Caribbean News Roundup – Sept 14th

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    The Government of Antigua and Barbuda will soon go to parliament to amend the law which recognises Sunday as a holiday.

    CAP 354 of the Public Holidays Act observes Sundays, Christmas Day and Good Friday as common-law holidays.

    While Christmas Day and Good Friday are globally recognised and result in double-time pay, Sunday is generally deemed as a regular work day in Antigua and Barbuda.

    Information Minister Melford Nicholas said the amendment will make it clear that Sundays are not to be treated like a holiday, thereby removing any uncertainty among employees and employers.

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    Barbadians travelling to Miami have been urged to secure their travel documents after reports in recent weeks of an unusually high number of thefts of passports.

    In several instances the culprits appeared to have targeted rented cars, which are easily identifiable, after the occupants parked them to go shopping or conduct other business.

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    Jamaica – An electronic warrant module for traffic violations has been developed by the government and is expected to be effective soon.

    During a meeting with stakeholders, Minister Horace Chang, lauded the Traffic Ticket Management System initiative, saying it will significantly improve ticket management and reduce the amount of time consumed in preparing warrants for traffic violators.

    The software development is approximately 95 per cent complete.

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    Grenada – Minister of State with responsibility for Information and Disaster Management, Senator Winston Garraway has been accused of deliberately roughing up journalist Calistra Farrier.

    She has since filed a report with the Criminal Investigation Department and sought medical attention following the incident.

    An incident involving the minister and the journalist following Tuesday’s post cabinet press briefing resulted in Ms Farrier claiming that she was knocked to the ground by Senator Garraway while he was desperately trying to prevent her from interviewing the Tourism Minister.
    Ms Farrier confirmed to the Grenada Informer that she had reported the matter to the police and had sought medical attention for pain in her hips.

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    Guyana’s citizens have been assured that the Public Telecommunications Ministry’s Safe City Project is not designed to infringe on people’s right to privacy but only for safety of all.

    Some people have raised concerns over possible facial recognition and tracking technologies being used by the cameras, but the government assures that is has no plan to implement the same in the city streets anytime in the foreseeable future.