“I am excited; clearly it is only a first step and a small step, and I know there will be the naysayers; I suspect we are going to hear from the churches. But I feel as both a matter of conviction that it is something good to do, but also that the society as a whole will support it.” – Prime Minister Dean Barrow after Belize government introduced legislation aimed at decriminalizing the possession of cannabis or marijuana in amounts not exceeding ten grams or less than half an ounce.

“In denouncing these orchestrated attacks perpetrated by terrorists against innocent civilians, I align CARICOM’s voice to that of the international community in condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Such heartless and vicious acts as this incident underscore the need to deepen global cooperation in order to reduce the instances of such heinous acts of terror.” CARICOM Chairman Dr. Keith Mitchell in a letter to the Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy Brey followi9ng terrorist attack. 

“These meetings held in early August were considered to be very important, very timely. There’s nothing secretive about them.” – Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman as he sought to assure the Guyana public that there is no secrecy in meetings with US energy giant ExxonMobil.

“There is a time and place for serious punishment, but there are also times when intervention is necessary, particularly where youth are involved and where the softer skills are required.” – Barbados Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite warning that family instability and illiteracy among young people are among the major factors driving them towards gangs.

“My understanding and knowledge of how government works is very substantial and I think that my administration has benefitted from that and certainly I would like to think that we have been very clear on what our policies are and when you look at it.” –St. Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet dismissing statements made a lecturer of the University of the West Indies (UWI) in which he warned against the rise of the businessman-politician in the Caribbean.

We were a little indisciplined in our bowling but we had a chat about it and we came out and made a better effort today.” – Batsman Roston Chase saying West Indies batsmen were full of confidence as they headed into Saturday’s third day of the day/night opening Test against England.

Obviously the guys are disappointed. We got beat within three days and we just weren’t up to scratch.But it’s just important for us to regroup. We can’t drop our heads. It’s only one Test match down [and] the series is not lost. It’s important for us to come back stronger.” West Indies captain Jason Holder following test defeat to England. 

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