Trinidad and Tobago – PM Rowley Suggests Mandatory Vaccine Programme

Despite reports of an overwhelming response in the first week from students to get vaccinated, Rowley said he was disappointed with the high vaccine hesitancy rate among parents to get their children vaccinated. He said this kind of attitude affects the pace of return to face-to-face learning.

SVG – Public Service Union And Nurses Vote To Strike

The union in a release stated that the government has refused to or failed to listen to workers with respect to their human and constitutional rights and freedoms. In light of this, the PSU has notified the Governor-General of the intention of the withdrawal of service, in keeping with the provision of such action as outlined in the Essential Services Act.

Barbados – Town Hall Meetings On COVID-19 Vaccinations And Testing

The opposition to the coercive Covid vaccine policy is just. There is no reason why a Covid containment policy could not respect workers’ rights to choose to be vaccinated or not. Given that employers carry primary responsibility for maintaining a healthy and safe working environment, it follows that the cost for any regular PCR testing that they deem necessary for maintaining such an environment should be borne by them. These are demands that all working people should unite around, whether they choose to be vaccinated or not.  

Jamaica – Covid-19 Vaccines – Concern over Reported Coercion

The Jamaican Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms guarantees to each citizen personal autonomy to live life and to make decisions that are of fundamental personal importance, such as medical care, free from state interference. On August 19, 2021, there were media reports that the Ministry of Education of Jamaica (MOE) would require children aged 12 and over to be vaccinated.

Operation Tradewinds 2021

Operation Tradewinds is described by its organisers [SouthCom] as “a US Southern Command sponsored combined joint exercise conducted with partner nations to enhance the collective ability of defense forces and constabularies to counter transnational criminal organizations, conduct humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief operations.” Military personnel from Guyana, Brazil, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago participated in this region-wide military exercise with army personnel from the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Canada, France and the Netherlands.

Cuba – Caribbean Wraps Supportive Arms Around the Revolutionary Island

With Cuban emergency health workers supporting relief efforts following Haiti's devastating earthquake, Caribbean islands and countries continue to reciprocate these examples of the consistent support Cuba has offered over decades in several social, cultural, educational and medical and health care fields.

St Lucia recommits to Venezuela, prepares to exit Lima Group

CASTRIES, St Lucia – Minister for external affairs, international trade, civil aviation and diaspora affairs, Alva Baptiste has begun to repair Saint Lucia’s “largely destroyed relationships abroad” with a recommitment to Venezuela and according to the minister “with immediate effect we are going to get out of the Lima Group arrangement.”

Trinidad and Tobago – Oil Spills Affect Work of Fishers

Hundreds of spills off Gulf of Paria having ‘dire’ impact on local fishing in one of the most biodiverse areas of Trinidad and Tobago. The region’s oil industry has come under increasing fire as the Gulf of Paria has been plagued by spills over the past few years. A freedom of information request carried out in April by Fishermen and Friends of the Sea [FFOS] revealed there have been 498 reported oil spills on land and at sea since the beginning of 2018.