Caribbean News Roundup – Sept 18th

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    Residents in Antigua and Barbuda are bracing for storm conditions, as there is a forecast for Tropical Storm Jerry to pass 130 miles north of Antigua and 100 miles north of Barbuda.

    The National Office of Disaster Services there has issued an advisory encouraging residents to ensure they are not caught unprepared as the country moves within a cone of uncertainty.

    Jerry is currently 1545 km east of the Leeward Islands and is expected to strengthen into a hurricane as it moves near the islands.

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    St. Lucia will reassess building codes and hurricane shelters, following the devastation seen in the Bahamas recently.

    Infrastructure Minister Stephenson King says preparation has to be made for even more intense weather systems that can strike at any time.

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    Jamaica’s Education Minister Kal Samuda says that, in keeping with the 1980 Education Regulations, schools introducing automated fingerprinting systems to monitor attendance must get his ministry’s approval.

    On Monday, at the Mona High School in St. Andrew, 8 teachers out of a staff of 140 refused to log on to an attendance fingerprinting system introduced by the Principal.

    The Minister says while there is need for an accurate record-keeping system, teachers cannot be compelled to provide biometric data such as fingerprints to schools.

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    Tomorrow has been declared a Public Holiday in Dominica, to allow citizens there to attend a memorial concert in observance of the two year anniversary of the passage of Hurricane Maria.

    Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerritt called on citizens to join hands in solidarity at the Windsor Park Stadium to reflect not just on what they went through, but also celebrate how far they’ve come.

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    In Barbados, the Ministry of Education is making it mandatory for all school cafeterias to serve only healthy meals or risk not having their contracts renewed.

    It was found most high school menus consisted almost entirely of white potato fries, burgers and fried chicken – key culprits in childhood obesity.

    The Ministry says there had been several draft policies on school menus in the past but there was no enforcement.

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    The final work programme of the Guyana Elections Commission which would lay out a timeline for when new General and Regional Elections can be held is expected to be presented to the President today.

    Government-nominated Commissioner Vincent Alexander believes the timeframe is not likely to place elections this year, while an opposition-nominated Commissioner is hoping to have elections this year.