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The newly formed Marijuana Commission on Friday held its first meeting to plan the way forward for activities. In a March interview with the STAR, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet announced a decision had been reached to decriminalize cannabis, following which commercial opportunities would be looked into. Then last month Commerce Minister Bradley Felix, the government’s point man on cannabis, announced the formation of a Marijuana Commission mandated to “consult and provide advice on the design of a legislative and regulatory framework for cannabis”.

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One small step for The University of the West Indies (UWI), a giant step for Antigua and Barbuda,” declared Sir Hilary Beckles, UWI’s Vice Chancellor, on Tuesday, speaking at the ceremonial opening of The Five Islands Campus. With landed campuses in Mona, Jamaica; St. Augustine, Trinidad; and Cave Hill, Barbados, the newest landed campus marks the first located in a member country of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

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The reality is that the media are probably the most powerful of all our institutions today and they, or rather we [journalists], too often are squandering our power and ignoring our obligations. The consequence of our abdication of responsibility is the ugly spectacle of idiot culture!" (Carl Bernstein, at the annual convention of Radio and Television News Directors Association, September 26, 1998.)

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The Bahamas Minister of National Security Marvin Dames Thursday downplayed reports of looting in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, according to local media. The Nassau Guardian quoted him as saying that  while there have been isolated incidents of looting on Abaco in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, most of the reports that circulated on social […]

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At a press conference last week, aimed at countering widespread propaganda against the scheduled arrival of US Navy Ship Comfort, Dr Merlene Fredericks-James, Saint Lucia’s Chief Medical Officer, sought to reassure potential recipients of the floating hospital’s services. The USNS Comfort is expected to be in Saint Lucia from September 25 to 30. This week it was the turn of the US Embassy in Barbados, through its Public Affairs Officer Larry Soocha, to take a shot at dispelling the persistent rumours.

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The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP)  has expressed its deepest condolences to the Government and people of the Bahamas on the recent loss of life resulting from the passage of Hurricane Dorian. “Our prayers are with you during this trying time,” SLP leader, Philip J. Pierre wrote on his party’s official Facebook page. Pierre, who […]

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