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Nine Seats and another term for ‘unbeatable’ Ralph Gonsalves in St. Vincent & the Grenadines

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#St.Vincent&theGrenadines – November 5, 2020 – Ralph Gonsalves will begin a fifth consecutive term as Prime Minister after his United Labour Party (ULP) not only held onto its eight (8) seats, but gained one more in the November 5 polling in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Over 98,000 people were registered to vote for 15 candidates to form the next national assembly. 

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Three political parties contested in today’s General Election, but it was the incumbent ULP and official opposition, New Democratic Party (NDP) which ran a full slate with 15 candidates each.  Overall, there were 32 individuals vying for a seat in parliament.

Voting took place amidst the coronavirus pandemic and slightly soggy weather conditions in the twin island state.

Going into the general election, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves was the favourite; Gonsalves has now pulled off an unprecedented victory after serving 20 years as leader of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. 

In his victory remarks, there was a call for solidarity and focus.

“I am humbled and honoured that the people of St. Vincent & the Grenadines embraced our bold vision for the future and rejected the politics of hate, backwardsness and colonialism…We ask Vincentians to celebrate this victory in peace and maturity. Now is the time to come together as one nation to address our developmental challenges and move forward to uplift our nation,” said Gonsalves, as reported in the Times Caribbean online.

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PAHO Calls Americas to Increase Aedes aegypti Mosquito Control

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Rashaed Esson

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#PAHO#Dengue#Americas, February 23rd, 2024 – With nearly seven thousand cases of dengue and 102 deaths reported in the Americas as of early February 2024, the Pan American Health Organization is once again calling for stronger measures to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main transmitter of dengue. These numbers indicate a 157 percent increase in cases over the same period in 2023.  In the first five weeks of 2024, Peru, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay reported an increase in cases.

 

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Dark Tourism Efforts in Jamaica – Colonial sites Preservation

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Rashaed Esson

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#DarkTourism#Jamaica,February 23rd, 2024 – British Colonial sites in Jamaica like Georgian plantation houses and slave infrastructure, are being preserved as slavery monuments to boost what authorities are calling the “Dark Tourism” industry. According to reports, Dark Tourism refers to tourists visiting places marked by historical tragedy. For Jamaica, the history of Britain’s 300-year rule will be explained at the preserved sites. Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett says work is being done with the ministry of Culture and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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