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Caribbean Tourism Welcomes Air Passenger Duty Freeze

News Americas, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thurs. Mar. 24, 2011: The Chairman of The Caribbean Tourism Organization has welcomed the British Chancellor’s announcement that the country’s Air Passenger Duty will be frozen this year. Chairman and Minister of Government, Richard “Ricky” Skerritt said Wednesday that the Chancellor’s statement to the British parliament is a clear recognition of the strong lobbying efforts by ...

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Obama Insists He’s Still For Immigration Reform

News Americas, SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, Weds. Mar. 23, 2011: President Obama yesterday insisted in El Salvador that he is still very much in favor of comprehensive immigration reform for undocumented immigrants. In a country which has about 25 percent of its population living undocumented in the United States, Obama again voiced his support but little else as he once ...

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Fidel’s Confession

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Mar. 23, 2011: Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has confessed he quit as head of Cuba’s Communist Party years ago after falling ill. Castro, in his column published in the state-run media on Tuesday, said gave up all of his official positions five years ago when he underwent emergency intestinal surgery in 2006. “I ...

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Caribbean Airlines Board Defy Minister

News Americas, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Weds. Mar. 23, 2011: The board members of Caribbean Airlines Limited have remained openly defiant of the country’s minister of transportation. The Board has signaled it will not resign despite calls from Minister Jack Warner for them to step down. Board head, businessman George Nicholas, said it understood that the action was entirely inappropriate and while ...

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Child Porn Lands USVI Man In Jail

News Americas, ST. THOMAS, USVI, Weds. Mar. 23, 2011: A 21-year-old man St. Thomas man has been jailed for producing and possessing child porn Akeem Gumbs, of St. Thomas, was arrested on March 19th after a U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department presented a DVD to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations containing video clips of Gumbs engaged ...

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Haiti Run-Off Election An Improvement – Caricom/OAS Observers

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. Mar. 22, 2011: The just completed second round of the presidential and legislative elections in Haiti was quite an improvement in many ways over the first round in November. That’s the analysis from the OAS-CARICOM Joint Electoral Observation Mission and its 201 observers that it deployed throughout Haiti on Sunday, March 20th to observe the ...

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Guyanese Jailed For Assault

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Mar. 22, 2011: A man who burnt his girlfriend’s face with a hot iron while their three children watched will spend the next 13 years of his life in jail. Eric Persaud, 36, was recently sentenced by Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory Lasak. “The actions that you took on that day were horrendous and ...

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In Chile, Obama Insists “We Are All Americans”

First Lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, President Sebastián Piñera of Chile and his wife Cecilia Morel wave during the welcoming ceremony at La Moneda Palace in Santiago, Chile, March 21, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) News Americas, SANTIAGO, Chile, Tues. Mar. 22, 2011: The theme of One Americas was echoed yesterday in Chile as U.S. President ...

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President Of Honduras Lays First Block At Banana Coast Groundbreaking

News Americas, Trujillo, Honduras, Tues. Mar. 22, 2011: Nearly a thousand residents from local Honduran communities joined dozens of politicians and business leaders in Trujillo recently for the groundbreaking ceremony of Honduras’ first mainland cruise port. Ground for the Banana Coast , a 50,000-square-foot commercial center that will include dozens of boutiques, restaurants and tour excursion offices, was broken on ...

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Obama Vows To Treat Brazil As Seriously As China And India

President Barack Obama waves to the people gathered on the street outside the Ciudad de Deus (City of God) favela Community Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 20, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) News Americas, Brasilia, Brazil, Mon. Mar. 21, 2011: President Obama used his first trip to Brazil this weekend to vow to treat ...

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