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Monthly Archives: December 2014

Trinidad and Tobago workers march against corruption

Last Updated on Friday, 5 December 2014, 22:05 by GxMedia San Juan, Dec 5 (EFE).- Labor unions in Trinidad and Tobago staged Friday a national march against corruption, gathering hundreds of workers and other citizens in the capital, Port-of-Spain.The event was organized mainly by the Joint Trade Union Movement and Oilfield Workers Trade Union, or OWTU, the Trinidad Express reported.OWTU ...

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4 Jamaican artists among 2015 Grammy nominees for best reggae album

Last Updated on Friday, 5 December 2014, 22:03 by GxMedia San Juan, Dec 5 (EFE).- Jamaican artists Ziggy Marley, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Sean Paul and Sly & Robbie, Spicy Chocolate were announced Friday as nominees for the Grammy award for best reggae album.The nominations demonstrate Jamaica’s supremacy in reggae, a style invented on the island in the 1960s.Ziggy Marley, son ...

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Caribbean News Desk radio programme Jamaica’s political parties to receive state funds

Last Updated on Friday, 5 December 2014, 21:44 by GxMedia Jamaican legislators Friday afternoon passed legislation that will allow state funds to be used to fund the country’s political parties. The bill to amend Jamaica’s Representation of the People Act was passed in the Lower House of Parliament. It was then debated and taken through its stages in the Senate ...

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Caribbean News Desk radio prog: Caricom adopts wait-and-see approach to Guyana’s political impasse… Guyana’s civil society groups table options to break prorogation impasse

Last Updated on Thursday, 4 December 2014, 22:18 by GxMedia The 15-nation Caribbean Community (Caricom) appears to be taking a wait-and-see approach to the political impasse in Guyana, even as a group of civil society organisations called on President Donald Ramotar to lift the almost one-month old suspension of Parliament. The President prorogued the Parliament on November 10, the same ...

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Arson suspected in fire near Dominica’s airport

Last Updated on Wednesday, 3 December 2014, 23:53 by GxMedia Fire, suspected to be the work of arsonists, Wednesday evening destroyed a building housing critically important aviation communication equipment near Dominica’s Douglas- Charles International Airport, just hours after authorities explained why security has been tightened at the Caribbean island’s two airports. Chief Executive Officer of the Dominican Air and Sea ...

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Maduro reduces “unproductive expenses” by 20 pct. amid oil price plunge

Last Updated on Wednesday, 3 December 2014, 21:21 by GxMedia Caracas, Dec 2 (EFE).- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday approved a 20 percent reduction in “unproductive expenses” by the government as a result of the recent plunge in the oil price and emphasized that the measure does not affect “at all” his administration’s social investment policy.“I’ve approved the reduction ...

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Petrobras whistleblower says he alerted Brazil gov’t to irregularities in ’09

Last Updated on Wednesday, 3 December 2014, 21:16 by GxMedia Brasilia, Dec 3 (EFE).- Brazilian state-controlled oil giant Petrobras’ former downstream director, who has blown the whistle on a massive corruption scheme as part of a plea-bargain deal with prosecutors, said he alerted the government to irregularities at the company in 2009.In an appearance Tuesday before a congressional committee investigating ...

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White House renews call for Cuba to release Alan Gross

Last Updated on Wednesday, 3 December 2014, 21:11 by GxMedia Washington, Dec 3 (EFE).- The White House on Wednesday urged Cuba to release U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross, who is serving a 15-year sentence on the Communist-ruled island after being convicted for subversion.“Five years ago today Alan Gross was arrested for his efforts to help ordinary Cuban citizens have greater ...

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Guyana perceived as most corrupt country in CARICOM

Last Updated on Wednesday, 3 December 2014, 21:08 by GxMedia San Juan, Dec 3 (EFE).- Guyana is seen as the most corrupt English-speaking country in the Caribbean Community, according to the Corruption Perception Index of 2014, published Wednesday by watchdog organization Transparency International.“The ranking of Guyana on the 2014 CPI is just another international indicator which, taken together with the ...

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Cuban dissidents concerned about violence against opposition leaders

Last Updated on Wednesday, 3 December 2014, 21:06 by GxMedia Havana, Dec 3 (EFE).- The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, or CCDHRN, said Wednesday that in November there were 398 political arrests on the communist-ruled island, the lowest monthly figure so far this year, but the dissident group expressed its concern over recent violence against opposition leaders.According ...

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