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brews in Jamaica’s Appleton Sugar Estate
is growing tension among sugar workers in St Elizabeth following a
decision by the Jamaica Court of Appeal to uphold an injunction obtained
by Algix Jamaica Limited against J Wray & Nephew, which has resulted
in a suspension of operations at Appleton Sugar Estate in the parish.
Algix in January filed an appeal for Appleton to cease production of
sugar, which has resulted in the cancellation of the 2016 sugar cane
harvest. The sugar harvest normally runs from January through June. Algix,
in filing the injunction, claimed that Appleton was discharging effluent
from the sugar factory that was killing its fish, an allegation that J
Wray & Nephew has denied. The fish company has since filed a US$49-million
This closure has created a disaster as Appleton employs over 600 people and also caters to more than 800 third-party cane farmers who stand to lose upwards of $300 million because of non-production. The whole area is almost totally dependent on Appleton so the impact has been devastating on everyday life.
lawmakers approve second nominee for post of PM
was second time lucky for interim President Jocelerme Privert after The
Haitian Parliament has approved President Jocelerme Privert‘s choice for
prime minister less than a week after rejecting United States-trained
economist Fritz Jean.
Lawmakers in this French-speaking Caribbean Community country gave the
nod to professor of administrative law, Enex Jean-Charles, who has also
served as an advisor to several heads of state. The Lower House Chamber of
Deputies voted in favour of Jean-Charles serving as a transitional
government’s prime minister by a 78-1 vote, with two deputies
The Senate had unanimously ratified his policy statement days
known in politics since 1988 as ‘the friend of everyone’, the new
interim prime minister is a graduate of the University of Missouri in
Columbia, as well as the University of Brussels.
1991, the 55-year-old, who is professor of administrative law at the
Faculty of Law and Economics of the State University of Haiti, has
published numerous articles and research reports on the administrative
policy development, local participation and decision-making in
administrative matters. He is the author of the Haitian Administrative
legislators voted down Jean and the Provisional Electoral
Commission (CEP) that is needed to organise the twice-postponed
presidential run-off vote, following President Michel Martelly’s
departure from office on February 7 without any successor being elected.
Jamaican model sues Trump
Jamaican model, Alexia Palmer, said in a lawsuit against the Donald
Trump Model Management agency
that she received only $3,880 plus cash advances totaling $1,100 over a
three year period. Even though Trump Model Management filed immigration
documents to obtain a special work visa, called an H-1B, for Palmer, which
certified she would work “full-time” and earn $75,000 a year.
“That’s what slavery people do,” Miss Palmer told ABC
News. “You work and don’t get no money.” The agency took 80
percent of her earnings as expenses and fees but only found her 21 shoots
over three years. And under the terms of her visa, she could not work
anywhere else if she wanted to stay in the U.S.
Trump's attorney, Alan Garten, disputed Palmer’s claim, saying she
was treated the same as any other fashion industry prospect and made
little money because “she had a lack of work."
Immigration experts told ABC News that this type of arrangement --
bringing in a worker on a promise of pay that never comes -- is a
troubling abuse of the foreign work program.
For the billionaire real estate mogul, the SoHo-based Trump Model
Management is a little-known holding in a vast global empire. The modeling
business brought the Republican presidential contender between $1 million
and $5 million in annual earnings, according to his public financial
Five days of protest action that saw the withdrawal of labour, and the
historic blocking of the House of Assembly, has resulted in the withdrawal
of Bermuda’s Pathways to Status Bill. The announcement was made by
Premier Michael Dunkley. The news was greeted by loud cheers by protesters
on Parliament Hill.
The withdrawal also means that public transportation, garbage
collection, and other services disrupted are now back in service.
To “enable further community input” the Premier announced the
Immigration Bill will be removed from the House of Assembly’s Order
Paper, and Parliament will “consider immigration reforms in stages.
the protests Bermuda’s House of Assembly was closed after
legislators were locked out by protesters who formed a human ring around
Government wanted to usher in the Bermuda Immigration and Protection
Amendment Act 2016 that would open the door for long-term guest workers to
gain permanent residency after 15 years and Bermuda status (citizenship)
after 20 years but the plan has split the country.
Home Affairs Minister Michael Fahy has said amending the 1956
Immigration Act would bring Bermuda in line with the European Convention
on Human Rights, generate revenue and help to address the decreasing work
Even though Bermuda has emerged from six years of recession the island
is struggling to improve its fragile economy.
However, Chamber President John Wight said defended the proposed bill
as needed to provide more permanence to guest workers who have met minimum
threshold limits of residency in Bermuda. He claimed that with an ageing
population and “more people drawing upon the Government’s bank account
than paying into it, Bermuda must increase the numbers of people
contributing to the system through increased employment and population
expansion”. However, the protestors did not buy it.
drone rules for Caribbean countries
Caribbean countries are grappling with the safe use of drones.
The Grenada Government have warned drone users that they must first
obtain permission from the police before allowing the Unmanned Aerial
Vehicle (UAV) into the air. At present, Grenada has no policy with regards
to the operations of drones and is collaborating with the Antigua-based
Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCA) to develop a policy for
the use of drones. In the absent of an official policy the police will
decide who receive permission for using drones in Grenada’s airspace.
Barbados recently announced a ban on using drones in its airspace until
legislation and or a policy is enacted and enforced.
Jamaica tells United Nations to “legalize it”
not only defended its decision to decriminalize small quantities of
marijuana at the United Nations, but also called on the UN to review the
classification of cannabis as a dangerous drug with no medical use.
of Foreign Affairs Kamina Johnson-Smith told a United Nations General
Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drug policy that in developing drug
policies, “one size does not fit all”.
said that while it will adhere to its obligations under the Drug Control
Convention, Jamaica maintains that countries should be allowed the
flexibility to craft appropriate laws and policies that take into account
other important elements, such as different cultural perspectives and
practices, as well as consideration of the health, well-being, human
rights, human development and security of citizens.
government amended the Dangerous Drugs Act last year to give tickets for
possession of less than two ounces of cannabis, instead of making it a
felony offence and create a legal regime governing the sacramental use of
marijuana by Rastafarians.
It also established provisions for the medical, scientific and therapeutic uses of the plant, and set up a Cannabis Licensing Authority to regulate and monitor the allowed uses of the substance.
Canadian government will introduce legislation next year that will make
the sale of marijuana legal. It will make Canada one of largest Western
economies to permit the drug's widespread use.
Jamaican invention helps
with Flint Michigan water crisis
Jamaican entrepreneur Jovan Evans created the Pump-n-Spray for
individuals who live in areas where there is a consistent lack of access
to running water in Jamaica. The product transforms a four- or five-gallon
bottle of water into a portable shower with the same pressure as a
standard indoor shower.
Servants Without Borders (SWB), a Washington-based non-profit, has
partnered with Evans, the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship - Caribbean's
(BCoEC) entrepreneur and creator of the Pump-n-Spray, to aid Flint
residents in the United States as they cope with lead contamination of
their water supply.
Colin Duncan, one of the principals of SWB, learned of the invention
while on a working visit to Jamaica. He thought it would be perfect for
Flint, Michigan water crisis.
Having vetted the idea, the SWB team visited Flint and met with
residents, civic leaders and officials who expressed immediate interested
in the product.
Last month, SWB distributed approximately 200 of the Pump-n-Spray in
Flint. Since then, requests for the product have picked up considerable
steam and a second distribution is planned in a few weeks.
The issue of bathing and showering has gone unaddressed until now.
Approximately, 45,000 homes in Flint have been impacted by the water
crisis. With the introduction of the Pump-n-Spray, residents can take
showers, wash dishes, and begin to introduce a sense of normalcy to daily
activities. Designed as a solution for a common Third World problem, this
portable shower is helping to solve a crisis in a First World city.
Jamaica Gov’t turns to
used cars for cops
Jamaica’s new Security Minister Robert Montague says the allocation
of funds to shore up the Jamaica Constabulary Force motor vehicle fleet
will be used to buy used vehicles instead of new ones. A police car lasts
for an average of 30 months because police cars are not supposed to rest,
it must work and work and work. ...So rather than buying 100 new cars, we
can get 400 used cars ...What it means is that it will get the police
mobile,” he added.
also disclosed that using natural gas to power police vehicles is also
West Indies cricketers
take 3 world titles
The glory days of West Indies cricket seemed long past. Recently, they
have become the beating stick for everyone.
So it was quite a shock when they took not one, not two, but three
world titles in the ICC T20 World Cup cricket. T20 cricket is very
exciting as the winner must score the greater score in 20 overs.
Indies wins maiden ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup
Women down Aussies to clinch first T20 World Cup
Women down Aussies to clinch first T20 World Cup
Set 149 for victory at the historic Eden Gardens, West Indies Women
reached their target with three balls to spare, with the 18-year-old
Matthews top-scoring with 66 from 45 balls and the in-form Taylor getting
59 from 57 balls.
win in nail-biting, heart-stopping, jaw-dropping finale!
With West Indies requiring a difficult 19 from the final over in
pursuit of 156 for victory at Eden Gardens, the right-handed Brathwaite
cleared the ropes four times in succession off seamer Ben Stokes to hand
West Indies a spectacular victory with two balls to spare.
Brathwaite finished on 34 not out from just 10 deliveries, but it was
veteran right-hander Marlon Samuels, who stroked an unbeaten 85 from 66
balls, who was the architect of the victory.
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