Island Communities

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands  –  On the heels of the UN Ocean Conference held in New York between June 5 and 9, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) – a tiny British overseas territory – is highlighting the common challenges faced by islands as it calls on international partners to support the efforts of islands to address their unique challenges. As co-Chair of the Global Islands Partnership (GLISPA), the British Virgin Islands has been at the forefront of United Nations efforts to raise awareness about the challenges faced by islands. “I take great pride as a GLISPA leader in lending my voice to the cause of islands and the sustainability of the ocean in which islands must exist,” Deputy Premier and…
ROSEAU, Dominica – The Barbados-based Trans Island Air 2000 (TIA) will soon offer its services to Dominica, Benoit Bardouille, the chief executive officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Port Authority (DASPA) has said here. Speaking on the radio programme “‘DASPA In Touch’ on Thursday, Bardouille said TIA, a small airline operating out of Barbados, is looking to fly into Dominica using both airports here and is also looking to use St. Lucia as a connecting airport into Dominica mainly through the Hewanorra International Airport there. “One of the things that we have observed is that there is an opportunity within the southern part because some of the northern airports we have some regular service in there,” he said. “We…
ST JOHN’S, Antigua – LIAT has reported losing some $7 million as a result of  a recent three-day strike by the airline’s pilots. Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Julie Reifer-Jones was quoted by Observer media as saying that the strike resulted in thousands of bookings being cancelled over a very short period. “The challenge with cancellation is that when they are in that kind of volume – it’s dramatic and many of the cancellations were in our summer period which is our peak period,” she said. Between June 7 and June 9 LIAT’s pilots were on strike protesting the status of negotiations on the implementation of a new, increased pay scale for pilots who now fly LIAT’s ATR-72 aircraft. Late…
NASSAU, Bahamas – Former Minister of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage is in a “very troubling and grave state” in the Intensive Care Unit at Doctors Hospital, according to Progressive Liberal Party chairman Bradley Roberts. In the latest update provided by Roberts, he indicated that doctors were working hard to aid the veteran politician. Roberts said he remained in contact with the family of Dr Nottage throughout the day Wednesday, but did not say what the 71-year-old was being treated for in hospital. In a statement to the press earlier in the day, the family of Dr Nottage confirmed that he had been admitted to hospital and asked the public to respect their privacy. The short statement read in full:…
MIAMI – The leader of a 2004 coup that toppled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was sentenced to nine years in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to a U.S. money laundering charge related to an international drug trafficking scheme. Guy Philippe, 49, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga in Miami after pleading guilty to conspiring to commit money laundering in connection with his receipt of cash payments tied to narcotics sales in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Prosecutors said Philippe, a former high-ranking official in the Haitian National Police, received more than $1.5 million in bribes to ensure the safe transit of drug shipments. His sentence was confirmed by court records. Philippe has been in custody since…

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