Caribbean News in Brief for Nov. 3-11

Minor earthquake

KINGSTON, Jamaica: A minor earthquake was recorded earlier this week in sections of Kingston and St Andrew.

According to the UWI Earthquake Unit, the epicenter of the magnitude 3.5 earthquake was near Wakefield, St. Catherine within the Rio Minho-Crawle River Fault Zone.

Environmental Support

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada: Grenada is one of two countries which will benefit from a €5 million euro investment in bilateral support for climate change adaptation projects. The money is being made available by the government of Germany.

German environmental specialists met recently with Minister of the Environment, Joseph Gilbert, and other stakeholders to discuss projects and proposals.

The support for Grenada results from its current position as Chairman of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).

JPS in Compliance

KINGSTON, Jamaica: Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) will implement extensive changes to the company’s operations following a recent investigation by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR).

The JPS has welcomed the results of the investigation which, it says, “confirms that the digital meters being used by the company are accurate.

“On the matter of back-billing, in light of the OUR’s confirmation that the company has been operating in compliance with the existing policies and procedures, JPS will restart the back-billing of customers, as it becomes necessary,” the JPS said in a statement.

However, the company has now turned its attention to the regulator’s recommendations regarding its billing practices.

“The company has moved to immediately ensure compliance with the 2007 OUR directive on quality controls at the bill generation stage.”

Investment in Education

BASSETERRE, ST. Kitts & Nevis: The St. Christopher and Nevis Social Security Board has made over EC$20 million available to the St. Kitts and Nevis Development Bank to finance tertiary education for nationals of the twin-island federation over the past several years, according to a board spokesman.

Chesil Hamilton said that the over EC$1.5 million has been disbursed under Social Security’s three scholarship programs which has assisted some 200 nationals to complete secondary- and tertiary-level education.

Hamilton added that, in addition to these scholarships, over EC$22 million has been made directly to the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis to finance tertiary education of nationals.

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