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PICTURED: Trinidad & Tobago's Prime Minister Keith Rowley

TRINIDAD PM MEETS MUSLIMS OVER ISIS

Trinidad & Tobago's Prime Minister, Keith Rowley, met the leaders of several Muslim organisations following foreign advisories on the number of Trinidadian nationals who had travelled to Syria to fight with ISIS and had since returned home.

The advisories led to a security upgrade for the February Carnival season and the arrests of several people.

MISSING OUT ON CANNABIS MARKETS

Jamaican opposition finance spokesman Mark Golding has urged the government to take advantage of the growing global industry in cannabis and support a better approval process for growing the herb.
Mr Golding told a parliamentary committee that Jamaica was “missing out on that industry” which “needed more support”.

SAIL AND HEAL PLEA FROM CRUISE LINES

Two travel companies are expanding efforts to get cruise passengers helping to rebuild hurri- cane-ravaged Caribbean islands on what they call “impact sailings”.

Guests are asked to take part in so-called “donation drop and community care” trips. Princess Cruises and Fathom Travel will ask travellers to contribute to rebuilding, beach clean- up work, reforestation and therapy through the arts.

DOMINICA SEEKS DIASPORA HELP

CUBA will send 100 skilled workers to Dominica to help with repairs following Hurricane Maria. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit also urged nation- als abroad with skills to assist He said people were complaining when contractors failed to show up because they were helping others and said: “We have a shortage of skilled people.”

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