Caribbean News Briefs


Georgetown, Guyana: A month after a 23-year-old woman jumped off Kaieteur Falls, police are investigating the discovery of the body of a gold miner at the bottom of the same 741-foot drop.

The dead man is believed to be Rennie Michael Leslie, who has been missing since November 29, after taking a relative to the Kaieteur Landing in his canoe.

After leaving his relative, he headed back to his camp, travelling along the Potaro River on which the Falls is located. His worksite was just a few miles away from the waterfall, but Leslie never made it.

It is believed Leslie may have got caught in the rapids, drowned, and his body swept over the Falls.

In November, Aliya Bulkan committed suicide at the Falls during a tour of Kaieteur National Park.


Georgetown, Guyana: The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union is urging authorities to hold an inquiry into the country’s sugar industry.

Union president Komal Chand made the demand after the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GUYSUCO) said it temporarily ran out of money because of the delayed arrival of a ship coming to collect sugar.

The development also caused a delay in the payment of wages to Guyana’s sugar workers.

Chand said he was concerned that the sugar industry may be on the brink of collapse.


Roseau, Dominica: The opposition United Workers Party (UWP) says it wants observer missions coming to the nation for the December 18 election to be on the ground well in advance of the actual election date.

Opposition Leader Ron Green made the announcement while telling supporters that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organization of American States (OAS) had confirmed that they would be monitoring the general election.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says he had made requests for observers, but gave no further details.


Brades, Montserrat: Montserrat has confirmed its first case of swine flu.

The British Overseas Territory’s Ministry of Health said a 13-year-old was the first person to test positive for the H1N1 virus since the 2009 pandemic began in April.

The ministry said the teenager was successfully treated and continues to recover without the need for hospitalization.

The discovery of the first case has put health officials on high alert. Epidemiologist and health planner with the Ministry of Health, Dorothea Hazel, says the situation is being closely monitored and is presently under control.

Public education is also being intensified and residents have been urged to remain calm.

The ministry confirmed that Montserrat has the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended amount of the influenza anti-viral drug, Tamiflu, on hand. The WHO suggests that countries have enough of the medication for 25 per cent to 30 per cent of the population.


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