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Barbados National Bank Inc. (BNB) has launched its Flex Rewards Program a system that generates points every time your personal BNB Visa Classic, Visa Gold or Visa Platinum card is swiped.
The points can be redeemed at any Visa merchants’ island wide in exchange for various products and services.
Jamaica’s Finance Minister Audley Shaw has announced an increase in the tax on some alcoholic beverages in Jamaica.
A single Special Consumption Tax (SCT) rate will be applied based on the alcohol content at the rate of $960 per litre of pure alcohol.
This increase will apply to alcoholic beverages, vodkas, beers, stouts, wines, tonic wines, liqueurs, whiskey, gin, brandy and overproof rum among others. The tax on tobacco he says will also be increased.
Meantime the Government is planning to spend $262 million less than it originally proposed when it presented the $503.9 billion budget in April.
Jamaica’s Office of the Contractor General (OCG) is concerned about a decision by cabinet to extend the registration of some contractors until February 2011
The OCG has expressed its uneasiness in a release, describing the Cabinet directive to the NCC as a highly questionable, very dangerous and reckless act.
The OCG says the directive appears to have dictated that certain Government contractors whose registration certificates have already expired be deemed to be registered in their pre-existing categories and grades through to February 28 next year.
A new film about climate change in the Caribbean with footage from several Caribbean countries including Barbados, St. Lucia, Belize and Jamaica will be launched later this month.
The film “Partnerships for Resilience - Climate Change and Caribbean Tourism" has received funding from The British High Commission in Barbados, together with the Department for International Development Caribbean.
The launch will be held at the UN climate change conference in Cancun in early and will be broadcast in the Caribbean through regional and national TV stations.
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Trinidad and Tobago’s Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs, has completed a probe into the controversial Security Intelligence Agency Unit and has given them the great light to resume its operations.
Gibbs addressing the media in the twin island says at this point is some of the things are still ongoing but for the most part it’s complete and that they are moving forward in terms of intelligence operations.He says “We have finished our investigations in terms of all the work we have done with SIA with the different groups, now it’s a case of letting them get back to doing their job.
The retail price of (LPG) has been increased from Bds. $146.55 per 100lbs cylinder to Bds $148.72; from Bds $39.23 per 25lbs cylinder to Bds $39.82 and the 20lbs cylinder from Bds $31.38 to Bds $31.86.
The increase in these prices took effect from midnight last night November 30th 2010.
This amounts to an increase of $2.17 per 100lbs cylinder, $0.59 per 25lbs cylinder and $0.48 per 20lbs cylinder.
In addition, the retail price of gasoline will move from Bds $2.44 per litre to $2.76 per litre; diesel from Bds $2.24 to Bds $2.39 per litre; and kerosene will be adjusted from Bds $1.45 per litre to Bds $1.51 per litre.
Prime Minister, Hon. Tillman Thomas has called for a collaborative approach to “optimally preserve, renew and promote” Grenada’s heritage.
The Prime Minister was at the time peaking to the Fourth Willie Redhead Foundation Patrimonial Awards Ceremony.He says efforts to preserve Grenada’s heritage require collaboration between government, private sector entities, private individuals and not-for-profit organizations, such as the Willie Redhead Foundation.
“It is of great value that we see the work of organizations, such as the Willie Redhead Foundation, as important, not only for the preservation and renewal of landmarks, but also because of the intangible benefits they produce,” the Prime Minister said.
The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) has launched their re-developed website www.pancap.org which aims to be the primary source of comprehensive and up-to-date information about HIV and AIDS programming in the Caribbean.
The launching is timed to coincide with World AIDS Day 2010, today, and the website is funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), United States Government.
According to a release from the CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, it will be PANCAP’s main communication vehicle to inform a wide audience of stakeholders about PANCAP and so it will be regularly updated to include documents, project information, photos, news stories, activities and achievements from countries and partners across the region.