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Caribbean news in brief: Dominica recovery, Rastas + more

PICTURED: Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit (Photo credit: UN Photo/Marco Castro)

GLOBAL PIRACY RISES BY 160pc

US-based One Earth Future (OEF) said in a report on global piracy that overall incidents of piracy increased by 160 per cent in the Caribbean and Latin America. The report’s lead author, Maisie Pigeon, said: “We have observed a significant increase in violent incidents and anchorage crime, particularly in the anchorages of Venezuela and the recent violent incidents off Suriname in the rst part of this year.”

MONTSERRAT TO REMAIN ON UN LIST

Montserrat has told the United Nations that it wishes to remain on a UN decolonisation list. Premier Donaldson Romeo requested that the British overseas territory remove its 2012 request for withdrawal lodged with the UN’s Special Committee on Decolonisation.

Romeo told a UN seminar that, by remaining on their list, the UK Government will be held accountable by the UN for supporting Montserrat.

DOMINICA AIRPORT STILL ON TRACK

Despite recovery work since Hurricane Maria, Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, said that money for a proposed international airport had remained untouched. Skerrit said his government put aside US $5million a month towards the US$220million airport price tag.

APOLOGY TO RASTAFARIANS

Antigua & Barbuda has apologised to its Rastafarian community for any past discrimination. The country’s ambassador to the US, Sir Ronald Sanders, said that his government had taken and intended to take steps to enhance Rastafarians' rights.

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