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            [post_content] => Today the Minister of Energy for Jamaica, Mr. Philip Paulwell, will be meeting with petroleum marketing companies in an effort to secure greater reduction in prices for consumers at the gas pumps.

I have summoned the marketing companies for a meeting on Thursday and afterwards, we are going to be meeting with the retailers because it cannot be right, it cannot be fair that when the prices move up, everybody moves, and when the price falls we are not getting a similar reduction on the price, Mr. Paulwell said.

Paulwell expressed that there has been a tremendous decrease to the cost of petroleum products amounting to 25.6 percent, but the reduction to the consumers stands as an unfairly uneven reflection.

The report is that the price has fallen by an average of 14 to 15 per cent. I want to know what has happened to the other 10 per cent, he said, noting that with the reduction in the price of gas those food products that usually increase when gas prices rise, must now see some reduction. I want to see the price of those items coming back down.

Based on the reports, he presumed with high hopes that the fall in gas price is likely to continue for the long term. He also urged customers of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) to keep a check of the electricity bill, as the continuous drop in the price of oil should lead to the reduction of energy charges. In addition, he advised Petrojam to commit to an advanced purchasing of oil at the reduced price so that customers will be able to relish the period of the price reduction.
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Jamaica Energy Minister Schedules Meeting With Petroleum Retailers To Discuss Gas Prices

December 18, 2014
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Today the Minister of Energy for Jamaica, Mr. Philip Paulwell, will be meeting with petroleum marketing companies in an effort to secure greater reduction in prices for consumers a...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Next year January 12, the vice president of the Industrial Court, Ramchand Lutchmedial will be re-appearing in court after he was released on a TT$5,000 bail, after he pleaded not guilty to a charge of failing to provide a sample of breath for a breathalyser test last Friday. On Monday, Ramchand stood represented by a team of lawyers, including his daughter Jayanti Lutchmedial, before Magistrate Bramanand Dubey at the Tunapuna Magistrates' Third Court.

Reports state that the police alleged that Ramachand was pulled over last Friday in Changuanas, in Central Trinidad during a routine police exercise, and when he was asked to provide a specimen of breath, he refused.

Yaseen Ali, one of the attorneys representing him, noted that Mr. Lutchmedial had a "well published" job in the fraternity as an Industrial Court Judge and had served as a long standing member of the bar as he has been practising for the past 36 years.Ali noted that owing to this, his client was never before involved in such matters to be commanded to appear before the court nor convictions, and he therefore asks that the judge be granted bail and be allowed to leave on his own cognisance.

To add to the situation, Ali added that the officers that were present on the scene on the Friday night confiscated Lutchmedial's driver's permit, an act which is regarded as a contrary to regulations. However, he did submit that it was returned to his client earlier that evening. The attorney also requested disclosure and a "speedy trial date".
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Trinidad Judge Faces Court For Failing To Submit Breath Sample

December 17, 2014
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Next year January 12, the vice president of the Industrial Court, Ramchand Lutchmedial will be re-appearing in court after he was released on a TT$5,000 bail, after he pleaded not ...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => On Wednesday, Guyana's Ambassador to Belgium and the European, Dr. P.I. Gomes was elected as the new Secretary General of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) grouping. The post was previously carried byAlhaji Muhammad Mumuni. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Gomes was selected for the post at the 100th Session of the Council of Ministers of the ACP. He will serve for a five year period starting in 2015.

Ambassador Gomes will take office in March 2015 in the fortieth year of the ACP. It was in Guyana, 39 years ago in 1975, that the ACP was birthed through the Georgetown Accord, the Ministry announced.

The Foreign Affairs Minister,Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, said, "the ACP is at a critical juncture and experience and wise leadership coupled with patience are critical if we are to overcome the challenges.Ambassador Gomes possesses these attributes and together with the support of all of us, I am confident he will not only keep the Georgetown Agreement alive but will make it thrive."

Three candidates were nominated for for the post, for the Caribbean region. The other nominees of the position includedJamaican Patricia R. Francis, the former Executive Director of the Geneva-based International Trade Centre (ITC) and Dr. Hamid Ghany, the former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Trinidad.

Appointment to the post of Secretary General generally follows a principle of rotation amongst the six ACP regions, including West Africa, East Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands.The ACP Group is the largest inter-governmental organisation of developing countries working under a partnership treaty with the European Union. 31.5 billion Euros has been committed for development corporation in 78 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific for the period 2014-2020.

Gomes is currently otherwise serving as representative to theWorld Trade Organization (WTO)andthe Food and Agriculture Organization FAO), Dean of ACP Ambassadors in Brussels, and Chair of the Sub-Committee on Sugar. He has previously served asChair of the Working Group on Future Perspectives of the ACP Group, andChair of the Committee of Ambassadors, a decision-making body of the ACP Group, in 2010-2011.

He has also worked for the United Nations as a senior adviser inHuman Resources Development at the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Trinidadian Sir Edwain Carrington, a former CARICOM Secretary General, was the last Caribbean national to serve as ACP secretary general.
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December 13, 2014
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On Wednesday, Guyana's Ambassador to Belgium and the European, Dr. P.I. Gomes was elected as the new Secretary General of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) grouping. The post...Continue reading