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Former Jamaican MP Dead At 75

CaribWorldNews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tues. June 2, 2009: A Jamaican politician who served in parliament for nine years has passed away at age 75. Astil Sangster, former Member of Parliament for North Eastern Westmoreland and former Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, who served as MP from 1980 to 1989 and as Parliamentary Secretary during that period, died on Friday ...

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Human Rights Watch Against OAS Re-Acceptance Of Cuba – For Now

CaribWorldNews, Washington, DC, Tues. June 2, 2009: The Organization of American States should not lift the suspension of Cuba as a participating full member until it ends its systematic denial of fundamental freedoms for Cubans, Human Rights Watch officials insists. Members of the OAS could vote to end the suspension of Cuba`s membership, in place since 1962, as early as ...

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Haitian To Stay Jailed Until Trial

CaribWorldNews, MIAMI, FL, Mon. June 1, 2009: A 33-year-old Haitian man, accused of piloting a boat used in a deadly smuggling attempt last month, will have to stay in jail without a hearing until his trial. U.S. Magistrate Judge Ann Vitunac ruled Friday that Jimmy Metellus will be held without bond after his public defender said Metellus had waived his ...

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Caribbean Swine Flu Count Grows

CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. June 1, 2009: The number of swine flu cases in the Caribbean grew over the weekend, with Jamaica adding to the list. The Jamaica government on Saturday said the two imported cases of Influenza A (H1N1) have been identified but quickly contained. The persons from St. Andrew and St. Catherine had reportedly traveled to New ...

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U.S. Passport Rule Becomes Effective Today

CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. June 1, 2009: The much-touted U.S. passport rule becomes effective today. That means that Americans and legal residents returning to the U.S. from travel in the Caribbean, as well as Bermuda, Mexico and Canada, will be required to show a passport or other valid travel documents before being allowed back in to the country. This ...

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Remittances To Latin America And The Caribbean Decline This Year

By Odeen Ishmael CaribWorldNews, CARACAS, Venezuela, Fri. May 29, 2009: Migrants from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) living in the more developed countries will send back to their home countries US$64 billion in 2009, US$4 billion less than in 2008. Nevertheless, this total represents more than the sum of foreign direct investment and official development aid combined. As the ...

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NY Comptroller To Honor Six Caribbean Nationals

CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 29, 2009: Six Caribbean New Yorkers are set to be honored next week by New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson. Thompson will honor the six at his Caribbean Heritage and Culture event, which is held annually and is co-sponsored by the Caribbean American Center of New York, the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce ...

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Several Caribbean Countries Slammed For Rights Violation

CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 29, 2009: Nine Caribbean nations have made the 2009 Amnesty International report because of their poor human rights records. The Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, St. Kitts, Suriname, Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago all made the report, released Thursday, which charged that the countries must do more to improve human rights. ...

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Guyana Loses Two Cultural Icons

CaribWorldNews, BROOKLYN, NY, Fri. May 29, 2009: Two top Guyanese cultural icons have passed on within days of each other. Top Guyanese calypsonian, Lady Guymine, born Monica Chopperfield, died in Guyana on Thursday while historian, linguist and anthropologist, Ivan Van Sertima, passed away on Wednesday, CaribWorldNews has learnt. Chopperfield, 77, reportedly passed away Thursday morning at a Georgetown, Guyana hospital. ...

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Quake Shakes Belize

CaribWorldNews, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Fri. May 29, 2009: A powerful 7.1 earthquake struck Belize and Honduras on Thursday at around 2: 30 a.m. sending terrified people running into the streets. Two deaths were reported in Honduras but none in Belize to date. However, initial reports from Belize claim there were some collapsed buildings and cracks on road ways and in a ...

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