Caribbean Roundup – September 3rd 2019

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    In Bahamas, deceased victims of Hurricane Dorian were loaded on flatbed trucks across Abaco.

    PM Hubert Minnis says the police confirmed five deaths so far but further assessments are yet to be done.

    As at 8am today, the National Hurricane Centre, hurricane conditions are expected in Florida by this evening.

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    Barbados has pledged to urgently assist The Bahamas with relief in light of the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian.

    Prime Minister Mia Mottley says she had been in contact with Government consistently over the last 48 hours.

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    The Caribbean Public Health Agency will support The Bahamas in rapidly assessing the damage from Hurricane Dorian and prioritizing needs.

    CARPHA will conduct assessments of health facilities, public health systems, water and food safety, chemical and waste management, shelter management and potential for vector borne disease outbreaks.

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    Barbados’ transport sector is seeking to become green.

    That sector is reportedly a major contributor of green house gas emissions.

    In an attempt to curb this, there is a 15-year master plan which includes the use of vehicles powered by green fuels.

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    Repsol Exploration, a Spanish oil company, has also commenced drilling in the Kanuku Block of Guyana’s maritime zone.

    The works commenced on Sunday at the Carapa 1 well site and will conclude on November 30, 2019.

    Once oil is found in this well, Repsol says Guyana could benefit from as much as 60 per cent in oil profit.

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    The Guyana Electoral Commission is seeking the assistance of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica with finalising the registration process for its electorate.

    The ECJ has asked Jamaica for help with cross-matching the fingerprints of its newly registered electors ahead of their next general election.