CARIBBEAN NEWS ROUNDUP – Sept. 24, 2019

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Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley speaks at the Climate Action Summit 2019 in the United Nations General Assembly Hall September 23, 2019. (Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, TUESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2019: Here are the top news making headlines from the Caribbean and Latin America this Tuesday, September 24, 2019:

A new report from Transparency International reveals that that one in five people in the Caribbean and Latin America experiences sexual extortion when accessing a government service or knows someone who has.

The report entitled, Global Corruption Barometer Latin America and the Caribbean, also revealed that more than half of all citizens in 18 Latin American and Caribbean countries think corruption is getting worse in their country and governments aren’t doing enough to tackle it.

The murder trial against ex-Dallas police officer Amber Guyger opened Monday with the revelation that she was in a sexual relationship with her partner on the city’s police force who she was on the phone with before wrongly entering the apartment of Caribbean immigrant Botham Jean and shooting him.

As climate activist Greta Thunberg slammed world leaders for “failing us” at the UN Monday, the lone female Caribbean leader at the summit, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, said “there simply can be no more coal power plants after 2020 if we are serious about our future.”

Tropical Storm Karen left heavy flooding in Trinidad and Tobago even as it moves on as tropical depression with Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in its sight today.

A Haitian senator opened fire during a protest outside the country’s parliament building Monday, wounding two people including a photographer.

Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer broke new ground this year by including Guyana. They found that 27 per cent of public service users paid a bribe for public services in the previous 12 months.

The United States and more than a dozen Latin American countries met on Monday to consider multilateral sanctions against Venezuela.

And meet Virginia Mosvold, 85, of Grand Bahama, who is recovering from a leg infection at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, FL., after surviving Hurricane Dorian by floating in a chair for 3 days in rising waters.

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