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Earl Continues to Strengthen, Fiona Moving Fast, Danielle Now Non-Tropical

AccuWeather.com "Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Fiona is following on the heels of Hurricane Earl. As of 11 a.m., EDT, Fiona was centered near 15.9 north, 55.3 west, or about 440 miles east of the Leeward Islands. Maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph, and Fiona was moving west-northwest at a very fast 24 mph. At this fast pace, Fiona will be near or over the northern Leeward Islands on Wednesday. A tropical storm warning is now in effect for St. Martin and St. Barthelemy. A tropical storm watch remains in effect for the islands of Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius. A general track to the west-northwest should continue with some reduction in forward speed over the next couple of days before turn more toward the northwest and more slowing later this week.
Fiona is close enough to Earl that Earl's outflow is restricting Fiona's further development, as is Fiona's track over waters churned up by Earl."

Number 1 killer

JamaicaObserver.com: "THINK of all the things that can cause the death of a person -- from the simple slip and fall, to accidents, various forms of illnesses and murder. Add them, and they would still be dwarfed by the number of Jamaicans who die annually from complications related to cardiovascular illnesses, doctors from the Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC) told the weekly Observer Monday Exchange yesterday.
According to the doctors, cardiovascular disease (CVD) kills 20 Jamaicans every day. That works out to 7,300 people annually."
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Tropical Storm Fiona moving quickly towards Leeward Islands

Image via WikipediaJamaicaObserver.com: "MIAMI, USA – One day after a close encounter with a Category Four Hurricane Earl, residents of the Leeward Islands were bracing for the passage of Tropical Storm Fiona that was moving quickly towards the chain of islands in the Eastern Caribbean.
At 8:00 am local time, Fiona was located 500 miles east of the Leeward Islands and the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said that tropical storm warnings have already been issued for St Martin and St Barthelemy while a tropical storm watch is in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla, St Maarten, Saba and St Eustatius."
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Shot attorney dies at hospital

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "ATTORNEY Nofritari Montrose, 38, who was shot in her head two weeks ago outside her Arima home, succumbed to her injuries early yesterday morning while at hospital. Investigators have labelled her death as an “execution” and are calling on members of the public to assist them in the investigation.
According to a police report, at about 5 am, Montrose died at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope.
It was reported that on August 16, Montrose had just driven into her driveway at Pro Queen Street in Arima and was in the company of her nine-year-old son, when two gunmen approached her.
A police report stated that the men shot her in the front of her head and as she turned to run off, they fired another shot, which struck her in the back of her head. The men ran off, leaving the boy in a state of shock.
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Travolta’s Case To Be Dropped

The Bahama Journal "Bridgwater and Lightbourne are accused of conspiring and attempting to extort $25 million from Hollywood actor John Travolta following the death of his son, Jett.
Bridgewater is also charged with abetment.
Sixteen-year-old Jett suffered a seizure and died at his family’s Grand Bahama vacation home in January 2009.
The Bahama Journal understands that the move is reportedly being taken due to the fact that Travolta is reluctant to reappear as a prosecution witness.

Roofs of 7 homes blown off in Arima

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "SEVEN families in Arima are now staying at the homes of relatives after heavy winds blew off the roofs of their homes, yesterday afternoon.
According to reports, at about 4 pm yesterday, heavy winds dislodged the roofs of seven homes at Maturita Village and Temple Street, Arima.

Vigilance family beaten, terrorised by armed bandits

Kaieteur News: "A gang of six armed men beat and terrorized a family of Vigilance North before fleeing with a quantity of cash and jewellery.
Bibi Fizal Tulsie, one of the victims, said the men made their way into the house after removing a few paling staves from the back fence and unscrewing a light bulb from under the house.
The woman told this newspaper that she and her 17 year-old daughter were in the kitchen preparing dinner when they were confronted by six men.
“I de frying plantain in de kitchen with me daughter and these men come in…one ah dem had a knife, another had a gun, one had a scissors and another one had a piece ah wood.”
The woman recalled that the men tied her up with duct tape, and her daughter was forced to lay face-down on the floor.

Police release photo of ‘Cobra’

Kaieteur News: "Police have released a photo of one of Guyana’s most wanted, Tyrone Kacey Rowe, called ‘Cobra’.
Rowe, who law enforcement officials have been unable to provide any photographs for several months now, is wanted for questioning in relation to murder and armed robberies. He is 17 years of age (born 15th September, 1992), 160cm in height, of medium build and dark in complexion. His last known addresses are 268 Independence Boulevard, Albouystown, and 203 Charlotte Street, Lacytown.

Residents protest cop killing by cop

JamaicaObserver.com: "RELATIVES and friends of a policeman who was fatally shot by his colleagues today protested in front of the Ocho Rios Police Station. The dead cop has been identified as Constable Sheldon Williams otherwise called 'Sylvan' of the police armoury in Kingston and Gayle, St Mary.
The placard-bearing protesters are claiming that he was murdered by his colleagues.

Man stabbed to death during argument

SVG Today: "Yet another Vincentian has lost his life in violent circumstances.
Reports say that last Saturday at about 5 a.m., Adrian Samuel was arguing with someone when another person came up behind him and stabbed him in his back.

St. Lucian soccer star Isidore Philip Tisson shot to death outside Brooklyn club during NYC stay

NYDailynews "A St. Lucian soccer star in New York for a tournament was shot to death in Brooklyn early Monday, hours after scoring a goal that sent his team to the finals, police sources said.
Isidore Philip Tisson, 27, was shot in a car outside a Crown Heights cafe around 4:25 a.m. where he'd stopped after leaving a nightclub where the team celebrated.

Dominica PM faces trial over dual citizenship

Caribbean Life News "A High Court judge in Dominica has ruled that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and his Education Minister Peter Saint Jean will have to face trial over charges that their elections last December were null and void.
But Judge Errol Thomas threw out a number of petitions filed by the main opposition United Workers Party regarding allegations of irregularities, bribery and corruption during the polls.
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Two tremors rattle Dominica

JamaicaObserver.com: "ROSEAU, Dominica – Two earthquakes rattled Dominica yesterday night, but there were no immediate damage or injuries.
The Seismic Research Centre of the University of the West Indies said that the quakes were felt one minute apart and had a magnitude of 2.7.
It said that the two earthquakes occurred on land in Southern Dominica and the preliminary results may vary “when additional data is processed”.
On August 16, an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.9 occurred southeast of Dominica.

Antigua counting the cost of Hurricane Earl

Go-Jamaica "ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Several persons were evacuated from their homes on Monday as a rampaging Hurricane Earl dumped seven inches of rain on Antigua and Barbuda, flooding low lying communities.
Disaster officials said that the Category Three storm felled trees and utility poles and triggered an island wide blackout.

Victorious St. Lucia soccer player shot dead in NY

The Associated Press "NEW YORK — A triumphant St. Lucian soccer player whose winning goal put his team in the final of a tournament for Caribbean teams has been shot and killed in a tragic end to an evening out celebrating.
Isidore Phillip Tisson scored in his team's 1-0 win Sunday over St. Kitts in New York City, his coach, Mitchel Daniel, said Monday.

Governor Assures Preparation in Place for Earl

Image by NASA Goddard Photo and Video via Flickr BVIDailyNews.com: "Since I spoke to you yesterday evening Tropical Storm Earl has become Hurricane Earl. Its currently a category one condition, but the estimation from the Antigua Met Offices that it will soon move to category two and indeed by the time that it reaches BVI it could well be a category three. We are now under a hurricane warning. The storm is currently 300 miles to the east of the BVI and moving in our direction.

video--Hurricane Earl Getting Bigger

Hurricane Earl, now a Category 4 storm with winds of 130 mph, hit the northeastern Caribbean bringing heavy rain and high winds. As Don Teague reports, residents on the U.S. Atlantic Coast are watching it closely.

Buju's trial stalls - again

Jamaica Gleaner News "THE TRIAL of reggae superstar Buju Banton has again been pushed back, leaving the Jamaican to spend more time in an American jail before getting a chance to clear his name.
This has left the legal team of the reggae icon frustrated.
'The trial was pushed back to September 20 despite our objection,' David Oscar Markus of Buju's legal team told The Sunday Gleaner."

Newborn Hurricane Earl threatens north Caribbean

The Associated Press: "SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Islanders set up emergency shelters and canceled flights on Sunday as newly born Hurricane Earl churned toward the northern Caribbean. Cruise lines diverted ships to avoid the storm's path.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said that Earl, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph), could hit the northern Leeward Islands as soon as Sunday night. It could become a major hurricane by Tuesday — probably while north of Puerto Rico."

Antigua and Barbuda Awaits Hurricane Earl

The West Indian News: "Antigua and Barbuda has closed its lone international airport and opened hurricane shelters country-wide, as the estimated 70,000 residents there await the arrival of Hurricane Earl packing winds of up to 85 miles an hour.
Prime Minister, Baldwin Spencer also announced that the electricity grid would shut down only if absolutely necessary.
There are at least 9,000 Guyanese living and working there; mostly in construction, private security and the hospitality industry.
Several other islands — St. Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla and St. Martin- which are heavily populated by Guyanese have also issued hurricane warnings."
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Pit bulls rip man’s face apart

Image via Wikipedia Kaieteur News: "Fifty-four year-old Patrick Gordon of Lot 610 Back Circle, East Ruimveldt Housing Scheme, had to be rushed to hospital on Monday after being mauled by two pit bulls in his neighbourhood.
The man, who was severely bitten in the face (the left side requiring stitches from the lip to the earlobe) recounted that he was on his way home at around 03:00 hrs when the dogs pounced on him from among cars that were parked in front of a nearby resident’s yard.
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Dominica court rules that case against Prime Minister Skerrit should move forward

Image via Wikipedia The Dominican "A high court judge in Roseau has ruled that a case brought by the United Workers Party (UWP) against Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and education minister Peter St Jean challenging their legitimacy to serve as parliamentarians should proceed to trial.

Mother Forced to Leave Critically Ill Child

WXIA : "ATLANTA -- 'I don't even know how to put it into words,' Petra Gooding said while sitting on the couch outside the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Her daughter is inside, in total isolation, fighting life-threatening complications from her treatment.
Petra does not know how she will explain to her child that she may have to leave her. Seven-year-old Niamh is battling Stage 4 Neuroblastoma.
The mother and daughter came to Children's from Barbados last November, their private insurance paying for Niamh's treatment. They applied to extend their visas because Niamh is so ill and, having just recently received a bone marrow transplant, unable to be moved.
'They gave my daughter the six-month extension but did not give it to me,' Petra said.

'Sir' Allen to you, surely?

The Independent: Ah, those were the days. Antigua did indeed confer a knighthood on the brash Texan, for services to the island's economy and its cricket. That was back when he lived the life of an international playboy, showering millions on sports stars and bouncing girlfriends of the England cricket team on his knee.
And now?
Now he is a remand prisoner in the US. His Antiguan bank is alleged to have run an international Ponzi scheme unmatched in size by anyone except Bernie Madoff.
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Pit bulls maul, disfigure plumber

Image via WikipediaStabroek News "Pit bulls attacked an East Ruimveldt man early Monday morning, leaving him disfigured.
While Patrick Gordon, of Lot 610 East Ruimveldt is thankful that he is alive, he is angry at the owner of the dogs for not offering him proper compensation for his injuries, which include a gash across his face and puncture wounds about his body
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Gov’t defends move to web advertising

Stabroek News "Government is moving away from the traditional and more expensive means of advertising in the print media and is taking advantage of the transformation in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, Cabinet Secretary Dr Roger Luncheon says

2 more murders

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "THE murder toll is 334 thus far for the year following two unrelated killings in Valsayn and Laventille. In the first incident, the decomposing body of a man was found in his apartment home in Spring Village, Valsayn South.
The body of Russell Badaloo was found at about midday. Police were alerted to the body after they were contacted by a female resident at the apartment building, after she noticed a fowl stench and flies coming from Badaloo’s apartment.

Missing man found dead in sand pit

Kaieteur News: "The partly decomposed body of a man who disappeared on Tuesday was discovered face-down in a sand pit on the Linden/ Soesdyke Highway, yesterday afternoon.
Police were unable to say whether the body bore any marks of violence.
Rafeek Khan ,43, of Sand Road Soesdyke, was reported missing on Wednesday, after he had left home the day before and failed to return.

T&T A-Level student dies from dengue

Stabroek News "Rela-tives of an A-Level student, who died from dengue haemorrhagic fever have accused the two medical institutions that treated him of negligence. Siewlall Anirudh complained that his eldest son, Andrew, 18, had to wait hours for assistance, and to be admitted at the Couva Health Facility and the San Fernando General Hospital. Andrew, a former student of Miracle Ministries Pentecostal High School, died around 8 am on Wednesday at the Intensive Care Unit of the San Fernando hospital.
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'IMPROPER'

JamaicaObserver.com: "CONTRACTOR General Greg Christie has described as 'irregular and highly improper' the execution of a contract between the Government and Dehring, Bunting and Golding (DB&G) for the sale of receivables before a formal written agreement was finalised.
At the same time Christie, in his probe of what Finance Minister Audley Shaw had labeled 'Sweetheart Deals' between the People's National Party Government and the investment bank in March 2004, concluded that the transaction was not subject to competition.

Bajan accused of murdering Guyanese wife appears in court

Stabroek News "Mark Ifill, the 49-year-old husband of Bibi Ifill, whose body was discovered at the bottom of a well on Monday morning, appeared in a Barbadian court yesterday and was remanded on a wounding with intent charge which is likely to be upgraded next week to murder.
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Harrison Staine murdered on Berkeley Street – why?

Amandala Online: "Harrison Eugene Staine, 42, an unemployed of Wagner’s Lane, Belize City, was murdered with a single gunshot to the face. Staine leaves behind three children, one of whom is in Belize, and the other two living abroad, and many grieving relatives of a very big and very close family.

Schools the focus in dengue alert

Image via Wikipedia NationNews - Barbados: "THE mosquito population is flourishing in the searing heat wave and with dengue cases spiralling to almost 100 this year, the Ministry of Health wants to ensure that schools do not become breeding sites.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Joy St John said that dengue fever was very much in the outbreak mode with 98 cases, 18 of which had been hospitalised.
“One of the things that I need people to help us with is to eliminate the breeding sites for the vector. The Minister [of Education] made that call last week and I am making it again,” St John said yesterday while on tour of the QEH.
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Phillips: PM knew about 'Dudus' request from Oct '07

JamaicaObserver.com: "DR Peter Phillips, the Opposition parliamentarian who blew the whistle on the now infamous Manatt, Phelps & Phillips affair that has shaken the Government, yesterday said Prime Minister Bruce Golding was briefed on the pending indictment and extradition of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke in October 2007, one month after taking office.
'As far back as October 2007, the prime minister was briefed that an extradition request was to come,' Phillips told reporters and editors at the weekly Observer Monday Exchange.
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Body in well

NationNews - Barbados: "NINE DAYS after she was reported missing by her husband, the body of 32-year-old Bibi Ifill was found yesterday at the bottom of a 20-foot well at the rear of the couple’s Porters, St James home.
Police sources said the husband, Mark Ifill, a 49-year-old sub-contractor, was being questioned last night in connection with his wife’s death.
The body, partially decomposed, was removed from the well, which was sealed and concealed by a makeshift shed.
Reports indicated that Bibi was believed to have been murdered and then thrown into the well.

Teens gunned down

Image by TaranRampersad via FlickrTrinidad and Tobago's Newsday "TWO BOYS, one 14 and the other 18, were gunned down in the classroom of a kindergarten school in St Joseph early yesterday morning. The two teens worked as “watchmen” at the school. Their murders brought the murder toll to 334 for the year thus far.
Investigators have ruled out robbery as the motive, as nothing from the school was stolen and there was no forced entry.

Hurricane Danielle growing stronger

Image via Wikipedia Examiner.com: "The National Hurricane Center in Miami reported late Monday that Hurricane Danielle is continuing to gather strength and could become a major hurricane by late Tuesday.
The storm is still far away from any inhabited areas, but forecast models show it could threaten the popular tourist island of Bermuda by the end of the week.
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Police capture Aranka gang

Kaieteur News: "The reign of terror created by a gang in the gold mining area of Aranka came to an abrupt end with the capture of an entire gang of criminals on Saturday.
The gang, which comprised four males and a female, was nabbed when a police riverain patrol intercepted them while they were apparently making their way out of the interior, after creating havoc the previous day.
Kaieteur News understands that all of the males hail from the East Coast Demerara Village of Ann’s Grove, while the lone female’s address is listed as Alexander Village in the city.
The gang had committed several brazen armed robberies in the Aranka area, targeting several gold mining camps and shops."

Lame hospitals - CT scan machines breakdown

JamaicaObserver.com: "THE island's top three hospitals are now without the service of functioning Computed Tomography (CT) multi-detector imaging machines, used to confirm diagnosis of major illnesses of patients, the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) has confirmed.
The Kingston Public Hospital, the major trauma hospital in the English-speaking Caribbean, has been without a functioning machine since March and its repair bill is US$175,000 or J$15 million."

Gold miner shot dead at Kurupung

Kaieteur News: "A 30-year old gold miner from Stanleytown, West Bank Demerara became another murder victim in Guyana’s interior.
Reports reaching this newspaper stated that Rawle Mentore was shot dead after inflicting several chop wounds on his alleged killer.
The incident occurred in the Takuba Trail of the Kurupung Backdam on Friday midday.
According to information, Mentore and his killer were engaged in a confrontation over a claim.
It is alleged that Mentore chopped his attacker, who hails from Roxanne Burnham Gardens in the city, before the man shot him with an illegal firearm.

My students are being killed -

JamaicaObserver.com: "ACCORDING to police data, more than 20 people have been killed in the deadly tit-for-tat conflict that has brought pain and sorrow to the neighbouring Tredegar Park and Gravel Heights communities in St Catherine over the past five years.
The trail of blood and death has been particularly heart-wrenching for Hyacinth Rochester, principal of Tredegar Park All-Age School, who says that many of those killed were her students.
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PM ‘fighting on’

NationNews "Prime Minister David Thompson is missing his first annual general conference of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) since 1978.
But without a doubt he was there in spirit as the DLP opened its 55th annual general conference on Friday night at the George Street Auditorium in Belleville, St Michael
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Another prisons officer killed

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "A fourth prisons officer has been shot and killed for this year.
Reynold Paris, 22, of Joe Street Village in Tacarigua died from a bullet wound to the head.
According to police reports, Paris was sitting in his car in Malabar when at about 1.30 pm, passers-by heard several loud explosions. They reported that they had seen two men running from the vehicle. Upon checks, Paris was found slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle. He was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, where he died undergoing surgery. His murder is number 332 for the year.
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video--Haitians rally for Wyclef Jean's presidential candidacy

The final list of approved candidates for Haiti's presidential election set for November has been announced on Saturay, but Wyclef Jean, the hip-hop artist, has been denied eligibility.
Jean has been criticised for a lack of political experience and a vague platform.
He says he accepts the decision of the electoral council and is urging his supporters to do the same.
But many Haitians have marched through the streets in protest over Jean's disqualification.
Al Jazeera's Sebastian Walker reports from Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital.
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Gunmen held after killing Mahaica man during robbery

Stabroek News  "Minutes after two gunmen on a motorcycle fatally shot one of two brothers and robbed them of a quantity of cash they were arrested by police in East Demerara."