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JAMAICA | Country wants effective action on crime says Fitz Jackson

Kingston, Jamaica. November 23, 2020. The PNP Shadow Minister of National Security Mr Fitz Jackson, is calling on the Minister of National Security, Dr.  Horace Chang, to take urgent action to stop the spike in murders and to prioritise the deteriorating crime and public security environment which has prevailed in Jamaica for several months.
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GUYANA | Heath-London responds to NICIL with documentary evidence

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, November 23, 2020 - Mr. Nigel Hughes, Attorney for  Colvin Heath-London the  embattled former Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana government’s holding company for State assets- National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), has responded to the company’s allegation of fraud in relation to board minutes and other documents released in defence of his client.
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UNITED STATES | Trump Deported Over 7,100 Caribbean Immigrants

WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. Nov. 20, 2020: News Americas, Some 7,192 Caribbean immigrants were deported by the Donald Trump administration in the past three years, an analysis of Department of Homeland Security data by News Americas has found. The most were listed as criminal immigrants.
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GUYANA | Court to hear Election Petition Preliminary arguments Nov. 24

GUYANA, November 22, 2020 –, Chief Justice Roxanne George-Wiltshire, will on Tuesday November 24, hear legal arguments on whether the Elections Petitions filed by the A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance Force Change (APNU/AFC) coalition, could be nullified based on a technicality which involves serving of a summons on Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo and former president David Granger.
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GUYANA | Govt stands firm on removal of Permanent Secretary

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Nov. 21, 2020 – The Jagdeo/Irfaan Ali  administration is standing firm on its decision to remove Permanent Secretary Sherie Samantha Fedee from the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs, with Minister of Governance, Gail Teixeira on Thursday informing the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) that she was shifted on the instruction of President Irfaan Ali.
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GUYANA | Minister "orders” arrest of former NICIL CEO Colvin Heath-London

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, November 20, 2020 – The Jagdeo/Irfaan Ali administration today continued what many persons have characterised as wanton persecution of Afro-Guyanese persons who worked with the APNU/AFC Coalition government, by ordering the arrest of  Jamaican national, Mr. Colvin Heath-London, the former CEO of the National Industrial and Commercial Investment Ltd. (NICIL).
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GUYANA | AG wants High Court to nullify election petition because Granger was served late

GEORGETOWN,  Guyana, November 20, 2020 - Demerara Waves -  Attorney General Anil Nandlall has asked the High Court to strike out one of two election petitions challenging the results of the March 2, 2020 general and regional elections on the grounds that it was served to APNU+AFC Representative of the List, David Granger  four days late.
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CUBA | Solidarity and Internationalism: Fidel Castro's Flags

November 25 2020 will mark the fourth anniversary of the passing of the Commander-in-Chief of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro and, around that date, as is customary in Jamaica, the members of the Cuban state mission and many Cubans who reside in Jamaica, as well as Jamaicans who stand in solidarity with the Cuban Revolution, will celebrate his life and work consecrated at the service of the noblest causes not only of Cuba, but also of all humanity.
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CUBA'S migration policy strengthens ties with diaspora

Havana, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuba's recent measures in favor of its nationals abroad strengthen ties with that community and facilitate the return of those stranded in other countries due to Covid-19, official sources said on Tuesday.
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CUBA | US organizations to seek rapprochement with Cuba

WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) US organizations said on Tuesday that there is an opportunity for the Biden administration to reverse Trump's harmful policies on Cuba and adopt the normalization policy from the Obama era.
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CARICOM SG congratulates re-elected Vincentian Prime Minister

GEORGETOWN, November 17, 2020 - CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has congratulated St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves on his historic victory in the General Elections of 5 November 2020.
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BELIZE | CARICOM SG congratulates new Belize Prime Minister

GEORGETOWN,  Guyana - November 17, 2020 - CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRoque has congratulated newly elected Prime Minister of Belize Mr John Briceño and his People’s United Party (PUP) on their comprehensive victory in the country’s 11 November 2020 General Elections.
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HAITI | 34 years after dictator Duvalier, Haiti still awaits the return of fortune deposited in Switzerland

Haiti has had leaders, but many observers say that Jean-Claude Duvalier’s style of leadership torments the island till today. The “Baby Doc”, as Duvalier was called, governed Haiti for 15 years – from April 22 to February 7, 1986 – longer than his father, who had ruled since 1957. Assuming the post as “president for life”, as Duvalier and his father called it, Duvalier became the youngest head of state at the time. Like his father, he ruled with an iron hand and suppressed effective opposition, largely with the support of brutal paramilitary secret police agents known as the Tontons Macoutes. Duvalier later relaxed his iron fist, but his extravagancies and the continuous arrest of opponents led him into exile in February 1986 after he was forced from power by a popular uprising. Reports said he had asked France for asylum and the United States for the plane which whisked him from Haiti with his wife, daughter, son, and hundreds of millions of dollars in stolen money. In France, Duvalier still lived flamboyantly, mostly depending on several accounts in many cities, including Barclays in London and Amro in Geneva. But he lost a huge chunk of money after divorcing his wife in 1993 and some $6 million he held in Swiss bank accounts was frozen in 1986, the BBC reported.   To date, critics allege that more than $100 million was embezzled during Duvalier’s years in power, but he denied such accusations. For more than 30 years now, the Swiss government and the Duvalier family have been fighting a legal battle over some millions of dollars frozen in Swiss bank accounts. In 2010, a Swiss court ruled that the money (believed to be now $8.3 million) should be returned to Duvalier and his family but the Swiss government introduced a new law as part of measures to counter the ruling.   The BBC reported that under the new law, authorities can “confiscate funds believed to have been stolen and return them to the country of origin, even if the nation in question cannot seek restitution through the courts.” The Swiss government then began legal proceedings to confiscate the funds and return them to Haiti to help it rebuild the nation. But to date, Haiti is yet to see a return of the dollars. What you should know   From 1986 that Port-au-Prince asked for legal assistance from Switzerland, it was only in 2002 that the Swiss government decided to freeze Duvalier funds in banks in Geneva, Vaud and Zurich totaling 7.6 million francs, according to a report. In 2009, the Federal Office of Justice made it known that the money would be returned to Haiti but a year later, the Federal Supreme Court overturned the decision after a complaint from the Duvalier family, the report added. In 2011 the Federal Department of Finance applied for the assets to be confiscated. That same year that Duvalier returned to Haiti, he was briefly detained on charges of corruption, theft and misappropriation of funds. A Haitian court further ruled in 2014 that he could be charged with crimes against humanity under international law, and be held responsible for abuses committed by security forces under his rule. He died that year. Apart from Duvalier’s funds, other people connected to his rule do have millions placed in Switzerland. One of them is Frantz Merceron, Minister for Economy, Finance and Industry of the Republic of Haiti from 1982 to 1985. In a 1987 report by the Haitian Minister of Justice, Merceron was described as “a banker for the Duvaliers who helped misappropriate public funds and accompanied them on their overseas shopping trips.” SwissLeaks in 2015 revealed that the former minister had an account with HSBC bank. This year, it was also found that he was a customer of Credit Suisse in Geneva. Opaline Group Services SA, a Panamanian company, controlled that account in Credit Suisse, which as of 2011, held more than €4 million (nearly five million dollars), according to reports. Merceron, who had maintained that the assets were of “a purely private nature”, died in 2005 and his widow Muriel became the beneficiary of the account. Early this year, authorities in Switzerland gave the go-ahead for the return of Merceron’s assets to Haiti by ordering the millions to be confiscated. But a day after, Muriel died. Merceron’s descendants, alongside the Panamanian Opaline Group Services, then appealed against the decision to confiscate the millions. But the Federal Administrative Court recently dismissed the complaint, ruling that the assets are in the name of Opaline while excluding the Merceron descendants from the proceedings. The legal battle continues amid the chaos and harsh conditions in Haiti. For about half a century, the Caribbean nation has struggled to overcome the problems of poverty and inequality. It is a country that has also seen the worst of brutal dictatorships in the hands of the Duvalier family. The African diaspora’s oldest country has also been the unfortunate victim of both natural and Western-ensured tragedies. All of these have worked up a national psyche of survival and very little patience for governmental inadequacies.
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ETHIOPIA | Fighting in Ethiopia, Leaders of Tigray admit attack on Amhara

November 14, 2020 - Guardian - Leaders of Tigray in Ethiopia’s north on Saturday claimed responsibility for rocket attacks on two airports in a nearby region and threatened to strike neighbouring Eritrea, raising concerns that the escalating conflict could spread across national borders.
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JAMAICA | PNP espress concolence on the passing of The Rev. Ernle Gordon

KINGSTON, Jamaica, November 12, 2020: The People’s National Party expresses its deepest condolences to the family and the church community on the passing of retired Anglican Priest and Author, Reverend Canon Ernle Gordon. Reverend Gordon passed away at 3: 00 a.m. on November 12, 2020,  at age 82. Reverend Gordon was an outstanding champion of the cause of the people.
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JAMAICA | Mark Golding sworn in as new Opposition Leader

KINGSTON, Jamaica, November 10, 2020 - Newly elected president of the Peoples National Party Mark Golding, was today sworn in as Opposition leader by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen at a ceremony at Kings House, St. Andrew.
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JAMAICA | PNP wants Gov't to rescind mining permit in Dry Harbour Mountains

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, November 11, 2020: The Opposition People’s National Party Spokesperson on Land and Housing - Senator Sophia Frazer-Binns; says Government must rescind the Ministerial order which overrides the decision of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) not to grant mining/ quarrying permission in Dry Harbour Mountain in Discovery Bay, St. Ann. 
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GUYANA | Opposition may fund overseas forensic probe into teen murders

GEORGETOWN, November 9, 2020 - The delicate balance in the historically uneasy relationship between Indo-Guyanese and Afro-Guyanese continues to be threatened by the inability of the police to solve the killing of the three teenagers from the West Coast Berbice in early September which prompted several days of protests and unrest.
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CUBAN Ambassador dispels rumors about religious freedom in Cuba

KINGSTON, Jamaica, November 9, 2020 - Cuba’s diplomatic en voy to Jamaica, Ambassador Inés Fors Fernández has sought to dispel attempts by the United States to convince international public opinion of an alleged lack of Religious freedom in Cuba.
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