ST. LUCIA-AVIATION-St. Lucia critical of regulatory body

The St. Lucia government has criticised the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) saying that it continues to operate as an entity unto itself. The Antigua-based ECCAA serves the member countries of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) including St. Lucia and also serves as the aviation accident and…

BAHAMAS-MIGRATION-Another body discovered as authorities search for survivors of capsized haitian vessel

Bahamian authorities say they have recovered another body believed to be of a Haitian national who was part of a vessel that reportedly capsized a week ago. Last weekend law enforcement authorities announced they had launched an investigation into the discovery of three bodies that washed ashore on two cays…

CRICKET-U19 CWC-INNINGS West Indies 238 (47.5 overs) vs New Zealand – quarter-final

West Indies, choosing to bat first, were bowled out for 238 off 47.5 overs, in their quarter-final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup against New Zealand at Willowmoore Park here Wednesday. Scores: WEST INDIES 238 off 47.5 overs (Kirk McKenzie 99, Kevlon Anderson 33, Antonio Morris 31; Kristian Clarke 4-25)…

BELIZE-HEALTH-Belize denies visiting Chinese national had contracted coronavirus

Health authorities here have denied reports that a visiting Chinese national had contracted the deadly coronavirus that has killed more than 100 people in the Asian country. The Ministry of Health said that the unidentified visitor had been screened and was given the all clear, after residents in Caye Caulker,…

CARIBBEAN-HEALTH-UWI lecturer elected to chair TAG

A lecturer at the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), has been elected chair of the Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the Multi-Country Caribbean Global Fund Grant. PANCAP said Roger McLean, a Research Fellow and lecturer at the…

CMCFeature-CARIBBEAN-POLITICS-Foreign Policy in CARICOM: pursuing national development benefits

The recent visit of US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, put the spotlight on US/CARICOM relations and CARICOM countries’ continuing foreign policy dilemma of balancing their relationship with global and regional powers to gain national development benefits and influence amid hegemonic competition. Before WW II, the colonial British West Indian…

BAHAMAS-AIRPORT-Government in negotiations to take over airport

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) says it is discussing “a transition of ownership” of Grand Bahama International Airport (GBIA) to the government. “The GBPA confirms that they, along with their long-term partner in the Grand Bahama International airport, Hutchison Port Holdings, are in ongoing discussions with the government of…

TRINIDAD-ENERGY-Millions lost as a result of closure of steel manufacturing company-CBTT study

The closure of the Luxembourg-based owned ArcelorMittal steel manufacturing company in Trinidad and Tobago resulted in an estimated average fall in non-energy exports of US$259.2 million over the period 2016 to 2018, according to a Working Paper released here by the Central bank of Trinidad and Tobago (CBTT). ArcelorMittal, which…

“Economic prospects are improving for the Caribbean”

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Wednesday said economic prospects are improving for the Caribbean, but with substantial variation across countries. The Director of the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department, Alejandro Werner, told a news conference that growth in tourism-dependent economies is expected to strengthen in 2020. “With commodity prices remaining broadly…