Caribbean News Roundup Aug. 16th

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    Beginning in Antigua, CSEC exam results have highlighted a trend of students struggling with Mathematics.

    A report by local CXC registrar Myrick Smith, shows that only 462 out of the 1,163 students who sat this year’s Maths exams passed – a 33% pass rate.
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    New laws could be on their way to govern how jet ski operators conduct business in Barbados.

    Minister of Maritime Affairs Kirk Humphrey says there is a “lack of order” among a few operators who currently have no regard for other beach users.
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    Also in Barbados, Police Commissioner Tyrone Griffith is dismissing reports that British national Natalie Crichlow died at the hands of an intruder when she was burnt during a fire on July 28th.

    He reveals that “high quality” CCTV footage from a nearby house shows that no one had entered the premises prior to the blaze.
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    Guyana’s opposition People’s Progressive Party will not appeal a court decision which rules that ongoing house-to-house registration is legal.

    The party says its initial challenge achieved its principal objective – barring de-registration of persons during the exercise.

    The country is gearing up for General Elections.
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    Jamaica’s Minister of Industry, Audley Shaw, says import/export regulations for cannabis are coming soon.

    Shaw says a draft is being worked on and when it comes into effect, Jamaica will be 1 of 10 countries in the world with an export regime.
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    The Pan American Health Organization says Latin America and the Caribbean is experiencing a new epidemic cycle of dengue after two years of low incidence.

    According to its latest update, published earlier this month, during the first 7 months of 2019, more than 2 million people contracted the disease and 723 died.
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    In the latest regarding Venezuela, Russia’s Foreign Ministry claims there is plan to train alleged Venezuelan refugees in a military base in Guyana.

    Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova believes the final objective is to deploy these groups in the South American country to cause destabilization and violent acts.