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121. Venezuelan crude oil has already fallen to US$24 ...
President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro Moros said the ongoing "petroleum war" that has caused the worst fall in prices in 12 years must be reversed, according to state-owned oil company PDVSA.

122. Cuba gives 8 from St Kitts & Nevis ...
As the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis continues to make strides in promoting human development through education, it has once again partnered with the Cuban Government, who has awarded students of the Federation the opportunity to pursue tertiary studies in Cuba.

123. Cubans said to be using Trinidad and Tobago ...
A new report by a "Cuban Media Group S.L" believed to be dissident, says Cubans are now using Trinidad and Tobago as their bridge as they are braced in Central America.

124. St Vincent, Dominican Republic, Venezuela lose UN voting ...
St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela are three of nine countries that have lost their voting rights at the United Nations because of arrears in their annual contributions to the New York-based world body.

125. St Lucia takes 25 Cuban medical personnel for ...
St Lucia Minister for Health Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations Alvina Reynolds, and Cuban Ambassador Jorge Soberon, signed another cooperation agreement that allows Cuba to export 25 medical personnel to St Lucia at a cost of EC$1.5 million, the smaller Caribbean island's Health Ministry said in a statement today.

126. Venezuela shortens work week - weekends start Thursday
In a bid to save energy, Venezuela shortened its official work week to Monday to Thursday, President Nicolas Maduro announced last night in a live televised broadcast.

127. Sint Maarten to source more food from the ...
As Caribbean territories like Sint Maarten, other Dutch islands, and French islands like Martinique, are so well "protected" by trade laws that make it difficult to export to them from countries like Trinidad and Tobago and the Dominican Republic, special arrangements are needed like the one signed yesterday.

128. German ferry co. to offer cruises to Cuba ...
"With Clipper’s support, FRS will launch a new ferry service from Florida to Cuba, pending government guidance and approval," Germany's FRS said in a release Tuesday.

129. Mexico offers St Lucia 20 scholarships
The Government of Mexico has published the 2017 Call for Scholarships for students who are interested in studying for a specialization, Masters or Doctorate degree, or conducting graduate or postgraduate research.

130. 85% of St Lucia's agricultural sector hit hard ...
by St Lucia GIS

131. Venezuela policies don't address credit weaknesses, says rating ...
Despite recent measures by the Nicolas Maduro administration to relieve Venezuela's financial and macroeconomic stress, the combined impact of lower oil prices, the lack of material foreign financing, and political uncertainty will continue to weigh on Venezuela's rating, New York-based Fitch Ratings said today in a statement.

132. Scotiabank: NAFTA boosted North American growth
While U.S. President Donald Trump threatens to impose a tax on imports from Mexico to build a border wall, another of Canada's largest banks has come out in defence of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) among Canada, the USA and Mexico.

133. Fitch: Dominican Republic banks to benefit from improved ...
The Jamaica-based JMMB Group, listed on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange, has a stock brokerage in the Dominican Republic.

134. IMF: Costa Rica bounced back quickly from the ...
Costa Rica bounced back quickly from the 2008–09 global crisis, but growth, despite picking up in the last two years to 3.75 percent, has stayed below trend, while macro vulnerabilities, mainly from the weak fiscal position, have risen.

135. US drops to 6th largest tourist source for ...
The pace at which U.S. citizens have been visiting Cuba has ticked down, data from Cuba's National Statistics and Information Office (ONEI) showed yesterday.

136. Borrowing drags Aruba's current account surplus down
The Caribbean island usually earns more than spends (hence the surplus) but servicing debt (similar to the debt Trinidad and Tobago is taking on uninhibitedly) is eroding that healthy balance.

137. IMF: Dominican Republic economic growth to slow
"Growth averaged over 7 per cent during 2014–15, fueled mainly by domestic demand," the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in its country report on the Dominican Republic today.

138. Visitors from Venezuela to Aruba plummets
The Central Bank of Aruba reported Friday:

139. Curacao & Sint Maarten cancels bond issue
A bond issue that was planned on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, regarding a NAf 26 million (about US$14.53 million) with a 0.60% coupon with duration of 25 years has been cancelled, the Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten said today.

140. Venezuelans to entertain boxing fans in Siparia


141. IMF projects Nicaragua economy will continue to grow ...
The IMF said in a statement today:

142. China donates to rehab centre in The Bahamas


143. Moody's forecasts Cuba economy to slow to 0.9% ...


144. U.S. tourism to Cuba went up, but the ...


145. Fitch upgrades the Dominican Republic on 6.7% projected ...
"Downside risks to growth and external accounts could emerge in case of a shift in trade and immigration related policies under the administration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. The Dominican Republic has extensive trade (through CAFTA-DR) and financial ties with the U.S.": Fitch The following is the release verbatim:

146. Dominican Republic economy grew between 6% and 6.5%, ...
Dominican Republic Central Bank Governor Hector Valdez Albizu estimated the Dominican Republic economy grew between 6% and 6.5% in 2016 after a meeting with an association of free zone area merchants (Adozona), media in the Caribbean's largest free market economy reported today.

147. Obama to visit Cuba next month
More Americans are traveling to Cuba than at any time in last 50 years, U.S. President Barack Obama said today on Twitter. "14 months ago, I announced that we would begin normalizing relations with Cuba - and we've already made significant progress," Obama said.

148. US$125 million in cocaine seized, 4 Guyanese to ...
A release from the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) said it was the result of a joint operation with the U.S. Coast Guard in international waters off the coast of Suriname

149. St Lucia medical scholarship recipients in Venezuela return ...
Saint Lucian students awarded medical scholarships had to be brought home because of existing conditions in Venezuela.

150. IMF: Panama Papers proves 'lack of transparency' is ...
The "Panama Papaers" scandal proves that the lack of transparency or opaqueness is not a problem of the developing world alone, International Monetary Fund Director of the Fiscal Affairs Vitor Gaspar said yesterday at a press conference in Washington. The following is an excerpt from the transcript.