Venezuela will not participate in ICJ case on border controversy

Venezuela will not participate in ICJ case  on border controversy

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — The Government of Venezuela has disclosed that it will not be participating in the international court case to bring to an end the decades old border controversy with Guyana. The Venezuelan government, in a statement today indicated that this has been communicated to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Earlier this year, […]

CARICOM countries divided on OAS vote on suspending Venezuela

CARICOM countries divided on OAS vote   on suspending Venezuela

WASHINGTON– Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries were split last week when the Organization of American States (OAS) voted to pass a resolution that can initiate the process of Venezuela’s suspension from the organization. The General Assembly voted with 19 member states in favour – including The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana and Jamaica; four against – including Dominica […]

Group launched in Guyana to help fleeing Venezuelans

Group launched in Guyana to help fleeing Venezuelans

GEORGETOWN,  Guyana – Several civic and faith-based organizations have partnered to launch the Venezuela Support Group (VSG), a body which will provide advice and assistance to Venezuelans seeking refuge here from the deprivations and insecurity currently gripping their homeland. According to a news release, the initial focus of the VSG will be on ensuring Venezuelans […]

Trinidad-Tobago says it respects the rights of aslyum seekers

Trinidad-Tobago says it respects the rights  of aslyum seekers

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The Trinidad and Tobago government, in responding to claims that Venezuelan asylum seekers were forcibly repatriated to their homeland, says no Venezuelans were compelled or coerced into leaving the country last Saturday. The Ministry of National Security of the twin island republic, in a statement issued after the United Nations […]

Growing numbers of Venezuelans seeking asylum in Trinidad-Tobago

Growing numbers of Venezuelans seeking asylum in Trinidad-Tobago

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The number of Venezuelan nationals seeking asylum or detained at the main immigration center here has increased significantly, a joint select committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament has been told. Acting Chief Immigration Officer, Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews, told the committee on Friday that an estimated 2,000 Venezuelans have applied for […]

Leaders renew call for the Caribbean to be declared zone of peace

Leaders renew call for the Caribbean to be declared  zone of  peace

ST JOHN’S, Antigua  – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuban leaders ended their sixth summit in Antigua on Friday reiterating calls for the region to be declared a zone of peace and urging the United States to lift the decades old trade and economic embargo on Havana. In addition, the leaders of the 15-member group and Cuba […]

Tourism official advises Caribbean to look to Asia

Tourism official advises Caribbean to look to Asia

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica: As the Caribbean looks to grow its tourism market, a senior executive of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has urged the region to look to Asia as its next frontier. UNWTO’s regional director for Asia and the Pacific, Xi Jing, himself an Asian, on Monday, outlined the tremendous potential of the market, […]

Venezuelan president to visit Trinidad and Tobago

Venezuelan president to visit Trinidad and Tobago

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro is scheduled to sign new agreements with the twin island republic when he visits in the coming weeks. Maduro, who was speaking with the International media last week, said he will sign a fresh round of broad- ranging agreements, including pacts on joint exploration of the […]

Be citizens of the world, Glover tells Black gathering in Toronto

Be citizens of the world, Glover tells Black gathering in Toronto

Black American actor and political activist Danny Glove addressed a large gathering of Black people  at the First Baptist church in Toronto on Sunday. Calling on them to play a more active role in the politics of the country, he said that they should see themselves as citizens of the world, even though they may […]

Muhtadi Drumming Festival at Woodbine Park on the weekend

Muhtadi Drumming Festival  at Woodbine Park on the weekend

The 18th edition of Muhtadi International Drumming Festival (MIDF) will be held at Woodbine Park in Toronto on the weekend. The two-day festival  (June 3-4) is multicultural extravaganza that showcases 30 plus performers/groups playing an eclectic array of drums, music and dance from many nations. One of the themes of this year’s festival  is “Canada […]