Grenada Begins Zika Battle: We can add Grenada to the rising number of islands in the Caribbean that are facing the threat of the Zika virus. So far there have been 352 suspected cases, and 58 have been confirmed. Before the numbers of affected can increase, the Ministry of Health and the National Disaster Management Agency have collaborated to enact an island-wide clean-up initiative. This initiative will attempt to drive out mosquitoes and raise awareness in Grenadian citizens.
Bahamian Government Faces Immigration Scandal: Haitian official representative Jean Victor Geneus implied in a media address this week that The Bahamian Department of Immigration was actively discriminating against Haitian immigrants. Geneus cited examples of Haitian minors and adults sent back while awaiting the bureaucratic process of acquiring visas and establishing residency. Fred Mitchell, the Bahamas’ Minister of Foreign Affairs denied this allegation vehemently and insists that all immigrants undergo the same processes regardless of nationality.
Illegal fuel confiscated in Guyana: An investigation is underway this week after the discovery of almost 300 barrels of illegal Venezuelan fuel. The Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) was tipped off to the unlawful acquisition and pending sale of a shipload of fuel by an Essquibo (shared name of a river and region in Guyana) businessman. Together with the GEA, police arrested five persons involved and found the organizer of the operation. Police continue to question and investigate the incident in order to prevent others from attempting similar prohibited activities.
Harsher punishments for Grenadian offenders: Leaders of Grenada’s opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) are calling for harsher punishments for those convicted of rape and murder. The NDC claims that in recent trends, rapists and murderers are receiving sentences that are too light while questioning the credibility of victims. The NDC is calling for a review of criminal statutes in order to create a judicial system where punishment more adequately fits crimes. They believe this will increase citizens’ faith in their system, and willingness to be pursue justice.