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Barbados Labour Party takes landslide elections victory; gets first female Prime Minister

Reproduced from Barbados Today The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) will form the next government, led by its first female prime minister, and based on unofficial results, it will do so without any official opposition. The BLP demolished the DIP, taking all 30 seats, resulting in the country being without a parliamentary opposition. Counting continued into the early hours of this ...

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CCJ to rule on Guyana’s presidential term limits case before July 3

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will before July 3 rule on whether Guyana’s presidential term limit is unconstitutional. President-elect of the CCJ,  Justice Adrian Saunders Thursday night told reporters briefly that the court’s decision  would be handed down before Sir Denis Byron demits office as President of the Court on that date. Saunders assumes the presidency on July 4. ...

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Jagdeo supports non-custodial sentences for marijuana possession; says no to cultivation, sale

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo says he is in favour of decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of cannabis sativa (marijuana/ganja) to allow for non-custodial sentences, such as community service and rehabilitation. He gave the pronouncement during a press engagement held at the Leader of the Opposition’ Office in Church Street, Georgetown on Thursday. The former President was adamant however, he ...

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PNCR commits to “non-interference in the independent media”, wants State- private media partnership to deliver “public information”

The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) on Wednesday categorically stated that “there is no good reason” for State interference in the work of the privately-owned independent media. “The PNCR is committed also to non-interference in the independent media. Independent media act as watchdogs of the Government. They promote transparency by ensuring that information is provided to the public on the ...

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AFC demands amendment to law for no jail for small quantities of marijuana, amid APNU’s reluctance

The Alliance For Change (AFC) on Tuesday- expressing its “outrage and deep concern” at this week’s sentencing of a man to three years for being in possession of less than one ounce of marijuana- intends to intensify its campaign to remove imprisonment as a form of punishment for the crime. “The party renews its call to all legislators to move ...

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Granger’s concerns about “sections of the media” raise red flags

David Granger, Leader of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR)- the biggest party in the governing coalition- has raised concerns about sections of the media, triggering a warning of a government crackdown on media that report critically of the now three-year old administration. The Editors-in-Chief of the privately-owned Stabroek News and Kaieteur News newspapers have also expressed some concern about ...

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President, First Lady given “clean bill of health thus far”; govt states reason for annual medical check-up overseas

President David Granger and First Lady, Ms. Sandra Granger on Monday completed their first round of medical examinations under a Caribbean medical insurance scheme they have been part of for more than a decade. The Ministry of the Presidency also said the results from the at the Good Health Medical Centre in Trinidad and Tobago show they are in good health. ...

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Updated with Audio+Video: High Court blocks Magistrates’ Court hearing of charges against Singh, Brassington

High Court Judge, Franklin Holder Monday morning blocked the Magistrates’ Court from hearing criminal charges of misconduct in public office against former Finance Minister, Ashni Singh and former Head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited, Winston Brassington. Defence Lawyer, Anil Nandlal told reporters what the judge decided in the in-chamber proceedings away from the glare of the media ...

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