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Caribbean news briefs

GUYANA: Govt to investigate illness of Amerindians in mining region
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) _ Guyana's government is trying to determine what is causing an outbreak of illness among Amerindians in the South American country's gold mining region.
Health Minister Leslie Ramsammy said Saturday that his agency has sent doctors to test dozens of people suffering from diarrhea and vomiting. He said an unusual number of birds and fish also have been found dead in the region near the western border with Venezuela.
The World Wildlife Fund this week warned that mercury and other toxins are contaminating the region's rivers and jungles as more people rush to seek gold due to record world prices.
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JAMAICA: Govt to receive $90M loan from hemispheric bank for energy efficiency projects
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Jamaica says it will receive a $90 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank to help drive down energy costs.
Energy and Mining Minster Clive Mullings says an initial $20 million will be used to replace some of the hydrocarbons used in the island's refrigerators and air conditioning units.
He said another $1.2 million will be used partly to promote awareness about energy-saving measures.
The government issued a statement Friday about the loan.
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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Scooter owners set off across country to protest increase in crime
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) _ A dozen motor scooter riders are crossing the Dominican Republic on a weeklong trip to protest an increase in violent crimes.
Among the riders who set out Saturday is 52-year-old architect Rafael Perez. He says he is protesting killings such as one this week in which a man was shot 10 times in a dispute over a parking spot.
Perez and other members of a Vespa owners club plan to ride 1,120 miles (1,800 kilometers), crisscrossing highways and rural roads from the Haitian border to the eastern coast.
They are carrying banners that say "No to violence, yes to family values."
An average of 2,300 people are killed a year in this country of 9.8 million inhabitants.


Updated : 2021-07-30 15:34 GMT+08:00