Caribzone News Highlight


Guyana

Nearly three weeks after the polls close, there is still no clear-cut winner in the general elections in Guyana. CARICOM Chair and Barbados PM, Mia Motley has warned that any government that is installed without a fully credible recount of the votes will lack transparency.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on record as saying that individuals who seek to benefit from electoral fraud will be subjected to serious consequences from the Trump Administration.

A court-ordered tabulation of the votes from Region 4-Georgetown said the ruling coalition APNU+AFC government won the popular vote, but the opposition PPP/Civic is challenging the process.

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Grenada

If Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has his way, the next prime minister of Grenada will be a woman.

Speaking at an EU/UN funded spotlight initiative event last week, Mitchell pointed to the fact that seven of the current 13 members of the Lower House are women.

Mitchell was returned to power in 2018 general elections, winning all 15 seats, the second time his party was achieving that feat.

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International

The World Bank has approved a US$56 million grant for urban development in Haiti.

The funds will go towards improving urban infrastructure and public space in the Cap-Haitien Urban Development Project.

Cap Haitien is the country’s largest commercial center

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Regional

As countries in the region deal with the fallout from the coronavirus disease, Jamaica has announced a ban on air and sea traffic for a period of 14 days, starting at midnight on Saturday, March 21.

Up to Wednesday, the region had recorded 6 deaths from 144 cases with Guadeloupe at the top of the list with 27 cases. Jamaica has 15 cases with 1 death.

Other territories reporting deaths are; Cayman Islands, Guyana, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Martinique.

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Sports/Shorts

Cricket West Indies
Bracing for the full impact of the coronavirus, Cricket West Indies last week called stumps on the men’s regional four-day tournament with just two rounds to go. Also falling by the wayside, the Women’s Super50 Cup in Guyana, from March 27 to April 12.

Soccer

Top English Premier League Clubs Chelsea and Arsenal are reportedly in the market for Jamaican Leon Bailey who now plays for Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga.

Track & Field Athletics

The University of Pennsylvania this week pulled the plug on the Penn Relays Carnival in Philadelphia and there will be no Carifta Games in Bermuda, over the Easter Holiday weekend.…

NFL

Quarterback Tom Brady will take his football from New England Patriots to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when the NFL season starts in September.

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