Caribbean News Roundup – Aug. 8th

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    A twin engine aircraft crashed on landing in Carriacou, Grenada yesterday.

    Authorities have not issued any statement on the crash, but photos show the aircraft at the Lauriston airport, and an ambulance left with people in it

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    The US AID in collaboration with the UNDP and the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda launched an automated Police Records Management Information System.

    This will transition police stations from paper-based reporting to a digital format.

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    The St Lucia government has given the nod to the re-establishment of a marijuana commission that has been given the mandate to consult and provide advice on the design of a legislative and regulatory framework for cannabis.

    Minister of Commerce Bradly Felix said in 2018 a commission had been mandated to examine the “whole cannabis sector,” but that commission made very little progress.

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    St. Lucia will soon begin work on its highly-anticipated transformation of Hewanorra International Airport, which will cost $175 million.

    The project will be supervised by the Overseas Engineering and Construction Company, which has undertaken more than 100 projects in the region, including St Vincent and the Grenadines’ new Argyle International Airport.

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    A recent poll conducted by Johnson Survey Research Inc., is showing St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party, would win six out of the eight seats if the election was called around June – July 2019.

    Fort-eight percent of the people feel Dr Denzil Douglas would do a better job running the country whilst only 29 percent think incumbent Dr Timothy Harris is up to the job.

    Besides, 48 percent said they wished Dr Douglas was still prime minister compared to 35 percent who said they were content that Dr Harris is prime minister.

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    The largest solar generation plus energy storage project ever to be built in the Caribbean has been announced by the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis.

    The system will provide between 25-30% of the nation’s current power generation needs with a reliable and renewable clean energy source and fixed cost savings.

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    The Jamaica Public Service has filed a rate review application which can result in an average increase of 3.2 per cent in overall monthly utility bills to customers by early next year.

    It argued that the increase is to recover costs related to its investments in infrastructure, renewable energy support, and new technology.

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    The Ease of Doing Business Report 2019 has seen Barbados fall three spots to be globally-ranked 132nd out of 190 economies.

    In the 2018 Report which was issued last October, Barbados was ranked 129th, which was a slight improvement from the 132nd ranking it received in 2017.