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Caribbean news: same-sex marriage, investment plus more

PICTURED: Mia Mottley

UNIVERSITY LEARNS ALL ABOUT MEXICO

THE University of the West Indies will host a “Mexico Chair” on Jamaica’s Mona campus. Dr Rubén Olachea, of the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, will deliver classes at Mona’s History Department in October and November. Mexico’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Juan José González Mijares, said it would enhance knowledge about Mexico within the Jamaican academic community.

GUYANA ORDERS PASSENGER SHIP

INDIAN state-run defence manufacturer Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers has won a bid to build a passenger ship for Guyana. It has been expanding from its Indian navy work, recently building a coastguard ship for Mauritius. The ship will reportedly run between the capital, Georgetown, and the north-west Region One Barima-Waini area.

PRESIDENT BACKS SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

CUBAN President Miguel Diaz-Canel has said that he’s in favour of recognising “marriage between people, without limitation”. He told Telesur TV that such a move would eliminate “all types of discrimination in society”.

Cubans will get to vote on the issue of same-sex marriage in a February 2019 referendum.

BARBADOS PUSHES MORE TO MANDARIN

PRIME Minister Mia Mottley has said that she wants every Barbadian child to be speaking some level of Mandarin by 2030. At a Chinese reception in Barbados, she said she wanted the language taught at primary and secondary school level. She added: “We recognise that it is impossible to live in this world today without having a level of proficiency in Mandarin.”

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