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Prime Minister says ‘I am not Superman!’

St. Lucia Star "The jury is still out on what effect Stephenson King’s latest address to the nation will have on the people’s perception of him as Prime Minister. Did he still sound like a man wearing shoes that his feet were unable to fill? The speech the PM delivered last Tuesday certainly only did more damage to his already tattered reputation. The following day the reviews were far from flattering. It didn’t help that people were also quite upset that the speech was two and a half hours late."

Going after the gunmen

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "Stung by the spiralling murder tally, Minister of National Security Colonel Trevor MacMillan yesterday vowed to use the full force of the law to stop the bloodshed he described as one of the worst in Jamaica's history."

Storm fears - Hurricane season begins tomorrow, 16 predicted ODPEM says resources not ideal

Jamaica Gleaner News : "Disaster management officials are facing a number of challenges going into the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins tomorrow. There are 16 storms predicted for 2008, two to five of which are expected to become major hurricanes, but the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) says preparations for the upcoming season are not ideal."


The Nation Newspaper "TOMORROW IS 'D' DAY – diesel day, that is. It is the day when Prime Minister David Thompson said diesel fuel prices would be cut for public service vehicles (PSVs), fishing boat operators, registered farmers and sectors of the manufacturing industry."

Jamaica gets heavy showers as hurricane season nears

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "A wet weekend is likely to usher in the Atlantic Hurricane Season which officially begins on Sunday, June 1. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) said yesterday that the National Met Service advised that the unstable weather condition affecting Jamaica was caused by outer bands associated with Tropical Storm Alma, which dumped heavy rains on several central American countries yesterday. Alma, though not a threat"

Teen charged with murder of 79-year-old Wakenaam woman

Stabroek News : "A teenager was remanded yesterday after he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court charged with the murder of the 79-year-old Wakenaam, Essequibo Island woman who was found dead in her Sans Souci home on Monday. Latchman Persaud, 17, called `Saramakatoy’ was not required to plead to the indictable charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Melissa Robertson-Ogle."

'Do something!'

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "The Government came under increased pressure yesterday to deal decisively with the growing crime wave as gunmen continued their reign of terror between Wednesday night and yesterday morning, killing three people, injuring three others and fire-bombing four houses in separate incidents in the capital, Kingston."

Crime plan clamour - More murders across Jamaica - Friday | May 30, 2008

Jamaica Gleaner News "The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) yesterday demanded that the Government share with the country its approach to curb the escalating crime wave. However, Prime Minister Bruce Golding is insisting that the development of a crime plan is not the remit of his administration, but that of the police."


The Nation Newspaper "POLICE HAVE TURNED DOWN the volume in the hub of musical entertainment amid the heat of Crop-Over. Nightclub owners in St Lawrence Gap, Christ Church, were recently ordered by the Royal Barbados Police Force to lower their music by 2 a.m. and cease playing altogether an hour later, following numerous complaints by residents and hoteliers."

RISE IN CRIME ... Minister worried about negative consequences of upsurge in criminal activities

SUN St.Kitts & Nevis : "“Even if we try to fool ourselves into thinking that crime in St. Marten, St. Thomas, St. Croix, Bahamas and Jamaica is plenty worse (than it is here) and they have very big and successful tourism industries, we cannot look at that and be complacent.” That was the view expressed by Minister of National Security Dwyer Astaphan in an interview with Sun St. Kitts/Nevis focussed on crime and its negative impact on tourism."

More bloodshed

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "Gunmen killed two more Jamaicans yesterday and seriously injured five others in a drive-by attack on a group of persons at Prince of Wales Street in the tough Allman Town community in Central Kingston. The latest incident of bloodletting occurred on the same day that Police Commissioner Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin, in an address to rank and file cops on the other end of the island, heightened fear among Jamaicans by declaring that the crime wave will get worse before any anti-crime strategy can start having a meaningful effect."

Friend on murder charge

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "Director of Public Prosecution Geoffrey Henderson last evening ordered the police to charge a 28-year-old man with the murder of eight-year-old Hope Arismandez. The man, who had been a friend of Hope’s family and lived with her, her mother Sherma Rajoon and her brother, will appear before a Chaguanas magistrate this morning."

The killing of Hope Arismandez

The Trinidad Guardian - "The death of little Hope Arismandez, 8, has cast a veil of sadness at Carapichaima RC School where she was a Standard One student. Hope disappeared on Saturday night from the apartment where she was staying with her mother Stacey Rajoon, 48, her brother Kirk Rajoon, 14, and a male relative."


The Nation Newspaper "TWO VICE-PRESIDENTS and four senior managers have been made redundant the local operation of Cable & Wireless (C&W). Yesterday, the six senior staff at the British-owned telecommunications company were informed they would be leaving the company by weekend."

Phillips reveals dark side of Junior Sec life --Prostitution, porn, gangs and violence

The Trinidad Guardian "Girls attending Junior Secondary Schools are more likely to engage in transactional sexual behaviour and their male peers are more prone to gang activity in schools. This was the conclusion drawn from a recent study conducted in 14 Junior Secondary Schools regarding violence and sexual behaviour among school children."

Teen sisters murdered

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "RUDOLPH Brown may have had plans to have his two teenage daughters by his side when he celebrates his 70th birthday today. Instead, the grief-stricken old man may have to start making funeral arrangements for his little girls -17-year-old Lisa and 19-year-old Christina - who were brutally slain shortly after 5:00 pm yesterday when three armed men entered the family's home on Henderson Avenue in Kingston and sprayed them with bullets."

Bruce shuns Bush? - PM denies requests to talk with US president

Jamaica Gleaner News : "Prime Minister Bruce Golding has turned down two invitations to have face-to-face talks with United States President George W. Bush. This has sparked concern of a possible rift in the relationship between Jamaica House and the White House, particularly as Golding has jetted off to Havana, Cuba; Lima, Peru, and London, England, since declining the invitations to meet Bush."


The Nation Newspaper "A day late and a dollar short! That was how Opposition Leader Mia Mottley described Prime Minister David Thompson's announcement Monday that Government was removing price controls on wholesale chicken and cutting the price of diesel for Public Service Vehicles and fishing boat operators"

MAN CRUSHED ... Industrial accident claims another life

SUN St.Kitts & Nevis : "The Federation was forced to relive yet another incident of industrial death last Friday morning when a truck toppled over at the Government’s Quarry, claiming the life of a 37-year-old man. A little over a week ago, the bridge portion of the West Basseterre By-pass road project collapsed killing one man and injuring two others."

Fisherman shot dead by cop

Stabroek News : "A policeman yesterday morning shot dead a Riverview, Ruimveldt fisherman, accus-ed of stealing a generator and other items from a liquor bar, but residents said the man committed no such act and chided the police for unnecessarily using deadly force."

Bloody Monday

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "TWO men who police believe were involved in the murders of two policemen on Labour Day in Trench Town, Kingston were among nine people killed between Sunday night and yesterday as the island continued to experience a level of blood-letting that has driven fear into the hearts of many people."

'They looked so innocent' - Residents shocked alleged cop-killers were their neighbours

Jamaica Gleaner News "Following yesterday's fatal shooting of two men implicated in Friday's gun murders of two policemen in west Kingston, the police are imploring Jamaicans to know their neighbours. Warren 'Border Hittis' Failey, 32, and Seamel Tycon, both of Trench Town, west Kingston, addresses, were killed in a police/ military operation in Westmore Gardens, near Spanish Town, St Catherine, yesterday."


The Nation Newspaper "CHICKEN FARMERS and consumers can breathe a sigh of relief. So can Public Service Vehicle (PSV) and fishing boat operators – along with sectors of the manufacturing industry. This follows an announcement yesterday by Prime Minister David Thompson that price controls would be removed from the sale of wholesale chicken and that diesel fuel prices would be cut for PSV and fishing boat operators."

SHOUL’S DEFENCE ... ‘I influenced no contracts,’ ambassador to China claims

Antigua Sun : "Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to China David Shoul accused the opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) of seeking to undermine the relationship between Antigua and Barbuda and China and to derail the related projects. “I influenced no contracts. I gave no contracts,” the ambassador said, breaking months of silence on the ALP’s accusations that he was involved in questionable contracts associated with the new stadium's ancillary work and roads, professing his innocence and defending his relationship with the preparatory works for Cricket World Cup 2007."

Blood and tears

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "IT was a chilling funeral service yesterday for Stacy-Ann Clarke, the 10-year-old who died of injuries she received last month when gunmen traded bullets in the depressed Seaview Gardens Kingston community she called home."


The Nation Newspaper "MORE THAN 40 POLICE OFFICERS will move up the ranks this week. Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin told the DAILY NATION yesterday at a brunch at Hilton Barbados that promotions ranging from sergeants to senior superintendents would be announced later this week."

Earthquake Rattles Colombia's Capital, Kills 6

The preliminary 5.6-magnitude quake shook buildings and sent many residents running into the streets. (May 25)Roads closed....and buildings turned to rubble.These are the scenes after Colombia's capital was rattled by a moderate earthquake Saturday that killed at least six people...And left more than ten others injured.Many scared residents flocked into the street and simply structures above began to crumble.The 5 point 6 magnitude quake's epicenter was just outside of Bogota --- And officials say it struck at a depth of just 6 miles underground, a relatively shallow depth for an earthquake.Shallower earthquakes are felt more strongly than those that occur deep in the earth.The rumblings lasted for about 40 seconds. ___ ___, The Associated Press.

New car owners thinking small

The Nation Newspaper "SMALL and fuel-efficient. These are the two essentials Barbadians in the market for new cars say are 'must-haves'. With oil prices in the United States hitting a high of US$133 a barrel last Wednesday, Barbadians are paying more attention to the money they spend at the pump. This, coupled with the hike in gas and diesel prices in April, has motorists becoming more circumspect when hunting for vehicles."

Couple slaughtered in midnight attack

The Trinidad Guardian "A Chaguanas couple have become the country’s latest murder victims. The bodies of Antoinette Nedd, 40, a pre-school teacher, and Anthony Charles, 39, an employee of Reno Racing Pool, were discovered lying in a pool of blood in the bedroom of their home at Enterprise Street, Chaguanas, yesterday morning."

Cuba has world's highest rate of over 100-year-olds: expert

MyWire AFP: "HAVANA (AFP) — About 1,800 Cubans are over 100 years old, making it the country with the highest rate of centenarians, an expert said Saturday. Eugenio Selman-Housein, chairman of the 120 Years Club and previously head of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro's medical team, also said 'life expectancy has gone up to almost 80 years' on the communist-run Caribbean island."

Ramesh: Jack’s the man funding Malaysian probe

The Trinidad Guardian "Jack Warner is the man funding the private investigations into Udecott, says Opposition Chief Whip Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj. Maharaj revealed yesterday that the Chaguanas West MP was the man who spent a “substantial amount of money” to hire the private investigator to track down information to show that Udecott was involved in wrongdoing. He was speaking with the Sunday Guardian after a walk through the streets of Chaguanas on his way to Curepe."

$2M bail

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "An 18-year-old woman, employed as a trainee at the Ministry of Education, and a 20-year-old student of a private school have been placed on a collective bail of $2 million after they were charged yesterday with the unlawful possession of CXC English A and Mathema-tics exam papers."

King’s address raises more questions!

St. Lucia Star "The late delivery of the prime minister’s address on Tuesday evening was hardly a surprise. The prime minister’s reputation for lateness has been established. Even the governor general on occasion has been forced to await his arrival at official functions. The prime minister’s heavily advertised address, came around 10:45pm, nearly three hours behind schedule. Throughout American Idol on Channel 34 a scroll pleaded with viewers to stay tuned for the promised speech. Meanwhile, on Channel 37, Denis Dabreo was explaining the program’s lateness. Finally the National Anthem signaled the start of the prime minister’s highly anticipated address to the nation."

Residents blast cop killers

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "RESIDENTS of Third Street in Trench Town yesterday came out swinging against cop killers, saying they would find no sanctuary inside that inner-city community. A group of placard-bearing women and children staged an unusual demonstration to register their disgust over the murders of constables Cornel Grant, 34, and Delano Lawrence. The two were ambushed and cut down inside that violence-prone south-west St Andrew community on Friday."

'No more violence': Trench Town residents condemn police murders Police offers $1 million reward for information

Jamaica Gleaner News "RESIDENTS OF trench Town in south St Andrew, where two members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) were fatally gunned down on Friday, are not prepared to allow the ghastly incident to sour the relationship between them and the police, according to social activist Dr Henley Morgan. 'I was just talking to members of a gang and the leader told me that 'wi nah trade nuttin fi go back',' said Morgan yesterday. He has been spearheading a culture of renewal within the community."


The Nation Newspaper "UP TO LATE LAST NIGHT all efforts were being made to save the house belonging to the late Roland Edwards – the man who composed the music to Barbados' National Anthem."

TEMPERS FLARE… Brantley accuses Parry of embarrassing Nevis

SUN St.Kitts & Nevis : "“I think the premier embarrassed himself, he embarrassed his office and all Nevisians.” Those were the words by Leader of Opposition – the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) Mark Brantley in describing Premier Joseph Parry’s behaviour at the opening ceremony of a week long medical outreach programme underway in Nevis."


The Nation Newspaper : "FRANK EMMANUEL DUNCAN, the most vocal Ghanaian among the 90 West Africans recently stranded in Barbados, has been charged with two counts of fraud in relation to the controversial trip here."

Something wrong with world says Archbishop

The Trinidad Guardian "The world has lost its values. And the sad thing is society hasn’t realised this, said Roman Catholic Archbishop Edward Gilbert at the Corpus Christi Mass and procession in Port-of-Spain, yesterday. Speaking from a stage erected in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception’s car park for the open air Mass, Gilbert said: “There is something wrong with the world and the basis of it is a loss of values.”"

Murder at Lucky Jordan

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "Hours after Roman Catholic Archbishop Edward Gilbert lamented the daily count of murder victims, gunmen shot dead a contractor with the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) during a wappie game at the infamous Lucky Jordan Recreation Club in Port-of-Spain yesterday."

More worries for Cash Plus boss

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "United States-based law professor David P Rowe has sued the failed investment scheme Cash Plus Limited and its embattled head Carlos Hill to recover a whopping J$117 million, making his the largest suit filed so far by a disgruntled lender to the scheme."

BIG money game

The Trinidad Guardian "SPORTS Minister Gary Hunt claimed yesterday that the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) could rake in US$40 million (TT$250 million) or more from television rights for the T&T-England clash at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on June 1."

3 students held after CIC student stabbed

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "THREE students of the Excel Composite Secondary School were chased by a group of students from St Mary’s College (CIC) and were eventually subdued and held by members of the Coast Guard following a stabbing incident which occurred at the Pembroke Street entrance of the college yesterday."

Bunting recants - Apologises to Shaw

Jamaica Gleaner News "PETER BUNTING, Member of Parliament for Central Manchester, yesterday retracted statements he made last week accusing Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw of misleading the House with his claims about a so-called 'sweetheart deal'. In a statement to the House, Bunting said there was a 'misunderstanding on my part as to the transaction the minister was referring to'."


The Nation Newspaper "TWO BUSINESSMEN have joined forces to offer farmers feed at cheaper prices and a market for their produce. Andrew Bynoe, managing director of Emerald City and Carlton & A-One Supermarkets, and LaRon Gibbs, managing director of Cheapside Supplies, are now importing all types of animal feed out of Jamaica and they are selling it, in some cases, at almost 25 per cent cheaper than current market prices."

King hands over Frederick’s cars. Customs comptroller leaves town!

St. Lucia Star "The long standing controversial matter involving the comptroller of customs and the Castries Central MP Richard Frederick has apparently been resolved by Prime Minister Stephenson King. The matter began in June 2007 when the MP was arrested and taken to the Gros Islet police station where he was interrogated for several hours before being released. No charges were lodged but the MP was required to surrender himself to the police one month later. Again, he was set free without charge."

Two die after Mahdia crash

Stabroek News : "Two persons died yesterday morning and six were injured when a Route 72 minibus headed to Georgetown collided with a Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) Land Cruiser, on the Mahdia trail a short distance from the bridge crossing."

'What Jamaica wants' - Church, gays divided on PM's BBC interview

Jamaica Gleaner News "Prime Minister Bruce Golding's firm stance against homosexuality in Jamaica on an international talk show has drawn both support and sharp criticism from within the nation and the diaspora. Yesterday, president of the Jamaican Diaspora Foundation in Canada, Phillip Mascoll, argued that while same-sex marriages were allowed in Canada, buggery remained a crime in Jamaica and the law should be obeyed."

No room for gays

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "Prime Minister Bruce Golding has forcefully reiterated that homosexuals have no place in his Cabinet, even as he sought to assure gay people that attitudes towards same-sex unions are changing in Jamaica and that the state respects their right to privacy."

Hardwood test on

The Nation Newspaper "THE FORENSIC INVESTIGATION into Hardwood Housing Factory Inc. (HHFI) has begun. Prime Minister David Thompson made the confirmation on Sunday to the DAILY NATION."

TROUBLED SHIPS ... Major cruise vessel cancels as rising fuel costs strike industry

Antigua Sun : "The local cruise sector stands to lose millions of dollars during the winter season with the recent cancellation of Norwegian Cruise Lines. The cruise line makes approximately 18 calls to destinations including Antigua and Barbuda. This is according to President of the Antigua and Barbuda Cruise Tourism Association (ABCTA) Nathan Dundas."

Has Dove flown the coop?

St. Lucia Star "As we go to press rumours abound, among them that a deal has been cut, that Rufus Bousquet has accepted Prime Minister Stephenson King’s offer of the ministry of trade, commerce and industry.

Cash Plus broke!

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "CASH Plus Limited (CPL) only had J$3 million in cash at the end of March this year, according to the receivers of the company, and based on its assets, which was estimated at J$4 billion at March-end, will only be able to pay a maximum of 16 cents on every dollar owed to its creditors."

Soca Warriors get big bucks

The Trinidad Guardian "BRITISH arbitrator Ian Mill, QC, ruled yesterday that 16 members of the Trinidad and Tobago World Cup squad are entitled to 50 per cent of the net profits Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) derived from the Road to Germany 2006 campaign."


The Nation Newspaper "THE SCHOOL DAY could start and end earlier. The Ministry of Education is closely monitoring two St Michael secondary schools which have carried out the experiment. If the earlier start and finish at The St Michael School and St Leonard's Boys' Secondary School get a passing grade, more schools could be following suit."

T&T still backward

The Trinidad Guardian "Despite the Government’s move to offer tertiary education for all citizens, Trinidad and Tobago is still a backward country, says President George Maxwell Richards."

Family terrorised

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "A 32-YEAR-OLD woman was raped at her home by a bandit while his two armed cohorts terrorised the woman’s relatives before making off with cash, jewelry, household items and the family’s pick-up van on Saturday night."

Businessman beaten, robbed

The Trinidad Guardian "A Debe businessman is calling for more police patrols at Valencia quarry, after he was hijacked, gagged, beaten, robbed and dragged through the forests on Friday. Raj Kanhai, 43, spent more than half- an-hour in the hands of his abductors after he was hijacked along Benny Road in Valencia."

Cop shot four times in midday robbery

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "Drama erupted in downtown Port-of-Spain yesterday when a police constable attached to the Repeat Offenders Programme (ROPE), slipped and fell while pursuing a bandit and was shot four times about the body. The gunman, who was armed with a Taurus pistol, reportedly emptied the 14 rounds of ammunition in the direction of Constable Nigel Wilson, but he was only struck four times in the leg and lower body."

Horrible fiery deaths!

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "JODEX Ferron would have turned 11 at the end of this month, and she was really looking forward to her birthday. She would have enjoyed it too, since her family planned to surprise her with the one thing on her wish list - her very own cellphone."


The Nation Newspaper "EASE THE PRESSURE on Barbadians by resuming the subsidy on diesel and removing the taxes imposed on April 13. Opposition Leader Mia Mottley yesterday called on Prime Minister David Thompson to do this, asking him to reconsider the fuel price hikes he announced on what the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) termed 'Black Monday'."

The Caribbean will pay a price for flatfootedness, says economist

Peak Oil News "...'In a lecture in 2001, I tried to explain that oil prices would increase to US$80 per barrel. (This indicates a US$3 billion dollar increase to the airline industry alone in operational expenses as a consequence for tourism in the Caribbean). I shall like now to suggest that according to our analysis at the Landfall Centre, we expect oil prices to hit between US$150-US$200 per barrel in the next three years.'"

Five more murders push toll to 180

The Trinidad Guardian "Five people were murdered in separate incidents in North, East and Central yesterday. Among those killed were were a 23-year-old woman of Couva, and a Morvant man who was shot after putting his girlfriend in a taxi. This means that 180 people have been murdered for the year."

Forbidden love

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "A Couva woman succumbed to gunshot wounds at the San Fernando General Hospital yesterday, hours after her boyfriend shot her and wounded her brother in a fit of rage over her family’s efforts to break up their relationship. The woman’s boyfriend committed suicide shortly after he shot her."

Polls now likely?

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "THE Court of Appeal yesterday gave the People's National Party's (PNP's) Phyllis Mitchell the go-ahead to proceed with an election petition to have the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP's) Desmond Gregory Mair disqualified as MP for North East St Catherine, because of his alleged holding of dual citizenship."

Why is everybody jumpin’ our PM?

St. Lucia Star "Okay, maybe he’s just too nice. Well, either that or he’s just plain too soft when he needs to be hard. Which would make him a wimp. But then wimps just don’t spring out of nowhere into the prime minister’s chair. That takes guts. A whole lotta guts. Which, as we can plainly see, our PM has in abundance. So now, how to explain that whole episode on the final night of St Lucia Jazz?"


The Nation Newspaper "MORE THAN 15 teachers from St Christopher's Primary School, Bourne's Land, Christ Church, were marked absent yesterday. That was confirmed by several parents who called THE NATION yesterday during and after many of them had to return to the school to pick up their children."

Failed Haiti PM nominee lashes out

Failed Haiti PM nominee lashes out : "PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - An international banker whose nomination for Haiti's No. 2 political post was rejected by the lower house of Parliament said Thursday he was hamstrung by corrupt legislators. Ericq Pierre, who was President Rene Preval's first pick for prime minister, accused lawmakers in the Chamber of Deputies of demanding cash, Cabinet positions and projects that could smooth the path to re-election."

Teen commits suicide over Cape

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "The recent postponement of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) exams reportedly led a 16-year-old student of the Toco Composite High School to commit suicide yesterday. Martin Joseph, a Sixth Form student, was found hanging from an electrical cord which was tied to the roof of his bedroom yesterday morning. Martin, who recently wrote the CAPE Communications Studies examination, was said to have been frustrated after reports surfaced that students would have to re-sit the exam. This comes after students were able to buy copies of the exam paper prior to the sitting of the exam."

Schoolboy killed in row over sneakers

The Trinidad Guardian "THE DREAM of a 15-year-old boy becoming a fireman was shattered yesterday when he was stabbed to death at St Joseph Street in Arima. Alonzo Pierre, a pupil of Barataria Secondary Comprehensive School, was killed during an argument over a pair of sneakers. His death pushes the murder toll to 171 for the year."

Support for Cuba

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "Jamaica is expected to push for a review of the United States' economic embargo against neighbouring Cuba at this week's summit of European, Latin American and Caribbean countries in Lima, Peru."

Vaz appeals - New turn in West Portland battle

Jamaica Gleaner News - "The Court battle for the West Portland seat has intensified with Member of Parliament (MP) Daryl Vaz filing a surprise appeal yesterday, seeking to overturn the April 11 court ruling, which ousted him from Parliament. Vaz filed the appeal in the Court of Appeal yesterday, a day after Abe Dabdoub, who represented the People's National Party (PNP), made good on his promise to appeal against chief justice's ruling that a by-election take place to determine the MP for the constituency."

Man dies after gunmen blast police checkpoint

Stabroek News : "Gunmen opened murderous fire at a police checkpoint set up at Middleton Street, Campbellville last night killing a man and injuring three others in a lightning strike that sent shivers through the city. Riddled with bullets, Arjune Narine Singh called “Ryan”, age 21, of Duncan Street, Campbellville, was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital minutes after the attack that was executed just as a lone policeman in plain clothes had pulled over three vehicles checking for documents in a lit section of the street. Singh died while receiving treatment."

Bunting issue goes to Ethics C'ttee

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "Speaker Delroy Chuck has called an emergency meeting of the House of Representatives' Ethics Committee for Monday morning to discuss Finance Minister Audley Shaw's allegations that Opposition spokesman Peter Bunting's former investment house, Dehring Bunting and Golding (DB&G), benefitted from a 'sweetheart deal' with the previous Government."

Selling sex - Concerns raised over children's access to pornography in Jamaica

Jamaica Gleaner News "Sociologists and children's rights advocates are calling for more aggressive legislation and stricter penalties to control the sale of pornographic and other sexually pervasive material to underage children in the wake of an increase in the number of incidents involving students performing sexual deeds in the island's schools."


The Nation Newspaper "THE Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC) says it is running out of land for the Land For The Landless programme."

Minister says CXC leak did not originate in Barbados : "While Barbadian students were sitting their Common Entrance Exams, thousands of students in Trinidad and Tobago won't be allowed to take the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exams. Someone stole at least one of the papers and was selling copies to students. Officials of the Barbados-based Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) arrived in Trinidad to hold an urgent meeting with Education Minister Esther Le Gendre over the leaking of this year's Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) papers. CXC had earlier announced that it was cancelling all CAPE examinations in Trinidad and Tobago."

Worker crushed to death

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "“PRESS THE BUTTON! Press the button! Take it off! Take it off ...please somebody!” These were the words which echoed throughout the Rodmill and Cold End Department by Anil Bickramdass at Arcelor Mittal Steel plant, before his head was crushed between coil compactor No. 3 early yesterday morning. Bickramdass, 38, a mechanic and father of a three-year-old girl was due to collect his confirmation letter at the end of his six-month probation period which ended yesterday."

Bad cops must go!

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "SENATOR Trevor Norman Neville MacMillan was sworn-in as minister of national security yesterday and immediately warned bad cops in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to leave of their own accord or be made to leave."


The Nation Newspaper "A CELEBRATORY MOOD prevailed in Barbados yesterday afternoon as thousands of 'relieved' pupils and their parents left the 22 Common Entrance Examination centres and headed home, to restaurants and other treats."

JAIL 'FULL-UP' ... Prison more than 50 per cent over crowded

SUN St.Kitts & Nevis : "Since its construction in 1840, “the prison has outgrown its usefulness,” head of Her Majesty’s Prison, Superintendent Franklyn Dorset told Sun St. Kitts/Nevis in an interview last Friday. He said the standing population of the prison – initially built to house 60 prisoners – is presently the home of 200 out of the Federation’s 240 prisoners, with the exception of two women detainees. Dorset said, in addition to its overpopulation, the prison is faced with a number of challenges with which his limited manpower has to contend."

Did Cabinet betray Rufus and Compton?

St. Lucia Star "Just when it seemed the Rufus Bousquet-Stephenson King brouhaha had been resolved, a whole new tsunami now threatens the government. When he appeared on NewsMaker Live on Wednesday, the Choiseul MP seemed unusually subdued. He seemed to hedge his answers, even with questions that he had easily dealt with many times before."

Anger over CAPE

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "FORM SIX students from several schools yesterday expressed outrage and disappointment yesterday over plans to have all Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) exams carded between May to June 13, rescheduled. The Education Ministry announced on the weekend that all CAPE exams would be postponed after it was reported that students were able to buy copies of the Communication Studies exam paper as well as other papers prior to sitting of the examination."

Speaker to govt MPs -Answer languishing questions

The Trinidad Guardian -Online Edition Ver 2.0 : "HOUSE SPEAKER Barendra Sinanan is clearly mellowing as the Ninth Parliament progresses. Sinanan showed at Friday’s sitting he was prepared to impartially crack the whip, dispelling the notion raised recently that having come from the bowels of the PNM he was keen to shelter ruling party MPs from Opposition criticism."

Derrick mined out - Mullings' ministry split to slide in Smith

Jamaica Gleaner News - "Derrick Smith, who shadowed the former government's ministers of national security for the better part of two decades, was yesterday shuffled out of the security ministry in favour of Colonel Trevor MacMillan, who will be sworn in as government senator and minister today. MacMillan will replace Ian Murray, who will give up his seat in the Senate."


The Nation Newspaper "TODAY IS Common Entrance Examination Day in Barbados. It is the day when 3 704 Class Four pupils are expected to write the annual composition, mathematics, and English exam that determines which secondary school they will attend in September."

Behind Haiti's horrible hunger

NYdailynews : "PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Haiti's food protests - which killed at least six - ended a month ago, but signs of them linger throughout this capital city. From the posh suburb of Petionville to seaside slums, graffiti denounces lavi chè - the high cost of living. Storefront windows are boarded up. And the entire nation is waiting to see whether the Chamber of Deputies, the lower legislative body, will confirm President René Préval's choice for a replacement prime minister. (Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis resigned as a result of the protests.)"

CAPE postponed

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "ALL CARIBBEAN Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) scheduled today, May 12 to June 13, 2008 in Trinidad and Tobago have been postponed by the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) based in Barbados. At least 4,000 students will be affected by this decision."

Bartlett scolds casino critics

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "Montego Bay, St James - In his most scathing remarks yet against the detractors of casino gambling, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, on the weekend described their objections as irrational and illogical and maintained that the attraction would be controlled."


The Nation Newspaper : "PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATIONS have so far cleared the 70-odd West Africans who left Barbados last week of any wrongdoing. According to sources close to the probe headed by former deputy police commissioner Charles Blades, the Africans, who were left stranded in Barbados for over two months, were apparently unwitting victims of a promotional holiday special package to Barbados"

video- Cuban blogger

Time magazine has labelled Yoani Sanchez, a Cuban blogger, one of the world's 100 most influential people. Al Jazeera met her in Havana, the Cuban capital. She told us how being a blogger in Cuba can bring both inspiration and frustration. This is her story in her own words.

Three perish in South accident

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "WHILE TODAY, Mother’s Day, is being celebrated in the company of loved ones, three mothers will now be left only with the memories of their dead sons, and one daughter, as a triple tragedy occurred in La Romaine, San Fernando yesterday."

‘I feel dead inside’

The Trinidad Guardian : "Nine years after her son was hanged, 72-year-old Mooniah Ramiah’s heart is still full of pain, anguish and hurt. Her agony is compounded by the fact that three of her other sons have been languishing on death row for almost a decade. It’s a mother’s grief and torment only God could lighten."


The Nation Newspaper "Prime Minister David Thompson has warned food and other suppliers that Government will take matters into its own hands unless they set 'fair' and 'reasonable' prices."

Rufus returns to Cabinet? King says ‘I know nothing about that!’

St. Lucia Star "By reliable account, it appears that former St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister James Mitchell, a lifelong close friend of deceased Sir John Compton, has averted disaster for the Stephenson King administration. The STAR was reliably informed at press time that Mitchell has been in St Lucia holding private meetings with top-echelon UWP officials in a desperate attempt to save the King government from imploding over the Ausbert d’Auvergne controversy."


Trinidad Express "Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) tests will continue on Monday, even as the police and the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) conduct investigations to determine how an exam paper was leaked at least one day before the exams began earlier this week."

UNFAIR TREATMENT .. Injured worker seeks compensation from the Marriott

SUN St.Kitts & Nevis : "A 36-year-old mother of five is calling on her employer, the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and Royal Beach Casino, to assist her after she sustained injuries to her back from a fall on the job. She has now been left “strapped for cash” and emotionally and physically distressed. Denise Stevens, who worked at the Marriott’s La Cucina Restaurant as a cook, told the Sun St. Kitts/Nevis in an exclusive interview yesterday, that since she fell on her job on 30 March, 2007 her employer has not assisted her with her medical expenses."

COURTHOUSE BRAWL…One injured as feuding prisoners fight

Antigua Sun : "Pandemonium broke out at the St. John’s Magistrate’s Court yesterday as detainees, said to be members of rival gangs got into a fight in the holding cell at the courthouse. Approximately 30 inmates who were taken to the court where they were remanded for another seven days, had to be separated after the alleged fight."

Yarde slams customs probe

Stabroek News : "President of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU), Patrick Yarde, said yesterday that the investigation into alleged corruption at the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) lacks credibility and was progressing with a bias towards certain employees."

Decide now!

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "SENATOR A J Nicholson, the former attorney general and minister of justice, says the time is ripe for both the Government and Opposition to decide whether or not capital punishment should resume, especially in the face of the growing crime rate."


The Nation Newspaper "NO MATTER WHAT, the Common Entrance Examination will take place next Tuesday. Minister of Education Ronald Jones gave the assurance after a sick-out yesterday morning by education officers."

Another charged for Zakers’ murder

SUN St.Kitts & Nevis : "Police announced yesterday that they have charged another man for the murder of 20-year-old Gregory Zakers, which brings the total to six individuals from the St. Paul’s area charged with that murder. Inspector Cromwell Henry announced yesterday that 22-year-old Moses Gardner was formally charged last Friday with murder. Last week, police charged 25-year-old Clyde “Bug” Norford, 19-year-old Jomi “Biggie” Rawlins, 18-year-old Nelson “Mad One” Challenger, 18-year-old Shenroy “Shenny” Francis and a juvenile for Zakers’ murder. All five are from the St. Paul’s area."

COURTHOUSE BRAWL…One injured as feuding prisoners fight

Antigua Sun : "Pandemonium broke out at the St. John’s Magistrate’s Court yesterday as detainees, said to be members of rival gangs got into a fight in the holding cell at the courthouse. Approximately 30 inmates who were taken to the court where they were remanded for another seven days, had to be separated after the alleged fight. Some of the prisoners were placed in the most easterly section of the cell, while the others were put in the western section. Allegations are that Omar Vassle of Jamaica and Dwayne Joseph got into an altercation. Joseph was reportedly alleging that Vassle spat in his face, and that set off the violent confrontation."

Gov't responds to crime wave

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "The Government yesterday sought to deflect increasing flak over its seeming lethargy on the frightening crime wave sweeping the island by announcing a number of old and new initiatives aimed at reducing all illegal acts, from murders to misdemeanours."

Kingston crime chief

Jamaica Gleaner News "LES GREEN, the assistant commissioner of police who heads the Major Investigation Task Force (MIT), will as of Monday lead a team of 120 police personnel with a specific mandate to cramp the unbridled murder rate in the Corporate Area."

Baby found in washing machine

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "A 20-year-old woman gave birth to a baby boy yesterday morning, left the infant in an old washing machine in a backyard and went to work. The newborn baby with the umbilical cord still attached to his tiny body, and wrapped in a white towel, was found asleep in the washing machine at an empty plot of land overgrown with bushes at Longdenville, at about 6.30 am yesterday."


The Nation Newspaper "THE RURAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION (RDC) is being sued by its director of rural affairs Peter Scott, who is challenging a decision to send him on vacation indefinitely."

Ready for Aussies!

JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM : "ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) - West Indies head coach, John Dyson, is looking forward to his team doing 'really well' in the upcoming Digicel Home Series 2008 against Australia. The West Indies selectors on Tuesday named 17 players for a camp in Antigua from May 12 to 17 ahead of the Digicel Home Series, which bowls off in Jamaica on May 22."