CARIBBEAN NEWS ROUNDUP – JULY 29, 2019

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, MONDAY, JULY 29, 2019: Here are the top news making headlines from the Caribbean and Latin America for this Monday morning July 29, 2019:

Two gay men from St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ are now challenging the “gross indecency” laws, which criminalises homosexuality on the island. The two are Javin Johnson, 22, who successfully claimed asylum in the United Kingdom in 2017 having established that he could not live as a gay man in St. Vincent and Sean Macleish, 53, a Vincentian resident in Chicago, Illinois, who has failed in his public advocacy to the Caribbean nation’s prime minister for the removal of these laws so that he may return home with his partner. Two gay men in St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ are now challenging the “gross indecency” laws, which criminalise homosexuality on the island. Their lawsuit comes of the heels of a similar challenge to the homosexuality laws of Dominica.

Greek billionaire Alki David and his Swiss-based consortium have founded The Swissx Bank of Cannabis and plans to announce a Caribbean HQ soon.

A team of investors, led by Yann LeProvost of the French-based company W&Y SAS, has taken over the operations of the problem plagued Fly Jamaica Airways.

Wanda Vázquez Garced, the woman set to replace Puerto Rico’s Governor who resigns on aug. 2nd, now says she does not want to be governor of the US territory.

Everol Powell, a Jamaican restaurant owner in Canada is suing the Canadian government for 17 million in what he says is a case of wrongful human trafficking arrest.

Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will be ceasing operations between Saint Lucia and London Gatwick after June 8, 2020.

Former MLB star David Ortiz has been released from a Boston hospital nearly 7 Weeks after being shot in Dominican Republic in a case deemed to be mistaken identity.

Carlos Cruz-Diez, a leading Venezuelan artist who won international acclaim for his work with color and the style known as kinetic art, has died in Paris. He was 95.

And Guyana born singer Eddy Grant is set to appear on “The Tonight Show’ with Jimmy Fallon” on Wednesday night to perform his chart-topping song “Electric Avenue.”

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