Caribbean News Roundup – Sept. 10th

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    61 people committed suicide in Jamaica last year; 56 males and five females.

    40 of those males committed suicide by hanging, while ingesting poison was the second highest method used.

    Experts believe the methods and risk factors of suicide have to be discussed if the country is to see a fall in the numbers of persons who kill themselves annually.

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    The World Bank has appointed a new Resident Representative for Guyana and Jamaica.

    The World Bank has taken note of Guyana as a middle-income country well-endowed with natural resources.

    It notes that the country’s economy is expected to grow some 4.6 per cent in 2019 and over 30 percent in 2020 due to oil production.

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    With five new judges coming to tackle the backlog of almost 1 000 criminal cases in Barbados, the island’s Chief Justice is hoping to “wrestle” that backlog to the ground in about two years.

    Sir Marston Gibson says all civil cases will go through mandatory mediation in an attempt to reduce the backlog as well.

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    Also in Barbados, Education Minister Santia Bradshaw says she is willing to reopen talks on staggering school hours to increase efficiency.

    In the past, there was a proposal to change the hours of some secondary schools to 8am to 2:10pm. instead of 8:45am to 3pm in an effort to ease traffic.

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    The Bahamas Government says it has suspended the crackdown on illegal migrants in the Abacos and Grand Bahama.

    Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian, the immigration department’s instructions were to assist with humanitarian efforts to rescue persons, regardless of their place of origin or immigration status.

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    The Chinese Ambassador to Dominica says the quality and structure of the Dominica China Friendship Hospital is very good and solid, after phase-one of the facility was opened last week.

    He explained that if there is a minor or major earthquake the hospital will not crack, and it is hurricane proof.