Haitian president assassinated in armed attack at his home

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was killed during an armed attack at his home in Port-au-Prince early this morning. Moïse’s wife, Martine, was also reportedly shot and has been hospitalized. The attack took place around 1am, according to the country’s acting prime minister, Claude Joseph, in a statement noting some of the assailants […]

PAHO director calls for intensified health response in Haiti to reverse rapidly deteriorating COVID conditions

PAHO is assisting with vaccine delivery, scaled-up testing and increased PPE for health workers Bahamas has banned travel from Haiti since February WASHINGTON, DC — Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F Etienne warned that the COVID-19 response in Haiti must be scaled up dramatically to cope with sharply escalating cases, hospitalizations and deaths […]

BROTHER’S KEEPERS: Assistance pours in for St Vincent & Grenadines after La Soufriere volcano eruptions

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS — The Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) yesterday joined with the regional and international community in expressing its best wishes to the people and government of St Vincent and the Grenadines in the aftermath of eruptions of the La Soufriere volcano. In a statement, the CPDC said it “stands ready to help our […]

PRAY FOR ST VINCENT: La Soufrière volcano erupts

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The 4,049-foot La Soufrière volcano in St Vincent erupted around 8.40am yesterday, just hours after government officials ordered an evacuation of nearly 7,000 people on the surrounding communities. The eruption reportedly sent a five-mile thick acrid cloud of ash billowing above the island. St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves […]

Bahamas supports CARICOM statement on solidarity with Guyana

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday confirmed that The Bahamas has joined the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in standing with Guyana in an ongoing Guyana/Venezuela border dispute. In a statement, the ministry said: “The Caribbean Community on January 12 issued a statement expressing deep disappointment and concern regarding actions taken by Venezuela pertaining […]

PAHO: AIDS-related infections declined in Caribbean in past decade

But COVID-19 threatens progress PAHO and UNAIDS launch campaign to promote HIV self-testing WASHINGTON, DC — Annual deaths from AIDS-related illnesses declined by 37 percent from 2010 through 2019 in Caribbean countries while new yearly infections from the HIV virus dropped by 29 percent, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said yesterday. Increased testing and […]

More than 700 COVID-19 cases in the region

Bahamas reportedly tracking some 600 contacts Countries urged to move to state of readiness and rapid response NASSAU, BAHAMAS – There have been some 760 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in up to 29 countries in the Caribbean region, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) latest situation report. This comes as The […]

Sandals to acquire more properties in St Lucia

CASTRIES, St Lucia — As part of what has been described as the “liquidation of the nation”, Sandals Resorts International (SRI) could end up owning nine or ten properties in Saint Lucia. SRI currently has five properties in Saint Lucia: Sandals Halcyon, Sandals Grande, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals LeSuis – the Over-the-Water Bungalows, Sandals […]

IDB President says Jamaica on track to become Caribbean’s first digital society

KINGSTON, Jamaica: The head of the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB) believes Jamaica will become the region’s first digital society. Luis Alberto Moreno expressed that view as the Jamaica Government took strategic steps to strengthen the foundation for the creation of a digital society, with the signing of a package of loan operations from the IDB. […]

Seven-country initiative launched to support management of four-wing flyingfish

BELIZE CITY, Belize (CRFM) — Seven Caribbean countries are participating in a recently launched series of subprojects which the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is leading under a sustainable management initiative for the flyingfish fishery. In highlighting the importance of the initiative, CRFM executive director, Milton Haughton, said: “We in the region are utilizing a […]