Caribbean News Roundup – Aug. 20th


    The Sugar Association of the Caribbean says the regional industry must enforce a robust regional domestic market in CARICOM or risk closure with all regional sugar and molasses imported into the Caribbean at volatile global prices.

    A spokesman says there have no changes to the environment following a position paper released in September last year on the need to reform the Common External Tariff.
    Barbados’ government has been told by nurses at the St Philip District Hospital that they are fed up with poor working and environmental conditions.

    Workers claim that mold in the building has left staff members dealing with respiratory illnesses and they warn that they are ready to take “stern action” if a solution is not found soon.
    28 volunteers from west coast communities of Dominica began “Community Emergency Response Team” training as the hurricane season enters its peak period.

    This is the third CERT exercise being aimed at building capacity in risk awareness and preparedness at the community level.
    Guyana’s A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance for Change are expected to negotiate the Cummingsburg Accord in the coming weeks.

    The Guyana Chronicle claims issues to be discussed include a prime ministerial candidate and the formula for allocating Parliamentary Seats.
    Officials from American carrier, JetBlue, are expected to visit Guyana next month.

    However, Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson, says the expected launch of the carrier’s operations has been pushed back.
    Jamaica’s Consumer Affairs Commission is urging parents to be wary of counterfeit products during their back-to-school shopping.

    Director of Communications, CAC, Latoya Halstead says parents should be careful of purchasing significantly marked down items.
    Also in Jamaica, Transport Minister, Robert Montague, says hundreds of traffic cameras have been installed across the island.
    He says 490 traffic cameras have been installed across Kingston, 80 in Ocho Rios, 120 in Montego Bay, 38 in May Pen and 30 in Mandeville.

    The cameras have licence plate reading technology geared towards recording vehicles involved in traffic offences.
    In St Vincent – a 22 year old man from Bequia has been jailed for three months for performing stunts on a motorcycle while being barred for holding a driver’s licence.

    Enrique Gregg never had his licence but was prohibited from ever having one after getting into an accident in July 2019.

    Last Friday August 16th, less than a month after that incident, he was caught by a policeman on a public road doing stunts on the bike.