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AFFECTED: 50,000 Haitians will lose their special protected status to live and work in the US

HAITIANS FACE 2019 DEADLINE THE TEMPORARY Protected Status (TPS) will be removed for Haitians living in the United States from July 2019. This means that some 50,000 Haitians will lose their special protected status to live and work in the US which had been provided after the devastating 2010 earthquake. The Department of Homeland Security said that the 18-month lead time would allow for “an orderly transition”.

GUYANA AND BRAZIL REPAIR BORDERS OFFICIALS FROM Guyana and Brazil have started work on marking, repairing and updating borders. The project began in 1994 but a number of funding issues saw a halt in production. The new work will reportedly include signs and border signals in the dense forests the two countries share.

BELIZE IS to launch its first ray sanctuary at a time when the fish are facing extinction. More than 20 species of rays are known to populate waters around Belize. Overfishing, loss of habitat and climate change have left rays threatened around the world.

TOY SHIP SETS SAIL FOR THE CARIBBEAN A TOY SHIP made of Playmobil bricks has been launched in Scotland and sent on a journey to the Caribbean. The ship, called Adventure, was the idea of two Scottish brothers who wanted to update the message-in-a-bottle idea with the Playmobil pirate ship.

It left Scotland and first ended up in Denmark, where helpers relaunched it on its Caribbean journey.

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