Ricardo Blackman’s Caribbean Headlines News Nov. 27th

By Ricardo Blackman | CDN Barbados 

Dateline Bridgetown, BARBADOS:

A Solution Barbados administration will forgive all debts owed to government by Barbadians and introduce a 10 percent flat tax across the board to replace the many taxes now in place.  Candidate for Christ Church East Central, Scott Weatherhead, announced this during the launch of its candidates to contest the next general election.  The launch took place in Independence Square on Saturday nite.  “So if you owe the government of Barbados money in land tax, solid waste tax, road tax, VAT, corporate tax, personal income tax or any money whatsoever, we will write off your debt completely and you will no longer owe the government one red cent from the day we are elected to office in this country.”

Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has sought to ensure Dominicans enrolled at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) that their studies will not be compromised due to the challenges caused by Hurricane Maria.  Students have been outlining concerns about their ability to complete courses, given that their parents at home are now rebuilding their homes and lives after the category five storm destroyed the majority of houses on the island in September.  Skerrit, who made a brief stop in Barbados on his way home from meetings abroad, told the students that his government will do all in its power to keep Dominicans studying at home and abroad enrolled in current programmes, whether it be at primary, secondary or tertiary level.

Dateline Port of Spain, TRINIDAD:

Former housing minister, Dr. Roodal Moonilal, said he never collected an original cheque from the Estate Management Development Business Development Company (EMBD) for delivery to a contractor.  Moonilal was asked by the Sunday Express about text exchanges between himself and former EMBD CEO, Garry Parmassar, which appeared to show he requested certain cheques be sent directly to him and he was deeply involved in the awarding of contracts and payments to contractors.

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, has warned that his administration would not allow for lawlessness in Trinidad and Tobago, and instructed the police and the security forces to take “any and all resources” to ensure law and order.


The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines says it will not now comment on media reports in the United States that one of its diplomats had punched his wife, who is also a diplomat, in the face at their Brooklyn home on Friday.  A government spokesman said that members of the Ralph Gonzalves administration were aware of the media report about the alleged incident.  But the spokesman said that the government would investigate the matter before commenting.  The New York Post reported Friday that Selmon Marshall, 43, a counselor at the Permanent Mission of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations, allegedly punched his 36 year old wife, Xandra Marshall, in the face.  Mrs. Marshall took up the post as Deputy Counsel General at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Consulate in New York, a post her husband previously held. Police officers who responded, could not arrest Marshall because he has diplomatic immunity.

Dateline Kingston, JAMAICA:

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has promised additional measures to fight crime, including money to pay the legal expenses of police fingered by thye Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and legislation to prevent persons suspected in violent crime being given bail.  Holness told Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters that the government intends to include the funds in the Supplementary Estimates (Budget) expected to be tabled next Wednesday in the House of Representatives, to provide legal support for police who face the court for the shooting of suspects as well as reintroduce legislation to have persons charged with gun crimes refused bail in court.

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