November, 2008

PM Gonsalves wins defamation case

For St Vincent radio station, Nice, and one of their hosts, talk has turned out not to be so cheap after all. The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court yesterday ordered them to pay a total of over EC$430,000 (US$164,122) for defaming Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves’ character.

Grenada reaffirms support for Cuba

Grenada has reaffirmed its commitment to a relationship with Cuba, as the two countries reached an agreement to continue cooperation in the fields of healthcare, education, agriculture, sports and culture.

IDB funds road rehab in Suriname

The Inter American Development Bank (IDB) is providing up to US$62.5 million to help Suriname rehabilitate and improvement works along one of the country’s busiest routes.

Seeing CSME as response to global crisis

The global economic crisis should be seen as an opportunity for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to quicken the pace of establishing the Single Market and Economy (CSME), a top CARICOM official has suggested.

One man, two JTB top posts

The man who will take the lead at the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has been named and he isn’t a new face. The board’s Chairman John Lynch will now also fill the position of Director of Tourism, assuming responsibility for the JTB’s day-to-day operations and the island’s global tourism marketing, from December 1.

JetBlue boosts capacity on Bermuda route

United States carrier JetBlue Airways will increase its seat capacity between Bermuda and New York by 50 per cent in the first quarter of next year, even if only for a short time, Premier and Minister of Tourism Dr Ewart Brown has announced.

Belize gets IDB support to expand tourism

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is giving support to Belize in developing a master plan for tourism, build a marketing strategy to attract more visitors and improve infrastructure in several key tourist areas.

Small business financial hurdles

A just released report has shown that although the small business sector has made a significant contribution to Barbados’ economy, inadequate access to financing is still a major headache for potential entrepreneurs. And there has been a call for the matter to be rectified not only in this island, but across the Caribbean.