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PM: Stop the race talk

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday : : "Prime Minister Patrick Manning on Friday night called on party supporters to “stop the loose talk that normally goes on in this country on the basis of race.” Stating that the trouble is caused, not by what you do, but by what you say, Manning made an appeal to thousands of supporters at Hilo Carpark in St Augustine: “Cut out the dotish (race) talk!” "

High costs of funerals

Jamaica Gleaner News : "The coffins, all looking alike to The Sunday Gleaner, attracted costs of $95,000, $137, 145, $193,550 and $256,800, while the colour selected depended on the gender of the deceased. At a neighbouring mortuary, the packages each cost an additional $30,000. One of the more expensive packages would qualify for a special burial spot on the hillside 'facing the setting of the sun' for a 'reasonable' $75,000, while a spot in the valley or on the flat comes with a price tag of $55,000. "

Cellphone revolution has people talking in Haiti, Caribbean region : "PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- In a country where most people live without paved roads, running water or even electricity, there's one modern convenience that more than a quarter of the people are enjoying: a cellphone. Cellphones are connecting Haitians in unheard-of ways, touching the lives of rich and poor, farmer and urbanite, and propelling this Caribbean nation to nearly first-world stature -- at least when it comes to talking on the phone."

Plot exposes possible threat of terrorists from Caribbean

Houston Chronicle : "PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD — With bustling shopping malls, jammed highways and towering construction cranes dotting its skyline, this booming Caribbean capital resembles heartland America, not some faraway land where anti-U.S. sentiment holds sway. In June, however, news that a band of Islamic extremists born here and in neighboring Guyana allegedly plotted to blow up fuel lines supplying New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport raised troubling questions about whether Americans should worry about terror threats emerging from their own hemispheric backyard."

Fertiliser feud

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth - Agriculture Minister Chris Tufton has ordered the temporary shutdown of the post-hurricane fertiliser distribution programme in St Elizabeth and St Ann because of theft and threats of violence against Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) officers in this south western parish and allegations of a 'lack of transparency' in the distribution system in St Ann."

Killer cops - Police excesses worst in 2007

Jamaica Gleaner News : "The year 2007 is quickly becoming the deadliest since 1983 for civilians who have died by the police gun, with 196 deaths so far into the year - a rate of 22 people each month. This is despite renewed training in the use of force over the past year to bring the number of cases of police excesses down. Local human rights groups are once again rapping the lawmen for their undue use of force as Jamaica remains among the countries with the highest rate of police excesses, according to human rights lobby group Amnesty International."

Postal worker killed after bandits ambush vehicle

Stabroek News : "Bandits yesterday ambushed a car hired by the New Amsterdam (NA) Post Office and fatally shot a postal employee before fleeing with a bag of coins. Germin Forde, a Postal and Telegraph Clerk employ-ed with the Guyana Post Office Corporation at its New Amsterdam Branch, was slain when bandits in a car forced the vehicle hired by the post office to stop and demanded cash. "


The Nation Newspaper : "GIVE ME 15 MORE YEARS! To great applause from a supportive audience, Prime Minister Owen Arthur suggested Thursday night that Barbados elect him for another three terms. But then he quickly added: 'Me, meaning the Barbados Labour Party (BLP)!' 'We are strong in social capital and if we have done so much in three terms, give me 15 more,' he said while addressing the third annual Tom Adams Memorial Lecture at the Frank Collymore Hall, Central Bank. "

Land prices a concern

Advocate : "There is no doubt that the increase in the price of land over the past two decades is cause for concern. According to Prime Minister Owen Arthur, the main factor driving the price is demand, and he noted that the price is set based on what the consumer can pay, rather than on the cost of building the development. "

PM pulls Nov 5

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday: : "The election date mystery is no more. Prime Minister Patrick Manning, yesterday dug deep into his back pocket and pulled out November 5 as the date for the General Election, ending one year of speculation."

Peralto retains seat

Peralto retains seat - : "The battle for the South East St Mary seat finally ended yesterday with the Jamaica Labour Party's Tarn Peralto retaining his majority over the People's National Party's (PNP) Harry Douglas."

'$40m to cross floor' Hayles says JLP made offer to buy him, PM denies claim

Jamaica Gleaner News : "Hanover Western People's National Party (PNP) Member of Parliament, Ian Hayles, is claiming the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) had offered him a position in Government and $40 million to cross the floor in Parliament, an assertion swiftly denied yesterday by Prime Minister Bruce Golding. 'They have been calling my house offering me millions. One person offered me $40 million,' Hayles told The Gleaner, yesterday."

Trinidad and Tobago to hold election Nov. 5

Reuters : "PORT OF SPAIN, Sept 28 (Reuters) - The energy-rich southern Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago will hold a general election on Nov. 5, Prime Minister Patrick Manning announced on Friday in Parliament. The five-year term of the current administration ends next month. 'I have today advised his excellency the president to dissolve parliament with effect from midnight tonight. General elections will be held in Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, November 5,' Manning said."

Dr. Rawlins Delivers Lecture on Climate Change and Dengue Fever at UWI : "Kittitian born, Dr. Samuel Rawlins, an Emeritus scientist who recently retired after fifteen years with the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC) presented a lecture last evening, Thursday, Sep. 27, at the University of the West Indies Centre. The lecture was based on the findings of a 2005 study done on: ‘Climate Change and Variability Impacting on Dengue Fever: The Caribbean Experience – Knowledge, Attitude and Practices in Trinidad & Tobago and St. Kitts &Nevis."

Interview: 'I understand why people feel unsettled'

Telegraph : "Mr Phillips, who was educated in Guyana, on the Caribbean coast of South America, is particularly worried about the fact that black boys are doing worse than any other group of children at school. Racism is, he thinks, only partly to blame. 'There's no question that being a black boy or black man is still a pretty dangerous and unpleasant thing to be,' he says. 'Black boys are more likely to be picked up for bad behaviour.'"

Haiti's president says ex-dictator must face justice if he returns from exile

International Herald Tribune : "Haiti's president said Friday that former dictator Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier would have to face justice for his regime's corruption and abuses if he returns to the Caribbean country from exile. Duvalier, whose rule came to an abrupt end in February 1986 when he fled during a popular uprising, ended years of silence over the weekend with a Haitian radio address in which he apologized for 'wrongs' committed under his rule. He did not say whether he would return to Haiti, but his unexpected address came amid a quiet campaign by some of his hardcore supporters to bring him back from France."

Editorials & Opinion | "Baby Doc" is wrong Rx for Haiti

Seattle Times Newspaper : "International efforts to stabilize and rebuild Haiti are greatly compromised by Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier's quiet grab for power in the Caribbean island. Haiti has long been one of the most corrupt and unstable nation in the Western Hemisphere. But since the election last year of President René Préval, the island has enjoyed a measure of peace and stability. Gone are the daily clashes between armed thugs, protesters and United Nations peacekeepers"

OUR CARIBBEAN: Trinis heading into new election

The Nation Newspaper : "PRIME MINISTER PATRICK MANNING is expected to announce today the date for Trinidad and Tobago's new general election that could come within two months for a new 41-member House of Representatives. Although opinion polls, including those of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES), have indicated a significant percentage favouring a change from his incumbent People's National Movement (PNM) administration, Manning is expected to lead his party to a second successive electoral victory. "

PNMites defy PM

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday: : "FOUR sitting PNM MPs – including one who was thought to have bowed out of politics – last night got a huge boost to their chances for renomination to fight the upcoming General Election by the surprisingly assertive actions of their supporters both inside and outside Balisier House. "

EXTRADITION CALL ... BVI wants Kittitian man

SUN St.Kitts & Nevis : "The government of the British Virgin Islands is seeking the extradition of one of the Federation’s residents, citing that he has engaged in criminal activities in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). The SUN understands that Bertram L. Richards is presently in police custody as a provisional warrant was issued for his arrest. The process, the SUN understands, began a couple of months ago where the BVI sought Richards’ extradition from the Federation of St. Christopher/Nevis to the BVI where he will face charges of theft of more than a quarter of a million dollars, false accounting and other relative charges. "

Is there another JC on the political horizon?

St. Lucia Star Online : "Ever since Sir John’s daughter Jeanine Compton-Rambally announced to Pete Ninvalle on DBS TV that she entertained a secret desire to follow in her father’s footsteps, the word in political circles has been that she will be the United Workers Party’s candidate in the upcoming by-election in Micoud."

Aspirin with dengue could kill

Jamaica Gleaner News : "The Ministry of Health and Environment yesterday said it was concerned about dengue haemorrhagic fever and urged persons with fever not to take aspirin as this could result in death. Dengue occurs in two forms: Dengue fever and dengue haemorrhagic fever. Dengue fever is marked by the onset of sudden high fever, severe headache and pain behind the eyes, muscles and joints. "

SVG is one of the world’s least corrupt countries

Searchlight Newspaper St. Vincent and the Grenadines : "St. Vincent and the Grenadines was on Wednesday ranked as one of the world’s least corrupt countries. Coming in third in the Caribbean behind Barbados and St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines was ranked 32nd in the world with a CPI score of 6.1 by Transparency International."

Commentary:Should we be scared of China?

Advocate : "We have grown to be suspicious of gifts, as we have learnt that these are often tied to obligations. So when something is offered for 'free' we search for the hidden trap and assume that there is one, even if we can't find it. China is immense and has serious problems of her own. Eight hundred million Chinese are migrating into urban centres, one of the largest human migrations in history, according to the BBC. "

Lee predicts difficult high season for island : "PHILIPSBURG--Amidst the news of slightly increasing room occupancy on both sides of the island, St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) President Emil Lee sounded an early warning of a potentially challenging high tourist season, starting December 15. Lee told a gathering of tourism stakeholders, including Tourism Commissioner Roy Marlin, Wednesday evening that the housing slowdown in the United States, the island’s largest source market, would affect spending. “My concern is that the weakening US economy may lead to more conservative spending patterns and that may affect discretionary spending on luxuries like vacations to the Caribbean.” "

SLP shifts attack from d’Auvergne to King!

St. Lucia Star Online : "Opposition forces have been lobbying for the dismissal or resignation of Senator Ausbert d’Auvergne from the Cabinet of Ministers because of his business connections with two people facing criminal charges in a mortgage scheme to defraud millions of unsuspected buyers in the US. "

Editorial:The shadow of death

Stabroek News : "This country became the most notorious spot on earth for suicide with the death of over 900 members of the People's Temple church nearly 30 years ago. Regarded at that time as an American problem, the Jonestown mass suicide diverted attention from the growing Guyanese problem in our own living rooms. But the truth could not be hidden. "

Escaped prisoners recaptured : "Two convicts, Dinzey Ryan and Gavin Herbert, who escaped lawful custody from the Nevis Prison Farm, on Saturday 22nd September, are now back in custody after they were recaptured on Monday afternoon, September 24th. According to Superintendent of Prisons, Franklin Dorsett, the two escaped convicts were recaptured after an informant notified the Police that they were hiding in an abandoned house in Charlestown."

New tropical storm 'harmless' : "Tropical Storm Karen, located 1200 miles east of the Caribbean is not expected to pose at threat to the region. Forecasters predict that the tropical storm will remain in the open Atlantic Ocean where she will eventually dissipate as she moves northwest and encounter colder waters."

Tropical Storm KAREN Public Advisory


3 killed at Apple Bar

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday : "LIMERS at the popular Curepe Junction scampered for safety on Monday night when gunmen armed with semi-automatic weapons executed the owner of Apple Recreation Bar and two others, who were sitting with him outside the bar. The killers then boarded a maxi-taxi and fled the scene. "


The Nation Newspaper : "SECURITY at the Barbados Community College (BCC) needs to be urgently upgraded. This appeal from the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), whose general secretary Dennis Clarke has called on the institution's board of management 'to rectify the situation'. "

Sizzling heat blankets Barbados

Advocate : "OVER the past week Barbadians have been suffering from what many have been describing as a heat wave affecting the island. With sweltering heat causing persons to keep on their fans, seek air conditioned buildings or generally stay indoors, meteorologists explain that this excess heat comes not as rise in temperatures, but rather from the low and sometimes almost non- existent winds that usually provide a much needed cooling effect. "

Nigerian films find a local niche

The Buffalo News : "Nollywood is the world’s third largest movie industry, behind the United States and India’s Bollywood. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, is rapidly producing low-budget, straight-to-DVD English language movies with varied story lines that deeply resonate with Africans all over the world. "

More Dominican ex president, bank fraud, drug-traffic links revealed

Dominican Today : "The ex Armed Forces minister Jose Miguel Soto Jiménez confirmed that in a meeting in which he was present, then President Hipólito Mejía warned Ramon Báez Figueroa, as president of the bank Baninter, the consequences which could result if he had pressed charges against ex colonel Pedro Julio (Pepe) Goico, who directed the ex chief executive’s of security detail. "

Man claims Customs officials ‘violated me’!

St. Lucia Star Online : "So your bags are packed and you’re all set to go, ticket in hand. You’ve gone through the airline desk, in and out of Customs . . . well, almost. After having been given the okay to put your shoes and belt back on, you grab your bag and head for the lounge, only to be stopped dead in your tracks by a customs officer and told that “you are suspected of carrying drugs and we would have to search your bags”."

Witness executed

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday : : "A TEENAGED State witness in a murder case was one of two persons murdered in two unrelated incidents on Sunday night, which police say, has brought the country’s murder rate for this year to 245, so far. Police have identified the dead persons as Siddick Albert, 35, of Upper Rio Grande Trace, Matura (who was originally from Laventille) and 17-year-old Ishmael Sobers of Woodbine Estate, Upper Bournes Road, St James. Both men were shot dead, with State witness Sobers being shot three times in the head. "

Valley Prevails

The Trinidad Guardian : "DIEGO MARTIN Central MP Ken Valley has prevailed, and he will have his opportunity to be screened by the PNM screening committee on Thursday. Yesterday’s PNM central executive meeting delivered a majority vote in favour of allowing incumbent Valley to be screened. "


The Nation Newspaper : "ELEVEN CRIMINAL GANGS were operating in Glendairy Prisons in 2005 when it was devastated by fire. Just one was a new entity, actually formed in jail, with the name 'Evil To All' (ETA). "

US agents smash JFK drug ring

Stabroek News : "United States law enforcement authorities believe they have smashed a drug organization, involving workers at the JFK Airport in New York and with Guyana and Trinidad connections, who facilitated the shipment of cocaine from Georgetown and Port of Spain. "


JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "SIX people - three men and three women - were last night confirmed dead by the police following a collision involving motor cars on Highway 2000 in St Catherine."

IMF says US credit crisis could affect Caribbean "The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is warning that a credit crisis gripping international financial markets could affect Caribbean and other countries. The effects of financial turbulence caused by losses in one area of the US mortgage market has so far mostly affected the United States and Europe. "

Arrival advice disease spreads to the Caribbean

St. Lucia Star Online : "First it was Australia who required 96 hours notice by yachts intending to visit the down-under island continent. Then Fiji, who seem to go in for aping the worst of Australian bureaucracy, started requiring 48 hours notice from intending seafarers. Now the disease seems to be spreading. Any long range cruiser, when asked when he is intending to leave a port, is liable to answer something along the lines of “Oh, well, maybe next week, but we’ll see. We’ve been talking about staying here for the winter . . . but we don’t really know. If the weather is good we could leave tomorrow.” So to be asked the date and time of arrival in a place which is at least four days sail no matter where you are coming from, is a tough call. "

Gift of life

GMTV : "Baby Damario received a bone marrow transplant after appearing on LK Today in May - find out how you can become a donor Back in May, Floretta Thomas - mum of 5 month old Damario, appealed for a bone marrow for her son who had a rare form of leukaemia. Along with co-founder of the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) - Beverley De Gale - they highlighted the urgency for more black and mixed race donors"

British army looking to the Caribbean for recruits

Jamaica Gleaner News "Army officials have been assuring Caribbean nationals that they would be given equal opportunities to succeed as they continue a drive to recruit young people into the British army. Major Allistair W. Fyfe, a 35-year army veteran, told the Caribbean Media Corporation that enlisting in the armed forces remains a viable career option for positive thinking, progressive young people and that Caribbean nationals should have no fear of victimisation in the army."

All is not Well

Trinidad Express : "Trinidad and Tobago is in a 'place of deep grief' and young people need to be rescued from the downward spiral that threatens the country's development, President George Maxwell Richards has said. "

The Tufton ultimatum

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "Taking up where his predecessor left off, new Agriculture Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has set himself on collision course with Jamaica's sole manufacturer of fertiliser, over rapidly escalating prices that have hurt farmers."

JFewer road fatalities in 2007

Jamaica Gleaner News : "THERE HAS been a decline in the number of people killed in accidents on the island's roadways this year, compared to the same period last year. According to statistics provided by the National Road Safety Council of Jamaica, since January to September 2007 there were 13 fewer fatal accidents than for the same period in 2006."

Election date on Friday

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday : "Will Prime Minister Patrick Manning announce the Election date this Friday when the Parliament comes to a close? Leader of Government Business Ken Valley said yesterday that Parliament would meet this Friday and would be prorogued immediately thereafter. "

City Panic

Trinidad News : "Gunshots rang out on upper Frederick Street, Port of Spain, yesterday as a gunman shot and injured a 27-year-old man, causing panic-stricken people nearby to run for their lives. Nigel Regault alias 'Spider' of Pitch Road, Morvant, was at the Port of Spain General Hospital last night in stable condition after being shot in his groin, left buttocks, abdomen and twice on his left arm. "

Jailed juveniles - Youth prison population explodes

Jamaica Gleaner News : "AN INCREASING number of juveniles are spending time behind bars and in places of safety, according to data from the Correctional Services. As of September 12, juveniles in correctional centres stood at 402 persons, 52 less than the total number that were in the system for the entire 2006. The figure has soared from 189 in 2001."


The Nation Newspaper : "FEMALE STUDENTS are causing major problems for teachers at secondary schools all across Barbados. And wearing uniforms that are shorter than the required limit is only one of the nagging issues that cause headaches for teachers and principals daily. "

Sharma: I did nothing wrong

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday : : : "SUSPENDED Chief Justice Sat Sharma insisted yesterday that he did nothing wrong when he spoke about the Basdeo Panday integrity trial to Chief Magistrate Sherman Mc Nicolls last year. Sharma told the three-member tribunal that he was a man of integrity. Sharma is being cross- examined by Stanley Marcus SC, the lead attorney for Mc Nicolls at the hearing at Winsure building, Port-of-Spain. "


The Nation Newspaper : "JUST THREE WEEKS AGO, 32-year-old Lennox Inniss swore he would kill his girlfriend and himself if their strained relationship was not mended. On Thursday night he did just that – shooting 31-year-old Costella Yarde in the chest – before placing the gun to his head in front of the couple's seven-year-old son and Yarde's deaf-mute mother at Charnocks, Christ Church. "

Castro seen in rare TV interview

BBC NEWS : "Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro has made his first TV appearance for three months, ending speculation that he had died or suffered a major relapse. Mr Castro, 81 has not appeared in public since July last year when he underwent emergency intestinal surgery." Related news Fidel Castro 'determined to outlast Bush' Fidel Castro is terminally ill but is determined to survive until President George W.Bush leaves the White House, as the Cuban dictator made his first television appearance in three months.

President's College well down - students miffed over fetching water

Stabroek News : "Students and teachers of President's College have been facing water difficulties since the opening of the new term as the school's well has stopped functioning. Water now has to be taken to the school's compound and students must fetch it by the bucket to their dormitories. Students of the school who contacted this newspaper to complain about the situation also said that adequate water was not being provided. However, Administrative Manager of the school, Derek Jodhan while acknowledging that the well has been out of operation for a month now told Stabroek News that adequate water was being provided for the school's population. "

POLICING THE POLICE - Jamaican PM wants independent body to probe use of force - Saturday | September 22, 2007

Jamaica Gleaner News : "AS THE new Cabinet moved into its second weekend yesterday, Prime Minister Bruce Golding revealed the Government would be moving with urgency to address national concerns over allegations of police excess and abuse. The Prime Minister said he had given instructions for work to proceed immediately towards the establishment of a single independent authority to investigate instances of abuse by members of the security forces."

Split over short skirts

The Nation Newspaper : "DO SCHOOL UNIFORMS have anything to do with learning? That was the question raised by some senior school students in reaction to last Monday's suspension of about 200 students of Garrison Secondary School because their skirts were too short. "

George Town bomb hoax

Cayman Islands : "Two men in their 60s have been arrested in connection Thursday morning’s bomb threat against George Town Police Station. The men from Cayman Brac were arrested between 11.15 and 11.40am. The 911 Emergency Communications Centre received a call around 9.40am from a man reporting that a bomb was at George Town Police Station. A thorough search of the building was carried out and the all clear was given at around 10.45am."

Guyana and Suriname welcome border dispute ruling

CMC : "GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Caribbean Community neighbours Suriname and Guyana have welcomed the ruling of an international tribunal which ended their long-standing maritime border dispute. In a nationally televised broadcast, Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo said all five panellitsts sitting in the tribunal at the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled in favour of Guyana in the centuries-old dispute with Suriname"

Ex-Cop Guilty of Murder

The Bahama Journal : "After deliberating for almost two hours, an 11-woman one-man jury unanimously returned a guilty verdict in the Ian Hutchinson murder trial on Wednesday, much to the relief of his victim’s friends and family members, some of whom squealed when they heard the verdict while the convict sat calmly in the prisoner’s dock. Ian Hutchinson is escorted from court after jurors retired to deliberate on Wednesday. (Photo by Myles Adderley) Hutchinson was found guilty of murdering softball star Jackie 'Lil Stunt' Moxey in October 2005."

Lady Janice, St Lucia say farewell to revered leader!

St. Lucia Star Online : "It seemed only right that a funeral service, so befitting a king, was on Tuesday afternoon held in honor of Sir John Compton, who as prime minister of St Lucia had died with his boots on. He had guided St Lucia from colonial days through associated statehood and independence to the present time—in the process giving more than half his life in the service of the people."

Article: Defining The Caribbean Woman News: Defining The Caribbean Woman : "Who can define the Caribbean woman? To do so would be to limit her essence to mere expressionless words. To truly define the Caribbean woman, it is my belief that one must first experience the Caribbean woman. It is from this backdrop that I sat to talk to various women from across the Caribbean but who share one commonality in that they reside in Trinidad and Tobago. They shared their views on their perceptions of the Caribbean woman and also their experiences as members of the melting pot culture of Trinidad and Tobago. "

Skerrit's libel claim on newspaper

The Nation Newspaper "THE TIMES NEWSPAPER of Dominica, a weekly publication, is being sued for defamation of character by the country's prime minister and minister of finance, Roosevelt Skerrit. The claimed libel is contained in a published report of the newspaper on August 30, headlined: Million Dollar Assets, $5 000 Salary [Eastern Caribbean (EC) currency]. It was subsequently repeated on radio programmes but without securing a response from the prime minister. "

Cops shoot boy, 13

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday: : "THE PARENTS of a Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) student, Simon Khan, shot by police while at his Railway Road, Ste Madeleine home on Wednesday night, are demanding an apology and compensation from the police for the injuries their son sustained. Khan, 13, a Standard Five student at Ste Madeleine Government Primary School was reportedly shot in his right thigh when armed police officers opened fire on the family’s one room shack. "


Antigua Sun : "Attorney-General Justin Simon is in the process of preparing a new initiative which will bring all police prosecutors under the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Simon has expressed his disappointment with the effectiveness and system of prosecution describing it as inadequate and unsatisfactory."

Editorial |Losing the plot

Stabroek News : "Fidel Castro, 81, has still not been seen in public since he fell ill last year and handed over the day-to-day running of the Cuban government to his younger brother, Raúl. Instead, in what looks increasingly like a symbolic role for the 'Father of the Revolution,' he has written some 45 'Reflections of the Commander in Chief,' over the last six months, beginning with his rant against biofuels and the threat to food security in developing countries. In spite of speculation about his waning power and rumours, apparently exaggerated, of his demise, the ailing dictator refuses to go gentle into the good night, raging against the dying of the light and of course, the continuing hegemony of the United States of America." Other editorials EDITORIAL - Jamaica Gleaner --Gender crisis in higher education The effort by some local universities to attract more men to higher education, as we reported yesterday, is to be encouraged. This society desperatel

Wehby resigns from GraceKennedy

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "Don Wehby yesterday resigned from GraceKennedy in a move that will likely end the controversy ignited by his appointment as a minister in the Government on secondment from the private sector firm that said it would pay him a portion of his salary."

Exodus! - People's National Party (PNP) officials vacate State-owned homes; hand over SUVs

Jamaica Gleaner News : "After nearly two decades of political supremacy, former Cabinet ministers, junior ministers, advisers and other 'genetically' connected officials of the People's National Party (PNP) have almost completed a mass exodus from Government into the political wilderness where there are no perks. "

Five die in Curacao oil tanker blast: official

Reuters : "WILLEMSTAD, Curacao (Reuters) - At least five people were killed in an explosion on an oil tanker under repair in the main port of the Caribbean island Curacao on Thursday, a shipyard official said. Firefighters sought to put the out the blaze that sent flames shooting into the air from the Mexican-flagged ship that was carrying no cargo at the time of the explosion, Farly Hernandez, the Dockmascaapei shipyard director told Reuters."

I thought I was dead

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday : "FIRE FIGHTER Natasha Nich-olls thought she “was dying” when an emergency medical crew wheeled her into the Port-of-Spain General Hospital on Sunday morning. “My first words to doctors were, ‘Will I make it, am I dying?’” Nicholls told Newsday yesterday, in her first interview since she survived a shooting while on duty. "

The sister who brought me home

New Statesman : "Four to five decades ago, those of us who left the Caribbean did not know if we would ever see, hear or touch again those whom we had left behind. In my case, this has been a major preoccupation. In the 45 years since I have been living in the UK, I have lost my grandmother, two aunts, my parents and close family friends. But I never thought that Carolyn, ten months older than me, would also be a victim of this natural process at such an early age."

Contractor shot dead -had allegedly exposed murder plot

Stabroek News : "Gunmen yesterday afternoon shot dead a 40-year-old contractor in what some believe was retaliation for him allegedly informing the police about a murder conspiracy. Dead is Khemraj Rattan called 'Kemo' of 705 Grove New Scheme, East Bank Demerara. Police said that the murder occurred around 2:30 pm at Orchard Street, West Ruimvedt. Sources say the police would be considering whether this was a contract killing as opposed to a robbery. "

Cops removed

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "THE police's Bureau of Special Investigations yesterday swabbed the hands of officers involved in Tuesday's fatal shooting of two people in the St Thomas district of Hampstead, and also seized their firearms for ballistic testing."

Cement scarce - Company unable to meet demand Goverment of Jamaica moves to prevent fallout

Jamaica Gleaner News "The new Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) administration is scrambling to avert another cement crisis as the sole local manufacturer - Caribbean Cement Company Limited (CCCL) - says it is unable to satisfy the current demand for cement, while other importers of the commodity reportedly have little or no stock in their warehouses. "


The Nation Newspaper : "GARRISON SECONDARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL Matthew Farley's decision to suspend 200 plus girls on Monday because of violation of school deportment rules has got support from the top – Minister of Education Anthony Wood. "

Sir John: a man for the people

The Nation Newspaper : "SIR JOHN COMPTON'S decision to re-enter the political fray last year was because he believed St Lucia was heading in the wrong direction. So said his widow Lady Compton as she gave an almost hour-long tribute about her husband's life, including his expectations and challenges during their 40 plus years together. "

Serial killer found dead

The Jamaica Star :: : "In what law officials believe to be a reprisal killing, Kevin Wedderburn whom THE STAR reported yesterday as one of three men being hunted by the St. Andrew South police was found dead. According to yesterday's lead story, Wedderburn was linked to nine murders since the start of the year, and was even feared by his own family. "

I never took a bribe

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday: : "CHIEF MAGISTRATE Sherman Mc Nicolls stated quite emphatically yesterday that he never took a bribe from anyone in Trinidad and Tobago. “Ask anyone if they ever offered me a bribe, or gave me a bribe. Not a single one in this country can say I asked for a bribe, or got a bribe. Every single cent I have, I have worked hard for it.” "

A landmark in India’s engagement with the Caribbean : Opinion

The Telegraph - Calcutta : "It is difficult to believe that since Indira Gandhi’s journey to Jamaica in 1975, no Indian cabinet minister has made a bilateral visit to the largest country in the Caribbean, a region whose ancestral, cultural and traditional bonds with India define its demography and politics. But that was true until the minister for overseas Indian affairs, Vayalar Ravi, visited Kingston recently. "

Who needs truth when voodoo will do just as nicely?

St. Lucia Star Online : "There are those who claim, not without justification, that a country gets the government it deserves. After all, what is government if not a mirror reflection of the rest of us? Only a people tolerant of crime would knowingly elect to office individuals with suspect reputations. The fact that in recent times we’ve heard all kinds of thinly disguised endorsements of aberrant behavior on the part of leading politicians further proves my point."

The Struggle Continues under U.N. Occupation : "Haiti strains under the rule of foreign tyranny. Although nominally sovereign, it is an occupied country, ground down by the boots of UN troops, most of them Jordanian, all answering to the United States. Yet the miracle of human rebirth and renewal is sustained in Haiti, where the spark of democracy refuses to die. "

Two charged with murder of Guyanese woman in Barbados

Stabroek News : "Two Guyanese men living in Barbados were yesterday charged with the murder of Guyanese Donnelle Francesca Goodluck who was found dead in her bed with her throat slit last week. According to reports from the island, Dellon Dexter David, 27, a mason of Fowl's Road Lake, St Andrew and Shane Andre Roland, 27, also a mason and of Sergeant Road, St George appeared in the Belleplaine Magistrate's Court in St Andrew and were remanded to prison until September 24. "

| Goodbye to 'Pa Pa'

The Nation Newspaper : "A HERO, LEGEND, freedom fighter and a politician of the highest quality. These accolades and many more, in speeches and song, were accorded to the late St Lucia Prime Minister Sir John George Melvin Compton yesterday, as the Caribbean bid him farewell in a four-hour funeral service in the Immaculate Conception church in the capital, Castries. " Related Stories Jamaica Gleaner News St Lucians bid a final farewell to former PM Sir John Compton Hundreds of St. Lucians joined regional and international dignitaries in a final farewell to their late Prime Minister, Sir John Compton, whom they affectionately dubbed 'The Father of the Nation', during a four-hour emotional funeral yesterday. International Herald Tribune High honors paid to late prime minister as St Lucia bids final farewell St. Lucia bade a final farewell to the late Prime Minister John Compton on Tuesday, honoring the three-time leader's commitment to his Caribbean homeland in a fu

Guns and ammunition confiscated "The Police’s efforts to curb crime and violence, especially gun related incidents, took a positive turn as they confiscated two guns and a quantity of ammunition within 24 hours. On Friday night last, September 14th, the Police stopped and searched Jermaine “Zomaine” Woodley, of Old Road, and confiscated a 9 mm pistol and ten rounds of ammunition. He was subsequently charged with the offences of “possession of a firearm” and “possession of ammunition.”"

‘Higher force killed Fresh’

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday : : "A ROMAN Catholic priest has hinted that G-Unit gang leader Kerwin “Fresh” Phillip was assassinated not by criminals but, a higher force. Phillip was shot with semi-automatic guns, while walking to his car at the corner of Oxford and Henry Streets, Port-of-Spain, during the wee hours of Sunday morning. According to police, Phillip was confronted by two men, one armed with a Galil rifle and another with a nine-millimetre gun. They opened fire killing Phillip on the spot"

Serial killers on the loose

The Jamaica Star : "Three alleged serial killers, in-cluding a 'monster' who is said to have killed three in just one week, are being hunted by the St. Andrew South police. The three men have been identified as Owen 'Showtime' McKoy, Kevin Wedderburn, who has been linked to three murders in the past week alone, and a man only known to the police as Galingo."


Antigua Sun : "The Police Welfare Association (PWA) said that it does not think the police officer who shot Denfield “Tody” Thomas should be charged with either murder or manslaughter. In a statement issued by the PWA yesterday, the association alleged unfair pressure is being placed on the police and that “in light of the present situation, the PWA will not take any responsibility for any adverse reaction.” At the same time, the PWA called on “persons who are affected” to be patient and not to become overly zealous, noting, “we are still committed to law and order in Antigua and Barbuda.”"

Looshans pay last respects to Sir John

St. Lucia Star Online : "For a full week devastated St Lucians of all political persuasions at home and abroad have been mourning the death of Prime Minister Sir John Compton who passed away at Tapion Hospital last Friday, following strokes suffered in April, shortly after he had delivered his first budget address since taking office in December."


The Nation Newspaper : "ABOUT 200 GARRISON SECONDARY STUDENTS found themselves on the wrong side of the school gate yesterday, after principal Matthew Farley deemed their clothing inappropriate. The targets of the mass suspension were third to fifth form girls who had not complied with the school's deportment rules. "

$24M ganja bust

Stabroek News : "Police narcotics ranks yesterday confiscated some 306 kilogrammes of compressed marijuana from a ship which was docked at the John Fernandes Limited Wharf. The police say that around 11 pm on Sunday, ranks swooped on the `C F S Palamedes'. Sources say they had received a tip-off. "

Nettleford says too few males at UWI : "A former Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) is lamenting the continuing great disparity between males and females entering tertiary institutions throughout the region. Speaking here at the opening of the symposium in honour of National Hero Sir Frank Walcott, Professor Emeritus Rex Nettleford said in most cases the ratio of female to male students was as high as three to one, a reversal of the situation when the three UWI campuses were set up in the Caribbean."

Islanders pay final respects to St. Lucia prime minister

International Herald Tribune : "CASTRIES, St. Lucia: Hundreds of islanders filed past the casket of Prime Minister John Compton on Monday, paying final respects to a three-time leader of St. Lucia revered for delivering independence from Britain. Trees and buildings across the tiny Caribbean island were decorated with bunting in the national colors of yellow, blue and black ahead of a state funeral Tuesday for Compton, who died Sept. 7 at age 82."

AFP: Pesticide blamed for 'health disaster' in French Caribbean

AFP: : "The French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique face a 'health disaster' with soaring cancer and infertility rates because of the massive use of banned pesticides on banana plantations, a top cancer specialist warned Monday. Martinique and Guadeloupe are currently facing 'an extremely serious crisis linked to the massive use of pesticides for a great many years,' Professor Dominique Belpomme said in a report obtained by AFP Monday."

Gang leader shot dead after fete

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday : "KERWIN PHILLIP, alias “Fresh”, the head of the G-Unit gang, was shot 20 times by gunmen armed with semi-automatic guns, while walking to his car at the corner of Oxford and Henry Streets, Port-of-Spain, at about 1.45 am yesterday."

So what the hell is going on with Santa Rosa?

Amandala Online : "The illegal occupation of 134 Guatemalans at Santa Rosa—on Belizean territory—has been a major point of contention in the OAS-mediated negotiations to settle Guatemala’s unfounded territorial claim on Belize, and for the past three days all attempts by our newspaper to get clarification from both OAS officials in Belize and the Belize Ministry of Foreign Affairs on this highly sensitive and nationally important issue have proved utterly futile. "

Commentary: The courage and the fortitude of the Haitian people

Caribbean Net News: : "This month of September commemorates for the Haitian people the saga of a continuous trauma that has now lasted fifty years. Indeed, I was eleven years old on my way to a boarding school when Francois Duvalier busted into power on September 22, 1957. There was sadness in my family because we believed then that Duvalier was a demagogue who would excite the dark spirit in the souls and bring the worst out of the citizens of Haiti. "

A conversation with Rev. Gerard Jean-Juste

South Florida : "Did you have an opportunity to talk to President Préval? I did talk to President Préval. I sent him some email. He answered me. He was little bit angry at me, because I told him that 'we're not friends anymore, it seems. I wrote you, no answer. I call you, no answer.' He said: 'Jean-Juste, you said that I'm not your friend anymore? It's not true. I have not received your phone call. I have not received your letters. It's not my fault. And so 'OK, I said, I understand.' And he asked me to be in touch with his staff to prepare my arrival in Haiti. "

Gunwoman creates havoc on Main St

Stabroek News : "A blazing row over a woman that started in the New Court Yard ended bloodily yesterday morning a short distance away on Main Street when a gunwoman fired off three shots, killing a hospital porter and wounding two other men. Fifty-eight-year-old Kenneth Nero was the person who died during the shooting. "


Antigua Sun : "Within the space of two weeks after Barbuda’s first road fatality for some six years and less than 24 hours after the victim was buried, the sister island recorded its second road death for 2007. Dead is former Barbuda councilman, 42-year-old Dave De Souza, who succumbed to injuries sustained in a crash Saturday. "

'We'll be watching you'

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "THE Opposition People's National Party (PNP) yesterday emerged from its first major conference since it lost the September 3 general elections to the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in a combative mode, vowing to fiercely guard 'the interest of the Jamaican people', while holding the new Government to its pre-election promises of free tuition, free health care and job creation."

Jamaica Labour Party's worst nightmare - Portia blasts bloated Cabinet - Wehby pick a conflict of interest

Jamaica Gleaner News - : "A re-energised Portia Simpson Miller, president of the People's National Party (PNP), yesterday chastised the Bruce Golding administration for what she dubbed an oversized Cabinet and warned that the Opposition would be watching the Government like hawks. Addressing thousands of supporters at the party's 69th annual one-day conference at the National Arena yesterday in her first public speech since election night, a combative Simpson Miller said the PNP would be turning the searchlight on the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)."

'Listen to God'

Advocate : "GOD is speaking to the people of Barbados. According to the former West Indies cricketer, Reverend Wes Hall, the recent tragedies in Barbados, inclusive of the bus crash at Joe s River on the day of the Party Monarch Finals at the East Coast and the apartment collapse at Arch Cot, Brittons Hill, are all calls from God to Barbadians to listen"

FBI, Guyana police question 2 more in alleged JFK terror plot

The Canadian Press: : "GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — The FBI and Guyana police have questioned two Shiite Muslim leaders they say knew at least one of four Caribbean nationals arrested in an alleged plot to attack New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The two unidentified Guyanese men - who were not arrested - also had been in contact with a confidential informant who is expected to be a main witness in the case, Guyana police Chief Henry Greene said Sunday."

Reactions to Cardinal’s abortion stance

Dominican Today : "Santo Domingo.- Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez’s accusations that “powerful groups” were trying to influence abortion law in the Dominican Republic have provoked a range of reactions. Amable Aristy Castro, presidential candidate for the opposition PRSC party and party spokesman in Congress Ramón Rogelio Genao, supported the Cardinal’s comments. Aristy Castro said that the PRSC would act “against the perverse attempts to legalize the death of innocent children”."

Tropical Storm Ingrid fizzles in far Atlantic

Reuters : "Tropical Storm Ingrid, the ninth named storm of the 2007 hurricane season, fell apart over the open Atlantic on Saturday and was downgraded to a tropical depression as it fought unfavorable atmospheric conditions. The weather system was likely to continue to weaken due to wind shear -- the difference in wind direction and speed at different altitudes -- but some computer models still indicated it could strengthen again if it clings on as a depression for a few days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said."

The Fight Over Online Casinos

Newsweek: International Editions - : " Antigua is better known for sandy beaches than international trade disputes. But next month this tiny Caribbean resort destination could compel the United States to legalize an industry that the Bush administration has been trying to eradicate since the beginning of the president's first term. Antigua—with a population of just 70,000 and a GDP of under $1 billion—could force the United States to embrace online gambling."


The Nation Newspaper : "SOME PEOPLE who are proud homeowners 'in the heights', rent out those homes, and pay as little as $35 per week to live in a National Housing Corporation (NHC) unit. And over the past few weeks, six such homeowners have been booted out of their units by the NHC. "

JFK terror plot probe

Stabroek News : "Two leading figures in the small Shiite Muslim community in Guyana are on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) radar and last month four US agents came to Georgetown to question them as investigations into the alleged terrorist plot to blow up fuel tanks at the JFK Airport, New York continue. " Also on Stabroek News Today in Guyana Police did not fire bullet that killed Donna Herod - Greene Over 600 vacancies exist for senior teachers Barbados killing

Ninety’s Extradition Wrong

The Bahama Journal : "More than a year after alleged drug kingpin Samuel 'Ninety' Knowles was extradited to the United States, the Bahamas’ Court of Appeal on Thursday suggested that Fred Mitchell, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, erred when he signed off on the extradition warrant. 'This must not happen again,' President of the Court of Appeal Dame Joan Sawyer said. 'It is clear in my mind that the executives must never do what they did in this case again, or a minister may find himself in contempt.'"

Work stops at death site

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday : : : "WORK on the One Woodbrook Place Apartment Complex project came to a screeching halt yesterday with the death of one of its workers, Wayne Lewis, on Thursday night. Lewis, 53, a plumber, succumbed to his injuries on Thursday night at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital. The cause of death was heart failure, consistent with a number of injuries to his body. "

IRS scammers target Eastern Caribbean

Jamaica Gleaner News : "The United States yesterday warned nationals in the Eastern Caribbean to be wary of a scam seeking information about them and purporting to come from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The U.S. Embassy for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean said this latest scam takes the form of similar ones investigated by the IRS."

'Let's get to work' .COM

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "Prime Minister Bruce Golding yesterday defended his 18-man Cabinet, saying that it was relevant to address the challenges facing the country now. At the same time, Golding, signaling that he expected his ministers not to waste time, instructed them to report to work at 3:00 pm yesterday after allowing them a short lunch break with their families following a colourful and entertaining swearing-in ceremony on the east lawns of King's House."

AFP: Caribbean leaders to consider banning trans-fats

AFP: Caribbean leaders to consider banning trans-fats : "GEORGETOWN (AFP) — Leaders of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (Caricom) are Saturday due to consider banning artery-clogging trans-fats, as part of a measures to fight non-communicable diseases believed to be the biggest killers in the region. Chairman of the Caribbean Commission on Health and Development (CCHD), George Alleyne, said the special summit on lifestyle diseases to be held in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, would discuss New York City's decision to prohibit the use of trans-fats that cause obesity, blood circulation and heart problems."

Tropical Storm Ingrid forms in Atlantic | Reuters

Reuters : "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Ingrid, the ninth Atlantic storm of the year, formed on Thursday in the Atlantic Ocean east of the Caribbean islands, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The storm, located about 840 miles east of the lesser Antilles, was headed in the general direction of the northeastern Caribbean but was days from having any impact on land."


The Nation Newspaper : "THE PRESIDENT OF THE COMPANY contracted by Government to build the much mooted traffic-busting flyovers is facing civil litigation in Britain. Jonathan Laszlo Danos, of the two-year-old company, Structural Steel Solutions (3S), is one of four defendants facing legal action in a British High Court on allegations of fraud and conspiracy related to a construction project initiated in Jamaica in 2002. "

'MARCH FOR DEMOCRACY' ... PAM hailed procession a huge success

SUN St.Kitts & Nevis : "The people of St. Kitts/Nevis publicly displayed their dissatisfaction with the ongoing electoral reform process by taking to the streets of the island’s capital in a ‘March for Democracy’. People from all walks of life and political persuasions assembled at Greenlands in preparation for the event which was organised by the People’s Action Movement (PAM)."


Antigua Sun : "Tindale Road was the scene of yet another shooting on Wednesday night when a 21-year-old man was attacked by a group of young men. According to police reports, Kevin Browne was shot in the upper right forearm by one of the five men who accosted him shortly before 10 p.m. Browne had apparently gone out to get some food for his girlfriend. The two are the parents of an infant who is only days old. "

King shakes up Cabinet!

St. Lucia Star Online : "A mourning nation breathed a sigh of relief yesterday morning after newly appointed prime minister Stephenson King had named his Cabinet. Noticeably absent from the long list of ministers were Choiseul MP Rufus Bousquet and the Dennery South representative Marcus Nicholas. Both were conspicuously MIA at yesterday’s ceremony at Government House. "

Six ways of looking at 9/11

Stabroek News : "The destruction of the World Trade Center six years ago was the first terrorist act which relied on live international television coverage to achieve part of its aim. In almost every country, in near simultaneity, people watched a part of the Manhattan skyline explode, burn and collapse. Al Qaeda understood the importance of a global audience, and made sure the second plane didn't come into view until American television networks had been given enough time to switch to live coverage of the event. "

Government of Jamaica billed by lawyers - State attorneys charge central government for representation

Jamaica Gleaner News - : "Lawyers from the Attorney-General's chambers have apparently breached established staff orders by billing at least one central government entity for legal services. It is unclear whether the illegitimate practice is widespread or whether it has ceased, but the evidence indicates that several state attorneys have billed for legal representation provided to central government, albeit being constitutionally mandated to do so."

Drama At Christie’s House

The Bahama Journal : "Police raced to the Cable Beach home of former prime minister Perry Christie as a knife-wielding man sought refuge in the guardhouse in front of the residence Wednesday morning. It all started around 9am. That’s when, according to police, a 31-year-old male resident of Rock Crusher Road was involved in an altercation with three men on the ninth floor of the former Radisson hotel on the Cable Beach strip."

18-member Cabinet

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "PRIME Minister Bruce Golding last evening named an 18-member Cabinet with few surprises but one indicating the new Jamaican leader is acutely aware of the enormity of the task of running Jamaica in a globalised world."

Donna Herod laid to rest

Stabroek News : "Hundreds of Buxtonians wearing black and red armbands and waving palm branches yesterday buried one of their own amid loud wailing and moving tributes which eulogized the hard-working Donna Herod at a sombre funeral service held according to Pan African rituals at her South Vigilance, East Coast home. Herod, a mother of nine, was killed by a still unclaimed bullet fired from either an AK-47 or M-70 rifle during a bungled police operation in Friendship last week. "

Man killed in front of wife, child in Montego Bay

Jamaica Gleaner News : "Just three days into the start of the new school year, gunmen have traumatised students and teachers at one of Montego Bay's prominent preparatory schools, by killing a parent in front of his daughter and wife. The school was forced to close its doors following the daring shooting death of 45-year-old electrical engineer, Leo Harris, of Moy Hall, district, St. James. Harris was ambushed by two men on arrival at the school at approximately 8:05 a.m. yesterday, according to Constabulary Communication Network officer Richam Davis."

In Haiti, nostalgia for past dictators pervades peacetime

The Boston Globe : "Out of sight, out of mind, and now out of money, former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier quietly has been sounding out the possibility of returning home after 21 years in exile in France. Former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, still visible and sufficiently flush to fuel his promotional machinery from South African exile, nurtures the hopes of his supporters that one day he will come back to lead this country."