Caribbean News Roundup – Sept 2nd

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    Dorian has slowed to 1 mile per hour. You can walk faster than it is moving.

    The island of Grand Bahama could be in the eye of Hurricane Dorian for more than 9 hours because of the slow movement.

    Category-five Hurricane Dorian will continue to pound Grand Bahama Island through much of today and tonight.

    Since yesterday, the storm has brought severe flooding and the devastating winds tore off roofs, overturned cars and uprooted trees.

    An 8 year old boy has drowned as his family tried to escape the floods while the search is continuing for the boy’s sister, who is still missing.

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    The Caribbean Tourism Organization has recognized eight tourism entities with its top awards for embracing sustainable tourism principles.

    The awards, presented on August 29th, were won by organizations in Grenada, Guyana, Belize, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia.

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    In Guyana, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo said there are legitimate beliefs that the existing voters’ list is contaminated with names of deceased persons, Guyanese who have long migrated and, possibly, it is padded with the names of aliens or phantoms.

    He said too that there are suspicions that the Opposition PPP has benefitted from the padded list.

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    Barbados’ Minister of Elder Affairs Cynthia Forde says there are still high levels of neglect, fraud and abuse towards the elderly in that country.

    And, Father Vibert Stephens of St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral added that if the situation is not addressed soon, it could potentially spiral out of control.

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    Organisers of Bermuda’s first gay Pride parade on Saturday say they were bowled over by the turnout of 5,000 – the majority being visitors.

    According to the Royal Gazette newspaper the parade was “an explosion of colour and joy”.

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    The Deputy Speaker of the Bahamas House of Assembly has urged skilled Caribbean nationals to stay in the region as a means of halting the brain drain.

    Donald Saunders made the remarks while addressing students, administrators and others at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill, Barbados.

    He cited the number of nurses leaving The Bahamas for more profitable endeavors and warned of the impact of such losses.

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    In St. Kitts and Nevis, parents and guardians are being urged to pay attention to the online presence of their children, so they are not exposed to harmful content that can lead to depression, truancy, drug abuse, antisocial behavior and other challenges.

    Acting Director of the Department of Probation and Child Protection Services, Gerald Connor says it is important for parents to develop and maintain close relationships with their children to prevent them from joining gangs or forging unhealthy relationships.