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Monthly Archives: October 2014

4 Die, 28 others injured in traffic accident in Cuba

Havana, Oct 29 (EFE).- Four people were killed and 28 others injured when a bus collided with a truck on a highway in eastern Cuba, state media reported Wednesday.The accident occurred Tuesday night on the central highway in Camaguey, a province located about 550 kilometers (341 miles) east of Havana), the AIN news agency said.Four men died in the crash, ...

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1 Dead, 7 arrested in protests in northern Dominican Republic

Santiago, Dominican Republic, Oct 29 (EFE).- One person died and at least seven were arrested during protests held Wednesday in communities in the northern and northeastern Dominican Republic to demand social projects, police said.The fatality was identified as Apolinar Diaz, 36, a customs inspector who was hit by a bullet as he was going to work in the Esperanza free-trade ...

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Coast Guard rescues 33 migrants off Florida

Miami, Oct 29 (EFE).- The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 33 migrants Wednesday from the sea near Boca Raton, north of Miami, after their boat sank, officials told Efe.“We recovered the 33 migrants some nine kilometers (six miles) east of Boca Raton” in Palm Beach County, a Coast Guard spokesman said, adding that all of the boat people, whose nationality has ...

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U.S. Virgin Islands announces agreement to sell refinery

San Juan, Oct 28 (EFE).- The U.S. Virgin Islands announced that Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and Hess Corp have reached a tentative agreement to sell the now-idle Hovensa refinery to Atlantic Basin Refining.Located on the south shore of Saint Croix, Hovensa has the capacity to process 500,000 barrels per day, but PDVSA and Hess shut it down in 2012 ...

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Suriname Airways ordered to compensate delayed passengers

In The Netherlands… The  Amsterdam District Court has ordered Suriname Airways (SLM) to pay 7,800 Euros to twelve passengers for the delay of a flight two years ago. The SLM had invoked exceptional circumstances, but the court rejected it. The twelve passengers had tightened the process through the EU-claim organization. The airline had asked the district judge to stay the ...

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Guyana’s Assembly Clerk will likely ditch Speaker’s instruction to re-convene overdue sitting

The Clerk of Guyana’s National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs looks set to refuse an instruction by the Speaker, Raphael Trotman to re-convene the National Assembly next Thursday.  The House has not met since July 10 when government moved for an adjournment to a date to be fixed.   Eventually, the two-month parliamentary recess came and ended on October 10 with no idea ...

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Coast Guard rescues 11 migrants near Miami

Miami, Oct 28 (EFE).- U.S. Coast Guard and Miami search and rescue teams continued Tuesday looking for two men at sea after 11 Cuban migrants where picked up a day earlier from a rickety boat in Biscayne Bay. The air and sea mission includes the Miami Fire Department and the Miami-Dade County Police Police Department, along with Coast Guard units. “We are still searching for two ...

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Barbados on track to slash budget deficit

San Juan, Oct 28 (EFE).- The government of Barbados plans to reduce its budget deficit to 6.6 percent of gross domestic product by March 2015, the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs said Tuesday.The government is moving ahead with the implementation of “its fiscal stabilization and growth program,” Christopher Sinckler said in a statement.“Following the explosion of our deficit at ...

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Caribbean News Desk prog: Concerns about Jamaican ministers’ huge cell phone bills

A furore over telephone bills incurred by members of Jamaica’s cabinet has erupted with the country’s  Parliamentary Opposition demanding an explanation from the Simpson-Miller administration.  This follows an investigation done by a local media house (RJR Group) which revealed that the government has spent more than  US$35-thousand dollars on cellular phones charges in eleven Ministries between July 2013 to June ...

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PPP’s Navin Chandarpal dies

Veteran Guyanese politician, Navin Chandarpal died early Tuesday morning at his home, ending a long battle with  stomach cancer, according to well-placed sources. He was in his 60s. The former Minister of Agriculture was Presidential Advisor on Sustainable Development up to the time of his death. Regarded highly by the governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) for his statistical skills, Chandarpal ...

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