Caribbean News Roundup – Sept 5th


    Rescue crews in The Bahamas fanned out across a blasted landscape of smashed and flooded homes, trying to reach victims of Hurricane Dorian.

    The official death toll stands at seven but is certain to rise after the most powerful hurricane on record to ever hit the country finished mauling the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama.

    Parliament member Iram Lewis says the country needs help.

    Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump says authorities are “very well-prepared” for the arrival of Dorian, which is expected to make landfall in Georgia or the Carolinas after largely sparing Florida.

    Barbados lifeguards could do a lot more with more manpower, equipment and powers to enforce the advice they give to beach users according to acting General Manager of the National Conservation Commission Ryan Als.

    He also called for vessels, saying a lifeguard’s job is gruelling because sometimes they have to swim out as far as one kilometre offshore to carry out rescue operations.

    Also in Barbados, government Senator Rudy Grant has warned a “Category 5 hurricane” of consequences is headed for the society if steps are not taken to reduce crime.

    More than 30 people have been murdered so far this year and the senator suggests that fighting crime is not only the responsibility of the police or the judiciary but a role for all Barbadians.
    Guyana Power and Light Inc. is warning the public of another round of blackouts as it struggles with a deficit of 23 megawatts of power.

    It says it “remains committed to supplying reliable electricity supply” but due to unforeseen occurrences and generation/operational issues, it was challenged to meet the peak demand.
    Also in Guyana, the Department of Environment has submitted ‘modified curriculum guides’ to the National Centre for Educational Resource Development for its consideration.

    The guides that are in keeping with Guyana’s Green State Development Strategy and the Rio Mainstreaming Project cover a wide range of topics including Climate Change, Biodiversity, Land Geology and Geography, Agriculture and Forestry.

    In Turks and Caicos, masked gunmen have shot dead a 71-year-old British tourist during a robbery.

    The victim had been visiting a friend in the British territory when two assailants burst into the home shortly on Tuesday night.

    After killing the woman, they made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, a ring and a watch.