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GUYANA | Russia yet to withdraw “False” statement about UK constructing military base in Essequibo

GEORGETOWN, August 20, 2019 - TGhe Russian Foreign Ministry is yet to withdraw what Guyana says is a false allegation made by Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Vladimirovna Zakharova, that Britain was “completing the construction of a military base on one of the islands at the mouth of the Essekibo (sic) River under a plausible pretext – supposedly to stop the smuggling of weapons and drugs.”
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Zimbabwe's former VP now fugitive, says "police wants to poison me"

Zimbabwe's former Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko is being treated as a fugitive after fleeing from anti-corruption officials. He was due at a police station to make a statement on allegations being levelled against him but drove away when his car was approached by the officials.
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GUYANA | Evidenced-based policy decisions to minimize crime and violence in schools

Georgetown, Guyana, August 19, 2019 - Evidence based policy decisions and a multi-sectoral approach to address youth crime particularly in schools were underscored by Guyana’s Second Vice President and Minister for Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, when he addressed the official opening of the crime and violence prevention mitigation training, in Georgetown, Guyana.
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JAMAICA | Cuban Embassy celebrates Fidel's 93rd birthday

KINGSTON, Jamaica August 19, 2019 - Nearly 150 people packed the Jamaica Petroleum Corporation Auditorium on Sunday, 18th August in Kingston to celebrate the life of the Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, on the 93rd anniversary of his birth (August 13, 1926).
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T&T | MP for Port of Spain South Marlene McDonald granted $2m bail

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, August 15, 2019 - Former Public Administration Minister,  Member of Parliament Marlene McDonald and three others have accessed their bail, two days after seven charges were laid against her and her partner: two for conspiracy to defraud, four for alleged misbehaviour in public office and one for money laundering.
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T&T | Rowley names West new Public Administration minister

PORT OF SPAIN, August 15, 2019 - Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has named Allyson West as the new Public Administration minister after he temporarily assumed responsibility for the portfolio following the sacking of Marlene McDonald earlier this week.
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JAMAICA | CSEC Math passes down, English Language improves

KINGSTON, August 15, 2019 - While there has been an overall improvement in passes for students, who sat the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) this year, when compared to 2018, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is lamenting a 3.2 per cent reduction in passes for mathematics.

JAMAICA | Holness moves to revive National Identification System, NIDS

KINGSTON, August 10, 2019 - Four months after the Supreme Court ruled that the National Identification Act (NIDS) intended to enable the government to capture and store identity information for all Jamaicans, was a violation of the constitutional right to privacy, prime minister Andrew Holness has signalled his intention to reintroduce the NIDS through other methods. The Prime Minister says the faster the Jamaican society embraces the imminent move to a digital society, more advantages will be realised. Speanking at the the launch of the Electronic Business Forum at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Wednesday, Holness hinted at how the government intended to work around the Supreme Court's decision that  the mandatory requirement of NIDS for persons to submit biometric information is a violation of the right to privacy, which is guranteed by the Constitution. “The Fourth Industrial Revolution in which we are is all about how you manage information and data and leverage that innovation. The innovation with data now is how Governments can use it to better serve their populations. One of the things that we want to do is to give every citizen an identity, it is not about stealing your identity or exposing your Identity, but we need to know who you are. You need to be assured that when you present yourself that you are known, you are acknowledged, and you can get service,” said Prime Minister Holness. In that regard, the Prime Minister stated that the Government continues to do the background work necessary to have NIDS work effectively. He noted that the Government is putting in the infrastructure to facilitate a seamless exchange of information between Government agencies. “We are moving ahead with that to ensure that the technology is in place, the equipment is in place, the Government intranet is in place, and then we will be able to resolve in short order the form in which the National Identification System will take place. We have a form already; we just need to approve it and get it back on the Parliamentary agenda. Hopefully, it will be satisfactory to our court, but I am committed to ensuring that Jamaica leapfrogs the digital divide,” said Holness. Holness highlighted the deliberate steps the Government has been taking to integrate technology in its daily operations by employing interns though the Housing Opportunity Production Employment (HOPE) Programme. According to the Prime Minister, the Government has developed a digitization core putting the interns on the frontline of the integration of technology.   “They (the HOPE Interns) are the ones working with the paper to migrate the data embedded in paper documents into a portable digital format. They were working at the NHT scanning several thousands of documents, they were at the Island Traffic Authority scanning millions of documents, in fact, they have completed several years backlog of paper-based motor vehicle documentation,” Holness noted. He went on to say that the uploaded content can be used to populate databases, providing information which puts the Government in a better position to make decisions. In April of this year, a panel comprising Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, Justice David Batts and Justice Lisa Palmer Hamilton ruled that the the mandatory requirement of NIDS for persons to submit biometric information is a violation of the right to privacy, which is guranteed by the Constitution. The chief justice said it was the court's decision for the law to be struck down in its entirety because those aspects which did not infringe on the Constitutional rights of citizens were not enough to stand alone. “Having declared some of the provisions in violation of the charter, we are of the view that what was left could not stand because...it was so bound up with the other provisions that there is no way it could survive by itself... and the other route was that what was left would still be in violation of the constitution... And so we are of the view that the National Identification and Registration Act is to be declared null and void and of no legal effect.” The challenge to the Act was brought by PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson, who argued that certain provisions of the law infringe some of his Constitutional rights. Robinson contended that various sections of the act are unconstitutional, and operate as violations to the rights of the citizens of Jamaica. -30-   --30-

Jamaica and Cayman Islands want to strengthen relations

KINGSTON, August 10, 2019- Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin, this week held high-level discussions at Jamaica House, aimed at improving trade, maritime and aviation relations between the bordering nations.
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Cuban Economy Will Not Enter Recession Despite Blockade: Report

Despite the recent tightening of the U.S. economic blockade, Cuba’s economy is showing resilience and will not enter recession, instead will enjoy small growth over the coming year, according to forecasts published by ‘Economic Commission for Latin America and the Carribean’(CEPAL) one of the regions leading think tanks. 
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NAMIBIA | Has the relationship between Namibia and Germany sunk to a new low?

Dealing with the consequences of the 1904-1908 genocide, committed by German colonial troops in what was then called German Southwest Africa, remains unfinished business. Negotiations between the governments of Namibia and Germany are entering their fifth year. The main topics include the wording and modalities of an official German apology, as well as the compensation to be paid.
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ETHIOPIA | Why the Sidama secession demand needs to be negotiated

Mounting tensions in southern Ethiopia are creating high levels of nervousness in the country. At the centre of the conflict is the clamour for internal secession by the Sidama, the country’s fifth largest ethic group. Most recently, the federal government declared that it, rather than the local authorities, was now in charge of maintaining peace and security. This followed violence which had led to deaths and injuries.
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Kwame Nkrumah: why, every now and then, his legacy is questioned

Kwame Nkrumah led Ghana to independence in 1957 – the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve this feat. He’s still remembered for his unrepentant anti-colonial stance and strident Pan-Africanism. Above all, he is regarded as one of Africa’s ablest statesmen of the 20th century.
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JAMAICA | New Jersey based medical mission returns to Jamaica Sept. 4-14

WASHINGTON, DC, August 1, 2019 - The New Jersey based Help Jamaica Medical Mission (HJMM) which for nearly a decade has been helping the government to provide health care to needy Jamaicans, will stage its ninth medical mission to the island from September 4 -14 in the parishes of Clarendon, Hanover, Westmoreland, and three sites in Kingston and St. Catherine.
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Another US Military Plane Enters Venezuelan Airspace

The Venezuelan Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) denounced Thursday that a U.S. Navy EP-3E Aries II electronic spy aircraft entered the Maiquetia airspace area, near Caracas, on Wednesday, according to a report from Venezuela's Strategic Operational Command (Ceofanb).

JAMAICA | SDC Calls on Community Groups to Prepare for Registration

KINGSTON,  July 31, 2019 - The Social Development Commission (SDC) is encouraging all community groups and civil society organisations to prepare themselves for registration with the Commission, in order to access benefits under the local governance framework outlined in the Local Governance Act, 2016.

JAMAICA |PSOJ President says crime reduction can't be achieved by only using repressive force.

KINGSTON, July 30, 2019 - Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) President Howard Mitchell says strategies to address crime, violence and corruption in Jamaica should be free from political influence and should be treated as an issue that require national attention, because sustained crime reduction will not be achieved by only using repressive force.
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