Caribbean News Roundup – Sept 9th 2019


    The Barbados government has committed to matching whatever money citizens pledge during a telethon for the Bahamas.

    Prime Minister Mia Mottley says she would like to see the public donate at least $500,000 to the country that was severely impacted by Hurricane Dorian last week.
    Meanwhile, none of the Bahamian islands is under quarantine according to the Health Ministry and the Pan American Health Organization.

    They say while floods can potentially increase the transmission of water-borne and communicable diseases, there is no cholera in the country.

    Citizens in affected areas are urged to drink and use safe water and also continue to practise good hygiene such as washing hands.
    In Barbados, the retail price of gasoline has increased from $3.78 per litre to $3.81 per litre, while diesel is up from $2.96 per litre to $3.02 per litre.

    Kerosene, however, drops from $1.36 per litre to $1.35 per litre.
    There’s reportedly a 55-day gap between nomination day and Election Day in the draft timelines of the Guyana Elections Commission.

    According to Stabroek News, this is well over the minimum of 32 days provided for by law.
    Meanwhile, Guyana Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo says his party will be unveiling its manifesto in phases.

    He says they will provide a “more popular version of the manifesto” and then a detailed technical version which will give a lot more explanations as to the party’s policy making and vision.
    The Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation is reporting strong performance by adolescent mothers, who sat 2019 CSEC examinations.

    Examination Coordinator, Georgianna Galloway Hill, said that 44 such girls entered and in six out of the nine core subjects there were pass rates of 70 per cent and above.

    She believes this is due to regular camps, workshops, past paper revision, SBA guidance and consultation sessions.