Ricardo Blackman’s Caribbean Headlines New Dec. 28th

Ricardo Blackman | CDN Barbados

Dateline Bridgetown, BARBADOS:

Opposition leader Mia Mottley has congratulated Justice Sandra Mason on her pending appointment as Governor General.  In a statement, Mottley said she was confident Justice Mason will carry her impartiality into her new role.  Miss Mottley said:”This is a crowning achievement in a long and varied career in public service in Barbados, the region and internationally.”

The Executive of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) will be sending a counter proposal to the Ministry of the Civil Service as early as today on what it believes is an adequate “coping mechanism” for public servants.  This was one of the decisions made after the NUPW executive held a two-hour closed-door meeting with membership at its Dalkieth, St. Michael headquarters last nite.  The union has been agitating for a coping mechanism for public servants since they have not received a salary increase for the past nine years.

Meanwhile, the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) is sticking to its guns on the dreaded National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL).  In her review of the year 2017, BWU General Secretary, Toni Moore identified the controversial levy, which was increased on July 1 from two percent to ten percent on the customs value of local manufactured and imported items, as one of the most troubling issues to impact workers this year.  Calling it “draconian and cumbersome” Moore also served notice on the Freundel Stuart administration that her union would be stepping up the pressure to have the levy either repealed or significantly reduced in the coming year.

The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) is appealing to the public, especially businesses, for support in trying to end the “national crisis” caused by sewage flowing on to some South Coast streets.  General Manager, Keithroy Halliday said their crews at the Wastewater Division were overwhelmed with material that did not belong in the sewerage system.

Dateline Port of Spain, TRINIDAD:

The Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) Council will meet tomorrow (Friday) to consider a preliminary report on allegations involving Chief Justice Ivor Archie, who is expected back from an overseas trip this weekend.  LATT members told the Trinidad Guardian it is the preliminary salvo in their quest to investigate the issue following weeks of allegations against the embattled Chief Justice.

The violence in Trinidad and Tobago cannot be fixed by Army and police but only by a return to the heart of God’s love, newly installed Roman Catholic Archbishop, Charles Jason Gordon, said in his maiden homily yesterday.  Minutes after accepting the Crozier as a sign of his new position in the shepherd’s office, the 11th Archbishop of Port of Spain denounced what he said had become the “new gods – money, power and pleasure”.  ‘as long as these new idols have replaced God, this country and the Caribbean will continue to experience the challenges felt today” he added.

Dateline Kingston, JAMAICA:

The Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology has created history with the commissioning of its first solar powered community computer laboratory.  According to a release, the facility, which is located in Sterling Castle, St. Andrew, will enable community members to access the internet and other Information Communications Technology Services at no cost.  The Internet Café, dubbed “The Link” –Sterling Castle” was made possible through a partnership with the Universal Service Fund (USF) an agency of the ministry and the Flow Foundation.

Dateline Nassau, THE BAHAMAS:

BML Properties Limited, which was once the company responsible for the development of the Baha Mar mega resort, has sued China Construction America (CCA) the contractor of record responsible for the resort compound’s construction, for almost $3.5 Billion, claiming CCA defrauded BML “in an attempt to gain leverage over BML properties and Baha Mar Limited,” which amounted to “one of the largest construction-based frauds in the hemisphere.”
BML is owned by“  Sarkis Izmirlian.

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