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BBC NEWS | South Asia | Cricket coach Woolmer 'poisoned'

BBC NEWS South Asia Cricket coach Woolmer 'poisoned': "Pakistan's cricket coach Bob Woolmer, who died of strangulation earlier this year, was also poisoned, a BBC investigation has learned.
The BBC's Panorama programme says it now seems certain that the former England player would have been rendered helpless before being strangled.
Woolmer's murder in March during the Cricket World Cup in the West Indies cast a shadow over the tournament. "

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday Machel Montano: I was attacked

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday : newsday.co.tt :: "IN A statement late yesterday representatives of soca superstar Machel Montano “emphatically denied” that the popular entertainer was involved in any “violent actions toward anyone at the Zen Night Club”.
The statement, released by advertising agency Valdez and Torry International, also dismissed reports that Montano planned to migrate. "

Jamaica Gleaner News - Sex shop shut down - Saturday | April 28, 2007

Jamaica Gleaner News - Sex shop shut down - Saturday April 28, 2007: "After months of surveillance a massage parlour suspected of flouting sections of the Human Trafficking Act was yesterday ordered closed by members of the Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID) who have since issued a warrant for the arrest of the proprietor(s)."

Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan - Empty seats, hotel rooms mark disappointing World Cup in Caribbean

Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan - Empty seats, hotel rooms mark disappointing World Cup in Caribbean: "BRIDGETOWN: When the Caribbean was granted the opportunity to host the Cricket World Cup, it seemed a natural and long-overdue choice. Yet empty seats and cancelled hotel rooms from Jamaica to Guyana have some rethinking the logic. Low attendance, poor performances by some top teams and logistical problems not to mention the murder of the coach of Pakistan’s team have plagued the 47-day World Cup heading into Saturday’s final. "

Caribbean Net News: US intelligence sees Castro recovering

Caribbean Net News: US intelligence sees Castro recovering: "WASHINGTON, USA (Reuters): US intelligence agencies, which appeared to be on a death watch for Cuban leader Fidel Castro a few months ago, now believe his health is rebounding and cannot rule out a full return to power, officials said on Tuesday.
May Day celebrations in Havana next week could show just how well the 80-year-old communist leader is recovering from emergency stomach surgery, if Castro appears in public for an annual May 1 parade near his presidential palace, said the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. "

Stabroek News|Airlines record packed flights over Easter/CWC period

Stabroek News: "Commercial airlines operating out of Guyana are likely counting their profits stemming from packed and increased flights during the Cricket World Cup season, which comes to a close this week. And some of them are already looking ahead and anticipating a good summer.
Travel Span GT Incorporated, which started operating from Guyana in November last year, is one of the airlines with its eyes already set on the horizon. "

Jamaica Gleaner News - King quits - West Indies coach jumps ship - Monday | April 23, 2007

Jamaica Gleaner News - King quits - West Indies coach jumps ship - Monday April 23, 2007: "Australian Bennett King has quit his job as coach of the West Indies in the wake of a disastrous performance by the regional team in the Super Eight stage of the Cricket World Cup, The Gleaner learnt last night.
Rumours also swirled last night that West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President Ken Gordon had tendered his resignation, but those reports were unconfirmed."

Jamaica Gleaner News - Police mum on Woolmer suspect - Monday | April 23, 2007

Jamaica Gleaner News - Police mum on Woolmer suspect - Monday April 23, 2007: "The police yesterday confirmed that closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage garnered from the Jamaica Pegasus hotel where Pakistan coach, Bob Woolmer, was murdered, has returned from the United Kingdom.
However, the police have declined to comment on reports in the international media that the footage has helped investigators to identify a suspect in the murder of the cricket coach"

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Barbados cricket film hit for six

BBC NEWS Entertainment Barbados cricket film hit for six: "The director does deserve credit, however, for persevering and completing a film with a cast and crew comprising of expatriate Caribbeans and a bunch of local amateurs.
The actor who stands out is British-based Trinidadian Rudolph Walker, who plays the cricketer's father, a former proud player who is bitter about the way the youngsters treat the game today. "

WC’07 could hit Caribbean economies hard: IMF|financialexpress.com

WC’07 could hit Caribbean economies hard: IMF: " Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007, as it was predicted earlier, could hit the Caribbean economies hard, real hard. This has been suggested by the most recent report released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which is sceptical that the $500 million spent in construction costs by the nine host venues are unlikely to result in positive economic benefits.
The economic legacy of the World Cup, declared IMF, would depend on the Caribbean countries ability to market themselves as key tourism destinations following the event. This, it can be suggested, necessitates the opening up of new tourist markets, for the Caribbean already gets its share of tourists from the UK, USA and Canada. While Barbados Tourism Authority is doing much to open up the Indian market, negotiations with the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Air India are cases in point, little have been done by the other islands so far. The IMF projections are available…

New twist to Woolmer investigation as inquest postponed |Caribbean Net news

New twist to Woolmer investigation as inquest postponed
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP): The inquest into Bob Woolmer's death, scheduled to get underway on Monday, has been postponed due to "new and significant developments". A statement from the Jamaican justice ministry said the decision was taken following advice from the coroner.
Full story... http://www.caribbeannetnews.com/news-1062--9-9--.html

Stabroek News|Mobiles banned from classes

Stabroek News: "The Education Ministry yesterday declared a ban on the use of cell phones during classroom sessions and has told teachers to lead by example.
And should a student be found using a cell-phone or any similar gadget or device during a class session or students assembly, that student will be suspended for a minimum of three days in the first instance, the Government Information Agency (GINA) quoted minister Shaik Baksh as saying during a press conference yesterday. "

Stabroek News|GTUC plans protest at Republic Bank over firing of workers

Stabroek News: "GTUC plans protest at Republic Bank over firing of workers
By Oluatoyin Alleyne
Thursday, April 19th 2007
The Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) will hold a protest tomorrow in front of Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited, Water Street in relation to the recent dismissal of six bank employees.
The GTUC yesterday said the protest action was planned for tomorrow between 11 am and midday. The trade union grouping said that it would be making a statement during the protest, which would see the attendance of the fired employees. Several other unions have joined the call for the bank to be held accountable for its recent actions. "

Caribbean Net News:Commentary: The Greater Caribbean This Week: The Garifunas emerging from oblivion

Caribbean Net News: Commentary: The Greater Caribbean This Week: The Garifunas emerging from oblivion: "The Garifunas are peoples from the colonial period. Their distinctiveness lies in the fact that their establishment did not respond to metropolitan initiatives, since their origin was associated first of all, with the sinking of two black slave ships along the coasts of St. Vincent and with the movement of slaves, who, fleeing from the cruelties of that social system of exploitation, found refuge in the mountains inhabited by the indigenous peoples of that island, and from there they moved on to the neighbouring islands. The move from one island to another was linked to the Garifunas' confrontations with the authorities of various European countries, who sought to reduce them to submission in order to return them to slave labour or hoped to occupy the territories where they were located. "

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday |:Cricket film premieres in Barbados today

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday : newsday.co.tt :: "It is not only the cricketers who would be hitting sixes during this World Cup but also Barbadians who will visit their local cinemas next week to view the first-ever Caribbean produced cricket film Hit For Six!.
The film, written and directed by Trinidad-born Barbadian Alison Saunders-Franklyn, will premiere in Barbados today in a red-carpet affair under the patronage of Barbados’ Prime Minister Owen Arthur. "

Jamaica Gleaner News - West Kingston fury - Four killed as police-gunmen clash in Tivoli and Denham Town - Wednesday | April 18, 2007

Jamaica Gleaner News - West Kingston fury - Four killed as police-gunmen clash in Tivoli and Denham Town - Wednesday April 18, 2007: "Four persons were shot and killed in Kingston yesterday as gunshots rang out across the western end of the city.
Two of the men were killed in the western Kingston area and the others in nearby Trench Town."

Broad Street Journal Online - IMF UNDERWHELMED: Cost of staging CWC too high, with hosts’ average public debt still over 100% of GDP

Broad Street Journal Online - IMF UNDERWHELMED: Cost of staging CWC too high, with hosts’ average public debt still over 100% of GDP: "The IMF says the economic benefits of the ICC Cricket World Cup to the Caribbean are not clear, but are likely to be “diluted”. In fact, the “net effect of the CWC could be negative in light of its heavy fiscal costs and already-high public debt burdens in the region, says the Fund."

Venezuelan military agents raid home of friend of anti-Castro militant Posada: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Venezuelan military agents raid home of friend of anti-Castro militant Posada: South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "Posada, a naturalized Venezuelan, is wanted in both Cuba and Venezuela, accused of masterminding the 1976 Cubana Airlines bombing off Barbados that killed 73 people. He is accused of plotting the attack while in Caracas, and he escaped from a Venezuelan prison in 1985."

Soap star Gillian's boyfriend guilty of assaulting hotel receptionist in Barbados | the Daily Mail

Soap star Gillian's boyfriend guilty of assaulting hotel receptionist in Barbados the Daily Mail: "Magistrate Ian Weekes found him guilty of slapping the receptionist at the Tamarind Cove Hotel, where he is staying with Taylforth and their children, aged seven and 14.
Cyanda Phillips, 25, accused Knights of hitting her in the face and throwing a phone at her on Saturday after a row over whether Knights's son was allowed to use a hotel computer-Knights had denied the charges. "

St. Lucia Star Online > Another MP arrested!

St. Lucia Star Online : "Just when it seemed the nation had recovered from the effects of last week’s latest storm in a teacup—the arrest of MP Edmund Estaphane by a police constable for driving without the appropriate license plate—another MP is in the headlines over another contretemps with a police officer. This time around it seems the matter involves much more than police discretion. By all accounts, it seems the police officer had no other choice but to handcuff Dennery North MP Marcus Nicholas and take him into custody."

Caribbean Net News: The source for news throughout the Caribbean

Caribbean Net News: The source for news throughout the Caribbean: "CARACAS, Venezuela (Bloomberg): Cuban leader Fidel Castro said a US judge was following orders from President George W. Bush when she ordered the release on bail of terror suspect Luis Posada Carriles.

Castro said the US government has ignored evidence Posada carried out terrorist attacks against Cuban property and citizens over the past thirty years, including the bombing of a Cuban airliner in 1976. Posada was released on April 6 by federal judge Kathleen Cardone after being held almost two years for allegedly lying on his immigration application to the US. "

The Hindu News Update Service|I honestly feel my game is over: Lara

The Hindu News Update Service: "Grenada, April 11 (PTI): One of the legends of cricket and West Indian captain Brian Lara has confirmed that he is retiring from one-day format of the game.
'I think this is the end of my one-day career, for sure,' Lara said after the his team's Super Eight loss to South Africa in the cricket World Cup here yesterday.
'I honestly feel that my game is over and we should give it to one of the younger players. It's really tough playing one-day internationals out there. After the World Cup the next one-day tournament for the West Indies is in June in England and I would love to sit back and watch and see the team do well,' he said. "

Jamaica Gleaner News - Police beat Dr Ford - Tuesday | April 10, 2007

Jamaica Gleaner News - Police beat Dr Ford - Tuesday April 10, 2007: "Prominent medical doctor, Jephtah Ford, who is known for providing free treatment to members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), was yesterday placed on 24-hour observation at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) after being allegedly beaten by three police officers early Monday morning."

The Nation Newspaper | World Cup fiasco

The Nation Newspaper World Cup fiasco: "For example, when governments were alerted to circumstances that forced Barbadian business executive and former cricketer Rawle Brancker to resign in September 2005 as chairman of the board of CWC West Indies Inc., and his subsequent suggestion for an independent 'due diligence and forensic audit' to determine transparency in management negotiations in the best interest of the host countries, they reacted with a surprising hands-off attitude."

The Nation Newspaper | Eyes on cop's playboy image

The Nation Newspaper Eyes on cop's playboy image: "'IT'S NOT BAD – I'm driving around a sex symbol.'
Jamaican policeman Sergeant Shaun Jones was describing his duties as the driver of his country's white deputy commissioner Mark Shields, the 48-year-old Scotland Yard detective, who, according to the Daily Mail has caught the eyes of many attractive black and white Jamaican women. "

Jamaica Gleaner News - 'Progress in malaria control' - Minister expects non-endemic declaration soon; pushes for improved systems on World Health Day - Saturday | April 7, 2007

Jamaica Gleaner News - 'Progress in malaria control' - Minister expects non-endemic declaration soon; pushes for improved systems on World Health Day - Saturday April 7, 2007: " to, in short order, be once again declared a non-endemic country for malaria, according to Health Minister Horace Dalley.
Minister Dalley told Parliament's Standing Finance Committee this week that a team from the United States-based Centres for Disease Control (CDC) would be arriving in Jamaica within two weeks to assess the country's response to the recent malaria outbreak."

'5 Pak bookies in Jamaica when Woolmer died'-News-The Economic Times

'5 Pak bookies in Jamaica when Woolmer died'-News-The Economic Times: "LONDON: Former Pakistan paceman, Sarfraz Nawaz, prone to making sensational statements, has now claimed that five Pakistani bookies were in Jamaica when coach Bob Woolmer was killed.

Sarfraz insisted that Woolmer's murder in a Kingston hotel on March 18 was linked to match fixing and the former player also offered his help to track the gang of bookies."

Former suspect in slaying of Haiti's best-known journalist shot to death - International Herald Tribune

Former suspect in slaying of Haiti's best-known journalist shot to death - International Herald Tribune: "PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti: A wealthy businessman once considered a suspect in the assassination of Haiti's best-known journalist was shot to death near his house in an apparent contract killing, police said Thursday.
Robert Lecorps, who also was implicated in the 1993 assassination of a Haitian justice minister, was killed Wednesday in the upscale Port-au-Prince suburb of Pernier, police spokesman Frantz Lerebours said."

granma.cu -Alpha 66 present at Posada hearing

granma.cu -: "BEFORE some 30 of his supporters representing various groups preaching the use of terror against Cuba, Luis Posada Carriles – still not accused of terrorism, in violation of a number of international conventions – offered a property valued at $2.5 million as guarantee for his bail application.
According to news agency reports, the hearing before Judge Kathleen Cardone in El Paso, Texas, took place in the presence of at least 30 representatives of Cuban exile organizations in California and Miami."

Carib gov'ts unhappy with CWC revenue share - JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM

Carib gov'ts unhappy with CWC revenue share - JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM: "Finance Minister Dr Omar Davies yesterday said that the nine Caribbean countries hosting Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007 are not satisfied with the revenue sharing arrangements with the International Cricket Council (ICC), and suggested that the courts could be asked to rule on the issue."

Migrant smugglers using new Caribbean route to U.S. | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

Migrant smugglers using new Caribbean route to U.S. | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle: "The illegal migrants — 47 Haitians and two Dominicans, including two babies — were hoping they had reached the U.S. Virgin Islands, where travelers can hop on a domestic flight to Miami without passing through immigration.
Instead, they were dumped on Norman Island, one of the British Virgins — three miles of open water short of U.S. soil, with nothing to get them there and no population to blend into."

Advocate| Government addressing potential World Cup visitor shortfalls

Advocate: "IN the wake of low hotel occupancy and smaller audiences than anticipated in the countries that have so far hosted ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 matches, Barbados will make an all-out effort to salvage the local leg of the event this month.
Speaking at a St. Michael West branch meeting at the St. Leonard's Boys Secondary School, Tourism Minister, Noel Lynch, said a number of factors had contributed to the shortfall in projected visitor arrivals, all of which were beyond the control of governments in the region"

Black UK Online - Barbados PM delivers Wilberforce lecture

Barbados PM delivers Wilberforce lecture : "Barbados Prime Minister Mr Owen Arthur has called on Britain to make reparations to the Caribbean region for its direct involvement in the slave trade. "

''It is now time that in the specific case of Britain and the Caribbean - this historical injustice should be redressed,'' thundered Mr Arthur. More

St. Lucia Star Online > DPP comments on alleged killer pitbulls

DPP comments on alleged killer pitbulls


: "Director of Public Prosecutions Victoria Charles-Clarke responded yesterday to questions surrounding the status of a case in which a three-year-old boy was allegedly mauled to death by two pitbulls.

The mother of Rohan Thomas has been expressing her disappointment that the dogs are still allowed to live. A few people telephoned the radio stations yesterday to about the status of the case.

Caribbean Net News:Jamaica's Powell sympathises with Gatlin

Caribbean Net News: The source for news throughout the Caribbean: "“There is some bitterness, knowing that he (Gatlin) was taking drugs,” Powell was quoted as saying in the Sunday Telegraph.
“But there’s a part of me that is very sorry for him because there were some mixed reports about it and he said he didn’t knowingly take drugs.
“You don’t know what to believe, but I just can’t imagine how wrecked his life is now,” he added. "