August, 2008

Caribbean could get Obama focus

The Caribbean is being promised it will get attention from a Barack Obama administration if the Democratic presidential nominee wins the November elections in the United States.

Gustav causes widespread flooding in Jamaica

Tropical Storm Gustav is expected to complete its passage over Jamaica and head to the Cayman Islands later this morning, leaving in its wake landslides, widespread flooding, and destroyed homes, after a full day of battering the country with heavy rains and strong winds.

Cayman prepared to weather Gustav

As Tropical Storm Gustav inches closer to the Cayman Islands, disaster management officials there say they have all the necessary plans in place to support the islands during and after the storm.

Guyana’s most wanted criminal shot dead

Police in Guyana have killed the country’s most wanted man, Rondell ‘Fineman’ Rawlins, who is believed to be the leader of the gang responsible for two massacres here at the beginning of the year.

IMF says Barbados faces economic challenges

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says Barbados has weathered the global financial turmoil well so far, but noted that a deteriorating external environment is posing significant challenges to the new Democratic Labour Party (DLP) government. And it says how wage negotiations are handled will make a difference to how the country overcomes those challenges.

ECLAC warns of inflation problems for region

Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has pointed to rising inflation posing problems and policy dilemmas for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and urged regional governments to urgently address the situation.

Jamaica says trade more than just EPA

Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Trade Dr Kenneth Baugh has suggested that while the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Europe has been receiving much attention in recent months, the country should also be positioning itself to do deal with trade outside that deal.

Gustav closes in on Jamaica

A strengthening Tropical Storm Gustav is closing in on Jamaica on a path that could see its eye passing directly over the island later today, most likely as a hurricane.

Negotiator insists EPA the best for region

Even as Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries seem unsure about signing the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Europe next week as planned, the region’s lead negotiator has insisted that the Caribbean couldn’t want a better deal.