Ricardo Blackman’s Caribbean Headlines News 02/16

By Ricardo Blackman | CDN Barbados

Dateline Bridgetown, BARBADOS:

If The Minister of Finance wants to fire Central Bank Governor Dr. DeLisle Worrell, his hands are tied until tomorrow.  That’s when High Court Justice Randall Worrell will rule on whether the temporary injunction he imposed on the Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler last Sunday nite, stopping him from firing the Central Bank boss, will be lifted or maintained.  In an unexpected twist, the Daily Nation was informed by top officials of the Bank that the embattled Governor, while fighting for his job in court, on Tuesday issued a circular to members of the board of directors asking them to attend a board meeting next Thursday.

Meanwhile, former Central Bank governor, Winston Cox has rushed to the defence of embattled head of the country’s monetary authority, suggesting that the Freundel Stuart government should leave Dr. Worrell alone and focus on the country’s worsening economic woes.  Saying he could fully empathize with his embattled successor, Cox, who served in the top economic advisory role from September 1997 to April, 1999 before being unceremoniously released by the then Owen Arthur administration, stressed the need for tough decisions to be taken to pull the country out of its present economic rut while stating that the current “friction” between the Governor and Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler, was nothing more than an “unfortunate distraction”.

President of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), Akani McDowall, has some advice for embattled Governor of the Central Bank, Dr. DeLisle Worrell, related to his recent criticisms of the Public Service.  The trade union official is reminding Worrell, in the wake of statements recently about low productivity and bad service in the Public Service, of the important role those employees play.

Dateline St. Georges, GRENADA:

Grenada’s notoriously litigious Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, is now himself on the receiving end of a defamation claim made by Senator Nazim Burke.  In a letter dated January 30, 2017, to Mitchell, lawyers acting for Burke asserted that Mitchell made public allegations against Burke that are completely untrue and are seriously injurious to their client’s character and reputation.

Dateline St. John’s, ANTIGUA;

The government of Antigua and Barbuda is set to replace the country’s streetlights with energy efficient LED lights.  This is being done through funding from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).  The project, which was launched on February 9th, 2017, at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, will see over 14,000 high pressure sodium and mercury vapour lamps being replaced by the end of 2018.

Dateline Port of Spain, TRINIDAD:

The group of eight (8) Trinidad and Tobago nationals detained in Turkey since July 2016, includes two families and two babies four and eight months old.    The Trinidad Guardian con firmed the information on Monday from foreign officials close to the matter.  The group was detained in Turkey in July 2016, together with a Syrian man who is suspected of trying to take them to join terrorist group ISIS in Iraq.

“A scary situation” is facing Trinidad and Tobago with its water system.  The Public Accounts Enterprises (PAEC) Committee was yesterday informed that lead from the Guanapo and other landfills is seeping into the water courses, posing “a potential ecological disaster”.