CARIBBEAN NEWS ROUNDUP – Sept. 5, 2019

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Catherine Russel is greeted by loved ones after arriving with other survivors of Hurricane Dorian from Abaco issland at Odyssey Aviation at Lynden Pindling International Airport September 4, 2019, in Nassau, New Providence. (Photo credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, THURSDAY, SEPT. 5, 2019: Here are the top news making headlines from the Caribbean, Latin America and their Diaspora this Thursday, September 5, 2019:

The official death toll from Hurricane Dorian’s assault on the northern islands of The Bahamas has risen to 20 with that number set to rise higher as the recovery effort increases and the flood waters recede.

The UN has released $1 million in emergency funds to help the tens of thousands of people affected in Grand Bahamas and Abaco.

Regional nations are among those pledging to help their neighbors in the Bahamas. So far, Trinidad and Tobago, the British Virgin Islands and the OECS have pledged support of USD100,000 each.

Disney and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line as well as Mastercard are pledging a total of over USD 2.2 million to aid relief groups helping the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian.

Jamaica Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, says that the Jamaican-based Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre has begun to mobilize resources to assist the Bahamas following the devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian.

Food For The Poor has partnered with the Sandals Foundation to ensure they can bring help in the form of tarpaulins and water purification tablets to Bahamians in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

Canadians are being advised to “exercise a high degree of caution” if travelling to The Bahamas.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization has activated its Hurricane Relief Fund to help the people of the Bahamas. Donate at gofundme.com/hurricane-relief-fund-cto.

A tenant is under arrest in connection with a fire that killed Guyanese born Queens Village woman, Azmin Jaomin, who needed a wheelchair after suffering a stroke.

A video of a black teen whipped for stealing chocolate has sparked outrage in Brazil. The cell phone Footage of the gagged teen being whipped with an electrical cable has prompted comparisons to treatment of black people during centuries of slavery.

Despite a dramatic effort in the men’s quarter finals of the US Open Wednesday, French Caribbean roots star Gael Monfils lost to Matteo Berrettini in a thrilling five-set match.

And Ethiopian Princess, Ariana Austin Makonnen, who was born to a Guyanese mother and an American father, is set to speak at WeLead Caribbean on Sept. 18th in Guyana.

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