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21 Savage, the music industry and immigration

For years, top awards like the Oscars and the Grammys were viewed as platforms seized by celebrities to speak up and speak out about injustices, human rights violations and the social issues of the day.

Major oil find excites southern Caribbean

U.S. supermajor ExxonMobil announced two major oil finds offshore Guyana in the past week, and the discovery has raised the hopes for similar massive oil discoveries in two of its neighbors that incidentally already produce oil and gas.

U.S. Virgin Islands high school graduates eligible for free college tuition at UVI

Beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, students who have graduated from secondary school in the U.S. Virgin Islands will have one less concern about their college careers: tuition payments.

Sunil Chatrani named 2019 Hotelier of the Year

Sunil Chatrani, chief executive officer and executive director of Elegant Hotels Group, is the Caribbean’s 2019 Hotelier of the Year.

CARICOM sends delegation to New York to discuss Venezuela

Current Chairman and Prime Minister of St. Kitts Timothy Harris led the delegation to the talks at U.N. headquarters in the city after a string of worrying developments in the South American nation in recent weeks.

Caribbean reparations fight takes new turn: Swiss were also involved

The fight by Caribbean Community nations to make Britain and other former slave-trading European nations pay for one of the worst genocides in human history has taken an interesting turn, with researchers unearthing evidence that the Swiss were also involved.

Antigua threatens Scotiabank in row over asset sale

The bank has strongly resisted, contending that the sale is a private transaction and that it is free to choose a buyer rather than to be dictated to by any government.

Suriname turns down Chinese mega fishing ships

Without any announcement or warning whatsoever, the mega Chinese mother ships appeared in local ports in the past month.

Trinidad hurries to join others decriminalizing weed

As the year comes to a close, however, there has been a welcome change of heart and attitude toward decriminalization.

U.S. Virgin Islands relaunches ‘Real Nice’ campaign

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (Dec. 6, 2018)—As travelers look to escape from the cold this winter, the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is supporting the territory’s private sector partners with the relaunch of a $3 million marketing campaign to stimulate ...

NFL Alumni partners with Health City Cayman Islands

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (Nov. 29, 2018)—NFL Alumni today announced a partnership with Health City Cayman Islands, a world-class tertiary care medical facility founded by renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. Devi Shetty.

Caribbean sugar producers want 40 percent tax on imported beet sugar

Over the decades, rising production costs, the collapse of a market protection system in the European Union and increased production of beet sugar in Europe have all worked to undermine sugar production in the Caribbean

US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism appoints Joe Boschulte

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (Nov. 15, 2018)—The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is deepening its working relations with the cruise industry by appointing an industry specialist to bolster the work of the Ports of the Virgin Islands, an alliance between ...

St. Thomas takes top spot

ST. THOMAS (Oct. 25, 2018)—St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands has been ranked the No. 1 Caribbean destination on Airbnb, with a 600 percent increase in bookings over last year.

Guyana prepares for oil as Trinidad fades away

An interesting development is taking place in relation to oil and gas prosecution in the 15-nation Caribbean Community. For decades, Trinidad and Tobago had ruled the roost of nations in the region producing oil both to supply its neighbors and ...