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Daily Archives: November 19, 2014

St. Lucia waives VAT for Christmas

St. Lucia waives VAT for certain products during Christmas San Juan, Nov 19 (EFE).- The St. Lucia House of Assembly approved a measure to waive the value added tax on certain products for personal use during the Christmas season.Prime Minister Kenny Anthony presented the resolution to the Assembly along with terms and conditions of the concessions, according to a government ...

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IMF concerned about impact of PetroCaribe’s likely collapse on Caribbean

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it is very concerned about the future of the PetroCaribe concessionary oil-deal in the wake of Venezuela’s deteriorating economy and falling international oil prices. Several Caribbean countries have signed energy accords with that Latin American country. Voicing the concern late Tuesday afternoon was Advisor in the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department, Elie Canetti at a ...

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Dominica’s eligible voters more than population

Dominica’s Electoral Commission has announced that the number of eligible voters for next month’s elections is more than that island’s population. Figures show that there are 72,489 eligible voters for the general election set for December 8. However, based on the last census the total population of that island is 72,301. Former Dominican  Ambassador to the United Nations, Chrispin Gregoire ...

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Antigua and Barbuda bans poultry from Britain, Holland

Antigua and Barbuda has banned poultry and poultry products from the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Japan in the wake of an outbreak of Bird Flu. Scientists say this strain of Avian Influenza may be transmitted to humans. The ban Veterinary and Livestock Division says the ban will remain in force until further notice. The decision by the Antigua and ...

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4 Foreigners jailed in Cuba for sexual abuse of children

Havana, Nov 18 (EFE).- Four foreign citizens – a Canadian, an Indian and two Italians – have been sentenced to prison inCubafor the sexual abuse of children, while another two are awaiting trial for similar offenses, an official report released Tuesday said. Specifically, a Canadian has been sentenced to 13 years behind bars inCubafor the sexual abuse of minors, an ...

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Cuban doctor contracts Ebola in Sierra Leone, to be moved to Geneva

Havana, Nov 19 (EFE).- A Cuban doctor, part of the country’s medical team that is fighting the Ebola disease in Sierra Leone, has been infected by the virus and will be flown to Geneva, Switzerland to be treated, Cuban officials said. Dr. Felix Baez Sarria, an internal medicine specialist, is part of the “Henry Reeve” International Contingent of Doctors that ...

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Jamaica studies producing biofuel with local crops

Jamaica studies producing biofuel with local crops San Juan, Nov 19 (EFE).- The state-owned Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, or PCJ, is looking into producing biofuel from local crops as an alternative to imported oil, the government said Wednesday PCJ has signed agreements with Bodles Agricultural Research Station and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute for the experimental cultivation of ...

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Caribbean News Desk radio prog: Guyana’s President invites Opposition to talks… Cuban doctor infected with Ebola…Dominica’s eligible voters more than population.. Antigua and Barbuda bans poultry from Britain, Netherlands

President Donald Ramotar has invited Opposition Leader, David Granger to talks, despite the combined opposition’s position not to speak with government about matters on the Parliamentary agenda ever since the Guyanese leader suspended Parliament one week ago. Mr. Ramotar prorogued the Parliament on November 10- the same day that the opposition had planned to debate and pass a no-confidence motion ...

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