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video--Homicide number 6

Police have launched an investigation in relation to the death of 48-year-old, Arthur Clarke, a.k.a "Afoo" of Bexon, Castries, who was shot about 9:50 pm on Thursday the 27th of January, 2011 at Chase Gardens, Castries.
Reports indicate that Clarke was near his car in an area at Chase Gardens when several shots were fired at him, hitting him in the upper part of his body.
He was thereafter pronounced dead at the Victoria Hospital. htsstlucia

Albouystown man gunned down in car

Kaieteur News A young Albouystown resident was gunned down in his car shortly before midnight yesterday.
Charles Caesar, also called Charles Percival David of Garnett Street, Albouystown, was found slumped in his white Toyota, PKK 6385, in Perry Street, Tucville, at around 23:30 hrs.
He was reportedly found by residents who had heard gunshots in the area.
Police said that the victim, who is in his twenties, bore suspected bullet wounds.
He was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where doctors pronounced him dead.

SQUATTERS VICTORY

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday WHILE for years it demolished thousands of squatters’ homes, the Land Settlement Agency (LSA) did not have the lawful authority to do so, a High Court judge declared on Friday in a landmark ruling that arguably scored a victory for squatters. In the class-action lawsuit brought by present and former occupants of several parcels of land once owned by Caroni (1975) Limited, Justice Carol Gobin also held that the State may not have a common-law right to evict persons from State lands and must comply with the requirements set out by statute. She warned that the current legislative framework must be tightened to properly deal with the problem of squatting.

Nasty Crash - Driver killed, 27 UWI students injured Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Nasty-Crash-Driver-killed--27-UWI-students-injured_8324264#ixzz1CbxjAn64

STEER TOWN, St Ann — A bus driver was killed yesterday and 27 students of the University of the West Indies (UWI), whom he was transporting in his vehicle, were injured when it crashed into a truck in this rural Jamaican town. The driver, Lawton Edwards, 37, of Coronation Road in Mona, St Andrew, was trapped inside the vehicle and had to be cut from the wreckage by members of the fire brigade. Edwards was pronounced dead on arrival at the St Ann’s Bay Hospital.

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Nasty-Crash-Driver-killed--27-UWI-students-injured_8324264#ixzz1CbxTvIqh

Raging Bull vs Soldier

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday Speaker Wade Mark had to play referee in the House of Representatives yesterday, saving members from themselves and parting a face-off between Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley and National Security Minister Brigadier John Sandy in a debate which turned into a battle between “the raging bull” and the solider.

12 murders in 27 days

Kaieteur News Twelve people, including a 21-year-old teacher, a US-based citizen and a 14-year-old boy were murdered in the first 27 days of this year.
A similar number of people were also slain during the same period in January 2010.
Last year, four of the victims were women; there were two execution-style killings, and six of the 12 murder victims died of gunshot injuries.
Six of these cases remain unsolved.

Accused ‘Dog Paw’ gangster freed after police error

TWO days after the man police described as the brain behind one of the country’s most notorious gangs was captured, Nicholas ‘Fire Key’ Nesbeth was set free yesterday in a big foul-up that has left the constabulary’s top brass stunned and embarrassed. Police sources yesterday said that Nesbeth, a senior member of the Dog Paw gang, was allowed to walk free from the Mobile Reserve after a processing error.

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Doggone-shame#ixzz1CQ7p7x7a

'Fire Key' Set Free

The Jamaica Gleaner The Police High Command has been left baffled by the mysterious disappearance of Nicholas Nesbeth, the trusted lieutenant of gang leader Christopher 'Dog Paw' Linton, from the maximum-security police complex at Mobile Reserve, St Andrew. Nesbeth was captured and taken into custody on Tuesday, a day after Linton was held by police who had, for months, been hunting members of the Dog Paw gang in connection with numerous murders and shootings.
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Dog Paw'collared - Jamaica's Most Wanted Held In Massive Dragnet

Jamaica Gleaner Jan 25 Christopher Linton, the reputed gang leader more popularly known as 'Dog Paw', was captured by the police yesterday during a massive security operation in Elletson Flats, St Andrew. Linton's alleged reign of terror placed him at the top of the police most wanted list. Police officials would not give details about Linton's capture, but sources say the 24-year-old, who has been accused of several murders and shootings, was caught without incident in a house with two women near the end of the day-long cordon and search operation.
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Allen Stanford incompetent for trial -US judge

Stabroek News - Guyana: "SAN FRANCISCO, (Reuters) – Accused Ponzi schemer Allen Stanford is legally incompetent to stand trial at this time in connection with an alleged $7 billion fraud, according to a court ruling.
U.S. prosecutors accuse Stanford of creating false accounting records, lying to investors and bribing a regulatory official in Antigua. The government had opposed attempts by Stanford’s attorneys to find him incompetent."

Dominica reports 1st cholera death

Xinhua: "SANTO DOMINGO, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Dominican authorities on Sunday reported the first death from cholera, raising fear that an outbreak could spread across the border from neighboring Haiti.

Dominica's health ministry said the victim was a Haitian citizen who lived in Huguey, a city located east of Santo Domingo, Dominica's capital.

'While the samples are still being analyzed in the lab, the result of the autopsy found a lot of white liquid fecal materials in the intestine of the victim, compatible with the disease,' the ministry said in a statement."

video--Inside Story - The new variable in Haiti

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, also known as Baby Doc, has spoken publicly for the first time since he returned to his homeland after 25 years in exile.

He acknowledged that under his regime, people were assassinated and suffocated - and expressed his sadness. It's not clear why Duvalier is back, but there's no doubt his presence muddies the waters of a country already mired in deep political turmoil.

Inside Story, with presenter Shiulie Ghosh, discusses the significance of Duvalier's return in a country caught between its past and future.
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Dad helps in delivery of his own baby girl

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "A FIRST-TIME father had the unexpected task of aiding in the delivery of his own child when his girlfriend began to have contractions at home and later delivered a baby – one month earlier than expected.

Welder Marvin Morgan, 24, told Sunday Newsday that it was the first time he had to do such a thing and was just happy that both the unnamed baby girl and her mother, Rachel Reviero, 23, were in good health. Morgan gave thanks to God for the successful delivery."

Hell on a church bus - Missionaries recount terror in midday traffic

JamaicaObserver.com: "SEVERAL bursts of automatic gunfire rang out, interrupting the sound of idle engines of the midday traffic along the Spanish Town bypass on Monday, January 17. 'Elder Walker is hit! Elder Walker is hit!' came the ear-splitting screams that followed the shattering of the rear window of the minibus in which a group of missionaries were travelling.
Panic, according to some accounts, soon engulfed the vehicle. A mad rush was now on to save a life. Driver Elder Davis Emery floored the gas pedal, peeling out of the line of traffic in a frantic search for the nearby Spanish Town Hospital."
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video--Haiti's former dictator 'Baby Doc' Duvalier sued for torture

Rights activists have lodged a criminal complaint for alleged torture, exile and arbitrary detention against former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, a day after the authorities charged him with graft upon his return to the country.
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Bermuda rating downgraded on Aon global political risk map

Bernews.com: "Bermuda is one of 19 countries downgraded in Aon’s 2011 Political Risk Map, its benchmark annual review of political and economic risks.
Aon Corporation,a leading international provider of risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, lowered Bermuda’s rating from a low-risk jurisdiction to medium low-risk. Despite its downgrade, Bermuda still has Aon’s second-highest rating as a medium low-risk country.
Bermuda was downgraded along with other island countries including Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados,the Cayman Islands, Comoros, Dominica, Grenada, Greenland, Antilles, St Vincent, Trinidad, St. Lucia and St. Kitts & Nevis “due to tighter global credit conditions which could lead to an increase in sovereign non-payment risk”, according to Aon."

Haitians sue Duvalier for torture

BBCCaribbean.com "Former Haitian leader Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier is being sued for torture and other crimes against humanity, days after his surprise return to the country after 25 years in exile.
A lawsuit was filed by a former United Nations spokeswoman, Michele Montas, and three Haitians who were jailed during Mr Duvalier's 1971-1986 rule."

Wikileaks: Caymans

BBCCaribbean.com "Offshore financial centres may have some thinking to do now that a Swiss court has found a former banker guilty of issuing threats to his former employer and of violating banking secrecy.
Rudolf Elmer was chief operating officer of the Cayman Islands branch of the Swiss bank Julius Baer before he was sacked in 2002."

Man who accused cops guilty on weapons rap .....

Bermuda Sun: "TUESDAY, JAN. 18: A man who accused police of assault has been found guilty of using an offensive weapon and violently resisting arrest.
Troy Smith, 28, was cleared of assaulting PC Richard Geraghty by Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo.

He pleaded guilty to using offensive words at an earlier hearing.

Smith, of Pembroke, suffered a broken nose, broken facial bones and a sprained jaw during an altercation with officers last summer.

A police investigation said there was insufficient evidence to prosecute the officer."

Three Flags burglar pays with his life!

Amandala Online: "Police in San Ignacio continue their investigations into an apparent burglary and fatal shooting in the western village of Unitedville, Cayo, early Sunday morning.

According to police, Ulrick Willoughby, the proprietor of “Mile 69 Superstore” (also known as Three Flags Supermarket and actually located at Mile 59 on the Western Highway), was called around 3:15 a.m. and told that his establishment was being burglarized.

Willoughby checked the premises, and while doing so was apparently attacked by Paul Benjamin, 24, a resident of Unitedville, armed with a “shiny object.”"

AG TO APOLOGISE

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "ATTORNEY GENERAL (AG) Anand Ramlogan will apologise in the House of Representatives either today or on Friday for statements made in the House last Wednesday that one of ten Bosendorfer pianos purchased by the former PNM government was missing and questioning former prime minister Patrick Manning about the whereabouts of the piano."

Hanging plan in line with UN goal

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "THE STATE’S plan to resume hanging for only the most heinous of cases is in line with the objectives of a United Nations (UN) moratorium which calls for a gradual restriction and abolition of the death penalty, Minister of Foreign Affairs Suraj Rambachan said yesterday.

In a written statement in response to an exclusive Sunday Newsday report over a UN resolution which could be a political obstacle to the resumption of hanging, Rambachan told Newsday that the Government’s plans are in line with the resolution which envisions the gradual restriction of the death penalty."

Teen girl, 2 others arrested over Green Pond gun find

JamaicaObserver.com: "MONTEGO BAY, St James — A teenage girl and a woman were among three persons arrested by the police in connection with a gun and ammunition find in the Green Pond community in Montego Bay, yesterday morning.
The pre-dawn operation, conducted by members of the Flying Squad and Mobile Reserve, netted four high-powered rifles, 1,200 rounds of ammunition, three ballistic vests, one ballistic helmet, among other items."

Haiti charges returned ex-dictator Duvalier

Image by Getty Images via @daylife Stabroek News - Guyana: "PORT-AU-PRINCE, (Reuters) – Haiti yesterday briefly detained former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, back from exile in France, and charged him with corruption, theft and abuses of power allegedly committed during his 15-year rule."
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Guyanese woman chopped dead in Trinidad

Stabroek News - Guyana: "Trinidad Express) Another woman has been killed as a result of domestic violence.

The victim, Guyanese national Patricia Duncan, 41, last employed as a security guard at a Sea Lots fish processing company, succumbed to a chop injury to her neck around 6.30 p.m. yesterday at the Port of Spain General Hospital."
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Store owners cry out abuse

Image via Wikipedia RBPF Station,Barbados nationnews.com: "The business bosses are saying there is abuse of authority by the Royal Barbados Police Force, following the arrest of Renaldo White, owner of Fitted Kings Clothing & Shoe Store last Friday evening.

Twenty-three-year-old White, operating in The City for the past five years, was arrested and taken away when he refused to remove items he had on display outside of his store.

Re-emphasizing that he was not selling on the outside, White said: “I have the shoes on the rack on the outside for display. I do not transact any sales on the outside.

“So if I have to remove the items, then I would have to remove the sign as well, as they are all forms of advertising.”"

Baby Doc's back

Image by Getty Images via @daylifeBBCCaribbean.com : "The former president of Haiti, Jean-Claude Duvalier, has returned to the country, 25 years after he was overthrown by a popular revolt.
Mr Duvalier, 59, also known as 'Baby Doc', arrived on a flight from France where he had been living in exile.

It was not clear what prompted his return, though he said he wanted 'to help the people of Haiti' following last year's devastating earthquake."
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Cops seem clueless as unsolved murders pile up

Kaieteur News: "A schoolboy sexually assaulted and strangled…a group of five gunned down in a car…a trainee teacher butchered and dumped on a deserted countryside road…a young bank employee robbed and ruthlessly run over by a phone thief…
The year 2010 was one of more of the same for the Guyana Police Force—appalling failure to solve these and several other sensational murders that came their way, including that of one of their colleagues."
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KAMLA MAKES CHANGES

Image by Getty Images via @daylifeTrinidad and Tobago's Newsday "The shake-up at key government ministries continues with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday disclosing plans to transfer more “junior ministers” in a bid to improve the delivery of service.

Line ministers will not be reassigned, Persad-Bissessar told reporters at Rienzi Complex, Couva."
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Huge turnout for Buju in Miami

Image via Wikipedia JamaicaObserver.com: "MIAMI, Florida — The Bayfront Park Amphitheatre in downtown Miami was bursting at the seams as fans of the embattled reggae star, Buju Banton turned out in their numbers for his Before the Dawn Concert here yesterday.
At the time of filing this report, the Reggae star, who has been facing drug charges in the United States, had not yet taken the stage. However, all the artistes who performed, gave a good account of themselves."
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Owen scolded

Image via Wikipedia nationnews.com: "PRIME MINISTERS Stephenson King of St Lucia and Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines have chided Opposition Leader Owen Arthur for attacks on Mara Thompson’s candidature in the January 20 St John by-election.

Thompson, a St Lucian-born Barbadian citizen, and widow of late Prime Minister David Thompson, has come under fire on the Barbados Labour Party’s (BLP) political platform, with her participation in next Thursday’s poll being questioned."
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PM’s plan to resume hanging faces UN obstacle

Trinidad and Tobago's NewsdayWHILE PRIME Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar last Friday announced plans to fight crime by resuming hanging, Trinidad and Tobago faces a major political obstacle if it intends to begin executions because this country has failed to convince the United Nations to allow states to carry out the death penalty.

In a little-publicised move, this country two months ago attempted to have a UN resolution which calls for a moratorium on the death penalty amended so as to allow member states to hang in line with domestic laws."
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Is Vybz Kartel taking bleaching too seriously?

SKNVibes.com: "KINGSTON, Jamaica– JAMAICAN dancehall extraordinaire Vybz Kartel has taken the term ‘bleaching’ to another level and almost appears to be ‘white’ when compared with his natural complexion.

In the distant past, many individuals would not admit to the bleaching of their skin as it was seen as a shameful act to many, but the singer is outspoken and proud to be changing the natural colour of his skin.

In fact, Kartel has done a number of songs pertaining to him ‘bleaching out’ his skin. Such songs include ‘Cake Soap’ and his recently released single ‘Gal Love Off Mi Bleach Out Face’."
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An errand of death!

Amandala Online: "Police Minister Doug Singh has insisted to the media that the total murders for Belize for the year 2010 was 129, and not the whopping 132 the media had recorded.

The 3-murder discrepancy for a record-breaking year seems a moot point today, as ten days into the New Year, 2011, Belize has recorded its third murder – this time, that of a female child amidst baffling circumstances.

Three days ago, on Monday, January 10, a “missing person” report was made to police by the 12-year-old girl’s mother, a resident of Ladyville who claimed she had sent her daughter on an errand to a store in Belize City. Not long after, however, the mother’s explanation of the reason for her daughter’s trip would change."

Legless, armless child defies the odds

Kaieteur News: "Life for five-year-old, Edon Williams, who was born without both arms and legs and suffers from a rare disease called, Bilateral Transverse Terminal Hemimelia, could be considered challenging.
However, the five-year-old, who is independent, moves about on his own. The child, who gets around by dragging on his butt, behaves like an ordinary child.
Edon Williams was born on March 30, 2005, to Coleen and Terry Williams, at Barima, in the North West District. He is the third of five children."

Blinded by a belt buckle

JamaicaObserver.com: "A belt buckle on the end of a strap wielded by a fifth-grade teacher, forever changed the lives of 11-year-old Tajoery Small and his mother Carlene Clarke.
One fateful December morning in 2009, the teacher — a member of staff at the New Providence Primary School in St Andrew — who had grown frustrated with another student's behaviour, delivered a blow to the unruly child which somehow struck Tajoery's left eye as he sat on the bench the two children shared."

Crippled granny slapped with cocaine possession charge.....

Kaieteur News: "onlookers stood in astonishment yesterday in the Georgetown Magistrates’ courtyard as a crippled elderly woman was lifted by four police ranks into the courtroom before Chief Magistrate Priya Beharry (ag) to answer to the charge of trafficking in narcotics.
The accused, Maxine Dax, 65, is reported to be an American citizen. Police had earlier in the week intercepted her with nine and a half kilo grams of the cocaine concealed in her wheelchair."
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Free to hang

Image by Getty Images via @daylifeTrinidad and Tobago's Newsday "PRIME Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday said a new Bill mandates the death penalty for killing a judicial/law enforcement officer, removes obstacles to hanging killers, yet sets out three classes of murder so as to give judges a discretion in sentencing.

At present the death penalty is mandated by the Offences Against the Person Act which says, “Every person convicted of murder shall suffer death,” she revealed."
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INSANITY

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "IN WHAT can only be described as a moment of insanity, a private-hire “PH” taxi driver, who worked the Port-of-Spain to Chaguanas route, was knocked down and run over twice and killed by another PH driver shortly before midnight on Thursday near Busy Corner in Chaguanas.

The murder occurred after a quarrel between both drivers at the Chaguanas taxi stand at Broadway in Port-of-Spain."

Buju triggers LIME crush

JamaicaObserver.com: "THE offer of a free high-end mobile TV phone on which owners can watch embattled reggae star Buju Banton's highly anticipated Florida concert live pulled hundreds of people to LIME stores in Kingston yesterday.
The rush, which started from before the stores were opened, eventually resulted in the telecoms provider suspending the offer, which it cleverly titled the 'Buju Trade-in Special', at mid-afternoon, leaving large numbers of people disappointed."

Bus operators strike - gov’t rolls out free service

Stabroek News - Guyana: "Following a strike by some mini-bus operators yesterday, hundreds of stranded commuters were last evening taken to their destinations free of cost by the Ministry of Transport and Hydraulics."

Jamaica still not earthquake ready

JamaicaObserver.com: "ALL eyes have been on Haiti this week, as the world remembers the horror of the Haitian capital being reduced to rubble in a matter of minutes by a massive earthquake one year ago.
Coincidentally, this week is also being observed as National Earthquake Awareness week in Jamaica, but one local disaster management official says a limited budget has constrained the states' efforts to prepare for a major seismic event."

Teacher stabbed to death

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "PRIMARY school teacher Imtiaz Ali left his Libertville, Rio Claro home on Tuesday evening to shop in La Romaine. Ali, 34, who taught at the Libertville TML Primary School and had 15 years service, was found dead hours later with multiple stab wounds in New Grant."

video-St.Lucia,Young man drowns

Video- Jamaica,Woman pleas for help

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video--Widow of Barbados PM, Late David Thompson, Mara, Her Debut Speech........

In her opening address as the official candidate for St John, Mara Thompson pledges not to get into mud-slinging fests like many other politicians do in both the Bees & Dems of Barbados - Her plan is to stick with the issues and deal with what the constituents need for the parish on Barbados' eastern coastline.

Cake soap company lightens Kartel's claim

JamaicaObserver.com: "Dr Dhiru Tanna, chairman of Blue Power Group limited, soap manufacturer and building retailer, has rubbished claims that the popular 'blue soap' or 'cake soap' made by his company, has any skin lightening effect, or that the controversy surrounding the product has increased sales.
'Blue soap does not bleach. It has no ingredients in it that damages the skin,' Tanna said. 'If anybody is saying that it will discolour the skin or take off pigmentation that is absolutely not true,' he told the Business Observer."

NY-bound granny busted with cocaine in wheelchair

Kaieteur News: "In one of the most bizarre cases in recent times, local police have intercepted yet another consignment of cocaine destined for the United States.
Reports are that sometime around 07:30 hours yesterday, ranks from the Police Narcotics Unit intercepted a wheelchair-bound elderly woman who was on her way to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport to board a Delta airline flight destined for New York.
Acting on information received, police managed to stop the car in which the woman was travelling, at Garden of Eden on the East Bank of Demerara."

TEACHERS ON SEX CHARGES

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "Indiscipline in the nation’s schools took a shocking turn yesterday with the disclosure that teachers are on sex charges for molestation, buggery and for sending pornographic texts to students."

Boat capsizes, woman feared dead ....

Kaieteur News: "A family outing in the Essequibo River ended tragically on Sunday with the disappearance of 22-year-old Michelle Benjamin, who is feared dead. Benjamin, who was among a group of 10 persons travelling in a boat, disappeared off the coast of Parika, on Sunday afternoon, during a rescue operation to bring them ashore, after their vessel began taking in water near an area called Aliki in the Essequibo River."

Clico $ by Carnival

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "CLICO policyholders eager to accept the Government’s offer to buyout their claims may have to wait until Carnival, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said yesterday.

Speaking with reporters after an inter-faith service at Cabildo Chambers, St Vincent Street, Port- of-Spain, Ramlogan said the Ministry of Finance has completed its own review of the terms to be signed by those policyholders who wish to accept the government’s buyout. He described delays in the process of commencing payout as possibly “a blessing in disguise”."

7-y-o hit by falling goal post, dies

JamaicaObserver.com: "GALLOWAY, Westmoreland — The Coke's View Primary School was yesterday plunged into mourning following the death of seven-year-old Nicholas Hamilton who was hit by a goal post at the co-educational institution during a play session.
Nicholas, a grade one student who lived with his father in the nearby Withorn community, met his untimely death when students were lifting the metal goal post in the play area."

Burglars beat businessman

NationNews Barbados "A businessman is nursing injuries and emotional scars after surviving an attack and robbery in his home.

The businessman, who asked that his name be withheld, told the Saturday Sun that he and his wife were in their bedroom between 8:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. last on December 28 when three people – a man and two women – all dressed in black and wearing ski masks, entered his rural home through a terrace door."

A MAN IN LOVE

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "TRINIDAD and Tobago yesterday said farewell to its first President Sir Ellis Emmanuel Innocent Clarke, 93, with a full day of services marked by an outpouring of emotion as citizens paid tribute to a man known for his love of country and his faith.

Crowds lined the streets of the capital and traffic was brought to a halt as a gun carriage carrying the casket with Sir Ellis’ body was slowly driven through the streets of north Port-of-Spain on a final journey for the late statesman."

Channa bomb thrown at ex-PPP MP’s home

Kaieteur News: "Police officials rushed to the home of former PPP parliamentarian
Philomena Sahoye-Shury last night after a channa bomb was hurled at the veteran politician’s Canje and Sheriff Street residence. The device was reportedly thrown around 22:00 hrs.
Investigations indicate that the would-be arsonists had intended to hurl the device into the verandah."

Another don killed - Residents claim he was unarmed and innocent

Jamaica Gleaner News "A MAN who reportedly heads the New World Order gang, which operates out of Southside and Rae Town in the Corporate Area, was killed yesterday in an alleged shoot-out with members of the security forces.

His death triggered anger and grief among residents who disputed the official reports.

The victim was 31-year-old Horace Ramsay, better known as 'Pugu' or 'Brown Man'."
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Cuba Rolls Out Red Carpet for British Cruiser

Havana Times.org: "HAVANA TIMES, Jan. 5 — A policy change by Cuba’s government is bringing cruiser tourism back to the Caribbean island. On Wednesday, the nine-deck British cruise ship Thomson Dream with over 1,500 passengers pulled into Havana Harbor for a two-night stay.

Several years earlier former Cuban President Fidel Castro had put a break on cruiser visits when he declared that they brought considerable garbage while the visitors spend little cash."
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Briton shot dead on Caribbean isle

The Press Association: "A British man has been shot dead in Antigua, police on the Caribbean island have said.
Neighbours of the 49-year-old man, who has not been named by Royal Antigua Police Force, heard what sounded like gunshots at around midnight on Monday.
The victim was discovered in his apartment, which had its door open, the following morning.
The man, who held a UK passport, is thought to have arrived in Antigua in November and was staying in the Hodges Bay area."
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Dominican Republic back to deporting Haitians

The Washington Post"SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The Dominican Republic has launched its first major crackdown on illegal Haitian immigrants since last year's devastating earthquake, rounding up and deporting hundreds of people in recent days, officials said Thursday.

Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the Caribbean island of Hispaniola and have a long history of cross-border tension. Relations improved in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 quake, with the Dominican government providing assistance and serving as a staging ground for the international relief effort. Still, human rights groups complain that Haitians are subjected to bitter discrimination."
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