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CARIBBEAN NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending February 21st, 2014

21 Feb

CARIBBEAN COURT OF JUSTICE TO MEET IN GUYANA—02/15/14
For the first time, the Caribbean Court of Justice will sit in session in Guyana. Guyana and Barbados were the first nations to agree to the appellate jurisdiction of the court. The Privy Council, Guyana’s final court of appeal, was abolished in 1970.

OFFENSIVE STATEMENTS MADE AGAINST OPPOSITION LEADER IN TRINIDAD—02/16/14
Dr. Keith Rowley, the leader of the Opposition in Trinidad and Tobago, has been the subject of offensive statements, as a former senator of Rowley’s political party is alleged to have called him “too black” to be Prime Minister. Fitzgerald Hines has been reported to have made the remarks at a political party meeting of the Peoples National Movement (PNM). He is also alleged to have said that other businessmen and former PNM ministers also agreed with his statement about Rowley.

TURKEY MAKES STRONG COMMITMENT TO CARIBBEAN—02/17/14
The development minister of Turkey has made “strong commitment” to nations in the Caribbean, which will be made clear as it takes the G20 presidency in 2015. Cevdet Yilmaz, Turkey’s minister of development, said his country had a strong and “multifaceted” commitment to the region, noting that trade volume with the Caribbean had grown nine-fold in a decade and now totals $8 billion.

CARIBBEAN SHOULD HONOR COMMITMENT TO FREE MOVEMENT—02/18/14
Artisans and household domestic workers from five CARICOM nations are making an effort to encourage regional governments to honor their right to freedom of movement throughout the Caribbean. This right was granted over five years ago. Workers from Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Barbados will hold a regional town-hall meeting, which will be broadcast over the Caribbean Media Corporation’s international channel, Caribvision.

6.5 EARTHQUAKE HITS OFF COAST OF BARBADOS—02/19/14
The area off Barbados was hit by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake on February 18, 2014, according to the United States Geological Survey. A tsunami warning was issued for the local, but not regional, area. No reports of such an incident had been received, and there were no reports of extensive damage or injuries attributed to the quake.

PREMIER LEAGUE TO REDUCE COSTS—02/20/14
The inaugural year for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in 2013 succeeded with the public, but registered monetary losses. In an attempt to reduce costs for the 2014 season there is likely to be a drop in the players’ salary cap. According to Damien O’Donohoe, CEO of the organization, the salary cap will be reduced, although it the decision has yet to be finalized. He believed the cut will be close to ten percent.

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