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Last updated: 25 March, 2011 - Published 11:48 GMT
 
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TCI airport to resume operations

Normal operations are expected to resume at the Providenciales International Airport in the Turks and Caicos Islands on Friday, following a sick out by public servants.

Flights into and out of the islands were disrupted yesterday because of the industrial action by firefighters and other government employees.

It was in response to a call by the Civil Service Association to take part.

Earlier this month the union put forward a list of proposals to the government requesting changes to payroll and pensions, and demanded a reply within seven days.

A government statement said that work on a detailed response will soon be completed and is expected to be issued by the end of this week.

The statement said the the union's action is likely to backfire, by causing a delay in the payment of wages.

IADB finance ministers meet

Finance ministers from member countries of the Inter-American Development Bank are meeting in Canada over the next two days, to discuss issues affecting regional growth.

The talks will focus on inflation, exchange rates and capital flows as key challenges to their economies.

It is the fourth annual meeting of finance officials from 34 countries including the US, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.

The topic of rising food and fuel prices is also high on the agenda.

Caymans Islands' population declines

Preliminary results of the latest census in the Cayman Islands show a population decline in the territory.

Officials say they are concerns that the reduced numbers will affect the economy.

Estimates in 2008 projected that the Caymans would have a total of just over 57,000 people now and the authorities expected the population to increase.

Premier McKeeva Bush said preliminary results from the 2010 census show that the population has declined to 55,000.

He noted that the new results compel the government to continue pushing for policies that will promote sustainable population growth .

Caymans has already seen a number of multi-national businesses move their operations to Ireland, Switzerland and other countries.

There are tens of thousands of companies registered in the territory, but most have no employees or physical offices on the islands.

Baby Doc hospitalised

Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier
Mr Duvalier has been hospitalised after falling ill

The former Haitian leader Jean-Claude Duvalier has been taken to hospital in Port-au-Prince after falling ill.

Aides to Mr Duvalier - also known as Baby Doc - said his condition was not serious.

The former leader made a surprise return to Haiti in January after 25 years in exile.

Mr Duvalier is under investigation for alleged corruption and crimes against humanity during his 15-year rule.

 
 
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