Caribbean News Roundup – Sept 15th

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    A Jamaican man who is fighting deportation after helping United States authorities convict drug kingpin Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke has been offered bailed, according to a report by the New York Daily News.

    However, it is unclear if the convicted drug dealer, identified in court documents only as ‘Sean B’, can afford the US$25,000 bail offer.

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    ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — An opposition legislator was on Friday arrested by police over statements he allegedly made during a recent public meeting of the United Workers Party (UWP), a senior official of the party has said.

    UWP deputy political leader said that Hector John, the parliamentary representative for the Salisbury Constituency on the island’s west coast, is being questioned by police for alleged incitement.

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    For a seventh straight year, Jamaica has failed to keep road deaths below the target of 300.

    Despite a number of initiatives aimed at reducing the carnage on the roads, the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport reports that 302 persons have died on the nation’s roadways this year with just over three months remaining.

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    GEORGETOWN- A senior member of the coalition government here Friday said it was likely that fresh regional and general elections as mandated by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) could be held later this year.

    Guyana’s Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence, led a delegation from the coalition government that comprises A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC) to talks with representatives of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).

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    Barbados is gearing up to face another heatwave this week.

    A Meteorologist says it could bring even higher temperatures, as most of the Eastern Caribbean islands continue to deal with extremely light north-east trade winds, which are usually responsible for cooling breezes at this time of year.

    Meteorologist David Best told the THE NATION that though it would be hot at this stage of the summer season anyway, Barbadians should brace for more stifling heat for “all of next week”.

    For most of last week, temperatures hovered around a steamy 30 degrees Celsius, with highs of 32 degrees late in the week, but this week, the average daily temperature could rise above 32 degrees in the daytime, and hold at a warm 26 at night.