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Caribbean news: free movement, hurricane season + more

Prime Minister Timothy Harris of St Kitts and Nevis

RIGHTS FOR FREE MOVEMENT FAMILIES

ALL MEMBER states in CARICOM’s Single Market and Economy (CSME) group have now signed up to a protocol which gives rights to CARICOM nationals and their families under the free movement of skills programme.

CARICOM’s chairman, Prime Minister Timothy Harris of St Kitts and Nevis, said this means that nationals, their spouses and dependents will “benefit from additional rights such as primary education” when they move around most CSME states.

WE’RE READY FOR SEASON – SKERRIT

DOMINICA’S PRIME Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, says that his country is ready to face the upcoming hurricane season.

He said that work will continue on building hurricane-resilient homes, rebuilding sea defence walls and redesigning roads to “secure every single family in this country from the threat of persistent natural disaster”.

BISHOP’S CALL TO END PUNISHMENT

THE HEAD of the Catholic Church in St Lucia, Archbishop Robert Rivas, has added his support to a state programme to stop corporal punishment in schools.

“I think the time has come now when we probably should be better equipped on child care and child- friendly schools and how to deal with discipline in our schools, without necessarily having to inflict corporal punishment,” he said.

BLUE MOUNTAIN FOR ALL CRUISE-GOERS

JAMAICA’S TOURISM Minister, Edmund Bartlett, has promised that a new initiative will treat all cruise ship passengers to a cup of the island’s famous Blue Mountain Coffee.

He announced the plan at a Coffee Festival where he also called for investment in a wider range of coffee-related products, from coffee flour to air fresheners and fertilisers.

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