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Sanctions on Venezuela hurting regional countries says Antigua & Barbuda Prime Minister

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By Shanieka Smith

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June 25, 2022 – “There is something fundamentally wrong with American policies to Cuba and Venezuela,” said Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, as he called out the trade embargo of the United States on Venezuela.  He said that the sanctions on Venezuela are also hurting other nations in the Caribbean region. Browne’s reaction was a result of the rising energy prices.

In his comments, he added that the U.S. cannot dictate the Caribbean nations on their trade policies.  He also called on the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to talk to Caracas to curb the rising price of oil.

According to Browne, Venezuela’s PetroCaribe initiative, which has been around since 2005, could be vital for the region to survive the soaring prices of oil.

“If Venezuela sends us a shipment of petrol, we will take it because people are suffering.  You can’t tell me that the United States can have a carve-out for countries in Europe that are not as vulnerable so Venezuela can send them products in order to wipe out debt, but here in the Caribbean, people are suffering, we can’t buy products from Venezuela?” Browne said.

The PetroCaribe energy initiative supplies crude oil to countries in the Caribbean at a lower price than the current world price of oil in the first 90 days.   Also, countries may pay the remaining price rate for 25 years, with an interest rate of one per cent yearly.  The cost may also be offset by trading goods or services.

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PAHO Calls Americas to Increase Aedes aegypti Mosquito Control

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Rashaed Esson

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#PAHO#Dengue#Americas, February 23rd, 2024 – With nearly seven thousand cases of dengue and 102 deaths reported in the Americas as of early February 2024, the Pan American Health Organization is once again calling for stronger measures to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main transmitter of dengue. These numbers indicate a 157 percent increase in cases over the same period in 2023.  In the first five weeks of 2024, Peru, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay reported an increase in cases.

 

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Dark Tourism Efforts in Jamaica – Colonial sites Preservation

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Rashaed Esson

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#DarkTourism#Jamaica,February 23rd, 2024 – British Colonial sites in Jamaica like Georgian plantation houses and slave infrastructure, are being preserved as slavery monuments to boost what authorities are calling the “Dark Tourism” industry. According to reports, Dark Tourism refers to tourists visiting places marked by historical tragedy. For Jamaica, the history of Britain’s 300-year rule will be explained at the preserved sites. Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett says work is being done with the ministry of Culture and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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