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BARBADOS-LABOUR-Union plans nationwide strike

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jan 11, CMC – The Barbados Workers Union (BWU) says it will “definitely” embark upon industrial action after efforts to get the telecommunications company, Cable and Wireless (Barbados) Limited, to retract dismissal letters sent to nearly 100 workers last week failed. ... Full story

Strike action

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jan 11, CMC – The Barbados Workers Union (BWU) says it will “definitely” embark upon industrial action after efforts to get the telecommunications company, Cable and Wireless (Barbados) Limited, to retract dismissal letters sent to nearly 100 workers last week failed. ... Full story

HAITI-VISIT-Senior UN official visits Haiti

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Jan 11, CMC – The head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) Hervé Ladsous has arrived here ahead of the third anniversary of the devastating earthquake that killed more than 300,000 people in the French Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country on January 12, 2012. ... Full story

BARBADOS-TAX-Barbados amends tax agreement with Sweden

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jan 11, CMC - Barbados and Sweden have signed a protocol to amend the Convention for Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to taxes on income. ... Full story

JAMAICA-POLITICS-PM underscores need to sign agreement with IMF

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jan 11, CMC – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says it is “necessary” for Jamaica to secure an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as her Cabinet ended the first day of a three-day meeting here. ... Full story

CARIBBEAN-TOURISM-Bahamas hoping to capitalise on CHTA marketplace

NASSAU, Bahamas, Jan 11, CMC – The Bahamas says it is hoping to use the upcoming Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Marketplace to boost tourist arrivals to the country. ... Full story

GUYANA-POLITICS-Government denounces move by opposition to repeal benefits to former heads of state

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jan 11, CMC – The Guyana government has criticised the decision by the opposition to introduce legislation aimed at repealing the benefits afforded to former heads of state. ... Full story

CRICKET-GIBSON-WICB confident Gibson will stay

ST.JOHN’S, Antigua, Jan 11, CMC-The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) says it’s confident, Otis Gibson, will stay on as regional head coach though his contract with the team ends in March. ... Full story

CARIBBEAN-EDUCATION-ECLAC releases Statistical Yearbook 2012

SANTIAGO, Chile, Jan 11, CMC - The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says there is a significant gap between primary and secondary education levels in the region. ... Full story

BELIZE-CRIME-US medical group cancels visit to Belize

BELMOPAN, Belize, Jan 11, CMC – Health officials here are worried that a medical team from the United States may have heeded a call for Americans to avoid travel to Belize in the aftermath of the murders of four men, whose bodies were found in an apartment building earlier this week. ... Full story

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