News Americas, LONDON, England, Tues. Aug. 9, 2016: As has been widely reported, Cuba has entered a new period of austerity. On July 8th, President Castro told the Cuban National Assembly that Cuban economic growth had slowed to 1 per cent in the first half of 2016 compared with 4.7 per cent over the same period in 2015. The country must, he said, rapidly cut it’s spending and energy use in order to address a lack of liquidity as a result of lower than projected income from exports of services and goods, and reduced oil imports from Venezuela.

News Americas, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Fri. Aug. 5, 2016: A national vigil against violence in the Caricom South American nation of Guyana is set to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day this year.  The “Voices Against Violence” vigil is currently being coordinated by The Caribbean Voice, Golden Om Dharmic Youth, Save Abee Foundation, Orchid Foundation, Anna Catherina Islamic Complex, NJASM, Art of Living (Guyana), Nirvana Humanirarian Foundation, Imagine Nation Foundation and GIVE Foundation and is set for September 10, 2016.

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Aug. 2, 2016: Invest Caribbean Now (ICN), the private sector investment agency of the Caribbean, is urging the government of Guyana to launch an investigation into the services being proffered to the Guyanese Diaspora and the Guyanese public by US-based airlines, Dynamic International Airways.

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C. Fri. July 29, 2016: The U.S. State Department on Thursday released its latest Fiscal Transparency Report which accesses countries globally that the U.S. says has not meet the minimum requirements of fiscal transparency. Fiscal transparency oversight by the U.S. looks at whether key budget documents are publicly available, substantially complete, and generally reliable and assesses the transparency of processes for awarding government contracts and licenses for natural resource extraction. Here are the Americas – Latin America and Caribbean nations – the US says have not met the minimum requirements of fiscal transparency:

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