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Depression forms in Caribbean; islands warned to prepared

International Herald Tribune: "A tropical depression formed Friday in the Caribbean, prompting several island governments to issue advisories that a tropical storm could be near. The National Hurricane Center said that the depression was located about 180 miles (290 kilometers) east-southeast of the Windward Islands at 5 p.m. (2100 GMT). It was moving west at about 16 mph (26 kph) and forecasters expected it to pass through the Windward Islands overnight."

Paparazzi descend on St Lucia to search for Amy Winhouse!

St. Lucia Star Online : "The phones at the editorial office at STAR Publishing were ringing constantly yesterday with persons asking some vital questions. Reporters from the BBC and UK-based papers wanted to confirm some very important and interesting news that had surfaced. Surprisingly the calls were not about Rick’s rumored trip to China with the SLP opposition members, the Rufus Bousquet a.k.a. Bruce Duane Tucker story or any other scandal happening here. "

Deadly Chinese toothpaste shows up in Dominican motels

Dominican Today : "SANTO DOMINGO.- The Public Health Ministry yesterday seized 40,000 tubes of toothpaste which contain diethylene glycol, the same chemical which caused the death of more than 100 people in Panama and forced to the recall of the brands Mr. Cool, Exel and others last May. Public Health said the 0.6 ounces tubes of the brands Maxam, Hey, Jieheng and CPP have the toxic substance and warned motels, cabañas and other businesses agaisnt distributing the toothpastes to their guests, and whose size and weight are for 'onetime' use. "

Tropical Depression SIX Public Advisory

Tropical Depression SIX Public Advisory: "AT 5 PM AST...2100 UTC...THE GOVERNMENT OF BARBADOS HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR THE ISLANDS OF ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS. AT 5 PM AST...THE GOVERNMENT OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR TOBAGO AND THE METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR GRENADA AND ITS DEPENDENCIES. AT 5 PM AST...THE GOVERNMENT OF THE NETHERLANDS ANTILLES AND ARUBA HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL STORM WATCH FOR THE ISLANDS OF ARUBA...BONAIRE AND CURACAO. A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA...GENERALLY WITHIN 36 HOURS."

NIGERIAN RELEASED ... Held for one month without being charged

SUN St.Kitts & Nevis: "One of the two Nigerian students who were taken into police custody for “immigration matters” has been released on the order of court. Babatunde Asifat along with Nurudeen Olaniran were picked up by police and sent to prison sometime in July. The SUN understands that, since their detention more than a month ago, no charges have been brought against either of the two."

MURDER RAP...Defence force soldier arrested, charged

SUN St.Kitts & Nevis: "Four weeks after the shooting death of Old Road resident Clyde Williams, Defence Force Officer Lewis Richards also of Old Road has been arrested and charged with the man’s murder. Williams was shot on the night of 3 Aug., while at his home village. A previous report carried in the SUN explained that eyewitnesses have said that Williams was shot by an off-duty defence officer. "

POLICE BRUTALITY…COPS ACCUSED OF BEATING TEENAGER

Antigua Sun: "The mother of a 19-year-old youth is demanding justice after she and her son yesterday made allegations of police brutality. A tearful Sylvia “My Love” Harris told the Antigua Sun that her son, Jevon Lloyd, who resides with her in the Fort Road area, had been beaten by police officers and suffered injuries which resulted in him being rushed to the Holberton Hospital yesterday."

Erskine not in shake-up

Stabroek News: "Despite saying that two major jail-breaks in six months was 'inexcusable and unpardonable', Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee yesterday clarified that the leadership shake-up he announced on Tuesday does not encompass Prisons head Dale Erskine. Instead, what can be expected is the temporary movement of officers from the level of the Deputy Director of Prisons to other positions in the service. "

BODY FIND

The Nation Newspaper : "AFTER THE REMOVAL of tonnes of rubble and 90 hours of digging and searching, a recovery team last night found two of the five bodies of a family who perished in an apartment block collapse last Sunday. Reliable sources told the DAILY NATION that the bodies were those of a female adult and a male child. Those who died were Donavere, 30, and Cassandra Codrington, 27 and their children Shaquanda,7, Shaquille, 3, and Yashiro, 1. "

Rescuers not giving up...Search continues for missing family

Advocate: "Attorney-General and Minister of Home Affairs, Dale Marshall, laid out a comprehensive plan of action for a resumption of recovery operations yesterday, as the search for the five bodies buried under the rubble of the Arch Cot Terrace apartment building continued. With the media authorised to enter the upper level of the 100-foot deep cavern yesterday morning, the gaping orifice displayed the glaring extent of the challenge ahead for the recovery team. "

Heeding Castro's defection fears,cuba to skip boxing worlds in Chicago

Taiwan News Online: "Cuba won't send a boxing team to the world championships in Chicago, heeding Fidel Castro's fears about future defections after two fighters abandoned their teammates during the Pan American Games. The competition is one of three qualifying tournaments for the 2008 Olympics. 'We will not expose anew a Cuban boxing team to the abuses and provocations that in this case will be present in Chicago, American territory, the perfect location for marketers and traffickers to act freely and with the total complicity of U.S. authorities,' the Cuban Boxing Federation said Wednesday."

Ganga: The truth will out

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday:: "DESPITE being called upon yesterday by COP whip Ganga Singh to substantiate his claim that he had referred the Andre Monteil matter months ago to the DPP, the Integrity Commission and to the Commissioner of Police (CoP), Prime Minister Patrick Manning was yesterday still unable to provide any evidence that he had indeed done as he had said."

Fire officers brace themselves for discovery of bodies

Advocate: "By four o'clock yesterday afternoon, fire officers were preparing to instigate the main recovery effort to recover the five bodies from the Brittons Cross Road tragedy. Dressed in their uniform, prepping equipment and preparing to have tetanus shots, all that remained was to gear up emotionally for a task which bears tremendous weight."

Prisons shake-up coming -Rohee

Stabroek News: "In the wake of the New Amsterdam jail-break, Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee yesterday announced that a major shake-up at the leadership level of the Prison Service will be in place by September 10, likely signalling the end of the troubled tenure of prisons head, Dale Erskine. "

BODY CALL

The Nation Newspaper : "THE FAMILY buried in a cave following the apartment collapse at Brittons Hill since last Sunday, might be recovered by this morning. Last night, close to three days after Sunday's Arch Cot, Brittons X Road, St Michael incident, authorities began to remove the rubble covering the two areas identified by sniffer dogs as the places where the couple and their three children took their final breaths. "

Flog ‘em John strikes again Magistrate declares St Lucia: ‘A nation of thieves!’

St. Lucia Star Online : "His last statement as a member of parliament left the nation absolutely perplexed. Last October in a delivery replete with sesquipedalian droppings the retiring MP spoke of the St Lucia Police Force as if his two terms in office had never happened, let alone that he had had full responsibility for the operation of the Force. "

Indigo Sues Gov’t

The Bahama Journal: "In what could lead to a landmark decision affecting the telecommunications sector in The Bahamas, Systems Resource Group Limited (SRG) has filed an action in the Supreme Court questioning the constitutionality of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) monopoly on the industry."

SNAP ELECTIONS ... PM Spencer moves UPP into election mode, ALP remains confident

Antigua Sun: "PM Spencer moves UPP into election mode, ALP remains confident In this Antigua Sun Special, Senior Reporter Patricia Campbell speaks to key political figures and commentators about the current political environment as they weigh the chances of the country’s political parties if Prime Minister Spencer goes ahead and calls early elections. Antigua and Barbuda may see snap elections as early as the first quarter of 2008, sources tell the Antigua Sun."

SPARROW AND BARACK OBAMA

Grenada Broadcast : "Brooklyn, NY, August 27, 2007 -- “The respect of the world, which we now lack, if you want it back, then vote Barack,” proclaims the musical wordsmith, The Mighty Sparrow - Calypso King of the World, who on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 endorsed presidential candidate Barack Obama in Brooklyn. The endorsement was given at a brief exclusive meeting held at the Marriott Hotel at the Brooklyn Bridge. "

4 sentenced in offshore banking scam

Seattle Times Newspaper: "An offshore banking scam based in Grenada that cost thousands of U.S. and Canadian investors more than $170 million ended with federal prison sentences on Monday for four people, some of whom now claim to be nearly penniless themselves. Douglas Ferguson, Laurent Barnabe, Robert Skirving and Rita Regale all were officers of the First International Bank of Grenada, founded by former Portland mortgage banker and minister Gilbert Ziegler, who died in 2005 while awaiting trial."

Paradise turns to holiday hell

Buckingham Today : "THE Caribbean was far from paradise for a family in Bicester who have now joined more than 600 families seeking compensation following a suspected outbreak of dysentery. David Simmonds, 46, of Trinity Close, travelled with his 40-year-old wife Susan and 15-year-old son Thomas to the four-star Bahia Principe hotel in the Dominican Republic."

Sarwan, Gayle retain top spots

Jamaica Gleaner News : "Predictably, Ramnaresh Sarwan has been retained as captain and Chris Gayle has been named his deputy for the ICC Twenty20 World Championship to be contested next month in South Africa. Sarwan will be making a return to the side following a shoulder injury that cut short his participation in the tour of England this year. Gayle, who led the limited-overs squad during that part of the England trip, has been elevated to the vice-captaincy in the new dispensation."

Prison To Grade Inmates

The Bahama Journal: "National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest yesterday urged employers to make an impending Prison Discharge Certificate one of their fundamental considerations when faced with making a decision about hiring a former prison inmate. Beginning next month, the certificate will be given to each inmate who has served more than a year at Her Majesty’s Prison."

Hero’s welcome for Sammy!

St. Lucia Star Online: "St Lucia’s “pride and joy” West Indies Senior Cricketer Darren Sammy, returned home Friday afternoon following his triumphant tour in England. Sammy who is the first St Lucian male to play Test Cricket on the West Indies Senior team, touched down at Hewanorra Airport on Virgin Atlantic at approximately 1:30pm"

Benschop freed

Stabroek News: "President Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday used his presidential powers to pardon treason accused Mark Benschop for allegedly attempting to unseat his government back in 2002, ending five tumultuous years of incarceration. And moments after being released last evening Benschop vowed to continue the fight against oppression, hinting at contesting the next local government polls. He said his struggle this time around will be more of a 'spiritual' one. "

SLP honchos vacationing in China?

St. Lucia Star Online : "The STAR has learnt from several reliable sources that three leading St Lucia Labour Party members left for the People’s Republic of China this week, among them opposition leader Dr Kenny Anthony. Accompanying Dr Anthony is Castries East MP Philip J Pierre and party secretary Leo Clarke. The nature of the trip is still unclear at this point as well as who is responsible for funding the trip. St Lucia broke ties with the PRC this year after the United Workers Party took office. The controversial move to establish diplomatic relations with Taiwan created several problems within the United Workers Party government and was believed to be the reason former Minister for Foreign Affairs Rufus Bousquet was fired from the Cabinet. "

TRAPPED

The Nation Newspaper : "NINETEEN HOURS after an apartment block collapsed into a cave at Brittons X Road, St Michael, the fate of a family of five buried beneath the rubble, remained unknown. It was just after 10:30 last night that Miami-Dade Rescue team with trained life sniffer dogs arrived at the scene to much cheering. However, up to Press time they had not entered the gaping hole. "

Escapees scatter

Stabroek News: "Up to press time last night a Joint Services team was scouring the backlands of Canje and along the Berbice River in a desperate bid to recapture 15 remand prisoners who broke out of the New Amsterdam penitentiary Sat-urday afternoon, unnerving Berbicians racked by incessant attacks over the past weeks. "

Land initiative launched- “Hold on to your land,” says PM

SKNVibes.com News: : "The Special Land Distribution initiative designed by the ruling Labour Party Administration was officially launched on last Friday, August 24th and immediately the objective of the new venture was further publicized with the handing over of approval documents to ten persons who applied for land under the programme. The new initiative was launched by the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. The Hon. Denzil Douglas, under the theme ‘Empowerment: Wealth Creation Through Land Ownership.”"

Murder after Mass

Trinidad Express, : "Construction company boss Wayne Charles had just returned home from a church service with his mother and had no idea that a female relative he trusted was waiting in his garage to stab him to death. As he drove into the yard in his Sunny car at his home at Dairy Lane, Freeport around 7 p.m. on Saturday, she approached him and an argument broke out. "

Waiting for relief

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM: "RESIDENTS of parishes that took most of the battering when Hurricane Dean struck Jamaica last week Sunday say they are yet to receive much needed relief supplies - one week after the category four system wreaked havoc on the island when it passed south of Jamaica."

'I PANICKED' - Gay makes Powell pay as Jamaican chokes at Worlds -

Jamaica Gleaner News : "THE PLANET'S fastest man, Asafa Powell, blamed panic and nerves for his 100m defeat at the 11th IAAF World Championships yesterday as sprint nemesis American Tyson Gay blew past him to grab gold. Gay clocked a near personal-best 9.85 seconds to bag gold as Powell, the early leader in the much-anticipated race, faded into a disappointing third."

Apartment block collapses into underground cave. Family trapped since early morning

CBC.bb: "Efforts are underway to rescue a family of four trapped underground after part of the apartment building they were living in collapsed into a cave, early Sunday morning.Police, fire and Disaster Emergency Management Agency officials were out in full force on the scene in St. Michael where the incident occurred about 4:45 a.m. Acting Commissioner of Police Bertie Hinds said engineering experts had to determine whether the area was safe enough to proceed with the rescue attempt, but just after 10 a.m., a two-man team was sent in. "

Apartment building collapses in Barbados

Britons Hill,Barbados

An apartment building in Barbados has collapsed trapping a family of four.Mother,Father and two children.Reports are that a part of the building has collapsed into a cave and the family is trapped about 50 feet down.

Emergency personnel have been on the scene for about 6 hours now but have had no success as yet at rescuing the victims.

Investigations launched into power outage at QEH

Advocate: "AN internal investigation has been launched and the Police Force will be brought into the investigation into what caused a major power outage at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) early on Friday morning. Health Minister, Jerome Walcott stated that the issue was a serious one, which endangered the lives of everyone in the hospital and will be dealt with appropriately. "

DEAD HEAT! PNP, JLP locked in a tussle a week away from election day

Jamaica Gleaner News "As Hurricane Dean approached the island a week ago, the electorate was at a crossroad about which party should form the next government. A Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson poll, conducted on the eve of the hurricane's passage, measured popular support for the People's National Party (PNP) and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) at 40 per cent each"

Jailbreak!

Stabroek News: "Eighteen remand prisoners yesterday broke out of the New Amsterdam prison, cutting through bars, scaling the fence, seizing bicycles and jumping trenches in a desperate bid to escape from lawful custody. Up to late last night only three of the men had been recaptured while the other 15 are believed to be hiding out in canefields at the back of Lochaber, West Canje, Berbice, police said last night. "

ALL SYSTEMS GO' - September 3 polls announced, Electoral Office ready -

Jamaica Gleaner News - 'ALL SYSTEMS GO' - September 3 polls announced, Electoral Office ready - Saturday August 25, 2007: "Despite the fury of Hurricane Dean, which left sections of the country devastated, Director of Elections, Danville Walker, says it's all systems go for a September 3 general election. The date, the anniversary of the British declaration of war against Germany in 1939, was proposed by the Electoral Commission and confirmed in a proclamation issued yesterday by Governor-General Professor Kenneth Hall. The proclamation followed lengthy and reportedly tense Cabinet consideration."

Wheat prices rise

Stabroek News: "The National Milling Com-pany of Guyana (NAMILCO), now facing competition from flour importers, says it is worried about the impact of rising wheat prices on bread. Meantime wheat prices have hit a record high on the world market as continuing bad weather and increasing demand trigger fears of a drop in supply. "

BVI Installs its first premier

Virgin Islands Newspaper,: "TORTOLA - In a speech lasting 20 minutes and punctuated by thunderous applause, new British Virgin Islands Premier Ralph O'Neal pledged that his new Virgin Islands Party government will improve the standard of living for every resident, tackle any problem facing the territory, wage war on the cancer of crime in the society, be fiscally responsible, get contributions from people in all districts, effect changes to the new constitution and provide the necessary training for civil servants to do their jobs. "

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday : newsday.co.tt :: "THIS country will provide $20M in financial aid to help Jamaica recover in the aftermath of Hurricane Dean. Government will also consider financial aid for St Lucia and Dominica which were also badly affected by the hurricane. Foreign Affairs Minister Arnold Piggott made these announcements at yesterday’s post-Cabinet news conference at Whitehall. Piggott said Prime Minister Patrick Manning spoke with Jamaican PM Portia Simpson Miller last Sunday when Hurricane Dean struck and he was informed of the damage. "

Swamped

Stabroek News: "Large swathes of Georgetown were swamped early yesterday by rain and three attendants may face disciplinary action after they turned up late for work when the kokers should have been opened during the low tide. "

CRISIS LOOMS

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM: "THE Government, up to late last night, kept the country in the dark over the new date for the general elections, dragging the country closer to a possible major crisis over the September 3 date proposed by the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ)."

Achong out election race

The Trinidad Guardian "INCUMBENT Member of Parliament for Point Fortin Lawrence Achong is officially out of the election race. Sources said yesterday that Achong, who successfully served two terms under the People’s National Movement (PNM), is expected to be replaced by one of the five nominees to face the screening committee at Balisier House at 5 pm today. "

Courts In Crisis

The bahama Journal: "Although some in the legal fraternity are blaming a shortage of members of the bench for a sluggish system of justice, other legal experts say lawyers are actually at fault. The clamour from some attorneys is for a realignment of the court system to weed out the inefficiencies. Central to their argument is a strenuous appeal for more judges. 'We could have trial dates a lot quicker if we had a full complement of judges,' said Wayne Munroe, president of the Bahamas Bar Association. "

Herbalists agree to stop claims of HIV cures

Stabroek News: "Local herbalists who recently met with Minister of Health Dr. Leslie Ramsammy have agreed to drop the claims about cures being available for HIV (Human Immuno-deficiency Virus). The practitioners of alternative medicine also agreed that there is no known herbal preparation that could control HIV like the anti-retroviral drugs currently being used in Guyana and accessed by some 2,000 persons. "

Hurricane Dean caused 6 deaths in Dominican Republic  

Hurricane Dean caused 6 deaths in Dominican Republic : "SANTO DOMINGO. - Dominican Civil Defense authorities today found the bodies of two more fishermen who disappeared after a boat with eight aboard capsized in Tavera dam, which brings the official death toll from Hurricane Dean to six. It said rescuers today recovered the bodies of the two fishermen who were still missing, after the corpses of the other three missing were found between Monday and Tuesday. "

'A plus' for Jamaica's PM

The Nation Newspaper : "IF JAMAICA'S PRIME MINISTER Portia Simpson-Miller plays her hand right she should be able to swing more votes her party's way on election day. Political consultant Peter Wickham said yesterday in a telephone interview that the postponement of the general elections would 'definitely' raise her profile 'depending on how she handles it'. "

Donald Marks freed of hacking murder of girlfriend

Stabroek News: "Donald Marks, who was on trial for hacking his girlfriend to death in the Haslington Backdam, East Coast Demerara back in 2004, yesterday walked out of the High Court a free man after the jury unanimously found him not guilty of the crime. Marks, dressed in cream-coloured trousers, matching tie and a purple shirt, stood weeping before Justice of Appeal Ian Chang after the verdict was announced and he read a short statement to the court. "

Was that really Bruce Tucker?

St. Lucia Star Online : "In three issues, the STAR had advertised its indisputably hottest story of the year with a simple white-on-black question: “Who Is Bruce Tucker?” It attracted not a single response. Meanwhile—according to reliable information—the man who best knew the answer to the newspaper’s query chose to remain tightlipped. Much later, too late, perhaps, he would say publicly that “the thing happened in 1997. "

LAWYERS BLAST COPS … AS 4 CASES JEOPARDISED IN COURT

Antigua Sun: "Two of the country’s attorneys blasted the police force yesterday as they encountered another frustrating day in the Magistrates Court after the inefficiencies of the investigating arm of the judiciary were again glaringly exposed. One attorney spoke openly and was extremely critical of the police’s failure to prosecute cases in a timely manner."

Four killed in St Catherine

Jamaica Gleaner News - Four killed in St Catherine - Wednesday August 22, 2007: "THERE WAS a spate of homicides in the St. Catherine North Police Division over the past two days, three of them taking place yesterday. Constable Kanika Clarke said a double murder took place in Thompson Pen at 1:00 a.m. Terrence Powell and his common-law wife, Patricia Blake, were the victims of an alleged attack at their home."

Gov't corruption bleeding Jamaica

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM: "There is growing concern that the inequitable distribution of scarce benefits and spoils and the award of contracts, between $250,000 and $4 million, almost exclusively to supporters of the PNP, are going to widen the division among a significant number of people. All this in addition to blatant, rampant corruption in government and misplaced priorities. This could lead to social upheaval as happened in Mugabe's Zimbabwe."

La Jalousie family terrorized by early morning gunman

Stabroek News: "A gunman early yesterday morning terrorized and robbed a La Jalousie family of jewellery worth more than half a million dollars before calmly walking away. During the five-minute ordeal, the man fired a shot though it did not strike anyone and he also attempted to grab a four-month-old baby while demanding money and jewellery but the baby's mother held on to him and handed over her jewellery worth at least $600,000. "

Hurricane Dean batters Jamaica but worst 'still to come'

Times Online: "Jamaica received a severe battering from the first hurricane of the Atlantic season but appeared to have escaped the worst after Hurricane Dean whipped past the island's southern coast overnight. The storm hit Kingston, the Jamaican capital, with winds of up to 150mph, downing power lines, ripping off roofs and blocking roads with debris before spiralling off into the Caribbean in the early hours. But the only casualty on the island appeared to be a man reported missing after falling trees crushed his house. "

Young Father Murdered

The Bahama Journal: "A confrontation that erupted between two relatives turned deadly yesterday and resulted in the death of a young father, pushing the murder count to 51 so far for the year. Although the police refused to release the identity of the murder victim - shot to death in the Fox Hill area - his family identified him as Kendal Kenvardo Knowles, 26, father of six children."

BATTERED!

The Nation Newspaper : "KINGSTON – Hurricane Dean bore down on Jamaica yesterday with its powerful winds and heavy torrential rains, knocking out utility lines, stripping roofs off houses, triggering landslides and felling trees. The island was under siege as the dangerous category four system, which packed winds of 145 miles per hour, whipped up huge sea swells and doused the island with several inches of rain. "

Hurricane Dean Pummels Jamaica |

Guardian Unlimited: "KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Hurricane Dean pummeled Jamaica with gusting winds and torrential rains Sunday after the prime minister made a last-minute plea for residents to abandon their homes and head for shelter. Many residents ignored the call, however, while tourists holed up in resorts with hurricane-proof walls. "

Hurricane DEAN Public Advisory

Hurricane DEAN Public Advisory: "...OUTER BANDS OF DEAN ABOUT TO REACH JAMAICA... A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHWESTERN PENINSULA OF HAITI FROM WEST OF THE HAITI-DOMINICAN BORDER TO PORT-AU-PRINCE. A HURRICANE WARNING IS ALSO IN EFFECT FOR JAMAICA AND THE CAYMAN ISLANDS. A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS. PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY SHOULD BE RUSHED TO COMPLETION."

CASE AGAINST GRENADA’S ENERGY MINISTER DISMISSED.

Klassic Grenada: "Energy Minister Gregory Bowen says the case between himself and Jack Grynberg has been dismissed in New York. Mr. Jack Grynberg accused Minister Bowen of soliciting him for a bribe in September 1996. RSM Corporation had also filed a 500 million US dollar lawsuit against Mr. Bowen. During a news conference on Friday, Legal Advisor to cabinet Hugh Wildman spoke of the grounds on which the case was dismissed."

St. Lucia recovers from Dean

MiamiHerald.com: "In the aftermath of Hurricane Dean, St. Lucia officials reported on Saturday that its two airports were reopened and that American Eagle had resumed flights from the island. ''We are pleased to announce that St. Lucia is indeed open for business, and we have already welcomed new visitors from Europe, North America and the Caribbean,'' said St. Lucia Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Senator Allen Chastanet in a statement to the media."

| PM: MOVE!

The Nation Newspaper : "AIRPORT SQUATTERS must go! That's the word from Prime Minister Owen Arthur, who also has responsibility for the Town and Country Planning Department. He made it clear yesterday that the estimated 100 squatters at Rock Hall, St Philip, would be removed because they were affecting the underground water supply and aircraft safety at nearby Grantley Adams International Airport. "

DEAN'S COMING! Jamaica braces for hurricane hit

Jamaica Gleaner News "DEADLY AND dangerous Hurricane Dean has Jamaica in its firing line and predictions from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, are that the storm will hit Jamaica later this evening. Duty forecaster at the Meteorological Services, Evon Thompson, said yesterday: 'The system is on a track towards Jamaica and does not appear to be shifting. All interests in Jamaica need to be at the highest level of preparedness, as it is actually heading in our general direction.'"

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Jamaica Observer
Dean sparks panic buyingODPEM advises people to evacuate danger areas
Jamaicans crowded supermarkets and hardware stores yesterday snapping up food, water, flashlights, batteries and other emergency items as powerful Hurricane Dean moved slowly across the central Caribbean with Jamaica firmly in its sight.

| BRUSHED

The Nation Newspaper : "BARBADOS escaped any major problems after Hurricane Dean roared past the island early yesterday. Some beach-front properties at Cattlewash, St Joseph were damaged by surging seas and high winds, while in St Philip at least one house slipped off its props and another lost part of its roof. "

Fear In Caribbean As Hurricane Grows |Sky News|World News

Fear In Caribbean As Hurricane Grows Sky NewsWorld News: "Hurricane Dean has been upgraded to category four as it rages across the Caribbean. Islands lashed by DeanIt has already killed three people and islands in the region have been lashed by 120mph winds. In St Lucia, the storm tore corrugated metal roofs from dozens of homes and a hospital ward."

Hurricane churns up the Caribbean

BBC NEWS : "Haiti and the Dominican Republic are braced for potential flooding as Hurricane Dean passes to the south after gathering force in the Caribbean. Winds have hit 233km/h (145mph) and the storm may achieve the highest category, Five, with speeds of about 250km/h, by the time it reaches Mexico on Monday. "

'BATTEN DOWN' ... Federation under tropical storm warning

SUN St.Kitts & Nevis: "With news of the impending tropical storm, some citizens did not leave anything up to chance and began taking the warning seriously. “We had an unusually high amount of traffic in the stores today and most of them (shoppers) were stocking up on emergency supplies, such as candles, flashlights and batteries as well as water boots. Several persons also bought lumber, probably to board up their windows and doors,” a manager at TDC Home and Building Depot said. Residents were also seen stocking up on food supplies and supermarkets extended their opening hours up to half an hour after the usual closing time. "

Hurricane Dean batters St.Lucia

St.Lucians are presently experiencing the fury of Hurricane Dean.Reports are that power is off and the country is experiencing winds of up to 90 miles per hour.The roof of the children's ward of the hospital has been blown off as well as those of some homes.

Rufus Bousquet comes out of the closet ‘I am Bruce Tucker!’

St. Lucia Star Online : "The Bruce Duane Tucker mystery is no more, all thanks to MP Rufus Bousquet, who came out of the closet yesterday morning and declared himself the central figure in Rick Wayne’s latest exposé."

Hurricane Dean Batters St.Lucia

Reports indicate that St.Lucia is presently being battered by Hurricane Dean. Power is out and St.Lucians are presently experiencing strong winds.Barbados was spared a direct hit earlier.Tropical force winds of up to 55 miles were experienced but no major damage occurred in Barbados.Tropical Storm warning has been discontinued for Barbados.

FAMILY HOMELESS

Antigua Sun: "An afternoon fire on the Johnston Main Road yesterday completely gutted a two-bedroom, one bathroom residence. Reports state that the fire was noticed at approximately 3:15 by officers who were in the vicinity at the time and saw flames and smoke emanating from the wooden structure. The house was owned by Neville Jeremy of Pigotts but had been rented to Rona Knight for the past nine years. Knight occupied the dwelling with her daughter, 10-year-old son and five-year-old granddaughter."

JBrace for 'Dean' -

Jamaica Gleaner News : "With the possibility that Hurricane Dean could be in Jamaica's territorial waters by Sunday, the Meteorological Service has advised fishers and other marine operators that weather conditions are expected to steadily deteriorate during the next 48 to 72 hours. As such, they have been urged to commence preparations to evacuate if the need arises."

MEAN DEAN

The Nation Newspaper MEAN DEAN: "HURRICANE DEAN was getting bigger and bolder as it shaped to pass north of Barbados last night. From about 3 p.m. the island began to feel the effects with moderate rainfall and strong winds. The first order of business today is to assess any impact of the Category 2 system. "

| EYEING DEAN

The Nation Newspaper EYEING DEAN: "BARBADOS' EMERGENCY SERVICES were on alert yesterday as forecasters predicted severe weather with thunder showers and gusty winds tonight and tomorrow morning. The grim forecast came as Tropical Storm Dean moved closer to the region, packing maximum sustained winds of near 65 miles an hour with higher gusts. If it continues on its present track, it is expected to pass 100 miles north of Barbados, said forecasters, but the authorities were taking no chances. "

Caribbean islands get ready for Hurricane Dean - CNN.com

CNN.com: "SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Islands in the eastern Caribbean braced for Hurricane Dean, the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, as it approached on Thursday with 90 mph winds. Hotels in Dominica and Martinique prepared to evacuate tourists from seaside rooms, and in St. Lucia, volunteers went door to door to advise islanders who may have missed radio and television advisories about the hurricane, expected to hit overnight Thursday. 'At some point we'll have just have to hunker down to let the storm pass and then pop up to see what remains,' said Dawn French, director of St. Lucia's National Emergency Management Organization. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, said it was too early to say which island would catch the brunt of the storm as it passes from the Atlantic over the Lesser Antilles and into the Caribbean."

Hurricane DEAN Forecast/Advisory|National Hurricane Center (Atlantic)

Hurricane DEAN Forecast/Advisory: "A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE ISLANDS OF DOMINICA AND ST. LUCIA. A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS. PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY SHOULD BE RUSHED TO COMPLETION. A HURRICANE WATCH CONTINUES FOR THE ISLANDS OF MARTINIQUE... GUADELOUPE AND ITS DEPENDENCIES. A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA...GENERALLY WITHIN 36 HOURS. THE GOVERNMENT OF FRANCE INDICATES THAT A HURRICANE WARNING WILL LIKELY BE ISSUED THIS AFTERNOON FOR MARTINIQUE...GUADELOUPE AND ITS DEPENDENCIES."


AT 11 AM AST...1500 UTC...THE METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE OF ANTIGUA HASUPGRADED THE TROPICAL STORM WATCH TO A TROPICAL STORM WARNING FORTHE ISLANDS OF MONTSERRAT...ANTIGUA...ST. KITTS...NEVIS...ANDBARBUDA. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR BARBADOS.A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS AREEXPECT…

Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlook

Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlook: "FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC...CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO... THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER IS ISSUING ADVISORIES ON RECENTLY UPGRADED HURRICANE DEAN...LOCATED ABOUT 485 MILES EAST OF BARBADOS...AND ON TROPICAL STORM ERIN...LOCATED ABOUT 55 MILES SOUTHEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI TEXAS. ELSEWHERE...TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS."

KITTITIANS SHOT ... One killed, another injured in St. Maarten

SUN St.Kitts & Nevis: "Police in St. Maarten have revealed the identity of a man who was shot and killed there over the weekend. Inspector Ricardo Henson of the St. Maarten Police Department Monday told the SUN that they could not release the name of the victim as the matter was still under investigation. Yesterday, St. Maarten’s Daily Herald newspaper disclosed the name of the young man as Cutie Michael Vernon Hanley, 33, of McKnight, St. Kitts."

ROBBERY AT VEG ... THIEVES GET ANOTHER $100,000 HAUL

Antigua Sun: "Thieves broke into hardware store V.E.G. International located on the Herberts Main Road early yesterday morning and reportedly made off with over $100,000 in cash and cheques after overpowering two security officers on duty. Owner Claude Weaver said the approximate four-foot safe that was located in the front showroom was broken into by someone using an axe and then the thieves made off with its contents."

BANNED! -

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM: "A late morning fracas involving supporters of the two major political parties, which police later said was at least partially responsible for the early afternoon stabbing death of a 23-year-old man yesterday, has triggered a decision to suspend all political activities in Mandeville until further notice."

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) surges - People's National Party (PNP) stands still

Jamaica Gleaner News : "The Bruce Golding-led Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has, statistically, drawn level with the People's National Party (PNP) as the gruelling electoral race enters the last lap which ends, less than two weeks away, on August 27. According to the latest Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson poll, the Portia Simpson Miller-led PNP has maintained its pace with 40 per cent of popular support, while the JLP has surged to 38 per cent - a mere two points behind the governing party."

PROSECUTION FAILS … AS MURDER ACCUSED SET FREE

Antigua Sun: "The 17-year-old youth charged with the murder of a 10-year-old TN Kirnon schoolgirl, walked away from the St. John’s Magistrate’s Court a free man yesterday, after the case against him was thrown out by the magistrate. One year after the brutal murder the police were still not ready to proceed with the matter, and had asked the court for an adjournment, citing that the director of public prosecution was off island. The prosecutors were informed by Chief Magistrate Maureen Payne Hyman that the matter would proceed yesterday, as she was not inclined to grant another adjournment"

British tourists didn’t catch stomach bug in Dominican hotel, reports say

Dominican Today: "SANTO DOMINGO.- The British press reports today that the 205 tourists who got sick last week while staying at a Dominican north coast hotel had caught the virus before arriving in the country, according to a statement by British and local health officials released Tuesday. The reports, quoting officials said the tourists, most of them British, came down with a norovirus, which causes gastritis, vomiting, diarrhea and fever."

Grenada PM Urges Dismissal of NY Lawsuit – A HBN First

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Aug. 15, 2007: The New York-based attorneys for Grenada Prime Minister, Keith Mitchell, and his wife Marietta, are calling for a June lawsuit filed against the first couple to be dismissed.

The Mitchells attorneys responded on August 10 to the lawsuit brought against Eric Reisteiner and the Mitchells by Charles Howland, of South Dartmouth, MA, which claims that the PM allegedly received US$1 million from Resteiner, a German businessman, in exchange for a diplomatic passport.

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Atlantic Ocean Depression Moves West Toward Caribbean (Update1)

Bloomberg.com: : -- A tropical depression that formed yesterday in the eastern Atlantic Ocean may become a tropical storm as it moves west toward the Lesser Antilles islands in the Caribbean. The depression was about 2,670 kilometers (1,660 miles) east of the Lesser Antilles, according a statement posted on the U.S. National Hurricane Center's Web site today at 5 a.m. Atlantic Standard Time. The depression may strengthen into a storm later today and reach the Caribbean by this weekend, the center said. "

Rick Wayne says: At least six politicians know Bruce Tucker!

St. Lucia Star Online : "It will no doubt come as a surprise that even STAR personnel were taken off guard by Rick Wayne’s front-page story in the weekend’s STAR. Reporters at this paper know as much about the real identity of Bruce Duane Tucker as does the average reader: next to nothing! For now, anyway our publisher is hanging on to that particular secret and, we suspect, several others related to the Tucker story."

EOJ, Ombudsman move to quash election violence

Jamaica Gleaner News : "In an effort to end the existing political tension in two constituencies, the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) and Political Ombudsman, Bishop Herro Blair, have called a meeting for today with four candidates. The candidates called to the meeting are the People's National Party's (PNP) Rosemarie Shaw and the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) James Robertson, who are contesting the West St. Thomas seat, as well as the PNP's Norman Horne and the JLP's Franklyn Witter, who are doing battle in South East St. Elizabeth."

Interdicted NBS managers fired

Stabroek News: "Nearly three months since being charged with conspiracy to defraud, three senior New Building Society (NBS) managers were yesterday dismissed and the society's board has cited dereliction of duty, negligence and serious misconduct. "