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More Venezuela Sanctions as Trump Meets Carib leaders at Mar-a-Lago

PALM BEACH,  Florida, March 22, 2019 - Against the background of his meeting with leaders from the five Caribbean countries that generally support the U.S. call for an end to Maduro's rule in Venezuela, US President Donald Trump today slapped additional sanctions against the South American nation, in response to the kidnapping of a top aide to Juan Guaido who the U.S wants to see replace the embattled President Nicolas Maduro.
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JAMAICA | Patriots want CMU President Fitz Pinnock to Resign

KINGSTON, Jamaica, March 21, 2019: The young professional arm of the People’s National Party – The Patriots – is calling for the immediate resignation of the President of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), Mr Fitz Pinnock for his failure to prevent the institution from being used in an apparent quid pro quo arrangement to facilitate the employment of politically connected persons in a scheme for the personal and political benefit of former Education Minister Ruel Reid.

JAMAICA | PNP Young Professionals want Independent Audit of MOE Agencies

KINGSTON, Jamaica, March 20, 2019 -  The young professional arm of the People’s National Party – The Patriots - is strongly disagreeing with Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ decision to act as Education Minister in wake of the resignation of Senator Ruel Reid, as it believes there should be no doubt about the independence of investigations into the operations of the agency.

Trump to Meet with Five Caribbean Leaders on Friday at His Florida Resort

WASHINGTON DC, March 20, 2019 - Chinese "predatory economic practices" and the Venezuela situation will be high on the agenda when United States  President Donald Trump meet on Friday with the leaders of the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Saint Lucia, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday.
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US-Russia Talks on Venezuela Stall Over Role of Maduro

ROME —  High-level U.S.-Russian talks on how to defuse Venezuela's crisis ended on Tuesday with the two sides still at odds over the legitimacy of President Nicolas Maduro. Russia has said Maduro remains the country's only legitimate leader whereas the United States and many other Western countries back Juan Guaido, head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly who invoked a constitutional provision in January to assume an interim presidency. "No, we did not come to a meeting of minds, but I think the talks were positive in the sense that both sides emerged with a better understanding of the other's views," U.S. special representative Elliot Abrams told reporters. The Russian side also said the two sides now understood their respective standpoints better after the two-hour talks in Rome but Moscow's delegation chief, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was blunter. "Perhaps we failed to narrow positions on this situation...," Russian state news agency TASS quoted Ryabkov as saying. "We assume that Washington treats our priorities seriously, our approach and warnings." Ryabkov was quoted by Russia's RIA news agency as saying the talks were difficult but frank and that Moscow had warned Washington not to intervene militarily in Venezuela. Abrams said "who gets the title of president" in Venezuela was still a point of contention. He called Tuesday's talks useful, substantive and serious and said both sides agreed "on the depth of the crisis." Ryabkov said Russia was increasingly concerned by U.S. sanctions on the Latin American country. Hours earlier, the United States imposed sanctions against Venezuela's state-run gold mining company Minerven and its president, Adrian Perdomo. U.S. President Donald Trump has said all options are on the table for Venezuela, a position Abrams said the Russian side brought up at Tuesday's meeting. High-ranking military officers are seen as crucial to keeping Maduro in power in the face of a hyperinflationary economic meltdown that has spread hunger and preventable disease and led to an exodus of some 3 million people since 2015. Maduro's government, which retains the backing of Russia and China, drew widespread international condemnation after he was re-elected last year in a vote widely regarded as fraudulent. Abrams cited recent estimates that over the next few months Venezuela's vital oil exports would fall below a million barrels a day and that the country's oil exports were declining by about 50,000 barrels a month. "This a catastrophe for Venezuela," Abrams said.

GUYANA | GECOM says November is earliest date for elections

GEORGETOWN,  Guyana, March 19, 2019 - President David Granger has been advised by Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman James Patterson, that the closest possible date for national elections will be in November following completion of the house-to-house registration process.
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JAMAICA | PNP Commends MoBay Police in Crime Fighting Efforts

KINGSTON, Jamaica, March 19, 2019 - The People’s National Party’s (PNP) Shadow Minister of National Security, Mr. Fitz Jackson, is commending the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for its relentless efforts in tracking down the perpetrators of the recent brazen attack and robbery in St James.

Guadeloupe formally joins the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States

BASSE TERRE- Guadeloupe, March 19, 2019 - The Caribbean island of Guadeloupe - an overseas Department of France, has formally joined the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) - a regional grouping comprising the independent and non independent countries of Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Martinique.
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OECS | Guadeloupe gets Accession to the OECS

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 — A new chapter of cooperation has commenced between Guadeloupe and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States promising to open up new social, cultural and economic opportunities for citizens across the growing regional grouping of independent and non-independent countries.
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GUYANA | British High Commissioner calls for urgent political solution

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, March 18, 2019 -  British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregg Quinn, wants the nation's political leaders to find a solution to the political empasse ahead Thursday's constitutional 90-day deadline following the governments losing  last December’s no-confidence motion which called for elections within the period.
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JAMAICA | PNP wants Probe into allegations of Misuse of Public Funds by the Min of Ed and CMU

KINGSTON, Jamaica, March 18, 2019: The Leader of the Opposition and President of the People’s National Party (PNP), Dr Peter Phillips, is calling on the Auditor General, Mrs Pamela Monroe-Ellis, to immediately investigate allegations of breaches and misuse of public funds, involving the Ministry of Education and the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU).

Russia Calls US Intervention in Venezuela 'Unacceptable'

The Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Ryabkov announced a meeting with the United States special envoy to Venezuela Eliot Abrams, in which he will tell him face-to-face that a military intervention in the South American country is unacceptable.

Christchurch attacks are a stark warning of toxic political environment that allows hate to flourish

When lives are tragically cut short, it is generally easier to explain the “how” than the “why”. This dark reality is all the more felt when tragedy comes at the hands of murderous intent. Explaining how 50 people came to be killed, and almost as many badly injured, in Christchurch’s double massacre of Muslims at prayer is heartbreaking but relatively straightforward.

CARICOM Shocked at New Zeland Terrorist Attack

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, March 16, 2019 - The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) says it is shocked and appalled by the horrific attack on the two Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday, 15 March, which has so far resulted in 49 deaths.
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JAMAICA | PNP says there is reduced deployment of Security personnel in St. James

Kingston, Jamaica, March 16, 2019: The People’s National Party’s (PNP) Shadow Minister of National Security, Mr. Fitz Jackson, is insisting that the deployment of security personnel in St James has been reduced since the lifting of the State of Emergency (SOE), and that this might well be the reason for the flaring-up of criminal activities in the second city.

JAMAICA | PNP Expresses Sympathy to New Zeland on Mass Shooting

Kingston, Jamaica. March 16, 2019: The People’s National Party’s Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ms Lisa Hanna, M.P., is expressing deep sympathies for the people of New Zealand at the news this morning of the mass killing at two mosques in Christchurch.

UNITED STATES | Embassy of Jamaica to host ‘Diaspora Connection’

WASHINGTON, DC, March 9, 2019 - The Embassy of Jamaica will host a Jamaica Diaspora Connection event on March 13 that will feature the Washington, DC, launching of former Prime Minister PJ Patterson’s book and the staging of a forum on homeownership and investment in Jamaica.
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JAMAICA | MP Natalie Neita Salutes the Life of Dr. Cynthia Thompson

Kingston, Jamaica: The People’s National Party (PNP) is extending deep condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Cynthia Thompson who passed away on Friday. Dr. Thompson was a pioneering Jamaican athlete who was one of only four females to represent Jamaica at the country’s first entry to the Olympics in London in 1948.

JAMAICA | JLP wants PNP to instruct Damion Crawford to Apologise to Vaz

KINGSTON, Jamaica March 9, 2019 - The governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) wants the leadership of the PNP to instruct its candidate for East Portland, Damion Crawford, to withdraw and apologize for the condescending, inflammatory, classist, racist and sexist comments he made recently on the political platform in relation to the JLP’s aspirant for the constituency, Annmarie Vaz.
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