Ricardo Blackman’s Headlines News 08/03

By Ricardo Blackman | CDN Barbados

Dateline Bridgetown, BARBADOS:

Government is being accused of violating its own rules and customs as it relates to the retirement of public servants who were transferred top the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA).  Independent Senator, Sir Roy Trotman Wednesday complained in the Senate that many of these workers were being deprived of their full pensions because of the formula being used to determine their compensation.

Dateline Port of Spain, TRINIDAD:

A Jamaican woman has been awarded more than $200,000 in damages by the Courts for unlawful detention by immigration authorities in Trinidad and Tobago.

Dateline Kingston, JAMAICA:

The government has approved an interim policy for the use of mobile telephones, which places a cap of $40,000 on all telephone expenses by Ministers and Ministers of State.

Dateline Castries, ST. LUCIA:

An international education official has lamented the state of the public school system in many Caribbean countries, saying it does not reflect the importance attached b y Caribbean people to quality education.  Addressing the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) Conference in Castries, President of Education International (EI), Susan Hopgood, said that although literacy rates are higher than in most other low in come countries, “education budgets are, in our view, falling short of meeting basic conditions.”

INTERNATIONAL:

Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Modvedev has said new sanctions imposed by the United States are tantamount to declaring a “full scale trade war” against Moscow.

Venezuela’s chief prosecutor, Luisa Ortega, has opened an investigation into claims of fraud during Sunday’s controversial election for a new assembly to rewrite the constitution.

President Maduro’s government says it is close to convening a special assembly endowed with powers to rewrite the constitution, override other branches of government and punish opposition leaders.  Two of his leading foes already were dragged from their homes by heavily armed security agents and thrown into a military prison on Tuesday, drawing condemnation from the United States and some Latin American countries.



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