NASSAU, Bahamas – Police say they have arrested two Caribbean nationals after they arrived here on Tuesday on a Caribbean airline.

In a statement, the police said that in the first, Drug Enforcement Unit officers on duty at the Lynden Pindling International Airport, conducted a search of a suitcase “owned by a woman from Suriname.

“During the search, the officers uncovered just over nine pounds of cocaine. The woman was subsequently taken into custody.”

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – An employee of the state-owned Antigua Broadcasting Service (ABS) has been taken in for questioning as lawmen continue their investigations into a death threat against General Manager Erna-Mae Braithwaite.

The employee, who has not been named, is said to be attached to the company’s library.

The individual was taken in earlier this afternoon to assist police with the ongoing investigation but has not been named as a suspect, arrested or charged.

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent – Police say a man is assisting their investigations as they probe the circumstances that led to a 44-year-old woman being set ablaze in a bed on Sunday.

Relatives of Monique Clarke of Biabou, a town east of here, said that they have been told by hospital officials that if she survives, she will have a very long road to recovery.

Media reports here said that the woman was set ablaze reportedly after she refused to have sex or give money to a man with whom she has had an abusive relationship for the past two years.

Clarke’s sister, Iesha Richardson, said that her sister told her that she was set ablaze as she was lying wrapped in a sheet in her bed.

NEW YORK – Thousands of Haitians with uncertain immigration status have fled the United States in recent weeks, walking across the New York border into Quebec seeking a safe haven in Canada, according to the United Nations‘ refugee agency and Canadian immigration lawyers.

An influx of asylum seekers has put a strain on Canadian authorities, which has led them to build tents on the border, shift resources and set up new shelter space. The influx has in part been from Haitians living in the U.S. who say they fear the Trump administration will soon end their protected status in the country, sending them back to Haiti.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has suggested that a program that allows Haitians to reside in the United States — set up after an earthquake devastated their country in 2010 — may end in January. Many Haitians crossing into Canada are saying they fear their protected status in the U.S. would soon end, according to the UN and immigration attorneys.

Inaccurate information spread through word of mouth and via social media has left many Haitians in the U.S. with the impression that Canada would be more willing to accept them as refugees, according to the UN, lawyers, and a community organization for Haitians in Canada. But Canada offers fewer protections than they would get south of the border. In the U.S., many Haitians have temporary protected status (TPS), meaning they can remain in the country without being deported; a similar program ended in Canada in 2014.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Barbados-based Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) Monday reported a decline in the number of candidates who registered for major exams in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Director of Operations, Stephen Savoury, who delivered the CXC assessment of the exams, told reporters that there was a one to two per cent drop in the number of candidate entries in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and t Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).

CSEC is offered in January for re-sit and private candidates and in May/June for in-school candidates and private candidates while CAPE is designed to provide certification of the academic, vocational and technical achievement of student.

Savoury said there are several factors contributing to that decline.

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