ROSEAU, Dominica – The Douglas Charles Airport has been closed temporarily due to inclement weather conditions.

The Ministry of Public Works and Ports said it has also been advised that there are currently two landslides on the Nicholas Liverpool Highway affecting vehicular traffic flow in that area.

HAVANA, Cuba  –  The Fifth Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-Cuba Ministerial Meeting gets underway here today with global developments including climate change among the agenda items.

“The meeting will discuss the current international situation and recent developments relating to climate change, and the 2030 agenda for sustainable development,” said Guyana’s Minister of State, Joseph Harmon.

He said Guyana will be represented by a delegation headed by its Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge.

The meeting is also expected to address the technical cooperation in the areas of health, education, culture, disaster management and agriculture.

It will also review the progress made in implementing the agreements of the fifth Cuba-CARICOM Summit which was held in December 2014.

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Pastor Reverend Paul Hanniford was today sentenced to 20 years in prison for having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.

The sentence was handed down by Justice Lorna Shelly Williams when he appeared in the Home Circuit Court.

The Pentecostal City Mission Church pastor was convicted by a seven-member jury, on January 24 of having sexual intercourse with a minor.

According to Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (OFPP) the complainant, who is now 15 years old, testified in court that on March 12, 2015, she and her five-year-old brother went to the church for choir practice and after the rehearsal they asked Pastor Hanniford for a drive out in his van.

The pastor took the children to his house in Kingston and all three went inside the house.

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – The ruling New National Party (NNP) would win a general election if it was called now and the party “appears to be as popular as it was in 2013,” according to a new opinion poll published here on Friday.

The poll, conducted by the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES), said that the popularity of the NNP, which won all 15 seats in the last general election was due “largely on account of an unpopular opposition force.

“While the general mood of Grenadians at this time is more favourable towards the NNP, this perspective could be altered in the coming months,” CADRES however warned.

CADRES said that it conducted the poll in Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique in January, aware of the fact that an election is constitutionally due in less than one year and that there is “already considerable interest in the outcome of this pending electoral contest.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts  –  The home of Deputy Prime Minister, Shawn Richards, was shot at on Friday.

Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris and his Cabinet have condemned the shooting incident.

A government statement said the security forces have been mobilized to deal with this latest dastardly act to undermine safety and security in the country as they continue to do their best to maintain law and order for all citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis.

“The Government thanks Almighty God that the deputy prime minister and his family were not hurt physically and are safe. Many law abiding citizens and residents have conveyed well wishes to the minister and his family, while expressing their abhorrence of the cowardly incident,” the statement said.

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