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Despite financial woes, Jamaica aims to become global port hub and transform economy

OLD HARBOR, Jamaica - This hardscrabble harbour town on Jamaica's southern coast seems an unlikely contender in an emerging regional competition over the shipping routes that carry global trade. But as Jamaica joins a rush to lure the bigger, deeper-drafting ships expected to cross an expanded Panama Canal by mid-2015, political leaders and civic boosters envision the Old Harbor area as a cornerstone of what they envision as a transformative, dream development for the Caribbean island.

Despite financial woes, Jamaica aims to become global port hub and transform economy

OLD HARBOR, Jamaica - This hardscrabble harbour town on Jamaica's southern coast seems an unlikely contender in an emerging regional competition over the shipping routes that fuel global trade. But as Jamaica joins a rush to lure the bigger, deeper-drafting boats expected to cross an expanded Panama Canal by mid-2015, political leaders and civic boosters envision the Old Harbor area as a cornerstone of what theyenvision as a transformative, dream development for the Caribbean island.

Its tourism down to a trickle, Haiti sees hope for a revival in surge of private investment

MONTROUIS, Haiti - The Club Indigo beach resort north of the Haiti capital was crowded with U.N. peacekeepers, aid workers, diplomats and missionaries on a recent Sunday. But the only real, live tourists seemed to be Anne Fournier and her husband. The young couple from Montreal is a rarity in this afflicted country. Crime, health scares, hurricanes and the monster earthquake of January 2010 have badly damaged the tourism that was once a mainstay of the Haitian economy, attracting the likes of Mick Jagger and Jackie Onassis.

Suspect arrested in attack on Jamaican prime minister's brother

By Horace Helps KINGSTON (Reuters) - Jamaican police arrested a suspect on Monday in the beating, stabbing and robbery of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller's older brother last week. Andre Foreman, 21, of Kingston, was detailed on charges of aggravated robbery, wounding with intent to kill and illegal possession of a firearm. He is due to appear in court on Friday.

Regional leaders discuss wide ranging issues including CARICOM

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart hinting that the global economic crisis may have forced Caribbean countries to become more inward looking, says nonetheless the regional integration movement is “alive and well”. “The perception that the (regional integration) process has slowed, I think, may have more to do with the fact that the stakeholder countries have had to become more inward looking as they deal with the economic challenges from the global economic downturn,” he said as he welcomed his Grenadian counterpart Dr.

Private sector called on to help save the Caribbean Sea

As the World Ocean Council (WOC) gets ready to host the Save our Seas conference (SOS) 2013, the Washington-based Institute for Caribbean Studies (ICS) has issued a call for private sector leadership in securing the future of the Caribbean Sea.“SOS 2013 is an unparalleled, world-class gathering of the diverse ocean business community. It sets the agenda for ensuring responsible industry operations,” said Dr. Claire Nelson, ICS’ Jamaican-born president.

Caribbean writers to meet in Guadeloupe

Writers from the English, French and Dutch speaking Caribbean meet here next week for the third International Congress of Caribbean Writers.The organisers said that the April 10-13 event will be held under the theme "Our Fight for Freedom, A Collective Epic".The main objectives of the four-day event s to increase the awareness and afford opportunities for the distribution of Caribbean literature globally."The spirit of the Congress of Caribbean Writers is that the greater sharing of our experiences and our cultural heritage remains the best way of communicating with th

Barbados to hold general elections on Feb. 21

BRIDGETOWN, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Barbados will hold general elections on Feb. 21, the country's prime minister announced as he grapples with slumping popularity over his handling of the Caribbean island's economy. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart of the ruling Democratic Labour Party will seek his first full term in office in the vote in the former British colony. Stuart announced the new election date late on Tuesday.
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