Caribbean News Roundup – Sept 27th

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    The United Nations Human Rights Council has agreed to set up an international fact-finding mission to document violations in Venezuela, including torture and thousands of summary executions.

    The Venezuelan ambassador rejected the “hostile resolution” as being part of a campaign led by the United States.

    However, Jose Miguel Vivanco of Human Rights Watch says the action by the Council sends a clear message to Venezuelan authorities that they will eventually be held accountable for their crimes.

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    The UN Secretary General has been asked to place Guyana’s border controversy with Venezuela on the Agenda of the General Assembly under the Item “Peace Building and Sustaining Peace” and that it also be brought to the attention of the Security Council.

    Yesterday, the Commonwealth Ministerial Group on Guyana expressed its continued support for the pursuit of a judicial course of action as the means through which the border debate can be permanently resolved.

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    Former Prime Minister Professor Owen Arthur has challenged UWI’s Cave Hill Campus to develop more intellectual leaders to help Barbados emerge from its economic and social struggles.

    He says the university should also see itself as a catalyst for Caribbean development and civilization by developing the human capital.

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    Two dealers say the high cost of batteries for solar systems is slowing Jamaica’s potential to store energy from renewable sources.

    To tackle this, one of the dealers’ believes the Government should commit to long-term incentives to encourage people to procure batteries to store solar-generated electricity.

    Current duty-free exemptions on batteries are set to expire within two years and other taxes are still applicable to the product.

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    About 60,000 Jamaicans needing diagnostic services will have other options besides public health facilities come October.

    This comes as the Ministry of Health has forged a partnership with 10 private radiology and diagnostic service providers across the island to complement hospital resources.

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    The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility has made two payouts to the government of The Bahamas totaling US$12,824,153.

    This follows the passage of Hurricane Dorian that caused widespread devastation in the northern part of the country.

    The Bahamas government received US$11,527,151 from the triggering of its tropical cyclone policy and US$1,297,002 from its excess rainfall policy for the North West zone – which includes Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama.