St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas has called on the United Nations to reopen its office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the Caribbean as the region seeks to deal with an upsurge in criminal activities.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has promised help to the Caribbean tackle climate change and the growing threat of organised transnational crime in the region.
A state-of-the-art forensics facility has opened in Antigua that will serve the entire region and help police prevent, investigate and prosecute cyber crime.
Grenada and Australia have agreed to hold a series of bilateral discussions to formulate concrete proposals in several areas of cooperation.
The Future Forward: Rev Jesse Jackson may traveling to Antigua in an attempt to negotiate a settlement with authorities to gain the release of six New Yorkers whose representative told an American news conference of beatings by the Antigua police.
Go Jamaica: A Jamaican man has been ordered deported from Antigua after serving a one-month jail term for stealing a stereo valued at US$22.
Barbados GIS: The recent surge in the incidence of reported cases of persons across the island exhibiting flu-like symptoms is putting some strain on the public health care services, says Chief Medical Officer Dr Joy St. John.
Barbados GIS: The Ministry of Health has issued guidelines for the use of Tamiflu – an antiviral medication which is recommended for persons with severe influenza.
Reuters: Business chiefs from prominent Caribbean and Atlantic offshore centers say the “finger pointing” by the world’s richest and most powerful governments is hypocritical and seeks to shift blame away from their own failed policies.
South Florida Caribbean News: Three major literary figures have died in one week: Jamaica’s Trevor Rhone, Suriname’s Henk Tjon and Trinidad and Tobago’s Wayne Brown.
Amandala Newspaper, Belize: Belize ranked 111th while sister nation St Lucia received a much higher score of 7.1 in the Global Corruption Report 2009.
US News & World Report: El Niño, credited with shielding the Caribbean from severe hurricane seasons, may be overshadowed by its brother in the central Pacific due to global warming, according to the journal Nature.
NY Times: Bridge manufacturer Mabey & Johnson was convicted of two corruption charges relating to contracts in Jamaica and Ghana between 1993 and 2001.
EcoWorld: Officials said 1,261 live fish, including seven sharks, have arrived in Britain following a 4,000-mile plane ride from Barbados.