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WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund (IMF), says economic prospects for the region are generally improving and modest growth is expected in 2018 and 2019. The IMF, in its Regional Economic Outlook Update for Latin America and the Caribbean, released on Thursday, said the positive outlook is supported by growth

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MIAMI — After achieving its ambitious three-year goals to double earnings and record a double-digit return on invested capital, Royal Caribbean Cruises told employees today that they will receive five percent bonuses. Employees will receive equity awards equal to five percent of their 2017 salaries in what it called the

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PORT OF SPAIN — Retired judge Paula-Mae Weekes was elected president of Trinidad and Tobago Friday by Trinidad’s Electoral College, which is comprised of  members of the country’s House of Representatives and the Senate, and will assume her duties within months. Weekes is the first woman president of the Caribbean nation and

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ABU DHABI — During the recent events of the IRENA General Assembly, the United Arab Emirates-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, valued at $50 million, has launched its second funding cycle by establishing partnerships with seven new Caribbean countries. Timed to coincide with Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2018 it had the aim of

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Pictured (left to right) Alessandro Colantonio Executive Vice President Gencom, Kevin Dallas CEO Bermuda Tourism Authority, Parris Jordan Chairman CHICOS, Bermuda Premier E. David Burt, Bermuda Minister of Finance Kristin Burt, Bermuda Economic Development and Tourism Jamahl Simmons, Paul Telford Managing Director Rosewood Bermuda. HAMILTON — Parris Jordan, Chairman of

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI – The cabinet of the British Virgin Islands has approved the expenditure of $442,000 to allow for the release of immediate funds to re-establish the National Early Warning System. Gov. Augustus Jaspert said the premier and members of his cabinet have met and received an indication of

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WELLINGTON — A fundraiser last week in Florida brought in some big money for hurricane relief in the British Virgin Islands. The Thursday event was co-hosted by Palm Beach Travel, the British Virgin Islands Tourism Board, Lamborghini and The Moorings. At least 50 guests packed the International Polo Club Palm Beach

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GUSTAVIA — Jimmy Buffett knows all about hurricanes and sailing, so it’s appropriate that the singer-songwriter has been enlisted to help promote a regatta on St. Barts and show that life is returning to normal after a direct hit from Hurricane Irma in September. Buffett will serve as U.S. ambassador

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STEPPIN’ RAZOR (Don’t you watch his size, he’s dangerous, dangerous.): This hairy-looking spider would give anyone the heebie jeebies. Researchers in Australia named him after Bob Marley. BRISBANE — Researchers from Queensland Museum have named a bizarre, scuba-diving spider who spends most of its time underwater after reggae legend Bob

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MIAMI — Flies in the food preparation areas. Milk, cheese, eggs and yogurt kept in too-hot temperatures. Soiled and clogged machinery. These were some of the conditions uncovered by two inspectors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during a routine November inspection of the Carnival Triumph. More

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