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Government of Jamaica pathologist defends findings

Jamaica Gleaner News "DR. ERE Seshaiah, the Government pathologist whose revelation that Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer was murdered, again defended his controversial analysis on the 10th day of the coroner's inquest at the Jamaica Conference Centre. The diminutive, India-born Seshaiah was making his third appearance at the inquest. For most of his three hours on the stand, he faced intense questioning from Jermaine Spence, the attorney representing the International Cricket Council."

UN experts find ‘profound and entrenched’ racial bias in Dominican Republic

UN News Centre "Two independent United Nations human rights experts have called on the Dominican Republic to combat what they describe as a “profound and entrenched problem of racism and discrimination” against blacks in general – and Haitians in particular – in the Central American nation. “While there is no official government policy of discrimination, there is nevertheless a profound and entrenched problem of racism and discrimination against such groups as Haitians, Dominicans of Haitian descent, and more generally against blacks within Dominican society,” the experts said in a press release issued today in Geneva. "

Tropical Storm NOEL Public Advisory

National Hurricane Center: "NOEL NOW MOVING NORTH-NORTHWESTWARD...APPROACHING THE NORTHERN COAST OF CUBA... A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE CUBAN PROVINCES OF SANCTI SPIRITUS...CIEGO DE AVILA...CAMAGUEY...LAS TUNAS... GRANMA...HOLGUIN...SANTIAGO DE CUBA...AND GUANTANAMO. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE CENTRAL AND NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS."

Police kill suspected murderer of Guyanese minister

Caribbean Net News: " A man wanted for the 2006 murder of Guyana's agriculture minister Satyadeow Sawh and two of his sisters -- all three naturalized Canadians-- was killed Tuesday in a shootout with security forces, police said. Police spokesman Ivelaw Whittaker said Orlando Andrews, one of 10 men wanted for the April 2006 assassination, was shot and killed after he and other gunmen opened fire on police and soldiers cordoning off a house at Buxton village, considered a haven for armed gangs. "

Panday attacks Hindu pundits, Maha Sabha

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday: "UNC POLITICAL Leader Basdeo Panday stunned a huge crowd of UNC Alliance (UNCA) supporters assembled in Penal Junction into silence on Monday night when he launched a full-scale attack against the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) for allegedly using Hindu pundits to threaten teachers employed at Maha Sabha schools to support the Congress of the People (COP) in next Monday’s General Election. "

Noel Disrupts Business

The Bahama Journal: "Tropical Storm Noel created widespread disruption in business in the country on Tuesday as it made its way toward The Bahamas after killing more than a dozen people in the Dominican Republic and moving across northeastern Cuba. A tropical storm warning remained in effect for the central and the northwestern Bahamas last night, and forecasters warned that flooding was a major component of the storm."

Same-sex lessons - Ministry-recommended textbook lists homosexual unions as family option

Jamaica Gleaner News: "Several secondary school teachers are caught in a bind trying to explain homosexual unions as a viable family option as presented in a Ministry of Education-recommended textbook. The controversial clause in the book entitled, C-SEC Home Economics and Beyond (Management) by Rita Dyer and Norma Maynard, reads: 'When two women or two men live together in a relationship as lesbians or gays, they may be considered as a family. They may adopt children or have them through artificial insemination.' "

UN votes against U.S. embargo on Cuba for 16th year

Africa - Reuters.com: "The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to urge the United States to lift its four-decade old embargo against Cuba in a resolution adopted for the 16th consecutive year. The resolution entitled 'necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba' was passed with 184 votes in favor, four against and one abstention."

Weakened Tropical Storm Noel drenches Cuba

Reuters AlertNet : "Tropical Storm Noel weakened as it moved across northeastern Cuba on Tuesday and the storm that killed more than a dozen people in the Dominican Republic was not expected to become a hurricane as it neared the Bahamas. Torrential rains drenched eastern Cuba, where double the average rainfall in October had reservoirs already filled to the brim and authorities worried about flooding. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damages."

Cuban coach could lose job

The Nation Newspaper : "A MISUNDERSTANDING over a bottle of rum may cause respected Cuban coach Bienvenido Orlando Gonzalez not only to lose his job – but also his livelihood. 'I have worked 26 years for my country in places like Ghana, West Africa, and Botswana in Southern Africa and I never had a problem anywhere or at home in Cuba,'he said. "

BELLE ACQUITTED

SUN St.Kitts & Nevis: "Williams Belle who was charged with causing grievous bodily harm and inflicting grievous bodily harm was, yesterday acquitted of both charges. Belle was accused of pushing virtual complainant (VC) Collin Rawlins, of St. Paul’s, to the ground and causing him to break his right hand on the night of the 20 Oct., 2004. "

LIBERTA DRAMA …As shots ring out in chase of wanted youth

Antigua Sun: "Gunshots rang out in Liberta early yesterday morning as cops went in hot pursuit of a teenager wanted by the police on a number of alleged criminal offences. Eighteen-year-old Tristan Armstrong, who has had a lengthy history with the courts, was released from the Boys Training School some months ago after serving an extended sentence for previously escaping the facility......

Bahamas records murder #62

The Nassau Guardian : "Police are appealing to the general public to help identify murder victim no. 62, who was brutally shot and killed in a car around 12 a.m. Saturday morning. The unidentified black male was said to be in his late 20's to early 30's and described to be about six feet tall. According to Assistant Superintendent Walter Evans, police were called to the scene of the murder by members of the public, who came upon the victim in the area of Maria's Foodstore near Family Guardian offHighway. "

Junior Secondary de-shifting mess

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday: "GOVERNMENT’S much touted and much publicised de-shifting of Junior Secondary Schools to whole day, five-year schools, which formed a major part of its General Election campaign and which is a feature of its 2007 election manifesto, has hit a major snag with at least three de- shifted schools having two-day school weeks since classes are held on a rotational basis."

| HEAT IS ON

The Nation Newspaper : "POLICE are making it hot for vendors selling pirated DVD movies and CDs in The City as part of Operation Safe City. 'We have noticed an upsurge in illegal vendors in The City and steps have been put in place to deal with the situation,' said Assistant Superintendent of Police David Johnson, who is in charge of operations in the Bridgetown Division. "

Dominican storm kills at least 20 people

Boston.com: "SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic --Tropical Storm Noel lashed the Dominican Republic with heavy rains Monday, causing flooding and mudslides that killed at least 20 people and left another 20 missing, officials said. Noel was expected to dump up to 20 inches of rain on the Dominican Republic and Haiti, which share the island of Hispaniola, as it heads northwest toward the Bahamas."

FURY!

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM: "Denham Town erupted in anger yesterday after three men were shot dead and two other people were wounded during what the police said was a fire fight with gunmen in the gritty West Kingston community. Residents lambasted police and soldiers, accusing them of killing the men in cold blood, while scores of people gathered outside Maddens Funeral Home near the Kingston Public Hospital where the bodies of the three dead men were taken."

Bloody battle - Three dead, two injured after shoot-out in west Kingston

Jamaica Gleaner News : "As the country's official murder toll climbed to 1,105, a series of incidents in west Kingston yesterday added four others to the list of those killed since the start of the year. In the most controversial of the three incidents, the shooting death of three men and injuring of two others in west Kingston left residents of Denham Town livid with the security forces. "

Storm dumps heavy rain, kills 8 in Caribbean

Houston Chronicle: "SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Tropical Storm Noel brought fierce thunderstorms and flooding to the Dominican Republic today and officials said at least eight people had died. At least three others people were reported missing as rains continued to lash Hispaniola, the island the country shares with Haiti, said Manuel Antonio Luna Paulino of the Dominican emergency services agency."

Dozen dead as tropical storm drenches Hispaniola

Reuters AlertNet: "At least a dozen people died and many more were reported missing in the Dominican Republic on Monday after Tropical Storm Noel dumped torrential rain on the island of Hispaniola, cutting off communities and grounding flights. The Dominican National Emergency Committee declared a red alert in six provinces and for the capital, Santo Domingo, as the 14th named storm of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season poured 10 to 20 inches (25 cm to 51 cm) of rain on the Caribbean "

SEXUALLY CLOSE AND INFECTED!

Jamaica Gleaner News : "Getting close with your sexual partner where you share everything including personal items like towels may mean that you may be set up to contract bacteria that results in deaths which may surpass the AIDS toll. The potentially deadly infection is the drug-resistant staph 'super bug' called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA."

Flight delays sourced to problems in Trinidad

Antigua Sun: "A lingering air traffic controller sick out in Trinidad has led LIAT to caution potential passengers from scheduling travel to the island because of the difficulties of getting flights in or out. Air traffic controllers in Trinidad staged a sick-out action last week in order to show rejection of the salary and benefits proposals by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of T&T. According to the Sunday Express, the employees have accepted the CAA’s offer of salary and cost of living allowance (COLA) but are said to be seeking additional perks that are outside of the remit being offered."
Storm rocks Caribbean: "Tropical Storm Noel formed over the Caribbean yesterday and forecasters warned the slow-moving system could send flash floods gushing down stripped hills in Haiti before it heads on to Cuba. The strengthening storm poses a serious threat to impoverished Haiti, which is still recovering from floods that killed at least 37 and sent more than 4,000 people to shelters earlier this month."

Father of slapped boy to take legal action... irrespective of DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY

SUN St.Kitts & Nevis: "The father of the boy who was allegedly slapped by an official of the Cuban Embassy in St. Kitts said he has every intention of taking legal action against the assailant. Concern and even outrage was expressed by residents of the Federation late last week when word began circulating that a grown man slapped a boy of about eight years while he was at school. "

Playful gunplay turns serious; teen charged with… ATTEMPTED MURDER

Antigua Sun: "A 16-year-old youth has been charged with the attempted murder of one of his peers of similar age in a shooting incident which occurred a little over a week ago. The alleged shooter, who is currently on probation in an isolated case, was formally charged on Saturday, but is also being fingered as being a member of an alleged teenage crime ring, several of whom are currently in custody in connection with the recent spate of burglaries in the English Harbour and Dockyard areas, as well as the shooting."

Storm watch

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM: "Jamaica was placed on a tropical storm watch yesterday as Tropical Storm Noel formed over the Caribbean and forecasters warned the slow-moving system could send flash floods rushing over deforested hills in Haiti before it heads on to Cuba."

Rain again - Tropical Storm Noel to drench Jamaica, emergency officials on alert

Jamaica Gleaner News : "Heavy rains associated with Tropical Storm Noel are expected to pound Jamaica today, just two weeks after a baptism which ravaged the island's road network, triggered landslides and devastated many rural farms. Noel, the 14th tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, is forecast to pass over Haiti's south-western peninsula in the morning, and its centre is expected to move over south-eastern Cuba later in the day, the United States National Hurricane Center said."

Mother stabbed to death in front of children

Stabroek News: "Years of being at the receiving end of domestic violence came to a tragic end on Saturday night for a 45-year-old woman who was stabbed to death in front of her three children at Bladen Hall, East Coast Demerara (ECD). Police have since detained the woman's reputed husband and another woman as investigations into the murder continues. "

Also on Stabroek
Road deaths: 177, Homicides: 94

Main Dominican opposition candidate defends fortune

Dominican Today : "The presidential candidate for the main opposition party, the PRD, issued a challenge to the PLD ruling party and any other political organization to prove whether he had obtained money through corrupt activities. Miguel Vargas Maldonado said that during the Salvador Jorge Blanco (1982-1986) government he headed the Santo Domingo water authority (CAASD), and no-one could say that any corrupt activities went on under his leadership."

Cuba takes harsh look at dentistry woes

Reuters AlertNet : "It may not be fun anywhere but visiting the dentist in Cuba is a still unhappier prospect marked by a lack of dentists, technicians, materials and even reclining chairs, an official newspaper reported on Sunday. In Cuba's second internal criticism in as many weeks, a team of reporters from the Juventud Rebelde, or Rebel Youth, fanned out to 22 dental clinics in various provinces only to discover the problems were the norm, not exception in the free system of more than 1,000 facilities."

Tropical Storm Noel forms in Caribbean

MSNBC.com: "Slow-moving rains that have drenched the Caribbean strengthened into a tropical storm on Sunday and forecasts said it could send flash floods gushing down denuded hills in Haiti. Tropical Storm Noel, which formed in the Caribbean early Sunday afternoon, poses a serious threat to an impoverished nation that is still recovering from floods earlier this month that killed at least 37 and sent more than 4,000 people to shelters."

Tropical depression in Caribbean douses Haiti

Reuters: "- The 16th tropical depression of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season brought heavy rains to Haiti and the Dominican Republic on Sunday after forming in the Caribbean, U.S. forecasters said. The depression was on the verge of becoming a tropical storm, with top sustained winds of 39 miles per hour (63 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. It would be called Tropical Storm Noel once it reached storm strength."

COP candidate severely beaten

The Trinidad Guardian: "Congress of the People’s Laventille West Candidate David St Clair is in a coma at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex after being severely beaten at his campaign office on Pashley Street in Laventille yesterday. Reports state that St Clair and a group of supporters were at the office around 9 am when four men, armed with pieces of wood and cutlasses, entered the premises and assaulted St Clair. He was scheduled to go on a walkabout in his constituency yesterday. Police could not say if the attack was politically motivated. "

Tropical Depression SIXTEEN Public Advisory

National Hurricane Center: "AT 800 AM EDT...1200 UTC...THE GOVERNMENT OF JAMAICA HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL STORM WATCH FOR JAMAICA. A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA...GENERALLY WITHIN 36 HOURS. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE ENTIRE SOUTHWESTERN PENINSULA OF HAITI FROM THE HAITI-DOMINICAN REPUBLIC BORDER TO PORT-AU-PRINCE. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS."

Savar-ing spice of Grenada

The Nation Newspaper: "Barbados may be one of the 'hottest' tourist spots, but big British investor Peter de Savary doesn't want Grenada to end up like it. '. . . We do not want Grenada to become like Barbados or The Bahamas – crowded, busy, [with] high-rise buildings,' he told Caribbean journalists visiting the island last week. "

Dominican Catholic Church takes to the streets against abortion

Dominican Today : "The Catholic church began yesterday, with a long walk in Santo Domingo West, part of the activities to protest a bill aimed at modifying the Penal Code to legalize abortion. The activities include the collection of one million signatures and a waving of banners by catholic school students and teachers around the country, such as the one slated for Thursday morning in a street near the National Palace. "

Tropical depression forms in the Atlantic; storm warning issued for Haiti

International Herald Tribune: "Tropical Depression 16 prompted storm warnings in Haiti and a watch in Cuba and could bring more than 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain to Jamaica, forecasters said. The depression could strengthen into a tropical storm late Sunday, when it would be named 'Noel,' according to the National Hurricane Center."

Probe into PNP deals

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM: "Last week's revelation by Energy Minister Clive Mullings that 'free' fluorescent light bulbs from the Cuban Government have already cost taxpayers $114.7 million and could amount to near $280 million, is one of at least 10 business arrangements under the previous Government that the current administration is probing, and which are said to be causing a mixture of jitters and anticipation inside the Opposition People's National Party (PNP)."

Bound bodies wash up on Corentyne -police tracking all possibilities

Stabroek News: "The bound, decomposing bodies of two males appearing to be of Caucasian descent were discovered at separate points on the Corentyne yesterday and Thursday and the police were last night contemplating the gamut of possibilities behind the macabre find. Both of the men's hands and feet were bound together with pieces of green rope. Their heads were completely bald and their teeth, eyes, ears and parts of their face were missing. Immersion in ocean water for long periods can lead to severe skin bleaching so the police are leaving all options open. "

FIRED UP

The Nation Newspaper : "A woman is said to be at the centre of the Opposition party's focus on Clyde Mascoll and Hardwood Housing Factory. This was revealed yesterday at the Barbados Labour Party's (BLP) annual general conference, during an unscheduled speech by Mascoll, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office. "

Dominican drug 'mule', 16, caught in NY

Dominican Today: "A teenager has been arraigned on charges he tried to smuggle dozens of heroin-filled balloons into the country after taking a flight from the Dominican Republic to John F. Kennedy International Airport. Prosecutors say Anthony Cruz, 16, swallowed 80 balloons of heroin with a street value of at least $500,000 before he boarded the plane to JFK on Oct. 23."

Kitch family loses Rain-o-Rama

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday: "THE common-law wife and three children of the late Grandmaster Aldwyn Roberts (Lord Kitchener) have been ordered to vacate the majestic Rain-o-Rama property on the Diego Martin Main Road by December 31. Yesterday, Justice Lennox Deyalsingh, presiding in the Port-of-Spain First Civil Court, ordered Valarie Green and her children Kernal, Christian and Quweina to vacate the lavish premises and hand over possession to June Ann Howell-Logan, Susan Gittens, and Charmaine Kumar. "

Bahamas Bucks Air Space Plan

The Bahama Journal: "Although ministers of tourism in the Caribbean region have endorsed an agreement for the creation of a single Caribbean air space, according to Bahamas Minister of Tourism and Aviation Neko Grant this country does not adopt such an arrangement. Last week, ministers with responsibility for Tourism and International Transport – who are members of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) – met in San Juan, Puerto Rico to discuss proposals for restructuring the regional air transport sector."

“Worthless and wicked!”

Amandala Online: "For two years the family of Shawn Copius, 23, and the Belizean public have clamoured to have wealthy Belize City businessman, Chay Ben Abou-Nehra, 32, prosecuted for Copius’ shooting death, which occurred on September 17, 2005. Because the history of Belize is that no rich person has ever been convicted and sentenced to jail, it was the opinion of some that Abou-Nehra, a very rich man, would never be convicted. Yesterday they were proven right in Belize City."

Will Super-8 rally around the New Compton

St. Lucia Star Online : "Among the more memorable revelations associated with the recent passing of Sir John was that his daughter Janine Rambally nursed a secret ambition. No sooner had the admission slipped passed her lips than the divorced mother of four revealed that her father had never gone out of his way to make her dream come true. Indeed, he had advised her “not to rush into politics.”"

Bandit shot dead by victim

Stabroek News: "Twenty-three-year-old Delroy Forde of Laing Avenue was shot dead around noon yesterday after he robbed a couple at the corner of Robb Street and Orange Walk, Bourda. According to reports, the bandit was shot dead by one of his victims who is also a licensed firearm holder. It was another example of the type of desperate measure that members of the public have begun to take in the face of continuing attacks of this sort. "

Dominica shows off Chinese-funded stadium as fruit of new diplomatic relations

International Herald Tribune: "Dominica has opened a Chinese-financed stadium described by the Caribbean island's government as the fruit of its decision to switch diplomatic allegiances from Taiwan. The US$17 million (€12 million) stadium, unveiled at a ceremony Wednesday, was included in a Chinese aid program awarded after Dominica cut ties in March 2004 with Taiwan, which Beijing views as a renegade province."

Grieving family not buying it

The Nation Newspaper: "A CHRIST CHURCH FAMILY is not persuaded the death of their loved one earlier this month was accidental. They suspect foul play in the death of 57-year-old fisherman Stevenson Kinch, whose body was discovered in his girlfriend's garage at Lower Carter's Gap, Christ Church, on October 6 around 7 a.m. Police reports indicated at that time that Kinch had fallen and cracked his skull. "

CHANGE!

The Nation Newspaper"THE WEST INDIES CRICKET BOARD (WICB) has been given some advice. It has been told to change its name and change its style. The recommendation is part of the Governance Report – also called the Patterson Report – which was commissioned by the WICB and prepared by P.J. Patterson, the former Jamaica prime minister, along with Sir Alister McIntyre and Dr Ian McDonald. "

ONE MORE DEAD…Third shooting in as many days

Antigua Sun: "“Gunman can’t go a station go make report; a so de submn set up so them must take things inna dem own hand; and it just a start.” It was one Gray's Farm resident’s account of what was taking place within his community a short time after an execution style shooting claimed the life of a fellow villager. Dead is 37-year-old George Edwards, fondly known as “Little George”. His killing is the third in as many days, pushing the total murders to a record 17 for the year. "

Barama fines

Stabroek News: "Hitting back at Barama's announcement that workers would have to be laid off as a result of heavy fines by the forestry commission, the government yesterday said it would not be blackmailed and it added that interim arrangements can be made to ensure the company's plywood factory is supplied with raw material. "

US scientists retires as chancellor after racist remarks

IC Publications: "A US Nobel Prize-winning scientist, whose controversial remarks on race triggered a firestorm, announced Thursday his retirement as chancellor and board member at a laboratory where he has worked for more than 40 years. The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory located outside of New York had already suspended 79-year-old researcher James Watson, who said in an interview with The Sunday Times that Africans were not as smart as white people. "

Cuba accuses Bush of inciting violence with speech

Reuters: "Cuba on Wednesday accused U.S. President George W. Bush of encouraging violent uprising against its communist government with a speech in which Bush urged Cubans to push for democratic change. 'You will never force us to our knees,' Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said in response to Bush's speech, which came 15 months after ailing leader Fidel Castro handed over power to his brother."

Suspects In Murder of Haitian Man Still On Run

The Bahama Journal: "A week after the 60th murder was recorded in The Bahamas for 2007 police said they still did not have any suspects in custody. A manhunt was launched last week for three men police said are responsible for the death of Villy Reneitt, 38, of Fox Hill. According to reports, Reneitt was accosted by three armed men around 4:30am last Wednesday outside his home in the Romer Street area. 'It was further reported that these persons accosted this individual and they forced him into his house where they demanded money,' Chief Superintendent of Police Hulan Hanna reported at the time."

Letter:Antigua turns ugly

Antigua Sun: "I know it’s hot in Antigua, but I awoke last Saturday night (20 October) in a sweat. Where was the breeze? I remembered with a start why I was so hot. For the first time in all the years I have lived and spent time in Antigua, this Saturday night was the first night I have ever had every window shut and bolted. Why? A series of shocking break-in’s and ordinary people terrorised in their own homes in the English Harbour area. I am friends with some of the people who experienced unthinkable acts of intimidation and violence and the community is now on edge."

Woolmer was killed: Jamaican pathologist

The Age: "A Jamaican government pathologist whose autopsy of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer launched an international murder investigation but was later called into doubt insisted that the Englishman died from pesticide poisoning. Ere Sheshiah, an Indian doctor who ruled four days after the burly coach's death in March that he was strangled, said a toxicology report in June revealed fatal levels of the pesticide cypermethrin in his system."

'Time for action' -Greene

Stabroek News: "In the backdrop of an alarming rise in road fatalities and a public outcry for action, Acting Commissioner of Police Henry Greene yesterday unveiled several new plans including a ticketing system from November 1 with fines between $5,000 to 7,000 and the naming of those whose licences have been suspended "

Jamaicans in UK jails to serve remaining sentence at home

Jamaica Gleaner News: "JAMAICA and Britain are in discussions on the transfer of more than 1,000 Jamaicans currently serving time in the United Kingdom (U.K.) prisons. The issue surfaced yesterday in the British House of Commons after it was revealed that there were two prisons - Bullwood Hall in Essex and Canterbury Prison in Kent - that are currently housing only foreign inmates."

MURDER RATE SOARS ... Country averaging 2 homicides per month

Antigua Sun: "In one night, Antigua and Barbuda’s murder rate shot to a record 16 for the year and has left citizens reeling over the dramatic events that left two men dead in the space of a couple of hours. It gets worse. The figures now show that the country has recorded some 29 murders in the space of two years, with incidents between September and October pushing the figure past last year's 13 recorded killings.

Public health watching dengue cases

Cayman Islands : "The Department of Public Health is now dealing with one confirmed and three suspected cases of dengue fever, its director, Dr. Kiran Kumar confirmed Tuesday. One of the patients suspected to have dengue fever, a visitor, has returned to Jamaica, while the one confirmed and two suspected cases remain on Grand Cayman."

NHC sees possible tropical formation in Caribbean

Reuters: "The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Wednesday it did not expect any tropical cyclones to form over the next 48 hours, however, an area of disturbed weather in the Caribbean Sea could slowly become more favorable for development during the next couple of days. The Miami-based agency was monitoring the system, located between Colombia and Jamaica. 'There are currently no signs of organization but upper-level winds are forecast to slowly become a little more favorable for development,' the NHC said in a tropical weather outlook."

Castro warns Cubans of Bush takeover plans

Irish Examiner : "Fidel Castro accused US President George Bush of plotting a new conquest of Cuba, in an essay published a day before the White House was to announce new plans to draw Cuba away from communism. In yesterday’s brief essay titled 'Bush, Hunger and Death', Castro predicted that Bush “will adopt new measures to accelerate the ’transition period’ in our country, equivalent to a new conquest of Cuba by force”."

Bishop Freed Of Sex Charge

The Bahama Journal: "Full Gospel Baptist Church Bishop Earl Randolph Fraser was freed on Tuesday after being accused of having sexual intercourse with a dependent between July 2005 and February 2006. The girl was 16 at the time the acts were alleged to have occurred. The bishop appeared without his attorney, Wayne Munroe, in Magistrate’s Court number five to hear the ruling."

Can law help create racial equality?

The Bermuda Sun: "It's a move that's left bosses reeling - hire more black Bermudians or pay a fine. It's called the draft Workforce Equity Act and it's designed to ensure equal opportunity at work. So far reports have focused on the mostly negative reactions from the business community, but today we take a closer look at what the act actually says and what it does not say - to help readers decide whether it's right for Bermuda."

‘BUNCUM’ CONVICTED ... Guilty of murdering Nisbett

SUN St.Kitts & Nevis: "Romeo “Buncum” Cannonier, who was charged with the 25 July, 2004 murder of Police Constable #454 Delvin Nisbett, was convicted of the crime by a 12-member jury yesterday. Nisbett was shot to death on the said evening while he was walking along a stretch of road between Parsons Village and Dieppe Bay in the vicinity of Caines’ Pasture. Following a week-long trial, the five-man/seven-woman jury was sent off to deliberate on the matter at about 2:25 p.m. yesterday and after little more than two hours, the jury returned with its verdict. "

UPP GETS IN GEAR … Hunt begins for new candidate

Antigua Sun: "Swiftly on the heels of the Antigua Labour Party (ALP) winding up its primaries, the ruling United Progressive Party is now moving to undertake some housekeeping of its own. While noting that the country’s general elections, constitutionally due in 18 months is fast approaching, Chairman of the UPP Leon 'Chaku' Symister told the Antigua Sun that the imminent hosting of an Annual General Meeting in the St. Phillip’s North constituency branch is basically an internal meeting between party members and has nothing to do with any national elections."

Shady deal - Probe ordered into free Cuban light bulb distribution in Jamaica

Jamaica Gleaner News: "THE CONTRACTOR General and the Auditor General have been asked to investigate the circumstances under which the last People's National Party (PNP) government accrued a bill of more than $276.5 million in the distribution of free Cuban light bulbs. In a statement to Parliament yesterday, Clive Mullings, Minister of Energy, Mining and Telecommunications, said the matter requires the 'most thorough investigation'."

Race and intelligence

The caribbean responds to recent ignorant racist comments that claim that black people are less intelligent than whites.....

The Nation Newspaper : "THE NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING DNA PIONEER James Watson is certainly intelligent enough to have known that once he dared to link intelligence to race in a way that claimed Africans (Blacks) were less intelligent than Europeans, he was bound to come in for a heap of criticism, and spark anger. "


Elementary, my dear Dr Watson - blacks are not inferior - JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM: "Here in Britain it is autumn. The leaves are turning brown and the nights are getting colder. And October is not just the month of falling leaves; it is also Black History month. So you might think this a very inappropriate time for some 79-year-old white professor to be digging up long disproved theories of black racial inferiority. But American scientist Dr James Watson has been all over the British newspapers with his theory that black people are less intellige…

Accused Police Murderer’s fate in jury’s hands

SKNVibes.com News: : "The fate of Romeo Cannonier, the man accused of brutally murdering Police Constable #454, on July 25, 2004, now rests in the hands of the jury, which comprises of five men and seven women. Their decision is expected to come later today, Tuesday, 23rd October. The Prosecuting team rested its case against the accused on Friday last, October 19th, and following that, the closing arguments from both the Prosecuting team and the Defence team were heard on Monday, October 22nd. "

Dengue Alert in Cayman Islands

Prensa Latina: "The population of the Cayman Islands were warned of a probable dengue epidemic after confirmation of two cases in that Caribbean nation. Health authorities noted that the two persons were infected during a visit to Nicaragua and Jamaica, countries that are confronting one of the worst outbreaks of this viral disease that has spread in the region."

EDITORIAL - Sobering side of the 'jacket joke'

Jamaica Gleaner News "Yet another sobering turn in our family relationships has surfaced with the revelation that there is a growing trend to paternity tests, sometimes ordered by the courts, sometimes sought by individuals - usually fathers - in settlement of domestic disputes or for the popular cause of migration. It has also been revealed that we now have a high ratio of children whose 'daddy is not their daddy, but their daddy don't know', to borrow from a popular Caribbean calypso."

Judge: I am not stepping down

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday : newsday.co.tt :: "HIGH COURT Judge Peter Jamadar yesterday turned down an application by Chief Magistrate Sherman Mc Nicolls for him (Jamadar) to step down in a judicial review case on the ground of “apparent bias.” Mc Nicolls turned up at the San Fernando High Court for the start of his lawsuit against the Judicial and Legal Services Commission’s (JLSC) decision to institute disciplinary charges against him. "

GOODBYE, STEPHEN

The Nation Newspaper : "THE APPLAUSE will linger long for Stephen Mark Clark Alleyne. The globally respected and beloved cricket administrator was applauded by several hundred admirers who gathered yesterday to celebrate his life during a moving service of thanksgiving at Kensington Oval. "

UPP GETS IN GEAR …Hunt begins for new candidate

Antigua Sun: "Swiftly on the heels of the Antigua Labour Party (ALP) winding up its primaries, the ruling United Progressive Party is now moving to undertake some housekeeping of its own. While noting that the country’s general elections, constitutionally due in 18 months is fast approaching, Chairman of the UPP Leon 'Chaku' Symister told the Antigua Sun that the imminent hosting of an Annual General Meeting in the St. Phillip’s North constituency branch is basically an internal meeting between party members and has nothing to do with any national elections."

Jeanine Compton-Rambally for Micoud Will UWP recall vote?

St. Lucia Star Online : "Sir John Compton had left his Castries law office to take charge of the Micoud seat from his older cousin Julian, over fifty years ago. The Compton name has since received high acclaim in the district, with the Micoud constituency being the only one to have never been won by the St Lucia Labour Party. Sir John died on September 7. As per the island’s constitution, a new MP must be selected within three months. "

Toxic mystery! - Foreign doctor did not see toxicology report Herbicide was detected in Woolmer's body

Jamaica Gleaner News : "CANADIAN PATHOLOGIST Michael Pollanen yesterday ruled out strangulation as the cause of death of former Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer, but admitted under cross-examination from Director of Public Prosecutions Kent Pantry that a foreign substance was detected in Mr. Woolmer's body. "

Caribbean Urged to Face Warming Risks

The Associated Press: : "The Caribbean tourism industry, the lifeblood for many island economies, needs to brace itself for stronger hurricanes, more frequent droughts and rising sea levels resulting from global warming, scientists said Monday. The Caribbean, where more than half the population lives within a mile of the coast, faces some of the greatest risks from climate change, according to the expert panel at the Caribbean Tourism Organization meeting in San Juan."

3 Dominican Bank Directors Convicted

The Associated Press:: "SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Three Dominican banking executives were convicted Sunday for their roles in a 2003 financial collapse that crippled the Caribbean country's economy. The trial focused on the management and 2003 collapse of the country's largest bank, Banco Intercontinental, which prompted a costly government bailout and led to the collapse of two other large banks as international lenders helped prop up the Dominican economy."

Fight For Gold In San Sal

The Bahama Journal: "COCKBURN TOWN, San Salvador – Authorities have ordered two local families to vacate a site on Fortune Hill where they have been digging for gold and other treasure they believe is buried at the site. The order came down Friday afternoon from the island’s Chief Administrator Jordan Ritchie, who told the Bahama Journal that he asked a police inspector who had been assigned specifically to keep the peace as it relates to this matter to carry out that order."

WILD, WILD WEST …Two injured in shoot-out in Gray's Farm

Antigua Sun: "A Sunday morning quarrel in the Gray’s Farm community escalated into a shoot-out, landing two men in the hospital nursing gunshot wounds. The incident took place shortly after 8 a.m. in Perry Bay, in a part of the community commonly referred to as Tinning Village. Hospitalised are 26-year-old Robert Jeffery of Jamaica and Gray's Farm resident George Murray, 39. Jeffery underwent surgery yesterday afternoon to remove the bullet from the left side of his abdomen while Murray’s situation did not require surgery; he was shot in the left thigh with the bullet exiting his left buttock."

Death on last trip.

Trinidad Express: "A 49-year-old taxi-driver was shot dead yesterday by a man who walked up to him and asked him if he was going to Penal. The man, said to be in his twenties, was caught a few minutes later by police who found him sitting in a Chaguanas maxi-taxi on nearby Penitence Street, San Fernando. "

Hospital invaded by thugs

Jamaica Gleaner News -: "A scare on Friday night has left some medical staff at the Percy Junor Hospital in Spaldings, Manchester, calling for improved security measures on the hospital grounds. Reports reaching The Gleaner are that three men, armed with knives, attempted to barge their way into the Accident and Emergency Unit (A&E) of the hospital on Friday night in order to finish off an attack on a man whom they had stabbed several times."

Six die in blow-out

Stabroek News: "Six persons including two children and a heavily pregnant woman died after a car suffered a tyre blow-out on the East Coast Demerara (ECD) Highway at Bel Air, near the now abandoned Texaco Gas Station causing the driver to slam head-on into a concrete fence and a guard hut. The security guard who was in the hut situated just outside the compound of the Shivraj's Oceanville apartments is among the six killed. He died several hours after the incident. The other five victims were passengers of the car and were killed instantly. "

Ready or not?

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM: "THE sudden resignation of Police Commissioner Lucius Thomas has raised the possibility of a woman becoming the top cop for the first time in the history of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). But while some commentators believe the country is ready for a woman to sit in the chief constable's chair, the wall of silence from within the male-dominated institution suggests there may be some apprehension at the prospect."

Drug plan still stalled

Stabroek News: "As Guyanese mules continue to be held abroad and a family was recently granted asylum in Canada because of threats from a drug lord, the government's much-vaunted drug master plan which promised witness protection and other innovations has barely inched out of the starting blocks. "

CAUGHT

The Nation Newspaper : "A PROSTITUTION RING destined for Barbados and involving victims of human trafficking as young as 13 and 14 years old, has been dismantled by regional security forces. And it all happened at the start of Cricket World Cup in March. "

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Charged

Trinidad Express: "UNC Alliance candidate for Laventille East/Morvant , Lennox Smith, was charged last night with breaching a protection order. Smith, 47, of Filbert Street, Old St Joseph Road,Laventille, was arrested by officers of the St Clair Police Station around 4.45 p.m. yesterday at his home. "

South Africa's singing peacemaker

BBC NEWS : "During his lifetime South African reggae star Lucky Dube was a man on a mission to make the world a better place. 'Hey you Rasta man. Hey European, Indian man. We've got to come together as one,' go the lyrics to his anti-apartheid hit Together as One."

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WE have seen many foreign musicians perform here, but none has ever equalled Lucky Dube in popularity. He always gave your money's worth. He would perform for over three hours non- stop, give you the live music of similar quality to the studio recording, and sing with the passion of rich messages. He was never obscene and none of his crew could embarrass the puritans.
Asked whether he was a real Rastafarian, Dube said: "If Rastafarianism is about having dreadlocks, smoking marijuana and believing that Haile Selassie is God, then I am not Rastafarian. But if it is about political, social and personal consciousness, then, yes, I am," he said.

Official says US to start pilot project to reintegrate deportees

CBC.bb: "A top United States (US) official in Barbados says Washington will soon start a pilot programme to help reintegrate some deported Caribbean nationals into their homelands. A statement from the Barbados government says US Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Mary Ourisman, gave this assurance recently when she met with Minister of Social Transformation, Trevor Prescod, who raised concerns over the deportation of nationals from the US. "

Kittitian helped UN win Nobel Peace Prize

SUN St.Kitts & Nevis: "The Kittitian-born Professor Emeritus at the Caribbean Research and Epidemiology Centre (CAREC) Dr. Samuel Rawlins, one of the regional scientists whose work on climate change helped the United Nations win the Nobel Peace Prize, said he hopes the achievement will focus more attention on the growing problem of climate change. Dr. Rawlins said the award should be less about the scientists themselves and more of a recognition of the pressing need for people to pay more attention to the environment."

‘Kemwah’ to be taken to murder scene .........

Antigua Sun: "The manslaughter trial involving Kenaz “Kemwah” Whyte is drawing to a close, as the defence ended its case yesterday. The court will convene today, but is expected to, shortly after, journey to the locus in Gray’s Farm. Whyte of Cooks Hill and others are alleged to have caused the death of the 23-year-old Jamaican, Owen Andrew “Jo Jo Peck” Douglas. "

A-G says Sir John promised him Micoud north seat!

St. Lucia Star Online : "Prime Minister Stephenson King is expected to today announce the party’s candidate to contest the Micoud north by-election. For weeks there has been speculation on who is best placed to run the seat for the ruling party. Already the St Lucia Labour Party has named its candidate as Silas Wilson who ran the seat and lost to Sir John Compton last December. "

Dengue cases on the rise

Jamaica Gleaner News: "The Ministry of Health and Environment yesterday reported that there were 282 confirmed cases of dengue fever and 1,770 suspected cases, noting that this was a significant increase over the past week. The ministry also noted that there were 11 suspected cases of the deadly dengue haemorrhagic fever."

Employee, two others attacked Nedd's bakery -one shot, one caught

Stabroek News: "Three men, two of whom were armed, on Thursday morning staged a daring robbery on Nedd's Uplift Bakery at the corner of Garnett and Middleton streets but it all went wrong. At the end of the ten-minute ordeal, a bandit/ employee had been shot twice in the legs, one had been captured unhurt and the third managed to get away. The locked box with about $100,000 which represented the sales from the night before was left abandoned in a nearby walkway. "

GET HIM OUT

The Nation Newspaper : "REVOKE HIS WORK permit immediately or sooner than that. That's the call of Barbados Workers' Union (BWU) general secretary Sir Roy Trotman in relation to Jim McCormick, operations manager at ADM Barbados Limited, who the labour boss charged had violated Barbados' labour laws. "

‘Kemwah’ maintains innocence in Gray’s Farm beating

Antigua Sun: "Kenaz “Kemwah” Whyte continues to deny any involvement in the beating of three men, which ultimately led to one of them succumbing to their injuries. Whyte for a second consecutive day took the witness stand in his own defence, as he was being cross-examined by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Anthony Armstrong. The Cooks Hill man along with others are alleged to have caused the death of the 23-year-old Jamaican, Owen Andrew “Jo Jo Peck” Douglas. "

Country Mourns Death of Lucky Dube

allAfrica.com:: "Reggae superstar Lucky Dube will be remembered for musical genius and efforts to create a better world, writes Sholain Govender and Gabi Khumalo. Lucky Phillip Dube was shot and killed by would-be hijackers Thursday evening in Rosettenville, Johannesburg and friends, fans and fellow musicians of Mr Dube are in shock at the loss of such a great South African."

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Dengue fever alert issued

Cay Compass News Online : "With recent reported outbreaks of dengue fever in parts of the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Central and South America, the Public Health Department is advising people travelling to any of these countries to take precautions to reduce the risk of being infected. In a press release Wednesday, the Public Health Department called on those travelling through these areas to use a repellent such as Off! as much as possible, wear protective clothing limiting skin exposure, use air conditioning and only open screened windows and doors, and to reduce outdoor activities during early dawn and dusk."

DNA expert causes race row

BBCCaribbean.com : "An American Nobel prize-winning scientist, who's arrived in Britain for a lecture tour, has caused an outrage over his remarks concerning race and intelligence. In a newspaper interview, Dr James Watson was quoted as saying Africans were less intelligent than Europeans. "

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NEAR TRAGEDY …As container topples over parked cars

Antigua Sun: "Two vehicles were crushed under the weight of a rolling 15 tonne 40 foot container at the Deep Water Harbour yesterday afternoon. The incident occurred at about 1:30 p.m. The grey container of glass bottles, which was stored on a slight hill inside the Antigua Distillery Ltd. yard opposite the Harbour yard, was being prepared to move to the factory doors about 100 feet away, when it slipped from its moorings and rolled down the slight incline to two parked cars beneath. One eyewitness said the impact caused a loud crash causing her to run to the scene. It also grabbed the attention of several others nearby."

Lucky Dube shot dead in South Africa —

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM: "Reggae singer Lucky Dube was shot dead in a hijacking yesterday in Rosettenville, Johannesburg, South Africa, the Independent online reported last night. 'Captain Cheryl Engelbrecht said the incident took place at around 8:20 pm when Dube was driving a blue Polo in the Johannesburg suburb,' said the report."

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Turbulence! Air Jamaica president resigns - Workers say he was forced out

Jamaica Gleaner News : "Tensions are now running high among the staff at Air Jamaica following the shocking and immediate resignation of president Mike Conway yesterday. Workers at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay last night walked off the job, shutting down the airport for a short period, in protest against Mr. Conway's resignation. The former president was reportedly well admired by the staff at the national carrier, and reports reaching The Gleaner are that other workers across the island were restive."

BTC Workers Demand Profits

The Bahama Journal: "The Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union [BCPOU] and the Bahamas Communications and Public Managers Union [BPMU] are refusing to back down from their demands of 4.5 percent of the total annual revenue for the Bahamas Telecommunications Company for 2005, 2006 and 2007 in a profit sharing arrangement."

DEBT TRAP

Nation News: "INCREASING NUMBERS of Barbadians from all walks of life are finding themselves in high levels of debt. They owe on credit cards, hire purchase accounts, rent, vehicle payments, loans, and for other miscellaneous goods and services. "

No rise in dengue cases but Guyana on alert - Ramsammy

Stabroek News: "Guyana has not seen an increase in dengue cases but a few neighbouring countries have, so the country is on high alert and local surveillance has been scaled up, according to Minister of Health, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy. The Caribbean region was recently placed on alert for the mosquito-born disease by the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC) due to an outbreak of dengue in Puerto Rico and a rapid increase in the number of dengue infections in some Central and South American countries including Brazil and Jamaica. "