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Attorney General reminds Vermonters about propane law

By on December 31, 2020

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Attorney General’s Office has issued a summary of propane rights and responsibilities. “Vermont has a robust set of propane rules, both to protect consumers and to promote fair competition among propane dealers. With another heating season upon us, we want to remind consumers of their rights and what to expect from a propane dealer,” said Attorney General Bill Sorrell.For example, there are numerous protections against unfair or hidden fees. Consumers may not be charged: (i) a minimum usage fee; (ii) a fee for fuel not actually delivered; or (iii) any fee related to termination of service if a tank has been on the premises for more than 12 months. Consumers may not be held to a minimum annual purchase of fuel, except as part of a guaranteed price plan (*tank rental fees are allowed). Additionally, all fees must be clearly disclosed in writing using a Fee Disclosure Form. However, Vermont does not regulate the price-per-gallon of heating fuel, which is variable and set by the dealer.Other protections include strict timeframes for terminating service. Once a consumer requests termination, propane dealers must generally remove propane storage tanks within 20 days, and issue refund checks for unused propane within another 20 days. If these timeframes are not met, penalties accrue daily and are owed directly to the consumer.The Attorney General’s Office actively enforces these consumer protections. Since 2003, the Attorney General’s Office has entered into 15 settlements with Vermont propane dealers (10 settlements since 2012), totaling $2.38 million dollars (approximately $960,000 in restitution to over 3,600 consumers; $690,000 paid to LIHEAP; $730,000 in payments to the State of Vermont). You can view those settlement documents here(link is external), along with links to all of Vermont’s propane laws and guidance.Consumers or propane dealers who have questions may contact the Attorney General’s Office(link is external), by phone: (802) 828-5507, by email at AGO.consumerinfo@vermont.gov(link sends e-mail) (please put “propane” in subject line) or by mail to: Consumer Assistance Program – Propane, 109 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05609-1001. Consumers or businesses who wish to file a complaint against a propane seller are encouraged to fill out the online complaint form(link is external).Vermont AG: Dec 22, 2016last_img read more

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Burlington’s COVID-19 wastewater monitoring spikes following Thanksgiving

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first_imgVermont Business Magazine On Wednesday evening, the City of Burlington received its first readings from the COVID-19 Wastewater Monitoring Program since the Thanksgiving holiday. The readings show a major increase in the marker of COVID-19 in wastewater across the city, indicating significantly higher prevalence of the virus in Burlington.See graphic below.It is important to note that the readings are based on only one sampling at each of the City’s three wastewater treatment plants after Thanksgiving. Additional sampling will be conducted in coming days to confirm the readings. However, given the potential consequence of the elevated levels that the readings show and the fact that all three plants are indicating the same significant upward trend, the City is releasing this information to the public now.“The days matter in our response to this pandemic,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger. “That’s why we’re releasing these initial readings from our wastewater monitoring program today. I hope that all Burlingtonians will look at this graph and see what I see: a call to action. We must remember that it’s in our collective power to bring this surge back down. We need everyone to cease social gatherings outside of your household and to get tested if you have participated in a social gathering over the last week.”Wastewater surveillance for COVID-19 is a leading indicator, and increased levels of COVID-19 RNA can show up in wastewater monitoring up to seven days earlier than testing results.Learn more about the City’s wastewater monitoring program.(link is external)As case numbers have grown in recent weeks, the State and the City have been intently focused on expanding testing availability.At Governor Scott’s press briefing today, Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, noted there was an increase in results in this testing after Halloween and even a bigger increase after Thanksgiving. There was also a record spike in COVID-19 cases after Halloween; they will look to see if there is a similar increase after Thanksgiving.If there is a correlation, Levine said, it will not show up for several days because of that lag period before the COVID-19 illness actually shows up.Levine hopes there is not a correlation because Halloween gatherings led to many COVID-19 outbreaks across the state, record high daily case counts and several more deaths. He said would not want to see that same result from Thanksgiving.The governor put in stricter guidelines after Halloween, including limiting gatherings to only those in one’s own household and stricter requirements on travel, which now includes mandatory quarantining when coming to or returning to Vermont.For now, those stricter guidelines will remain in place through the rest of the holiday period pending on the number of cases.There are now multiple ways for people to get tested in Burlington:405 Pine Street: Free tests every day from noon-8:00 pm through December. More than 250 tests per day. Register on Department of Health website(link is external).294 N Winooski: Free pop-up testing on Friday, Dec. 11 and Friday, Dec. 18. Register on Department of Health website(link is external) in coming days.UVM students and staff: UVM will be continuing to offer free weekly testing to all UVM students, faculty, and staff who remain in Burlington during their winter break. See more(link is external).Other: Other testing is available at Garnet Health at the Airport, at many pharmacies, and at other State testing locations in surrounding communities. Please note that some of these additional locations may have a charge and insurance reimbursement may vary. See details on Department of Health website(link is external).“Though these numbers suggest that the weeks ahead may be tough ones, the vaccine coming means that there’s a light at the end of this tunnel,” said Mayor Weinberger. “This pandemic won’t last forever – but we need to come together for a final push to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our neighbors.”Source: Burlington Mayor 12.3.2020last_img read more

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Nelson, Gophers ready to start season

By on December 17, 2020

first_imgNelson, Gophers ready to start seasonMinnesota starts the season on the road at the Bison Open this Saturday.Daily File Photo, Erin WestoverMinnesota’s Tony Nelson wrestles against a Michigan opponent Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at the Sports Pavilion. Nate GotliebNovember 7, 2013Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers wrestling team opens its 2013-14 season Saturday at the Bison Open in Fargo, N.D.Minnesota is ranked No. 3 in InterMat’s preseason national poll.The Gophers finished third at the NCAA championships last season and will return eight All-Americans, including redshirt senior heavyweight Tony Nelson, a two-time defending Big Ten and NCAA champion.Nelson has a 98-11 career record at Minnesota. He became the fifth Gophers wrestler to win back-to-back NCAA championships last March and the second heavyweight to do so.He said his goal for this season is to win a third-straight NCAA championship.Nelson is one of five seniors on a squad that returns nine of 10 wrestlers from last season’s NCAA lineup.In addition to Nelson, the team returns redshirt junior Dylan Ness, junior Logan Storley and redshirt junior Scott Schiller, who finished fourth, fourth and fifth in their respective weight classes at the NCAA championships last season.Nelson, Schiller, Storley and redshirt senior Kevin Steinhaus make up Minnesota’s formidable group of upper-weight wrestlers. InterMat’s preseason rankings have Nelson, Schiller and Storley first, second and fifth in their respective classes. The website ranks seven Minnesota wrestlers in the top 10 of their respective classes.Gophers assistant coach Luke Becker said Steinhaus will miss the early part of the season with a torn ACL. The team is otherwise healthy, he said.Minnesota will use the Bison Open to determine its 10-man lineup for the early part of the season, Becker said.Minnesota won five individual titles at the 2012 Bison Open.It finished 16-2 in dual matches last season, won the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Dual Championship and finished second at the Big Ten championships.Nelson said there’s still some room for improvement.“If we could jump from our second- and third-place finishes to win the national title, it would bring the team closer than it already is,” Nelson said.last_img read more

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2017 In Photos

By on October 20, 2020

first_img Oct 2, 2020 Oct 5, 2020 Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… As 2017 ends and we usher in 2018, we take a look back at a challenging year, but one in which CARICOM showed its formidable strength and resilience. Here are some highlights: Two Major Leaps Towards a Climate Resilient, Emission-Free… You may be interested in… Oct 15, 2020center_img Standards, Codes Critical to CARICOM Energy Sector…   President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise welcomes SG LaRocque to Haiti in December President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise at the CARICOM Energy Month Exhibition in Port au Prince in October Participants in the Energy Month Kilo Walk in November in Georgetown, Guyana CARICOM Secretary-General, Amb. Irwin LaRocque and Cuban Ambassador to CARICOM, His Excellency, Julio Cesar Gonzalez Marchante share a warm handshake after signing the Agreement in November Heads of Government at the CARICOM-Mexico Summit in October PM of Antigua and Barbuda, the Hon Gaston Browne, CARICOM Chairman, Dr. the Hon Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada and others tour devastated Barbuda in September Secretary-General António Guterres walks through Codrington town in Barbuda to see firsthand the devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma. (Photo by Rick Bajornas via UN) Stripped trees tell the story the morning after the hurricane hit Dominica Devastation in Dominica CARICOM Secretary-General offers comfort while on a visit to Dominica following the hurricane Hurricane Irma damage in the British Virgin Islands In the wake of the storm Clearing debris in St. Kitts and Nevis What was left of a gas station in the Turks and Caicos Islands after Hurricane Irma Hurricane Irma turned this hillside in Anguilla brown Wood and debris on Ragged Island, The Bahamas, after Hurricane Irma hit Upturned boats on Ragged Island, The Bahamas BVI Premier, the Hon Dr. Orlando Smith and PM of Dominica, the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit greet each other at the Pledging Conference in New York in Nov. 2017 CARICOM SG Amb. Irwin LaRocque, UNDP Administrator Achim Stenier and UNDPDirector for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ms. Jessica Faeita at the Pledging Conference in Nov. Commonwealth SG Baroness Patricia Scotland; CARICOM Chair, PM Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada; PM Allen Chastanet of Saint Lucia, SG Amb. Irwin LaRocque in New York, Nov. at the Pledging Conference Representatives of Regional Institutions, CARDI, CCCCC, CRFM at the Pledging Conference in New York in Nov. The formidable strength and resilience of the Caribbean people will be in full cry on the long and difficult road to recovery The Nature Isle becoming green again in November Citizens doing their part to build back better Picking up the pieces in Dominica An elaborate costume displayed by the Haiti delegation during the Parade of Nations at CARIFESTA XIII in August FLASHBACK: Fashion was a big hit at CARIFESTA XIII Former President of Haiti, Michel Martelly performs at CARIFESTA in August The jubilant crowd during the performance at the Grand Market in August Body painting par excellence at CARIFESTA XIII in August A section of the Barbadian delegation at CARIFESTA XIII in August CARICOM SG welcomes then CARICOM Chairman, Pres. David Granger of Guyana (l) to the CARICOM Secretariat for a Meeting of the Bureau of Heads of Government in May A group photo with the Deputy Secretary-General and CARICOM Youth Ambassadors during their Orientation and Capacity-Building Workshop at the CARICOM Secretariat in June CXC launched a new app in July Caribbean Regional Launch of Lancet Series was held at the CARICOM Secretariat The Community observed its 44th anniversary in 2017 CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque congratulates recipient of the CARICOM Triennial Award for Women, Ms. Shirley Pryce Heads of Government pause for a group photo after their summit in Grenada in July (Photo via JIS) Secretary-General LaRocque (left) has a traditional Japanese dinner during his visit to Japan in July IN STEP: Secretaries-General of CARICOM (R) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and the UN, H.E. António Guterres (L) at the Ninth CARICOM-UN Meeting in July A gift for the Secretary-General from FIFA head, Mr.Giovanni Infantino who visited the Secretariat in April PM Gonsalves at Guyana’s Bourda Market in February (Photos via GINA) CARICOM Heads of Government and Heads of Delegation after their meeting in Georgetown, Guyana, in February His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana, and Chair of CARICOM, extends a warm welcome to newest member of the Conference, President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise Exchanges ahead of the COP Ministerial session (from left) Dr. Gale Rigobert, Saint Lucia’s Minister of Sustainable Dev., Dr. Kenrick Leslie, Exec. Dir. CCCCC; PM Allen Chastanet of Saint Lucia, Mr. Crispin D’auvergne Sust. Dev. Officer, Saint Lucia; CARICOM SG Irwin LaRocque Participants at the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum in Nassau, The Bahamas in January Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet (second from left) at the funeral of Sir Derek Walcott who died in March President Rene Preval’s coffin being wheeled away after the funeral service in Port-au-Prince. He died in March (Photo via Miami Herald) Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 1, 2020 CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… Canadian Prime Minister to meet with CARICOM Heads of Government in BarbadosPrime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, will travel to Bridgetown, Barbados to participate in the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to build even stronger ties with the region.The Conference will be held 18-19 February 2020. The announcement was made Tuesday 11 February via a press…February 11, 2020In “31Intersessional”CARICOM calls for focused global attention on impact of climate change on small vulnerable states – WTO Ministerial MeetingThis year, many small and vulnerable economies in the Caribbean, including some in CARICOM, notably Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, The Bahamas,  Haiti, British Virgin Islands (BVI), Anguilla, Turks and Caicos suffered massive devastation and absolute destruction of critical infrastructure from two unprecedented hurricanes, fueled by global warming and climate change.…December 12, 2017In “Anguilla”COMMUNIQUE – 20th Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR)COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE TWENTIETH MEETING OF THE COUNCIL FOR FOREIGN AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS (COFCOR), BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS:   18-19 MAY 2017   The Twentieth Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) took place in Bridgetown, Barbados on 18-19 May 2017,…May 23, 2017In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Santa Teaches Kids To Ski On Pajarito Mountain

By on October 19, 2020

first_imgScene of Santa teaching children to ski Tuesday on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Santa (AKA Michael Donnelly) spent time teaching children to ski Tuesday on Pajarito Mountain. Donnelly of Los Alamos was named the Ski Instructor of the Year in 2018 and inducted into the New Mexico Ski Hall Of Fame. Donnelly, 82, enjoys sharing his skiing knowledge with children. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Scene of Santa teaching children to ski Tuesday on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Scene of Santa teaching children to ski Tuesday on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comScene of Santa teaching children to ski Tuesday on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Scene of Santa teaching children to ski Tuesday on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

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Belgium to Get LNG Cargo from Qatar

By on October 6, 2020

first_imgBelgium’s Zeebrugge liquefied natural gas terminal is expected to receive a cargo of LNG from Qatar onboard the 145,602 cbm Milaha Qatar on November 18, according to shipping data.The Zeebrugge liquefied natural gas terminal is situated on a 30ha site in the outer port of Zeebrugge.It has an annual throughput capacity of nine billion cubic meters of natural gas.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, October 28, 2013last_img

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Worldwide success for PCN members

By on September 29, 2020

first_imgThe oversize sections were loaded on the ship Prima Ballerina in the Port of Gdynia and delivered to the Port of Södertälje, from where the units were transported by road to Västberga, ready for erection in 2017.  Meanwhile, PCN member in the UAE, Wilhemsen Ships Service (WSS), and member in Germany, Alexander Global Logistics (AGL), worked together to ship 22 units of ball valve equipment from Genoa, Italy to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.  AGL – which is also a network representative in Mongolia and Russia – also coordinated the movement of four fire trucks from Austria to Mongolia. The vehicles were shipped on a ro-ro vessel to China’s Tianjin port, before being delivered to Mongolia by rail.In a separate project, AGL shipped four diesel engines from the Danish Port of Fredrikshavn to Kaohsiung in Taiwan. Each engine weighed in at 115 tonnes with the dimensions 11.38 m x 3.25 m x 5 m.  Meanwhile in Malaysia, AGL also assisted with its first shipment of cargo to Johor for Petronas’ RAPID project. Overall, AGL will deliver 4,000 freight tonnes of equipment to the project site from South Korea and two condenser units – each weighing 72 tonnes – to Malaysia from Spain.  PCN member in Chile – Integral Chile – began the shipment of 28 industrial fans from Europe to the Port of San Antonio for use in the expansion of the Santiago Metro.   The Chilean network representative also coordinated the transport of a number of transformers for a wind farm project from China to Enel Green Power’s site in Sierra Gorda. Each of the transformers weighed 109 tonnes and had to be delivered 370 km overland from the delivery port to the site.  Another PCN member in Italy, Titan Project & Logistic, handled the delivery of a Caterpillar 6850H wheel loader, weighing 18.4 tonnes, from Livorno, Italy to Montevideo in Uruguay on a Grimaldi ro-ro vessel.  Elsewhere, Gold Star Consulting – PCN representative in Finland and Russia – delivered cargo for a thermal power plant from Estonia to Yekaterinburg, Russia by road. The largest unit weighed 54 tonnes and measured 3.67 m high.  www.scandinavianexpress.com www.wilhelmsen.com/shipsservicewww.alexander-logistics.comwww.integralchile.comwww.titanproject.netwww.projectlogistics.fiwww.projectcargonetwork.comlast_img read more

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2 Hawaii counties under hurricane watch

By on September 28, 2020

first_img SHARE 2 Hawaii counties under hurricane watch HILO, Hawaii (AP) – A tropical storm left parts of Hawaii’s Big Island soggy but intact Thursday as residents of the island state prepare for a second round of potentially volatile tropical weather.Hawaii Island was pummeled with heavy rains and strong waves overnight, but residents woke to blue skies and little damage after Madeline skirted the island.“So, really grateful for this respite today. I saw the sun this morning when I was driving into work,” Kanani Aton, a spokeswoman for the Hawaii County civil defense agency, said Thursday.The National Weather Service dropped the tropical storm warning for Madeline on Thursday.“It has passed south of our island,” Aton said.Several roads and a bridge that were closed because of flooding have reopened, she said. All county and state facilities, including bus and solid waste service, were to resume Thursday.Parks will not reopen until damage assessment teams have a chance to investigate, Aton said. At one park, water has receded after waves crashed into a seawall that surrounds Liliuokalani Gardens Park at Hilo Bay. Water had accumulated on the grass of the gardens, leaving stairs of a pavilion partially submerged.Damage assessment teams will also be in targeted areas, such as places prone to flooding, Aton said.Before the storm brushed by, some merchants had placed plywood on windows facing Hilo Bay. But other windows that hadn’t been covered didn’t show signs of damage at first light Thursday morning.On Oahu, gusty winds continued throughout the night with power lost in some Honolulu neighborhoods. Transformers were seen flaring in one hillside community overlooking the state’s largest city as the lights went dark.Some tree branches were littering the ground Thursday morning, but no major damage was immediately visible.The storm didn’t keep President Obama from visiting Honolulu Thursday on his way to Midway Atoll.Aton said civil defense officials expect heavy rains, winds and high surf to start as early as Saturday from Lester.One business was thinking ahead to Lester as they boarded up windows at Hulakai Store, a surf shop in Hilo, on Wednesday ahead of Madeline. “We’ll probably keep it up till Sunday, waiting for the second one to come through,” said supervisor Renee Balanga.Gov. David Ige has issued an emergency proclamation for both Madeline and Lester, allowing the state to quickly spend money.Hurricane Lester remains on track to impact the islands this weekend.Maui County and Hawaii County are under hurricane watch as Category 2 Lester careens toward the islands.The storm is on a track to pass just north of the island chain and the eye of the storm isn’t expected to make landfall. But meteorologist Ian Morrison from the National Weather Service says if the storm veers to the south, it could have a much greater impact.Lester is expected to slowly weaken and remain a hurricane as it blows by the state. After it passes it’s expected to further weaken to a tropical storm.Morrison says the eastern part of the state could be hit with heavy rains and tropical storm or hurricane-force winds starting Friday night. He says all islands could be impacted as the storm passes.Elsewhere, forecasters say Tropical Storm Hermine could strike the South as a hurricane.A hurricane warning was in effect for Florida’s Big Bend from the Suwannee River to Mexico Beach. And on the East Coast, a tropical storm warning was issued for an area extending from Marineland, Florida, northward to the South Santee River in South Carolina. Published: September 1, 2016 3:43 PM EDT Updated: September 2, 2016 12:42 PM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.last_img read more

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Rape complainants ‘should be given immediate legal support’

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first_imgA rape complainant contacted more than 40 law firms in six weeks to find someone who could help her with a judicial review, it has emerged. The woman, who recalled her ordeal at a parliamentary event last week organised by privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch, said victims need legal representation and advice from the moment they go to the police.The event, attended by Vera Baird QC, the victims’ commissioner, and Labour MP Jess Phillips, was held to mark the release of Digital Strip Searches, a report by Big Brother Watch on a controversial policy introduced to authorise police access to digital devices in criminal cases.The woman said she ‘felt uneasy’ giving consent to access her phone because she was worried police and prosecutors would search for data ‘to find holes in my character’.The woman said data consent must be given freely. She recalled feeling vulnerable and traumatised at the time, and described giving consent to the police like ‘someone being pressured on their death bed to sign a new will… Victims should be afforded a trauma [and] legally trained advocate, who can provide support from the very moment they report a crime’.Earlier this year the Crown Prosecution Service and National Police Chiefs Council announced they were introducing standardised consent forms for allowing access to phones and other devices because, they say, the approach to explaining why a complainant or witness’s digital device has to be seized and its contents analysed has so far been inconsistent.The Centre for Women’s Justice and Big Brother Watch are challenging the forms, and sent a letter before action this month.Big Brother Watch’s report says the police’s digital evidence technology ‘should be brought up to date so police can collect targeted pieces of evidence from smartphones, rather than entire digital copies’.A CPS spokesperson said: ‘Mobile phones should not be taken as a matter of course and our guidance to police and prosecutors is very clear on this. Devices must only be taken in circumstances where they are a reasonable line of enquiry and the forms aim to give people a clear picture of what may be looked at and why.’Balancing a respect for privacy with the need to make sure investigations are thorough and fair for all is an increasingly complex challenge. The forms mean investigators must specify what information they want to extract in line with the specific circumstances of the case in a bid to cut out unnecessary intrusion. We don’t want fears about how data is used to stop anybody affected by these horrific crimes from coming forward and reporting them.’ Concerned about the impact of ‘further misleading and inaccurate reports’ about how rape cases are investigated, the spokesperson said: ‘It is simply not true that material which is not relevant to the case will be shared with the defence or shown in court. There are well established safeguards which govern the disclosure of such sensitive information.’last_img read more

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Jamaica and Guatemala sign visa abolition agreement

By on September 27, 2020

first_imgA visa abolition agreement has been expanded between Jamaica and Guatemala that will now seen holders of diplomatic and official passports being granted visa exemptions.The agreement was signed in Mexico last  Wednesday by Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith and Guatemalan Foreign Minister, Carlos Raúl Morales Moscoso .Jamaica and Guatemala already have a Visa Abolishment Agreement for citizens who travel between the two countries for tourism purposes.Last month, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic signed a visa waiver agreement for holders of diplomatic and official passports.last_img read more

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