Caribbean News Roundup – Aug. 28th

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    A Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra and the U.S. Virgin Islands as Dorian makes its way up the Caribbean Sea.

    A Tropical Storm Warning is also in effect for the British Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic from Isla Saona to Samana.

    As of 5am today, Tropical Storm Dorian was 140 km southeast of St. Croix with winds of 95 km/h and some strengthening is expected today,

    On the forecast track, the center will pass over or near the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico later today.

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    As St. Lucia was spared any damage from the passage of Tropical Storm Dorian yesterday, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has expressed thanks to God for sparing the country.

    Opposition leader Philip J. Pierre meanwhile, praised the first responders in the storm’s passing, lauding their dedication and sacrifice.

    And, the Tropical Storm also did not affect St. Lucia’s hotel and tourism businesses.

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    President of the Barbados Vagrant and Homeless Society Kemar Saffrey is giving the Mottley administration the thumbs up for ensuring homeless people were off the streets during the passage of Tropical Storm Dorian.

    He was also pleased that the shelters were opened earlier than usual to accommodate his clients.

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    Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit called on voters to follow Barbados and Grenada and give his ruling Dominica Labour Party a clean sweep in the upcoming general elections.

    He says a sweep of all 21 seats in the elections would help ensure that the campaign by the main opposition United Workers Party to damage the controversial, but successful Citizenship by Investment Programme is not successful.

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    Jamaica’s leader of the Opposition PNP Dr Peter Phillips is calling on the government to respond to the urgent cry from residents for water in affected communities, especially ahead of the opening of the new school term.

    He said the ongoing water crisis has intensified over the past weeks, with some communities going without a single drop for days.

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    In Guyana, the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department has unearthed a number of substandard and falsified medications at nine pharmacies in Georgetown.

    The Guyana Police Force has been called in to assist with the investigation.

    The search came after a complaint that an unknown individual was either clandestinely manufacturing and/or importing SF medication for sale into the locate market.