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Deep Concern About Crime in the Region Triggers CARICOM to Plan Security Summit

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CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados, says the security summit will be held in Trinidad in April.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday
February 20, 2020
– The
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will convene a multidisciplinary summit on
Security scheduled for April 2020 to have “frank discussions” given the
continuing high rates of crime and violence in the Community.

CARICOM Chairman, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley made the disclosure while briefing the press at the close of the 31st Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government last night. The security summit will be held in Trinidad in April.

She said that Heads were “deeply concerned about the level of crime and violence in the region”.

Prime Minister
Mottley said it was recognized that crime and violence and security were not
issues that could “be believed to be simply the responsibility of governments”,
particularly in the context of the Caribbean where they are “effectively public
health disorders, public health diseases”. To this extent, Heads agreed that a
multi-disciplinary approach to addressing the issue was critical.

“It is critical
that we bring together not only the heads of government of the Region… but also
partners from faith-based organizations…artists, sports personalities, teachers
… [among others] for us to have full and frank discussions about how we, as a region,
not as individual governments, will begin to contain the difficulties that
individual communities and countries are experiencing because of a change in
behaviour, a change in values, a change in attitudes.

“If we are to win the battle in the medium term, we need to treat this as a national and regional discussion….  the message from Heads of Government is that this [issue] is urgent,” she said.

A brief
snapshot of crime and security as articulated in the Caribbean Community
Security Strategy (CCSS), shows high rates of homicide and violent crimes; trafficking
in guns, ammunition and illegal narcotics; organized crime   rising cybercrime; and the growing power of
transnational and organized crime networks.

The upshot
of this includes, youth violence, gangs and gender-based violence, especially
domestic and sexual violence against women and girls, among other ills.
Increased cyber and financial crimes on an international scale mainly due to
technological advancements.

Statistics
indicate that the Caribbean region while home to 8.5 per cent of the world’s
population, disproportionately experiences about 27 per cent of the world’s
homicides; and that some Caribbean countries rank among the highest in the
world for the number of homicides per 100,000 people.

The security
threats caused by the impact of natural disasters is another issue that
contributes to the vulnerability of states. Hurricanes, tropical storms, floods
and landslides damage critical infrastructure and negatively affect economies.
Moreover, in the aftermath of these natural disasters security forces are often
challenged to perform first responder duties, whilst addressing law and order
issues such as looting, as the environment becomes conducive to various illicit
activities.

In addition,
there is the public health challenge of viruses and diseases moving across
borders given the inter-connectedness of the Caribbean and the world, and
these, too, present security and others challenges.

In this last context, the Communique issued at the end of Meeting indicated that the Conferences agreed “to address the matter [crime and violence] as a public health issue and to hold a Summit of Member States and a regional multi-disciplinary partnership in Trinidad and Tobago in early April”.

“Heads of Government also agreed that enhanced security would include measures to assist in minimizing the risk of importation of the COVID-19 virus”, the Communique stated.

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Haiti launches sanitation campaign to prevent Covid-19

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2 de abril de 2020, 15:57Puerto Principe, April 2 (Prensa Latina) The Haitian government officially launched a national sanitation campaign on Thursday, as part of preventive measures to stop the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

The initiative is being funded with 250 million gourdes (about 2.5 million dollars), and will affect all 74 areas of the capital’s metropolitan area, as well as public squares and other places of interest in the country’s 10 departments.

The campaign will run until May 2 with the participation of the ministries of Transport, Interior, Environment, the National Solid Waste Management Service (SNGRS) and the Equipment Center.

From next Saturday, cleaning, disinfection and distribution of hygiene kits will begin, confirmed Eudes Lajoie, SNGRS’ general manager, and assured that there will be transparency in the management of the funds.

The young people will also be given cleaning tools, shovels, rakes and brooms, and some 5,000 people will be able to benefit from economic support as part of the campaign, he said.

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COVID-19: Death Number 6 in Trinidad As Cases Approach 100

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Friday April 3, 2020 – A sixth person has died from the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) as the number of cases in the twin-island republic reached 98.

No details have been given about the latest victim.

The Ministry of Health reported that of 705 samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), 98 tested positive.

The latest one was reported today.

Only one person who tested positive for COVID-19 has so far been discharged.

More than half of the country’s total positive cases – 49 – came from a group of nationals who returned from a cruise last month.

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Haïti – Actualité : Zapping…

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Haïti – Actualité : Zapping…
03/04/2020 11:44:15

Haïti - Actualité : Zapping...

Limitation de la circulation dans le Sud :

A partir de ce dimanche, il sera interdit aux véhicules du transport en commun de se rendre ou de laisser le département du Sud. Quant aux véhicules privés, ils ne doivent pas contenir plus de 4 personnes qui seront soumises à des tests. Cette décision a été prise par la branche Sud de l’association des propriétaires et Chauffeurs d’Haïti, APCH, de concert avec les autorités locales visant à empêcher la propagation du Covid-19 dans ce département, a dit Bertrand Banatte, responsable de l’APCH dans le SUD.

Action concertée contre le Covid-19 :

Séance de travail entre les Ministre Pradel Henriquez (Culture), Madame Myriam Jean (Tourisme), Nader Joiseus (Travaux Publics) et les Directeurs Généraux Daniel Joseph de la Radio Nationale et Gamall Jules Augustin de la Télévision Nationale d’Haïti, autour d’une action concertée contre le coronavirus Covid-19. À l’agenda, faire un faisceau entre les institutions étatiques dans la perspective d’apporter une réponse immédiate dans la lutte contre le Coronavirus qui risque d’engendrer une crise sanitaire dans le pays.

Centre de quarantaine pour les haïtiens de retour de RD :

En plus du local des Volontaires pour le Développement d’Haïti, l’espace du marché frontalier de Ouanaminthe, sera utilisé comme centre de quarantaine pour accueillir les haitiens revenant de la RD, informent les autorités locales.

Le Saviez-vous ? :

À Jérémie, dans le département de la Grand’Anse, le « tonmtonm » est la vedette gastronomique. Ce mets fait à base de l’arbre véritable s’accompagne d’une sauce de « kalalou gombo » très gluante. Il est tellement populaire qu’un groupe local très connu dans les années 90 s’appelait « Tonmtonm ». Il faut également ajouter qu’une pâtisserie de la ville des poètes, le « konparèt », est très répandue dans la communauté. Certains Jérémiens qui vivent à l’étranger en réclament chaque fois qu’un ami ou un proche va en Haïti.

SNGRS : Plan de contingence opérationel

« Un plan de contingence du Service National de Gestion des Résidus Solides (SNGRS) est opérationnel dans le but d’assainir la région métropolitaine et autres grandes villes du pays. Des opérations de pulvérisation des places publiques sont prévues également de même que la distribution de kits d’hygiène » a déclaré jeudi en conférence de presse Eudes Lajoie, DG du SNGRS.

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