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PICTURED: Bob Marley

$14M INCREASE IN DOMINICA FUNDING CHINA HAS increased its help to Dominica by US$14 million (£10.6m) for “post-disaster restoration”. The increased Chinese grant money came as the UK also announced an additional £5m in aid. “We, the children of Dominica, have shown the world that disaster is finite but hope is infinite,” Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told the audience at celebrations to mark the country’s 39th year of independence, which also included the Commonwealth.

BELIZE MARIJUANA USE DECRIMINALISED BELIZE HAS signed into law the decriminalisation of possession and private consumption of ten grams or less of marijuana. The law applies to the smoking of cannabis on private premises. It does, however, impose fines for possession on school premises. Belizean church groups have criticised the amendment of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

INDIA EXPLORES TIES WITH CUBA INDIA COMMERCE and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu led a delegation to Cuba in late October to tap what officials called the “huge untapped potential” for trade and investment. India’s Commerce Ministry said that it was part of a strategy to expand India’s trade footprint.

Forbes Magazine has ranked Bob Marley’s estate fifth in its 2016-17 list of highest-paid dead celebrities. Forbes said that earnings of US$23m over the last year had been boosted by House of Marley audio products and the Marley Beverage Co. Michael Jackson topped the list for the fifth year in a row.

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