Caribbean News Roundup

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    A total of $17 million dollars have been transferred to the UWI Five Islands Campus in Antigua thus far to cover arrears and payment for the first months of operation from September 1st.

    $500,000 has been approved for the purchase of computers and other necessary supplies, to meet the high-tech needs of the Campus.

    Three additional buildings are to be added to the Campus, two stories each, construction to commence in early November 2019.

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    In the Bahamas, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands says at least one out of every 10 people in that country has experienced a forced sexual encounter in their lifetime.

    According to a report on the Jamaica Gleaner A 2019 STEPS survey was conducted with 3,840 individuals to get insights with 13.1 per cent of participants experiencing a sex act against his or her will.

    According to police statistics, there were 55 reported incidents of rape in 2018, a six per cent increase compared to 2017.


    EXXONMOBIL has announced that Guyana’s first Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel ‘Liza Destiny’ will arrive soon.

    Once there, the preparation for producing, storing and offloading Guyana’s oil will begin.

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    Officials from Guyana and Suriname will meet next week to discuss arrangements for the resumption of a ferry service between the countries.

    It has been more than two months since the MV Canawaima was pulled from service due to mechanical difficulties.

    The vessel provides a vital service for tourists and businessmen, who ply their trade between the two countries.

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    Grenada has launched a security initiative in conjunction with the United States which will help the Grenada police force monitor and capture criminals better.

    The Police Records Management Information System will help improve data management and analysis through measures such as geo-mapping crime as well as victim and offender profiling.

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    In Barbados, public service vehicles operating out of the Constitution River Terminal have begun installing scanners in a bid to thwart counterfeit cash being used to pay fares.

    Drivers and conductors say the perpetrators board their vans with bogus $20 and $50 notes during rush hour.

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    A bill to incorporate the CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty in the laws of Saint Lucia has been passed.

    The treaty, in existence since 2008, seeks to combat cross border crime and enhance cooperation among law enforcement agencies and security in the region.

    It was developed in response to the deficiencies in extradition laws among CARICOM member states.