School cuts, drug laws and more in Caribbean news in brief

School cuts, drug laws and more in Caribbean news in brief

School cuts, drug laws and more in Caribbean news in brief

PICTURED: Jamaica Transport Minister Mike Henry (Photo credit: Donald Delahaye

HURRICANE FORCES SCHOOL CUTS

US-owned Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) has let go 150 employees as part of a cutback to a core team at its Dominica campus following the damage caused by Hurricane Maria. RUSM Dean Dr William F Owen Jr said in a notice to staff that the medical school “will no longer be able to continue to employ our entire Dominican Campus as we have since Hurricane Maria”.

ANTIGUA PM’S CALL ON DRUG LAWS

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has suggested that CARICOM countries should consider decriminalisation of marijuana, as Canada and other developed countries have reviewed their laws. He said that changes did not need to be a “wholesale” adaptation of outside laws but that his country needed to move away from “puritanical views”.

SANGSTER AIRPORT UPGRADE ON WAY

The Jamaican government has signed a US$40 million loan agreement to upgrade Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. Transport Minister Mike Henry said: “We will ensure the airport’s continued compliance with local and international standards for safety and security.”

TRINIDAD CUTS ITS CARNIVAL CLOTH

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival event organisers are finding cheaper ways to deliver events for the annual national party following a one-third cut in government donations. Organisers of the International Soca Monarch contest have already announced reduced cash prizes.

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Posted on: 27/01/2018 01:00 PM

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