Caribbean News Roundup – July 31

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    Officials in Barbados are planning to revitalize the now dormant Andrews Sugar Factory to focus less on export and more on renewable energy, tourism and locally-manufactured bi-products.

    Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Indar Weir says sugar will be produced for the domestic market and hopefully on cruise ships.

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    Also in Barbados, officials are considering extending recently implemented water prohibitions, even though there has been a recent increase in rainfall.

    The Government has been told the drought will continue until sometime in October, and the extension of the restrictions they say is necessary to conserve the limited water supply.

    The breaching of this ban could see Barbadians face a $500 fine or one-month imprisonment.

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    In Jamaica, Health Minister has asked relatives and employees of nursing homes who carelessly leave elderly and shut-in persons at hospitals as a drop-off zone to cease and desist.

    He says this is being done though they do not need medical attention, as they use the system to have these persons taken care of, with a bed, meals and medication.

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    St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonzalves has presented to
    Parliament an amendment to the marijuana law that makes smoking of two ounces or less a ticketable offence if the offender admits to the crime.

    The proposed changes include no arrests, jail time or a criminal record for a person in possession of up to two ounces of weed.

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    Guyana is gearing up for the smooth sale of its share of crude oil when production begins in the first quarter of 2020.

    Director of the Department of Energy Dr. Mark Bynoe says a Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading vessel, is expected to arrive in September.

    This will see the production of an estimated 120,000 barrels of oil per day.

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    Mining company Guyana Goldfields Inc. has announced a second quarter production of 37,300 ounces, bringing its total half-year production to 74,000 ounces of gold.

    The comparable figure for 2018 was 70,100 ounces.

    Chief Operating Officer Suresh Kalathil says in the second half of the year, further operational efficiency initiatives are in the pipeline.

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    With the current tourism season now receding, the Anguilla Tourist Board has brought its international representatives to only to showcase tourism developments and market the island for the next season.

    A number of activities are being held for “The ATB 2019 Marketing Week” as Anguilla relishes its coveted vote as the Best Island in the Caribbean, for the third time in row, by the readers of the world-renowned Travel & Leisure magazine.

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    Grenada’s Agriculture Ministry is making moves to save the Citrus Industry, with the construction of new shade houses for the mass growing of citrus plants.

    This has become the necessity, since the Citrus Greening Disease has crippled the industry, causing Grenadian officials to cease distribution of plants to farmers for two consecutive seasons.