Caribbean News Roundup Aug. 15th


    The UWI has appointed Professor Stafford A. Griffith as Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of its Five Islands Campus in Antigua.

    Professor Griffith will lead the Campus for its initial year of operation, which is expected to welcome its first batch of students in September.
    Guyana’s Acting Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire says the current house-to-house registration by Guyana Elections Commission is legal but cautions that existing registrants cannot be deleted from the list unless certain criteria are met,

    Earlier this year, the Caribbean Court of Justice pointed out that GECOM it is not operating in the normal electoral mode, but against the background of a validly passed no-confidence motion.
    Jamaica’s Education Ministry says there has been a 3.2 percent decline in passes in mathematics and a 7.2 per cent increase in English language passes in the May/June sitting of the CSEC exam.

    Education Minister Karl Samuda says Math and English passes were 54.6 per cent and 82.6 per cent, respectively.
    Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness has scolded homeowners who operate garages and other commercial entities in residential spaces.

    He argues that not only is the practice an eyesore, but it also devalues properties.
    A British woman has died in a Barbados hospital after being doused in a flammable liquid and set alight while in bed at her home.

    He niece says an intruder broke into the Christchurch residence on July 28th, strangled her and then set her alight.
    The Bahamas government has released an environmental protection bill that would ban the import, distribution, manufacturing, possession and sale of single-use plastic bags and food containers.

    It also makes it illegal to release balloons into the air and anyone caught doing so can be fined up to US$2,000 for a first-time offense.
    St Kitts’ Minister of Public Infrastructure, Ian Liburd, warns that climate change related challenges such as floods, sea level rise, drought and extreme weather conditions are the new norm for the Caribbean.

    Also, using the examples of Barbados, Jamaica, Dominica and St. Kitts, he says the Caribbean water sector is in need of change as the availability of water is at a low.
    Also in St Kitts 30 illegal firearms and 73 rounds of assorted ammunition were handed over to police by gang members through a third party.

    Acting Commissioner of Police, Hilroy Brandy, says such an exercise has never taken place in the country’s history.