Caribbean News Roundup Aug. 16th


    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.