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SHOT AND KILLED...Nation records 11th murder

Antigua Sun : "A mother is still trying to come to grips with the loss of her only child who was gunned down on the weekend.

Damien Jules, 24, of Golden Grove was shot to death on the morning of Saturday.

The incident, according to reports, took place shortly after Jules arrived in Gray’s Farm with a young woman.

Reports are Jules, the country’s 11th murder victim for the year, was sitting and talking on a verandah with the young woman when it is alleged that a masked man, wearing dark clothing, exited from a nearby yard. Jules and his female companion had, moments before, arrived on the scene, after having left the Jam Dung Nightclub on lower Nevis Street."

NURSES UNEASY

Nation News "A PATIENT'S AGGRESSIVE behaviour and his alleged ties to a group of unruly visitors has nurses at the Geriatric Hospital on edge.

This situation follows an incident two weeks ago at the Beckles Road,St Michael institution where nurses came under threat after the patient reported the loss of a personal item.

The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) has hinted that the nurses may walk off the job if the patient is not removed."

Antigua’s drive to woo back wedding couples

WalesOnline "THE Caribbean island where Welsh newlyweds Cath and Ben Mullany were brutally murdered has launched a “Brides Fly Free” initiative to woo back honeymooners.

The horrific murders on Antigua had a devastating effect on tourism and just weeks after the first anniversary of the murders, tourism bosses are now trying to encourage newlyweds back to the sunshine island.

The launch of the new British campaign was held at Scotland’s luxurious Glasgow Royal Concert Hall last weekend."

Bolt says he can run faster in 100, 200 meters

The Associated Press: "MADRID — Fresh from setting a pair of world records, Usain Bolt is ready to go faster.

The Jamaican sprinter, who took part in a ceremonial kickoff celebrating the start of the Spanish league at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium this weekend, said he can improve on his record times of 9.58 seconds in the 100 meters and 19.19 in the 200.

'I think I can go faster, but I leave that up to my coach,' Bolt said Sunday. 'We analyze each race. We try to go through the season without risking getting injured. We see what we can do to go further and achieve great things in sport.'"

Dominican Republic seeks IMF standby agreement

Reuters: "The Dominican Republic will open formal talks with the International Monetary Fund this week aimed at securing $1.5 billion in new assistance from the multinational lender.

A possible standby agreement with the IMF, the Caribbean nation's first in more than 2-1/2 years, was announced by the central bank over the weekend after Finance Minister Vicente Bengoa kicked off preliminary talks with IMF officials in Washington on Friday."

IMF loan sparks intense debate in Saint Lucia's Parliament

South Florida Caribbean News: "ST. LUCIA - St. Lucia's Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Honourable Stephenson King has officially tabled the motion in the House of Parliament for authorization to borrow the much talked about US$10.7 million from the International Monitory Fund (IMF).

The funds are being accessed under the rapid access component of the exogenous shocks facility, to help Saint Lucia weather the effects of the global economic crisis and to assist government with its recovery efforts."

Man tries to shoot robbers, hits vendor

Stabroek News "Chaos erupted at Stabroek Market square yesterday when a man shot at two men who attempted to rob him and the bullet hit a newspaper vendor.

Veronica Atherley, age 59 years of Stewartville, West Coast Demerara, was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital bleeding profusely from the gunshot wound. She was shot in the hip at around 5.30 pm as she sat at her stand selling newspapers.

Up to press time last night the woman’s condition was listed as stable and the man who shot her was in police custody."

BILL JOHNSON GLEANER POLL: Bruce still solid In spite of turbulent times....

Jamaica Gleaner News"THE NAYS have increased while the ayes have stood firm as Jamaicans again respond to the question of whether the 'Chief Servant' is doing a good job as prime minister.

The most recent Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson poll has found that Bruce Golding's approval rating mirrors what he received in June last year."

Tourism director urges St Lucians to ‘come back home’

St. Lucia STAR: "St Lucia has developed a new plan to woo members of the Caribbean expatriate community to its shores.

Louis Lewis, St Lucia’s Director of Tourism, announced this week that the St Lucia Tourist Board has embarked on a public relations strategy to encourage the North American Diaspora to “come back home” on vacation and to take advantage of some of the exciting investment opportunities on the island."

Cops attack sex crimes

JamaicaObserver.com: "POLICE from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) will be visiting a number of schools at the start of the school year, in September, to sensitise students and teachers about sex crimes and how they can protect themselves against sexual predators."

Population density one of highest

Nation News "AS THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION DEBATE rages in the Caribbean with the focus on Barbados, a report confirms that the country is the most densely populated in the Western Hemisphere.

Interestingly, Guyana, the source of the largest single community of undocumented immigrants in Barbados and many English-speaking Caribbean states, is among the world's least densely populated countries."

Shooting terrifies Deacons resident

Nation News "THE WOMAN was sitting peacefully on her front porch reading the newspaper yesterday.

Suddenly, someone pulled up in a car and started shooting, within feet from where she was.

Terrified, that woman told her experience to the SATURDAY SUN at her Deacon's Farm, St Michael home yesterday but requested anonymity."

Who killed Tyrone?

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "A SECOND autopsy done privately at a funeral home midnight on Thursday by a senior pathologist on the body of 19-year-old Tyrone “T-boy” Peters Junior revealed his groin was “bashed in” and suggests he may not have died from hanging as initially reported.

Tissue and blood samples were also taken by the pathologist for further tests and the results were expected next week."

HUSBAND GUNS DOWN WIFE

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "A man shot and killed his common-law wife as she sat with her lover in a car at St John’s Trace, Claxton Bay late last evening. The woman’s lover in a daring bid to save her and himself drove into the compound of the St Margaret’s Police Station, a street away.

He ran into the station and told police officers that the woman had been shot twice in her head by her common-law-husband. But by the time, the officers ran out to the man’s Nissan Almera car the woman was already dead in the front passenger seat."

Minister Gripes About Salary

The Bahama Journal "A Cabinet minister, who appears to be in the process of making a decision as to whether he will resign his ministerial post, yesterday expressed his misgivings about salaries paid to ministers.

During the Love 97 programme, Issues of the Day with host Algernon Allen, Youth, Sports and Culture Minister Desmond Bannister said he is contemplating his future.

He also took exception with the salaries that ministers are being paid."

Former RBC workers face stealing charges

The Nassau Guardian "Two former employees of the Royal Bank of Canada have been accused of stealing more than $150,000 from the financial institution while they were working there.

Prosecutors allege that Elkeisha Munroe and Roberta Sweeting, who both worked at the Palmdale branch as clerks, stole $166,588.22 from the bank between May 2009 until July 30, 2009 by making false entries in tellers' cash books."

St. Maarten-St. Martin - Court takes custody of molested child

St. Maarten Daily Herald "PHILIPSBURG--The Court of Guardianship took custody of an 11-year-old girl Thursday after she complained of sexual abuse by her step-grandfather.

Court officials collected the girl while she was at school.

The court stepped in after the girl allegedly was fondled and molested a week ago. Family members have been fighting over the situation since Monday. The girl said she would not talk with reporters Wednesday."

School blues - Western Ja residents say redundancies make preparations for new term difficult

Jamaica Gleaner News - "Being made redundant from your job at a time when the global recession is battering Jamaica is hard enough.

Being made redundant close to the time when your children are making back-to-school preparations makes the anxiety even greater.

Several parents in western Jamaica are facing this reality with the start of the new school year a mere week away."

MURDERED GRANNY, 80, FOUND NUDE, TIED TO BED ...

Kaieteur News: "The nude, bound and gagged body of an 80-year-old woman was found shortly after 19:00 hrs last night in the Lot 66 Independence Street, La Grange, West Bank Demerara home in which she had lived alone.
Relatives said that Kharpattie Shivnauth was found with her hands and left foot tied to her bed with pieces of cloth. A piece of cloth was tied around her mouth.
According to her son, Gopaul Nauth, detectives who visited the scene suspect that she was also sexually assaulted."

Gasoline likely started fatal fire, says forensic analyst

JamaicaObserver.com: "RETIRED Chief Forensic Analyst Fitzmore Coates yesterday suggested that gasoline was used to start the May 22 fire at the Armadale Juvenile Centre in St Ann, which claimed the lives of seven wards and injured nine others.

Coates told the enquiry, which is being held at the National Volunteer Centre on Camp Road in St Andrew, that he found traces of a 'highly flammable' hydrocarbon, which was likely to have been gasoline, on burnt-out clothing and the remains of a Bible that were taken from an area close to where he said the fire started."

From pickets to economic unions

Antigua Sun "Police officials claim the picket held on Thursday morning in St. John’s drew participation from approximately 300 supporters.

The ALP organisers, however are claiming numbers closer to three times and many people are not disagreeing with this estimate. One police woman told me that if one were to include the people in queues trying to get in to see immigration officials for a variety of reasons and then if you added the heavy police presence, then yea, the ALP estimate would have got a bit closer to the reality which she sees as a mere conjecture on the part of the organisers."

THUGS TARGET BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPERS

The Jamaica Star "Persons conducting business during the active back-to-school season are being urged by the police to take extra precaution as criminals are targeting shoppers conducting business at financial institutions.

A senior officer from the City Centre Police Station told THE STAR that there has been an increase in robberies since the onset of the back-to-school season.

Information reaching THE STAR indicates that persons who conduct monetary transactions at business places, banks and money-transfer agencies and then proceed to the downtown shopping district are being watched by hoodlums and then trailed and robbed."

video--Murder in Cap Estate

Saint Lucia has recorded another homicide this time the murdered individual is a member of the business community a resident of the affluent Cap Estate neighbourhood. The 41 year old victim was murdered outside the gates of his name at approximately 9PM on Wednesday night. Police would not say how many gun shot wounds he sustained although they would state he was shot in the head. His homicide follows the slashing death murder of a Marc resident this past week-end. HTS St.lucia

US Government wants 'Dudus'

JamaicaObserver.com: "Foreign Affairs Minister Kenneth Baugh yesterday confirmed that the US Government has formally requested the extradition of influential Tivoli Gardens don and businessman, Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

'The Government has been notified and discussions are taking place. It is principally the prerogative of the Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General's office,' Baugh told the Observer."

When the IMF comes a knockin’ . . .

St. Lucia STAR: "Is the IMF really the big, bad wolf getting ready to huff and puff and blow our house down?
According to the opposition leader Dr Kenny Anthony, the government is leading St Lucia deeper and deeper into the bowels of the bad guy for the first time in this island’s history. Anthony even compared himself to John Compton, saying, “John Compton and I walk the same path when it comes to the IMF.”

But the government position is that the IMF’s Exogenous Shocks Facility has conditions so favourable that it would be remiss—not to say foolish—of them not to take advantage of it."

Martin warns gov't against borrowing from IMF

Dominica News Online "Economist Atherton Martin says the political directorates of the Caribbean continue to ignore local and regional solutions to the global financial crisis and this is making matters worse for the region.

Martin is also supporting statements made by renowned Barbados-based Economist Avinash Persaud, that Caribbean governments should guard against saddling themselves with more debt to stave off the financial recession."

Guyana coast guard officers charged in slaying

Taiwan News Online: "Three coast guard officers in Guyana have been charged with murdering a jeweler and are under investigation in two other robbery-killings along the South American country's rivers, police said Thursday.

The agents are in jail awaiting trial for last week's attack on Dweive Kant Ramdass, who was ferrying $85,000 on a river boat, police spokesman John Sauers said.

Authorities say the suspects stopped Ramdass during an unauthorized patrol along the Essequibo River."

Stanford Financial's No. 2 Is Guilty

WSJ.com: "HOUSTON -- R. Allen Stanford, the Texas financier accused of spearheading a $7 billion international Ponzi scheme, was hospitalized Thursday, the same day his No. 2 man pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges in federal court here.

At 5:30 a.m., Mr. Stanford was taken to Conroe Regional Medical Center after experiencing rapid heart palpitations, U.S. District Judge David Hittner said in court on Thursday morning. The hospital is near the federal lockup ..."

‘Blood Oath’ Sealed Stanford Deal, Court Is Told

NYTimes.com: "R. Allen Stanford’s relationship with the chief regulator of his Antigua bank was closer than most. At a meeting in 2003, they became blood brothers, cutting their wrists and mixing their blood in a “brotherhood ceremony” that Mr. Stanford’s chief financial officer said promoted an elaborate scheme to hide a multibillion-dollar fraud from American and other regulators, The New York Times’s Clifford Krauss writes.

The assertion that the two took a “blood oath” was laid out in a plea agreement signed by the officer, James M. Davis, and filed Thursday."

Kidnapped girl released

Kaieteur News: "Amidst mixed emotions of tears and jubilation, 21-year old Roreema Dookie gratefully hugged her father in the East La Penitence Police station compound, while repeatedly uttering, “I just want to go home…”
Twenty-four hours earlier, on Wednesday, while in the company of her boyfriend, the young woman was forced into a waiting vehicle by three gun-toting men. The men had struck her boyfriend several times resulting in minor injuries to his head and face.
Fears for the worst grew with the arrival of relatives and concerned friends to her home. Her father had received a call demanding a ransom of $40M."

$150 000 to bring baby home

Nation News "MOST NEW OR EXPECTANT MOTHERS dream about the day they can take their babies home with them from hospital.

Crystal Bynoe did not have this privilege.

Seven weeks after giving birth, the 23-year-old first-time mother cannot take her baby boy Ashcher Micah Bynoe-Chewitt out of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) because he was born with a heart defect known as Transposition of the Great Vessels."

Sukhai ordered to defend Orealla/Siparuta poll decision

Stabroek News "Acting Chief Justice, Ian Chang has ordered the Amerindian Affairs Minister Pauline Sukhai to show why new elections should not be held for the Orealla/Siparuta village council.

Minister Sukhai has been ordered to declare the disputed village council elections invalid and to set a date for new elections, unless cause is shown as to why the court order should not be made absolute."

'Prince Charming' claims police brutality

Antigua Sun "Prince Charming Graham has alleged that he was beaten by the police while he was picked up on a bench warrant.

Graham appeared in the St. John’s Magistrates Court bearing obvious signs that he had been in a confrontation. He entered the courtroom barefooted, limping with a bandaged right knee. He had bruises just below the left elbow and slight swelling to the right side of his face."

PM blasts workers - Public-sector groups accused of ignoring improved salaries

Jamaica Gleaner News "Prime Minister Bruce Golding and Finance Minister Audley Shaw have gone on the offensive in the wake of strident demands from some public-sector groups still upset over the Government's decision to freeze wages this fiscal year.

Since the controversial decision was announced in March, Golding and Shaw have adopted mainly defensive positions as they sought to convince civil servants and the rest of the country that the global economic crisisleft the Govern-ment with no choice but to freeze wages despite signed contracts."

Demands unfair

JamaicaObserver.com: "PRIME Minister Bruce Golding says it is unfair and unreasonable for the police and teachers to be clamouring for salary increases when both groups benefited from what he said were 'significant' top-ups in the almost two years that his administration has been in office."

Poor better off than rich

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "A higher percentage of the “richer” income group of the population are reported to have various types of disabilities compared with the poor. However, the rich can afford the care to diagnose their conditions.

This recent data was produced by the Central Statistical Office (CSO) yesterday from the Disability from the Survey of Living Conditions 2005."

Black Rock man shot in the leg

Nation News "POLICE are investigating an incident in which 30-year-old Marcus Thomas of Danesbury, Black Rock, St Michael, was shot in a leg yesterday.

The incident occurred at Black Rock and Thomas was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance.

A resident, who wanted to remain anonymous, said shortly before the incident that Thomas was in a shop liming."

DIALYSIS PROBLEM

Nation News "THERE IS a shortage of supplies in the dialysis unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

And patients who rely on the unit's blood purifying service fear their lives may be on the line.

'[The hospital] is short of equipment and people are literally afraid for their lives,' said a patient who spoke under anonymity.

Gloves, needles, and other items were needed, said the patient who added that waiting periods for dialysis treatment had lengthened.

'Some patients have had to wait for four or five days for treatment, and others were even turned back.'"

video--Murder in Marc

One man is dead and another in police custody after a cutlass attack in the Community of Marc on Saturday night.
Police reports state about 10:00 pm Lambert Joseph and Presley Edward both 45 years old were engaged in an altercation where a cutlass was used and caused injury to both men. Joseph succumbed to his injuries while at the hospital.

Witness Tampering Worries

The Bahama Journal"The noticeable increase in the number of 'hung juries' recently in trials before the Supreme Court, as well as cases being withdrawn, may be due to a number of factors, including the alleged increasing intimidation of witnesses, according to a well-placed legal source.

Citing a recent case before the court an attorney said that of three witnesses scheduled to testify for the prosecution, two, including the alleged victim did not show up. The prosecutor had no choice but to withdraw the case and the accused person was freed."

Guns and drugs trial delayed as jury selection stalls

The Bermuda Sun "A tale of alleged conspiracy and bootlegging has yet to unfold in the Supreme Court after legal arguments and incomplete jury selection ate up the day's proceedings today.

After hearing from the several lawyers in the case, Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves immediately set about trying to select and swear a jury of twelve but exhausted the pool of 57 prospects with one seat still to fill."

Arson cripples Wales Estate

Kaieteur News: "Over 180 punts of cane were destroyed by arson as protests over inadequate remuneration in the sugar belt spilled over to West Demerara, crippling the Wales Estate.
The cane was reportedly set alight on Monday afternoon and the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), stands to suffer untold losses as the final crop of the year undergoes a torrid beginning."

Channa bombers target mechanic shop again

Stabroek News "A Georgetown resident fears for his life and those of his family after being attacked by “channa-bomb throwers” several times this year.

Brian La Fleur, who operates a mechanic shop in central Georgetown, told Stabroek News last evening that four attempts have been made to torch his house and on one occasion he was attacked by gunfire."

Ramphal rejects claims

Nation News "FORMER Commonwealth Secretary General Sir Shridath Ramphal has rejected claims that he linked Barbados' immigration policy to 'ethnic cleansing'.

'I very much regret the misleading information that has wrongly attributed remarks to me about 'ethnic cleansing' in Barbados,' he said in a statement issued yesterday.

'I make it absolutely clear that I never made even an insinuation about this in relation to Barbados, or any other country in the Caribbean.'"

$17M river heist… Coast Guard trio charged with murder

Kaieteur News: "Three ranks from the Guyana Defence Force Coast Guard were yesterday charged for the murder of 23-year-old, Dweive Kant Ramdass of Bartica.

Sherwyn Harte, 26, of 123 Eccles, East Bank Demerara, Delon Gordon, 21, of 108 ‘C’ Field, Sophia, and Deon Greenidge, 20, of 166 Middle Road, La Penitence, appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Vreed – en – Hoop Magistrate’s Court."

Councillor’s son shot dead

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "THE SON of PNM councillor Paul Guerra was shot and killed in Arima early yesterday morning.

According to a police report, Paul Guerra Jr, 25, was standing on the corner of King Street and Broadway when he was fatally shot. Police said that according to eyewitnesses, Guerra Jr was with a male friend when a white vehicle pulled up alongside them and its occupants opened fire. Guerra Jr was killed on the scene while his friend managed to escape. He lived at Martinez Street in Arima."

$10m cut from by-election bill

JamaicaObserver.com: "IN an effort to significantly reduce cost for the September 4 by-election in Clarendon North West, the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) is abandoning the Electronic Voter Identification and Ballot Issuing System (EVIBIS) used in the two previous by-elections in favour of the Black Book system.

Director of Elections Orette Fisher said the move will reduce the cost by at least $10 million, as many of the costs associated with the electronic voting system would be eliminated."

ST LUCIAN CITIZENSHIP FOR SALE?

St. Lucia STAR: "International websites like Homeoverseas.com.uk are saying that St Lucia’s Parliament is currently changing immigration laws to give instant economic residency to foreign citizens investing US$350,000 or more in the island.

According to these sources, the St Lucian government wants to maximize the benefit of having increased airlift into the island by offering visitors the chance to become residents—for less than EC$1m. Homeoverseas.com, in particular, suggests that the government is trying to boost demand for property in St Lucia by offering foreign millionaires a second passport as well as a tax haven. This comes on the heels of changes to the tax regime which gives tax breaks to property owners who rent out their homes to visitors."

‘I tried everything to save them’

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "DARREN DIXON, the lone survivor of Saturday’s tragic fire which claimed the lives of six of his family members, including his pregnant wife, had to be taken to the Couva Health Facility yesterday, suffering from acute stress, elevated blood pressure and a high fever.

Health officials said Dixon’s symptoms were brought on by the trauma of the horrific incident."

Cop pulled his gun at girl, says witness

JamaicaObserver.com: "A ward gave shocking testimony Friday that a policeman had pulled his firearm at a girl who accused him of killing her friends, following the deadly fire at the Armadale Juvenile Correctional Centre in May, which left seven girls dead.

The 15-year-old ward said the girl walked up to the policeman and said, 'A you mek me friend dead.'
According to the girl, the policeman took out his gun and said, 'Try something nuh.'"

Police seek farmer's killers .....

Go-Jamaica "A motive is yet to be established for the murder of a 50-year-old farmer in Kitson Town, St Catherine last night.

The police say Fredrick Brooks and a relative were at his house at about 7 p.m.when they heard their dogs barking.

The police say Mr Brooks went to investigate and was later heard shouting for help.

They say explosions were heard shortly after and the farmer was later found suffering from gunshot wounds

He was pronounced dead at hospital."

Bajans feel safe with Dems

Nation News "BARBADIANS have given thumbs up to the

David Thompson-led Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration after 19 months in office.

And, 43 per cent see no need for change right now.

And, were a general election held today, the DLP could improve its lot significantly, according to the results of a public opinion poll released yesterday by the Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES).

But according to the poll, it's not all roses for the Government."

AWESOME! Jamaicans unbeatable in Berlin; Jamaica achieves best-ever World Championship performance .....

Jamaica Gleaner News: "Regardless of the performance of Jamaica's women in today's 4x400m relay final, the country has already created World Athletics Championship history.

Helsinki, Finland, in 1983 was where it all started when Bert Cameron pocketed gold in the men's 400m, running an impressive 45.05 seconds. The outstanding Merlene Ottey took the baton and collected back-to-back 200m gold medals in 1993 and 1995."

WOMAN BEATEN, LOVER KILLED ....

The Jamaica Star "Cops search for her estranged husband

Police have launched a manhunt for the estranged husband of a woman after she was attacked and her male companion beaten to death.

The community of Ellerslie Pen, Spanish Town, St Catherine is now in shock after the incident.

Investigators from the St Catherine north police are now searching for the killer, a man identified as 'Patrick', a resident of Rivoli also in Spanish Town."

Fight to the finish - Veronica struggles with injury and an in-form Felix to earn silver medal .....

Jamaica Gleaner News "It was not a gold medal, but Pamela Bailey, mother of Veronica Campbell-Brown, was just as pleased and excited for her daughter, who placed second in the IAAF World Championships in Athletics 200 metre finals yesterday in Berlin, Germany.

Veronica Campbell-Brown mined a silver medal for Jamaica for the second consecutive World Championships, dashing across the finish line in 22.35 seconds behind Allyson Felix of the United States."

ACCEPT MY CONDOLENCES

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "TRUCK driver Balton Barnwell, 70, yesterday offered his condolences to the families of five persons who died in a smash-up at South Trunk Road, Mosquito Creek, La Romaine last Saturday.

Barnwell expressed his sympathies to the families when he appeared before Magistrate Indira Misir-Hosein in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court yesterday to answer five charges of causing death by dangerous driving. Corporal Vijay Ramdhanie laid the charges."

BRONZE AGAIN

Trinidad Express "'I knew I was going to get a medal, so I was hyped, I was excited.'

Renny Quow's confidence in his own ability was evident in the World Championship men's 400 metres final here in Berlin, Germany, yesterday, the Trinidad and Tobago athlete sticking to his race plan to earn bronze in 45.02 seconds."

CELL SCAM

Nation News "Barbados’ more than 200 000 cell phone users are being set up to be robbed by high-tech scammers.

And this country’s two tele-communications service providers, LIME and Digicel, are warning customers not to use their handsets to send personal banking information via text messages to any unknown numbers, or provide such account information to unknown or unregistered e-mail addresses."

On top of the podium - and the world

Nation News "The Barbados National Anthem was played during a medal ceremony for the first time in the 26-year history of the World Championships in Athletics, at the Olympic Stadium, here in Berlin, Germany, yesterday.

The man responsible for the historic first, 21-year-old Ryan Brathwaite, soaked in the occasion from the top of the podium, his 13.14 seconds run in Thursday's men's 110 metres hurdles final earning him that right.

“The feeling was very amazing and great,” a proud Brathwaite told the Nation, following the medal ceremony. “I'm glad it was shown all over the world."

Coast guards abduct, rob gold dealer’s employee

Kaieteur News: "Three ranks from the Guyana Defence Force Coast Guard were arrested yesterday afternoon following a brazen multi-million dollar robbery in the Essequibo River.
The men were nabbed at Parika, East Bank Essequibo, after police recovered one-third of the stolen money.
The victim 23-year-old Dweive Kant Ramdass of Bartica has not yet been found and is believed to have been killed."

Truck driver charged for 5 deaths

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "A TRUCK driver has been charged for the deaths of five persons killed in an accident at South Trunk Road, Mosquito Creek, La Romaine, last Saturday.

Cpl Ramdhanie, of the San Fernando Police Station, laid the charges of five counts of motor manslaughter due to dangerous driving which the accused will answer before a magistrate today."

Police called to quell prison disturbance .....

Antigua Sun "The police were called out to quell what appeared to be a disturbance at Her Majesty’s Prison yesterday afternoon.

According to unofficial sources, three maximum-security inmates reportedly attacked another prisoner on the compound.

Reports reaching the AntiguaSun are that the unrest occurred around the time they were to return to their cells from their usual time out."

Bolt completes stunning double

JamaicaObserver.com: "BERLIN, Germany - Jamaican superman Usain Bolt surprised himself by clocking an unimaginable 19.19 seconds into a slight headwind of -0.3 m/s to set a new world record in winning the 200 metres yesterday to complete the sprint double at the 12th IAAF World Championships.

Bolt's mind-boggling run, which chopped 11 hundredths of a second off his previous world mark of 19.30secs, came moments after another Olympic champion, Melaine Walker, secured gold in the 400m hurdles in a new championship record of 52.42 seconds."

Docs to talk abuse by patients

Nation News : "He added Barbados had become a very violent and aggressive society where everyone wanted things done 'now'.

'Let me say here that the Ministry of Health has a policy of zero tolerance in respect of bad behaviour and threats to our staff. It is not fair for a doctor, nurse, or any member of staff . . . to come to work and feel that they are under siege,' he said."

Golden boy!

Nation News "RYAN M. BRATHWAITE has delivered the World Championship medal that had eluded Barbados three times at the 1999 edition of the World Championships.

The 21-year-old athlete made up for the ten-year wait by claiming the most precious of the three medals on offer in the men's 110 metres hurdles final at the Olympic Stadium here in Berlin, Germany, yesterday."

Bolt Reigns Supreme After 200m World Record

NYTimes.com: "BERLIN (Reuters) - Jamaica's Usain Bolt shattered his own 200 metres world record on Thursday to win gold at the world championships in a breathtaking 19.19 seconds and secure his place as the greatest sprinter ever seen.

One year exactly after he posted 19.30 seconds at the Beijing Olympics to beat Michael Johnson's 'untouchable' 19.32 from the Atlanta Games, he sliced another 11 hundredths of a second off just as he did in Sunday's 100 when he ran 9.58."

EMO urges public to prepare for Hurricane Bill

The Bermuda Sun "Hurricane Bill, the season's first major hurricane, is currently tracking towards Bermuda, and today the Emergency Measures Organisation (EMO) convened a formal meeting to get an update on the storm's progress.

Resulting from the information provided in the briefing, the EMO is advising the public to begin to prepare for the impending storm today, because Bill is considered a potential treat to Bermuda."

Rottweilers kill Dualvin Salinas, 7

Amandala Online: "Two young boys, as young boys are wont to do, went to “get” coconuts from a neighbour’s yard, and when they were attacked by two rottweilers, one of them paid with his life for the adventure.

On Saturday, between the hours of 2:00 and 3:00 p.m., in the Hill View area of Santa Elena Town, Cayo, David Moltavan, 9, and Dualvin Salinas, 7, climbed over the chain-link part of a fence to get into the yard.

Although the boys knew, or ought to have known, that inside the yard were a pair of rottweiler dogs, a male and female, they still went ahead. The boys were attacked by the dogs, and ran, apparently trying to reach the fence, but Dualvin Salinas , the 7-year-old, could not make it back to safety in time. The dogs, named King and Queen, attacked him, biting him in the throat, and he was killed on the spot."

Little Paige flown home to the US to recuperate

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "Little Paige Welch, the 13-year-old United States citizen whose hand was almost severed during a boating accident on the high seas, last Sunday, reportedly flew home late Tuesday night.

Relatives continued to remain tight-lipped, but Newsday understands relatives together with the US Embassy made arrangements to have her board a flight bound for the US."

Chinese woman given gun licence

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "SERIOUS questions were raised yesterday by a Port-of-Spain magistrate as to how a Chinese national who can neither read nor write English, was granted a firearm user’s licence 11 years ago.

“If a person is issued a firearm licence with conditions which must be adhered to, and these conditions are written in English, how could someone who can’t read and write English be given a firearm?” Magistrate Avason Quinlan asked."

It is a pity - Foster-Hylton - Gold medallist laments how long it took Jamaica to take gold in the 100 hurdles

Jamaica Gleaner News "Jamaica produced another glittering performance at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Berlin last night.

Veteran Brigitte Foster-Hylton gave a scintillating display to win the women's 100 metres hurdles gold medal in a season-best 12.51 seconds, while Delloreen Ennis-London showed grit and determination from the difficult lane eight to snatch the bronze medal in 12.55, also a season best, just behind Canada's Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, who clocked 12.54 for silver."

Hurricane Bill no longer a threat

Antigua Sun "Antiguans and Barbudans can breathe a sigh of relief as a huge hurricane Bill moves further away from the North Eastern Caribbean.

That was the word from forecasters at the Meteorological Office at the VC Bird International yesterday.

The shift, according to the Met Office, was anticipated but they did not want to say until it was absolutely certain.

However since Bill is a large storm, forecasters told the AntiguaSun yesterday that Antigua and Barbuda can expect to feel the effects of spiral bands associated with the storms across the island from yesterday."

DOCS' MOVE

Nation News "THE Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) will hold an emergency meeting today to discuss what action to take after a doctor was attacked at a polyclinic.

As a result of today's meeting, the Ministry of Health has suspended all medical services at polyclinics islandwide after 1 p.m.

The DAILY NATION has learned that while on duty at Warrens Polyclinic last Friday, Dr Dwayne Lashley, a general practitioner, was hit with a brick by a man."

'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Bill churns in Atlantic

CNN.com: "MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Described as 'an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane,' Hurricane Bill was churning closer to the Atlantic island of Bermuda on Wednesday, forecasters said.

Although Bill is not expected to make a direct hit on the island, forecasters cautioned that the storm is large and will generate large swells on Bermuda as well as the islands of the northeast Caribbean Sea over the next day or two."

video--Bus drivers threaten strike

Morne Du Don bus drivers say school children living in Bois Patat will have to walk the road when school re-opens unless that road is repaired. The drivers say they are tired of empty promises made to repair the road that remains in a deplorable condition. They say driving on it has led to untold costs and they will no longer bear the expense of plying that part of their route.
They are calling on the powers that be to fix the road or school children and Bois Patat residents will be made to suffer the consequences.

video--Saint Lucia donates to Taiwan

It is usually the other way around the Taiwanese government giving to Saint Lucia for various projects.
On Monday the Prime Minister shifted the momentum on that relationship slightly by presenting a monetary donation to the Taiwanese. The money is to be used for relief efforts in Taiwan - the country was devastated by a typhoon that recently hit Asia.

Hurricane hunters keeping watch

Nation News "BARBADOS, and by extension the region, can expect earlier and more accurate warnings regarding hurricanes this season, especially Hurricane Bill, currently heading towards the region.

'The last reading we got this morning was that Bill was 15.6 north and 48 west . . . east of the Lesser Antilles with a windspeed of 85 miles per hour and it does have category 3 potential,' Lieutenant Colonel Nancy Ash warned yesterday."

BICO UP IN FLAMES

Nation News "The headquarters of ice-cream maker BICO went up in flames tonight, causing at least one million dollars in damage.
The north-western section of the complex was extensively damaged by the inferno that started around 7:50 p.m. and lasted more than two hours.
Chief executive officer Edwin Thirlwell, who rushed from home to the complex, said as far as he knew it was the first fire to hit the company since its opening on Bay Street in 1901."

MAN TAKES HIS OWN LIFE

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "WHEN his plea for a reconciliation fell on deaf ears, insurance clerk Gary Balkaran attacked his wife Nadine on Monday inside the New India Assurance Company office in Rio Claro, where they both worked. He bound and gagged her with duct tape, then beat and choked her.

Believing her to be dead, Balkaran, 36, left the office and went to the marital home, also in Rio Claro, where he committed suicide by drinking a toxic substance and stabbing himself in the neck with a pair of scissors."

PLOT THICKENS...Respondents to call further witnesses today ...

Sun St. Kitts "Today, respondents in the constitutional matters hearing will continue calling witnesses to seek to prove the unwillingness of the People’s Action Movement (PAM) to engage in discussion during deliberations of the Constituency Boundaries Report committee and the Boundaries Technical Committee thereby quashing the claimant’s submission of prejudice and unfairness."

Wife, brother-in-law held in shooting of Greek businessman

guyanachronicle.com: "A woman and her brother are in police custody following the shooting of her husband, Greek businessman Mahaikis Blabvlacharakis Zackarias, called “Harris”, 52, of 123 Ramsingh Street, Annandale, East Coast Demerara, early yesterday morning.

The owner of Nicholas Fast Food and Water Depot was discovered with a gunshot wound to the temple slumped in a sofa in the lower flat of his two storey house.

His licensed gun, a .32 pistol, was found in his lap. At the time of the incident, he was at home with his wife’s brother, Ravi, while she was out with their 10-year-old son, Nicholas."

Shericka does it again - 400-metre runner produces her best for a silver medal

Jamaica Gleaner News "Jamaica's Shericka Williams posted a personal-best 49.32 seconds yesterday to take silver in the women's 400 metres final at the 12th World Championships in Berlin.

It was the 23-year-old's second silver at a major championships in 12 months, following her surprise second place at the Beijing Games last year."

Bolt: I think 100m record will stop at 9.4secs

JamaicaObserver.com: "Several researchers have done studies recently to predict how fast a man can run 100 metres. The latest, from Tilburg University in the Netherlands, predicts that someone will eventually be able break the tape at 9.51 seconds.

Bolt, who has set three records at the 100-metre distance with times of 9.72, 9.69 and Sunday's 9.58, is already looking to rip that theory apart.

'I said 9.4,' Bolt said. 'I think the world records will stop at 9.4.'"

More layoffs loom

The Nassau Guardian : "More layoffs are looming in Grand Bahama as a small resort prepares to close its doors.

The Nassau Guardian confirmed yesterday that 29 employees are set to lose their jobs at Port Lucaya Resort & Yacht Club, which is partially owned by the Grand Bahama Port Authority.

The group reportedly includes 16 permanent employees and 13 casual laborers."

SURGERY TO SAVE ARM OF GIRL, 13

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "Surgeons will have to wait and see whether the re-attached arm of United States (US) teen Paige Welch, will be accepted by her body, after it was almost severed during a kayaking outing in Chaguaramas on Sunday.

Surgery was performed on the 13-year-old that same day, after she arrived at the Medical Associates private hospital in St Joseph, with her left hand hanging only by pieces of tissue."

Allen charged with causing death by dangerous driving ...

Sun St. Kitts "Old Road resident, 33-year-old Jevon Allen was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Jevon Allen.Last Tuesday afternoon’s hit and run accident claimed the life of 52-year-old Keith Brownbel of Stapleton Village, St. Kitts.

Brownbel was killed on his job after being struck by a rental car, R173,on the island’s main road in Sandy Point at approximately 3:40 p.m."

Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser wins 100 m final

Gleaner Jamaica : "Jamaican Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser has won the women's 100 metres final this afternoon in the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany.

Fraser ran a national world best in 10.73 seconds to win the gold medal in the 100 m.

Team mate Kerron Stewart was second in 10.75 seconds, while American Carmelita Jeter was third in the final, which ended today's track events at the World Championships in Berlin, Germany.

Veronica Campbell- Brown was fourth in 10.95 seconds and Aleen Bailey was eighth in 11.16 seconds."

Fraser's community erupts with delight

JamaicaObserver.com: "Minutes after blazing the track at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany, to cement her place as the world's fastest woman, Shelly-Ann Fraser called her relatives in Waterhouse, St Andrew to share in the celebration."

Her grandmother, 75-year-old Phedelia Simpson, was overtaken with emotion when she heard Fraser's voice on the other end of the line."Yes child you did it. I have been praying hard for you," Simpson said as tears of joy rained down her cheeks.

Sophia man stabbed, stoned to death

Stabroek News "Andrew Thomas, 38, also known as Andrew Garraway called “Payee” or “Lumber man,” of North Sophia, Georgetown was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital shortly before 11pm Sunday and died while receiving medical attention. Thomas had been sitting outside a North Sophia shop, located opposite the St. Stanislaus College Farm, watching television when his attacker confronted him at about 9.30pm. Thomas’ attacker stabbed him to the neck after a short verbal confrontation between the two."

Man fighting for life after beaten by thugs

The Royal Gazette: "A man is fighting for his life at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital after a group of thugs beat him and left him bleeding in the street this morning.

The 30-year-old St. George’s resident was found outside of Joell’s Alley on Reid Street at 5.15 a.m., unconscious and bleeding.

A Police spokesman said: “At 5.15, Police responded to reports of an unconscious man found lying in the road. He was bleeding from his face. The injured man was taken to the hospital and is in ICU [the Intensive Care Unit] in critical condition with life-threatening injuries."

Flights delayed

Trinidad Express "The expected passage of Tropical Storm Ana yesterday led to an initial suspension of some services by regional carrier LIAT.

Though it was later announced that operations will continue as normal, the airline has advised passengers to check regularly throughout today for schedule information, as it remains vigilant on the weather situation."

Giant snails invade

Trinidad Express "A large cross-section of local vegetation is now in danger, following the introduction of the Giant African Snail to Trinidad.

The snail, which can grow a shell up to 20 centimetres in length and 12 centimetres in diameter, is a prolific pest that routinely devastates the landscape in its native region."

New moves to end gang war fare in St Vincent

SVG Today "KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, CMC – Gang members from two neighbouring Kingstown communities are to meet with Commissioner of Police Keith Miller on Thursday in a bid to cement a truce brokered last week.

Residents of Edinboro and Ottley Hall in West Kingstown say they hope for a respite from sporadic gang-related gunfire after the youths shook hands at the Central Police Station last week."

Suspect in teenaged girl's murder charged

Sun St. Kitts "One St. Peter’s resident was jailed for the 8 Aug., shooting death of 14-year-old Stancia Lake of La Guerite Village, Basseterre, St. Kitts. Reportedly, the incident took place at about 5 p.m. on the corner of Wigley Avenue and Cayon Street, while she was at a friend’s home.

Police said a 17-year-old boy from Lower Monkey Hill was arrested and formally charged last Friday."

Powells hide death to spare Asafa distraction

Jamaica Gleaner News "Although Asafa Powell's family has been mourning the loss of a loved one, joy came with the sprinter's bronze-medal run in the 100m in Berlin, Germany.

'We were looking for a second- place finish,' William Powell, Asafa's father, told The Gleaner yesterday afternoon. 'However, seeing that it's 1-3, we feel very pleased to know that 'safa has medalled for his country. And at the end of the race when they hugged, we simply said, 'A born Jamaican. We proud o' dem'.'"

Police concerned about increase in sexual offences against minors

Antigua Sun "The police are becoming increasingly concerned over the number of reported cases of sexual offences committed against young girls.

Over the past several weeks, a number of men have appeared before the court charged with unlawful sexual intercourse with minors, the most recent appearance being last Tuesday when a 51-year-old man was taken before the court for having sexual intercourse with an 11-year-old girl."

Sunday outing turns deadly for West Coast family…

Kaieteur News: "Two children were killed on the spot at around 14:00 hrs yesterday, after being struck by a speeding car near Tuschen Market Road, East Bank Essequibo, while walking with their grandmother.
Amisha Alli, seven, of Lot 25 of Meten-Meer-Zorg Railway View, West Coast Demerara and her cousin, nine-year-old, Ricky Kumar Persaud of Parika, perished after being struck by a white station wagon, which was driven by a 21-year-old man."

Celebration in Half-Way-Tree as Bolt races into the record books again

JamaicaObserver.com: "Long before Usain Bolt's record-breaking run in yesterday's 100m final at the IAAF World Athletic Championships in Berlin, Germany, Jamaicans from all walks of life converged in the vicinity of the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre to witness the Jamaican's blistering 9.58 seconds gold medal-winning run.

It wasn't quite the masses that flooded the busy thoroughfare a year ago during the Beijing Olympics. However, the three giant screens and animated conversation that flowed throughout the crowd before the start of the highly anticipated race, provided more than enough entertainment for the ever-growing throng."