Ricardo Blackman’s Caribbean Headlines News Jan. 9th

Ricardo Blackman | CDN Barbados

Dateline Bridgetown, BARBADOS:

Electricity around Barbados went off yesterday afternoon for hours, but the pomp and ceremony went on like clockwork as Dame Sandra Mason was installed as Barbados’ eighth Governor General.  In the presence of Members of Parliament, Members of the Senate, the Judiciary, the diplomatic corps, family and friends, the 68-year old former Justice of Appeal took the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Office for the execution of the office of Governor General, administered by the Chief Justice, Sir Marston Gibson in the Senate Chamber.  In her address, Dame Sandra acknowledged the “challenging period” Barbados was facing but said it opened up opportunities “to devise and implement major legislative, regulatory, fiscal and operational reforms.”

While Barbados was celebrating a new Governor General, most of the island was also dealing with a blackout.  Barbados Light and Power Managing Director, Roger Blackman, said the issue stemmed from an explosion at the Seawell electrical substation in Christ Church around 2.30 p.m.  Blackman said last nite they were still investigating the cause and extent of the accident in order to understand what happened and to take measures to prevent the recurrence.

Dateline Port of Spain, TRINIDAD:

Signed and sealed. The delivery will come next Friday as a mere formality when the Electoral College meets to confirm Justice Paula Mae Weekes as the country’s sixth President.  In  a uniquely refreshing development, and in an uncharacteristic show of national unity, the government and opposition yesterday came together to sign the nomination papers for the election of the first female President, officially making Weekes whose name had been originally proposed by the government, a consensus choice.  But this was not before Opposition leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar said she has “no evidence” that Weekes is a puppet of the government and, in fact, she (Weekes) is deserving of the presidential appointment.

Dateline St. Georges, GRENADA:

Amidst grave concerns that the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. Keith Mitchell had a debilitating stroke over the last week, according to updated reports, he is fine and well, and it was, in fact, a false rumour.

Dateline Nassau, THE BAHAMAS:

The majority of people who spoke at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Regional Commission on Marijuana’s town hall meeting on Friday nite were in support of the decriminalization of marijuana in The Bahamas. The room was filled to capacity with the Rastafarian community well represented.

Dateline Georgetown, GUYANA:

Oil giant ExxonMobil has made another major oil discovery in Guyana’s waters – the sixth and largest find to date.  ExxonMobil’s partner, Esso Exploration, announced a major find at the Ranger -1 field in the Stabroek Block more than 230 feet of high-quality oil-bearing reservoir.  The discovery represents the largest single find and adds to the quantities that have been confirmed in the five previous finds, estimated to have  total recoverable resources of more than 3.2 Billion barrels of oil equivalent.

Dateline Basseterre,  ST. KITTS:

A falseFALSE Facebook account is reportedly appropriating the image and name of the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Drf. Timothy Harris, to prey on well-meaning individuals and lure them into bogus schemes.  Harris has condemned such fraudulent ac tions and saidn his commuynications team has alerted Facebook as well as the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, in an attempt to identify and bring the perpetrator (s) to justice.

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