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BAHAMAS | COVID-19 spread Initiates Nationwide lockdown in the Bahamas

NASSAU, Bahamas, August 4, 2020 NASSAU, Bahamas, August 4, 2020 - The Bahamas is paying the price for opening up too soon with Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announcing a new two-week lockdown of the entire chain of islands in response to a major spike in the number of COVID-19 cases.
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BAHAMAS | COVID-19 spread Initiates Nationwide lockdown in the Bahamas

NASSAU, Bahamas, August 4, 2020 NASSAU, Bahamas, August 4, 2020 - The Bahamas is paying the price for opening up too soon with Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announcing a new two-week lockdown of the entire chain of islands in response to a major spike in the number of COVID-19 cases.
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JAMAICA | Scott-Mottley flays Holness on Locks hairstyle in school

KINGSTON, JAMAICA: AUGUST 2, 2020: The People’s National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister of Justice, Senator Donna Scott-Mottley has proposed that a policy directive be issued to all schools, ahead of their reopening next month, outlining that no child should be denied access based on natural hairstyles, including locks.

DIASPORA | Jamaica Diaspora Day of Prayer and Fasting: Its Origin and Development

BROOKLYN, NY, August 2, 2020 - Despite living thousands of miles away in lands far from Jamaica's shores, members of the Christian community, have for the past 15 years, annually observed a special day of prayer and fasting for their homeland in the eager hope that the island will be transformed into a haven of peace and comfort.
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JAMAICA | Political parties, private sector sign agreement on crimefighting

KINGSTON,  Jamaica, August 4, 2020- Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader  Dr. Peter Phillips were yesterday joined by other key leaders across a wide cross section of Jamaica’s society as they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as it related to a much anticipated national consensus on crime.

CARICOM congratulates Guyana's new President, Irfan Ali

TURKEYEN, Georgetown, Guyana Aug. 3, 2020-   The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) today congratulated the new president of Guyana, Irfan Ali, and welcomed the conclusion of the Guyana General and Regional Elections of 2 March 2020 with the declaration of the final results.
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GUYANA | GECOM Coalition Commissioners cry foul, advocate fresh elections

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Aug. 2, 2020- The three GECOM Commissioners appointed by the A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change coalition, were not at all happy with the fact that the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield on Sunday presented his report of the March 2, 2020 general and regional elections based on the figures generated from the national vote recount.
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GUYANA | Guyana's New President Dr. Irfan M. Ali Sworn in on Sunday

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, August 2, 2020 - Guyana’s ninth Executive President, 39 year old Dr Irfaan Ali was sworn in on Sunday afternoon, a short while after GECOM made a 2:30 pm declaration that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had won the March 2 General and Regional elections.
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GUYANA | GECOM cleared to finally announce winner of March 2 General Elections

Georgetown, Guyana Aug. 2, 2020 - The Guyana Elections Commission is to make a declaration on the results of the March 2, National and Regional elections, which is expected to show the opposition Peoples Progressive party winning the elections over the incumbent A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC).
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JAMAICA | PNP wants govt to begin hurricane preparation now

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, August 2, 2020: Shadow Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Morais Guy, says as the nation prepares for the hurricane season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a properly choreographed disaster management protocol must be put in place and immediately disseminated to the public to ensure the safety of all Jamaicans.

JAMAICA | PNP Calls on Prime Minister to save JUTC

KINGSTON, JAMAICA: July 30, 2020. The People’s National Party’s (PNP) Shadow Minister of Transport and Works, Mr Mikael Phillips, M.P., is calling for the urgent intervention by the Prime Minister to instruct an emergency rescue plan for the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), as the Auditor General’s Performance Audit Report indicates the imminent disaster and possibly closure.

JAMAICA | Supreme Court Ruling on dreadlocked school girl shocks Jamaicans

KINGSTON, Jamaica August 1, 2020 - Jamaicans of all stripes are this Emancipation Day, questioning the reasoning of the local Supreme Court, which yesterday ruled that the constitutional rights of a five-year-old girl were not breached in 2018 when she was denied access to the Kensington Primary School in Portmore, St Catherine because of her dreadlocked hair.
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JAMAICA | Bunting decries hike in tution fees

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday, July 30, 2020: PNP Spokesperson on Education, Peter Bunting, MP, is concerned about the absence of a comprehensive plan to treat with the commencement of the 2020/2021 academic year. Principal amongst these concerns is the increase in tuition fees which will exacerbate an already dire predicament for many students and parents.

JAMAICA | Opposition PNP wants further clarity from NHF on 'Market Me'

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, July 30, 2020:  PNP Shadow Minister of Health and Wellness Dr. Morais Guy, says the Parliamentary Opposition has taken note of a statement issued by the National Health Fund (NHF) in which it sought to clarify a previous statement carried in sections of the media regarding its role in the ongoing 'Market Me' saga.

GUYANA | Trump administration impose visa sanctions against Guyana Officials

WASHINGTON DC, July 30, 2020 - While refusing to comment on his president’s undemocratic suggestion about delaying the US elections and the message that sends to a country like Guyana, Michael Kozak, Assistant US Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere matters, today said he would not comment on President Trump’s statements on “domestic matters.”
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Virus-linked hunger tied to 10,000 child deaths each month; Vietnam locks down its 3rd-largest city as cases grow

The United Nations says coronavirus-linked hunger is leading to the deaths of 10,000 children a month in the first year of the global pandemic because of fears of contamination and movement restrictions. Four U.N. agencies said failing to act now will have devastating long-term consequences not just for the children, but for society as a whole. Earlier this year, the head of the World Food Program warned of a risk of starvation of “biblical proportions” around the world.From Burkina Faso to Venezuela, AP journalists around the world found that families in numerous countries are already facing starvation, with young children the first to suffer and die.Africa's First Hotbed: For months, the city of Cape Town was the biggest hot spot in Africa. Now, finally, there are signs of relief. Doctors in the city on the southernmost tip of South Africa say they are seeing a decrease in patients. But as Cape Town reports more positive news, the pandemic is sweeping north, to more populated parts of South Africa, Gerald Imray reports. Vietnam: The country has locked down its third-largest city for two weeks after 15 cases of COVID-19 were found in a hospital. Public transport into and out of the central city of Da Nang, with a population of 1.1 million, was canceled. Over the weekend, thousands of mostly Vietnamese tourists had to end their summer holidays in the popular beach destination. Authorities estimated several thousand people would be stranded by the transportation shutdown and asked hotels to shelter them, Hau Dinh reports from Hanoi. Kyrgyzstan: Cases surged after authorities lifted a tight lockdown in May, overwhelming the teetering health care system in the impoverished Central Asian nation of 6.5 million people. That's when thousands of volunteers came to the rescue in the former Soviet republic. They worked as orderlies in busy hospitals, converted their cars into makeshift ambulances to transport the sick and found protective gear, drugs, supplies and equipment for medical workers, Daria Litvinova reports.Guatemala Teacher: In the One Good Thing series – when the virus closed schools in mid-March, teacher Gerardo Ixcoy invested his savings in a secondhand tricycle that he and his brother converted into a mobile classroom. Each day the 27-year-old sets out pedaling among the remote cornfields of Santa Cruz del Quiché to give individual instruction to his sixth-grade students. He installed the protective plastic sheets and a whiteboard on the tricycle and rigged a small solar panel to the roof to power audio recordings he uses in some lessons. -30-

JAMAICA | PJ Patterson Pays Tribute to former B'dos PM, Owen Arthur

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, July 27, 2020 - With the passing of former Barbados prime minister Owen Arthur on Monday, tributes have been pouring in from many of the Caribbean region's leaders. These include Dr. Ralph Gonsalves who has referred to him as a titan of regional integration, Sir Shridath Ramphal who lamented that Barbados had lost a great son and Sir Ronald  Sanders who described Arthur as a Caribbean champion.
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BARBADOS | Son Of The Soil: A Tribute To The Late Owen Arthur

Owen Seymour Arthur was born on October 17, 1949, and was educated at All Saints Boys’ School, the Coleridge and Parry School and Harrison College. He graduated from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics, and, after working for a short time in Jamaica, he returned to Barbados. He soon after became an invaluable member of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP). 
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JAMAICA | Phillips saddened by Owen Arthur's passing

KINGSTON, Jamaica, July 27, 2020: Peoples National Party President (PNP) and Leader of the Opposition Dr. Peter Phillips is shocked and saddened by news of the untimely passing of former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur.

GUYANA | “Order No.60 deeply flawed” John Jeremie tells Appellate Court

GEORGETOWN,  Guyana, The Guyana Chronicle, July 26, 2020 -- In a legal battle of words that spanned more than five hours on Saturday, former Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago, Senior Counsel John Jeremie, told the Court of Appeal that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has no other choice than to declare the results of the General and Regional Elections based on the 10 Declarations made by the Returning Officers last March.
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JAMAICA | Society slipping further into criminal abyss says Fitz Jackson

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, July 26, 2020: PNP Shadow Minister of National Security Mr. Fitz Jackson, says the murder of accountant Steven McPherson while he was trying to protect his daughter from abductors is heartbreaking and has added yet another repulsive stain on the social fabric of our society. He said Mr. McPherson paid the ultimate sacrifice as a father to save the dignity of his daughter.
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