November 16, 2018

OPINION: Has the so-called 21st Century Socialism improved the lot of countries adopting it?

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By Jolly Green What exactly is 21st Century Socialism? Perhaps according to the people who are the new administrators of Socialism for the twenty-first century – it is not a society in which people sell their ability to work and are directed from above by others whose goal is profits rather than the satisfaction of […]

In the Caribbean, local aid helps tackle a surge in Venezuelan asylum seekers

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By Bram Ebus From IRIN Governments have been caught off-guard as the regional migration crisis expands Until a week ago, Enrique Ceballos was a High Court judge in eastern Venezuela. But now he’s waiting on a plastic chair outside an NGO-run registration centre for asylum seekers in Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and […]

SANDERS: No vigilante action in the Americas

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By Sir Ronald Sanders From Caribbean News Now A furore surrounded Luis Almagro, the secretary-general of the Organization of American States (OAS), after the Associated Press (AP) reported him as encouraging military intervention in Venezuela to topple the government of President Nicolas Maduro. The AP, on September 14, reported Almagro as saying: “With respect to […]

Venezuela govt takes control of Smurfit Kappa business

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From RTE Smurfit Kappa Group has confirmed that the government of Venezuela has taken temporary control of Smurfit Kappa Carton de Venezuela’s business in Venezuela for a period of 90 days. In a statement, the paper and packaging company said the government of Venezuela has detained two of its employees and it is making all […]

Trinidad: Unions strike Friday

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By Bert Wilkinson from Caribbean Life A little over a week after authorities in Trinidad announced the closure of an underutilized and money-losing oil refinery, major labor unions have called a general strike for Friday to pressure the administration to reverse its decision but the head of government says he will stick by the decision […]

US: Rick and Ann Scott’s financial trail leads to Cayman Islands tax haven

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By Steve Bousque From Tampa Bay Times The governor’s 125-page U.S. Senate financial disclosure statement yields another revelation. The portfolio of Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott includes earnings last year of at least $2.9 million in two dozen hedge funds registered in the Cayman Islands, a well-known tax haven for U.S. and […]

PAHO urges rapid increase in vaccination coverage to stop spread of measles in the Americas

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Endemic transmission of measles has been reestablished in one country in the region, but PAHO’s other 34 Member States remain measles free Washington, D.C., 24 August 2018 (PAHO/WHO)- While 34 Member States of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) remain measles free, endemic transmission of the virus has now been reestablished in Venezuela. To stop […]

Tsunami warning canceled by the U.S. Tsunami Center

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By Andrea Fernandes From Guyana Guardian Several hours after issuing a Tsunami warning that should have been associated with a 7.3 earthquake in Venezuela, the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Center says that it has recalled that warning. In an email exchange with the agency last night, it said “The initial warning was based upon certain guided scientific […]

Saudi cuts oil output as OPEC points to 2019 surplus

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From Newsmax OPEC on Monday forecast lower demand for its crude next year as rivals pump more and said top oil exporter Saudi Arabia, eager to avoid a return of oversupply, had cut production. In a monthly report, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said the world will need 32.05 million barrels per day […]

Brazil and Venezuela will dominate the refining capacity growth in South America, Central America and Caribbean to 2022, says GlobalData

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Brazil and Venezuela will be the major growth drivers of the refining industry in the South America, Central America and Caribbean regions, as they are set to add the most planned refining capacity among all the countries over the period 2018–2022, according to leading data and analytics company GlobalData. The company’s report: ‘Refining Industry Outlook […]