic: Flooding displaces hundreds

A flood caused by torrential rains in northern Dominican Republic since Saturday has killed one person and forced the evacuation of hundreds of persons. Most affected is an agricultural area region named Cibao. Officials identified the dead man as Haitian, Nelton Pierre who was intoxicated. He drowned when he jumped into to the Arroyo Blanco Abajo River that overflowed its ...

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American lawyer killed in the Dominican Republic

Police there are continuing to probe the killing of a prominent Washington DC defence lawyer at his holiday home. The body of 55-year old Van Teasley was found bound, gagged and strangled to death in his apartment at the weekend. Officials said police were alerted by Teasley’s friend after no one answered his door bell or responded to phone calls. ...

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