Caribbean News Roundup – Sept 11th

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    Barbados Attorney General Dale Marshall says the Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2019 does not cater for recreational purposes.

    He says weed will only be used for medicinal and scientific purposes only, and the Rastafarian community must make their request for legal sacramental use of marijuana at another forum.

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    The Jamaica Tourist Board has signaled its intent to attract more Barbadians to its shores, to increase overall visitor numbers from the Caribbean.

    Last year, Jamaica welcomed 4,686 Barbadians but it remains their third highest source market in CARICOM, behind T&T and the Bahamas.

    The Guyana Elections Commission is rubbishing claims that it is employing delay tactics to stall elections.

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    Concerns were raised after nominations were placed 55 days before elections day as opposed to the usual timeline, which is 32-34 days prior to the polls.

    GECOM says the law is clear that Nomination Day should be no later than 32 days before elections, and that is being satisfied.

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    The Guyana government has welcomed the announcement by the US-based carrier, JetBlue that it would expand its non-stop service to the Caribbean country beginning in April next year.

    Minister David Patterson says the low cost carrier will see lower ticket prices to Georgetown and provide travelers options to fly to their destinations.

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    Grenada’s magistrate court system will see a new acting chief magistrate, the reassigning of another and the appointment of a new acting magistrate.

    Grenada’s legal and justice system has been experiencing severe challenges since the shutting down of the Hall of Justice due to health problems experienced by staff.

    Matters are often heard in different locations including the conference room of the Parliament Building.

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    St. Vincent and Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves made his first every state visit to India and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday.

    The Leaders agreed to enhance cooperation between the two countries including in the areas of skill development, training, education, finance, culture and disaster management.

    St. Vincent also joined India’s International Solar Alliance which aims to combat the threats of climate change and global warming.

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    In Dominica, students from low income households and vulnerable communities were provided with some school items required to continue their education in a project entitled ‘Operation Backpack’

    Dominica’s Representative for the Commonwealth Students Association, Jonathan Jones says it was needed, since Hurricane Maria and Tropical Storm Ericka saw many businesses closing their doors leaving individuals without a stable form of employment and a source of income.