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Caribbean to benefit from German China's president arrives in Trinidad aid for projects through 2018

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ermany will focus on providing assistance to the Caribbean in areas of climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency, and natural resources management and biodiversity, according to its assistance programme for the period ending 2018. A Caribbean Community (Caricom) statement said the German government’s

position was outlined during a recent meeting to review the Caricom-Germany technical cooperation programme. The German delegation was led by German embassy in Trinidad and Tobago, Deputy Head of Mission Ullrich Kinne, while the Caricom team was led by Resource Mobilisation and Technical Assistance (RMTA) Executive Director

Percival Marie. “While outlining the areas of focus for the current programming period, the German delegation also pointed out that the Caricom Secretariat was regarded as Germany’s major development partner in the Caribbean for the planning and coordination of regional projects.” The statement said that projects which have

been approved over the last three years under the Caricom-Germany cooperation programme cost in excess of euro 30 million and the current portfolio of German-funded regional projects includes three in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention, two in renewable energy, two in climate change, and one in natural resources management. (Caribbean360)

Gonsalves requests 90-minute talks with Kamla to discuss fuel subsidy

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renada Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said he has requested a 90-minute meeting with his Trinidadian counterpart Kamla Persad Bissessar next month to discuss the Caribbean Air Navigation and Advisory Services (CANAS) and regional airline, LIAT. Gonsalves said when he was in Port of Spain on Tuesday for talks with United States Vice President Joe Biden, “I spoke to the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago and I suggested to her that when we have the heads of government meeting in July, I asked her

if she could put aside about 90 minutes (so) that we can talk.” Gonsalves said the talks will be “at a political level” because both the Organisation of Eastern

Caribbean States (OECS) have mandated him to talk to Port of Spain about the operations of CANAS and shareholders governments of LIAT have empowered him to speak to Trinidad

and Tobago on those issues. He further said that Barbados has also authorised him to speak on their behalf “on the issue of the airspace”. Gonsalves is the Caribbean Community’s (Caricom) lead prime minister of regional transportation and chairman of LIAT shareholder governments LIAT shareholder governments have complained about the fuel subsidy that Port of Spain gives to Caribbean Airlines (CAL), and OECS governments have expressed concerns about the operations of CANAS. (Excerpt from Caribbean360)

President Xi Jinping

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hina’s President Xi Jinping arrived in Trinidad on Friday evening for a three-day state visit. He was be accompanied by his wife, Peng Liyuan, and a number of government officials and media personnel. It was the first time that a Chinese president has visited Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean. It is expected that China and Trinidad and Tobago will review their existing bilateral relationship and will seek to deepen areas of trade and investment, energy, technical cooperation, and the exchange of high level visits and cultural exchanges.

Both countries are interested in strengthening the China-Caribbean cooperation and China-Latin America and Caribbean cooperation. Both leaders will seek an expansion of cooperation in international affairs, including reform of the United Nations system, reform of the international financial and trade architecture, climate change, and global security. On Sunday, the Chinese president will meet with Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders whose countries have diplomatic relations with China. Jinping and his delegation will leave Trinidad on Sunday afternoon. (Caribbean News Now)

Dominican Republic and Cuba to expand U.S. woman freed trade relations from Mexican jail

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he Dominican Republic and Cuba have taken new steps aimed at increasing commercial relations, as the two Caribbean nations are currently making efforts to develop their economies and cushion the effects of the current global crisis. A Cuban delegation headed by Ambassador Alexis Bandrich was welcomed on Wednesday by the

Chamber of Commerce and the mayor of the northwestern city of Santiago in the Dominican Republic. The two parties addressed opportunities to develop new business projects for mutual benefit. The president of Santiago’s Chamber of Commerce, Maria Victoria Menicucci, said they hoped to reach accords that boost bilateral trade.

Addressing executives from 20 local companies, Menicucci said that Santiago is a region marked by its livestock and agricultural production and freezone services. She particularly referred to the local construction material sector, such as cement, blocks, and metallic structures, which are sold on the international market. The executive said it is

necessary to deepen trade relations between the two countries and she went on to stress that Cuba is currently diversifying its economy, which offers many opportunities for advancement. Meanwhile, Bandrich expressed his country’s interest in identifying opportunities to enhance bilateral cooperation and consider new projects. (Excerpt from Caribbean News Now)

TT: Email scandal, sign Jamaica: Foetus found in pit toilet, teenage of crimes for power

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ne of the darkest times in the country’s history was the description Roman Catholic Archbishop Joseph Harris gave for how some citizens felt about the email scandal that implicates members of the People’s Partnership government. During the Corpus Christi High Mass on Thursday, Archbishop Harris addressed a large gathering at Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, and spoke on many issues affecting the country, including the email scandal. While the Archbishop did not name any particular political party, he said, “My dear friends, we gather here this morning during what

many are calling one of the darkest periods in our young history as a nation, the email scandal. Whether the emails are true or not? Whether they were fabricated or not? Whatever the origin of these emails, it means that crimes were being committed for the sake of power.” Two weeks ago, opposition leader Dr Keith Rowley revealed in the parliament, during a vote of no- confidence, an email trail which allegedly involved Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, Local Government Minister Dr Suruj Rambachan and national security adviser Gary Griffith. (Excerpt from Trinidad and Tobago Today)

girl held

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he police on Thursday evening took a 16-year-old girl into custody following the recovery of a foetus from a pit latrine on the premises where she lives in this farming community. Last night, residents told the Jamaica Observer that they became concerned when they did not see the teenager, who they claimed was in an advanced state of pregnancy. The residents launched a search and a foetus was found in a black plastic bag in a pit latrine in the yard in which she resides. The teenage girl was

subsequently taken into custody. The incident follows sharply on the heels of the discovery of the mutilated body of four-year-old Natasha Brown in a sinkhole in Duanvale, also in Trelawny, on Wednesday morning. The child’s body was found during a search which was launched after she went missing on Tuesday. A woman from the community has since been taken into custody in connection with the incident. However, up to late Thursday, she was not charged. (Jamaica Observer)

Yanira Maldonado was returning from her aunt’s funeral in Mexico

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U.S. woman has been freed after spending a week in a Mexican jail fighting drug-smuggling charges. Yanira Maldonado, 42, left the jail near Nogales, Mexico and crossed into the U.S. state of Arizona on Thursday. Maldonado had been returning to the U.S. from a family funeral when nearly 12lb (5.4kg) of marijuana was found under her coach seat at a checkpoint. She denied the cannabis was hers, and the charges were dismissed when a court ruled prosecutors lacked evidence. Her husband said he was arrested first, but Maldonado pleaded to stay with him and officials ar-

rested her instead. Maldonado subsequently gave a tearful jailhouse interview to a U.S. television station, and at a press conference after her release, she thanked journalists for helping to expedite her case. “Many thanks to everyone, especially my God who let me go free, my family, my children, who with their help, I was able to survive this test,” Maldonado said. But she pledged to return to Mexico: “It’s not Mexico’s fault. It’s a few people who did this to me.” According to local news station KPNX-TV in Phoenix, Maldonado’s conditions in prison improved as her situation became more widely publicised. (Excerpt from BBC News)

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