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JAMAICA | PNP mourns former Speaker of the House, Headley Cunningham, O.J.

Kingston, Jamaica, September 22, 2018: People's National Party President and Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Phillips, M.P., is saddened by the death of former Member of Parliament for North East Westmoreland, Speaker of the House of Representatives, prominent attorney and former President of the Cornwall Bar Association, Hon. Headley Cunningham, O.J.
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South Africa’s top court legalises the private use of marijuana. Why it’s a good thing

South Africa’s Constitutional Court has passed down a judgment that makes it legal for adults to cultivate and smoke marijuana in their homes. The court – the country’s highest – ruled that the right to privacy was violated by prohibiting the possession, purchase or cultivation of cannabis for personal consumption by an adult in a private dwelling.

GUYANA | Jagdeo refuses to answer SOCU’s questions on PradoVille 2 lands; denies security of president, ministers was reason for scheme

GEORGETOWN,  Guyana, September 17, 2018 - Former President Bharrat Jagdeo on Monday invoked presidential immunity and refused to respond to any questions concerning the allocation of housing lands at Goedeverwagting-Plaisance (PradoVille 2) to himself, his then ministers and other top government officials eight years ago.
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GUYANA | T&T supports Guyana on border controversy with Venezuela

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, September19, 2018 - Trinidad and Tobago- which historically enjoys close economic and political relations with Venezuela- will support Guyana in its border controversy with their Spanish-speaking neighbour, Prime Minister Keith Rowley said Wednesday.
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JAMAICA | Cabinet Reviews Policy on the Public's Right to Beach Access

KINGSTON,  Jamaica, Sept 18, 2018 - Cabinet is reviewing the government's Beach Access and Management Policy with a view to reinforcing the right of public access to recreational beaches owned, managed or leased by public bodies. Technical representatives from the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation presented the draft policy on Thursday, September 13 during a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Andrew Holness at the Office of the Prime Minister.During the meeting, Prime Minister Holness highlighted the Government’s position that all Jamaican’s must have the right to access the island’s public recreational beaches.The draft Policy outlines, among other things, the Government’s intention to grant public access to those recreational beaches owned, managed or leased by public bodies.Some of the issues addressed in the draft Policy are: Increased physical access to the foreshore, the floor of the sea and the water column above it: Expansion of beach-related recreational opportunities; and Institution of measures for pollution control and safety for the protection of users of the coastal resources Subsequent to the presentation to the Committee, the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation was asked to further refine aspects of the draft Policy; and make a second presentation to the Committee.Once approved as a Green Paper by Cabinet, the Policy will be tabled in the Parliament, then subject to public consultations. The outcomes of these consultations will inform the revision of the Policy prior to its submission to Cabinet for approval as a final Policy.                                                        ----30----

BARBADOS Switches To E-Passports

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, - Persons applying for Barbados passports for the first time, or those seeking to renew them, will now be issued with an e-passport.
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Venezuela: is a US-backed 'military option' to oust Maduro gaining favour?

When Donald Trump first floated the idea of a “military option” in Venezuela last year, he was widely rebuffed by regional leaders and policy experts. Even the US president’s closest aides were reportedly stunned by the suggestion of an invasion – which for many in Latin America evoked bitter memories of previous US forays in the region.

BARBADOS | Accurate Data Critical In Crime Fight

BRIDGETOWN,  Barbados, Sept. 12, 2018 - Accurate and standardised crime data is needed to inform decisions that would assist in minimizing crime and its impacts. This  is the word from Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Celia Pollard-Jones, as she addressed a three-day regional workshop on the Implementation of the International Crime Classification for Statistical (ICCS) purposes at the Courtyard by Marriott on Tuesday.
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JAMAICA | PM Holness Meets Police, NWA Regarding Corporate Area Traffic

  KINGSTON,  Jamaica Sept 12, 2018 - Prime Minister Andrew Holness today met with the senior management of the National Works Agency (NWA), the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Chinese construction firm China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) to discuss solutions to the current traffic challenges due to major road works taking place across the Corporate Area.

Trump Closes Palestinian Mission Office in Washington

The United States government announced the closure of the Palestinian leadership’s de facto embassy in Washington as a "punishment" for not engaging in one-sided talks with Israel, and for attempting to sue the Israeli government at the International Criminal Court despite warnings from Washington.

Guyana’s proposed Law School hits another CLE snag

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Sept. 9, 2018 -  The Caribbean Council of Legal Education (CLE) says Guyana’s plans to establish a law school falls outside its treaty as it does not provide for countries or private entities to build and operate law schools.
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CARICOM | Leaders Committed To Making A Difference

ST. MICHAELS,Barbados- September 6, 2018 - Caribbean leaders are committed to making a difference in their people’s lives through implementing key measures relating to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).
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BARBADOS | CARICOM Heads Make CSME Recommendations

BRIDGETOWN,  Barbados, Sept. 7, 2018 - CARICOM Heads of Government have made a number of recommendations for consideration at the next Heads of Government conference, which they hope will make the business of living and working in the region much more viable for all.
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JAMAICA | PNP opens Condolence book Easton Douglas

KINGSTON,  Jamaica , August 31, 2018 - A condolence book has been opened today for the late former Member of Parliament for South Eastern St. Andrew, Vice President of the People’s National Party and Minister of Housing and Environment, Comrade Easton Douglas, at the People’s National Party Headquarters, 89 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6.

GUYANA | Granger wants Parliament to appoint Election Commissioners

GEORGETOWN,  Guyana, August 31, 2018 -President David Granger on Thursday signaled that he was open to adding reform of the Guyana Elections Commission and campaign financing to an agenda of proposed talks with Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, but already the Guyanese leader wants GECOM Commissioners to be appointed by the National Assembly. The President noted that ultimately there would be a role for the two major political parties in the appointment of GECOM Commissioners by consensus, convention or the constitution. In that regard, he preferred GECOM Commissioners to be appointed by the National Assembly similar to how the Police Service or Public Service Commission is appointed. “I’m in favour of reform but we must adopt the architecture, we must adopt the procedures which are in place for other constitutional commissions,” he told a news conference. Elections observer missions by the Commonwealth, Carter Center and the Organisation of American States have over the decades repeatedly the scrapping of the Guyana Elections Commission’s seven-member Carter Centre formula- three commissioners representing the opposition, three from the governing party and an independent Chairman- because it entrenches the role of political parties in the process. Some recommendations had called for commissioners to be drawn from civil society and prominent and well-respected Guyanese. “We can consider the reform of GECOM. We still work under the Carter formula which clearly appeared to have exhausted its usefulness….It is not a formula for consensus. It is almost a formula for gridlock so there needs to be a change,” Granger said. Earlier this year, the President had been embroiled in the controversial appointment of a GECOM Commission Chairman who ended up being Retired Judge, James Patterson although Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had submitted three sets of six names from which the President was expected to choose one. That appointment is the subject of an appeal. The President said he was willing to discuss campaign financing legislation with the Opposition Leader when they meet next month for the first in a series of high-level talks. The President said he has not seen draft campaign financing legislation which should be agreed by government and the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP). “As far as the campaign financing legislation, I have not seen a draft myself; nothing has been formalised. This is something that has to be agreed by both sides. It could be put on the agenda of the Leader of the Opposition but I have not seen a draft, I don’t know what the implications are,” he said. Granger has already said he wants to discuss security, environment, and oil and gas with Jagdeo. “The points that were raised with the Leader of the Opposition were mutually agreed. The agenda can be extended. It is meant to be a continuous engagement,” he said, adding that he hoped that the series of meetings could kick off in September. On the idea of power-sharing, the President said the time has gone for members of the opposition to be included in the Cabinet. “As far as power-sharing is concerned, structurally it is too late to embark on a reconfiguration of the Cabinet,” he said. Reflecting on the months immediately after his coalition won the May 2015 general elections, a proposal that was made for an inclusionary democracy,” he said. The President appeared to prefer a sharing ideas instead of power. “There is no proposal on the table for power sharing, whatever that is but certainly in terms of inclusionary democracy, you know the history of that, I would continue to engage the Leader of the Opposition to ensure that important elements in society and the economy are discussed and we share ideas; it is better to say there is an idea-sharing proposal rather than a power-sharing proposal,” During Jagdeo’s tenure as president, he had said that executive power sharing would require the building of trust.
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CSME Meeting To Address A Range Of Issues

BRIDGETOWN,  Barbados, August 29, 2018 - A number of issues will be on the agenda next week when CARICOM heads meet in Barbados for the Ninth Meeting of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on the CARICOM Single Market and the Economy (CSME) on Wednesday, September 5.
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TRINIDAD | Petrotrin's Oil Refinery to close, 1700 to lose jobs

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Oct, 29, 2018 - Chairman of Trinidad and Tobago's state owned oil company Petrotrin, Wilfred Espinet, yesterday announced the closure of its Pointe-à-Pierre oil refinery, the island's only such facility, describing it a cancer that cost the company billions in loss and debts.
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JAMAICA | PNP Concerned over "Green Bikes" for JCF

KINGSTON, Jamaica, August 27, 2018: The People’s National Party’s (PNP) Shadow Minister of National Security, Mr. Fitz Jackson, says the latest acquisition of motorbikes and supportive accessories for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is a positive development.

JAMAICA | Constant Spring Market Vendors disrespected says PNP

KINGSTON, Jamaica, August 27, 2018: The People’s National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister of Local Government, Dr Angela Brown Burke, is expressing profound disappointment at the cavalier manner in which the vendors at the Constant Spring Market are being treated and the total disrespect being meted out to them.

JAMAICA | Prime Minister Supports Family of Yetanya Francis

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Aug. 28, 2018 -Prime Minister Andrew Holness says he  has instructed the Ministry of National Security to set aside resources from the 100 million dollar “get the guns campaign”, launched last year, to incentivize information sharing that leads to the arrest and charge of child murderers, molesters and traffickers.
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