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PICTURED: Keith Rowley


Prime Minister Keith Rowley has blasted the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) following slow responses to extensive flooding in central, south and east Trinidad.

Dr Rowley said after a tour of the affected regions: “As a result of this repeated failure on the part of this agency, the government will take very firm action to review the ODPM and ensure that we have in the ODPM, the personnel with the attitude and aptitude to respond to this kind of thing.”

ENTERTAINMENT ON WAY FOR JAMAICA FORT ROCKY in Port Royal is to become Jamaica’s first entertainment zone – an area in which any legal entertainment and sports activity can be staged at any time of day or night.

Making the announcement at the October launch of Jamaica’s 2018 Carnival, Culture Minister Olivia Grange urged private businesses to take advantage of what will be three proposed zones across the country.

Olivia Grange

BANK PLEDGES $350K FOR ENERGY THE CARIBBEAN Development Bank (CDB) has approved a US$350,000 grant to help regional utilities modernise their national electricity grids and energy storage systems.

Canadian technical assistance will back up the work in CDB member states, helping them to meet their energy targets under the programme.

GOSPEL SONG FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS GOSPEL SINGERS in Antigua & Barbuda have recorded a tribute song dedicated to people in Barbuda and other Caribbean islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Performer Sherwin Gardner said: “Our islands love music, and this is a great way to bring our people together.”

Debbie Ransome, former head of the BBC Caribbean Service, currently runs the website Caribbean

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