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Last updated: 12 February, 2008 - Published 21:43 GMT
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BBC Caribbean News in Brief
St Kitts seeks cheaper flour

The government of St Kitts and Nevis has said that it will ask Caricom to allow the country to import flour from outside of the protected sub-regional amrket.

St Kitts and Nevis has joined Antigua and Barbuda in resisting applications for big price increases -- in some cases up to a third -- from suppliers in St Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada.

Countries from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States can impose duties on flour from outside the sub-region, even from within the wider Caricom region.

Basseterre wants to suspend this rule under the Caricom treaty, for an unspecified period.

Air Jamaica loses dispute

Air Jamaica has lost a five year battle with its flight attendants over the non payment of a special duty allowance.

The attendants had accused the airline of failing to pay for duties carried out prior to and after flights.

They were represented by the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union.

Air Jamaica will now have to pay millions of Jamaican dollars to more than 400 attendants, in keeping with a ruling by the island's industrial disputes tribunal.

CJ concerned about prison overcrowding

The acting Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Brian Alleyne has been raising concern over overcrowding at prisons in the region.

Justice Alleyne, who retires this year, said one of the main reasons for overcrowding is the long delays in cases being brought before the court.

He said the backlog of cases is also one of the major challenges facing the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal.

Dominica suspends refinery plans

Roosevelt Skerrit
PM Skerrit says more time is needed to consider the refinery

The Dominica government has suspended plans to build an oil refinery on the island.

The proposed US $80 million refinery was to be funded by Venezuela, as part of the Petrocaribe energy agreement.

But the government has been criticised over its plans.

Last week the hotel and tourism association warned that an oil refinery would destroy Dominica's image as the nature island, and would affect tourism investment.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the country needs more time to consider the project.

Caribbean Airlines St Lucia deal

Saint Lucia's Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister - Allen Chastanet expects that the Trinidad and Tobago carrier, Caribbean Airlines, will begin flying to the Island by the end of the year.

This follows talks in Castries with a delegation from the airline led by its Chief Executive Officer Philip Saunders.

Mr Chastanet has in the past been critical of the service provided to Saint Lucia and the rest of the Caribbean by LIAT, and has vowed that Saint Lucia will continue to diversify away from the regional airline.

He said St Lucia has lost a lot of business to Trinidad and Barbados due in part to airlift problems with LIAT and expressed the hope that a deal with Caribbean Airlines could be sealed before the end of this year.

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