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· March, 2020

Stories about Caribbean from March, 2020

Tunes in the time of corona: A playlist from Trinidad & Tobago hits all the right notes

Two Trinidadian podcasters seek to virtually unite people amidst the COVID-19 outbreak by asking listeners to pick their favourite tunes — and explain why the songs are meaningful to them.

‘The bars will spill over to songs of you': A Caribbean farewell to Kenny Rogers

"Depend on it, Kenny Rogers, when coronavirus leaves the long gambling-table of life, having taken too many of us with it, the bars will spill over to songs of you."

Injunction grants Guyana's election commission the freedom to declare a winner — but will it?

An ex parte injunction blocking the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) from acting on the CARICOM agreement essentially gives it the green light to declare in the government's favour.

Cooped up? Trinidad & Tobago's Bocas LitFest has released its 2020 longlist

Self-quarantined? Dive into any of these “nine books by writers with roots in seven Caribbean territories,” which just made the 2020 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature longlist.

Trinidad & Tobago's traditional Carnival characters offer women sexual healing

Onika Henry, a licensed and trained sex educator, counselor and expressive arts teacher, combines her teachings to explore female sexuality and sensuality through Carnival.

Trinidad & Tobago closes its borders as COVID-19 cases double to four

Using Italy as an example of how COVID-19 was able to spread quickly, Prime Minister Rowley warned the consequences will be grave if Trinbagonians do not adhere to the guidelines.

Trinidad & Tobago's fight against COVID-19 puts emphasis on ‘personal responsibility’

The country's two COVID-19 cases are reportedly improving, but the Ministry of Health is urging people to be conscientious about prevention methods.

New COVID-19 disaster area order places a Jamaican community under quarantine, but ‘not under curfew’

As Jamaica confirms eight cases of COVID-19, the government has activated legislation which expands the authorities' powers in an effort to contain the outbreak.

Trinidad & Tobago clamps down as two cases of COVID-19 are confirmed

Schools have been closed, cruise ship arrivals have been suspended, and major events have been cancelled as the government tries to contain the spread of the virus.

Guyana general elections hang in the balance as regional vote count ruled ‘invalid’

Guyana's acting chief justice ruled that the Region 4 results were “unlawful” as they did not fall in line with Section 84 of Guyana's Representation of the People Act.

‘Linguistics is in everything’ from astronomy to everyday life, says this linguist from Trinidad & Tobago

"Trinbagonians are connected through a shared linguocultural history and present — we don’t have to constantly define or explain or substitute our words in our conversations."

In shooting for the stars, this Trinidad & Tobago linguist highlights how language connects us

[The names are] "the linguistic manifestation of the clash of Amerindian, African, European and Asian cultures which led to the Creole language and culture."

Life in the time of COVID-19: Jamaicans adjust their lifestyles as country records second case

After two cases of COVID-19 are confirmed in Jamaica, anxiety is high and Jamaicans are limiting their social contact.

Guyana's 2020 general election results mired in controversy

The dissatisfaction surrounding the manner in which the votes from Guyana's Region 4 were handled is so rife that the country's most respected newspaper accused the elections commission of results...

The link between gender-based violence and child abuse in Trinidad & Tobago

"The central point is that violence against women and violence against children are deeply connected, that children are deliberately made victims and witnesses to violence against women."

Kosovo politicians falsely claim Jamaica recognition. Why didn't media verify?

On February 19, Kosovar officials' tweets about Jamaica recognizing their country as a sovereign state received wide media coverage. And then Jamaica denied everything.

Caribbean tourism threatened by the region's first cases of COVID-19

Three confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus have shown up in the French-speaking Caribbean and another in the Dominican Republic, placing the region on even greater alert.

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