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Guyana’s Former Vice President Gives up UK Citizenship to Contest Upcoming Elections

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Former Vice President Carl Greenidge has made himself available to contest the March 2020 general elections.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday October 7,
2019
– Former Vice
President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge says he has
officially renounced his British citizenship, paving the way for him to be
eligible to be a candidate in elections next March.

Greenidge
was one of four government parliamentarians – all of whom were also Cabinet
ministers – who resigned earlier this year after the court ruled, during a challenge
filed by the government after it lost a December 2018 no-confidence motion,
that no one with dual citizenship could sit in the National Assembly.

In a statement
issued over the weekend, Greenidge said he had received from the relevant
British authorities, confirmation that his application to renounce his citizenship
has been accepted.

“I have
informed President Granger accordingly and therefore look forward to being
included on the list of candidates from which the party will make its selection
of MPs following the holding of the regional and general elections in 2020,” he
said.

Greenidge,
who said his UK citizenship and residence enabled him to take advantage of
wide-ranging educational opportunities he would not have been in a position to
access or finance had he remained in Guyana, pointed out that he had served as
at the highest level professionally before entering the political field.

“Having
given up a promising academic career for politics, my record as a Minister and
as a successful negotiator in particular for Guyana and developing states, is
rivalled by very few other Guyanese,” he said. “I stand ready to continue that
contribution.”

Along with Greenidge, the British-born Minister of Business Dominic Gaskin; Minister of Public Service Dr Rupert Roopnarine, who also had British citizenship; and Minister of State Joseph Harmon, who had United States citizenship, had resigned in April. Harmon was shortly after hired as Director General at the Ministry of the Presidency.

The issue of
dual citizenship came to fore after then government backbencher Charrandass
Persaud, who has Canadian citizenship, voted with the Opposition on the
no-confidence motion, allowing it to pass.

The High
Court subsequently upheld the validity of the no-confidence motion – which the Appeal
Court reversed before the Caribbean Court of Justice validated it – and issued
a ruling on the dual citizenship issue.

Several People’s Progressive Party (PPP) MPs also admitted to having dual citizenship – Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, Adrian Anamayah and Odinga Lamumba – and they gave up their parliamentary seats.

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Jamaica to Get Increased Airlift Out of South America in Time for Christmas Travel

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LatAm Airlines will inaugurate three weekly flights from Chile and other South American countries to Montego Bay, bringing the total weekly flights between South America and Jamaica to 14.

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday
October 15, 2019
– Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says beginning December,
Jamaica will see an increase in flights out of South America, which will bring
more visitors from the continent to the island.

He said LatAm Airlines will inaugurate three weekly flights from
Chile and other South American countries to Montego Bay.

This is in addition to 11 flights now offered by Copa Airlines out
of Panama, to bring the total weekly flights between South America and Jamaica
to 14.

“That will go a long way in helping us to further build out the
South American market, which, right now, is the fastest growing for Jamaica, at
some 23 per cent at this time,” Minister Bartlett said.

He said these marketing engagements are critical in fortifying the
resilience of the island’s tourism industry against any fallout that could
result from shocks such as a global recession.

“Jamaica is [being] proactive in its efforts to ensure that our markets are secured, so that if there’s fallout from one end, we can pick up from another and keep our growth momentum at the level that we had projected,” the Tourism Minister said.

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Tropical Depression 15 Forms in Location That’s Rare This Time in the Hurricane Season

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FLORIDA, United States, Monday
October 14, 2019
– The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami says a tropical
depression has formed in a part of the Atlantic where development is rare this late
into the hurricane season.

Tropical depression 15 formed Monday evening from a large area of
low pressure located just off the western coast of Africa – about 235 miles
east-southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands.

The depression, with maximum sustained winds near 35 miles per
hour, was moving toward the northwest at 10 miles per hour.

“Slight strengthening is possible during the next day or so,and the depression is forecast to become a tropical storm on Tuesday. Weakening is forecast to begin by Wednesday morning when the cyclone will be moving away from the Cabo Verde Islands,” the NHC said.

No tropical storms have formed this far east in the tropical
Atlantic Ocean so late in the season since satellites started tracking them in
1966.

According to weather.com, the reason this part of the Atlantic
becomes less favourable for development late in the hurricane season is that
tropical waves – one of the seeds for tropical storm development – become less
defined as they move off Africa. Winds in the upper atmosphere also become less
favourable for tropical storm formation.

Meantime, there is a tropical wave accompanied by a small low
pressure system located about 750 miles east of the southern Windward Islands.
But the NHC said chances of further development are low.

“Although this system continues to produce a large area of disorganized cloudiness and thunderstorms, upper-level winds are only marginally conducive for additional development during the next day or so while it moves westward at around 15 mph. On Wednesday, upper-level winds are forecast to become quite hostile when the wave approaches the Windward Islands and further development is not anticipated after that time,” it said.

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Substance Abuse-Fighting Agency in Barbados Supports Legalization of Marijuana – But for Medical Use Only

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday
October 14, 2019
– The National Council on Substance Abuse (NCSA) is supporting
government’s initiative to legalize and create a platform for the issue and
handling of licenses for medicinal cannabis and its regulating regime.

But, says chairman Hadford Howell, the agency is still advocating against substance abuse or misuse.

“There is a difference between medical marijuana and recreational
marijuana. Medical marijuana will help persons who may be suffering from all
sorts of diseases,” he said.

“…We are happy for it to come into being once it is martialed, controlled and there are certain rules and conditions…put in place. Once they are in place, [then] fine. The point is there is a difference in medical marijuana and recreational marijuana,” Howell added, noting the NCSA had submitted a paper to the Minister of Home Affairs on October 17, 2018, expressing its concerns about the matter.

Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson, and Manager of the NCSA, Betty Hunte.

Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson said that legalizing
marijuana for medical purposes is what a large segment of the public has been
calling for, for years, particularly persons who are ill or have disabilities, “and
we can’t go against that tide”.

“We can’t allow the conservatism and sometimes fear and
uncertainty to venture into innovative enterprises or initiatives, which
constrain some Barbadians, to prevent us moving on in terms of what would be in
the best interest of our people,” he contended.

Hinkson said full discussions by a Joint Select Committee of
Parliament had wrapped up with tremendous input given from the public orally
and in writing, including from the NCSA.

“We want to thank the public and organizations for that input which has helped fashioned amendments to the Bill which would be laid very shortly in Parliament as the debate continues,” the Minister said.

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