Rescuers try to talk down Eiffel Tower climber

PARIS (Reuters) - Rescuers were trying to talk down a man who scaled the Eiffel Tower on Monday and forced the monument’s evacuation. Live television images showed one specialist fireman and another rescuer perched...

Jamaica’s economic performance regains confidence

Chairman of the Economic Growth Council (EGC), Michael Lee-Chin (L) and Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Audley Shaw By Caribbean News Now contributor KINGSTON, Jamaica – Two major economic announcements in Jamaica indicates that the...

Montserrat Little Bay port development to boost economy, connectivity

Montserrat Little Bay Port BRADES, Montserrat – The government of Montserrat and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in cooperation with the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (UKCIF) launched today with the Little Bay port development...

Louis joins growing Haitian-American population in politics

Erica Dumas, a vice president at the government-focused public affairs firm Mercury, who worked on Louis’ campaign, said that the political rise of Haitian-Americans across the state is only just beginning. Dumas, who was...

OECS council of ministers navigate geopolitical landscape

OECS Foreign Affairs Ministers CASTRIES, Saint Lucia — OECS ministers of foreign affairs concluded a successful fifth meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs (COMFA) on May 12, 2019. The meeting was held...

St Vincent and the Grenadines $27 million geothermal energy project launched

St Vincent and the Grenadines geothermal energy drive KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — St Vincent and the Grenadines took a major step towards a cleaner and more secure energy future Monday, May 6, launching a multi-million-dollar...

Crowds celebrate Haitian culture at annual parade

People danced to live music during the Haitian Heritage Month’s Haitian-American Unity Parade on Sunday in Mattapan.(NATHAN KLIMA FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE) As clouds cleared out and sunshine filled the city Sunday afternoon, crowds of...

Cayman Islands government signs another cruise line deal

MSC ship in George Town harbour GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) – The government has entered into a funding agreement with MSC Cruises toward the costs of constructing Grand Cayman’s cruise berthing facility. This is...

Commentary: The significance of May 18 for Haiti and for the entire world

Jean H Charles LLB, MSW, JD, is a regular contributor to the opinion section of Caribbean News Now. He can be reached at TBy Jean H Charles Cinco de Mayo is now a household concept...

Letter: Trinidad and Tobago MP fabricated ‘fake news’, again

Dear Sir: In trying to cover up the incompetence and corruption of the PNM, Minister Anthony Garcia deliberately misled the House of Representatives during the debate on the night of 13 May, as he...

Letter: LIAT is down the drain again

Dear Sir: Have you ever heard the saying “know all know nothing” well I heard that when I was a teenager in Kingstown when it was uttered by a teacher to the boy sitting next...

Letter: Trinidad and Tobago airport contracts

Dear Sir: Minister of National Security and Communications Stuart Young attempted to distance the Keith Rowley-led PNM Administration on the issue of the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) US$43 million (TT$300 million) contract...
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River Stories: Cauvery river – BBC News

Cauvery river in south India has been at the centre of a long running water sharing dispute between two states Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The Cauvery originates in Karnataka and flows through Tamil Nadu...

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Congolese opposition leader returns home after three years in exile

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese opposition leader Moise Katumbi returned home from three years in exile on Monday, one of a series of indicted politicians cleared under the administration of new President Felix Tshisekedi. Thousands...

Missouri governor expected to sign new abortion restrictions into law

(Reuters) - Missouri’s Republican governor could sign a law as early as this week banning most abortions in the Midwestern state after the eighth week of pregnancy, part of a wave of restrictions aimed...
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Jamaica Magazine 19 05 2019

Jamaica Information Service (JIS) is aimed at reporting up to date factual Government News for Jamaican Citizen here and abroad. We have packaged our information in categories which include Jamaica Magazine, Issues & Answers,...

Open Letter: To the State-Secretary of Kingdom relations Mr Raymond Knops

Honorable Mr Knops, We took note of your recent press communications stating that you do not see the BES Islands: Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius in the future as autonomous self-governing islands. The reason was...

Volodymyr Zelensky: Comedian-president calls snap election

Media playback is unsupported on your device Volodymyr Zelensky high-fived, took selfies, and flexed for the crowd Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky announced a snap parliamentary election during his swearing-in as Ukraine's new president. The election was expected to...

Algeria’s army chief says elections are best way out of crisis

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Elections are the best way to overcome Algeria’s political crisis and avoid a constitutional vacuum, the country’s army chief said on state television. Lieutenant-General Ahmed Gaed Salah on Monday also urged...

Eurovision: Is Brexit to blame for the UK’s latest flop?

The UK finished in last place at Eurovision on Saturday, despite the best efforts of singer Michael Rice. The talent show winner has reportedly blamed a Brexit backlash, as have some disgruntled British Eurovisionophiles. Rice...

Remote Togo village transformed by solar power

SIKPE-AFIDEGNON, Togo (Reuters) - Abla Ogodo used to walk 10 kilometres to fetch water for her family. Now that a new well in her own village runs on solar power, she does not have...

Lawyers for South Africa’s Zuma tell court he is being treated unfairly

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Jacob Zuma’s lawyers argued on Monday that the former South African president had been treated unfairly by prosecutors in his bid to have revived corruption charges set aside because he is...

Huawei’s Android loss: How it affects you

The restrictions being placed on Huawei's access to the Android operating system will cast a long shadow over Tuesday's launch of the Chinese company's latest handsets. The firm has invited press from across the globe...

Trump’s ‘genocidal taunts’ will not end Iran – Zarif

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has dismissed US President Donald Trump's "genocidal taunts" and warned him not to threaten the country. With tensions rising, Mr Trump tweeted on Sunday: "If Iran wants to...

Deutsche Bank staff flagged Trump, Kushner transactions for watchdog: NYTimes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Anti-money laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank AG recommended in 2016 and 2017 that multiple transactions involving entities controlled by U.S. President Donald Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be reported to...

Uganda boat capsize: Dozens feared dead on Lake Albert

Seven people have been confirmed dead and dozens more are missing after a boat capsized in western Uganda on Sunday. The boat was carrying more than 50 football players and fans from the western Uganda...

Trump rejects New York Times report on Deutsche Bank transactions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday rejected a New York Times report that raised questions about multiple Deutsche Bank transactions involving entities controlled by him and his son-in-law Jared Kushner. Trump...

Al Jazeera suspends journalists for Holocaust denial video

Al Jazeera has suspended two journalists over a video they produced that denied the facts of the Holocaust. The Qatari state-funded broadcaster had published the video on its online AJ+ video service in Arabic. During World...

Huawei’s use of Android restricted by Google

Media playback is unsupported on your device Young people in Singapore say they are now wary of buying Huawei phones Google has barred the world's second biggest smartphone maker, Huawei, from some updates to the Android...

Zambia’s Lungu seeks new investor in Vedanta-controlled copper miner

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia has started looking for a new investor in Vedanta-controlled Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu said on state radio on Monday. “We are not shaken in our resolve...

Cambodia re-enacts Khmer Rouge killings – in pictures

Cambodian actors have re-enacted atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge on the country's National Day of Remembrance - known informally as the "Day of Anger". The brutal regime of Maoist leader Pol Pot controlled...

Ecuador hands over Julian Assange’s belongings to US

Ecuador has begun giving the US some of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange's possessions left behind following his stay in its London embassy. The country's foreign minister José Valencia authorised the seizure of equipment earlier this...

Trump vs. House Democrats: 10 upcoming showdowns

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is refusing to cooperate with numerous congressional probes of himself and his administration, taking a defiant stance that is likely to result in a court battle with Democrats...

Egyptian security forces kill 12 suspected militants after bus bombing

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian security forces have killed 12 suspected Islamist militants in Cairo, the Interior Ministry said on Monday, a day after an explosion targeting a tourist bus injured at least 12 people....

Vincent Lambert: French doctors begin halting life support

Doctors have begun switching off the life support of a quadriplegic man whose case has been central to the right-to-die debate in France. Vincent Lambert, 42, has been in a vegetative state since a...

Kamala Harris proposes equal pay measure to close gender gap

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, one of two dozen Democrats vying for the 2020 presidential nomination, on Monday proposed closing the gender pay gap by requiring companies to disclose pay data and...

Bangladesh bans fishing for 65 days to save fish

Bangladesh has banned fishing off its coast for 65 days to try and boost depleted fish stocks. The government told the BBC that all types of fishing vessels would be covered by the ban and...

Brazil violence: Gunmen kill 11 people in bar in Belém

Masked gunmen killed 11 people indiscriminately after bursting into a bar in the northern Brazilian city of Belém on Sunday. The shooting happened in Guamá, a poor and violent neighbourhood of the city in the...

Caribbean countries develop mitigation actions to access climate change financing

(L-R) Yoko Ebisawa, UNDP J-CCCP project manager | Chisa Mikami, UNDP Resident Representative ai | Minister Camillo Gonsalves during the workshop’s opening ceremony. KINGSTON, Jamaica, – Over 30 representatives from nine Caribbean countries met in...

Transgender woman shot, killed in US weeks after assault

A transgender woman has been fatally shot in Dallas, Texas, according to local police. Muhlaysia Booker, 23, was found dead on a street on Saturday morning, and police are investigating the case as "homicidal violence". Police...

Game of Thrones finale gets mixed response

No plot spoilers for the Game of Thrones finale The final episode of Game of Thrones has been broadcast, drawing to a close one of the most successful series in television history. But the season eight...

Ex-Trump aide Bannon praises Marine Le Pen’s campaign

PARIS (Reuters) - Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon on Monday praised French far-right politician Marine Le Pen’s political recovery but said he was in France as an observer of the European elections rather than...

Blast injures South African tourists near Egypt’s Giza pyramids

CAIRO (Reuters) - An explosion targeting a tourist bus injured at least 12 people on Sunday, mostly South African tourists, near a new museum being built close to the Giza pyramids in Egypt, two...

Sudanese military and opposition resume talks after street violence

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan’s ruling military council restarted talks late on Sunday with an alliance of protest and opposition groups that is pushing for a civilian-led transition to democracy. Both sides have signalled that...

Exit polls: India opposition rejects BJP exit poll lead

India's election is nearly over: voting began on 11 April, and the final ballot was cast on 19 May with results out on 23 May. Every day, the BBC will be bringing you all...

Deutsche Bank denies report it prevented Trump transactions being flagged

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank denied a report that said some of its executives rejected the advice of the bank’s own anti-money laundering specialists and prevented some transactions involving entities controlled by President Donald...

Australian finds gold nugget with detector

An Australian man has unearthed a 1.4kg (49oz) gold nugget with a metal detector while wandering Western Australia's gold fields, say locals. A shop in Kalgoorlie shared pictures of the rock online, estimated to be...

Wards of the State exposed to working world

Some 18 children from the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) benefited from shadowing business managers and leaders at The Jamaica National Group, in a special initiative titled ‘Children in Charge Day,’ last...

Trump’s ‘great patriot’ farmers follow him into a trade war

MADRID, Iowa (AP): Iowa farmer Tim Bardole survived years of low crop prices and rising costs by cutting back on fertiliser and herbicides and fixing broken-down equipment rather than buying new. When President Donald Trump’s...

Long lines for fuel

MARACAIBO, Venezuela (AP): United States sanctions on oil-rich Venezuela appear to be taking hold, resulting in mile-long lines for fuel in the South American nation’s second-largest city, Maracaibo. Some drivers said they had to wait almost...

Brown selected as Eisenhower fellow

Saffrey Brown, co-founder and head of innovation at The Leap Co, has been selected as one of 25 leaders to participate in the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowships’ Regional Programme in 2019. Brown emerged the representative for...

US National Guard, JDF conduct disaster mitigation exercise

Kingston recently played host the District of Columbia National Guard (DCNG) for a military-to-military exchange focused on strengthening Jamaica’s National Disaster Action Plan According to a release from the US Embassy in Jamaica, the...

OPIC delegation arrives in Jamaica today

A delegation from the US government’s development finance institution, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), is expected to arrive in Jamaica today to discuss investment opportunities in energy and other critical sectors. The visit...

Jamaican surgeons urged to become socially accountable

Jamaican surgeons were yesterday urged to be more socially accountable and to embrace new technology in order to support the continued evolution of their profession. The directive was made by senior surgeons at the...

Let’s reform national security

Everything is connected to the security of our nation and her people, including: the economy, family, Church, education, business, politics and media. Whenever crime, violence and turmoil take place, we must begin to look...

Education ministry promises repairs to fire-damaged buildings at Seaforth High

Karl Samuda, the minister with responsibility for education, has disclosed that the ministry is assessing the damage caused by fire at Seaforth High School in St Thomas and will be making repairs to the...

MoBay mayor gets tough on persons, businesses contributing to rat infestation

Western Bureau: Peeved by the rat infestation in the Second City, Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis says he plans to get tough on persons and establishments which help to create and sustain the problem. Speaking at...

Settling scores without violence

Traumatologist longs for a return of the panchayat systemFile Photo: Children’s Authority chairman Hanif Benjamin.TT has become such a violent nation that people need to pause and do some soul searching or the situation...

CLA gets staff boost

Western Bureau: Eight senior personnel, including two agricultural specialists, are to be employed to the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) to boost its capacity. The announcement was made by Minister of State in the ministry of...

Regulations to support cannabis export coming – Green

WESTERN BUREAU: Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Floyd Green, says that by the end of the year, regulations will be in place for investors in the local medical...

West: TT spared harsh austerity measures

Minister in the Finance Ministry Allyson West speaks during a sitting of the Senate.MINISTER in the Ministry of Finance Allyson West says this country was spared from harsh austerity measures. She was speaking in the...

PSA gives Phoenix Park Gas deadline

President of Public Services Association Watson DukePUBLIC Services Association (PSA) president Watson Duke is calling for immediate action on issues affecting workers at the Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited (PPGPL), which includes an employee...

St Ann’s fires worry residents

Akilah Jaramogi, head of the Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project (FACRP), is concerned about the recent spate of bush fires around her project in St. Ann’s. She told Newsday yesterday: “On Friday we had a...

Christians must tell what they know about crime – St James pastor

WESTERN BUREAU: Reverend Peter Burnett, chairman of the St James Ministers’ Fraternal, is urging Christians not to turn a blind eye to crime, but to instead be brave and tell the security forces what they...

Success for Small Island States

Camille Robinson-Regis.WHILE TT and the entire Caribbean are experiencing one of the harshest dry seasons on record, Planning and Development Minister Camille Robinson-Regis said there is hope to ease up some of the effects...

UNC to begin screening later this month

Political Leader of the United National Congress (UNC) Kamla Persad-Bissessar.OPPOSITION United National Congress (UNC) is expected to begin screening for candidates for the upcoming Local Government election, later this month. Nominations for candidates closed on...

Toco Bay not a critical turtle habitat

Nidco on port concerns:File photoTHE NATIONAL Infrastructure Development Company (Nidco) has responded to concerns about the Toco port project and said the Toco Bay site is not a critical habitat for turtles. Nidco, in a...

Escapees in video message:

‘We will come in when allyuh ready for real justice’STILL AT LARGE: Michael Findley and Olatungi DenbowTWO prison escapees still at large, Olatungi Denbow and Michael Findley, have issued a video message saying they...

AG promises faster courts

Attorney General Faris Al-RawiShirvan Williams Attorney General Faris Al Rawi on Friday presented the second reading of a bill in Parliament that if passed could significantly increase the speed at which the courts currently work. The...

Davy-Ann, an attorney who wants to help others

DAVY-ANN Subero, 24, who is following in the footsteps of her father, has recently become an attorney. Subero’s father, David Subero, an attorney for the past eight years, is also a police inspector and legal...

Ryan died a hero

Family shielded from gunmen bulletsHAILED AS A HERO: Ryan AlexanderRYAN Alexander is being hailed a hero in Tarodale for using his body as a shield to protect his girlfriend, Andrea Yusuff, from a hail...

PNM to meet EBC on local, general polls

PNM chairman and Finance Minister Colm Imbert, Planning and Development Minister Camille Robinson-Regis and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley during a PNM meeting at Barataria South Secondary School on April 16. Imbert and a...

Woman wants $.3M for Amplia “leak”

THE woman featured last month in a racist rant over People’s National Movement advertisements infiltrating her Zee TV Indian cable channel has sued Amplia Communications for breach of confidentiality. Lawyers for Nalini Ramai sent a...

Reformed SPT can make south Trinidad great again

Kevin RamnarineFORMER Energy Ministry Kevin Ramnarine is calling on government to fix the Supplemental Petroleum Tax (SPT) to make “south Trinidad great again.” Ramnarine said for years the industry has been lobbying government to “fix”...

Children must be able to choose how they learn

Retired cocoa farmer offers adviceWHILE it is mandatory for children to go to school, the system does not teach students the benefits of learning a skill in any trade industry, says former cocoa farmer...

Japan economy beats expectations of slowdown

Japan's economy unexpectedly grew in the three months to March, shrugging off forecasts for a contraction in the world's third largest economy. The economy grew at an annualised 2.1% in the period, preliminary gross domestic...

Tobago must add value to tourism product

Tobago Tourism Agency (TTAL) CEO Louis Lewis, centre, addresses the media on Thursday alongside TTAL’s director of product development and destination management Korice Nancis, left, and marketing co-ordinator Sheena Des Vignes.Tobago's international arrivals will...

Relatives should help abused children

Extended family urged to step upNEW OFFICE: (From right to left) Director of TT Children’s Authority Safiya Noel, Administrator in the Divison of Health, Wellness and Family Development Diane Baker-Henry, MP for Tobago East...

Google restricts Huawei’s use of Android

Google has barred phone maker Huawei off from some updates to the Android operating system, dealing a blow to the Chinese firm. New Huawei smartphones will also lose access to popular Google apps. The move...

Diego Maradona at Cannes: Touching the foot ‘blessed by God’

Like many of us, Asif Kapadia seems to prefer his heroes when they're fundamentally flawed. From the Bafta-winning Senna; the tale of the life and tragic death of Brazilian F1 racer Ayrton Senna, to the...

Volodymyr Zelensky: Comedian to be sworn in as Ukrainian president

Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky will formally become the country's new president at a ceremony in the capital, Kiev, on Monday. Mr Zelensky, who has no previous political experience, scored a landslide victory in last month's...

US president says war would be ‘end’ of Iran as tensions rise

US President Donald Trump has issued a stern warning to Iran, suggesting it will be destroyed if a conflict breaks out between the two countries. "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official...

U.S. senator convening meetings to warn business, academia of China threat

(Reuters) - U.S. Senator Mark Warner said on Sunday that he has been organizing meetings between U.S. intelligence officials and the country’s business and academic communities to urge caution in their relationships with China....

Democratic Presidential hopeful Buttigieg draws crowd for Fox town hall

(Reuters) - Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg on Sunday called for higher taxes on the wealthy, backed abortion rights and promised to run what he called an inclusive campaign in a New Hampshire town...

2019 Australia election: Morrison’s coalition close to shock majority

Media playback is unsupported on your device Scott Morrison: "I said I was going to burn for you, and I am" Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is close to securing a majority government as the election's...

Schumer asks government to probe rail tech from China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is asking the federal government to investigate if a plan for new subway cars in New York City, designed by a Chinese state-owned firm, could...

US-China trade war: Moving to Vietnam to avoid sanctions

Companies operating in China are facing stiff increases in tariffs on exports to the United States as the trade war between the two countries escalates. So, there's an incentive for manufacturers in China to move...

Malawi election: Albino killings, the president’s fake death and five more things

Nearly seven million Malawians will have the chance to vote for a new president on 21 May in one of the most unpredictable elections in the country's history. 1. The vice-president is standing against...

Do foreign students get what they pay for in Canada?

Canada is competing against countries like the UK and US for the minds - and wallets - of international students. But what happens once they get there? Jobandeep Sandhu is a hard worker. The 22-year-old worked...

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