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FAMOUS FACES JOIN CLIMATE SCHEME

Usain Bolt and singer Sean Paul have been signed up as ambassadors for the Caribbean’s Climate-Smart Accelerator programme. The initiative pools money from international nancial institutions and more than 40 private sector partners to support projects tackling ocean protection efforts, climate-smart investment and financial protection against disasters.

TWO CHARGED FOR ATTACK ON RANGER

Two Ukrainian nationals have been charged following an assault on a Guyanese national. The two men were arrested following an armed attack on a Guyanese gold mining ranger.

Videos posted by a human rights group online show part of the altercation at West Demerara Gold Inc, in which one of the guards pulls out a pistol. Concern over the incident has reached as far as the cabinet.

UNIVERSITY MOVING OUT OF DOMINICA

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley has announced that the Ross University of Medicine is relocating from Dominica to Barbados. The university had been based in Dominica since 1978 until last year’s hurricane devastation.

More than 200 staff and 1,500 students will be moved to the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre by the start of 2019.

CULTURAL FUNDING FOR CARIBBEAN

THE Caribbean Community plans to launch a Creative Industries Innovation Fund later this year to boost the region’s culture industry. With start-up capital of US$2.9m, it will encourage innovation, job creation and capacity building in the cultural sector. National registries of artistes and training will also be set up.

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