US names several Caribbean countries as major drug producers

first_imgIts Friday, March 10. We are looking at some of the top stories across your Caribbean-American community. Good afternoon and welcome.I’’m Megan Small, and you’re watching CNW 90. Your coverage today is brought to you by Grace Soups. Spice up your kitchen with Grace soups today. Genuine Caribbean taste enjoyed worldwide.Several countries in the Caribbean have been named by the United States as being major illicit drug producing and drug-transit countries with some also being major money laundering countries. The US Department of State’s “International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR),” notes that the Bahamas, Belize, Haiti and Jamaica, are among 22 countries worldwide considered major drug producing or major drug transit countries.Jamaicans who earn less than $1,4 million per year will now be exempt from that country’s tax net. The announcement was made by Jamaican Finance Minister Audley Shaw during his budget presentation in the house of parliament on Wednesday. However, Shaw’s tax package has come under harsh criticism due to a hike in the special consumption tax on fuel which is expected to trigger a rise in all transportation related costs.Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has expanded its Aftercare Supper Program to include six additional school sites, for a total of 106 schools serving meals to students. The meals will ensure that more than 14,000 students participating in regularly scheduled after-school educational or enrichment activity programs receive the nutrition they need to learn and grow. The suppers are funded through the Child Care Food Program (CCFP), a federally funded program, which provides healthy meals in the child care settingAnd in sports…1England thrashed the West Indies 3-0 in the recently concluded One Day international series in the Caribbean. Centuries from Alex Hales and Joe Root followed by a dismal West Indies batting display saw England secure a one-day international series whitewash in commanding fashion. The tourists won the third and final match by 186 runs to underscore their dominance of the series..Here’s What’s trendingDancehall DJ Bounty Killa brushed off harsh criticism of his inclusion on a concert highlighting gender-based violence on International Women’s Day. The artiste was warmly received by the audience as he explained that he had a past that needed to be changed and he was against violence against women. Bounty Killer was charged for beating his girlfriend with a hammer in 2015 but the charges were subsequently dropped.For Tomorrow’s weather forecastIt will be partly cloudy with isolated showers in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties with a high of 82 and a low of 63. For more on these and other stories, visit us online at caribbeannewsweekly.com. Make sure to pick up your copy of the Caribbean News Weekly at your nearest Caribbean American outlet.last_img

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