Caribbean Region

PARIS, France – In an unprecedented move in French politics, three blacks – two of them women and all from France's overseas departments in the Caribbean – have been named ministers in new President Francois Hollande's Cabinet. Christiane Taubira, 60, from French Guiana is now minister of justice in the new socialist government, the first black woman to be made a full minister. Two women from Guadeloupe have also been named ministers. Victorin Lurel is in charge of overseas departments and George Pau-Langevin has been named junior minister for educational success. - Edited from CMC.
Cape Air's Caribbean presence has expanded with the start of service between St. Croix, USVI and Vieques, Puerto Rico. Cape Air will operate daily service between the destinations. Fares for flights start at $70 each way. Originally, the service, which ran from December 11, 2011 through May 7, 2012, was slated to be seasonal only. The decision to connect these two islands with daily flight service on a year-round basis was made after consideration of customer feedback, as well as requests from government and tourism leaders on St. Croix and Vieques. Cape Air's Vice President of Planning, Andrew Bonney, said, "As both Vieques and St. Croix continue to grow as not only tourist destinations, but also commerce centers, we realized that providing inter-island service would benefit travelers and locals alike. It is important for us to be able to listen to the suggestions of our passengers, and respond quickly to meet those needs."
CHARLESTOWN, Nevis, CMC - Premier Joseph Parry says he is delighted that the United States Supreme Court had upheld the country’s health care law, commonly referred to as “Obamacare”.The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Mar. 23, 2010. It seeks to overhaul existing legislation and affects certain aspects of the private health insurance industry and public health insurance programs, requires insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions, and seeks to extend coverage to 30 million uninsured Americans by 2014. “This reform will mean that Nevisians residing or visiting the United States will be able to utilize a modern and affordable health care system,” said Premier Parry, adding that he agreed with Obama that health care is not political, but is a good commodity for the country.