CARIBBEAN NEWS ROUNDUP – JULY 9, 2019

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Hikers with along a trekking route at Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcanic mountain in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres or 19,341 feet above sea level. (Photo credit: PETER MARTELL/AFP/Getty Images)
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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2019: Here are the top news making headlines from the Caribbean, Latin America and their Diasporas for this Tuesday morning July 9, 2019:

INCREDIBLE! A 70-year-old Guyana born couple has made it to the top of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, which is 19,341 feet above sea level.

Jeffrey Epstein, who has a private island in the USVI, has been charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors, which carries a maximum sentence of 40 years.

The murder rate in the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago has reached a whopping 268 for 2019.

Venezuela’s government and the opposition are set to hold talks in Barbados this week in a bid to end months of political instability.

An 18 month year old girl is dead after falling 150 feet from the 11 storey window of the Royal Caribbean cruise ship “Freedom of the Seas” while docked in Puerto Rico.

Two entrepreneurs in the Bahamas – Bret “King of Kush” Bogue and former IT director Yorick Brown – are hedging their bets on a $2m investment in a marijuana growing facility.

Rights groups are suing the state of Georgia, accusing officials there of discriminating against Puerto Ricans who apply for driver’s licenses by forcing applicants to take a bizarre quiz.

On the run from US tax authorities again, tech guru John McAfee has offered to help Cuba evade the US government by launching a cryptocurrency that defeats a US embargo.

A total of 19 nominees have been recommended by both the government and opposition for the post of Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves says his country will not support Luis Almagro as he seeks a second term as Secretary General of the OAS.

And Olympian Usain Bolt has dropped a dancehall album titled ‘Olympe Rose Riddim’ and featuring artists like Dexta Daps and Christopher Martin.

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