A development expert has asserted that the carbon tax for British travellers proposed by the United Kingdom government is a major blow to tourism in the Caribbean and smacks of “discrimination” against the region.
Used car dealers in Jamaica are coming under closer scrutiny.
The Cabinet of Jamaica has approved the long-awaited Government Small Business Procurement Policy that will reserve a minimum of 15 percent of government procurement for micro and small enterprises in the country.
West Indies Power (Nevis) Ltd (WIPN) has signed a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement with the Nevis Electricity Company Ltd (NEVLEC) and has been issued with a Geothermal Resource Concession that gives it the right to develop and produce electricity from the geothermal resources on the island.
With the build-out of its 88 timeshare units nearing completion, Marriott Worldwide Corporation has now signed a Residential Marketing License Agreement that will further expand Marriott’s presence on St Kitts with the addition of a major condominium development.
Operations at Caribbean Transportation Services (CTS) will soon be integrated into its parent company, FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation and global logistics solutions provider.
At least one Caribbean country is reporting suspected cases of swine flu and has cancelled major public events, while another has sent samples off for testing, and a third has quarantined students and teachers who returned from Mexico, the epicentre of the disease. All this as the World Health Organisation (WHO) raised the global alert to level five, indicating that a pandemic is now imminent.
AbengNews Magazine: The new gas tax added in the latest Jamaican national budget is bad but when you tax reading material including text books this has to come from a government that has gone mad and is intent on helping the poor to get poorer.
Naharnet, Beirut: Police from seven countries arrested 17 people in the island of Curacao suspected of involvement in an international drug ring with links to Hizbullah, Dutch authorities said.
LoveFM, Belize: Love News spoke the Deputy Director of Health Services at the Ministry of Health, Doctor Jorge Polanco, who gave us an update of the ministry’s investigations into suspected cases of swine flu.
Amandala, Belize: The Supervisor of Insurance says negotiations are underway with insurance companies in Belize, to see what could be done to preserve the over 10,800 health and life insurance policies held by CLICO in Belize.
CBCSports, Canada: Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt has been in a car crash in Jamaica. Police say he was apparently speeding on a rain-slicked highway when he lost control of the BMW M3 he was driving.
CayCompass: Government ignored national pandemic health plans to stockpile the anti-viral Tamiflu for 25% of the population but 3,000 doses are on the way and scheduled to arrive on the weekend.
Wall Street Journal: Moody’s Investors Service lowered its government-bond ratings on Bermuda, knocking the island nation off its Aaa perch amid the global credit crisis and recession, which have affected the country’s insurance industry.