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PICTURED: Transport Minister Mike Henry

JAMAICA-CHINA EXPORTS BEGIN ALUMINIUM BASE

Alumina is now being exported from Jamaica to China. This follows the Chinese acquisition of Alpart refinery in St Elizabeth by state firm Jiuquan Iron & Steel Group (JISCO). JISCO paid US$299 million for Alpart and a further US$60 million to ropen the facility. Transport Minister Mike Henry said the deal allowed Jamaica’s bauxite industry to become “like a Phoenix rising from the ashes”.

CANCELLED SOCA CONTEST BACK ON

Within hours of announcing its cancellation, the organisers of Trinidad & Tobago’s Chutney Soca Monarch contest said that the popular pre-Carnival event was back on. The change of heart followed an increase in government funding. Show organisers say they will work within what is a smaller official donation than last year.

YET ANOTHER OIL FIND FOR GUYANA

Exxon Mobil has announced finding another major oil reservoir off Guyana’s coast – its sixth in the waters since 2015. Exxon Exploration President Steve Greenlee said the find in the 26,800 sq/ km Stabroek Block “adds further value to our growing Guyana portfolio”.

SCIENTISTS ASSESS HURRICANE DAMAGE

American scientists have issued a report following their end-of-year post-hurricane checks on coral reefs in the waters of the US Virgin Islands. They described the “sandblasting” effect of the storms breaking top-level corals. However, reefs in deeper waters fared better.

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