UNITY LABOR PARTY IN ST. VINCENT MARKS 14TH YEAR IN OFFICE—03/28/15
The Unity Labor Party (ULP) in St. Vincent celebrated its 14th anniversary in power with a rally in Calliaqua. Among the many speakers at the event was the party’s head, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves. The celebration included describing the achievements of the ULP since it first took office. The party plans to ask voters for a fourth consecutive term when general elections are held sometime in 2015.
INVESTORS FROM KOREA GIVEN INCENTIVES BY DOMINICAN REPUBLIC—03/29/15
The stable economy and strong infrastructure has made the Dominican Republic a good investment for global interests. The nation is also providing additional incentives to attract Korean investors. The government has implemented measure that will eliminate barriers to investment from foreign interests. An investment forum organized by the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Seoul, Korea, was designed to raise the nation’s profile and attract potential investors.
RACE TO INCLUDE 62 YACHTS—03/30/15
The 42nd St. Thomas International Regatta included 62 yachts from Europe, the United States, and Caribbean. The prize for the winner is a TAG Heuer Aquaracer Caribbean Limited Edition watch. The captains of the winning yachts will be awarded prize in each of the regatta’s eight classes. The Melges 32s and the IC-24s are expected to be the most competitive vessels in the competition.
SWIMMING ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE OF JAMAICAN-BORN ATHLETE IN ST. KITTS—03/31/15
An Olympic 400-meter competitor from Canada died in a swimming accident in St. Ktts. Daundre Barnaby, 24, was born in Jamaica but competed with the Canadian Olympics team. Barnaby was the victim of a strong current that swept him out to sea. The incident happened during a training camp as Barnaby swam with his team.
CARIBBEAN NATIONS SHOULD BE CAREFUL WITH CITIZENSHIP PROGRAMS—04/01/15
A diplomat from the United States, noted that Caribbean countries should be careful when considering economic citizenship programs. In remarks made at the Security Service meeting in Barbados, the diplomat warned against moving too quickly, despite poor economic conditions that require austerity.
WARNING ABOUT ESCALATING TEACHER PROTESTS ISSUED—04/02/15
The Caribbean Union of Teachers is warning against any escalation of actions taken by teachers in Barbados. The teachers say they plan to refuse submitting final School Based Assessment (SBA) marks to students. While the teachers threaten to take their protests region-wide, the government of Barbados is threatening them with disciplinary action if they continue on their current path. The teachers want what they define as adequate compensation for conducting the SBA program.