BELIZE BLACKLISTED BY TASK FORCE—11/30/13
The Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) has blacklisted Belize for failure to take sufficient actions in curbing illegal fishing. The Task Force has also blacklisted the country for activities that could have serious negative impacts on the nation’s banking industry. The Task Force has described Belize as not complying with mandates to address deficiencies in laws applying to money laundering and offshore banking. Although Belize has taken some steps in the right direction, it has not done enough, according to the CFATF.
THOUSANDS OF PROTESTERS MARCH IN HAITI—12/01/13
Several thousand people marched in Haiti to protest the political interference by the United States and called for President Barack Obama to withdraw his support from Haiti’s President, Michel Martelly. About 1,000 protesters marched to the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince.
CARIBBEAN, LATIN AMERICAN NATIONS MOVE TOWARD UNIVERSAL HIV TREATMENT—12/02/13
About 75 percent of the people who need anti-retroviral treatment for HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean are getting it, says a report from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). This means that 25 percent do not receive the required treatment, but it does represent an improvement of 10 percent over two years. This means that Latin America and the Caribbean nations are outpacing other developing countries in levels of coverage.
BARBADOS AMONG LEAST CORRUPT NATIONS IN THE WORLD—12/03/13
According to a report from Transparency International, Barbados is one of the least corrupt countries in the world and has the top ranking among Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries on the Corruption Perception Index. This index lists nations on the basis of how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be.
BEVAN NAMED CHAIRMAN OF NEW LEAGUE—12/04/13
Richard Bevan has been given the position as chairman of the Caribbean Premier League. The new cricket league played its first season in the summer of 2013 and hosted over 250,000 fans in six countries. Bevan currently serves as chief executive officer of the League Managers Association in the UK and has been the CEO of the English Professional Cricketers Association.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO IDENTITY TRAFFICKING—12/05/13
Jorge Luis “Daniel” Mendez, 37, of the Dominican Republic, pleaded guilty to charges of trafficking the identities of Puerto Rican American citizens and the relevant identity documents. He was in court with Enrique Rogellow Mendez-Solis of Mexico, where both entered guilty pleas. They could be sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiracy to commit identification fraud, ten years for conspiracy to commit alien smuggling for financial gain, and two years for aggravated identity theft.
GONSALVES SAYS ANTI-JAMAICAN FEELINGS PREVALENT IN SOME COUNTRIES—12/04/13
Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, said there is some anti-Jamaican feeling among some authorities in a number of CARICOM nations. He said that these sentiments exist despite general admiration and acceptance of Jamaican culture. He also noted that immigration officials throughout the region are depending on out-of-date laws that were enacted in order to be restrictive.
JAMAICAN COURT OF APPEAL TO MAKE HISTORY—12/04/13
Jamaica’s Court of Appeal will site outside of the Corporate Area for the first time in its history. The Court, which was created in 1962, will sit in the western part of the island in Hanover between December 9 and December 13, 2013. The move was made in response to requests from the Cornwell Bar Association to bring the justice process beyond the Corporate Area’s boundaries.
DUDUS HAD J$300 MILLION IN ASSETS—12/05/13
Christopher “Dudus” Coke, the Jamaican drug lord now serving 23 years in a United States federal prison, had assets worth J$300 million when he was taken into custody. Coke was extradited to the U.S. after a two-month standoff that led to a violent battle and left a number of people dead in 2010. The government has established a board of inquiry to investigate the incident.
PRIME MINISTER HAILS MANDELA AS FREEDOM FIGHTER—12/06/13
Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller expressed her sadness at the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela, who has died at age 95 at his home. Simpson Miller called Mandela a friend of the Jamaican people and a hero for those of African descent around the world.