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Jamaica: JGRA head wants contaminated gas distributors to be named

Leonard Green, President of the Jamaica Gasoline Retailers Association (JGRA), wants to know the names of distributors of contaminated gas. Green believes naming these distributors should be done in the public interest. Green claims a series of tests by the Bureau of Standards has found the source of the bad fuel. He’s now questioning why Read More

Venezuela President Maduro challenges poll result in court

Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro is now claiming that the December 6 polls, in which his leftist party suffered a massive defeat, were marred by fraud, and he has challenged the election result in the courts. The opposition coalition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) soundly beat the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), taking 112 of the Read More

Jamaica: Shareholders approve RJR-Gleaner merger

In Jamaica, shareholders of the RJR Communications Group have approved the resolution for a merger with The Gleaner. This means the deal is one step closer to reality, and it will be considered the biggest media merger in in Jamaica. Another meeting with shareholders will be held January 7, and the name of the new Read More

Jamaica’s election uncertainty could put IMF program at risk, says report

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the Extended Fund Facility programme with Jamaica is facing several risks, including uncertainty around the next General Election. The IMF’s latest report on Jamaica says maintaining social consensus for the government’s reform agenda is one of the risks facing the programme. It also says that maintaining desired social consensus Read More

Man alleging homophobic attacks in native St. Kitts could be deported from Canada

A man born in St. Kitts and Nevis is facing deportation from Canada, after reportedly fleeing his homeland believing he was the target of homophobia. 31-year old Rolston Ryan has had his bid for asylum denied by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. According to the Toronto Star, Ryan said that he would “face Read More

Compensation for Jamaican drivers with tainted fuel could be difficult

Drivers in Jamaica who suffered damage to their vehicles due to contaminated fuel could have some trouble getting compensation for their losses. The Jamaica Gasoline Retailers Association (JGRA) says this is because many drivers are unable to prove when and where they purchased this fuel in order to be compensated. On Tuesday, it was announced Read More

SVG: Opposition election candidate arrested, bailed in protests

In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, one of the losing candidates in the December 9 elections was granted bail today following his arrest at an opposition protest yesterday. Ben Exeter of the New Democratic Party (NDP) pleaded not guilty to three charges of assaulting police when he appeared in court this morning. Exeter, who lost Read More

SVG opens Parliament with swearing-in of MPs

In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the ceremonial opening of the First Session of the Tenth Parliament wrapped up a short time ago at the Assembly Chamber in Kingstown. The ceremony featured the swearing-in of Members of Parliament, as well as the election of a Speaker and Deputy Speaker. Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves and Opposition Read More

T&T to stop giving free textbooks to students as part of cost-cutting measures

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago will no longer be providing free textbooks to the majority of students as it seeks to cut costs. Education Minister Anthony Garcia says the Cabinet has decided that textbooks will be given to students in the Infant Department, Infants One and Two, and in the lower forms of the Read More

Barbados hunger targets lauded by former government minister

A former government minister in Barbados says all Barbadians should be proud of reports that the country has met its global hunger targets. Two targets were set in 1996 and 2000. Former minister of social transformation Hamilton Lashley commended the government, in response to the findings released in the report for this year. However, the Read More


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