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22 December, 2008 - Published 18:14 GMT

BBC Caribbean News in Brief

Antigua flights cancelled

Flights in and out of Antigua's V C Bird International airport are being delayed or cancelled as a result of action by air traffic controllers

The controllers have gone a what is described in the aviation industry as a 'flow-control'.

The action comes amidst agitation for a pay hike, prompting authorities to call an emergency meeting on Monday night with the workers.

An airport official says the action by the air traffickers is affecting the entire operations at the airport.

The source says only one flight can land or takeoff within a 20-minute period.

The air traffickers, who took industrial action last year over the same issues, have not said when they will end their action.

Aviation Harold Lovell says he's prepared to do whatever is possible to end the situation.

Trinidad in global gas talks

Trinidad and Tobago has joined the world's other leading gas producers at a meeting in Moscow.

The participants have been at pains to emphasise that the purpose of the meeting is to put the finishing touches on a Gas Exporting Countries Forum rather than create a cartel to fix prices.

The 14 member countries currently control about 73 per cent of the world's gas reserves and 42 per cent of its production.

Trinidad and Tobago is the leading supplier of liquid natural gas to the United States.

BVI caution on spending

In the British Virgin Islands, officials are urging residents to be careful with how they spend their money.

The government's financial secretary, Neil Smith, was quoted by the BVI department of information as saying that notwithstanding the festivity of the season, people should be more concerned with saving.

BVI planning chief Patlian Johnson added that people should not panic, but just be cautious.

Concern about malaria on Hispaniola

Two years ago this month, Jamaica reported a health scare not seen in the country for four decades - an outbreak of malaria.

Could the source be traced to Hispaniola?

Some experts think so and are pushing Haiti and the Dominican Republic , which share the island, to work together to help get rid of the mosquito-born disease.

Winair confirms Antigua/Barbuda flights

Aviation officials in Antigua and Barbuda and St Maarten have been hailing a formal air services agreement which will allow for daily flights between Antigua and Barbuda for the next two years.

The St Maarten-based airline, Winair, has been providing five daily flights between St John's and Codrington in Barbuda for the past few months.

That followed the pull-out from the route of another small carrier, Carib Aviation, because of financial difficulties.

Antigua and Barbuda's aviation minister Harold Lovell says the agreement demonstrates cooperation between his administration and the Netherlands Antilles government.

Roland Duncan, the minister responsible for aviation in the Antillean government, says he intends to use the agreement as a model for bilateral talks with other nearby governments.

Bigamist faces new jail term

An illegal immigrant from Jamaica jailed for bigamy and twice-deported from the UK will be sentenced next month after been found guilty of rape by a jury in southwest England.

Peter Delisser, 36 slipped through the British immigration net and raped a teenager after authorities missed out on a third chance to kick him out of the country.

In 2005, Delisser admitted bigamy and was jailed for four months.