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Caribbean news: Rum Awards, post Hurricane jobs and more

PICTURED: Prime Minister Skerrit

POST-HURRICANE JOBS FOR DOMINICA

Dominica's Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has announced that 1,100 jobs will be created for skilled and unskilled workers made redundant or displaced by Hurricane Maria. The funds will come from the island’s Citizenship By Investment Programme. Prime Minister Skerrit said that the exercise would be costly but “worthwhile”.

FIRST-EVER ANNUAL RUM AWARDS HELD

St Lucia hosted the first annual Caribbean Rum Awards in January as part of its Food and Rum Festival. There were 32 entries from Barbados, Trinidad, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Martinique, Nevis, Dominican Republic and Florida. The Best Rum award went to Guyana’s El Dorado 12. The Best White Rum award went to Barbados’ Doorly’s Macaw and Best Gold Rum award to St Lucia’s Bounty Premium Gold.

NEW TRINIDAD TO CUBA FLIGHTS

Trinidad's Caribbean Airlines has launched its first-ever flights to Cuba. The non-stop route will operate twice a week. The first flight received a special salute at Havana’s Jose Marti Airport. Carib- bean Airlines said in its promotion that “this is a country with a great spirit: an island where you can never be bored”.

MORE GUYANA OIL EXPLORATION

Following a series of major oil reserve finds, ExxonMobil has asked for permission to drill up to 40 new wells in Guyana’s waters. ExxonMobil will be holding town hall meetings
to discuss environmental issues with the Guyanese public on its projects which should see oil production begin in 2020.

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