THIS WEEK’S TOP NEWS STORIES
TRAVEL BAN IMPOSED BY JAMAICAN GOVERNMENT ON SIX SOUTH AMERICAN NATIONS
The government of Jamaica expanded its restrictions on visitors coming to the island to apply to travelers from six countries in South America. These include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, and Peru. According to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), the expanded restrictions were imposed following a review of conditions in South America where several countries have experienced significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases. The OPM statement also noted that more countries in South America are showing an increasing number of cases of the Brazilian variants of COVID-19, which are believed to be more easily passed from person to person. The travel ban was imposed on April 1 and will last until April 13, 2021.
GRANGE SAYS VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IS A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE
Jamaica’s Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport, Olivia Grange, to the country’s House of Representatives that violence against women and girls represents a national security issue that must be addressed. Her statement was prompted by the disappearance and death of Khanice Jackson, 20, whose body was found in St. Catherine. Grange said that many Jamaican boys and men “develop a toxic masculinity” that is