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PICTURED: Jean Renel Senatus

SENATORS STUDY BENIN VOODOO LAWS THREE HAITIAN

Senators have been visiting Benin to research how the West African state tackles voodoo-related crimes as part of Haiti’s reforms of its 19th-century penal code. Voodoo beliefs were brought by slaves from Benin to Haiti in the 18th Century. “Haiti and Benin are two sides of the same coin... we want to adapt these texts to modern-day life and we’re here to see how Benin handles irrational phenomena in law,” Jean Renel Senatus, president of Haiti’s Senate Justice Commission, told reporters.

ISLANDS MAKE CORRUPTION INDEX

A new report on corruption in the Caribbean and Latin America indicates that 21 per cent of Jamaicans surveyed said they had paid a bribe, given a gift or provided a favour to an official. The Transparency International report from its Global Corruption Barometer series found that the Dominican Republic topped the Caribbean list, with 46 per cent saying they had paid a bribe. Six per cent of Trinidadians had paid a bribe.

ANGUILLA TO GET FERRY TERMINAL

A new ferry terminal at Anguilla’s Blowing Point is to be built and the island’s airport is to be expanded to boost the British overseas territory’s tourism sector following Hurricane Irma. Officials said that plans for the new ferry facility had been commissioned before the hurricane.

JAMAICAN WINS FELLOWSHIP ARCHITECT WINSTON

Quest has become the first Jamaican to win the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, under the International Climate Protection Fellowship Programme. Quest studied in Cuba, before joining Jamaica’s National Environment Protection Agency.

Debbie Ransome, former head of the BBC Caribbean Service, currently runs the website Caribbean Intelligence.com

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