Caribbean News Roundup – Sept 30th

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    Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley has made an emphatic call at the United Nations to support dialogue on Venezuela’s political troubles and oppose war threats.

    She summoned world leaders to stop “turning a blind eye to humanity” while condemning other multilateral organisations for not following their own charters.

    Ms Mottley also praised the UN for its stance on not recognizing an unelected figure as Venezuelan leader, in an apparent reference to opposition leader Juan Guaidó.

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    Virgin Atlantic is expanding its operation out of Manchester Airport, with new flights from its northern base, including increased flights to Barbados.

    The airline says a third weekly service from Manchester to Barbados will be introduced for the full Winter 2019 season.

    It will also increase flying from London Gatwick, with an eighth and ninth weekly service to Barbados for the season.

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    Guyanese based in New York would like to see free university education as a priority so that more young people would be qualified and remain in the country.

    With the country expected to undergo massive development when the oil starts flowing, the nationals would also like to see overall improvements in the education sector, which includes increased salaries for teachers, so that it can be on par with other countries.

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    Tensions remain high in Haiti as people take to the streets to demand that President Jovenel Moise resign.

    They are reportedly angered by what they say is his mishandling of the economy and chronic food and fuel shortages.

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    22 people, including 8 children were burned, after a gas cylinder exploded in a small house near the “Relais” market in Haiti.

    No deaths were reported and several emergency agencies responded to the incident, which occurred yesterday.

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    The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) estimates that at least 100 million dollars in 1, 10 and 25 cent coins, the ‘red’ money, is ‘lost in circulation’ in the Jamaican economy.

    As a result, it has partnered with GraceKennedy Money Service in a recovery drive.

    The BOJ contends that a significant portion of this money is actually just sitting there, waiting to be claimed, like buried treasure.

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    An LGBT group has filed a judicial review against Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis and the St James Municipal Corporation.

    The case was filed by founder and development coordinator, Maurice Tomlinson, also an attorney, after the group was banned from using the Montego Bay Cultural Centre.

    The mayor, in a Gleaner article on September 13th, reportedly refused to grant permission for use of the facility, stating that it was necessary to preserve the “sacredness” of the space.