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UNITED STATES-MIGRATION-US repatriates more than 160 Haitians intercepted at sea

MIAMI, Jan 12, CMC – The United States Coast Guard said it had intercepted a “perilously over-packed wooden sail boat” with more than 150 Haitians off the coast of the Bahamas. ... Full story

Three years later

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Jan 12, CMC – Three years after a powerful earthquake devastated this French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country, Haitians are commemorating the event with a low key activity underscoring the need that it intends to push on with the rehabilitation process. ... Full story

HAITI-ANNIVERSARY-Haiti marks third anniversary of powerful earthquake

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Jan 12, CMC – Three years after a powerful earthquake devastated this French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country, Haitians are commemorating the event with a low key activity underscoring the need that it intends to push on with the rehabilitation process. ... Full story

BERMUDA-POLITICS-Ex-Premier calls for formation of anti-corruption commission

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Jan 12, CMC - Former premier Alex Scott is proposing the establishment of an independent anti-corruption commission with investigatory powers, strong penalties for corrupt behaviour among public officials and whistle-blower protection. ... Full story

GUYANA-POLITICS-President dismisses suggestion government tardy on holding local government elections

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jan 12, CMC – The Guyana government has dismissed any suggestion that it is drag its feet on holding local government elections as Western countries earlier this week pressured the authorities into ensure that the polls, last held here in 1994, take place during the coming months. ... Full story

BAHAMAS-ECONOMY-Government reacts to Moody’s rating downgrade

NASSAU, Bahamas, Jan 12, CMC – The Bahamas government says it has designed a multifaceted programme of action to address the critical growth and fiscal issues identified by by a United States-based rating agency that recently downgraded the island’s credit rating. ... Full story

GUYANA-DEVELOPMENT-President encouraged by talks with Brazil

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jan 12, CMC – Guyana has held talks with Brazil on a number of development projects, President Donald Ramotar has said. ... Full story

BELIZE-CRIME-Police distance themselves from multiple murders

BELMOPAN, Belize, Jan 12, CMC –Belize police have distanced themselves from any involvement in the murders of four men, whose bodies were found in an apartment in the city earlier this week. ... Full story

SURINAME-ECONOMY-IMF economists say reforms drive economic turnaround in Suriname

WASHINGTON, Jan 12, CMC - Two International Monetary Fund (IMF) economists say despite the ongoing global slowdown, Suriname has put in place a strong, home grown adjustment programme that is helping to turn around its economy. ... Full story

BERMUDA-CRIME-Home invasion trio jailed

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Jan 12, CMC - A 20-year-old man who sexually assaulted a young woman during an armed burglary has been jailed for 24 years. ... Full story

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