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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds, May 1, 2019: Here are the top news making headlines from the Caribbean, Latin America and their Diasporas for this Wednesday morning, May 1, 2019:

Billionaires Alki David and Chase Ergen have teamed up to launch the Caribbean Cannabis Investment Consortium. Both billionaires are known for their success in media: David for his pioneering FilmOn Networks and Hologram USA and Ergen for his family’s Dish Network and many other media and marketing startups David has also developed a significant cannabis and CBD business based in Gstaad, Switzerland, Swissx Labs, which takes pride in offering the purest CBD products available.

The consortium aims at developing the cannabis business in Eastern Caribbean nations such as St. Kitts-Nevis, Dominica and Antigua. Plans include purchasing agricultural land and partnering with farmers to create a cooperative entity modeled after the ones in Switzerland.

Grammy Award winning singer Ashanti, has joined leaders from Antigua and the UN in a fight against plastic pollution.

A Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy on board a cruise ship traveling between Boston and Bermuda.

Emboldened supporters of opposition leader Juan Guaido clashed with Venezuelan security forces in Caracas Tuesday.

Pope Francis has donated $500,000 to help migrants stranded in Mexico as they try to reach the US border, the Vatican said.

The government of St. Kitts and Nevis says it will pitch in EC $1 million to help cash strapped carrier, LIAT.

The White House now says it will reappoint Puerto Rico oversight board.

Sherritt’s CEO says he is undaunted by Donald Trump’s tightening embargo on Cuba.

Jamaican Raheem Sterling of Manchester City has been the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year.

And St. Lucia and Nassau, Bahamas were the lone Caribbean destinations for the 2019 Sport Illustrated Photo Shoot.

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