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succumbs to Trump threats on Venezuela
When Trump’s UN
ambassador Nicky Haley threatened nations who did not blindly follow the
US on Un voting, Jamaica caved in. Now it has come out that Trump wanted
to invade Venezuela and has led the fight to impose sanctions on that
democratic country. But, Venezuela has been good to Jamaica and to many
other countries. It is therefore good to see Lisa
Hanna, the foreign affairs and foreign trade spokesperson for the
Opposition Peoples National Party bravely come to its defense.
also took up the mantle for the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP)
nations, the present and former colonies of Europe now facing an
uncertain future, with the critical Cotonou aid and trade pact set to
expire in 2020.
are some edited excerpts of Hanna's Sectoral Presentation to Parliament
on May 9, 2018:
preferential trade agreements under the PetroCaribe Fund graciously
provided by the Government of Venezuela represents the largest loan with
the best financial terms since Independence.
one per cent interest rate, Venezuela provided Jamaica more than US$3
billion in loans.
Venezuelan Government went even further, and accepted a US$1.5-billion
settlement of our debt in July 2015, which not only reduced our debt to
GDP ratio significantly, but also helped to improve our international
financial standing in aggregate terms.
economic survival has been due in no small measure to the support and
generosity of the Venezuelan people. From the insincere-sounding
platitudes expressed during the visit of the then US Secretary of State
(Rex Tillerson) — which sounded more like fawning than independent
policy — it has been painful to watch this Administration's reluctance
to take the lead in Caricom toward a unified position on Venezuela.
must never abandon our friends or be seen under any circumstance to do
the bidding of others trying to enforce their dominion on another
sovereign nation. The Administration's…defensive response on foreign
policy matters, especially viewed through the prism of recent actions,
or more appropriately non-action, is conspicuously cautious and leaves
certain questions unanswered.
threat to invade Venezuela could make America the great
The threat of
Donald Trump to invade Venezuela should not be taken lightly. This
racist US president has broken treaties, pissed off allies, insulted
countries, warned countries to be obedient to America and he has history
on his side. There have been fifty-six military interventions in Latin
America by the US.
Lucia gov't admits no quick fix for extra judicial killings by police
The St Lucia government says there is no
"quick fix" into the alleged extra-judicial killings by
members of the Royal St Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) and has accused the
former administration of making a mess of the situation.
In 2015, the then Kenny Anthony government said it
had received a report of an investigation carried out by the Jamaica
Constabulary Force (JCF) into the alleged extra-judicial killings. The
report, known as the IMPACS (Implementation Agency for Crime and
Security) report, followed the probe into allegations of 12 unlawful
killings by the police.
wants to remain British colony
wants to remain British colony
has asked the 'Special Committee on Decolonisation (C-24)' to withdraw
the 2012 request to have the British Overseas Territory removed from the
list of territories which need to be decolonised.
Donaldson Romeo reported that by remaining on the list of territories
which need to be decolonised, Montserrat will be assisted in receiving
much needed support through the work of the committee, to which the
United Kingdom government will be held accountable under the legal force
of the UN Charter, Article 73.
said it is on this very legal basis that the UK government agrees that
the reasonable assistance and development needs of the dependent
territories are a priority on the UK's development program.
Down dramatically in Jamaica
Minister Dr Nigel Clarke yesterday informed Parliament of a 19 per cent
decline in the rate of poverty in Jamaica in 2016, which he described as
“the largest annual reduction” in a decade
to Dr Clarke, the results released by the Planning Institute of Jamaica
(PIOJ) showed that poverty, in an absolute sense, declined from 21.2 per
cent for calendar year 2015 to 17.1 per cent in calendar year 2016, a
fall of four percentage points, which represents a 19 per cent drop in
the incidence of poverty, which he described as “the largest annual
reduction in 10 years”.
pressure causes deadly riots in Haiti
Haiti decided to raise fuel prices as part of an agreement with the
International Monetary Fund (IMF), which required the country to enact a
range of austerity measures. As soon as the government announced that
gasoline prices would rise by 38 percent, diesel by 47 percent and
kerosene by 51 percent the unrest began.
Since then several deaths have been reported in Haiti
as people rioted to protest thes huge increases in that poor country.
The unrest prompted several major airlines, including American, Air
France, Delta, Jet Blue and Copa, to cancel flights to Port-au-Prince
Following the unrest, Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant announced a
temporary suspension of the double-digit government increases, roughly
24 hours after the price rises were announced.
However, the government's decision to back down did not keep angry
residents from continuing to take to the streets. Some demonstrators
erected flaming roadblocks, while others attacked hotels and businesses.
Won’t Be Needing Visas to Enter Barbados Anymore
newly elected Mia Mottley-led Barbados government has abolished the
“illegal” visa requirement for Haitian nationals entering Barbados.
of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson said with Haiti being a member of the
Caribbean Community (CARICOM), there was no logical reason to impose
visa requirements on its citizens. He expressed shock upon learning
that such a requirement was in place
is clear law . . . that was absolutely incorrect. If Haiti is a member
of CARICOM and the Treaty of Chaguaramas speaks to non-discrimination
and equal treatment, how can you have put on visa requirements on
Haitians? Why do we do this to our own people?”
“The most recent thing that has been done by Cabinet is an approval
of the restrictions that had existed in place, whereby if you are a
Haitian businessperson travelling with a US (United States of America),
Schengen or Canadian visa, and we have added UK (United Kingdom), you
will not require an additional visa to enter Jamaica,” Senator Kamina
Johnson Smith said. “Cabinet has recently approved the process to
ensure that that is implemented.”
Jamaica’s minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade added that,
“apparently it was inconsistently applied, and this is in fact because
of a Caricom (Caribbean Community) heads decision that was taken
previously with the agreement of Haiti-recognising their infrastructural
weakness at the time, and therefore needed to be phased in to allow that
where a particular vetting process had already taken place that Jamaica
recognised, through our own international arrangements, that we in turn
Trinidad’s regional carrier, Caribbean Airlines (CAL), is reporting
a 21 per cent increase in revenue over the last year. This follows a
seven per cent increase in the demand on passenger revenue.
According to CAL, the On Time Performance (OTP) also averaged 85 per cent within 15 minutes on the air bridge for this period.
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