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Caribbean news in brief: Cognac, UN support plus more

PICTURED: Jamaican Foreign Affairs Minister Senator Kamina Johnson

JAMAICA TO REVIEW OVERSEAS MISSIONS

JAMAICA’S FOREIGN Affairs Minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, has revealed plans for a review of overseas missions. The minister said: “We will be announcing a couple
of openings, and likely a couple of closures as well, so we are ensuring that we try to map costs and the allocation of resources with the level of bilateral co-operation and the planned activity that takes place.”

COMPANY TO DRILL FOR OIL SOONER

ONE OF Guyana’s oil exploration partners, Tullow Oil, has announced plans to bring forward its drilling programme to mid-year. The announcement comes in the wake of US company Exxon Mobil’s discoveries of five billion barrels of recoverable oil which are expected to be in production from next year.

MOTHERS FIGHT FOR UN CHILD SUPPORT

LAWYERS REPRESENTING 10 Haitian mothers who say their children were fathered by United Nations peacekeepers have said that the UN is failing to help. The Haiti-based Bureau des Avocats Internationaux and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) filed a lawsuit in 2017. “It’s practically impossible for these Haitian mothers to enforce their right to get child support,” said IJDH head Brian Concannon.

COGNAC BARRELS COME TO BARBADOS

FRENCH BRANDY producer Camus is running an experiment to mature barrels of cognac in Barbados. Chief marketing officer Jean-Dominique Andreu said barrels were taken
“in an old tall ship like the old days”. He added: “Our idea was, what would happen if we took 10 casks of a cognac, bring it to a tropical country and let them stay for a year and see how it affects the quality?”

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