Confirmed Caribbean coronavirus cases as of today, June 1: Dominican Republic-17,285cases,502deaths,10,559recovered Puerto Rico-3,873cases (uniquepositive patients),136deaths Haiti- 2,124 cases, 44 deaths, 24 recovered Cuba-2,045cases,83deaths,1809recovered Jamaica-586cases,9deaths,311recovered French Guiana-499cases, 1 death,200recovered Martinique-200cases,14deaths,98recovered Guadeloupe-162cases,14deaths,138recovered Guyana- 153 cases, 12 deaths, 70 recovered Cayman Islands-141cases, 1 death, 68recovered Bermuda- 140cases, 9 deaths,92recovered Trinidad and Tobago-117cases,8deaths,108recovered Bahamas- 102 cases, 11 deaths, 48 recovered Aruba- 101cases,3deaths,98recovered Barbados-92cases,7deaths,76recovered SintMaarten- 77cases, 15deaths,60recovered US Virgin Islands-70cases,6deaths,62recovered Saint Martin-41cases,3deaths,33recovered Antigua and Barbuda-26cases,3deaths,19recovered St Vincent and the Grenadines- 26cases, 15recovered Suriname - 23 cases, 1 death, 9 recovered Grenada-23cases, 18recovered Curacao-19 cases, 1 death, 14 recovered Belize- 18 cases, 2 deaths,16recovered Saint Lucia- 18cases, 18recovered Dominica- 16cases,16recovered Saint Kitts and Nevis- 15 cases,15recovered Turks and Caicos- 12 cases, 1 death,11recovered Montserrat- 11 cases,1 death,10recovered British Virgin Islands-8cases, 1 death,7recovered Saint Barthelemy-6 cases,6recovered Anguilla-3cases,3recovered Saba- 3 cases, 3 recovered Sint Eustatius- 2 cases,2recovered Bonaire- 2 cases, 2 recovered

Protests have spread to Canada. This was the scene shown by Tory Lanez when he went out in solidarity with the protesters.

- 'Racism isn't born. It is taught' This was but one of the signs on display when Bajan-Canadian rapper, singer Tory Lanez hit the streets to protest today, Sunday (May 31). Up in arms and fed up with persons of influence misusing or failing to use their platforms to advance the call for justice this toss, he took to task anyone who was not showing up for the black community that is hurting right now. Since the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota by a white ex-police officer who was seen using excessive force, there have been five days of protests across more than12 of the 50 United States and today protests were seen outside of the US, with demonstrations in London, Berlin and Canada. Tory was in Canadawhere he resides. His dad is Barbadian and his mum is from Curacao. Tory, who is known to have funon his IG Live, today put on a serious face andsaid: "If anybody is a celebrity, stop using your platform to come on here to say anything that is against what the people in the streets is saying. "If you not out there bro, if you not out there protesting and marching with these people all day, without your f***ing security my n***a, and without all that extra sh*t my n***a, then you shouldn't be talking. You shouldn't have a voice." He told the so-called influencers until they"go out,study and understand what is going on out in our community, just stop. Get off Twitter. Talk to your PR, ask your PR what you should say." On Twitter, before he did theLive video to speak to his fans, he dragged those celebs and persons who were wasting tears crying over the brands that are losing money at the hands of looters. Asserting that he in no way supports looting, Tory said that he fully endorses the protests and stands with those demanding 'Justice for George'. Born Daystar Peterson, the 27-year-old tweeted: "When my rich celeb friends in they [sic] house and on the gram like “stop looting u f***ing up our business “ ... Y’all can miss me with that sh*t ... y’all n***as is rich ! Y’all not feeling the pain of these people out there that done lost they [sic] job and are deeply affected by this." This tweet garnered over 117K likes. #WARNING: Explicit Language Tory Lanez tells all celebrities that are posting against the protesting to stop pic.twitter.com/m2TpwPz90d — Complex Ambition (@ComplexAmbition) May 31, 2020 [related node_id='1febbc44-0bd5-40a3-8840-1c1eb9929eb8'] He followed this up with: "N***as wanna cry about protecting these businesses of these huge brands and cooperations from looting .... AS IF THESE STORES DONT GOT INSURANCE TO GET ALL THAT SH*T BACK !!!! I don’t condone looting . But the people gone do what they feel is right . Period . #JusticeOrNoPeace" And for those black entertainers who do not understand the whole Black Lives Matter movement and the reason why hundreds of thousands of persons are taking to the street, he wrote: "And to any of my black peers in this entertainment industry .... if your opinion on this matter at hand is ANYTHING along the lines of “ we need to blame ourselves ... and it’s not the cops fault “ or “u gotta look at both sides” .. personally from me to u ... F***OUTTA HERE" In terms of celebrities, seen in the streets of Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and in other states were Ariana Grande, NickCannon, Michael B Jordan, J Cole, and others. hours and miles of peaceful protesting yesterday that got little to no coverage. all throughout beverly hills and west hollywood we chanted, people beeped and cheered along. we were passionate, we were loud, we were loving. cover this too please. #BLACKLIVESMATTER https://t.co/vD90CEtF94 pic.twitter.com/GZ6uKDfPM7 — Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 31, 2020


Cayman has reached another COVID-19 milestone today as more businesses reopen. On June 22, Cayman is expected to move to level 2 suppression of COVID-19. This phase will see the allowance of external guardians and helpers in the home. More high touch businesses will open. Staycations will be allowed. But before wemoveto this phase, there will be a two-phased opening up of economic activity. As of today, June 1, all construction and related businesses will be allowed to operate. All retail and real estate businesses will be allowed to operate. Masks and social distancing will be required. As of June 7, groups of up to 6 people at a table will be allowed to dine at restaurants and bars that have outdoor/ patio seating as a part of the premises. Social distancing will be required for those who are not a part of the same household. Tables must be at least 8 feet apart. Indoor seating or serving will not be allowed. This will be allowed until 9 pm. Restaurant deliveries will be allowed until 11 pm. Persons employed by businesses other than restaurants will be able to deliver until 11 pm. Businesses not specified above will continue to stay closed with employees working remotely.

Four Caribbean countries will receive a total of US$159 million in loans from the World Bank to enhance their air transport connectivity and infrastructure. On Thursday, the World Bank's (WB) Board of Executive Directors approved the series of loans, which is part of the Caribbean Regional Air Transport Connectivity Project. The loans include International Development Association (IDA) financing of US$13 million for Dominica, US$17 million for Grenada, US$84 million for Haiti and US$45 million for Saint Lucia. Haiti will receive a grant, and the three Eastern Caribbean islands will receive concessional financing with a maturity of 40 years, including a grace period of 10years. WB said Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia and Haiti are reliant on the air transport sector and face common connectivity issues and the projects will enable them to better accommodate diverted flights, emergency landings, post-disaster relief flights and improve regional capacity and collaboration in the sector. World Bank Country Director for the Caribbean Tahseen Sayed said: “This series of three projects aim to increase the safety and the overall resilience of key connection points in the Eastern Caribbean.” “The World Bank’s first financing of airport projects in the Caribbean will also facilitate connectivity and support countries during the COVID-19 recovery phase.” World Bank Country Director for Haiti Anabela Abreu said: “The project will modernize air transport infrastructure and support critical improvements in safety, resilience, and regulatory oversight. “The project is important to COVID-19 recovery efforts, as Haiti’s economy will benefit from enhanced connectivity and resilience.” In Dominica, the project aims to improve safety and airport resilience readiness to natural disasters and to strengthen the capacity of agencies handling air transportation operations and airport investment planning. Navigation and safety equipment will be improved, enabling emergency landing in case of natural disasters and increasing capacity in air traffic control, wildlife management, airport management and planning. The Grenada project will support increased safety and efficiency of airport operations and navigation, make climate resilience improvements, and strengthen the country’s capacity in civil aviation and airport management. This includes installation of air navigation and safety equipment at the main international airport, construction of a runway end safety area and a resilient air cargo facility, and preparation of an aviation sector strategic plan. In Haiti, the project aims to increase operational safety, improve navigation, and enhance the resilience of infrastructure to natural disasters to ensure continuity of essential supply chains and health emergency services. Infrastructure investments include rehabilitating the runway in Cap Haitien, construction of a taxiway in Port au Prince, installation of a modern air traffic monitoring and control systems, and improvements to airfield drainage aimed at reducing the risk of flooding. Technical assistance includes skills training and measures to support women’s employment in the air transport sector. The project for Saint Lucia aims to improve operational safety and navigationand enhance the resilience of airport infrastructure to natural disasters. This will include improvements to the runway of the Hewanorra International Airport and its associated facilities, such as runway-end safety areas, airfield drainage, and crash and fire rescue facilities. Activities will also include installation of modernized air navigation systems, and institutional strengthening in air traffic control and management.


Cayman has reached another COVID-19 milestone today as more businesses reopen. On June 22, Cayman is expected to move to level 2 suppression of COVID-19. This phase will see the allowance of external guardians and helpers in the home. More high touch businesses will open. Staycations will be allowed. But before wemoveto this phase, there will be a two-phased opening up of economic activity. As of today, June 1, all construction and related businesses will be allowed to operate. All retail and real estate businesses will be allowed to operate. Masks and social distancing will be required. As of June 7, groups of up to 6 people at a table will be allowed to dine at restaurants and bars that have outdoor/ patio seating as a part of the premises. Social distancing will be required for those who are not a part of the same household. Tables must be at least 8 feet apart. Indoor seating or serving will not be allowed. This will be allowed until 9 pm. Restaurant deliveries will be allowed until 11 pm. Persons employed by businesses other than restaurants will be able to deliver until 11 pm. Businesses not specified above will continue to stay closed with employees working remotely.

Hands up and chants of "George Floyd". This photo was taken by Sam

She needed to show up for the Black community. She needed to show that she wants to be part of the change that she wants to see. Taking to the streets for the second time after yet another incidentof police brutality in the United States, one Bajan-American has no regrets about adding her voice to protests for justice. SamPatrick*, 27, astudent at Brooklyn College was outside the Barclay's Centre at Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, after work last night (May 29). Accompanied by her Barbadian boyfriendwho wentto visit her in early March andhas since been stuck there because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they arrived at 7.30 pm and left around 10 pm. Loop asked Sam what was going through her head on her way to the protest and how she felt while there.She said: "I was nervous but fired up. The raised voices and solidarity was beautiful." [related node_id='90b74169-afd5-4d7b-baee-4955698fb987'] But then the atmosphere changed close to 10 pm. "I becamevery scared when the cops in riot gear showed up and I saw them throw something, possibly tear gas,into the crowd. I left soon after." Watching the news after they took their exit, on television she witnessed the actions of the police in riot gear as they got physical with people standing in the place she had not too long vacated. This time, the protests which have erupted across the United States were motivated by the murder of a black man George Floyd in Minnesota. One white ex-police officer who was seen in a video holding his knee down on Floyd's neck for eight minutes until he died, has been fired since the protests commenced this week. Sam was born in Americaand moved back from Barbados nineyears ago. Her mother and grandparents are Bajan. Asked about what life is like in New York, she said: [related node_id='c0fb90f2-0603-415b-9845-b958ca59c037'] "It pains me to say, but I’ve gotten used to the racial dynamics here. My presence is always questioned in majority-white spaces.I’ve been called nigger to my face.I’m always terrified when police are nearby.I worry it could happen to me or someone I know." Talking about the first time that she pulled up on a black issue, as Barbadian singer Rihanna has urged,Sam said: "I marched against police brutality in winter weather in 2017 and I try to show up whenever I’m aware that there’s a protest happening. "I’ve been angry and heartbroken and aching to do something. I feel like most Black people that live out here. We are just exhausted and sick of things never changing. Until the next wave of elections, the only way to let our rage out is to shout George Floyd’s name in the streets and demand justiceand burn sh**down." Sam echoed the sentiments being expressed and displayed in the newscasts that hitting the streets and pavements for this cause are a plethora of colours, races and classes."There were a lot of non-Black protestors and onlookers cheering in solidarity. It showed me that people in general are tired of America’s crap. "We’re tired of a law enforcement that doesn’t de-escalate, but executes. And we’re tired of the system that protects them. That’s why I came out. And if George Floyd’s murderer doesn’t get the sentence he deserves, we will hit the streets again." Editor's Note: Sam Patrick is an alias used to protect the identity of the Bajan-American interview.