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LIAT lays off over 100 employees as part of debt reduction measures

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T&T Movement for Social Justice leader senses trouble for CoP party

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Jamaica opposition leader appeals ruling on senators’ removals

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Possibility of marijuana reform considered in T&T

Now that Jamaica, as well as the American states of Colorado and Washington, have made changes to their marijuana laws, questions are now being asked about a similar move in Trinidad and Tobago. Marcus Ramkissoon, of the Jamaican medical marijuana reform group Timeless Herbal Care, believes T&T can also benefit from legalization or decriminalization. (Image Read More

Rural Jamaicans see higher poverty rate, says survey

Poverty has increased in rural Jamaica, according to the Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions. Despite this, St. Thomas became the most impoverished parish at a rate of 32.5 percent, while St. Mary has the lowest rate at 9.4 percent. The report by the Planning Institute of Jamaica says the urban regions – the Kingston Metropolitan Read More

Dominica opposition voices concern about election campaign money

Dominica’s Opposition Leader Lennox Linton is concerned about the cost of the election campaign. And he says his United Workers Party will be pushing for campaign legislation in parliament. Linton says efforts must be made to pull the process from manipulation of huge dollars and the highest bidder. (Image source: Dominica News Online)

US Customs nab Caribbean migrants off Florida coast

The United States Customs and Border Protection Agency says it has apprehended ten Caribbean migrants in the waters off the coast of Miami. It says the migrants, whose nationalities were not identified, were nabbed after agents deployed warning shots and disabled fire to successfully intercept a vessel earlier this week. The agency says law enforcement Read More

Dominica welcomes three new varieties of potato

Three varieties of white potatoes have been introduced to the production landscape in Dominica: the Chieftain, Spunta, and Challenger potatoes. The crops will be planted on a plot in Bellevue Chopin. Funding for the project has been sourced from the Canadian Hunger Fund. Alvin Moreau, Agricultural Coordinator from the PROPEL office in Jamaica, was in Read More

Discussions underway in Grenada for reform of energy sector

The liberalization of Grenada’s energy sector was on top of the agenda at a national consultation on electricity reform. Minister for Public Utilities Gregory Bowen says actions to modernize the legal framework are long overdue. Participants at the meeting discussed a new draft bill that will, among other things, set the Eastern Caribbean Energy Regulatory Read More

Jamaica asked to stay focused after IMF success

Just as Jamaica successfully completes half of its programme with the International Monetary Fund, the head of the IMF mission to Jamaica, Jan Kees Martijn, is urging the government to stay the course. A team from the fund visited the island this month to review their performance under the Extended Fund Facility. Yesterday, Martijn and Read More

Ex-UN Secretary General Annan enters talks in Cuba

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is scheduled to arrive in Cuba for a four-day visit. While there he will also meet with representatives of the Cuban government. Annan, who also heads the non-profit Kofi Annan Foundation, will hold meetings with participants in peace talks for Colombia. Earlier this week, Annan participated in the Colombian Read More

Canadian doctor arrested in drowning of young boy in St. Lucia

A Canadian man is under arrest after a 4-year-old boy drowned to death in St. Lucia. Hamilton, Ontario doctor Sahab Jamshidi was going kite-surfing Sunday at Bois Shadon Beach in Vieux Fort. The child, identified as Terrel Joshua Elibos, lived in the town and was taken along for a ride by Jamshidi. The boy then Read More

T&T Movement for Social Justice leader senses trouble for CoP party

David Abdullah, political leader of Trinidad and Tobago’s Movement for Social Justice, believes that the departure of Nicole Dyer Griffith from the Congress of the People is the final nail in the coffin for the party. He says that hers may not be the first departure, but it’s a significant one. Abdullah claims that there Read More

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