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  • ‘Support CARICOM’

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Former Prime Minister of Jamaica P. J. Patterson is urging CARICOM members to fully support the initiatives afforded by the agreement. Speaking during his delivery of 18th edition of the Frank Worrell Memorial Lecture on Tuesday night at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination at the Cave Hill Campus, Patterson spoke to the importance of the…

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  • House Approves CARICOM Act Amendments

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – The House of Representatives Tuesday passed a bill which seeks to amend the Caribbean Community (Free Movement of Skilled Persons) Act. The bill was passed without the parliamentary Opposition contributing to the debate. Labour and Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier opened debate on the bill last week, after which it was suspended. However, yesterday, no member of…

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  • CCJ judgment validates RTC

    RTC PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Does the judgment of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in the Shanique Myrie case open the door for someone to have the court rule that governments of Caricom are violating the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC) and should therefore be forced to end their continuing resistance to having the CCJ replace the British…

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  • Myrie Scored A Victory For Us All

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – Shanique Myrie, a Jamaican woman of humble background, sued the Barbados government and apparently won several rights for all CARICOM citizens. She spoke up for equal rights and justice. It was financially costly and time consuming. Myrie's attitude and actions can be considered heroic. Myrie was subjected to a painful and humiliating body-cavity search in unsanitary conditions…

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  • CCJ judgment to shift way in which business is conducted in CARICOM

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Irwin LaRocque, says the recent judgment by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in the case of Shanique Myrie and the Government of Barbados will lead to a shift in the way affairs in the Community are conducted. LaRocque who made the statement at a conference hosted by the Sir…

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  • Lawmakers Give Nod To Decriminalisation Of Ganja

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – LAWMAKERS YESTERDAY gave the nod to a private member's motion calling for the decriminalisation of ganja following two weeks of rigorous debate which saw members on the government side split on the issue. Despite sharp divisions among members of parliament (MP) on the controversial issue, at the end of yesterday's debate, the motion was passed without a…

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  • Barbados would not be the same without the UWI

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados- No one today can imagine Barbados without the UWI. This was the view expressed recently by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and of the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus. Professor Beckles recently argued that “modern Barbados is as much the creation of the UWI, as any single factor”. “The role of this campus in the…

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  • Concerns over rising exchange rate for US currency in Jamaica

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Former finance minister Audley Shaw Tuesday called on the Jamaica government to implement a number of measures aimed at slowing or reversing the exchange rate of the local dollar against the United States currency. Shaw, who is seeking to take over the leadership of the main opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), said that the Portia Simpson…

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  • IMF warns of tourism pain

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – A top official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says tourism in the Caribbean and Barbados could be hit hard if the shutdown of the United States government, now in its second week, drags on. Thomas Helbling, advisor to the IMF’s research department, told the MIDWEK NATION yesterday that once consumers in the United States become more…

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  • Arnaldo Ventura Appointed To CARICOM Committee

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – Dr Arnoldo Ventura, professor at The Mico University College, has been invited by the Prime Minister responsible for Science and Technology in CARICOM, Dr Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, to serve on the CARICOM Committee for Science, Technology and Innovation. The first meeting of this committee will take place in Grenada in January 2014 and will…

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