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Caribbean saw ‘most rapid’ growth in remittances last year – World Bank

Create: 04/16/2016 - 03:53

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) – While remittances to developing countries overall edged up slightly in 2015, the World Bank says among geographical regions, Latin America and the Caribbean saw the “most rapid” growth rate in remittances in 2015.

On Wednesday, the Washington-based financial institution said the region’s 4.8 per cent growth was due to the recovery in labour markets in the United States.

The bank said growth in Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to continue in 2016, albeit at a slower pace.

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New report says the number of Caribbean nationals with diabetes has tripled

Create: 04/08/2016 - 01:13

A new World Health Organization (WHO) report says the number of Caribbean nationals living with diabetes has tripled since 1980, adding that one in 12 inhabitants live with diabetes in the Americas.

On Wednesday, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said diabetes is currently the fourth-leading cause of death in the hemisphere, following heart attacks, strokes and dementia.

The health organisation says if current trends continue, experts estimate that nearly 110 million people in the region will have diabetes by 2040.

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ECLAC predicts Caribbean economies will contract this year

Create: 04/09/2016 - 20:51

ECLAC said that this new estimate reflects that the contraction experienced by regional Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2015 (-0.5 per cent) will extend to the current year.

“The new projections evidence the difficult global scenario in which low growth continues in developed countries, there is a significant deceleration in emerging economies (China in particular), increasing volatility and costs in financial markets, and low prices for commodities — especially hydrocarbons and minerals,” ECLAC said.

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Europe funds project on preventing domestic violence in the Caribbean

Create: 03/02/2016 - 01:43

The European Union is providing 400,000 euros to implement a new project on preventing domestic violence in the Caribbean.

The funds have been awarded to a team of Caribbean and European experts, headed by Professor Adele Jones from the University of Huddersfield, in partnership with The Sweet Water Foundation of Grenada.

The experts said that data will be used to develop interactive, role-playing computer games designed to empower victims and change attitudes that have been linked to aggressive and violent behaviours.

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Three named to contest Haiti head of state post

Create: 02/14/2016 - 01:55

Three people have been named to contest the post of interim head of state on Saturday even as a legislator resigned from the special Bicameral Commission accusing it of siding with a particular candidate whose election “will expose the country to an unprecedented crisis”.

The special Bicameral Commission announced late Friday that three people, including the President of the National Assembly, Privert Jocelerme, had been selected to contest the position of interim head of state having also paid the required 500,000 gourdes (One Haitian Gourde =US$0.16 cents).

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Grenada PM urges unity as Grenada celebrates independence day

Create: 02/09/2016 - 03:09

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC – Grenada is observing its 42nd anniversary of political independence from Britain with a public holiday on Monday with Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell reminding citizens that the island’s “footprint in the world is larger than our 133 square miles”.

He said that Grenadians had established their marks in politics, finance, education and sports throughout the world with the “well-accomplished research consultant and entrepreneur, Mrs. Celina Caesar-Chavannes, appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to Canada’s new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

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Grenada at 42, much to be thankful for

Create: 02/09/2016 - 03:00

Having led Grenada longer than anyone else since the country became independent on February 7, 1974, Dr. Keith Mitchell is much better placed than most people to give the 104,000 people of the Isle of Spice their marching orders, if you will.“Take a bow,” was the way the country’s Prime Minister for almost 20 years put it a few days ago in St.

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Seale crowned new Calypso Monarch

Create: 02/08/2016 - 11:16

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Feb 8, CMC – Devon Seale won his first ever Calypso Monarch title on Sunday as the Carnival celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago move towards a climax on Tuesday.

Seale won the one million dollar (One TT dollar =US$0.16 cents) first prize from a field of 12 contestants that included five former monarchs, including Dr. Holis Liverpool (Chalkdust) who was seeking to tie the nine titles won by the Grenadian-born singer Dr. Slinger Francisco, the Mighty Sparrow.

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