Ricardo Blackman’s Caribbean Headlines News Jan. 8th

By Ricardo Blackman | CDN Barbados

Dateline Bridgetown, BARBADOS:

Pay up or else.  That is the latest ultimatum that has been issued by the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) following two years of protracted negotiations over a wage increase for public servants.  The NUPW, the island’s largest public sector trade union, has been demanding a 23 per cent pay hike for its members.  It has now given the Stuart administration until January 15 to put an offer on the table, failing which it will be faced with a full-blown public sector strike.

Everything is set for the swearing in of the island’s seventh native Governor General, Justice of Appeal Sandra Mason today.

Dateline Port of Spain, TRINIDAD:

Presidential nominee Paula Mae Weekes, is likely to have her historic elevation into office with full support of both the government and Opposition.

A new ferry within weeks, Petrotrin’s problems to be fixed  “once and for all in 2018”.  A  CLICO mutual fund before June.   War on corruption in the public sector.  These were the main highlights of Prime Minister Rowley’s televised address to the nation last nite.

Dateline Kingston, JAMAICA:

The University of the West Indies (UWI) has begun a year-long series of activities marking its 70th anniversary as a “pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development, residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of our people.”

Jamaica has again surpassed the 10,000 mark for business and company registrations, closing at 11,988 for the year 2017, according to data provided by the Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ).

Dateline Basseterre, ST. KITTS:

Jamaica’s Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister, Lisa Hanna, has described Jamaica’s abstention vote on the United Nations Jerusalem resolution as a “retreat from principle, a retreat from courage”.  In a well-received address at the St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party gala at the weekend, Hanna also suggested that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) appeared “spineless” in the face of “an offensive threat” because some countries supported the resolution while some abstained or left the room when the vote was called. 

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