Caribbean & International

Brazil probes aquarium fish deaths

(BBC)  Prosecutors in Brazil have begun investigating the deaths of about 10,000 fish that had been brought in to fill a huge freshwater aquarium. Building work on the project, in the western city of Campo Grande, overran and the fish died in temporary tanks. The company contracted to look after them, Anambi, blamed the deaths […]

Mexican drug lord escapes jail

(BBC)  Top Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman, known as El Chapo or “Shorty”, has escaped from a maximum security prison for a second time, officials say. In a statement, Mexico’s National Security Commission said Guzman was last seen in the showers of the Altiplano jail late on Saturday night. He was the leader of the […]

Venezuela faces national beer shortage

(BBC)  Venezuela is facing the prospect of a national beer shortage because of striking workers at two breweries. Unions linked to President Nicolas Maduro have forced the closure over a pay dispute with the brewer Polar. The company makes up to 80% of Venezuela’s beer. Half of their breweries are now shut, with others already […]

CARICOM’s silence on Venezuela’s threat against Guyana should not be seen as reluctance -SG LaRoque

As the 36th Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government opens at the Hilton Hotel in Barbados, the regional body is still to offer a definitive statement on the latest decree by Venezuela which claims Guyana’s oil rich territorial waters. While The Commonwealth, the Organisation of American States and the United States government have all […]

Jamaica and Antigua ban “Charlie Charlie” game in schools

The education ministries in Jamaica and Antigua and Barbuda have banned the controversial Charlie Charlie Challenge in schools, following reported displays of “paranormal behaviour” by students. In Antigua, Minister of Education Michael Browne said the game had no place in the island’s schools and the ministry would be adopting a zero tolerance approach. He warned […]

Jamaica records 5% increase in tourist arrivals

(Jamaica Observer) TOURISM and Entertainment Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill says Jamaica recorded a five per cent increase in overall visitor arrivals for the 2014/15 winter tourist season over the corresponding period last year. Speaking at the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association’s (JHTA) 54th annual general meeting and convention at Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa […]