Jamaica: 800 UWI students deregistered over tuition fees

(JAMAICA GLEANER) Approximately 800 new students of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, have been deregistered for failing to pay their tuition fee or arranging a payment scheme, and there are claims that more than twice that number of returning students have met the same fate.

Big brands pledge to turn tide on global plastic waste

LONDON,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Big brands – from Coke to Kellogg – pledged today to cut all plastic waste from their operations in what the United Nations called the most ambitious effort yet to fight plastic pollution.

Jamaican senator voices support for Spice’s new ‘bleached look’

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) Last week’s social media frenzy over Dancehall star Spice’s new “bleached look” spilled over into the opening of the Senate’s annual “State of the Nation Debate” on Friday, as government member, Senator Kerensia Morrison, made no bones about her support for the controversial DJ.

Sandals chairman says Trinidad & Tobago is too political

(Newsday) Trinidad & Tobago is one of the most political countries he has ever encountered, Sandals chairman Gordon “Butch” Stewart declared yesterday, as he reiterated that the only document which exists with Government is a “little MoU” and not a signed contract for the Tobago Sandals project.

Barbados PM regrets layoffs

(Barbados Nation) Calling the decision to send home more than 1,000 public servants the toughest one she has had to make in public life, Prime Minister Mia Mottley on Friday apologised again for the haphazard manner in which the latest retrenchment programme had displaced some Barbadians.

CDB approves a $230 million loan for Barbados

(Barbados Nation) The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) double dipped to help BERT. The Barbados-based regional bank approved two separate loans that will see Government access a total of $230 million to go in conjunction with the Barbados Economic and Recovery Transformation (BERT) programme, aimed at getting the economy back on good footing.

U.S. military may send up to 1,000 troops to Mexico border

WASHINGTON/PIJIJIAPAN, Mexico,  (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s administration may send up to 1,000 active-duty troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said yesterday, as Trump hammered away at the issue of illegal immigration ahead of congressional elections.

Jamaica: Accident leaves hundreds stranded

(JAMAICA GLEANER) A traffic accident along the Long Hill main road in St James on Wednesday left hundreds of motorists and commuters, including students and visitors to the island, stranded for several hours.

Deep Blue Cable partners with Digicel on Caribbean project

(Jamaica Gleaner) Deep Blue Cable Limited, the start-up enterprise planning to create a new fibre-optic ring across the region, says it will partner with Digicel Group on a multi-government contract in the Caribbean.

AA goes cashless in Barbados

(Barbados Nation) American Airlines has announced that effective October 22, the airline will be going cashless at Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI).

Jamaica Powerless in Cases where Children are Abducted and Taken Overseas

(Jamaica Gleaner) Child Protection and Family Services Agency’s legal officer, Nichole Chambers, has said that the failure of key countries such as the United States, United Kingdom and Canada to recognise Jamaica’s ratification of the Child Abduction Convention of 1980 limits how much the agency can do to rectify cases where children have been abducted and taken to foreign countries by a parent.

No Jamaicans hurt during UWI protests in Trinidad

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith is reassuring concerned members of the public that no Jamaican students were hurt during recent protests at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus.