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High child neglect "Pointing to 195 reports of child neglect and 233 cases of children in need of care and protection for July alone, the Office of the Children's Registry is appealing to parents and guardians to improve their supervision of children for the remainder of the summer holiday."

Wanted ex-cop among 76 deported

Jamaica Gleaner News "Immediately after he stepped off the charter flight, which arrived with 76 deportees from the United States, Robert O'Riley Cole, a former police constable, was handcuffed by two sergeants from the Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI).

The subofficers were awaiting his arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston."

Police posted outside camp

Nation News "A POLICE OUTPOST directly outside the Parkinson Community Centre in the Pine, St Michael, has brought back some calm to Life Skills Camp being held there.

However, there is still some underlying uneasiness following Tuesday's shooting incident which caused children and camp counsellors to lock the doors of the centre and lie flat on the floor as rival gangs fired shots at each other outside."

video--Haitians' hardships continue overseas

Turks and Caicos police say they will continue their search-and-recovery operation for a shipwrecked migrant vessel that sank off the coast of the island chain earlier this week.

Seventy Haitians are still missing following Monday's incident - a tragic reminder of the perils many Haitians face in search of a more prosperous life.

But as Al Jazeera's Nick Spicer reports from Providenciales, the hardships remain even after Haitians reach their destination.

2 doctors suspended

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "TWO DOCTORS, two nurses and three nursing assistants have been suspended from the St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital pending investigations by the North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) and the police into the circumstances leading to the death of 56-year-old Allan Warner, senior medical sources stated yesterday."

IMF knife cuts MPs? "ONE of the first casualties of Jamaica's impending pact with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) could be the $2.4 billion MPs draw on for critical constituency development projects.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding yesterday refused to rule out a gutting of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) which gives each of the 60 MPs $40 million a year to spend on a variety of projects."


Nation News "Massay said: 'There is always going to be a demand for that sort of thing because men want to be able to perform at 48 the same way they performed at 18.

'If somebody comes along and says they have something that is going to make that happen, then they will buy it,' he said."

Shoot-out shuts camp

Nation News "A government summer camp at the Parkinson Community Centre in the Pine has been suspended for the day after a shoot-out between rival gangs disrupted its activities.

It was just after 10 a.m. this morning when the incident occurred. Witnesses told the NATION that members of two gangs were chasing down a member of another gang."

Roger Khan ordered Waddell killing

Stabroek News "An informant for the US government yesterday said confessed drug kingpin Roger Khan ordered the execution of political activist Ronald Waddell.
And Health Minister Dr. Leslie Ramsammy was again mentioned as having had contact with Khan.

According to Capitol News, giving testimony in a Brooklyn, New York courtroom, where former Khan lawyer Robert Simels is being tried for witness tampering, Selwyn Vaughn, 34, a professed former member of Khan’s “Phantom gang,” stated that after ordering the hit on Waddell, the Guyanese businessman contacted Ramsammy. He also said Ramsammy had been expected to help Khan after he was held by US authorities."

Explosive revelations at Simels’ trial

Kaieteur News: "In explosive sworn testimony, a crowded US court heard a story of murder, intrigue, drugs and complicity.
A self-professed former member of the Shaheed ‘Roger’ Khan phantom gang, 34-year- old Selwyn Vaughn went into the witness stand and stated that Roger Khan ordered the killings of political activist Ronald Waddell, and boxing coach Donald Allison."

ECJ backs down "THE Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) has backed away from its decision to dissolve the Kingston Central constituency and create a new parliamentary seat in Westmoreland as part of new electoral boundary changes to add three more seats to the Lower House, highly placed sources told the Observer yesterday."

Autopsy: Patient was beaten

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "Police officers yesterday spent several hours on Ward Eight of St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital conducting inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the death of patient Allan Warner, a highly-placed source at the institution has confirmed.

This, after an autopsy performed on the body of Warner, who died at Port-of-Spain General Hospital (PoSGH) on Saturday, revealed he died from blunt force to the head and other parts of the body."

Prescod visits police station

Nation News: "A SMALL GROUP of people gathered in Coleridge Street, The City, yesterday in support of Trevor Prescod, director of the Israel Lovell Foundation.

Prescod was on his way to Central Police Station to give a statement regarding the events of July 6 when he visited the Elsie Payne Complex."

Guyana Opens To Casino Gambling ....

GamblingCompliance: "Turkish leisure company Princess Group Hotels & Casinos has been awarded Guyana’s first casino licence.
The company expects to invest around $2m to build the casino and upgrade a local hotel to five-stars, according to spokesman Oguz Tayanc. The project is expected to create 150 jobs in Guyana and to open near the capital, Georgetown. Only hotel guests will be able to gamble."

Three of five Jamaican athletes who tested positive are now known "The names of three of the five Jamaicans known to have tested positive for a banned substance are now in the public domain after two more athletes confirmed they had been notified of their results. Allodin Fothergill and Lansford Spence – both 400m runners who were in Jamaica's 4x400m relay squad at last year's Olympics – tested positive for methylxanthine, a substance not explicitly listed on the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) prohibited list but falling within a category of stimulants banned by the agency. The Commonwealth Games 100m champion Sheri-Ann Brooks has also received notification."

Stanford Protests Lack of Air Conditioning in Jail "For the past week, Stanford, who’s in a cell in Conroe, Texas, with from eight to 10 other men, has endured heat and intermittent lack of power when outside temperatures reached 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) or more, his lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, said yesterday in a motion asking that his client be transferred to a downtown Houston jail."

Guyana police accused of brutality

Al Jazeera "Two men detained by police in Guyana were badly beaten when in custody, a human rights group has alleged.

They were attacked by police officers while being held in connection with a blaze that destroyed a health ministry building on July 17, the Guyana Human Rights Association said.

The pair were later released without charge.

'It appears that there is an alternative police force at work torturing people,' Mike McCormack, a secretary of the organisation, said on Monday.

The alleged abuse is similar to other claims of brutality by criminal investigators, he said."

Dominican missing

Trinidad Express "THE RELATIVES of Kirby Samuel are appealing for the public assistance in locating him.

Samuel, a 30-year-old national of Dominica, was last seen by his relatives two months ago. Friends of Samuel also said that had not had contact with him.

Samuel, who resides in Maraval, was said to have left his job at Hayne's Plumbing three months ago, an employee at the company stated yesterday."

: GUYANA: $25 million reward to catch arsonists

Voice Online "GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS have offered a reward of GUY$25 million to catch arsonists who used ‘channa bombs’ to burn down the country’s Health Ministry main compound.

The fire is believed to have been deliberately set because of the fire-making devices found nearby the Ministry’s main building in Brickdam and a room in the annex that housed the Regional Health Services. It also scorched the Environmental Health Unit.

Among the items that went up in flames or were damaged are condoms for distribution and medical equipment, Stabroek News reported."

Vessel carrying Haitians capsizes

Ynetnews: "The US Coast Guard says a vessel carrying as many 200 Haitian migrants has capsized near the Turks and Caicos islands in the West Indies.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Sabrina Elgammal, a petty officer third class, said the guard has been working with police to rescue 70 people who were stranded on a reef. She said four bodies have been recovered and authorities' main goal is 'to get everybody out of the water.' (AP)"

Bandits hit police headquarters

Kaieteur News: "While significant attention is being paid to the fire at the Ministry of Health headquarters on Brickdam, police now have to shift some of their focus to determine who carried out a daring break-in at Police Headquarters, Eve Leary sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Early yesterday morning it was discovered that thieves had broken into the Police Finance office, in the heart of Eve Leary, and made off with a significant amount of cash and cheques."

Spigelman to head inquiry in Antigua corruption case

Brisbane Times: "THE state's top judge is headed to the Caribbean for several weeks this year to head a corruption inquiry implicating a former prime minister and involving millions of dollars.

It is possibly the first time a NSW Supreme Court chief justice has taken up such a posting.

Justice James Spigelman will have his salary, accommodation, and expenses paid by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. He will be there for just under a week for the preliminary hearing, beginning early next month. He will return later in the year for several weeks for further hearings.

'The Antigua [and] Barbuda Government are covering all costs including his salary while he is away,' a spokesman for the Attorney-General's Department said. 'Whilst he obviously won't be conducting his normal duties in NSW, there will be absolutely no cost whatsoever to the NSW taxpayer … He's not on leave; he's working. It's a working trip.'"


' "LADY Bustamante, highly regarded as a defender of women's and workers' rights, and widow of late former Prime Minister and National Hero Sir Alexander Bustamante, died in the Tony Thwaites Wing of the University Hospital of the West Indies yesterday afternoon. She was 97."

Cops link new suspect to Health Ministry arson

Kaieteur News: "Police have detained a Buxton man who was wanted in connection with several murders and say that he given them a statement that implicates him and others in the torching of the Ministry of Health building.
Kaieteur News understands that the man, known as ‘Kurt’ or ‘Glasses’ was arrested around 15:00 hrs yesterday in Sophia.
According to a source, under interrogation, the man has admitted to being part of a gang that committed several armed robberies and murders during the height of the 2002-2006 crime wave."

Bedlam at St Ann's

Trinidad ExpressHEALTH Minister Jerry Narace said he has launched an investigation into the circumstances in which an inmate from the St Ann's Psychiatric Hospital died less than ten days after being admitted.

The unidentified man, who died early yesterday morning, was admitted to the St Ann's Hospital on July 14, but was then rushed to the Port of Spain Hospital on July 16 after he was allegedly beaten by members of staff and other mentally ill patients at the hospital, according to reliable sources."

$631m Clico pay-out due to begin Friday

The Trinidad Guardian: "Colonial Life Insurance Co Ltd (Clico)—a subsidiary of cash-strapped CL Financial—is being forced to pay out $631 million to thousands of its policyholders, who surrendered their policies after the company went belly up. From Friday, Clico’s head office in Port-of-Spain will issue cheques to policyholders who cancelled their insurance policies—some old and new—for their cash value."

2 years for sex with pre-teen

Nation News "THE RAMIFICATIONS of having casual sex with an unknown partner, especially if that partner is 12 years-old, are many, a High Court judge warned yesterday.

There is the risk of contracting a sexually-transmitted disease or, said Justice Maureen Crane-Scott, receiving a stay in prison."


Nation News "MAJOR TROUBLE is brewing at the Barbados Investment & Development Corporation (BIDC).

So serious is the situation that staffers are to meet with the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) tomorrow where they will make representation for Government to remove BIDC board chairman Vere Browne from that position."

Jamaica's Beijing glory under a cloud of suspicion "For those who held suspicions, the news of five Jamaican athletes testing positive for drugs will not come as a surprise. A number of high-profile figures in the sport, from the legendary former sprinter Carl Lewis to Victor Conte, whose Balco clinic supplied Dwain Chambers and Marion Jones, have all openly condemned Jamaica's drug testing regime, suggesting that athletes are slipping through the net.

'To see the fastest people in the world coming from one island [Jamaica], I'm highly suspicious,' said Conte. 'I believe there's rampant use of performance-enhancing drugs in the Caribbean.' Dr Adrian Lorde, head of the Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organisation, singled out Jamaica for criticism last year, complaining that the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (Jadco) was not conducting enough tests."

Italian newspaper names Jamaican dopers

Universal Sports: "An Italian newspaper has named the five Jamaican athletes, among them a promising young training partner of three-time world record holder Usain Bolt, who failed recent doping tests, calling into question their eligibility for the upcoming World Championships.

Gazzetta dello Sport reported this morning that athletes involved are Yohan Blake, the 19-year-old training partner of Bolt, 200m runner Marvin Anderson, Commonwealth Games 100m champion Sheri-Ann Brooks, and 400m runners Allodin Fothergill and Lanceford Spence.

Of the names on that list, the first three are the most prominent. In his last two races, Blake has finished second to Bolt in the 100m, at both the Aviva London Grand Prix on Friday and at the Areva Golden League Meeting in Paris on July 17. Blake’s time of 9.93 seconds in Paris, a personal best, ranks as the fifth fastest in the world this season. Blake ran the second leg of the winning 4x100m relay at the London Grand Prix today."

Suspect in killing of Guyana official dies in jail

Taiwan News Online: "A suspected gang member accused of helping kill Guyana's former agriculture minister has died in custody, prompting suspicions he may have been poisoned and raising questions about the integrity of the South American country's judicial system

David Leander died on Friday after a judge recently threw out his alleged confession, saying it was coerced by a severe beating. The confession was considered key to his upcoming trial, and many expected the case would be dismissed."


Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "FOUR days before the Mercy Committee meets to deliberate the fate of convicted killer Ronald Tiwarie, the sentence of death by hanging was yesterday read to Colin Edgehill and Marcus Marshall after they were convicted of the October 2003 murder of Rotoplastics Ltd director Russell Govia."

It was ‘sadistic and barbaric’

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "A PORT-OF-SPAIN judge yesterday described as “sadistic and barbaric” the beating of a handcuffed man by police as he stood in his underwear before other laughing officers inside the St Joseph Police Station in 2002.

Civil Court judge Justice Devindra Rampersad, who presided over the case in Civil Courtroom Nine at the Hall of Justice, described the treatment meted out to Rajesh Ravi Harry by Corporal Kenneth Mackhan and Constable Jeremy Ramdeo, as “unprovoked, terror and degradation of the type coming out of a war camp.”"


The Jamaica Star "THE WEEKEND STAR has learnt that a group of women from the community have been posting themselves on corners and have been preying on other women as they pass by.

Residents claim that the actions of these women are not limited to just words. They even go as far as to touch the passing women on their buttocks.

The situation, residents say, is becoming annoying and dangerous, to say the least. According to them, it is only a matter of time until someone gets seriously hurt."

81 going home

Nation News "DACOSTA MANNINGS INC. has announced scores of job cuts in a month-end shake-up that will see it exiting the lumber business and closing some operations.

The board of directors said yesterday that there would be 81 redundant positions at month-end because of 'rationalisation measures' being taken to create 'a more viable and competitive operation'."

‘Sash’ Sawh murder accused succumbs

Kaieteur News: "Death had the final say in the high profile Satyadeow Sawh Preliminary Inquiry, after David Leander, called ‘Biscuit’, succumbed yesterday from the mystery illness that struck him eight days ago.
The 26-year-old Buxtonian, who was at the time the last surviving accused, died in the Male Medical Ward without emerging from the coma into which he had lapsed on Wednesday."

'Not major' - Sports official downplays Jamaican athletes' positive testing

Jamaica Gleaner News "SPORTS OFFICIAL Dr Herb Elliott says nothing 'major' is involved in the five positive tests confirmed yesterday by Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

'I can assure you it wasn't any major stuff,' Elliott, a member of both the IAAF's Medical and Anti-Doping Commission and JADCO, told The Gleaner. He disclosed that 'some of the athletes have been informed', but noted that all would have to be informed before any names can be disclosed."

- Positive tests - Anti-doping body probes drug claims against Jamaican athletes

Jamaica Gleaner News "Dr Patrece Charles-Freeman, executive director at Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), said last night that an investigation had been launched into reports that at least two Jamaican athletes have tested positive for a banned substance.

Charles-Freeman told The Gleaner that JADCO would make a statement on the matter 'soon'."

Clarke mum on Florida home ownership "Former Scotiabank Jamaica president and CEO William 'Bill' Clarke yesterday declined to say whether a house advertised for sale in Broward County, Florida belongs to him.

'I will not talk to the press about any asset that I am selling. I don't see it as anybody's business and it has no news value whatsoever. Haven't you got anything better to write?' Clarke said when contacted by Caribbean Business Report."

Drug Cheats "HIGHLY placed Observer sources have revealed that five athletes - four men and one woman - in Jamaica's 46-member team to next month's 12th IAAF World Championships in Berlin returned positive tests for banned drugs at last month's national senior championships in Kingston. The World Championship will run from August 15 to 23."

Astaphan: When dust settles, all will be clearer

Sun St. Kitts "'To me, I can’t understand the rationale of that comment by the prime minister, but he said what he said and in time when all of this dust settles and the history is written, I suppose the picture will be clearer and the personalities will emerge,' Dywer Astaphan said in response to comments made by Prime Minister Dr. Denzil L. Douglas in a recent interview with the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC)."

Government hints senator in conflict of interest

The Nassau Guardian"Documents released by the government yesterday show that Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Senator Jerome Fitzgerald, who has been vociferously trying to stop the relocation of the downtown container port to Arawak Cay, and businessman Mark Finlayson, were the president and vice president respectively of a company that tried to build a water desalinization plant at that same location just a few years ago."

Bahamian Murdered In Florida

Bahamian Murdered In Florida: "Police in West Palm Beach, Florida are presently investigating the murder of a Bahamian who was found last week with multiple gunshot wounds to the body.

The public information officer in West Palm Beach, Peter Robbins told Journal Tuesday that they are investigating the shooting death of 33-year-old Kahlil Holmes, who was discovered on July 14th."

GOB goes after Joe and Florencio for $924,000

Amandala Online: "The million-dollar dispute over the University Heights land transactions involving two former People’s United Party ministers, ex-Minister of Health Joe Coye and ex-Minister of Natural Resources Florence Marin, Sr., had dropped off the radar since January, but the dispute has been resurrected inside the courtroom of the Chief Justice, Dr. Abdulai Conteh, who is pondering whether he should proceed to full trial or dismiss the Government’s case altogether."

Ministry fire suspect… BRUTALISED

Kaieteur News: "Visibly battered, shaking uncontrollably and unable to walk, Troy Small called ‘Cats’ was finally released from the Alberttown Police Station and was immediately rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation for medical attention.
Small, an alleged victim of torture at the hands of men believed to be members of the Guyana Defence Force, was released on $10,000 bail around 17:45 hours, after spending two days and nights at the Alberttown Police Station where he was dumped on Monday night."

Luck runs out for J'can wanted for 1999 murder in US "A Jamaican man who has been on the run since September 1999 ran out of luck on Tuesday.

The man, Trevelle Dwight Dinham, 39, who fled the United States after he allegedly shot and killed another man in Connecticut, was held by members of the Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID) and the Flying Squad in Kingston during a special operation."


Nation News -: "THE BATTLE for control of CLICO Mortgage and Finance Company (CMFC) is about to heat up as the island's largest credit union is on the verge of tendering a bid to buy the company.

Barbados Public Workers' Co-operative Credit Union Limited (BPWCCUL) has notified the Ministry of Finance that its due diligence process should be completed within 10 days after which a bid for purchase should be submitted."

Allen Stanford's women stand by their man

Reuters: "HOUSTON (Reuters) - Most men would not want to be in a room with their estranged wife, current girlfriend and two former mistresses, but Allen Stanford is not most men.

The women, who have enjoyed million-dollar homes and luxury lifestyles, appear united in their loyalty to the Texas financier who faces criminal charges for an alleged $7 billion Ponzi scheme"

Amnesty says police killings rising in Jamaica

Taiwan News Online: "An increase in fatal shootings by police is setting back efforts to curb violence and build faith in the Caribbean nation's justice system, Amnesty International said Tuesday.

A report by the London-based group said the killings reflect a disregard for human rights in the island's inner cities, where residents are cut off from many basic services and violent gang leaders often hold more influence than government authorities."

New Carib Chief ready to work

Dominica News Online "Incoming Carib Chief Garnet Joseph said while more could have been done in the Carib Territory by the ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP), the outgoing Carib Chief Charles Williams has stood in the way of development for several years.

Joseph, who won 660 votes, beating Williams by over 400 at the recent Carib Council elections, said the DLP could have done more for the indigenous people but “Charles Williams was always causing some confusion, hindering developments in the process,” he said."

LIME CEO quits - Replaced by operating officer

Jamaica Gleaner News "Richard Dodd, who for 18 months has been at the forefront of the push by Cable & Wireless plc to redefine its regional businesses into a seamless Pan-Caribbean operation under a new name and brand, is stepping down as the boss of LIME Caribbean.

He will be replaced as CEO by his chief operating officer, David Shaw, who will 'take up the role after a short handover,' LIME announced Tuesday."

Back to IMF "IT is now official. Jamaica intends to return to a borrowing relationship with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and will in September be seeking up to US$1.2 billion in a Stand-by Arrangement.

The announcement in the House of Representatives yesterday by Finance Minister Audley Shaw ended weeks of speculation on whether or not Jamaica would resuming borrowing from the Fund after more than a decade."

Man kills girlfriend’s mom

Kaieteur News: "Enraged at repeated refusals to let him marry his lover, a 22-year-old minibus conductor hacked his prospective mother-in-law to death at around 22:30 hrs yesterday.

Rajpattie Jagroop, 49, was found dead in her hallway of her Zeeburg, West Coast Demerara home; the victim of at least seven cutlass wounds to the head, neck, back and side.

Her daughter, 17-year-old Basmattie Ramlakhan, was chopped in the head, right-hand and back. She was rushed to the Leonora Hospital and was still receiving treatmnet for her injuries at around 01:00 hrs today.

The suspect’s 19-year-old lover, Parbattie Ramlakhan, was not at home when the brutal attack occurred."

Back in business

Nation News : "PLAY!

That's the word from the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), after reaching agreement with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) yesterday.

However, up to Press time it remained unclear whether or not Chris Gayle and the rest of the top West Indies players who have offered themselves up for selection, would be picked for the One-Day series against Bangladesh which bowls off in Dominica at the weekend."

BEDMINISTER BAILED …Elder brother, Carlton, to be released from jail

Antigua Sun "Carlton Bedminister, a former Antigua and Barbuda tennis prodigy, has been granted bail.

The Court of Appeal granted the bail application made by his attorney, Steadroy 'Cutie' Benjamin, yesterday in the High Court.

Carlton and his brother Careem Bedminister were sentenced to five and seven years in prison, respectively, after they were found guilty by a nine-member jury of attempted murder."

Antigua says Stanford damages suit overreaches

Reuters: "MIAMI (Reuters) - Investors suing the state of Antigua and Barbuda for losses suffered in Allen Stanford's alleged $7 billion fraud may find it difficult to prove their case, the Caribbean nation's attorney general said on Tuesday.

'Mr. Stanford did not own the country,' Attorney General Justin Simon told Reuters in a phone interview."

NHC eyes tropical wave over eastern Caribbean

Reuters: "NEW YORK, July 21 (Reuters) - A tropical wave over the eastern Caribbean Sea still has a small chance -- less than 30 percent -- of developing into a tropical cyclone over the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center forecast Tuesday.

Over the next five days, most weather models forecast the system would cross the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before reaching the Bahamas and Florida."

Chris Brown apologizes for Rihanna beating

The Associated Press "LOS ANGELES — Chris Brown on Monday publicly apologized for the beating of Rihanna, saying in a two-minute video that he's still seeking help and wants to live his life as a role model.

Brown released the video on his Web site apologizing to fans and saying he is sad and ashamed of his conduct. He also tells viewers that he has repeatedly apologized to Rihanna.

Brown was arrested Feb. 8, hours after he fought with his then-girlfriend in a rented sports car after a pre-Grammy party. According to a police affidavit, Brown tried to push the 21-year-old Barbados-born singer from the car and repeatedly hit her and choked her."

Oh so sweep! "ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC) - Medium pacer Darren Sammy snatched a five-haul but a superb, unbeaten near run-a-ball 96 from captain Shakib Al Hasan fired Bangladesh to an emphatic four-wicket win over West Indies in the second Test yesterday."

'I thought girl was 14 years, not 12'

Nation News"HAD HE KNOWN the girl with whom he was having sex was not 14 but was 12 years old, said Ryan David Caroll, he would have never let the situation get that far.

His lawyer said this admission and the fact that Caroll found himself 'in a difficult situation' should not translate into a custodial sentence."

Rainy Monday in Barbados

The Barbados Advocate: "Barbadians were greeted early yesterday morning with heavy showers and thunderstorms as a strong tropical wave passed the island yesterday.

The rain was accompanied by gusty winds and the intense showers prompted the Meteorological Office at the Grantley Adams International Airport to issue a flood watch until 4 p.m. in the afternoon, yesterday. That flood watch was discontinued after improvements were seen late in the day."

Oxford University Press apologizes for maroon gaffe "Jamaica has received a letter of apology from the Oxford University Press in relation to the meaning and definition posted in the Concise Oxford Dictionary for the word 'Maroon'.

Transport and Works Minister Mike Henry says the apology letter was forwarded to him in a response to a letter he had written to the Oxford University Press on the subject of the Maroons.

'There was no mention of the Jamaican Maroons defeating the British in two wars, there was no mention of Nanny our National Hero', noted Mr. Henry who is also a Historian and Publisher."

Hairston, 18, is cleared of murder, walks free

The Royal Gazette: "One of the five teenagers accused of murdering Kellon Hill spoke of his relief as he walked free from court yesterday after the jury cleared his name.

Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons told the jury she'd considered an application made by Devon Hairston's lawyer at the close of the prosecution case on Monday that there was no case for him to answer."

PM: expect more job losses

The Nassau Guardian "Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said yesterday that it remains unclear when an economic recovery will be on the horizon and revealed that he expects further layoffs in the hotel sector, including at Baha Mar.

The company owns the Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace Casino and the Sheraton Resort on Cable Beach."

Barroom brawl leads to death

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "After being badly beaten in a barroom brawl two weeks ago, a 28-year-old printer Adesh Ramsundar succumbed to head trauma injuries on Saturday afternoon, police said yesterday.

Police are now searching for the five men who beat Ramsundar.

One of the men had accused Ramsundar of interfering with his girlfriend and this led to the fight at the Triangle Pub at Aranjuez on July 10."

Dying on Death Row

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "CHANDROUTIE LONDON who has spent six years on Death Row and is now serving life sentences for killing her five-month old baby and also her sister in separate murders, is dying in prison from cancer.

An attorney, who is acting for her, has embarked on a legal battle to get her out of jail and to a hospital for treatment on the grounds of ill health."

SKNFA players attacked in St. Martin

Sun St. Kitts "The St. Kitts/Nevis Football Association (SKNFA), has been notified that following the game involving the St. Kitts U-17 vs. the French St. Martin U-17 in St. Martin which ended in a 2-2 draw, the St. Kitts U-17 team was attacked by players of the French St. Martin U-17 and their supporters.

The SKNFA U-15 team who at the time were witnessing the match also came under attack by spectators."

Dead wrong - Man freed after autopsy foul-up

Jamaica Gleaner News "The foreman of the jury outlined the jurors' concern last Friday after 44-year-old Kingston businessman Stephen Bitter was freed of the murder of his grandfather, 91-year-old Ronald Bitter.

It was reported at first that Ronald Bitter had fallen on September 16, 2003 at his home at Mona Heights, St Andrew.

A post-mortem report by Dr Ere Seshaiah, consultant forensic pathologist, revealed that the senior citizen had been severely beaten. The report stated that the deceased's liver was damaged, ribs were broken and the spleen ruptured. The body had no signs of external injury."

No, Jermaine "REGGAE Sumfest promoter Robert Russell yesterday fired back at Internet news reports which quoted Jermaine Jackson, the bereaved brother of pop icon Michael Jackson, as saying that neither he nor his brothers would be flying into the island for this week's Reggae Sumfest concert."

ROBBERS OPEN FIRE…After service station owner gives chase on Fort Road

Antigua Sun "High drama unfolded on Fort Road early Saturday as guns were drawn on staff and the owners of the Percival Service Station. This was followed by a daring chase that erupted in a hail of gunshots on the company's vehicle.

Shortly after two in the morning, Bernard Percival, a member of the family who owns the Percival Service Station on Fort Road just opposite Kentucky Fried Chicken, was packing up a van after closing time."

Dominican police officer detained in killing of 2 "Santo Domingo.– A police officer has been detained in the killings of two people who were protesting the country's rolling blackouts, a prosecutor said.

According to Alejandro Moscoso, the killings are still under investigation and asks that witnesses step forward.

The two victims had joined a crowd that was burning tires and threatening police with sticks and stones, authorities reported. Protesters blame police for the shootings. One victim was 13 years old."

Barrow’s headache - major money scandals!

Amandala Online: "The enormity of the scam that has been perpetrated at the Treasury Department is just beginning to come into focus, and it will put the Government back by over $100,000. When the news broke earlier this week that an elaborate scam had been discovered at the Treasury, there was no official information of how much money was involved; there was only speculation, wild speculation going to as high as half a million dollars."

Dad, 61, kills children, hangs self

Kaieteur News: "Residents of Crane Housing Scheme, West Coast Demerara were plunged into shock and instant grief yesterday afternoon when they learnt of a surreal murder/suicide among their own.
Dead are 61-year-old Simon Boodhoo; his 11-year-old son, Samuel and his six-year-old daughter, Krystal, all of 18 Crane Housing Scheme, West Coast Demerara. Their bodies were discovered some time after 16:00 hours.

It is believed that after noon yesterday, Boodhoo administered fatal doses of a drug to the two children before hanging himself from a rafter in a backroom of the house he shares with the children’s mother, Donna Banarsee, and her two older sons."

40 000 Bajans with diabetes

Nation News - "WOMEN with a waistline of over 35 inches and men with 40 inches or more may be heading for 'diabetic' trouble.

That's according to president of the Diabetes Association John Grace, who said Barbadians needed a wake-up call if they are to properly fight the rising cases of diabetes on the island."

Gays live _ and die _ in fear in Jamaica

The Associated Press: "KINGSTON, Jamaica — Even now, about three years after a near-fatal gay bashing, Sherman gets jittery at dusk. On bad days, his blood quickens, his eyes dart, and he seeks refuge indoors.

A group of men kicked him and slashed him with knives for being a 'batty boy' — a slang term for gay men — after he left a party before dawn in October 2006. They sliced his throat, torso, and back, hissed anti-gay epithets, and left him for dead on a Kingston corner.

'It gets like five, six o'clock, my heart begins to race. I just need to go home, I start to get nervous,' said the 36-year-old outside the secret office of Jamaica's sole gay rights group. Like many other gays, Sherman won't give his full name for fear of retribution."


Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "DEATH ROW inmate Ronald Tiwarie, 47, whose fate now lies in the hand of the Mercy Committee, has given up all hope and is convinced that no matter what happens he will be hanged for the 2001 murder of his sister-in-law Polly Ramnarine.

“I stopped praying two months ago because I have no hope,” Tiwarie told his wife yesterday as she visited him on death row at the Port-of-Spain Prison. “No matter what happens, they are going to hang me.”"

Bolt on fire "A poor start, rain and a slight headwind (-0.2 m/s) could not deter Jamaica's triple Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt from establishing a season best 9.79 seconds to win the 100 metres at the Paris Golden League meet in the Stade de France yesterday."

Buildings, irreplaceable records destroyed - Minister

Kaieteur News: "An inferno that lit up the morning skies for close to two hours yesterday, left in its wake an estimated $1B in destruction at the Health Ministry’s main office. Arson is suspected to be the cause.
Police confirmed that they recovered several incendiary devices (‘channa bombs’) at the scene and this seemed to confirm that the blaze, which razed the historic structure, was deliberately set."