Ricardo Blackman’s Caribbean Headlines News 02/08

By Ricardo Blackman | CDN Barbados

Dateline Roseau, DOMINICA:

The Police have used teargas to disperse opposition protests in Dominica, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

Meanwhile, Dominica is being urged to review its holders of diplomatic passports and cancel those of individuals found to be unqualified to hold such passports. That’s the view of Miami-based Financial Crime Analyst, Kenneth Rijock.

Dateline Port of Spain, TRINIDAD:

Anglican Bishop Reverend Claude Berkley says the socialization of men and boys is important to deterring murders while women’s group WOMANTRA has called on Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley to apologise.  These were indicative of the varied reactions to Dr. Rowley’s advice top women to “pick their men wisely”.  Addressing the first of 14 planned “conversations with the people”, Rowley said:”You called on the Prime Minister to do something about crime.  I am not in your bedroom.  I am not in your choice of men.  You have a responsibility to determine who you associate with and know when to get out and the State will try to help.”

Dateline Georgetown, GUYANA:

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba have reached agreement on the expansion of preferential access to each other’s markets.

Dateline Bridgetown, BARBADOS:

The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), the region’s tourism development agency, and Airbnb, whose community marketplace provides access to millions of unique accommodations, have signed a landmark agreement to develop a set of policy principles and recommendations on the sharing economy for Caribbean governments and other stakeholders.

Local ice cream maker, BICO is defending the importation of 900 cases of coconut water from Guyana, saying not only is there a shortage of high quality coconut water on the island, but that not everyone was satisfied with the hygiene practices of local roadside vendors.

Dateline Basseterre, ST. KITTS:

An Inter American Development Bank (IDB) study estimates that Latin America and the Caribbean countries spent upwards of 3.5 per cent of their GDP or approximately US$171.8 billion over a four year period on crime.  The IDB study focused on three types of costs: government spending, household business spending and costs to victims and criminals.