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CRIME SUSPICIONS …AG ponders criminal investigations into Sir Allen

Antigua Sun: "The acquisition of control of Guiana Island by businessman, Sir R. Allen Stanford, may come under the microscope, as Antiguan and Barbudan officials consider opening a criminal investigation into the country’s largest private investor.

Guiana Island is the largest of Antigua’s offshore islands at 1,500 acres.

Last month, documents released as part of the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC)’s investigation into Sir Allen, revealed that he had acquired control of Guiana Island after purchasing a majority of the shares in the company that owns it."

Antigua signs weapons agreement with US

Antigua Sun: "Antigua and Barbuda will join 10 countries in the region today in signing an agreement with the United States to make the tracing of illegal weapons easier.

The memorandum of understanding which will be signed between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and regional governments will provide for the electronic tracing of illicit firearms under a system called eTRACE.

It was not clear who will represent Antigua and Barbuda at the signing ceremony due to take place at the residence of the US Charge d’Affaires Dr. Brent Hardt at Christ Church in Barbados."

FARMERS HUNT 4-HAND BEAST - Vow to capture, kill phantom creature

The Jamaica Star "Residents of the Clark's Town community, on the outskirts of Mandeville, Manchester, have joined forces to identify, capture or kill a phantom creature which has been destroying their banana plants at nights.

The elusive creature, which began destroying the banana plants and tearing the roots to shreds about a year ago, the residents say, was absent for some time but returned on Friday night."

Girls' glory - 'Immaculate' performance in math, English

Jamaica Gleaner News "ACQUELINE HUNTER and Dorion Wilkins gave approving nods as they examined data from the Caribbean Examinations Council's (CXC) 2008 exams in the library at Immaculate Conception High School in St Andrew.

The all-girl school again performed strongly, but there is no gloating by the senior teachers. They take the impressive marks of their students in stride."

FOREWARNED

Nation News "THREE months before the fateful tour bus crash at Joes River, St Joseph, that claimed six lives including that of driver Merton Brathwaite, he reported to his supervisor that the brakes on BT4 were 'feeling low'.

That supervisor, Alva Maloney, testified yesterday that he informed mechanic Melvin Hunte about the problem and Hunte fixed it"

Joy turns to tears

Nation News "LEROY ANDRE LYNCH'S JOY at being released from jail yesterday turned suddenly to shock and distress.

The drastic mood change came with the tragic news that the 32-year-old nurse allegedly killed at the hands of a lover on Saturday was the mother of his child.

'Wait, that is my child mother!' Lynch said in alarm as he saw the picture of Sophia Phillips on the front page of yesterday's DAILY NATION.

With tears in his eyes he declared 'I don't want to talk anymore' and pressed his head against a wall."

Four years for manslaughter accused

Kaieteur News: "Justice Brassington Reynolds yesterday sentenced Romel Simon, who pleaded guilty to lesser count of manslaughter, to four years.
Simon, 29, was initially charged with the March 25, 2005 murder of Keith Nobrega, which occurred at 45 Hadfield Street, Stabroek. However, he opted to plead to a lesser count of manslaughter during the trial.
Yesterday in court, a probation report was read. Simon’s mother, Mornwattie Simon, also testified.
She told the court that she was there when the incident occurred but begged for leniency for her son."

Toddler dies during visit to TT

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday: "A COUPLE said they stood helplessly at their son’s bedside on Friday morning and watched him turn blue and die at the San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH). Three-year- old Evans Massiah, who had cerebral palsy, died at about 9.40 am on Friday and Guy Massiah, 46, and his wife Shaheeda, 40, are blaming their child’s death on negligence."

Jamaica's Luciano charged with harboring fugitive

The Associated Press: "KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaican police say they have charged reggae singer Luciano with harboring a fugitive who shot and wounded three patrolmen while holed up inside the Grammy-nominated musician's home last week.

Police Superintendent McArthur Sutherland said the 44-year-old Rastafarian was charged Monday and released after posting bail.

Luciano, whose real name is Jepther McClymont, and his attorney could not immediately be reached for comment."

Gays boycott Jamaican products

Go Jamaica "A gay-rights group in San Francisco has launched a boycott of Jamaica and Jamaican products.

They are protesting against what they claim to be an increase in attacks against homosexuals in Jamaica.

The group is calling its demonsration, the Boycott Jamaica Campaign.

Bevan Dufty a member of the gay-rights group says he has arranged a meeting with the honorary consul of Jamaica for San Francisco, Dr Newton Gordon to highlight their concern."

Allen Stanford: A Libyan Connection?

BusinessWeek: "Did disgraced financier R. Allen Stanford cut a business deal last fall with the government of Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi?

Last November, Stanford may have met with a representative of the Libyan government to discuss Libya's interest in putting a significant investment into Stanford's offshore bank in Antigua."

Dominica: A whale of a pride

Dominica News Online : "It's not often that the leader of a small country is bold enough to resist the desires of larger or richer countries. But, Dominica's Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerritt, did just that on March 23rd.

Speaking in Dominica's Capital, Roseau, at the opening of an Environmental Conference entitled, 'International Ocean Life Symposium', the Prime Minister declared that his government will no longer be supporting the whale-killing position of the Japanese government in the International Whaling Commission (IWC). He said that his government will be acting in his country's 'national interest'."

SEN. GOMES PASSES ...His death a loss to many

Antigua Sun: "Former Sen. Lionel Gomes, renowned trade unionist and active supporter of the United Progressive Party (UPP), died while hospitalised at the Adelin Medical Clinic on Saturday morning.

Gomes, who at 69 was struggling with cancer, reportedly said on his deathbed that he was ready to give up that particular fight.

While immediate family members who were approached by the Antigua Sun were not yet ready to speak publicly about Gomes’ passing, Prime Minister Winston Baldwin Spencer spoke of the “dear friend,

labour movement and politics of Antigua and Barbuda.”"

DARK SIDE

Nation NewsWHEN its rate application hearing comes up, the Barbados Light & Power Company (BL&P) might find itself having to explain why there have been so many islandwide electricity outages in a year.

'Four outages in a year are four too many, and at the rate hearing this is one of the areas we will need to examine,' head of the Barbados Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (BANGO), Roosevelt King, said yesterday."

Runaway teenaged boy rescued from bisexuals’ home

Kaieteur News: "Police swooped down on a Victoria East Coast Demerara house occupied by a group of bisexual men and a young woman and rescued a 14-year old boy who was being held against his will. The boy was reported missing from his Sophia home six weeks ago.
One of the occupants of the home has been detained after he admitted that he had sexual relations with the boy.
Police said that the man could face abduction and buggery charges and could appear in court as early as tomorrow."

Attacked man remains in intensive care, two more violently robbed

The Royal Gazette: "A man who suffered serious head injuries on Wednesday when he was beaten by a group of men remained in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) last night.

The victim, a 25-year-old from Sandy's, was attacked by a group wielding what Police described as 'blunt objects' as he sat on a motorcycle in Bowes Lane, Sandy's, late that night."

Gunfight leaves one man dead

The Jamaica Star "Guns blazed in Mona Common in Papine, St Andrew, yesterday, as gunmen exchanged bullets following the shooting of two men, one fatally.

The dead man has been identified as Jerome Dixon, otherwise called 'Gig', while injured is a 22-year-old man, both of Mona Common.

Reports are that at 8:00 a.m., both men were standing in a section of the community when a red Suzuki Swift with three men aboard drove up."

Janet Jagan – the Freedom Fighter

Kaieteur News: "In an interview for the documentary film on her life “Thunder in Guyana” Mrs. Janet Jagan said she wanted the headlines to portray her as a “Freedom Fighter.”
Indeed, for all her life she fought for freedom – freedom to make her own choices, freedom to marry a ‘Black man”, freedom for Guyana and its people, and freedom from those who vilified her.
Her 20 months in office as the President of Guyana following the December 15, 1997 elections was perhaps one of the most testing period in her life, when the opposition demonised her, and White dolls representing her were burnt on the streets of the capital."

DPP probes Karen

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "SIPARIA MP Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday called for the jailing of Finance Minister Karen Nunez-Tesheira for allegedly breaching the Prevention of Corruption Act during the bailout of CL Financial (CLF), saying Acting Director of Public Prosecutions Carla Brown-Antoine has agreed to probe the matter."

US-born ex-Guyanese president dies at 88

The Associated Press: "GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Janet Jagan, a Chicago native who became Guyana's first white and first female president, died Saturday, a government official said. She was 88.

Jagan died at a state-run hospital of an abdominal aneurism, Health Minister Leslie Ramsammy said.

Jagan, a Jewish woman and a naturalized Guyanese, was elected president of the English-speaking South American country in December 1997, succeeding her husband, Cheddi Jagan, who died earlier that year."

No rest for the divorced in Guyana after forgery

The Associated Press: "GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Dozens of couples in the South American country of Guyana who thought they were divorced have to repeat the process because judges' signatures were forged, authorities said Friday.

Police have opened an investigation after accusations that attorneys forged documents with help from court officials to expedite divorces, police spokesman Seelall Persaud said."

video--Police defending the actions of officers who have removed victims from crime scenes....

An Assistant Commissioner of Police is defending the actions of Police Officers who in recent times have removed victims from crime scenes. This has happened most notably when the victim was allegedly injured by Police.
The ACP with responsibility for Crime says although Protocol dictates that officers wait for medical assistance he does not believe their motives for moving victims is sinister.

HOPE FOR DOCTORS…But sticking points to be resolved for Cuba-trained doctors

Antigua Sun: "Following a meeting with newly-appointed Minister of Health Wilmoth Daniel, several doctors who were trained in Cuba and have been denied registration to practise in Antigua and Barbuda have been offered a solution which may see them incorporated into the vision for Mount St. John Medical Centre (MSJMC).

Daniel, who met with all the doctors, claims to have already been in discussions with the members of the MSJMC Board and what remains is for a draft document to be submitted to Cabinet. It is anticipated that the situation may be fully resolved within a month."

Boy dies after kite gets entangled with JPS wires

JamaicaObserver.com: "An 11-year-old boy was yesterday electrocuted while flying a kite at Mona Common in Kingston.

Police identified the dead boy as Ricardo Thomas, who they said was struck after the kite became entangled with Jamaica Public Service high-tension wires.

The incident occurred about 11:00 am while a contingent of police and soldiers maintained a presence in the community, following the murder of a male vendor on the nearby Mona Road."

Pomeroon haunted by bullet-filled murders

Stabroek News "People know each other well on the Pomeroon River. Travelling mostly in boats, some of the children even paddle to school, almost everyone waves to each other in passing.
The boat (centre) with which Romeo De Agrella and son Clint had gone to Venezuela. They were later found dead, their bodies riddled with bullets.

But under the placid surface, much like the garbage floating on the dark water of the river, there lies a sinister undercurrent. Death. Unsolved killings, mysterious and brutal, linger. The key questions of who did it and why remain unanswered.".......

Three women wounded by man, 72, in domestic dispute

Kaieteur News: "Police on East Coast Demerara have detained a 72-year-old male remigrant who went on a chopping spree early yesterday morning, wounding three persons, including a physically challenged girl.
The man, who shared the house at Lot 81 Side Line Dam, Bachelor’s Adventure, with the victim, went berserk at about 03:00 hours forcing at least two of the victims to flee by scaling a 10-foot high fence to seek refuge at a neighbour."

Mums misusing court

Nation News - Home: "AN INCREASING NUMBER of fathers are being brought before the courts charged for sexually abusing their children. The problem is, some of them may have been lied on by their partners.

This situation has become so problematic that Bajan-born Canadian Senator Anne Cools described this situation in Canada as 'a terrible and pernicious heart of darkness that has developed in our court system'."

Cops probing torture of dog

Nation News "POLICE HAVE a bizarre death mystery to solve. It surrounds the torturing, hanging, then burning of a dog, seemingly while it was still alive.

Answers are being sought on whether the brutal slaying was done by an angry owner who lost money on a dog fight and took revenge on the animal; if it was a sadistic individual who enjoys inflicting pain and watching the anguish of his victims; or possibly a ritual killing of some sort."

Roadblock saves woman from abusive spouse

Kaieteur News: "“When I saw you guys, I thought that there was some road construction. But then I saw it was the police I grabbed the blade and screamed.”
Police at a roadblock set up at La Bonne Intention, East Coast Demerara, on Wednesday night, rescued a woman from a car when she raised an alarm.

The drama unfolded at about 21:00 hours.
The woman who is employed at the Georgetown Post Office Corporation managed to alert the ranks at the roadblock by shouting and waving a large sword through the front passenger window."

George Headley's grandson found hanging

JamaicaObserver.com: "THE grandson of legendary former West Indies cricketer George Headley was found hanging outside his parents' house early yesterday. Police suspect that he committed suicide.

The body of Kirk Headley, 31, was found at his parents' Paddington Terrace home, shortly after he had dropped them at the Norman Manley International Airport to catch an early morning flight to Miami, enroute to Mexico."

More job cuts

JamaicaObserver.com: "At least 75 more Jamaicans are to join the unemployment line by the end of the month as the global economic crisis continues to take its toll on local businesses.

The latest in a line of redundancies are employees of life insurance heavyweight Sagicor Life Jamaica (formerly Life of Jamaica) and the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ)."

Shooting In Grass Street

HTS Channel 4: St Lucia "Thirty three year old Shauna “Link” Andrew is currently at the Victoria Hospital nursing gun shot wounds he sustained on Tuesday evening. Andrew was shot by a masked gunman while he worked on his laptop. The shooting took place in Grass Street at approximately 8:10 PM. Andrew is a recording artist who is one of the original members of the Kronic Heights crew that includes producer Francis “Leebo” De Lima."

Sagicor cutback

Nation News "SAGICOR FINANCIAL CORPORATION announced the layoff of 42 staff yesterday and indicated more cuts are on the way.

The Barbados-based company which has assets of $8 billion and employs 3 000 in 22 countries in the Caribbean, United States and Britain, said it expected its restructuring would affect less than ten per cent of its staff and management.

This first set of staff cuts affects 18 people in Barbados, many of them senior managers, 14 in the United States and ten in Jamaica."

Comments of Barbadian pollster riles up ALP leadership

Antigua Sun: "Well-known political scientist Peter Wickham has harshly criticised leader of the opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) Lester Bird and his party calling on them to focus on performance, to take internal action to boost its political stocks and to take an active interest in the politics of the ALP.

Wickham’s article focussed on the “potential political scenarios for the ALP and the governing United Progressive Party (UPP).”

The ALP has however, taken exception to the article.

In his Nation News article, Wickham said Bird had essentially “set up” the ALP by contesting the 12 March election as its leader. He further stated that the ALP is in opposition but to some extent “saddled with a 71-year-old leader who appears weakened and somewhat compromised by allegations of scandal.”"

DAVIS JR. GUILTY ... …Jury unanimous in attempted murder verdict

Antigua Sun: "An emotionless Clayton “Clown Dog” Davis Jr. was led away to a waiting police bus after a nine-member jury unanimously found him guilty of attempted murder.

The jury comprising seven women and two men returned the verdict after about an hour and a half of deliberations yesterday. Davis looked back at his mother as he was being led away.

His former girlfriend, Antonia Sampson and her mother were present for the verdict along with Davis’ other girlfriend, relatives and friends.

Sampson looked perturbed after the verdict was returned and she was led out of the courtroom with her mother comforting her by rubbing her back. Davis’ friend and also the godmother for his two sons broke down in tears and had to be reassured by his mother."

Jamaica police arrest alleged fake cop

Taiwan News Online: "Jamaican police are investigating how a man managed to pass himself off as a cop for six months.

Police spokesman Karl Angell says 23-year-old Peter Grayson has been charged with impersonating a police officer and unlawful possession of property.

Angell says anti-corruption officers were interrogating Grayson on Thursday as part of an investigation into what he called 'a major breach of security.'

Authorities say Grayson went on several raids with the Montego Bay police before he was arrested earlier this month.

Assistant police commissioner Denver Frater was quoted by the local Gleaner newspaper as saying that the fake cop signed out a firearm, but there is no record of him using it or making arrests."

Caricom asks to meet with Obama, address concerns

The Associated Press: "GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — The Caribbean Community is requesting that President Barack Obama meet with its members during next month's summit in Trinidad to talk about how the global economic crisis is affecting the region.

Assistant Secretary General Colin Granderson says Guyana-based Caricom made the request last year but has not heard back.

The Caribbean has seen a drop in visitors, and nations in the region are struggling to boost their tourism-dependent economies."

Bajan officer arrives in Ottawa to continue homicide investigation

Bajan officer arrives in Ottawa to continue homicide investigation: "OTTAWA — The lead investigator into the murder of Terry Schwarzfeld — the 60-year-old Ottawa woman who was attacked on a beach in Barbados last month — arrived in Ottawa early Thursday morning, one day after the 24-year-old man charged with Schwarzfeld's killing pleaded guilty to other theft and robbery charges.

Assistant Superintendant Leviston Eversley, of the Royal Barbados Police Force, arrived at the Ottawa International Airport around 1:15 a.m. Thursday and was met by a member of the Ottawa police's Major Crimes Unit."

Ramesh gets a chance

Trinidad News, "Opposition Leader Basdeo Panday did not give Tabaquite MP Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj the boot as expected yesterday. He, instead, decided to give him one more chance to justify why he should not be fired as United National Congress Chief Whip.

Following the party's parliamentary caucus and national executive meeting at the Rienzi Complex, Couva, Panday said he took note of a motion put forward by the Parliament members, in which they voted to have Maharaj removed as chief whip."

A role model in the making

Jamaica Gleaner News "A 16-year-old schoolboy from a tough inner-city community in Spanish
Town, St Catherine, has emerged winner of this year's Shortwood Branch Library Essay Competition.

Jerome Burke of Calabar High School topped this year's competition with his piece titled, 'Racial discrimination can be seen as an obstacle to any country's national development'."

U.S. will use Roger Khan information against Guyana

AFC : Kaieteur News: "Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Raphael Trotman, yesterday said that he believes that the US Government will use the information gathered on self-confessed Guyanese drug trafficker, Shaheed ‘Roger’ Khan, for leverage against the Guyana Government when it is needed.
This newspaper understands that the US is yet to respond to Guyana’s request for information regarding the Roger Khan case which recently concluded with Khan pleading guilty to all the charges against him, including 18 counts of drug trafficking, and the 1994 gunrunning charges in Vermont, as well as witness tampering. In the process he accepted a 15-year sentence."

Antigua judge delays slain honeymooner case

Taiwan News Online: "The Antiguan court trying two men charged with slaying a newlywed British couple is allowing the defense more time to review evidence in the high-profile case.

A judge was expected to decide Wednesday if there was enough evidence to try the suspects, Kaniel Martin, 22, and Avie Howell, 18. But defense attorneys said they had not finished reviewing over 500 pages of case files."

Assault case dumped - Nigerian-Jamaican dentist says reputation has suffered

Jamaica Gleaner News "The case against dental practitioner Dr Christopher Ogunsalu, who was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm against his dental assistant, was dismissed in the Montego Bay RM Court last week when the complainant missed a sixth consecutive hearing.

Ogunsalu, a Nigeria-born naturalised Jamaican, allegedly attacked and seriously injured Pauline Graham during a dispute at his Market Street, Montego Bay, office on July 12, 2007."

Michael Misick: The king of sleaze in the colonies

The Independent: "While 260,000 holidaymakers flock each year to sip cocktails and open bank accounts in this high-end hideaway, the reality of life for its 30,000 inhabitants is not so idyllic. According to a retired Appeal Court judge last week, that evocative description could read: 'A tropical national emergency, a throwback in time where general administrative incompetence seems unavoidable and serious dishonesty [in government] may well be ensured.'"

Guyanese teen shot dead in Cayenne

Stabroek news A Guyanese youth was shot dead in front of a Creole restaurant in Cayenne, French Guiana on Saturday in an apparent revenge killing. Three men are said to be in police custody. Sources in the neighbouring territory say that investigators are reluctant to divulge the man’s identity or information surrounding his death. They have, however, said that the persons involved in the incident are known to them. The dead lad, who is about 17 years old, is known as ‘Beenie’ and resides in Georgetown. From reports, the deceased is an illegal immigrant in the country and resided in a squatting settlement.

Paraplegic to stand trial for murder

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday: "REGEL QUASIE ALLICK, a 22-year-old paraplegic, was yesterday ordered by Chief Magistrate Sherman Mc Nicolls to stand trial for murder, despite a last ditch attempt by his attorney to have the charge reduced to manslaughter.

Sitting in the Eighth Court of the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court, Mc Nicolls dismissed Allick’s attorney David West’s application for the charge to be reduced on the basis of diminished responsibility. Allick is charged with murdering businessman Damien So’Brien on May 16, 2008."

Passion for education - Veteran teacher says every child can learn - Believes GSAT not meeting students' needs

Jamaica Gleaner News "She knows no other job but teaching. Lizette Morrison, principal of Tulloch Primary School, has been nurturing young minds for 40 years and would have it no other way.

Morrison, who wanted to dedicate her life to caring for the sick, attempted to get into nursing school but that did not materialise. In 1970, she was given an offer to matriculate at Mico College and, as the saying goes, the rest is history."

Men's fear of being labelled homosexuals fuelling prostate cancer risk

JamaicaObserver.com: "CHAIRMAN of the Jamaica Cancer Society, Earl Jarrett, has raised concerns that the fear of being labelled homosexuals is causing some Jamaican men to shy away from doing prostate examinations, resulting in the country maintaining the record of having one of the highest prostate cancer rates in the world.

Jarrett who was addressing the Rotary Club of New Kingston at the Pegasus Hotel recently, implored more men to encourage each other to do the prostate examination, which could eventually save their lives."

Three women and baby hospitalized after violent attack

Stabroek News "A 21-year-old woman, her six-month-old baby and two female relatives were admitted as patients at the Georgetown Public Hospital, after her ex-reputed husband launched a violent attack on them with a piece of wood yesterday morning.

Kalwantie Kumar, 21, of Hand-en-veldt, Mahaica was returning home from the clinic with her baby girl, Sema Rambarat, when she was attacked by a man with whom she had formerly shared a relationship. Hemwantie Kumar, her 20-year-old sister and their 56-year-old mother, Lapatie Persaud, rushed to her assistance and were also beaten by the man."

Police patrol boost

The Barbados Advocate: "The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) is enhancing its security initiatives to contain crime on the island and to ensure that Barbados is safe for both locals and visitors.

In an effort to boost policing in a number of public spaces, the RBPF will be increasing its patrol services at beaches and other attractions across Barbados, in addition to equipping officers with motorised units and bicycles."

video--Dumping the 90,000 light bulbs

Communications and works officials discarded about 90,000 light bulbs at the Deglos landfill on Friday.
But it wasnt wasteful its part of that departments ongoing efforts to phase out incandescent bulbs which will be replaced with energy saving ones.
Ministry officials say so far, the project has been a success.

Police stepping up patrols of popular tourist spots

The Barbados Advocate: "LAWMEN are stepping up patrols of areas frequented by tourists and expanding policing of public spaces in Barbados.

The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF), as part of efforts to redraft its tourism policing plan and increase safety and security here, was also employing increased technology, Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin said yesterday."

Major breakthrough

The Barbados Advocate: "INVESTIGATIONS into the robbery, beating and subsequent death of a Canadian visitor are being expanded to Canada following the arrest of a suspect in Barbados.

Commissioner of Police, Darwin Dottin, not only announced lawmen had arrested and were about to charge a 24-year-old Barbadian man in connection with February 28 incident at Long Beach Christ Church yesterday, but disclosed the Royal Barbados Police Force was sending one of its officers to North America “to pursue that end of the investigation”."

New Turks and Caicos premier sworn in

Jamaica Gleaner News "Hours after embattled premier of the Turks and Caicos, Michael Misick stepped down, he was yesterday replaced by businessman Oliver Galmo Williams, a member of his organisation, the Progressive National Party (PNP).

PNP Chairman Don Hugh Gardener told The Gleaner yesterday that Williams, a noted businessman, was sworn in at 5:30 p.m. by Governor Gordon Wetherell."

Fired cop fires back

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "CLINTON AUGUSTE, dismissed from the Police Service, after a police tribunal attended by Prime Minister Patrick Manning, found him guilty of discreditable conduct, has retained an attorney to contest the firing.

Auguste, 39, a father of two, who was dismissed last week Friday spent several hours with his attorney Garvin Nicholas, who yesterday said he was drafting an application for judicial review."

MAN HELD

Nation News "AN artist's sketch, plus the expert help of a consultant psychiatrist and round-the-clock police investigations has led to the arrest of a 24-year old man in the case of an attack on two Canadian visitors, one of whom died last Wednesday.

The investigations by a specially selected team of detectives also led to the recovery of a number of items including jewellery, a camera and an imitation gun believed used in the attack on 60-year-old Terry Schwarzfeld and her daughter-in-law Luana Cotsman while they were walking along Long Bay beach, Christ Church."

ONE DEAD AND THREE INJURED IN NORTHERN HIGHWAY ACCIDENT

LoveFM News: "An accident on the Northern Highway on Saturday claimed the life of a 17-year-old. Reports are a little before 11 o’clock on Saturday morning 17-year-old Hiram Longsworth, a resident of Lord’s Bank and three passengers were traveling toward Belize City in a Blue Ford Escort when he lost control between mile seven and eight near Manatee Lookout."

- Vaz returns - JLP takes back West Portland in landslide victory

Jamaica Gleaner News"West Portland yesterday forcefully rejected an application from People's National Party (PNP) candidate Kenneth Rowe to be its member of parliament, and opted instead to have the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Daryl Vaz resume representing it in the House of Representatives.

At the end of the day, Vaz polled 7,915 votes to Rowe's 5,626, becoming the first candidate to score more than 7,000 votes in West Portland.

Astor Black, of the New Jamaica Alliance, polled 27 votes.

Vaz bettered his showing in the 2007 general election, when he polled 6,977 votes to defeat the PNP's Abraham Dabdoub, who received 6,033 from the 74 per cent of those who voted."

T-Pain sued for canceling Guyana concert

MiamiHerald.com: "Hip-hop star T-Pain got slapped with a lawsuit Monday in Broward Circuit Court -- for canceling a major concert in Guyana last month because of alleged kidnap and death threats.

The plaintiff, Hits and Jams Entertainment, says the 23-year-old rapper and his reps became a major pain by making grandiose demands -- from a private jet and FBI protection to a phone chat with Guyana's president."

UNC brawl

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "Tension flared into a brawl outside the Rienzi Complex, Couva yesterday, when a contingent of supporters of rebel UNC MPs Jack Warner and Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj fought with security guards of the UNC executive to try to get into the compound to take part in the party’s national congress."

$1.5M BILL

Nation News : "THOUSANDS OF BARBADIANS are refusing to pay the Barbados Water Authority (BWA).

Almost 10 000 accounts at the BWA are racking up arrears and its costing this island's lone water supplier more than $1.5 million per year."

Rain or shine - Weather won't mar by-election turnout - parties

Jamaica Gleaner News "THE COUNTRY'S two major political parties are confident that rainy weather affecting West Portland will not influence voter turnout in today's by-election, which could significantly shift the balance of political power.

Already the parish has been drenched and the Meteorological Service has said it expects 'cloudy conditions with on-and-off showers' to continue throughout today.

The Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Daryl Vaz is nominated to contest the seat against the People's National Party's (PNP) Kenneth Rowe. Long-shot contender Astor Black of the New Jamaica Alliance is also in the race."

Crucial vote

JamaicaObserver.com: "WEST Portland electors will today vote in a crucial by-election that could tip the balance of power in the Parliament and result in the prime minister calling fresh general elections in search of a stronger majority.

The significance of the vote has been evident in the constituency over the past three weeks, as senior officials of both the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) have been engaged in intense house-to-house campaigning and mass meetings."

Three shot in fracas outside night spot

Kaieteur News: "Three men were shot yesterday during an early morning fracas outside the New Court Yard nightclub, and police later detained a driver with an unlicensed gun. He was taking one of the wounded to hospital.
Police said that Erasto Roberts, 30, of Toucan Drive, South Ruimveldt, was shot in the stomach; Joseph Medford, 45, was shot in the left knee and Jamal Douglas, 22, of Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara, was shot in the foot."

NINJA SLAPPED WITH 4 CHARGES

The Jamaica Star "Dancehall deejay Desmond 'Ninja Man' Ballentine was yesterday charged with murder, conspiracy to murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm following a shooting incident on Tuesday.

The deejay was yesterday charged after an interview with detectives from the Major Investigation Task Force. Head of the Major Investigation Task force (MIT), Assistant Commissioner Les Green, confirmed the charges and added that the case might be mentioned in court as early as next Friday. Ninja Man is now being held in custody."

Ex-cop: I was fired for doing my job

The Trinidad Guardian: "More than 12 hours after being dismissed from the Police Service for “disorderly conduct,” acting police Cpl Clinton Auguste is still trying to come to terms with the reality that he’s now an ex-cop. Auguste, 39, broke his silence, detailing the entire affair in an exclusive interview with the Sunday Guardian at his Dundonald Hill, St James, home, yesterday."

HOUSING HICCUP - Developers stuck with hundreds of houses as economic slowdown affects buyers .... Large numbers of unsold units on market ... High-end homes put on hold

Jamaica Gleaner News"THE DOWNTURN in the economy has hit real-estate developers, with some forced to stall projects while others are hurting in the pocket as houses on the market are being sold at a painfully slow pace.

Reynold Scott, president of the Jamaica Developers' Association, told The Sunday Gleaner that the global economic downturn, which has caused the cost of raw materials to escalate and has led to a spike in domestic interest rates, has been having a devastating impact on the real-estate business."

Eyes at risk

JamaicaObserver.com: "Under Jamaican law a general practitioner can perform brain surgery and a gynaecologist can practise ophthalmology.

But as bad as that sounds, it isn't half as dangerous as practising without having legal medical qualification whatsoever, and it's one of the problems currently plaguing the fields of optometry and ophthalmology."

Combination of drugs can be fatal - Health Minister

Kaieteur News: "“Anytime you combine medication and supplements the potential exists for adverse effects,” said Health Minister Dr Leslie Ramsammy yesterday when he responded to questions related to the use of senna pod (a laxative) and Lomotil (anti-diarrhoeal tablets).”
The Minister made this disclosure when he held a press conference at the Health Ministry’s Brickdam head office yesterday.

Minister Ramsammy’s comments came in wake of the death of five-year-old Afiena and three-year-old Aliyah Ramdeen of G127, Good Intent Squatting area who died within a day of each other after being fed doses of senna pod and subsequently tablets believed to be Lomotil."

Man shot in head was taxi driver

Stabroek News "The man who was fatally shot in the head on Sussex Street on Thursday night, was yesterday identified as Keith Bowen, a 30-year-old Vigilance, East Coast Demerara resident and Sheriff Taxi Service driver.

His dark grey car bearing number plate HB 264 was found abandoned on Princes Street in the vicinity of Lombard Street around 7:30 yesterday morning. There were bloodstains on the driver’s seat and on the inside of one of the doors."

Ninja Man charged with murder

JamaicaObserver.com: "CONTROVERSIAL dancehall artiste Desmond Ballentine, better known as Ninja Man, was yesterday charged with Monday's gun slaying of a man on Marl Road in Kingston.

Head of the Major Investigations Task force (MIT), Assistant Police Commissioner Les Green, said Ballentine was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm.

'He was questioned this afternoon and as a result of that interview the charges were laid,' Green told the Observer last night. The police, he added, had a 'good' case against Ballentine."

'Butch' backs Issa on cruise ship tax stance

JamaicaObserver.com: "THE Caribbean's leading hotelier, Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, yesterday lashed cruise ships for not paying a US$2 head tax introduced in November 2006, and the previous administration for not insisting on its collection.

Stewart accused then tourism minister, Aloun Assamba, of going back on her word 'in the worst possible way' by first agreeing to set the cruise tax at US$10, but asking only US$2 of the cruise ships, while the land-based hoteliers had to pay the US$10 per head."

Teen killed in hit-and-run

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "The close knit community of Buenos Ayres was yesterday plunged into mourning with the death of schoolgirl Meagan Roberts-Chance, her father Kelvin Roberts-Chance, 52, a truck driver is pleading with an unidentified fellow truck driver to turn himself in to the police.

Meagan, 15, of Buenos Ayres Main Road, Buenos Ayres was killed yesterday when the burgundy Honda Integra motorcar in which she was a passenger, overturned several times after colliding with a truck which police said never stopped."

Closer ties for gay men

Nation News "MOVES ARE AFOOT to foster greater fellowship among gay Christian men in Barbados.

The measure is designed to bring gay men and those who have homosexual leanings into a closer relationship with God.

'They are a lot of gay Christian men out there. . . in our churches,' said the man behind the initiative."

Two Arrested in Murder of Gay Man in Jamaica

GayCityNews "Two men have been arrested in the stabbing death of Dane Harris, a gay man whose decomposing remains were found February 26 in Havendale, St. Andrew, in Jamaica. Police were questioning Dwayne Gordon, 23, and Andy Williams in the murder, and Gordon confessed that, on February 23, he and Williams committed the crime, the Jamaica Star reported.

Gordon is alleging that Harris made 'sexual advances' toward him, he told Williams about it, and they plotted to meet and beat him."

Girl dies, sister critical after senna pod tea

Stabroek News "A five-year-old child was discovered dead in bed by her mother early yesterday morning, while her younger sister is critically ill, hours after they were each given a dose of senna pod tea, followed by an anti-diarrheal drug sometime later.

Afiena Ramdeen of Murphy Street, Sisters Village, West Bank Demerara was pronounced dead on arrival at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH). Her three-year-old sister Aaliyah Ramdeen was admitted a patient in the Children’s Ward at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH) where she remained in a critical condition up to press time last night."

Grenada boat captain freed — Vincy cook for sentence today

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday: "A GRENADIAN boat captain, charged together with the boat’s cook with possession of $4.3 million worth of cocaine, yesterday walked out the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court a free man. Customs and Excise Division yesterday informed Magistrate Melvin Daniel in San Fernando that no evidence would be offered against Michael Clement, 49 of Petit, Martinique, Grenada."

Cruise passengers not paying US$2 head tax

JamaicaObserver.com: "Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says he will be intervening to ensure that cruise ships pay the required US$2 head tax for each passenger.

'In real terms it is not fair for land-based tourism to be saddling the burden to provide this vital support for the industry and the cruises are not playing a part, while they demand so much of us,' Bartlett told journalists at a press conference at his office in Kingston yesterday."

Windies yorker

Nation News "THE RESURGENCE in West Indies' cricket over the past six weeks was bowled by a devastating yorker during the past 36 hours.

Free of chaos this season, the game in the region has again found itself embroiled in controversy.

The drama began to unfold on Wednesday night in Guyana with the no-show of the West Indies players at a reception hosted by team sponsors Digicel."

Boy, 9, sexually assaulted, murdered

JamaicaObserver.com: "ANGRY residents of Bamboo River in Morant Bay, St Thomas yesterday staged a four-hour vigil at the Morant Bay Police Station, demanding that a man accused of sexually assaulting and brutally murdering a nine-year-old boy in their community be handed over to them.

Police said the child, Courtney Walker, a student of the Morant Bay Primary School, was found bleeding in bushes at Bamboo River by a farmer who had gone to tend to his animals. He was taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital but died while being treated."

Strange beast' found in Cedros

Trinidad News, "A mystery creature washed ashore in Cedros last week, with descriptions ranging from the mundane- a bison, to the magical - a unicorn.

Some who saw it suggested it was a rhinoceros, of a narwhal, both animals having a single horn.

The only thing residents were certain about was that the animal which beached near the Cedros Coast Guard Station, had at least one horn."

Fraudulent Tax Collectors

Klassic Grenada: "Members of the public have been warned against two fraudulent self-appointed tax-collectors.

A press release issued by the Ministry of Finance on Tuesday said that persons purporting to be Tommy Augustus and R. Frederick are currently visiting taxpayers (particularly small shops) claiming to be employed with the Inland Revenue Department and demanding payment of taxes in particular annual stamp tax.

The statement warned that these individuals are not employed by the Inland Revenue Department nor are they authorized to collect any monies or conduct any tax related transactions on behalf of the Inland Revenue Department or the Government of Grenada."

Man accused of raping mother cries in court

Kaieteur News: "The 28-year-old Sparta fisherman, who is accused of raping his mother, burst uncontrollably into tears after he was released on $40,000 bail by Magistrate Faith Mc Gusty.
The victim who was also present in court took the same opportunity to tell the court that it was her husband who told her son to commit the act.
It is alleged that on December 16, 2006, at Sparta, the man had sex with his mother while she was under the influence of alcohol. He allegedly repeated this act on numerous occasions."

AIR JAMAICA EMPLOYEES STAGE VIGIL FOR LATE CO-WORKER

MONTEGO BAY, St James -
Over 200 mourners on Friday gathered at the scene where former Air Jamaica employee, 37- year-old Denise Matheson was knocked from the car she was driving two weeks ago, to mark her passing. Singing hymns of comfort and praying for strength, the tearful throng which included the late Matheson's friends, family and co-workers, made for an arresting sight which forced passing motorists to slow down and recall the need to drive carefully.The Jamaica Observer

ALPART CLOSES MAY 15 ...900 workers out of jobs

The Jamaica Observer ALUMINA Partners of Jamaica (ALPART), the island's leading bauxite plant, will be suspending all operations in Jamaica for at least one year, effective May 15. Approximately 900 permanent employees were told by letter yesterday that their jobs would be made redundant, leaving an air of anxiety at the 50-odd-year-old St Elizabeth bauxite plant.

Call to weaken dons by seizing wealth

The Jamaica Gleaner Jamaican law enforcers can only put a stake through the heart of organised crime by relieving kingpins of their assets, a noted criminology scholar said Tuesday. Professor Anthony Harriott, director of the Institute of Public Safety and Justice at the University of the West Indies, Mona, suggested that one of the first steps towards crippling many of the successful local criminal networks was to take away their main sources of power.

Heroes brave fire - Nurse breaks leg while saving two children - Residents join hands to douse flames

Jamaica Gleaner News "It all happened so quickly.

The second-storey level of Martha's House, a Mustard Seed Communities home on North Street, was where the fire started. All the children save two had already been whisked to safety.

But that's when the brave efforts of nurse Dawn Mansfield, as those who witnessed the events will testify, came into play."

Gov't to put more prisoners to work

JamaicaObserver.com: "MORE low-risk prisoners are to be used on projects across the island, as Government moves to cut its labour costs.

'With what is happening the Government is looking to cut cost in every way it can and this is one way we will have to use the resources of the inmates to reduce the cost to the public sector,' Junior Security Minister Senator Arthur Williams told the Observer yesterday."

Cuba's big 'black lie'

Nation News "However, the revolutionary leaders showed themselves particularly inept at correctly interpreting that reality. In the final analysis, these leaders were men and women from the white middle class that had always dominated the country, monopolised its political life and determined the direction of its economy.
Rather than destroy the legacy of white supremacy and its concomitant racism, the revolutionary government contributed to solidify and expand it."

Doc 'put cocaine in patient's nose'

Nation News : "ERROL FOSTER testified yesterday that Dr Dennis Bailey told him he had put a package of cocaine in Anthea Burgess' nose, performed the surgery and waited for her to wake - but she never did.

Foster, who lives at Passage Road, St Michael, said he drove Burgess to the doctor's office in her car to have the operation and he was supposed to pick her up when it was finished."

Changes at BTA

The Barbados Advocate: "AFTER earning a record $2.4 billion from tourism last year, Government is giving the sector an institutional shake-up in the midst of a 7.7 decline in long-stay visitor arrivals.

The Barbados Tourism Authority’s (BTA) board has been trimmed by seven and separate tourism marketing and product development companies are being created as part of a major restructuring exercise, Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy announced yesterday."

A rich bum

Trinidad News, Spinner Dave Mohammed says the million he got from the Stanford Superstars wow-of-a-win over England is safe here in Trinidad but I am betting not all the players can say the same. Andre Fletcher, who burst into the regional limelight by blasting the English bowlers in and out of the match, lucky, perhaps that he only tied up a tenth of it with Sir Allen Stanford, the game's biggest private benefactor. Or public, too - far as I can tell."

Guyana drug boss faces 15 years on coke rap in NYC

Newsday.com: "NEW YORK - A South American businessman said to have led a violent paramilitary organization in Guyana is facing a likely 15 years in prison in the U.S.

Federal authorities say Shaheed 'Roger' Khan imported major amounts of cocaine into the U.S. while leading an armed group that has been accused in as many as 200 killings in Guyana.

He pleaded guilty Monday to cocaine trafficking, weapons charges and witness tampering as part of a deal with federal prosecutors in Brooklyn."

video--Richelieu weak evidence on wanted men....

One of the attorneys representing the last of four men wanted in Martinique in connection with the murder of a French optometrist says the evidence against his client is wanting. Alberton Richelieu says the photographic evidence that presumably ties his client to the crime is not credible. Richelieu along with Sean Innocent, is representing Simon Cherubin. The attorneys assertion comes as he prepares to fight an order to have his client surrendered to French authorities by march 25th.

ROGER KHAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ALL CHARGES

Kaieteur News: "Khan’s case took a surreal twist in 2008 when he, along with his Attorney Robert Simels and Simel’s associate Arienne Irving, were all charged with witness tampering, namely attempting to “eliminate” the main witness against his client, federal officials said.
Khan allegedly told Simels that the case against him hinged on one man - identified in court papers as “John Doe No 1”.
Simels wanted to “eliminate” and “neutralise” the witness, authorities said.
He allegedly told a government informant at one point: “Obviously, any witness you can eliminate is a good thing.”"

Roger Khan pleads guilty …may serve 15 years for 3 charges

Stabroek News "In a shocking twist, Guyanese businessman Shaheed Roger Khan yesterday pleaded guilty to all pending charges against him in the US, including drug trafficking and witness tampering and is likely to serve 15 years behind bars.

Stabroek News understands that Khan appeared in the New York Eastern District Court before Justice Dora L Irizarry at 5 pm yesterday and pleaded guilty to indictments in three criminal matters: narcotics trafficking, obstruction of justice and a separate gun running charge. It is unclear if the plea was accepted."

Triple the fun - Inner-city trio impresses teachers, do well in school

Jamaica Gleaner News "Well, that's the situation in one grade-nine class at Tivoli Comprehensive High School in Kingston, where triplets Colliette, Cadine and Colleen Bramwell are all students.

Charles and Pauline Bramwell were expecting twins, but they received the shock of their lives during delivery when a third child popped up.

'It's nice being triplets because at least we can play tricks on people,' Cadine told The Gleaner during a visit to the school yesterday."

FISH SEIZED

JamaicaObserver.com: "CUSTOMS has detained a container with fresh water fish consigned to Jamaica Broilers, which it alleged was illegally imported.

Chief veterinary officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Osbil Watson, said the fish allegedly originated in Asia from where importation of meats are currently not allowed and permits not granted by Jamaica."

‘Dollars’ closer to gallows

The Trinidad Guardian: "A 28-year-old man moved closer to the gallows yesterday, when the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London dismissed his appeal and affirmed the death sentence. Ronald John, who was convicted three years ago, has now completed his appeal process, and therefore, the authorities can move with despatch to read the death warrant, if they so choose."

Big brother: Politics nasty

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday"BUSINESSMAN Waldo Nunez Jr, 60, a brother of Minister of Finance Karen Nunez-Tesheira, yesterday said the Nunez family warned her that “politics is a nasty thing” before she decided to enter public life, as he defended his sister in the face of swirling controversy over her contradictory disclosures in relation to the CL Financial affair.

“When she got into office she told me, ‘I am not going to steal money. One thing I am not going to do is to steal money.’ That is not her way, that is not her,” Nunez said in an interview with Newsday yesterday."

City fish vendors fed up with 'filthy' market

NATION NEWS (Barbados' Leading Newspaper): "THIS IS THE THIRD TIME in three years
that the Bridgetown Fisheries Complex has been closed because of insanitary conditions.

Yesterday, it closed just after 10 a.m. by health inspectors after an irate group of about 23 workers of the food processing area complained of substandard work conditions.

The stench is unbearable, the stalls where fish is prepared are mossy and rusty, and there is a slime build-up. Scraps of fish are placed on the ground within the working area, and flies buzz on fish which are being prepared to sell to the public."

Jamaica's 'pregnant' men

Jamaica Gleaner News "Have you noticed that many Jamaican men look pregnant? It is now common to see men whose swollen bellies make them appear pregnant. They have what I describe as the male pregnancy syndrome (MPS). Obesity has replaced cigarette smoking as the commonest preventable cause of death in the world today and MPS is a particularly common and dangerous type of obesity."

WE WERE NOT READY …Supervisor of elections says more time was needed

The Antigua Sun Supervisor of Elections Lorna Simon said the Electoral Commission was in fact not ready to carry out the elections on 12 March. In February, Deputy Chairman of the Electoral Commission Nathaniel “Paddy” James came under fire for saying that the commission was not ready to conduct the elections and the Chairman Sir Gerald Watt, Q.C, had actually been advised by the other members of the commission to ask the prime minister to delay the announcement of the elections. The final word by the chairman was that that was never the case and the commission was in full readiness.