Caribbean Roundup – August 30th 2019

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    Hurricane watches have been issued for the Bahamas, as Dorian is poised to make landfall there.

    The latest update from the National Hurricane Center has the Category 2 storm moving northwest at 19 km/h, with sustained winds of 175 km/h.

    A slower, west-northwestward to westward direction is forecasted to begin tonight and continue through the weekend.
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    An IT specialist has been acquired to ensure that the internet infrastructure at UWI’s news Five Island campus in Antigua is up to speed.

    This comes from UWI Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles who says further improvements will be made as technology advances.

    He also reveals that development of the UWI Five Islands on-site library will be done in phases.
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    Also in Antigua, Principal of the Princess Margaret School, Dr. Colin Greene, says too many people are coming to the wrong conclusion when looking at this year’s CSEC pass rate percentage of five or more subjects, including Mathematics and English.

    His comments come as several persons, including educators, described the results as poor and insufficient.

    Figures show only 27 percent of students had passed five or more subjects this year, inclusive of Mathematics and English.
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    In Barbados, President of the African Heritage Foundation (AHF), Paul “Ras Simba” Rock wants Rastafarians to be granted their rights to use marijuana for religious purposes.

    Parliament is due to reconvene to debate the Medical Cannabis Bill and Prime Minister Mia Mottley has indicated that she plans to put to a referendum the question of whether to fully legalize the herb.
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    Guyana Elections Commission officials have found scores of persons in Region Nine with fake birth certificates.

    The officials also found several non-nationals in possession of National Identification Cards, but with no documents to determine how the documents were legally obtained.
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    Jamaica’s Education Ministry expects a smooth start to the upcoming academic year on Monday, September 2.

    Minister Karl Samuda says they have invested millions in various aspects of the education sector for schools and students to benefit.