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Businessman Raymond Chin gets...GUNNED DOWN

Antigua Sun"The joint owner of a small business on Upper Church Street, St. John’s, was shot to death Saturday afternoon in what appears to have been a violent robbery.

Thirty-five-year-old Raymond Chin of Jamaica was rushed to the Mount St. John Medical Centre, after he was shot by an assailant at his J. Chin’s Top Notch store some time just after 5 p.m. He was later pronounced dead by doctors at the facility."

Guyanese fisherman dies during pirate attack

Kaieteur News: "A Guyanese fisherman perished when he was crushed between two boats during a pirate attack early Sunday morning.
At about 08:30 hours yesterday, the Guyanese crew members of two fishing boats operating in the No.1 Caroni, Suriname, area were attacked by two men armed with a shotgun and a cutlass.
It was during the attack that Satrohan Jagdeep Persaud, 53, of Little India Squatting Area, Corriverton, fell overboard and was squeezed between two boats resulting in his death."

Six reckless drivers arrested, cars seized

JamaicaObserver.com: "Six of eight persons who were seen driving recklessly in a section of Kingston Friday night were arrested by the police after the cops found that they were not licensed to drive, neither were the cars they were driving insured.

Police, led by Acting Commissioner Owen Ellington, started chasing the cars on Half-Way-Tree Road near the intersection with Beechwood Avenue and eventually got them to stop on Trafalgar Road in New Kingston."

Is St Lucia ready for belly dancing?

St. Lucia STAR: "Belly dancing? Here in Saint Lucia? For some the notion and the thought draw instant curiosity. For others, maybe a bit of a snicker, because at most cultural displays here, there is a bit of belly dancing, right? Well, not exactly. You see belly dancing is much more than casual gyrations or simulated exotic hip and waist movement."

Girl, 5, hospitalised after being raped by stepfather

Kaieteur News: "Police at Lethem are hunting for a 25-year-old man who brutally raped his five-year-old stepdaughter causing her to be hospitalised.
The man disappeared after the child’s mother, his reputed wife, left their home to report the matter to the police.
Kaieteur News understands that the child was bleeding profusely from her vagina, forcing medical personnel at the Lethem Hospital to admit her immediately.
The child’s mother had left her at home with her stepfather and eight-month-old sister on Friday night to work the eleven-to-seven shift, at her place of employment."

Spilling homosexual blood

JamaicaObserver.com: "THE ghastly gouging out of the eyes of self-confessed homosexual Claude Pryce by his enraged lover last week, brought into sharp focus the often spine-chilling, bloody end that awaits, when love goes wrong among gays.


Police investigations of gay deaths are replete with scenes in which the knife - the apparent weapon of choice - is plunged over and over into the body of the victim, leaving a trail of blood that frequently leads to prominent doors in affluent St Andrew"

Riverton tragedy - Three boys drown

Jamaica Gleaner NewsThe Duhaney River in St Andrew claimed the lives of three young boys yesterday in a tragedy that left the communities of Tower Hill and Riverton City numb.

The boys were among a group of five from Tower Hill, Olympic Gardens, who had gone to the river close to the Riverton City dump to swim shortly after 2:00 yesterday afternoon.

Three of the boys experienced difficulties and drowned, while the other two made it back to shore safely."

POTTERS DUO REMANDED

Antigua Sun "The duo charged with possession of arms and ammunitions following a raid at a Potters residence this week were remanded to prison when they appeared before Chief Magistrate Ivan Walter yesterday.

Leston “Young Destroyer” Jacobs 27, and 20-year-old Ceylon Howe were both remanded until 2 Dec., 2009."

Lyns' Trial - Swaby begins his defence, claims no knowledge of murder

Jamaica Gleaner News"Swaby admitted today that he and his co-accused, 26-year-old garbage-truck driver Calvin Powell, of New Green Manchester, went to an automated banking machine early on the morning of December 10, 2006, to withdraw money.

He said it was a man called Nicholas Stewart who was dressed in a blue suit like the police who had given him the card to make the withdrawal, but they did not get any money from the machine.

The Crown is alleging that the men were using a bank card belonging to Richard Lyn, but Swaby has denied the allegation."

Cop number 60 arrested for corruption

JamaicaObserver.com: "THE arrest Wednesday of a policeman at the Greater Portmore Police Station pushed to 60 the number of cops charged with corruption this year.

The detective sergeant, whose name is being withheld by the police, was arrested on the grounds of the police station by officers of the constabulary's Anti-Corruption Branch in a sting operation for alleged breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act."

Pharmacies warned to stop selling single-dose malaria drug by Dec 31

Stabroek News"Minister of Health Dr Leslie Ramsammy has thrown down the gauntlet to pharmacies to desist from selling the single dose artemisinin malaria drug by the end of this year or he would instruct officers from the Food & Drugs Department to size the drug from their shelves.

Saying his patience is running out, Ramsammy stated that he would be forced to take such an extreme measure as the single dose drug poses a risk to the malaria fight since there is a resistance to the combination that has been developed."

Hero nurse suspended

Jamaica Gleaner News "THE NURSE who went to the aid of persons injured in the horrific market-truck crash in Dam Bridge, Portland, last December, has been suspended for her action that night.

Rackell Wilson has had her enrolled assistant nursing licence suspended by the Nursing Council of Jamaica
for six months.

She has also been sent to do remedial classes on the span and control of an enrolled assistant nurse and nursing ethics. Wilson is also required to attend professional counselling sessions.

The suspension followed a hearing by the council, which found that she had administered medication to one of the crash victims without permission."

Montserrat volcano shivers, hurls rocks, gases

The Associated Press: "OLVESTON, Montserrat — Light ash has fallen over the capital of Montserrat after the Caribbean island's temperamental volcano hurled another round of hot rocks and gases.

Volcano observatory director Paul Cole says a small pyroclastic flow nearly reached the ocean as Soufriere Hills shed part of its old dome this week.

He said Friday that ash fell on parts of Olveston and Old Town.

Tremors also shook the volcano as it began emitting lava closer to the summit."

Serena Williams is here

The Barbados Advocate: "International tennis superstar, Serena Williams, has landed! And just in time for our 43rd Independence celebrations!

With all the pomp and splendour, the world No. 1 women’s tennis player touched down at the Grantley Adams International Airport yesterday afternoon aboard American Airlines flight AA 1417. Serena was all smiles as she descended the stairs of the aircraft where scores of curious onlookers, travellers and airport staff gathered to get a glimpse of her. She was met on the tarmac by Minister of Sport, Dr. Esther Byer-Suckoo, Sports-Tourism Manager of the Barbados Tourism Authority, Gregory Armstrong, and Tournament Director Kodi Lewis."

Green Queen

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "HER Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is here.

Her British Airways Boeing 777 jet airliner touched down yesterday at Piarco International Airport at exactly 2.44 pm, after a four-hour flight from Bermuda. After a 15-minute wait at the end of the runway, in which time local dignitaries including President George Maxwell Richards and Prime Minister Patrick Manning took their positions on the tarmac, the plane taxied up to the red carpet. British High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago, Eric Jenkinson, and local Chief of Protocol, Reitha Toussaint, ascended the stairs and entered the craft. A senior British military officer descended to join the waiting party at the foot of the stairs."

Woman, daughter detained in connection with actor’s murder

Kaieteur News: "Police have detained a woman and her daughter for questioning into the brutal murder of popular local actor Joel Fraser called ‘Sweets’.
The woman and her daughter were detained last night, after they gave conflicting accounts of her association with the murdered actor.
Fraser was found with his throat slit on the Liliendaal Seawall, aback of the Ocean View International Hotel early Wednesday morning."

Naughty little kids

Nation News "TWO PUPILS of a primary school in the north reportedly caught performing 'inappropriate' acts on each other have been disciplined and sent for counselling.

The incident, which took place last week on the school's premises, occurred between an Infants B boy and girl. When contacted, the principal confirmed there was an incident, but stopped short of saying it was sex, preferring to use the term 'inappropriate touching'."

St. Vincent - Voters Save the Queen

NYTimes.com: "The queen of England will still rule — formally at least — over the eastern Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines after voters in a referendum rejected a plan to replace her with a president chosen by Parliament. Preliminary results showed 56 percent voted against the change, even though both of the country’s parties have sought to replace the queen with a president as head of state."

'FINSAC ruined me' - Man loses business, home during '90s meltdown

Jamaica Gleaner News "Participants in the ongoing commission of enquiry into the Financial Sector Adjustment Company (FINSAC) were left with heavy hearts yesterday as the hearing learned how the financial crisis of the 1990s and its aftermath ruined 59-year-old Mechesk Willis' life.

All eyes fell on Willis as he ambled to the microphone on two crutches."

NCB was too big to close

JamaicaObserver.com: "THE Finsac enquiry into the 1990s financial meltdown received startling news yesterday for the first time that the National Commercial Bank (NCB), then Jamaica's second largest, was only spared because it was too big to close.

Former finance minister, Dr Omar Davies told the enquiry that he gave the National Commercial Bank (NCB) special treatment because of the 'too big to close' syndrome."

Cops arrested for raping teen, 15, in lockups

Kaieteur News: "Officials at the Springlands Police Station are investigating the alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl by two police ranks and a Rural Constable.
Kaieteur News understands that the three men are under close arrest and that the Rural Constable has admitted to having sexually assaulted the juvenile.
The incident allegedly occurred last month but only came to light a few days ago."

Jaguar kills gold miner in Guyana jungle

The Associated Press: "GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Police say a jaguar prowling the lush jungles of Guyana killed a gold and diamond miner as he fetched water from a creek.

A police statement says fellow miners found 43-year-old Kurt Rodrigues after the mauling. He died while en route to a hospital.

Rupununi Region vice chairwoman Claire Singh said Tuesday it's unusual for jaguars to attack people.

But Guyanese cattle and poultry farmers often complain that jaguars and ocelots maul their livestock."

St. Vincent contemplates cutting ties with queen

The Associated Press: "KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent — Voters in the Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines decide Wednesday whether to break their ties with Britain's monarchy, even as Queen Elizabeth II is making a rare visit to the region.

A two-thirds majority in the referendum is needed to adopt a proposed constitution that would replace the charter in place since independence from Britain in 1979."

Marijuana farmer imprisoned

Dominica News Online "A 44-year-old Delices man will now spend the next two years and seven months at the Dominica State Prison after pleading guilty to the possession and cultivation of 75 marijuana trees.

Christian Corriette, who appeared before Chief Magistrate Evelina Baptiste last week at a Roseau magistrate’s court, was sentenced to spend 24 months on the charge of cultivation of cannabis and seven months on the count of possession of cannabis."

ESTER GO STRAIGHT HOME

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "Concerned over the recent spate of school violence which culminated in the murders of two schoolboys in four days, Education Minister Esther Le Gendre yesterday unveiled a plan aimed at stopping students from liming after school.

“Children who are there and not ready to go home (after school is dismissed) will find themselves in all kinds of mischief,” Le Gendre said."

Minister – “Scapegoat For Crime”

The Bahama Journal "A day after Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts called for his resignation National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest fired back – saying that his critics are using him as a 'scapegoat' for the recent spate of crime in the country.

Mr. Turnquest, who has faced a firestorm of criticism ever since 18 tourists were held up and robbed during a guided tour in New Providence, said certain parties have been quick to point the finger at him."

Senator Carty: NGO affair washed with dishonesty

Sun St. Kitts L "Senator Nigel Carty said the recent episode where a joint press release by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Evangelical Association and the St. Kitts Christian Council prematurely found itself in the hands of Chairman of the People’s Action Movement, Sidney Osborne is 'washed with dishonesty of the very highest order.'"

Cyclist run over by truck

Antigua Sun "After complaints from the Traffic Department of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda over the frequency of road accidents last week, there was another serious one to contend with last night.

Police and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel rushed to the Golden Grove area, just past the Antigua State College, where it was reported that a youth who was travelling on a bicycle was run over by a truck which was allegedly hauling bags of cement."

Police struggle to arrest child prostitution on 'Back Road'

Jamaica Gleaner News "The phenomenon of minors engaging in prostitution on Port Henderson Road in St Catherine is well known to the police but arresting the matter is proving to be a major challenge.

The police are also struggling with a growing trend, where adult males are taking girls from schools to the hotels located on the strip known as 'Back Road'."

Ready for war?

JamaicaObserver.com: "THE police, over the past four months, seized 14 guns, hundreds of ratchet knives, machetes, a bow, as well as marijuana and dozens of pirated DVDS in their 'weekend initiative' which runs from Fridays to Sundays - the period which they say the majority of the most serious crimes are committed.

Several wanted men were among 163 persons arrested in the drive, which saw the mounting of more than 330 vehicle checkpoints, the execution of more than 307 foot patrols, and 697 mobile patrols islandwide."

Escapee nabbed by cops

Nation News - "ESCAPEE Mark Anderson Franklyn has been recaptured after leading police on a two-week manhunt.

Franklyn, a 44-year-old resident of Ashby Alley, Nelson Street, The City, acheived notoriety when he escaped from the adjacent prison farm around
10:30 a.m on November 10, after entering in August on a two-year sentence for theft."

video-immigration scam

The Police are investigating an employee of the small hotel who they say was working with an expired work permit and had in her possession a passport containing the forged signature of a senior member of the immigration department.

Wozniacki in for tennis battle with Serena

The Barbados Advocate: "International tennis superstar Caroline Wozniacki arrived at the Grantley Adams International Airport yesterday just days before she she is scheduled to do battle with Serena Williams at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium.

The world number 4 was all smiles as she greeted the press at the Grace Adams Suite yesterday and noted that it was always a dream of hers to come to Barbados."

Confusion surrounds cause of Mahaica smash-up

Kaieteur News: "One-year-old Jonathan Bourne, a survivor of the Mahaica smash up, still remains in a critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital. A CT scan shows that the toddler sustained massive head injuries. Fluids were still being drained from the child’s body.

His mother, Clavia Williams, is also a patient of the same institution. She sustained injuries to her foot and hands."

Citizens defy don

JamaicaObserver.com: "Residents of a St Catherine community, driven by their need to have a basic school to be built there by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), outfoxed the local don who apparently wanted to extort the project.

According to Scarlette Gillings, managing director of the JSIF, the incident demonstrated that the strong will of law-abiding citizens is more powerful than influential inner-city dons."

Teen prostitutes - Missing 15-y-o selling sexual favours on 'Back Road'

Jamaica Gleaner News "AT LEAST one, and maybe more, of the young girls reported missing under the Ananda Alert system are in St Catherine, working as prostitutes on the Port Henderson strip, better known as 'Back Road'.

Up to September this year, 1,206 children had been reported missing, with 676 confirmed as returning home, three killed, and more than 500 still unaccounted for.

However, The Gleaner has confirmed that, of those un-accounted for, at least one is selling her body on Back Road, and business operators and other prostitutes in the area believe she is periodically joined by friends of the same age."

Moonilal: No flu shot for me

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "OROPOUCHE EAST MP Dr. Roodal Moonilal, Member of Parliament for Oropouche East, has written to Minister of Health Jerry Narace asking that priority be given to the inoculation of residents of communities of Oropouche East where there was a high concentration of fatalities and patients as a result of the A-HINI influenza.

The Opposition parliamentarian told Minister Narace he respectfully “refused” to accept the flu treatment “until and unless those affected children, close relatives and villagers who have been in direct contact with victims have been inoculated”."

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Another security guard murdered

Kaieteur News: "The body of Ivan Phillips, 54 years of D’Urban Street, Lodge, was found lying in a pool of blood at the Le Premier Academy on North Road and Alexander Street, where he worked as a security guard.
The man had a stab wound to the neck and his head was bashed in. According to reports, the man was discovered around 6:00 hrs yesterday by passersby who were on their way to the nearby Bourda Market.
While no one has been arrested so far, many opined that the murder appears to be the handy work of a ‘junkie’, since a battered one side foot wear that did not belong to the victim was found nearby."

'We will pay' - Debt before dishonour, Golding promises

Jamaica Gleaner News -: "Prime Minister Bruce Golding yesterday gave the assurance that his administration would not renege on its debt-paying obligations, despite the snail's-pace crawl to a reinstated borrowing arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

In an undramatic speech, devoid of the vigour and enthusiasm characteristic of presentations at mass political events, Golding told supporters he would not sully Jamaica's good name by backing away from honouring its debt."

'Nowhere else to turn'

JamaicaObserver.com: "PRIME Minister Bruce Golding yesterday reiterated that the country had no choice but to enter a borrowing relationship with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and warned that the measures his administration needs to take to correct the economic problems it inherited, two years ago when it came to office, will be very painful.

'It is not going to be easy; it is not going to be painless. There is no anaesthetic that can put the country to sleep while we fix what has to be fixed,' Golding, who is also leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), told the public session of the ruling party's 66th annual conference at the National Arena in Kingston."

Kenya: Bolt, Richards Are Top Athletes ...

allAfrica.com:: "Monaco — As expected, world sprints sensation, Jamaica's Usain Bolt, was on Sunday night named the IAAF 2009 athlete of the year with American Sanya Richards voted the best female athlete.

After breaking two of his own world records by clocking 9.58 seconds in the 100 metres and 19.19 in the 200m, and helping Jamaica to the short relay gold at the World Championships in Berlin, Bolt's five sub 9.90 seconds times in the 100m and three sub 19.60s in the 200m always made him an easy choice for the judges and athletics fans who made the choice."

Floored by QEH Lift

Nation News "PATRICIA BRYAN can identify with the seven people who plummeted while riding in the elevator at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) two weeks ago.

The former staff nurse at the hospital encountered the same frightening experience not once, but twice.

She fell while riding the elevators on August 19 and September 25, back in 2005.
As a result of the falls, Bryan is now battling a series of medical complications which resulted in her being retired medically unfit in 2007 after working in the health service for 27 years."

BEATEN AND STABBED

Antigua Sun "Police are investigating a report of a stabbing which occurred in Pigotts Village at about 4 p.m yesterday.

Reports are that the 34-year-old Pigotts Village man who is an employee of the government Motor Pool was allegedly beaten and stabbed by five men."

Crime no problem

JamaicaObserver.com: "SLEEPING with the door unlocked is something not even the bravest Kingstonian would chance in today's Jamaica. But for east Portlanders, the practice is commonplace and harks back to a time when acts of crime and violence were rare and unusual.

'You can leave your house go party and nutten happen. Nobody here lock dem door,' says Donovan Campbell, a taxi operator from Hector's River. 'Hector's River is the best community in east Portland. It is [virtually] crime free. The two likkle tief dem dat we have under control.'"

Sacred secrets - Catholic priests, State clash over reporting of 'confessed' crimes

Jamaica Gleaner News"The Roman Catholic Church and the State could be on a collision course over the laws regarding reporting suspected incidents of child abuse.

Under the law, everyone is mandated to report cases of child abuse, even if the information is delivered in a confessional booth.

But the rules of the Roman Catholic Church say that is a no-no."

Flog, yes! Abuse no

Nation News "Flogging that’s not taken to excess can be an effective disciplinary action.

So said Opposition Leader Mia Mottley as she broke her silence on the recent controversy that swirled around St Leonard’s Boys’ School and the use of a whip by a senior teacher there to punish tardy students."

Attorney found dead

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "POLICE are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of well-known Chaguanas attorney Victor Hosein whose body was found in the front passenger seat of his car parked in the carpark of a south shopping mall yesterday.

Hosein, police said, was discovered frothing at the mouth in his Toyota Camry car which was parked at Tropical Plaza in Pointe-a-Pierre. A shopper who observed Hosein’s body in the car made a report to the mall security and an EHS ambulance was summoned."

Police out in full force

Nation News "Store owners have already started complaining, bags, phones and jewellery have already been snatched, and the police are out in their numbers.
That is the scenario painted of Bridgetown, The City, as it prepares to take in thousands of shoppers and ‘limers’ alike for the busy Christmas period."

WARDER IN A KNOT

Nation News "TRANSFER AND DISCIPLINARY CHARGES are being considered for prison warder Shanelle Ellis following her November 14 marriage to former convict Adrian Vaughan.
A senior prison official told the SATURDAY SUN a top level meeting was held between Government officials and the prison administration on Wednesday and Ellis’ situation was high on the agenda.
The official said no one could seek to dictate a person’s choice for a spouse under normal circumstances, but added Ellis’ association with Vaughan was a violation of the rules governing Her Majesty’s Prisons, Dodds."

Opposition leader posts bail for man accused of defacing property

Dominica News Online "Opposition United Workers Party Leader Ron Green today stood as a surety for a La Plaine man charged with defacing the property of the National Bank of Dominica by pasting posters on November 4, 2009.

Earsan Fountain, who was released on a $1,000 bail earlier this month, pleaded not guilty to the charge and is set to appear on April 8, 2010 for trial at a Roseau magistrate’s court."

Barbados least corrupt in the Caribbean, says Transparency International

JamaicaObserver.com: "Barbados is the least corrupt among nine Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries surveyed by Transparency International (TI) in its Corruption Perception Index (CPI) this year.

The island ranked 20th among 180 countries just behind the United States on the CPI, which measures domestic public sector corruption."

No Air Jamaica sale, no IMF - Divestment of national carrier tied to negotiations with lending agency

Jamaica Gleaner News "The US$200-million divestment cost of the national carrier Air Jamaica could be one of the major factors causing the delay in concluding negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The deadline to wrap up the IMF loan was originally slated for September. Then the date was moved to October, then to November."

NO BAIL - Jurors on corruption rap remanded .....

JamaicaObserver.com: "Verona Samuels and Natalie Sill, the two jurors who police say were caught accepting money from the mother of a man accused of the murder of an ex-cop, were remanded in custody when they appeared in the Clarendon Circuit Court yesterday.

The two, who are charged with contempt of court, appeared before Justice Brian Sykes who ordered that they be assigned legal aid after they told the court that they were unable to afford attorneys."

St Hill parts ways with CBC

Nation News "DEAN ST HILL is no longer with the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

The former programme manager for radio at the state-owned entity in the Pine, St Michael, was terminated last Friday.

St Hill had very little to say yesterday: 'As far as I know I was terminated. I can't say any more than that.'"

Cops called in

Nation News "POLICE have been called in to investigate the matter involving a Registration Department worker and a Government security guard.

Yesterday, industrial relations officer Caswell Franklyn revealed the matter was engaging the police's attention and the National Union of Public Workers had already spoken to a lawyer."

Registry staff protest

Nation News "REGISTRATION DEPARTMENT WORKERS walked off the job yesterday over the alleged manhandling and injuring of a staff member by a Government security guard.

The worker at the centre of the action, Trecia Collymore, is now on sick leave after attending the FMH emergency clinic on Wednesday afternoon."

Gunmen beat, rob magistrate

Kaieteur News: "Magistrate Geeta Chandan-Edmond was literally left battered and bruised when four masked gunmen held her up on a lonely stretch of road in Mahaicony and relieved her of cash jewellery and other valuables in what was described as a well-planned attack.
But the Magistrate is convinced that the attack was not merely just a robbery.
She has since expressed fear for her life and those of her family.
The attack occurred about 15:30 hours yesterday while the Magistrate was heading home from work in the city with her baby daughter and her babysitter, Surita."

Eccles mother of seven brutally chopped –husband in custody

Stabroek News "Years of abuse reached their peak yesterday when a 45-year-old Eccles woman was brutally chopped about her body allegedly by her husband who was later found hiding in a weed-infested trench several streets away.

Chrita Noharie called Veronica of Lot 51 ‘CC’ Eccles, East Bank Demerara is now a patient of the Georgetown Public Hospital after undergoing emergency surgery on her hands. This newspaper has learnt that one of the limbs was left hanging after the attack had ended. Her husband was arrested and taken into custody."

Peace initiative brings unity to Barracks Road Primary

Jamaica Gleaner News "Violence and aggression continue to be the major causes of trauma in some schools, as a small, yet significant number of students become involved in gang rivalry, drug trafficking, drug use, drug abuse and fights, sometimes with deadly weapons.

These incidents usually result in violent acts that are at times fatal, affecting the entire school community and causing major disruptions. Trauma also results from unplanned events and accidents happening in and around the school compound."

'IMF alone not enough'

JamaicaObserver.com: "NEW YORK, USA - Moody's Investors Service has cautioned Jamaica that the inking of a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the near term will not automatically improve the country's credit rating.

The warning by Moody's vice-president and senior analyst, Alessandra Alecci - the second by a rating agency in a month - came just ahead of yesterday's downgrade of Jamaica's local and foreign currency government bond ratings to Caa1 from B2 by the international rating agency."

Cop chopped, left for dead

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "A POLICEMAN was chopped and left for dead by bandits during a hold-up at his Fyzabad home on Tuesday night. He however remains warded in serious condition under police guard at San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH).

PC Robert Henry of Siparia Police Station received chops to the head and arm when he fought with three bandits who invaded his home and threatened to kill his family. While Henry’s two-year-old daughter was unharmed, his four-months pregnant wife, Laverne, was attacked by the bandits. She sustained minor injuries and was taken to the SFGH where she was attended to and later discharged.."

GANJA RAID

Nation News "An early morning police operation led to the discovery of 18 fully grown cannabis plants in the backyard of a house at Lewis Gap, Howell's Cross Road, The Ivy, St Michael, yesterday.

Up to press time, no one had been charged.

'The operation was conducted at 7:45 a.m. by the Anti-Gun Unit and the Special Services Unit and was subject of a warrant executed. No one has yet been charged,' said acting police public relations officer Station Sergeant David Welch."

Bandits attempt to kidnap baby during $$M robbery

Kaieteur News: "Despite the commencement of a well publicized security campaign for the city, the lack of police response to a brazen robbery has left a Campbellville businessman frustrated.
Shivnarine Singh, of D. Singh Trading, almost had his three-year-old son kidnapped during the ordeal and to compound matters, several attempts to get the police to respond proved futile."

Acid death for Sparrow sculptor, cop under probe

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "A POLICE officer stationed at the Chaguanas Magistrates’ Court is at the centre of investigations by Homicide detectives into the murder of internationally acclaimed sculptor, Madan Gopal, 66.

According to a police report, officers of the Homicide Bureau received information from eyewitnesses that on the night of November 8 Gopal, who seemed to be intoxicated, went to his house — his “stone castle” at Train Line, Endeavour, Chaguanas to sleep, but was chased by a woman."

Magistrate's 'gift' - Christmas in jail

Nation News "LET THE WORD go out, said Magistrate Pamela Beckles.

Anyone who commits crime as the Yuletide season approaches, especially if they have convictions, could be staring at time on remand.

The magistrate's comments came as she dealt with three men and a teenaged boy who were before her on a $36 000 theft charge in the District 'A' Magistrates' Court yesterday."

Teen refuses to ID cops without his lawyer

Kaieteur News: "The mother of the tortured 14-year-old boy yesterday alleged that an anonymous caller is trying to deter the lad from identifying the policemen who injured him.
The boy turned 15 on Saturday.
Ms. Shirley Thomas said she received the call around 06:00 hrs yesterday, just a few hours before her son was scheduled to attend an identification parade at CID Headquarters, Eve Leary.
The identification parade was postponed after the boy’s stepfather, Doodnauth Jaikarran, refused to let his stepson participate in the exercise without his lawyer being present."

Unidentified man attacks Inland Revenue guard

Dominica News Online "An unidentified man attacked a security guard on the Inland Revenue Department's premises and broke the entrance door to that building after he was asked to leave the area last Thursday.

According to Miguel Bertrand, an employee of the Inland Revenue Department, the incident took place at 4:10 p.m. after business hours.

The man wanted to enter the Inland Revenue building, however was stopped by a security guard standing at the building's entrance, Bertrand explained."

Apparent gang fight ends with gun injuries

Sun St. Kitts : "Approximately 2:55 a.m. last Friday, at the Frigate Bay Beach Strip, police on duty as well as those off duty recognised that there was an altercation, which they suspected to be a gang fight. Bottles and stones were being thrown.

The police intervened to break up the altercation and a 17-year-old young man attacked and wounded a police officer on his head.

The wounded police officer discharged a round from his service pistol and wounded his attacker in his left abdomen."

PM's 'unfixable' problems - Golding challenges Opposition to debate, says job has been tougher than any year of PNP's stint

Jamaica Gleaner NewsPrime Minister Bruce Golding has challenged the Opposition to a public debate to seek solutions for a country steeped in crisis and labelled by The Economist news magazine as 'unfixable'.

Golding declared Sunday night, during a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Area One Council meeting at the Denham Town Community Centre in his West Kingston constituency, that his government now has the task of not only surviving the storm of global recession, but correcting the missteps of the last People's National Party (PNP) government."

Bail too easy

JamaicaObserver.com: "Members of the Police Officers Association (POA) say the ease with which some offenders are afforded bail is derailing the constabulary's efforts to fight crime and are urging the Government to fast track crucial pieces of legislation to give law enforcement more teeth.

According to POA member, Senior Superintendent Wray Palmer, the courts need to give more attention to the granting of bail as accused persons are being allowed to return to the streets to continue committing crimes."

BAN GAMBIA FROM CHOGM

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday : "COMMONWEALTH and local human rights groups are calling on Commonwealth leaders, including Prime Minister Patrick Manning, to ban the participation of the President of Gambia Yahya Jammeh at the Heads of Government meeting later this month in light of statements he made threatening to kill persons affiliated with human rights groups in his country."

NOT ALL GLOOM

Nation News "BARBADOS is not in dreadful economic straights even though its rating outlook has changed, says Olga Kalinina, Standard & Poor's (S&P) credit analyst.

While unemployment is on the rise, the fiscal deficit is widening and there is a decline in economic activity, Kalinina, who monitors Barbados and most of the Caribbean for the credit rating giant, said the island's economic picture wasn't ominous by any means."

Beenie Man pulled from Big Day Out

Radiojamaica.com "The organisers of Big Day Out have given in to protests from gay rights groups and pulled Jamaican performer Beenie Man out of its line up of artistes for the January 2010 event.

Gay rights groups expressed outrage at the invitation to the January event in Auckland, New Zealand for Beenie Man, who they say has sung gay lyrics in the past."

Jamaica gunmen set home ablaze, killing woman ...

Taiwan News Online: "amaican police say street gang members tossed gasoline bombs in a slum outside the island's capital, setting one house ablaze and killing a 90-year-old woman.

A police statement said the remains of Inez Brown were recovered from her charred home early Sunday after it was set on fire by a group of gangsters.

The same attackers also randomly shots into a few homes in Portmore, on the outskirts of the capital, Kingston.

Police say no arrests have been made.

Kingston has one of the highest homicide rates in the Western Hemisphere, and gang violence is a regular occurrence in its surrounding slums."

Beenie Man axe "warns all murder music singers"

GayNZ.com "Following a storm of protest against the artist, the producers of the popular music festival decided yesterday that the notorious anti-gay Jamaican Reggae artist will now not appear.

'These concert cancellations will hit Beenie Man hard in the pocket,' reacts UK-based gay campaigner Peter Tatchell today. 'He has lost tens of thousands of dollars."

Y'all don't care! - Response to Ananda Alert heartbreaking - Critic: Lacklustre campaign to blame

Jamaica Gleaner News "Jamaicans have given a lukewarm response to an urgent call to play a critical role in the success of the Ananda Alert, a nationwide child-abduction alert network named after 11-year-old Ananda Dean, who was kidnapped and murdered in 2008.

The multi-agency alert system was launched in May this year and is designed to alert the nation whenever a child is reported missing."

Six sent home

JamaicaObserver.com: "The Ministry of Education has interdicted six senior public servants, and launched a major investigation into the disappearance of 80 scripts with the results of fourth-graders from Pembroke Hall Primary School, who sat the grade four literacy test in June.

The results which should have been handed to the school for the start of the 2009/2010 academic year in September, would determine the literacy levels of the students. Results showed mastery, near mastery or non-mastery of reading readiness skills at the grade level."

BEST FRIENDS DIE IN CRASH

Trinidad and Tobago's NewsdayA TRIP for burgers claimed the lives of two best friends early yesterday when the car they were travelling in crashed into an electricity pole in Couva. Dead are Deodath Samaroo, who was a storekeeper at Plipdeco, and Indar Arjoon,19, both of Esperanza Village, Couva. A third friend and fellow villager, Dale Gopaul, 26, cheated death but sustained injuries."

KENT PROBE

Nation News "CABINET COULD SOON BE having a close look at the controversial sale of state land in Kent, Christ Church, to determine whether laws were broken.

Minister of Housing and Lands Michael Lashley made the disclosure on Friday while delivering the weekly lecture at the Democratic Labour Party's (DLP) headquarters in Belleville, St Michael."

Net extortion uncovered here

JamaicaObserver.com: "Unsuspecting teenagers who frequent the many online social networking sites are now being targeted by extortionists in a new and alarming phase of the cyber crime being committed in the island.

Known as 'net extortion', police at the Cyber Crime Investigation and Research Unit say that while they had anticipated that it would start here, they are surprised at its quick introduction, having watched its growth abroad."

Georgetown Mayor under fire: No Govt. help for M&CC until PNCR taxes collected

Kaieteur News: "The Mayor and City Council of Georgetown (M&CC) has found itself in more hot water.
This time, Government has threatened to withhold possible assistance unless the council collects over $100M owed to it by the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR).
In a strongly worded statement, yesterday, the Ministry of Local Government also pointed out that the fact that Mayor Hamilton Green is sitting on the PNCR Executive Committee and not collecting the rates and taxes is a glaring case of conflict of interest."

HUNDREDS RALLY AGAINST GOVT'S PROPERTY TAX

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday"A prominent Laventille activist temporarily broke ranks with the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM) yesterday in full support of calls for an end to the Government’s proposed property tax regime.

Mc Donald Padmore drew shocked stares from an audience of hundreds gathered at Woodford Square in Port-of-Spain yesterday, saying that although he was a strong supporter of the PNM, he could not support the move to implement a new property tax system."

IN THE NET

Nation News "WITH CHRISTMAS just around the corner, police have begun a major offensive against the criminal element.

In an islandwide four-hour operation Friday night, lawmen stopped and searched vehicles along some of the island's busiest routes, taking14 people into custody, including three illegal non-nationals who were nabbed along Martindale's Road in The City."

LAUGHING GUNMEN FONDLE WOMEN - Masked men assault victims after robbery

The Jamaica Star The police are searching for a group of giggling masked men who after failed attempts to rob women, fondled them and ran away laughing.

At least eight women in two St Catherine communities have been harassed in separate incidents, involving the masked men.

THE WEEKEND STAR has learnt that all the cases, which occurred during the last two weeks, took place at nights. The police have theorised that a group of teens are carrying out the acts.

Inspector Clive Watson of the Area Five police said the victims, five of whom are from Davis district and the others from Jericho, were touched on their private parts."

Doctors’ faulty diagnosis caused patient’s death?

Amandala Online: "The family of the late Luis Rodriguez, 77, an official of the Forestry Department until his premature retirement due to an on-the-job accident, is in mourning after his untimely passing around 8:45 Wednesday morning at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City.

But Rodriguez’s family’s story starts at the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk Town, and for all intents and purposes, it should have ended there, according to them, if the doctors there had paid more than cursory attention to Luis’ apparent urinary problems."

'Pit bulls are killers - here's my proof'

'Pit bulls are killers - here's my proof': "Retired ambulance driver David DeVent wrestled a vicious pit bull and lived to tell the story.

Mr.DeVent came face to face with the stray dog at his family homestead on Curving Avenue.

The dog attacked and killed four of Mr. DeVent's chickens and wounded another before being captured by an animal warden.

But not before 71 year old Mr. DeVent courageously took matters into his own hands and wrestled with the pit bull inside his chicken coup that also houses rabbits."

Former FNM MP defends name

The Nassau Guardian "After being arrested in connection with a long-running fraud investigation earlier this week, former FNM MP Lester Turnquest sought to clear his name yesterday, making public details he gave to police in a sworn affidavit in September that chronicled the dark and troubled relationship he allegedly had with his former partner Hywel Jones, 55, who was murdered earlier this year."

Airport in crisis: Government to intervene in labour dispute Flight schedules interrupted by strike

Jamaica Gleaner News "WESTERN BUREAU: The Ministry of Labour is expected to arrive in Montego Bay this morning to intervene in the impasse between staff and management of MBJ Airports Limited, operators of the Sangster International Airport.

The ministry's decision came hours after 160 workers, represented by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Union of Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Personnel (UTASP), walked off their jobs yesterday."

Tortured teen released from hospital

Stabroek News "Two weeks after he was admitted to the Georgetown Hospital, the teen whose genitals were set alight by policemen during an interrogation was yesterday discharged into the custody of his parents.

Limping, the boy emerged into the hospital compound just after noon, accompanied by his mother Shirley Thomas and stepfather, Doodnauth Jaikarran. As they stood speaking to the media, onlookers flocked around when they realised that it was the tortured teen."

QEH LIFT SCARE

Nation News : "SCREAMING IN PAIN and fright, seven people were removed from an elevator that crashed through one floor at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital yesterday.

An eyewitness and two of those removed from the faulty lift said it dropped suddenly from one floor and landed nearly two feet below the ground floor landing."

NOT GOOD!

Nation News "INTERNATIONAL CREDIT rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) yesterday pulled the stable outlook rug from under Barbados, replacing it with a negative blanket.

S&P attributed the adjustment on the island's outlook to deteriorating public finances, but did not fail to affirm the country's foreign currency ratings - long term at BBB and short-term at A-3 - and the local currency at A-2."

Top cop reports dip in crime

Nation News "TIMES MAY BE TOUGH, but crime is down.

And this is so despite a persisting manpower shortage in the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF).

That's the news from Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin, who yesterday assured Barbadians that law-enforcers would be out on the streets 'in their numbers' this Christmas to deter the criminally-minded."

Bolt becomes ambassador-at-large of Jamaica

USATODAY.com: "KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The world's fastest man has received another top honor in his Caribbean homeland.

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt was named an ambassador-at-large by Jamaica Prime Minister Bruce Golding during a ceremony in the capital, Kingston, on Thursday. He was also granted a diplomatic passport.

At 23, Bolt is the youngest person to receive the honor."