Caribbean News Roundup – August 25th 2019

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    An appeal has been made for help, after a freak storm ripped through some parts of the Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice Region in Guyana yesterday morning.

    According to the Guyana Chronicle, the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Region 10 is appealing for urgent assistance in securing a number of items for several residents whose houses were damaged.

    Among the items needed are 100 16 feet zinc sheets, 100 food hampers and any amount of cleaning detergents.

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    Barbadians are readying themselves for the passage of Tropical Storm Dorian.

    Kerry Hinds, Director of the Department of Emergency Management, is urging persons to ensure that they have their emergency kits, batteries, water, canned goods, and other emergency supplies on hand.

    The Director also stressed that persons should ensure the safety of their elderly relatives and be aware of the emergency shelters closest to them.

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    Grenada is reporting a 7.7% increase in arrivals for the 2019 Carnival Season.

    It says this year, there were 13,327 visitors for SpiceMas, compared to 12,379 in 2018.

    It adds that of the 13,327 stayover visitors, 10,505 were tourists and 2,822 were Grenadians residing abroad.

    Part of this growth is being attributed to additional airlift including 3 extra flights from LIAT, increased marketing and the global recognition of Grenada’s artistes, culture and music.

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    Over 7,000 pounds of compressed ganja have been seized by police in Jamaica.

    According to the Jamaica Gleaner, officers recovered 289 plastic bags loaded with packages of compressed ganja which they say appeared ready for export.

    The police have estimated the street value for the herb at $36 million.

    No one was arrested in connection with the seizure, which took place on Friday night.

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