Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Trinidad government takes over running of CL Financial
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Reuters) -- Trinidad and Tobago's government has taken over management of the Caribbean's biggest private business conglomerate, CL Financial (CLF), whose financial troubles have sent economic shock waves across the Caribbean. read more

Cuba's offshore oil hopes rise, US role uncertain
WASHINGTON, USA (Reuters) -- A huge offshore drilling platform will soon be lumbering its way to Cuba, an event that could kick-start Cuba's bid for energy independence and pressure the Obama administration to allow American companies a piece of the action.
Although arrival details are murky, a rig has been found after a long search and could be drilling off Cuban waters in the next six to eight weeks by an international consortium looking to unearth a Caribbean energy trove, according to industry and diplomatic sources. read more

Suriname confirms first cases of swine flu
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Authorities in Suriname on Monday confirmed the first cases of swine flu in the country. At a press conference Health Minister Celsius Waterberg disclosed that 11 of 16 volleyball players who last week participated in a tournament in Trinidad and Tobago were tested positive for the H1N1 influenza virus.
While a rapid test from the Bureau of Public Health (BOG) on Thursday came back negative, samples from the players were sent to the renowned Pasteur Institute in Cayenne, French Guiana. On Sunday the health autorities here were informed by e-mail that 11 of the volleyballers had tested positive for the H1N1 virus. The same samples are being sent thia week to the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC) in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, for a second opinion. read more

Haiti has best chance in decades, says Bill Clinton
NEW YORK, USA -- The new United Nations envoy on Haiti, Bill Clinton, on Monday laid out his vision to advance development in the small and impoverished Caribbean nation, stressing that, more than ever before, the country has the opportunity to advance.
“Haiti, not withstanding the total devastation wreaked by the four storms last year, has the best chance to escape the darker aspects of its history in the 35 years that I have been going there,” Clinton told a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York. read more

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