Caribbean News Roundup Aug. 12


    Guyana’s Director of the Department of Energy Dr. Mark Bynoe says the UK-based Tullow Oil Plc wholly owned subsidiary Tullow Guyana B.V. has discovered oil in commercial quantities.

    He says this demonstrates the vastness of Guyana’s natural resources as he reminds that Guyanese stand to benefit significantly from the oil discoveries and must therefore continue to be aspirational and focused with a transformational mind-set.


    Jamaica’s Government is spending over $5 billion to improve conditions at 186 police stations across the island.

    National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang noted that data shows a direct relation between the performance of police stations, and the murder rate, in their station areas, adding that by improving the physical space, officers are better able to perform their duties.


    In Barbados, tomorrow the Medicinal Cannabis Bill will be laid in Parliament and the plan is to debate it on Friday the 30th of August.

    Attorney General Dale Marshall QC says they have committed to medicinal cannabis because, but he believes there is always going to be some push back.


    Also in Barbados, a senior health official and an aviation administrator have questioned Government’s control at the squatter village of Rock Hall, St. Philip, just outside the Grantley Adams airport.

    Nation News reports that in 2007, notice was served on 36 squatters, and now it is estimated that more than 300 structures are occupied by mainly illegal immigrants.


    Environmental stakeholders in St Lucia have launched a project that seeks to create a sustainable economic model for the management and recycling of plastic waste in the Caribbean.

    The two-year pilot project will focus on testing approaches and systems for setting up a plastic waste collection and recycling scheme through export from St Lucia to Martinique.


    There were 4,907 reported cases of dengue, including eight deaths as of August 2nd in the Dominican Republic.

    The Ministry of Public Health there says the deceased are children aged seven months to six years old.

    1,661 cases were reported in the last two weeks.


    A senior meteorological officer in Dominica, Marshal Alexander, has indicated that there is a 45% chance of an above normal hurricane season due to a weak or non-existent El Nino this season

    The projection almost exactly mirrors the prediction for the 2017 hurricane season which saw the advent of Hurricane Irma and Maria.


    In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, an opposition lawmaker says that the government has embarrassed the newly installed Governor General, Susan Dougan by not inviting the opposition to her installation.

    MP St. Clair Leacock says as a result, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has to give a three-fold apology.