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The View from Europe: China’s rapidly advancing Caribbean role – by David Jessop

The View from Europe: China’s rapidly advancing Caribbean role

David Jessop

For some years now, China has sought to deepen its relations with the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. It has done so as a part of a long-term geo-political strategy that is accompanying its rise to super power status.

Its objective in every nation in South and Central America and the Caribbean is to support development through investment and trade, and then over time to enlarge its economic, political and security role.   Continue reading

The View from Europe: Oil, the environment and the Caribbean – By David Jessop

Earlier this month Exxon announced that that it had made a major new oil find off Guyana. It was, it said, the largest since it began exploration there in 2015. The company’s statement followed one last June advising of a ‘world-class discovery’ on another well, and before that, announcements about four other commercially exploitable finds.

What this and Exxon’s recent request to the Guyanese government for permission to drill up to 40 new wells after 2022 suggests, is that the country is about to become a major oil producer in the Western Hemisphere.      Continue reading

Caribbean: The media and the linguistic divide – By David Jessop

Caribbean: The media and the linguistic divide

Published on September 3, 2016  – By David Jessop

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David Jessop

In the middle of last month Danilo Medina was sworn in as president of the Dominican Republic for a second term. His inauguration was attended by many senior figures from the Americas including the prime minister of Antigua, Gaston Browne, who earlier the same month, quite separately, had met with him and his then foreign minister.

Some days later the Dominican Republic’s new foreign minister, Miguel Vargas, said in one of his first public statements, that he believed that his country needed to exert greater influence on regional and international organisations. Mr Vargas then went on to meet on August 30 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s interim president, Jocelerme Privert, and others. There they agreed to revive the two nation’s Joint Bilateral Commission to try to resolve issues relating to cross border trade, investment and migration.     Continue reading

The 10 Most Corrupt Nations In the Americas

The 10 Most Corrupt Nations In the Americas

Venezuela is dubbed the most corrupt nation in the Americas. Guyana is fifth.

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 18, 2015: On the heels of the International Anti-Corruption Day and as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) urged governments to jointly tackle the issue of corruption by changing their attitudes towards the problem, News Americas Now decided to look at some of the most corrupt countries in the Americas – both the Caribbean and Latin America.

Here are the Top 10 as complied by News Americas Now based on the public perception of corruption among public and private sector officials, with 1 being the most corrupt according to data compiled from the latest Transparency International Corruption Index and the Heritage Foundations’ 2015 Index of Economic Freedom.  Continue reading

Rural Caribbean Tourism: A New Opportunity? | Caribbean and Latin America News

Rural Caribbean Tourism: A New Opportunity? | Caribbean and Latin America News

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Jarabacoa in La Vega province in the DR.

By David Jessop

News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Nov. 6, 2015: One of my abiding memories of travelling in the Dominican Republic is of staying in a remote and beautiful mountainous area above Jarabacoa in La Vega province.

For those who have never had the good fortune to visit the country’s central range of mountains, these are largely lush and tropical, but their high elevation — 525m and more above sea level — means that they have warm days and cool nights for most of the year.

What made this special for me was that I, a visitor, stayed in a house owned by friends that was located in and above a rural community. It was magical.     Continue reading

Freer US Travel to Cuba poses a Challenge – By David Jessop

Freer US Travel to Cuba poses a Challenge

Published on Aug 27 2015 – By David Jessop

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Havana – Cuba

News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Aug. 28, 2015: According to the North American trade publication, Travel Weekly, US tourism to Cuba is now growing at such pace that the country is experiencing a shortage of both highly trained Cuban professional guides and non-Cuban certified tour directors to accompany the tours that US Treasury regulations require almost all US visitors to take.

It is just one indication of a situation that as this year goes on may change, if as seems likely the US Administration allows its citizens to travel to Cuba on an individual basis.  Continue reading

ECLAC predicts Caribbean will record its highest rate of growth since 2008

ECLAC predicts Caribbean will record its highest rate of growth since 2008

Business GrowthSANTIAGO, Chile, Wednesday July 29, 2015 –The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is projecting that Caribbean economies will grow, on average, 1.7 per cent this year – its highest rate of growth since 2008.

The new projections released today during a press conference in Santiago, point to 0.5 per cent growth in the wider Latin America and Caribbean region.

But giving a breakdown of how that growth would be recorded, the United Nations body said South America would contract by 0.4 per cent while Central America and Mexico would grow 2.8 per cent, and the Caribbean would expand 1.7 per cent.

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Meet the Caribbean beauties vying for the Miss Universe Crown 2015

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Meet the Caribbean beauties vying for the Miss Universe Crown 2015

 News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Jan. 23, 2015: Several Caribbean beauties are among those vying for the title of Miss Universe as the 63rd Annual Pageant gets underway in Doral-Miami this weekend, January 25th, on NBC.

 Read more:  http://www.newsamericasnow.com/meet-the-caribbean-beauties-vying-for-the-2015-miss-universe-crown/?utm_source=NANjan232015&utm_campaign=nan&utm_medium=email

Published on Jan 22 2015 // Aruba,  British Virgin Islands,  Curacao, Dominican Republic,   Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico,  St. Lucia,  Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos

 

WestJet Christmas Miracle: Spirit of Giving – 2 videos

WestJet Christmas Miracle: Spirit of Giving – 2014

Published on Nov 30, 2014

This year we’re bringing a snowy Canadian Christmas to a community in the Dominican Republic. Learn more – WestJet Christmas Miracle 2014:

Why We Did It: http://youtu.be/mOUxDT5oUWA  – Published on Nov 30, 2014 – Learn more about why we chose to bring this year’s Christmas Miracle experience to the community of Nuevo Renacer, near Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and the impact that it has had on community.

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WestJet Christmas Miracle: real-time giving – 2013 

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How Many Undocumented Caribbean Immigrants in the USA

How Many Undocumented Caribbean Immigrants in the USA

By Felicia J. Persaud – News Americas Now

caribbean-immigrantsNews Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Dec. 16, 2014: For years the question has been asked and left unanswered, but Caribbean Americans may now have a better idea of how many undocumented Caribbean immigrants are living across the length and breadth of the United States.

Thanks to the Pew Hispanic Center’s latest report, based on augmented American Community Survey data from the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS); from research by Robert Warren and John Robert Warren and from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, the undocumented population of Caribbean immigrants in the U.S. is estimated at around 550,000.  Continue reading

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