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Daily Archives: December 2, 2014

St. Lucia to receive $10 mn to boost employment opportunities

San Juan, Dec 2 (EFE).- The Venezuelan-led Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, known as ALBA, gave the government of St. Lucia a $10 million grant to support an employment initiative for the next two years.The new grant from the ALBA Bank will help continue the work of the National Initiative to Create Employment, or NICE, the St. ...

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Venezuelan fined $89,000 in Miami for joke about taking bomb on plane

Miami, Dec 2 (EFE).- A Miami judge fined a Venezuelan traveler $89,000 for joking last October that he was carrying explosives in his luggage, for which the authorities declared a security alert at two terminals at the city’s international airport, a court announced Tuesday.Most of the money that Manuel Alberto Alvarado, 60, must pay will serve to defray the cost ...

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U.N. panel forecasts 1.1 pct. growth in LatAm

Santiago, Dec 2 (EFE).- Economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean this year will come in at a modest 1.1 percent, but is set to rebound to 2.2 percent in 2015, the U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, or ECLAC, said Tuesday.The U.N. panel said in a preliminary evaluation that 2014 has seen the weakest median ...

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IDB president to visit Jamaica to mark 45 years of collaboration

San Juan, Dec 2 (EFE).- The president of the Inter-American Development Bank, Luis Alberto Moreno is scheduled to visit Jamaica on Dec. 18 to celebrate the IDB’s 45 years of partnership with the Caribbean country.The government of Jamaica announced Tuesday that Moreno will visit IDB-funded projects as well as participate in a ceremony at the construction site of the new ...

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Police bust international drug ring in Brazil

Sao Paulo, Dec 2 (EFE).- The Brazilian Federal Police on Tuesday broke up an international drug trafficking and money laundering ring that smuggled drugs from Peru and Bolivia into Brazil for later shipment to Europe, officials said. More than 180 officers participated in “Operation Denarius,” serving 13 arrest warrants and 39 search warrants in 16 cities in Parana, Sao Paulo, ...

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Democrats urge possible beneficiaries to request immigration relief

Washington, Dec 2 (EFE).- Democrats in the House of Representatives on Tuesday urged anyone who might benefit from the recent executive action on immigration to present their applications, saying that the Republicans “have no moral authority” to try and overturn it if they are not offering any alternative.At a press conference held in the Capitol, along with members of the ...

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JetBlue begins direct flights from New York to Curaçao

San Juan, Dec 2 (EFE).- U.S. budget carrier JetBlue Airways announced on Tuesday the launch of twice-weekly direct flights to its latest Caribbean destination, Curaçao.“We are pleased to add another dot on our Caribbean route map with the only nonstop service to Curaçao from New York,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s president.Hayes added in a statement that the “island is a ...

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Caribbean News Desk radio prog: One killed, 10 injured when small aircraft crashes in Bahamian waters

San Juan, Dec 2 (EFE).- One person was killed Tuesday when a small aircraft crashed in Atlantic Ocean waters near Nassau international airport in the Bahamas. Ten other people- four Bahamians and six Americans- aboard the plane survived. The aircraft departed around 8:00 a.m. from an airport in Governor’s Harbour on Eleuthera island and lost power some 550 feet (170 ...

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Guyana’s Chief Education Officer hospitalised

Guyana’s Chief Education Officer (CEO), Olato Sam was up to Monday night a patient at a city hospital, after having been admitted in a serious condition late last week. Details are sketchy about the exact cause of Sam’s illness. The Ministry of Education appeared to have adopted a “hush” policy about the CEO’s health. A spokesperson for the Ministry of ...

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