Caribbean News Roundup – August 22nd 2019

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    The restrictions placed on water supplies in Jamaica will remain in effect until next month.

    The country’s National Water Commission says this is necessary due to projections from the Met Service that the dry period will continue into September.

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    Passengers arriving at the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados will no longer be required to fill out immigration/customs forms, also known as ED forms, as of September 1st.

    According to Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson, starting next month, there will be a full transition to the use of the 48 kiosks at the airport.

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    Meanwhile, the Barbados Government is hoping to bring some relief to dairy farmers through the review of the Cess On Milk Act.

    The Agriculture Minister says they want to bring back the legislation to address issues and put arrangements in place for products that fall under the milk category to carry the same duty.

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    Over 1,350 Guyanese are benefiting from jobs in the oil and gas sector.

    Recently making this revelation was senior VP of ExxonMobil Michael Cousins who hopes that his company’s investment will bring major transformation to Guyana.

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    Meanwhile, 11 members of Guyana’s Defence Force will soon be heading to China to take up 5-year scholarships.

    The Second Lieutenants will be pursuing studies in several fields including industrial, naval architecture and ocean engineering, computer science and technology, and chemical
    engineering and technology.

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    Russian state oil major Rosneft has become the main trader of Venezuelan crude, shipping oil to buyers in China and India.

    Reuters reports that it is helping Caracas offset the loss of traditional dealers who are avoiding it for fear of breaching US sanctions.

    Oil accounts for more than 95 percent of Venezuela’s export revenue and Washington has warned trading houses and other buyers about possible sanctions if they prop up Caracas.