PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos  –  A Jamaican teacher who is allegedly being sought for deportation from the Turks and Caicos Islands has refuted claims of child abuse made by her employer as unsubstantiated and untrue.

The Turks and Caicos Sun reported that the teacher, Suzette Codling, was working with a private pre-school in Providenciales for one year, but her work permit was not renewed following serious complaints that she allegedly verbally and physically abused young children at the institution.

However, the teacher denies the accusations and argues that she was underpaid by her employer.

According to a statement from attorneys Naylor & Mullings, the teacher says she was being paid far below government standard and native Turks and Caicos teachers and was refused pay which was due to her for the months of November and December 2016.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic  –  Haiti’s president-elect is pledging to provide national ID cards to migrants in the neighboring Dominican Republic so they can apply for a legal residency programme.

Jovenel Moise told reporters Wednesday at the Dominican national palace that his administration will expedite delivery of the documents. A previous delay by the Haitian state prevented thousands from seeking authorization to reside in the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican government launched the special residency program in 2014. Less than 20,000 people were approved.

OSLO – World temperatures hit a record high for the third year in a row last year, creeping closer to a ceiling set by the Paris climate change deal, with unprecedented heat in India and ice melt in the Arctic.

The findings, providing new signs of the impact of greenhouse gases, were issued on Wednesday, two days before the inauguration of United States President-elect Donald Trump, who questions whether climate change has a human cause.

Average global surface temperatures last year were 0.83 deg C above a long-term average of 14 deg C from 1961 to 1990, according to the United Nations-affiliated World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

Temperatures, lifted mainly by man-made greenhouse gases and partly by a natural El Nino weather event, beat the 2015 record, which in turn eclipsed 2014.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua  – The main opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) says it will boycott Friday’s budget presentation by Prime Minister Gaston Browne insisting that the government has done nothing over the past two and half years to improve the lives of Antiguans and Barbudans.

UPP leader Harold Lovell said that the party and its supporters would be staging a peaceful picket outside the Parliament building while the fiscal package is being presented.

“This administration has done absolutely nothing for the people of Antigua and Barbuda. We have received nothing but hot air for the past two and a half years.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Global investment in renewables has shown steady growth for more than a decade, rising from less than US$50 billion in 2004 to a record US$305 billion in 2015.

Renewable energy “was like hippy talk 10 years ago,” is how President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Peter Thompson puts it.

Not anymore.

“With $305 billion in one year (invested in) renewable energy, that’s very encouraging. That’s something to celebrate,” Thompson told journalists at a press conference during the recent 7th Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), held here from Jan. 14-15.

For the first time, in 2015, developing countries attracted the majority of renewable energy investments, with China alone accounting for about one-third of the global total.

China recently announced that it will invest at least US$361 billion in renewable power generation by 2020, making renewables 27 percent of national electricity consumption. This will bring additional momentum to a country that is already the world’s largest energy market and the leader in renewable energy innovation and deployment.

Growth in 2015 was due primarily to solar and wind, which together accounted for about 90 percent of total investments.

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