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:

Themes and costumes take center stage and preparations begin for the 2017 Carnival season. 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – July 21, 2016 – In Trinidad & Tobago, there are two seasons - Carnival and getting ready for Carnival. Trinidad Carnival, the world’s largest street party, is already on the mind of revellers across the globe as the masquerade bands launch their costume themes for 2017. Amidst enthusiastic fans dancing to the beat of the hippest soca tracks, band launches have become a staple event on Trinidad’s cultural calendar, heralding the start of Carnival “prep” season. Queen’s Park Savannah, local arenas and hotel poolside lounges are jam-packed with anxious party-goers, waiting to catch a first glimpse of what they will wear or see on the streets of Port of Spain, February 27 and 28, 2017.

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. July 19, 2016: The U.S. on Monday issued a new travel warning on Haiti, advising U.S. citizens travelling to or living on the Caribbean island about the lack of adequate emergency medical facilities, and the security environment in Haiti. The warning comes as the United States suspended financial assistance to Haiti’s electoral authorities as they plan to redo a presidential vote that a special commission found was marred by widespread fraud and as the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) will receive the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Haiti, Pierrot Delienne, on Wednesday, July 20, at 10:00 EDT to discuss the evolving political and electoral situation in Haiti.

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. July 12, 2016: While developed nations like the U.S. Canada and the UK have been quick to issue travel alerts on developing nations, one Caribbean nation has flipped the script on the Mighty United States. The Bahamas’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration is warning its citizens travelling to the United States to be wary of “recent tensions in some American cities over shootings of young black males by police officers.”

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