The Bahamas elections are now underway. Electors in the country will go to the polls to decide whether to re-elect the Progressive Liberal Party led by Perry Christie or hand over power to the Dr Hubert Minnis-led Free National Movement.


The Caribbean region has launched its first online database to record, collate and report human rights violations. The Shared Incident Database (SID), was developed by the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) and is an advanced, user-friendly, web-based technology designed to strengthen evidence-based advocacy for more just policies and programs in the Caribbean’s HIV response. The database was set up to track incidents affecting key population groups which include those living the HIV, sex workers and drug users.

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Chaos broke out at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport on Monday as frustrated passengers reacted boisterously to a number of cancelled Spirit Airline flights. The management of the Miramar, Florida, based airline attributes the cancellations to a labor dispute with the airlines pilots who withdrew their services. The airlines have filed a lawsuit in a Miami court against the union representing the union seeking their return to normal service.


And in sports


The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has withdrawn its appeal against the length of the ban slapped on West Indies cricketer Andre Russell due to an internal procedural error by its executive director Carey Brown. Chairman of the JADCO Board, Alexander Williams, said the decision to withdraw was made after consultation with Jamaica’s Attorney General. Russell was banned for a year in January after an independent disciplinary panel found him guilty of an anti-doping violation in 2015.

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Former acting US Attorney General Sally Yates has defended her decision earlier this year not to enforce President Donald Trump’s first ban on travel from several majority-Muslim nations, calling the order “unlawful.” Yates said all arguments used to ban persons entering
the United States have to be based on truth. “We’re not just a law firm. We’re the Department of Justice,” Yates said during testimony before a Senate panel.

For Tomorrow’s weather forecast.

It will be sunny in Miami-Dade and Broward counties and partly cloudy in Palm Beach county with a high of 90 and a low of 73. Today’s news was brought to you by the Florida Department of Health in Broward County, who encourages you to Protect Your Baby, Vaccinate On Time, Every Time. They remind you that Immunizations are SAFE, PROVEN PROTECTION. For more on these and other stories visit us at Make sure to pick your copy of Caribbean News weekly at your nearest Caribbean American outlet