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Missing minister…Charlesworth Samuel found dead

(Antigua) Minister of Agriculture Charlesworth Samuel who had earlier been reported missing by his family has been found dead in Antigua...

Gov't Antigua and Barbuda Charlesworth Samuel was born on the 27th December 1944 in the Village of Swetes. He attended the All Saint's Government school. His professional life began as a surveyor trainee at the Public Works department. He began his teaching career in 1957 at the Swetes Government School. In 1964 received his first appointment as Headmaster at the John Hughes Primary School. In 1972, he graduated from The University of the West Indies with a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Physics.

He won the general elections of 1976 and 1980 in his present constituency. He lost the seat in 1984 and became the Senate's minority leader.
His political career led him to study law in 1987. He recieved his LL.B from the Holborn Law School in England.

East Coast unrest

Stabroek News: "After two days of relative calm, unrest returned to the East Coast corridor yesterday and close to 200 angry residents were prevented from marching to the city to condemn Saturday's massacre at Lusignan.
Police fired tear gas canisters at the protestors after repeatedly warning them that their march was unlawful."

MINISTER MISSING …Charlesworth Samuel disappears from Cassada Gardens home

Antigua Sun: "The nation was shocked last night by the news that Minister of Agriculture Charlesworth Samuel had gone missing.
Yesterday, Samuel’s family reported to the police that he had not been seen since the previous night.
The 69-year-old was last seen at his Cassada Gardens home at approximately 10 o’clock on Tuesday night and his family has not heard from him since that time.
The SUN spoke with one family member who said that Samuel left his Nissan Pathfinder behind, and was believed to have left home on foot. Samuel’s travel documents also remained at home."

Auditors cast out - UTech workers sent home following info leak to press

Jamaica Gleaner News "Four members of the audit department at the University of Technology Jamaica (UTech) were yesterday sent on leave, after information from an auditors' report involving financial queries at the institution was circulated to the media.
The report, which was commissioned by Dr Blossom O'Meally-Nelson, former Pro-Chancellor of UTech, outlined over-expenditure on transport and accommodation for Prof Errol Morrison, president of the institution."

No cellphones in schools

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM: "THE education ministry has slapped a ban on cellphone use in schools, and imposed behaviour and dress codes on students and teachers as part of efforts to curb the high level of violence in the institutions.
Minister of Education Andrew Holness, who outlined the new measures yesterday, said that as a minimum standard, cellphone use during classes and other designated times would be banned."

LEAVE VAT!

The Nation Newspaper"LEAVE the Value Added Tax (VAT) alone!
That's the advice to the new David Thompson-led administration from University of the West Indies economist Professor Michael Howard.
In an open letter to Prime Minister Thompson, Howard, who is also a director of the Central Bank, warned against tampering with the VAT.
He highlighted three areas on which the new Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government ought to focus: the economic management of the country, tax policy and the high cost of living."

Guyanese Citizens Demand Security

Prensa Latina Islamic Organization leader Haji Fazeel Feroze took part in a service of mourning at Mohamed's home, from where he called upon all the Guyanese people to desist from any violent response to the massacre.
"Muslims, Hindis, Christians, Africans, Indians Indian-Americans, we are all of them," he said, "and taking justice into our own hands will revive the flames of racial discord."
The Commission of Ethnic Relations advocated for a national debate to face the increasing tension in the nation.
Guayana's ethnic conflict is chiefly between the community of Indian-born workers who immigrated in the 19th Century and which supports President Jagdeo, and groups of African-origin.

Tension Persists in Guyana, No Arrests

Georgetown, (Prensa Latina) Guyanese authorities have asked the population to maintain calm to allow police and soldiers to focus on the search for Saturday's killers of eleven people, instead of being distracted by road blocks and demonstrations.
Although Interior Minister Clement Rohee reported a tense calm Wednesday, isolated incidents persist.
Protest manifestations have been the rule since a gang of unknown people, believed to be of African descent from Buxton village hostile to indigenous people, murdered eleven members of an indigenous family, including five children in Lusignac village.

Cubans reelect Fidel Castro as deputy

People's Daily Online: "Cuba's Jan. 20 general elections' final results published on Wednesday showed that this Caribbean island's registered voters reelected convalescing leader Fidel Castro as deputy of Cuba's national Assembly.

Cuban leader Fidel Castro was reelected Santiago de Cuba's 7th district deputy with 98.26 percent of the votes in his favor for the 7th District's."
The Nassau Guardian "Former Blue Hills MP Leslie Miller did the 'right thing' when he publicly expressed his apparent lack of interest in the upcoming election court case for the Blue Hills constituency, his opponent told The Guardian Wednesday.

Students discomfited by tear gas

Kaieteur News Guyana: "The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) was a scene of confusion shortly after 11:00 hours yesterday when more than 30 disoriented students of Urmilla’s Institute, on the East Coast of Demerara, were rushed there for medical attention.The children, ranging in ages from four to fifteen years, accompanied by their teachers, parents, and other relatives, crowded the hospital canopy near the emergency unit entrance as they desperately sought assistance."

Why Johnny can read in the Caribbean but can't in the United States?

Caribbean Net News:"The United States might be spending per capita, for the primary and secondary education of its pupils, more than any other country in the world, yet the result is less than satisfactory. The youngsters, who come from Jamaica, Barbados or, as matter of fact, Haiti, will climb very soon to the top of the class after some five to six months of transitional adaption."

UHS – PUP insiste!

Amandala Online: "Last Thursday morning Prime Minister Said Musa appeared on the KREM WUB with hosts Mose Hyde and Kalilah Enriquez. While he said on that show that not one cent of public funds had been used to settle the hospital’s $45 million debt with the Belize Bank, we have since been informed that the Government of Belize has entered into a multimillion-dollar agreement for services from the new owners"

Miller Tells PLP “Move On”

The Bahama Journal”: "Former Blue Hills MP Leslie Miller said Tuesday he has absolutely no interest in being a member of parliament at this time, but the Progressive Liberal Party would have to decide whether to withdraw his petition before the Election Court.
Former Blue Hills MP Leslie Miller said Tuesday he has absolutely no interest in being a member of parliament at this time, but the Progressive Liberal Party would have to decide whether to withdraw his petition before the Election Court."

Kenny, Rufus comment on King’s latest troubles. More than meets the eye?

St. Lucia Star Online "It is not the first time that Kenny Anthony and Stephenson King have been involved in a controversy centered on rent money. In 1997 shortly after the Labour Party took office the new prime minister Kenny Anthony publicly announced that at least three ministers of government, one of them Stephenson King, was several years behind with rent payments owed the government."

Court sentences Gilbert to jail with ... HARD LABOUR

SUN St.Kitts & Nevis: "A judge sentenced a young man, who assaulted a 70-year-old woman, to 15 years in prison last Friday at the High Court.
The January 2008 Criminal Assizes started last week and the first case to be tried involved a burglary case which included a vicious attack on an elderly woman.
According to the prosecution, in June 2006 Jason Gilbert broke into the house of 70-year-old Veronica Caines with the intention of killing and robbing her.
“He said he come to kill me,” Caines, an elderly resident of Dorset, testified last Wednesday to the jury."

Wage row

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM: "Leader of Opposition Business Dr Peter Phillips called the 'divide' after minister of labour and social security Pearnel Charles rejected a proposal from the Opposition to increase the new minimum from $3,700 per week to $4,000 or by 20 per cent."

Fed up of ‘lack of transparency’... NCBA to choose own judges in C2k9

The Trinidad Guardian : "THE National Carnival Bandleaders Association (NCBA) will select their own judges for the 2009 King and Queen of Carnival competitions.
NCBA president Owen Hinds said the move was as a result of the “deteriorating” judging system, which has caused several competitors to query results over the years."

Ganja hits high score

Advocate: "AS this year's Drug Awareness Month draws to a close it is heartening to note the frankness of Magistrate Faith Marshall-Harris as she contributed to a radio broadcast on multiple issues associated with illegal narcotics, not least marijuana which is wreaking havoc mainly among our junior citizens."

A hard road to travel

The Nation Newspaper: "THE NEW YEAR is well on its way; a new Government led by Prime Minister David Thompson is in place; economic forecasts call for prudent management with fears spreading across the globe of a recession primarily in the United States but which has immediate repercussions for Barbados.

Caribbean, Controlling Cost of Living

Prensa Latina The Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) urged its member countries to present a list of products that will be put under price control at an organizational level, a Saint Lucia official reported on Tuesday.Saint Lucia's Industry and Trade Minister Guy Mayers revealed the governments should present, in a meeting scheduled for February 27, national lists with the Common Foreign Tax themes they would be ready to readjust or eliminate.

Poor Haitians Resort to Eating Dirt

chicagotribune.com: "PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - It was lunchtime in one of Haiti's worst slums, and Charlene Dumas was eating mud. With food prices rising, Haiti's poorest can't afford even a daily plate of rice, and some take desperate measures to fill their bellies. Charlene, 16 with a 1-month-old son, has come to rely on a traditional Haitian remedy for hunger pangs: cookies made of dried yellow dirt from the country's central plateau."

St. Kitts and Nevis to continue support for Taiwan, envoy says

Taiwan Headlines: "Saint Kitts and Nevis will not waver in its diplomatic relations with Taiwan and will continue to support the island in joining the U.N., the Caribbean country's Minister of Foreign Affairs Timothy Sylvester Harris said on Sunday in an exclusive interview in Taipei prior to the scheduled opening of the country's embassy in Taiwan today.
'This is history in the making because it (the embassy) is the first embassy my country is opening in Asia. It is a significant milestone in light of celebrating the country's 25th year of political independence,' Harris said."

PSC misbehaved - Former commission member Sangster supports firing body

Jamaica Gleaner News "A former member of the Public Service Commission (PSC), Dr Alfred Sangster, is supporting the prime minister's decision to recommend the dismissal of the five-member body.
In a letter to the governor general late last year, the prime minister, Bruce Golding, recommended that the PSC members be dismissed for misbehaving, and yesterday, Dr Sangster expressed agreement with the recommendation."

‘Dads care for your children’

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "A hard-hitting social commentary on absentee fathers earned Megan Walrond, 17, the coveted title of the 2008 Junior Calypso Monarch at the Jean Pierre Complex in Port-of-Spain yesterday.
Walrond, a student of Bara-taria Senior Comprehensive school, defeated 12 contestants to claim the $6,000 prize as she put on an impressive performance in front of scores of spectators during her rendition of “Remember Me Not” a composition denouncing absentee fathers who only remember their children they abandoned in times of helplessness."

Central villagers angry ...as hit-and-run victim dies

The Trinidad Guardian "Residents of Brickfield and Bank Village in Carapichaima, Central Trinidad, broke down in tears when they heard that teenage cricketer Rajkumar Rishi Rampersad—victim of a hit and run accident—had succumbed to his injuries yesterday.
As the news spread, angry villagers took to the streets to protest the failure of the police in arresting the killer."

WARDERS CRY FOUL

The Nation Newspaper "ABOUT 15 PRISON OFFICERS at Her Majesty's Prisons Dodds who were not appointed, even though they were in the service for more than ten years, are claiming 'victimisation' and are seeking legal advice.
These officers said they felt they were victimised because they gave evidence at last year's Commission of Inquiry into the burning of Glendairy Prisons."

5-year jail 'trip' - Machete-wielding brothers thrown in prison after man slips, injures self

Jamaica Gleaner News : "Two brothers who chased a man, causing him to injure his ankle while he was jumping over a wall, will each have to spend five years in prison for causing grievous bodily harm.
Fitzroy and Leroy Nelson, of Middle Baxton, St Ann, had appealed their convictions and sentences on the grounds that the identification evidence was weak. The Court of Appeal dismissed their appeal last Wednesday."

‘I am ready for crime debate’

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday"OPPOSITION LEADER Basdeo Panday sneaked back into Trinidad on Saturday afternoon after more than a month in England and India.
With his party colleagues expecting him yesterday, Panday decided to return a day early. He declared that he was raring to go for Wednesday’s 1.30 pm sitting of the House of Representatives and is prepared to speak in the debate on the Government’s motion on crime which will continue on that day."

SHELL NO!

The Nation Newspaper"THIRTY-FIVE BARBADIAN FARMERS are ready to take on one of the world's largest oil giants.
That's the word from the Southern Farmers group, which is expected to call an extraordinary meeting this week – perhaps as early as today – to clear the air with Shell Barbados Limited."

Red light for blue movies

The Jamaica Star "The police say they will be implementing tougher measures to aid in the fight against illegal porn DVD sellers who noticeably line the streets of Half-Way Tree and downtown Kingston.
These DVDs often bear the images of scantily clad or fully naked women and are offered for sale to just about anyone."
International concern grows for disappeared Haitian human rights defender, Lovin: "International concern grows for disappeared Haitian human rights defender, Lovinsky Pierre Antoine

Acclaimed actress Vanessa Redgrave joins a growing list of prominent people worldwide who have expressed concerned with the safe return of Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, the missing human rights activist kidnapped in Haiti on 12 August 2007 after meeting with a visiting US human rights delegation."

MAJOR CHALLENGES FOR CARICOM

guyanachronicle.com "AS THIS first month of 2008 draws to a close, Caribbean Community governments find themselves facing some major decisions that require urgent attention to avoid further problems down the road.

The challenges are viewed as being more acute as a consequence of four changes in government in CARICOM-- St. Lucia, The Bahamas, Jamaica and Barbados--within the past 13 months, and at least two more general elections expected later in the year following next month's in Belize.."
35 very ill political prisoners in Cuba - rights group The Courier-Mail: "THERE are 35 political prisoners in Cuba in very poor health, and authorities now have a novel way of taking dissidents out of circulation for a short time, a leading human rights group said in a report.
Out of a total of 290 dissidents and prisoners of conscience in Cuba at the close of 2007, 35 'are in a deplorable state of health inside prisons,' the National Coordinator of Current and Former Political Prisoners (CNPP) said in the report issued in Havana."

GUNMAN BARES ALL - Says some cops protect criminals

Jamaica Gleaner News "A repentant gunman with blood on his hands says corrupt policemen and politicians are helping to sustain violent crime in Jamaica.
From atop a two-storey building in one of Kingston's most desolate inner-city communities, Gunner (not his real name) calmly and candidly speaks of his life of crime and a desire to change.
Just 27 years old, he has a past that he is struggling to leave behind; but this is proving difficult because he was introduced to guns from as early as age eight."

DK Duncan withdraws

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM: "Veteran politician D K Duncan yesterday withdrew his candidacy for the post of general-secretary of the People's National Party (PNP), saying that he had done so after talks with the party president, Portia Simpson Miller, and that he was guided by a recommendation that no sitting member of parliament should occupy the post."

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday : newsday.co.tt :

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "GEORGETOWN, Guyana: Gunmen stormed into a coastal village early yesterday and shot dead 11 people, President Bharrat Jagdeo said, in escalating violence blamed on a gang leader who has threatened widespread attacks.

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Lusignan massacre -Survivor recalls the terror

Stabroek News: "Awakened from his bed by the sound of gunshots, which sounded too close to home, Lusignan resident Nazir Mohamed scrambled to seek shelter along with his family of four yesterday but was shot while still on his bed.
A little distance away in the kitchen, his young son Shazam Mohamed collapsed on the floor after being hit by bullets that penetrated the walls of their wooden home. Nazir Mohamed was shot twice in both legs but his son was fatally wounded."

Angry, grief stricken villagers lay fiery roadblocks, chase away Cabinet ministers

Stabroek News: "Several hours after the bloody assault on Lusignan, which left 11 people dead and four injured (see story and photos on page 16), East Coast residents spanning over six villages erupted into an uncontrollable rage, burning debris and clashing with Cabinet ministers in a prolonged protest that continued throughout the day yesterday."

Gunmen kill 11 in coastal village

The Trinidad Guardian "Guyana—Gunmen stormed into a coastal village and killed 11 people, including five children, in violence blamed on a gang leader who has threatened widespread attacks. The assault sparked angry protests. The killings in Lusignan came hours after gunmen attacked police headquarters in the capital, firing indiscriminately and wounding two guards.
The incidents prompted outrage in the South American country, which has struggled with violent crime in recent years, and is known as the site of the Jonestown mass-suicide and killings, led by the American cult leader Jim Jones."

'BUNCUM' TO HANG

SUN St.Kitts & Nevis: "The fate of Romeo ‘Buncum’ Cannonier was decided yesterday when High Court Justice Francis Belle sentenced him to death by hanging.
Belle supported his ruling by stating that the “aggravating factors prevailed” and that the “heinous” crime committed was “one of the most brutal slayings” amidst the “sea of crime in the country”.
Following a week long trial, a 12-member jury convicted ‘Buncum’ on 23 Oct., 2007 for what was described by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Paulina Hendrickson, the “heinous” murder of Police Officer #454 Delvin Nisbett which took place 25 July 2004."

Works director explains road spending; while going to…SHOUL’S DEFENCE

Antigua Sun: "Director of Works Charlesworth “Barry” Davis has refuted allegations of financial mismanagement associated with roadwork surrounding the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground and issued a detailed statement of expenditure for the project.
Davis was responding to allegations from the opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) that the roadwork spending was anomalous, amounting to $70 million on approximately seven miles of road, or as much as $10 million per mile."

'DK past his prime' -

Jamaica Gleaner News "ONE DAY ahead of the People's National Party's (PNP) National Executive Council (NEC) meeting where the party is slated to elect a new general secretary, Dr. D.K. Duncan is said to be weighing his options.
Gleaner sources have said that Dr. Duncan is getting ready to pull out of Sunday's race, which could leave Peter Bunting, the Central Manchester member of parliament, in pole position for the job."

‘Iguana’ stalks Eustace

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "CURTIS EUSTACE is seeking to establish a new record of wins in the King of Carnival competition. He is tied with Peter Samuel on eight victories.
But Eustace stumbled on Thursday night at the King of Carnival preliminaries at the Queen’s Park Savannah. He placed second with “Chromatic Chaos” from Evolution’s “Evolution — Colour of Imagination” and fell six points behind the North King, Geraldo Vieira Sr, who portrayed “Night of the Iguana” from Trini Revellers’ “Que Viva Mexico”."

Female clerk planassed during robbery

The Trinidad Guardian "A midday robbery yesterday left Digicel Independence Square outlet employees shaken, as a man armed with a cutlass attacked and robbed a female worker.
The unidentified man carefully concealed the weapon in his pants upon entry into the store, located in the heart of downtown. As he was enquiring about a particular cellphone, the man reportedly pulled out the cutlass and ordered the employees and three other customers to the back room of the store."

Director of Haiti's embattled electoral council resigns

Macro*World Investor: "PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti-The executive director of Haiti's embattled electoral council resigned Friday, raising concern that an overdue election for 10 Senate seats will be further delayed. President Rene Preval and the nine-member council met Friday to select a replacement for Jacques Bernard, who was appointed by an interim government in 2005, council member Ginette Cherubin said. A council spokesman declined to say why Bernard resigned."

Bahamas to boost patrols after 128 Haitian immigrants detained

AOL News: "NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) - The Bahamas' top security official ordered authorities on Friday to step up patrols around the island chain, after scores of Haitian migrants were detained.

The Royal Bahamas Defense Force arrested 128 Haitians on Thursday after spotting their boat about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of New Providence, the main island."

Cuba's Castro Thought He Was Dying

International Business Times -: "HAVANA (AP) - Fidel Castro revealed Thursday that he thought he was dying when he fell seriously ill in July 2006, and he hastily made plans to give up power as doctors fought to save his life."

"When I fell gravely ill the night of the 26th and dawn of the 27th of July, I thought that would be the end, and while the doctors fought for my life, the head aide of the Council of State read at my urging the text and I dictated the necessary arrangements," the ailing 81-year-old wrote in an essay published on the front page of state newspapers.
UK Responds Favourably To "Whitelisting" Lobby: "Minister of Finance Dr. Errol Cort is reporting “favourable” news following a meeting with the United Kingdom (UK) Minister for Sport Gerry Sutcliffe on Antigua and Barbuda’s “whitelisting” application.
Approval of the application would have given remote gaming operators in Antigua and Barbuda permission to advertise their services to consumers in the UK."

St Lucia to join CCJ

CBC.bb: "Prime Minister Stephenson King Thursday said his government is anxious to have the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) established as St Lucia’s final court as he attempted to clear the air on a previous statement made about the regional court."

HOT GUNS

The Nation Newspaper "THERE'S BEEN AN UPSURGE in shooting incidents across Barbados over the past several weeks and police are concerned it's blemishing an otherwise almost crime-free record.
'We are very concerned about this sudden amount of shooting incidents and we have put plans in place to deal with those responsible for these dangerous and reckless acts,' acting Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) Morgan Greaves told the WEEKEND NATION yesterday."

PM: The Game Is Over

The Bahama Journal: "Saying that Perry Christie continues to be in a deep state of delusion, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham last night laid the failures of the parliamentary registration system at the PLP leader’s feet, and added that the 'game' Mr. Christie’s party has been playing since it lost the election last year is over.
'Even after the ruling of the Election Court, they are still in denial, and they are looking for someone to blame,' said Mr. Ingraham during an FNM rally where speaker after speaker pointed to the recent court victory of Pinewood MP Byran Woodside."

Antigua SunWorks director explains road spending; while going to…SHOUL’S DEFENCE

Antigua Sun: "Director of Works Charlesworth “Barry” Davis has refuted allegations of financial mismanagement associated with roadwork surrounding the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground and issued a detailed statement of expenditure for the project.

Davis was responding to allegations from the opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) that the roadwork spending was anomalous, amounting to $70 million on approximately seven miles of road, or as much as $10 million per mile.

He further went to the defence of Ambassador David Shoul, whose office the ALP picketed last week alleging mismanagement of government funds."

Fake $14M found in barrel -was sent from London

Stabroek News: "Customs officers yesterday unearthed $14M in counterfeit Guyana currency hidden among some items in a barrel which had been sitting at the John Fernandes Wharf for almost two years now.
The stunning discovery was made late yesterday morning after a decision was taken to open up the barrel which was shipped from London through the Harrison Shipping Company in May, 2006 to an Essequibo Coast resident."

FUTURE PLANS

Advocate: "Prime Minister David Thompson has identified three economic priorities that are attracting his attention and they are all the same  reducing the cost of living.
To address this issue, Thompson yesterday announced that a forum with the private sector will be convened in the near future, saying, We must create the conditions to drive prices down in the market place, and also allow young entrepreneurs to observe a dream of owning their businesses."

Dengue fells 12 Chinese workers

The Trinidad Guardian "TWELVE Chinese workers have been hospitalised after contracting dengue fever during the past two weeks. This was confirmed by chief medical officer Dr Rohit Doon, yesterday. Six of them remained warded at St Clair Medical Centre up to last night.
The Chinese, who were working on the construction of the Academy of Arts on Keate Street, live in an apartment building on Frederick Street in Port-of-Spain. About 100 Chinese workers live in the building, where four men occupy a room 12 by 20 feet."

Corrupt cops cuffed - Several in trouble since Lyn-Sue's confession

Jamaica Gleaner News "Since the confession of Detective Constable Carey Lyn-Sue two Tuesdays ago in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court that he fabricated evidence in a murder case, several policemen have been nabbed in various criminal matters, some dating as far back as 2006.
Two policemen have been charged and an ex-policeman is yet to be indicted, after a 10-year-old boy was beaten and robbed at gunpoint on Saturday, June 10, 2006. The incident allegedly occurred when the men were stationed at the Freeport Police Station in Montego Bay."

Soldier killed in Buxton shoot-out -two injured

Stabroek News: "A shoot-out last night between patrolling ranks of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and gunmen in the East Coast village of Buxton left one soldier dead and two persons wounded.
Dead is 24-year-old Troy Williams who took a gunshot to the left shoulder which exited the left side of his chest, according to sources at the Georgetown Hospital last night."

2M DRUG HAUL ... As security forces work together

SUN St.Kitts & Nevis: "Yesterday, the security forces executed a search warrant on premises at Canada Estate for firearms, drugs and ammunitions. One .45mm pistol with seven rounds of ammunitions, one bullet proof vest, one black mask, one camouflage uniform, one sniper scope, one tape recorder, and one rifle bipod were recovered from the premises. Kimbal Williams of Canada Estate was arrested for possession of the illegal items. He will be charged for the offences and will be taken before the court shortly."

Is there more to Rufus and Mondesir than meets the eye?

St. Lucia Star Online "What an irony that precisely when some here are questioning his credentials, Keith Mondesir has been declared Caribbean Optometrist of the Year by the Caribbean Optometrist Association, based in Trinidad. While Mondesir himself has been tight-lipped about the reasons for the special recognition, the citation from CARIOA explains that he has been 'credited for the development of optometry in St Lucia and St Kitts/Nevis.' Moreover, that he has been 'a key figure in the development' of the association that on January 6 declared him Optometrist of the Year."

Who killed my son?...Ellias’ family in pain

The Trinidad Guardian "“WHO killed my son?” This is the question grieving mom Hafeeza Ali asks herself everytime she closes her eyes and sees the body of her son lying face down in a tomb at the Oropouche Cemetery. The fifth of Ali’s 11 children, Ellias Thomas, 17, was found murdered in the cemetery on February 3, 2004, metres from their Coker Street, Oropouche, home. Thomas’ siblings, Ali said, had all become withdrawn since their brother’s death."

Cash Plus concedes

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM: "EMBATTLED alternative investment player Cash Plus Limited yesterday ended its running legal battle with the Financial Services Commission (FSC) and announced it would seek to register with the regulatory body.
The announcement came at the expected start of the highly anticipated case brought by Cash Plus, seeking a declaration in the Supreme Court that its operations did not amount to securities trading, which would require it to be regulated by the state-run FSC."

National ID coming - Golding wants Jamaicans registered, moves to make country more manageable

Jamaica Gleaner News "A national registration system first proposed by the then Electoral Advisory Committee (EAC) in 1994, is one of several initiatives announced by Prime Minister Bruce Golding to cramp the worrying crime rate in Jamaica. Last year 1,574 Jamaicans were murdered.
Mr. Golding's announcement has received support from Director of Elections Danville Walker who said that the country should have established such a system years ago."

Burial of wanted men and baby still stalled

Radiojamaica.com... today's news... today | Burial, Brothers, Council, Centre, News | Burial of wanted men and baby still stalled - One day after a major drama unfolded in Old Har...: "One day after a major drama unfolded in Old Harbour Bay St. Catherine over the burial of two brothers who were featured on the police most wanted list, our news centre is receiving word that their burial is still stalled.

Tuesday the RJR News Centre reported that the bodies of the Dryden brothers, as well the 10-month-old daughter of one of them, was not buried due to angry protests by the residents.

An official of the St. Catherine Parish Council on Wednesday morning told our News Centre that the late father of the men had approached the council seeking to purchase a burial spot at the cemetery."

Ganja farm kids - Youths taken out of school, put to work in ganja fields

Jamaica Gleaner News "Scores of children - some from very poor families - across Western Jamaica are being lured out of school to work in ganja fields, helping with the mass production of the narcotic drug for export. The increase in ganja production over the past six years has kept Jamaica on the United States' 'blacklist' as one of the major drug-producing countries."

‘Mad’ killer goes free

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "A JUDGE yesterday ordered the immediate release of insane killer Selwyn Dillon who was virtually dumped and forgotten at Carrera Island Prison in 1988, and never medically treated for 15 years. In 2004, Government psychiatrist Dr Iqbal Ghany submitted a report to the then Attorney General John Jeremie that Dillon, 50, was no longer a threat to society and should be released."

93 horses enter the gate!

Amandala Online: "Motorcades of red, blue and yellow rolled in the streets of Belize City this morning and this afternoon, as the political parties brought their candidates to Mahogany Street for nomination for General Elections 2008, scheduled for Thursday, February 7, 2008. This is the day, Nomination Day, when everybody is still a winner, in his/her mind. The energy and the excitement were high."

Taking pictures in public: Legal or illegal? That is the Question…

St. Kitts-Nevis: "Basseterre; St. Kitts} Almost every reporter, if not all, in the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis, has at one point or another, been issued unsavory words and rebuff by a disgruntled, peeved and even enraged photo subjects, because, for one reason or another, they did not want their picture taken.

What is perplexing to me, as I’m sure it has been to my colleagues, is the apparent widespread belief of some that taking pictures of persons, not withstanding it being done in a public place; is wrong."

Top Caribbean leaders and officials lining up to meet with Barbados’ new prime minister

Broad Street Journal Online "seems that St. Lucia’s minister of tourism Allan Chastanet may be following closely on the heels of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica, who Prime Minister David Thompson said on Sunday was here to explore the feasibility of boosting maritime transport in the region and landing nutritional food into Barbados at more affordable prices, as well as Arden Mclean, a senior Minister in the Cayman Islands government, who flew in to start talks about strengthening Barbados’ financial services sector."

Quick community action saves…HOUSE ON FIRE

Antigua Sun: "Brave residents in the Cashew Hill community came to the help of a neighbour yesterday morning when fire attacked the home.
Starting at approximately 11 o' clock, the fire ate through some of the interior of the two-bedroom wall house, while the exterior remained virtually untouched.
The eight-year-old house is owned by John Hughes, but was rented to an unnamed Jamaican woman and her daughter. Allegations are that she was given notice to leave the premises late last year and had been preparing to leave."

Female prisoners cry victimisation because of sexual preference

Kaieteur News Guyana: "Three prisoners at the New Amsterdam Female Prison are alleging that they are being victimised because of their sexual preference.
They are also alleging that the perpetrators of the act of victimisation are senior officers (names provided) at the institution. The women claim that when they report the incidents to the officer in charge of the prison they are penalised. They are also alleging that they are forced to sit on the floor of their cell to eat, and indicated that their cell is in close proximity to that of another inmate who is of unsound mind and who urinates and excretes on the floor, with matter flowing over to their cell."

Woodside Wins!!!

The Bahama Journal: "The leadership of the Progressive Liberal Party faces dire consequences as a result of the vindication of FNM MP Byran Woodside in the Election Court last night, according to some political observers.
After a scrutiny that lasted more than 10 hours, Mr. Woodside comfortably won the seat by 49 votes. The May 2 election official results had put him ahead by 64 votes.
Allyson Maynard Gibson, the defeated PLP Pinewood candidate, brought the case to court, challenging the votes of 159 people. Mr. Woodside challenged 41 votes."
Man who snatched Budget from late PM explains his actions Advocate: "THE man who snatched the Budget from the late Prime Minister Tom Adams in 1979 and was later sent to the Psychiatric Hospital, yesterday explained why he did it. Trevor Armel Eastman told the Court of Appeal, which comprised acting Chief Justice, Frederick Waterman and Justices of Appeal, Peter Williams and John Connell: 'I snatched the Budget in 1979 because it was meant to put Barbados on a road which I knew wasn't good for Barbados.'"

Barbados: A change in government, but values remain

Advocate: "The Caribbean island of Barbados held general elections to choose a new government on January 15. The Opposition, the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), was elected to office winning 20 of the 30 parliamentary seats and replacing the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) which had formed the government for 14 years.
As with every general election, many issues were thrown out to the electorate, but in reality only one mattered, and that was: should the Barbados Labour Party, led by Owen Arthur, continue in office for a fourth consecutive term."

243 Haitians repatriated by Coast Guard

MiamiHerald.com: "PORT-AU-PRINCE -- (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard brought 243 Haitian migrants back to the impoverished Caribbean nation on Tuesday after seizing their boats near the southern Bahamas.
The most crowded vessel, carrying 163 Haitians, was found Sunday by helicopter about 45 miles southwest of Great Inagua, Bahamas, according to U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Barry Bena. The migrants were brought onboard a cutter the next morning."

New York nurse murder

Stabroek News: "The disc jockey and the taxi driver stood emotionless in the dock at the Mahaicony Magistrate's Court yesterday after they were further remanded to prison for allegedly clubbing a US-based nurse to death. The beginning of the preliminary inquiry into the murder has been set for February 11."

Two injured; yacht destroyed in dangerous ... LIGHTNING STRIKE

Antigua Sun: "A 79-foot yacht was completely destroyed by fire early yesterday morning after it was reportedly struck by lightning.
Although firefighters struggled for almost three hours in heavy rains and thunderstorms trying to extinguish the flames, they were unable to save the yacht which was docked in the Falmouth Harbour. The vessel reportedly erupted into flames some time before 6 a.m."

STOP GAP!

The Nation Newspaper "BEWARE of divisiveness!
There is 'a level of divisiveness' that is possible in Barbados.
And general secretary of the Barbados Workers' Union (BWU), Sir Roy Trotman, is warning that if the matter is not dealt with effectively, no amount of repairs could restore
the country to what it once was."

UN envoy looks for police force increase in Haiti

People's Daily Online: "The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti should form a competent police force in the country, a top UN official said on Monday.

Hedi Annabi, the UN assistant secretary general for peacekeeping operations, said in Brazilia that one object of the mission in Haiti for the next five years would be raising the number of Haiti's policemen from 8,000 to 14,000."

Fidel Castro re-elected member of Cuban parliament

ITAR-TASS: "HAVANA, January 22 (Itar-Tass) - Fidel Castro has been re-elected to the National Assembly of People's Power (parliament) as a result of polls in which the island's population participated actively.
Maria Ester Reus Gonzalez, president of the National Electoral Commission (CNE) announced here on Monday that, according to preliminary data, 91 percent of people voted by block for the entire list of candidates, with the Cuban leader's candidacy included."

3 held in Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday"THREE residents of Tobago, allegedly part of an international cocaine ring operating between the Caribbean and England, appeared in court in Port-of-Spain yesterday to answer a warrant for their extradition to the United Kingdom to face trial.
Owen Alfred, Oswin Moore, and Dexter Thomas, all 39 years old, were arrested on Sunday afternoon in Tobago by members of the Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Bureau. They were flown to Trinidad aboard a helicopter operated by the Special Anti-Crime Unit and detained in Port-of-Spain."

New CJ named: Archie takes oath on Thursday

The Trinidad Guardian "AFTER weeks of speculation, it is now confirmed that Justice of Appeal Ivor Archie will assume office as this country’s eighth Chief Justice on Thursday.
He succeeds CJ Satnarine Sharma who reaches the retirement age of 65 on the same day.
Archie will take the oath of office on Thursday at President’s House, a statement from the office of the President said yesterday. Archie, who at 49 would become the longest serving Chief Justice."

Weapons issued to senior PNC official not returned- army sources say issuance went beyond 1979

Stabroek News: "Semi-autonomous agencies and individuals were also issued with army weapons during the Forbes Burnham-led PNC administration in the 1970s and beyond, well-placed sources in the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) said yesterday.
The sources said also that according to the GDF's records, at least one current senior PNCR official, in whose name weapons were issued, had not returned them to date."

MOST WANTED CAPTURED

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM: "WOOD GROVE, St James - Eldon Calvert, the alleged leader of the notorious Stone Crusher Gang, and who was at the top of the police's most wanted list, was yesterday captured by the police in a pre-dawn raid led by Operation Kingfish in this rustic rural community.
A police source said the alleged gangster, who was wanted on numerous murder charges, wept when he was held by detectives and begged the police not to kill him.
Two other men and a woman, who were holed up in the six-bedroom one-storey house with Calvert, were also held in the special police operation."

'I forgive him' - Mother of accused man pardons confessor

Jamaica Gleaner News "June Campbell, the woman whose son a detective constable confessed in court to fabricating evidence against, says she has forgiven the repentant cop and wishes him well in his new life in Christ.
'I am happy that he has confessed because my son had always insisted that he was innocent,' Ms. Campbell told The Gleaner yesterday. 'I am a born-again Christian myself, so I am also very happy that he found God and has decided to walk in his grace.'"

ROAD DEATH

SUN St.Kitts & Nevis: "The Federation has recorded its third road fatality following a traffic accident last Friday evening which took the life of a young Nevisian teenager.
According to a police report, 18-year-old Valencia Robins was travelling along the island’s main road in the vicinity of the RAMS Supermarket in Bath Village, when a pickup truck, P9592, driven by Rolston Caines of Morning Star and travelling from the Charlestown direction, collided with her."

‘PERCY’ ON THE RUN… Cops look for ZDK radio personality

Antigua Sun: "Tony Whyte, a local radio disc jockey, has been released from police custody, but the cops have now switched their attention to another well known ZDK radio personality as they pursue all possible leads in the Mansoor building bombing.
Reports reaching the Antigua Sun over the weekend are that investigators are seeking the assistance of another radio personality in relation to last week’s explosion at the family owned building on Corn Alley and Tanner Street.
Reports are that Percival Simon, a popular voice on the opposition aligned radio station, ZDK, is being sought for questioning in relation to the alleged fire-bombing of the building."

Fired MP demands credit for profitable relationship with Taiwan! Bousquet might take King to court over dismissal!

St. Lucia Star "If over-sensitive supporters of the incumbent United Workers Party imagined they were rid of troublesome Rufus Bousquet they now have good cause to think again: this week the former foreign minister largely responsible for the nation’s current halÈ-kasÈ relationship with Taiwan complained that there was something smelly about his dismissal several months ago by a terminally ill Sir John Compton. By Bousquet’s own account, almost everything about that episode demands clarification, at the very least."

Two murders send 2008 toll to 33

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday"THE MURDER toll climbed to 33 yesterday as the country recorded two more murders on Saturday night in Laventille and Morvant .
The latest victims are Michael Robinson, 21, of Block 22, Laventille and Lincoln Marquiste of Jereton Street, Morvant. In the first incident, police said, at about 8.15 pm a group of men attempted to rob Robinson and some of his friends. One of the men ordered Robinson to kneel down in the road and shot him three times in the head. Robinson died instantly."

Kidnap victim still can't smile

The Trinidad Guardian "Hers is a never-ending battle. It’s a battle to purge her soul of the many demons that have invaded it. Kidnapped on her birthday one year ago, from the sanctuary of her Couva home and released 14 days afterwards, writer and former school teacher Debbie Ali continues to endure emotional and psychological anguish. But the pain has taken on a domino effect, confessed Ali in an interview. Even those close to the petite woman were not spared."

JOB NO.1

The Nation Newspaper "THE NEWLY ELECTED Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration will be moving immediately to break up those monopolies controlling local food supplies.
Prime Minister David Thompson stated this yesterday evening near the end of an historic swearing-in ceremony held at Kensington Oval."

JOB NO.1

The Nation Newspaper "THE NEWLY ELECTED Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration will be moving immediately to break up those monopolies controlling local food supplies.
Prime Minister David Thompson stated this yesterday evening near the end of an historic swearing-in ceremony held at Kensington Oval."

Cops kill armed bandit

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday"Tobago recorded two killings in one day, on Friday when police shot and killed a bandit during a foiled robbery attempt at a guest house in Bacolet, Scarborough on Friday night.
According to reports, at about 8pm officers of the E999 unit received a distress call from an employee of the Old Donkey Cart Guest House, approximately three minutes away from the Scarborough Police Station, informing them of a robbery in progress."

A sea change in the Caribbean - Arthur goes

Stabroek News: "The towering image of Arthur overshadowed Thompson at home and most certainly in the region, whose writers must now be hunting for biographical information on the new leader and evidence of his views and commitment on regional issues.
Thompson does, however, have some political pedigree and he must know that Barbados and its economy have some synergy with the region which provides both visitors to and investments in his country."

Seniors cry abuse

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM: "You get the feeling that something is amiss as you walk through the gates of the George Abrahams Home for the aged in August Town. Maybe it's the khaki uniforms hanging on the lines at the front of the yard, the teenagers traipsing through the gates at will, the two young men who climb over the back walls and saunter past, or the older men sitting outside a shed to the right of the premises."

Blast rocks Antigua police office probing gov't corruption

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM: "ST JOHN'S, Antigua (AP) - An explosion on Thursday rocked the office of a police unit that has been investigating government corruption, authorities said.
Authorities were investigating the source of the early morning blast, which ripped tiles off the floor and caused the roof to partly collapse. They refrained from calling it a bombing."

Police question ZDK DJ 'Musical Sheik' in…OFFICE BOMBING

Antigua Sun: "A radio personality was taken into custody yesterday following the apparent fire-bombing of a building owned by Dr. Raymond Mansoor and situated at Corn Alley and Tanner Street.
Tony Whyte, a disc jockey also known as the 'Musical Sheik', is assisting police with investigations into the explosion on the top two floors of the three-story building at approximately 3 a.m. yesterday.
The blast and resultant fire caused extensive damage to the property, which housed the medical practice of Dr. Raymond Mansoor on the second floor and the office of the Police Special Task Force against Corruption and Organised Crime on the third floor."

Lateness penalty for Float Parade

guyanachronicle.com: "MINISTER of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony, warned yesterday that costume bands which are not punctual for the grand Mashramani Float Parade will be penalised.
He said the introduction of that penalty is one of several decisions taken by his ministry to address recurring hindrances over the years.
&#xIf you start late, you delay the whole parade and we want to make the parade timely, so that people can get into the (National) Park,” Anthony explained."
The Nassau Guardian : "Former foreign affairs minister Fred Mitchell had no power to sign a document authorizing the extradition of Dwight and Keva Major before an appeal against the extradition order had been decided, claimed their lawyer, Keod Smith.
And Mitchell's decision to sign the warrant of surrender in 2006 is now subject to judicial review.
The Privy Council dismissed the Majors' appeal in 2007, clearing the way for the couple's extradition to Miami, Florida to face trial for drug crimes."

Andy P serious

Amandala Online: "Belizean music icon Andy Palacio is being flown to the University of Chicago Medical Center this evening via air ambulance for urgent medical attention, after medics and the Universal Health Services determined that he has to be transferred for further diagnostic tests not available in Belize."

US Coast Guard suspends search for missing migrants off Dominican Republic

DominicanToday.com: "Miami.– The US Coast Guard on Friday suspended its search for 11 migrants reported missing after their boat capsized off the Dominican Republic.
On Wednesday, crews retrieved two bodies and rescued four people who had stayed afloat by clinging to large water jugs. The boat capsized on Monday in the Mona Channel between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, the USCG said."

Bird flu 'pandemic' questioned

Cayman Net News: "One of the keynote speakers at Cayman Business Outlook 2008, held on Thursday 17 January at the Ritz-Carlton, has again raised the controversial subject of a possible worldwide bird flu ‘pandemic’.
Defined as an epidemic that spreads through human populations across a large region (for example a continent), or even worldwide, the World Health Organisation (WHO) sets down three pre-requisites for a pandemic: ‘The emergence of a disease new to the population, that the agent infects humans, causing serious illness and that the agent spreads easily and sustainably among humans.’"

30 killed in 18 days

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday"WITH 12 days still to go in the month, the country has already surpassed the murder figure for all of January 2007. Police sources said that for all of January 2007, 27 persons were murdered. As of yesterday, 30 persons were murdered in this month, so far.
And with almost two weeks left in this month, if this month’s murder rate continues, the country could very well surpass the January 2006 record tally of 38 murders. January 2005, saw 23 persons murdered."

Is St Lucia ready for Prime Minister Bousquet?

St. Lucia Star Online: "Just when it seemed Rufus Bousquet had been put on ice, forgotten and in no position to rock the good ship UWP, there he was on TV this week, not only very much alive but also letting everyone know he was far from dead. For a start, there was the matter of his dismissal as foreign affairs minister by a near-death Sir John Compton.
By all he said on the subject, it seems Bousquet had merely been playing possum and never actually believed the story that a dying Sir John could find nothing better to do in his final hour than to kick him out of Stephenson King’s Cabinet. Said Bousquet to DBS’s Pete Ninvalle, Sir John never said anything to him that suggested a plan to fire him over the famous Taiwan affair."

'Please pray for our boy'

The Bermuda Sun: "The family of a teenager who is fighting for his life after a blood vessel burst in his brain is asking for your prayers.

Up-and-coming footballer Dakarai Tucker was flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital on Monday after suffering an aneurism. He was still in critical condition today, Friday. His parents Stephen and Dawna and his uncle Bruce DeGrilla are by his bedside.

Dakarai, 15, plays for the Under-15 National Team and the Under-15 and Under-18 teams for The Academy. He had played matches as recently as Saturday and Sunday.

He was in school at Warwick Academy on Monday when he started to complain of a severe headache. Minutes later he started to be sick and passed out. He was rushed to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital where they had to drill a hole in his head to release the pressure."