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Early morning walker dies after accident in St James

- NationNews Barbados : "ANOTHER BARBADIAN has lost their life on the road. Selma Grazette-Jones, of Husbands Gardens, St James, was killed after she was struck by a car while walking this morning near the Husbands Main Road/Husbands Crescent junction. Preliminary police reports said Grazettes-Jones was in her 50’s while the driver of the car was a 19 year old St James resident."

Jet Crash Lands in Guyana - All Aboard Survive : "GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A Caribbean Airlines jet from New York overshot a rainy runway, slid through a chain-link fence and broke apart just short of a ravine here on Saturday. Several dozen people were injured, but no one was killed among the 163 people on board, officials said. Passengers aboard the plane, a Boeing 737-800, said they had begun to applaud the pilot’s landing in Guyana just after midnight when things went wrong."

Tropical Storm "Emily" brewing; may enter Caribbean by Monday : "The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says a large area of low pressure over the western Atlantic might become the 5th named storm of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season by Monday afternoon. If so, its name will be 'Emily'. The NHC says the odds of its development within the next 48 hours are “high”, at better than even money. Tropical Storm 'Don' was a very compact storm while this new area of concern is quite broad and represents a substantial threat to become a medium to large hurricane."

Crazy Cotton Tree chopping!

Amandala Online : "A young man from Belize City died shortly after 9:00 last night at the Western Regional Hospital after being chopped in the head, allegedly by a minor in the village of Cotton Tree, Cayo District. The victim, Thaddeus Castillo, 21, a driver of #2520 Corner Mopan and Mahogany Streets, Belize City, had left the city on Sunday, July 24, to stay at an aunt’s house in Cotton Tree for the summer, along with two of his younger brothers. The aunt, Martina Mercado, age unknown, is the sister of Castillo’s mother, Mrs. Desiree Hemsley. Our newspaper visited the area in Cotton Tree, where it is said the deadly incident occurred. According to a resident of Cotton Tree, Castillo was chopped with a machete on a back street (the street has no name) in front of an open bushy lot, which is next to a mini-store."

X6 murder suspect remanded : "PATRICK Powell, the businessman accused of murdering 17-year-old Khajeel Mais, was remanded in custody when he appeared in the High Court in Kingston this morning. Powell's attorney Patrick Atkinson, did not file a bail application as there was no forensic report and further statements needed to be served by the prosecution. Powell will next appear in court on September 16."

Rain bursts dam, knocks out bridge in Dominica : "ROUSEAU, Dominica (AP) — The prime minister of Dominica has declared a disaster zone around the area where heavy rain knocked out an earthen dam and caused severe flooding in the Caribbean island. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says the collapse of the Matthieu dam destroyed part of a bridge, damaged buildings and flooded farms. He estimated the damage to the bridge over the Layou River at more than $3 million."

Honeymoon killers face the death penalty

Press and Journal The grieving parents of a British honeymoon couple shot dead on the Caribbean island of Antigua spoke of their sense of relief yesterday after two men were convicted of the murders. Relatives of Ben and Catherine Mullany, who were killed in their luxury hotel chalet in 2008, said despite justice being done they would still never be able to comprehend the “senseless nature” of the newlyweds’ deaths."

Tropic wave to affect Barbados : "A bulletin from the Barbados Meteorological Services today stated that a strong tropical wave is located about 1 000 miles to the east-southeast of Barbados. Forecasters predicts there will be further development during the next few days. 'On its present track, the system is expected to begin affecting Barbados late Sunday into Monday with the likelihood of some moderate to heavy showers, scattered thunderstorms and gusty winds spreading across the island'."

Cuba marks 58th anniversary of communist revolution

Caribbean system nears tropical storm strength..... "Caribbean system nears tropical storm strength, now aimed toward Texas coast The tropical disturbance we’ve been tracking continues to develop, and likely will become Tropical Storm Don. The National Hurricane Center gives the tropical wave an 80 percent chance of blossoming into a tropical depression or storm during the next two days. Look for it to be upgraded this afternoon when an aircraft reconnaissance plane investigates the disturbance."

Amy Winehouse Mourned on St. Lucia

AOL Travel News : "The late songstress Amy Winehouse might have hailed from London, but it seems she had a special connection with the Carribean island of St. Lucia. The Grammy winning singer spent a great amount of time there, earning the affections of locals who are now mourning her loss, according to Breaking Travel News. 'We have lost a good friend and the world has lost a great talent,' said tourism and civil aviation senator Allen Chastanet on behalf of St. Lucians. 'We were fortunate to see another side of Amy, and will be forever grateful for the acts of kindness and compassion she extended to less fortunate Saint Lucians during her visits with us."

FIFA Warns Caribbean Soccer Officials Over Providing Bin Hamman Details

Bloomberg : "Caribbean soccer officials may face sanctions from FIFA if they fail to provide requested information concerning a meeting which led to the lifetime suspension of Mohamed Bin Hammam. Bin Hammam was banned by soccer’s governing body three days ago over charges of bribing Caribbean Football Union voters in an attempt to win a FIFA presidential election. FIFA yesterday sent a letter to all CFU members stating that anyone with knowledge of what took place at the meeting had 48 hours to provide “relevant information.”"

Rasta held after sex assault on goat

Jamaica Star "A Clarendon man could be slapped with a bestiality charge this week if at least one resident comes forward to give evidence against him, following an incident in the fast developing community of Spaldings last Friday. THE STAR learnt that a well known Rastaman from that community was allegedly spotted by a policeman and two community members about 5 p.m., with his shirt out of his pants standing behind a female goat. It is understood that on seeing the police, the man fled the scene after he was called to by the lawman and the community members who asked him what he was doing. It is further understood that the man whose dwelling place is known by the police was not seen for the rest of that day."

FIFA urged to launch new bribery investigations : "After banishing Mohamed bin Hammam for life in a bribery scandal, FIFA was challenged Monday to uphold its zero-tolerance fight against corruption by investigating each football official who attended a now-infamous meeting in Trinidad. A wider probe must examine three more members of FIFA's executive committee who accompanied the Qatari official on his presidential campaign visit and all the Caribbean football leaders allegedly receiving his $40,000 cash gifts, the Transparency International global watchdog said."

Caribbean Tropical Wave Has 10% Chance of Becoming a Cyclone

Bloomberg : "A tropical wave over the northwestern Caribbean Sea strengthened “slightly” and has a 10 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone within 48 hours, the National Hurricane Center said. “Development, if any, of this system is expected to be slow to occur as it moves to the west-northwest at 10 to 15 miles” (16 to 24 kilometers) per hour, the Miami-based center said today in a website advisory at 2 a.m. New York time."

Barbados making progress towards free Wi-Fi

Stabroek News "(Barbados Nation) Barbados is making steady progress towards becoming the first country in the world to have free wireless access everywhere. This is according to Melanie Jones, business facilitation champion of the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation (BEF) which is seeking to ensure that there is free Wi-Fi Internet access around Barbados by November 11, 2011."

RBTT to pay Jamaica customer US$70K for misleading counsel on Cash Plus

Stabroek News : "A financial institution has been ordered by the Supreme Court to pay US$70,000 with interest to one of its customers who was given wrong advice by one of its employees to invest her money in the failed investment scheme Cash Plus Ltd. Supreme Court judge Bertram Morrison yesterday ordered RBTT Securities Jamaica Ltd, which is an arm of the recently rebranded RBC, to pay the money to Yvonne Powell."

Teen down...... A 16-year-old St John youth was detained at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in a serious but stable condition yesterday after being reportedly shot by police during an altercation. According to eyewitness reports, Jeremy Moore of Venture No. 3, Meadow Road, suffered gunshot injuries to his side and buttocks after he allegedly attacked a police officer during the execution of a warrant at a house in the St John district.

Three more Fifa executives face questions

The Irish Times "Soccer : Three Fifa executive committee members and up to 15 Caribbean associations could face a new investigation over the bribery scandal that saw Mohamed Bin Hammam banned for life. Judge Petrus Damaseb, the deputy-chairman of Fifa’s ethics commission, has asked Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke to consider a new probe into some of those that attended the meeting in Trinidad on May 10th and 11th where the cash gifts were said to have been paid. The three Fifa members who accompanied Bin Hammam on his private jet were Manilal Fernando from Sri Lanka, Worawi Makudi from Thailand and Hany Abo Rida from Egypt. All three have told investigators they did not see cash gifts being offered, nor was there any talk of that taking place."


Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "A FRIDAY night lime ended tragically for three friends, two of them women, after they were shot and killed by police in Barrackpore. Dead are Keron Fernando-Eccles, 29, of Indian Walk, Moruga; Abigail Johnson, 20, of Burton Trace, St Mary’s Village, Moruga, and Alana Duncan, 27, of Duncan Village, La Romaine. All three were killed while being pursued by police officers chasing their vehicle, which was being driven by Johnson, along Rochard Douglas Road. At the time, the police believed they were in pursuit of a man wanted for a recent double murder in San Fernando."

Teen girl held for brother's killing

Jamaica Star "It was a day he was to be celebrating another year of his life, but birthday celebrations ended prematurely for a 22-year-old man, who was allegedly stabbed to death during a dispute with his 14-year-old sister last Wednesday. Dead is Oshane Gray from Blackwood Terrace, St Andrew. Information reaching THE STAR suggests that Gray was stabbed in the left shoulder during a dispute in the wee hours of the morning. Gray was then assisted to the nearby Vanford Medical Centre on Pennant Terrace in an attempt to save his life. A witness told THE STAR that when Gray reached the centre, he was barely conscious and seemed as if he was desperately hanging on to life as he seemed weak and had to be held upright by a group of persons who took him to the doctor. The police were summoned by the doctor and Gray was reportedly transferred to the Accident and Emergency department at the Kingston Public Hospital where he later died."

August Town horror - Fourth beheading in a week

Jamaica Gleaner "As the Jamaican society continues to reel from the gory practice of beheadings being perpetrated by hoodlums, a fourth person suffered the horrific fate early yesterday, but miles away from the ghastly scene of the first three. The horrific act of beheadings that blemished the comparative calm of Lauriston in St Catherine last week, has further marred the more volatile community of August Town in the eastern end of Corporate Area. In what appears to be a copy of the first three cases, news came that another man suffered the same fate in August Town."

Ex-Sagicor manager off to Dodds : "FORMER SAGICOR MANAGER Roger DaCosta Smith was remanded to Dodds Prison yesterday when he apppeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court on charges of stealing over $1.6 million. A stoic Smith stood in the dock as Acting Magistrate Manila Renee read out 18 counts of dishonesty, dating from as far back as 2003, and including offences of fraud, money laundering and theft from Sagicor Life Incorporated."

video--Bin Hammam to appeal against FIFA life ban

video--Dengue fever update

There has been an increase in the severity of cases of dengue fever on the island, that's the announcement coming from the Ministry of Health after it recently announced an epidemic of dengue fever on the island. Since then, the Ministry of Health has launched a major education and clean up campaign to fight the disease. Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Merlin Frederick says that there has been a decrease in the number of new dengue infections since the launch of the campaign; however the Ministry has noted an increase in the number of complicated dengue case.

Caribbean Tropical Troubles Next Week? " meteorologists continue to monitor a tropical wave near the Lesser Antilles for possible development next week. After a busy week in the tropics where two named storms developed in the Atlantic and a major hurricane in Dora churned the waters of the Eastern Pacific, our attention turns to a tropical wave which is bringing showers and thunderstorms to the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico."

Big Clico payout

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "SIX Clico (Trinidad) Executive Flexible Premium Annuity (EFPA) policyholders have scored a major victory against the insurance giant, and are to receive a huge cash payout, amounting to millions of dollars. The six sought judicial intervention to recover millions in investments in the insurance company. In her ruling yesterday, Justice Maureen Rajnauth-Lee ordered Clico to pay the six EFPA policyholders, more than $58.7 million, plus accrued interest. Their victory is likely to impact on thousands of EFPA policyholders who are also seeking payment."

Caribbean objecting to nuclear waste shipment

BusinessWeek : "Caribbean officials are calling for an immediate halt to a European shipment of reprocessed nuclear waste that will pass near the islands on its way to Japan. They contend the practice poses a major risk. Caribbean Community spokesman Leonard Robertson says regional officials have been told by British authorities that the shipment of radioactive waste will be soon. He says they gave no specifics about the vessel for security reasons."

PM ‘alarmed’ by new details on ‘Grynberg Affair’

Antigua Observer Newspaper "CASTRIES, St.Lucia, CMC – In his first major statement on the controversial Jack Grynberg affair, Prime Minister Stephenson King told St Lucians late Thursday that “alarming new details” have come to light and accused his predecessor in office of deliberately keeping the oil exploration deal a secret. King said in a 20-minute broadcast address that not even members of Dr. Kenny Anthony’s cabinet knew of the deal to explore St Lucia’s offshore oil deposits. He added that he was now even more concerned that a court injunction filed on behalf of Dr. Anthony aimed, as he put it, to further conceal the truth. The Prime Minister made a veiled appeal to the Leader of the Opposition to help his administration unravel the controversial exclusive arrangement with the Colorado oil and gas tycoon to explore for oil in St. Lucian waters."

Woman's head found : "A head believed to be that of church minister Charmaine Rattray, who along with her 19-year-old daughter was murdered and their bodies decapitated by heartless thugs at their Lauriston home in Spanish Town, St Catherine, Wednesday morning, was fished from the Rio Cobre in the parish yesterday. Detectives who visited the scene, in the vicinity of the Spanish Town Hospital, said further tests were needed to make a positive identification. An undertaker carries a bag with the head that was fished from the Rio Cobre, in the vicinity of the Spanish Town Hospital, from the scene, yesterday. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood) 1/2"

REDjet operations to begin by October

Go-Jamaica : "BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The Caribbean’s first ever low-cost budget carrier, REDjet, will begin operations in Jamaica by October as the airline has won praises from the Guyana government for providing “a much needed option” to Guyanese travellers. The Jamaica authorities have given the green light to the Barbados-based carrier, less than 24 hours after the Trinidad and Tobago government also announced that it was granting the necessary license for the airline to service the Port of Spain route. “Obliviously REDjet is delighted to receive its permission from Jamaica. It’s always been fundamental part of our business plan to be engage in the Northern Caribbean and Jamaica has always been a preferred a country to operate an aircraft in that region so it’s a big event for REDjet and we are very pleased about it,” the airline’s chief executive officer Ian Burns told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC)."

Fake N.Y. Nursing Schools Defrauded Students, State Says : "A network of fake nursing schools defrauded mostly Caribbean immigrants out of thousands of dollars and rewarded them with sham certifications, New York’s attorney general said on Thursday. The attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, said the five schools, in Brooklyn, in Queens and on Long Island, bilked students of $6 million. Prosecutors say some of the schools even coordinated with a nursing program in Jamaica to provide false documents. “These conspirators intentionally targeted people in pursuit of new opportunities, lining their pockets with others’ hard-earned money,” Mr. Schneiderman said in a statement."


Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "The murders of a mother and her two young sons yesterday shocked the peaceful community of Plumbago Avenue, Phase Two, La Horquetta, where the family lived. Vonetta Haynes-Reyes, 31, and her sons Malik, eight, and Makasi Reyes, five, were found dead by police who had been alerted by someone who went to the family’s home yesterday afternoon. Haynes-Reyes was a senior beauty advisor at Senses at Trincity Mall."

Bajan attorney on fraud charges

Stabroek News "(Barbados Nation) Attorney Vonda Pile was placed on Bds$500 000 bail and ordered to report weekly to Central Police Station, yesterday when she appeared before the District “A” Magistrates’ Court on four charges, including two of money laundering. Pile, 48, of Madison Terrace, Deacons Farm, St Michael, was not required to plead to stealing US$96 008 belonging to Anstie King, between April 29, 2009, and October 26, 2010. In addition, she was charged with stealing $205 481, between January 11, 2007 and March 16, this year, being the proceeds of a Royal Bank of Canada cheque payable to Patricia Hall. Pile also faces two counts of engaging in money laundering, that she disposed of the sums US$96 008 and $205 481, being the proceeds of crime, ie: that is theft of money."

Caribbean states want end of nuclear waste shipments

The Times of India : "GEORGETOWN: The Caribbean Community (Caricom) warned Wednesday of an impending shipment of British radioactive waste through the Caribbean to Japan, and called for an end to what it sees as a dangerous environmental gamble. While the Guyana-based Caricom headquarters could not say the exact date or name of the ship, the 15-nation regional grouping said such shipments threaten the Caribbean's rich but fragile ecosystem."

Businessman charged with shooting murder of Jamaican student

Stabroek News "Businessman Patrick Powell was yesterday charged with murder resulting from the shooting death of 17-year-old student Khajeel Mais and will face the court this morning. The controversial killing in the St Andrew community of Havendale on July 1 has infuriated Jamaicans, who made repeated calls for the police to name the suspect, who fled the island briefly after the incident."

Jamaica mother and daughter beheaded

Stabroek News Homicide detectives are now on the scene of a double murder in Lauriston, a small community on the outskirts of Spanish Town in St Catherine, where two females were beheaded this morning. Police report that the two females were attacked at their home in the community early this morning by a group of armed men. They have been identified as Charmaine Rattray and her 19-year-old daughter Joyette Lynch.

Baby dies in bizarre incident

Jamaica Star The Sharper Lane community of Old Harbour, St Catherine, is trying to come to grips with the bizarre death of a 20-month-old child and the emotional trauma of his three-year-old brother. Dwayne Banzi's body was taken from an abandoned motor car next to the house where he resided with his father. Reports are that about 3:40 p.m.on Saturday, a passer-by observed both children laying motionless inside the vehicle. The man opened the door of the vehicle, took the body of Banzi and his older sibling from it. They were taken to a nearby medical facility where it was revealed that the baby died.

Sandy Lane's unknown residents....

Residents of Sandy Lane Barbados seem not to know anything of Briefne O'Brien even though he and his wife are listed as owners of  a villa located in this prestigious community. This is reported in an article carried in the Barbados Sunday Sun of July 17. According to the Irish independent VICTIMS of self-confessed pyramid schemer Breifne O'Brien have launched a lawsuit to get ownership of the socialite's exclusive Caribbean villa. The Irish Independent has learnt that the investors are trying to obtain ownership of a villa located in the prestigious Sandy Lane resort in Barbados to try and recoup some of their multi-million euro losses........  ........ Given that the villa in Sandy Lane is in both Mr O'Brien's and his wife's names, the investors may seek to obtain a court order to sell the property to extract Mr O'Brien's half share.

REDjet gets T&T clearance

Stabroek News (BarbadosNation) After several months of uncertainty, regional air carrier REDjet has been given the green light to fly intoTrinidad and Tobago. Sources close to the “REDjet talks” confirmed to the SUNDAY SUN yesterday that the low-budget carrier would touch down atPiarcoInternationalAirportwithin the next few days.

Road fatality near Bagatelle Great House : "A ST MICHAEL family was thrown into mourning yesterday as Barbados recorded its latest road fatality. Gerald Chee-a-tow, 78, of Mount Clapham, St Michael, died on the spot after the vehicle he was driving crashed with three others. After the accident, which took place around 4:30 p.m. on the Bagatelle section of the Ronald Mapp Highway, two of the six people involved had to be taken from their vehicles by the Jaws of Life – Chee-a-Tow and an unidentified truck driver."

Rape accused doctor still in custody

Kaieteur News : "Convicted sex felon, Dr. Vishwamintra Persaud, remained in custody yesterday as police continued their investigations into allegations that he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl. Police officials confirmed that he was still being questioned but it is unclear whether he will be charged. The teen, who is from a Berbice community, has told Welfare officials that the physician had penetrative sex with her twice. The first incident allegedly occurred late last year. The girl has been taken into the protective custody of the Child Care and Protection Agency. A medical examination confirmed that she is sexually active. Kaieteur News understands that Dr. Persaud is a relative of the family."

Jilted lover stabs man caught in bed with spouse : "A man who caught a man in bed with his woman and stabbed him before stealing his money had his bail extended when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday. Police say the accused, Ricardo Palmer, 30, a storeroom worker of Norman Avenue in Kingston, barged in on the couple having sexual intercourse at his girlfriend's home and in a rage, stabbed the man and stole $70,000 from him. The incident took place on July 14."

Double murder

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "WITH TWO more killings in the Port-of-Spain Division on Wednesday night, the country’s murder toll climbed to 210. The victims, one of whom is a national of St Vincent, were pulled out of a car, tied up and shot dead. Their car was then set on fire. The victims have been identified as St Vincent national Yrvin Stephens, 33, and Sean Michael Sabazon aka “Sabo”, 38, of Carapo, Arima."

Gregory Isaacs remembered

Stabroek News - Guyana : "Jamaica Gleaner) Yesterday Gregory Anthony Isaacs, who succumbed to lung cancer on October 25 last year, would have been 61. A number of activities have been planned to commemorate the occasion, his widow June told The Gleaner. One of those was a memorial service at his gravesite at Dovecot, St Catherine, where a headstone was laid. Clergy from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church presided and master percussionist Bongo Herman paid tribute in a one-hour drumming session. The official launch of the Gregory Isaacs Foundation took place at the late singer’s home at 15A Sunrise Crescent, St Andrew."

Machel sings unity tune

Amplify’d from DOES TRINIDADIAN soca artiste Machel Montano believe he should be promoting Barbados’ premier cultural festival, Crop Over? He obviously does; and while his presence here has both confirmed his view and also raised the anger of locals who believe it is insulting and disrespectful, the entertainer is all for Caribbean unity. “Unity over separation everytime!” Montano declared yesterday during a media conference by the National Cultural Foundation (NCF)  at Cave Shepherd. Read more at Related articles Barbados: Pic-O-De-Crop Semi-finalists (

Caught on camera-- City store robbery

Thieves were caught on camera in the wee hours of the morning in a small boutique in the City of Castries. The boutique houses a barbershop, nail parlor, salon and boutique. The thieves made out with several items including clothes, shoes, a plasma TV and a surround sound stereo system. The boutique owner- who is a foreign national says this is the fourth break in at the store in past three months.

'I knew it' - GSAT top girl says she expected to be star student

Jamaica Gleaner "When Jeneil Green of Vaz Preparatory heard she was the island's top girl in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) she took the news calmly, uttering the words 'I expected it'. The Ministry of Education officially announced the scholarship placements late yesterday afternoon, revealing that Jeneil and Janvier Marshall of St Richard's Primary, were the top performing girl and boy in the country from any school type. Both received Scotiabank Foundation Shining Star Excellence scholarships and will be attending Campion College."

Double murder

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "WITH TWO more killings in the Port-of-Spain Division on Wednesday night, the country’s murder toll climbed to 210. The victims, one of whom is a national of St Vincent, were pulled out of a car, tied up and shot dead. Their car was then set on fire. The victims have been identified as St Vincent national Yrvin Stephens, 33, and Sean Michael Sabazon aka “Sabo”, 38, of Carapo, Arima. It was initially reported that the double killing occurred near to a wake being held at 17A Street, Beetham, for murder victim Kevon Frederick, 28. However, the murders actually took place several streets away and according to residents and police, was in no way connected to Frederick’s wake or murder."

Dookeran: We have not explained Clico issue well

Stabroek News "(Trinidad Guardian) Finance Minister Winston Dookeran says while he would soon be seeking parliamentary and Cabinet approvals to pay Clico policyholders with balances over TT$75,000 in form of a twenty-year bond, the Government has failed to effectively explain the offer. He said as a result of this communication failure, it has given rise to confusion and misunderstandings. “I do not feel as if Clico policyholders fully understand the offer that is being made to them and that is partly our fault…"

9 -Y-O SHOT 7 TIMES - Gunmen invade her house

Jamaica Star "The murder of a nine-year-old Spanish Town Primary School student and the injury of her mother on Tuesday night has sent shock waves through the Lime Tree Grove community outside Spanish Town. Dead is Shaday Harrison of Ortanique Close, Lime Tree Grove, Spanish Town, St Catherine. Harrison's death which is being deemed a reprisal has caused some residents of the community to move out while others have threatened they will soon leave the place they have called home for years."

Gun attack

NationNews "WITH SEVEN PEOPLE having been shot, the last three days were unusually bloody for Barbados. But lawmen say they are determined to apprehend the culprits. “We are concerned about the number of shootings, and we can assure the public that we are working to get to the bottom of these matters,” said police public relations officer Inspector David Welch last night."

Accused mobbed, killed and set ablaze

Jamaica Star "Police in Westmoreland yesterday confirmed that a man who was accused of killing his girlfriend and her mother during a dispute in Farm district in Bluefields in the parish was hacked to death and his body set ablaze by residents of the community. Rochey Tomlinson from Hudson Street in the parish was mobbed by residents about 2 p.m., chopped several times and his body set on fire. Tomlinson, 25, was being sought in connection with Saturday's killing of 21-year-old Remona Roxborough and her mother, 48-year-old Beverly Hamilton."

Low chance of Atlantic tropical wave forming depression: NHC

Reuters : " - The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Monday a low pressure system about 550 miles east of the southern Windward Islands still has a low 10 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression over the next couple of days. The system is moving westward at 15 to 20 miles per hour (24-32 km/h), according to the NHC. 'Although significant development of this system is not expected, showers and gusty winds could affect the southern Windward Islands during the next couple of days,' the NHC said."


Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "A mother is now questioning if her three-year-old son died of radiation exposure after receiving therapy at the Brian Lara Cancer Treatment Centre (BLCTC) from November 2009 to March 2010. In an interview with Newsday yesterday, Ruth Martin recounted the events which led to the death of her son, David Zachariah Martin, on July 28, 2010. Martin, from Malabar in Arima, said David was diagnosed with cancer of the left eye (Retinoblastoma) at the age of one-and-a-half-years."

Jack: I may return to FIFA

Stabroek News "(Trinidad Guardian) Former vice president of FIFA, Jack Warner, says he has unfinished business with the world football governing body and he may return in due course. Warner, who is also the Works Minister of T&T, made the comment during an interview after a visit to a dredging exercise in Sea Lots, Port-of-Spain, yesterday."

Cancer nightmare.....

Trinidad Express Newspaper "On June 23, 2009, she received her first dose of radiation therapy administered by a linear accelerator, or Linac machine, which delivers high-energy radiation rays at the tumour, minimising damage to nearby healthy tissue and reducing side-effects. Att the beginning of July 2009, Renuka suffered terrible pain in her radiated breast, blisters and burning and peeling of the skin. She couldn't wear a bra and the slightest touch – even the gauze dressing and ointment recommended for her treatment caused pain and extreme discomfort. She was one of the 223 patients identified last week by Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan as receving higher doses of radiation from the Brian Lara Cancer Treatment Centre (BLCTC) in Port of Spain."

Antigua, St Lucia PMs defend Cuban medical training

Stabroek News "(Barbados Nation) Two Caribbean prime ministers and this country’s Minister of Health are at odds with president of the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP), Dr Carlos Chase, over last week’s criticism of doctors trained in Cuba. Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and St Lucia’s Stephenson King told the DAILY NATION yesterday that they did not agree with Chase’s comments."

Jamaica cop killer electrocuted in prison, family wants answers

Stabroek News - Guyana : "(Jamaica Observer) The family of 34-year-old inmate Garfield Campbell is still perplexed about how he came to be electrocuted in his cell at the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre last Wednesday evening. Reports are that at about 5:45 pm Wednesday, Campbell, who was serving a life sentence for killing a cop, attempted to open the metal grille door to his cell which had mysteriously become electrified. He died on the spot from severe electrical burns."

Creditors go after Clico $$M

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "CREDITORS in the United States and Bahamas have launched a series of court actions against firms tied to former CL Financial chairman Lawrence Duprey, in order to recover almost half a billion worth in assets in relation to Duprey’s Florida deals, according to Bahamas court documents."

Warner gets shaft from PM Cabinet

Trinidad and Tobago News Blog : "The overwhelming popularity of Works and Transport Minister Jack Warner has a part to play in him being cut down to size in the recent Cabinet reshuffle. A plan, Sunday Guardian understands, was hatched to frustrate Warner out of the Kamla Persad-Bissessar led People’s Partnership (PP) Government, mere weeks after her resigned as vice president of FIFA. There had been rumours circulating more than six months ago that the PM had plans to split Warner’s ministry. Warner however, was unaware of this."

Mais' alleged killer could be extradited

Jamaica Gleaner1 : "HEAD OF the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, and his team are now busy wrapping up their preliminary investigation before drafting a provisional warrant for the United States to extradite the driver of the BMW X6 implicated in the murder of Kingston College schoolboy, Khajeel Mais. This is because fresh information has suggested that the BMW X6 driver is a US citizen."

Local doctor defends Cuban medical training

Antigua Observer Newspaper A local Cuban-trained doctor, who did not wish to go on the record, said the only aspect of the Barbados statement he could agree with is the part about Cuban-trained doctors lacking training in the use of modern drugs. But he dismissed the criticisms as unfounded on every other count. The first Antiguan to have been trained as a doctor in Cuba nearly 25 years ago, Dr Evans Moulon, was not afraid to express his view that Cuban-trained doctors are the targets of elitist discrimination. “I tell my other colleagues ‘you don’t worry about them with whatever they say’,” he said. “They try to slice us here too. I don’t worry with them because the people are the judge. People come to you, you tend to them, they get results, they come back. They can say whatever they want about Cuba . . . because the reason is if they didn’t have that anybody could come and set up shop, so it’s a measure of control … look at the amount of doctors Cuba sends here, there and everywher

Poisoning by pigtail

7 News Belize : "Pigtail for lunch! It was heavy on the mind of Orange Walk resident, Claudine August on Wednesday. So when she headed out to her local grocer, New Hong Fua at nine that morning and purchased a pound and a half of pigtail, little did she know that the $6.00 worth of pork meat would land her in the hospital only a few hours later. We went north to hear her story of salmonella poisoning by pigtail, but also the other side of"

Suspected BMW killer's wealth raises questions

Jamaica Gleaner "The main suspect in the killing of Kingston College student, Khajeel Mais, is believed to be the owner of a Glock 9mm pistol, which preliminary investigations suggest was issued in 2003 at a St Andrew police division. 'We are asking this man to turn himself in because he has a few questions to answer,' said Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell, who requested that The Gleaner not identify the licensed firearm holder at this time."

Post mortem delay leaves rotting bodies at Matthew’s Ridge

Kaieteur News : "When the family members of Deon Baptiste learnt of his death in an unfortunate accident two Sundays ago they never imagined the ordeal that was awaiting them. Nothing short of a nightmare, their story is not theirs alone but is shared by families throughout the hinterland region of North West District. When they lost their brother, Inez Cappell and her brother, Glenn Baptiste, were understandably shocked but they were determined to do what they could for their brother by way of a decent burial."

Doubts over Cuban-trained doctors : "CUBAN-TRAINED DOCTORS are just not up to scratch for Barbados’ medical requirements, says the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP). Their assessment was contained in an emailed statement sent to BAMP membership on Monday which was signed by the association’s president, Dr Carlos A Chase."

Air Jamaica: end of an era : "FOR 10 years, Gordon 'Butch' Stewart gave Jamaicans a vision of an 'on-time, no-line' airline, confident that in the same way he had built his Sandals hotel chain into the most internationally recognised local brand, he could do the same for Air Jamaica, the national airline. The colourful, often rocky history of Air Jamaica can be written in tranches before and after the Stewart-led Air Jamaica Acquisition Group (AJAG), which spent US$26.5 million for controlling interest in the ailing airline in 1994."

video-Smoking Joe arrested

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Jack Warner denies claims he voted for Qatar for 2022 World Cup : "Jack Warner has described as 'nonsense' claims by one of his close associates that he voted for Qatar instead of the United States to be hosts of the 2022 World Cup. Warner was, until his resignation last month three weeks after his provisional suspension on corruption charges, president of the CONCACAF confederation made up of countries from North and Central America and the Caribbean, as well as a FIFA vice-president. As CONCACAF president, it would have been shocking for Warner to have backed Qatar over the USA, one of the countries in his confederation."

Man arrested in Calgary extradited to Barbados over murder cases

Calgary Herald "CALGARY — Eight months after hurriedly leaving Barbados to visit his father in Calgary, fugitive Damian Reveira has been extradited back to the island nation. The 25-year-old had been building new homes in Calgary with his dad since he arrived in October 2010, but while at a new home construction site in Killarney last week, Calgary police arrested the man. He was flown back to Barbados on Tuesday and police there say he will be charged with first-degree murder in two shooting deaths. His father, Hubert Reveira, is still trying to come to grips with the sudden development."

Mullany honeymoon murders: 'Single bullet killed wife'

BBC News woman on honeymoon in a Caribbean resort was killed by a single gun shot to the back of her head, a court has heard. Ben and Catherine Mullany, both 31, from Pontardawe, Swansea Valley, died after being shot at the Cocos Hotel and Resort, Antigua, in July 2008. Pathologist Dr Petra Miller-Nanton told Antigua's High Court Mrs Mullany's death would have been almost immediate. Avie Howell, 20, and Kaniel Martin, 23, deny murder. The trial continues."

Buju Banton begins appeal

Jamaica Gleaner "Dancehall star Buju Banton has started the second round in his battle for freedom. But it could take up to 18 months before Buju, whose real name is Mark Myrie, knows if he will escape a 10-year prison sentence which was imposed on him by a United States judge after he was convicted on drug charges. Lawyers representing Buju on Tuesday filed a formal notice of appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit."

I saw my boy go under

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "THREE-YEAR-OLD Ty Belgrave clung on for dear life to the arms of his father, mechanical technician Kahlil Belgrave, 29, as he watched his mother Jamie Lee Pantor-Belgrave in the water while his father struggled to keep them all afloat after the boat in which they were passengers took in water and sank.

Fifa find evidence of Jack Warner and Mohamed Bin Hammam corruption

Telegraph : "The investigation, conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh, is understood to have uncovered new evidence supporting the findings of the initial inquiry by lawyers acting for Fifa executive committee member Chuck Blazer. Up to nine out of the 25 Caribbean Football Union national associations have told Freeh that they were offered or witnessed bribes of up to $40,000 per-nation being offered in brown envelopes to delegate at a special meeting of the CFU in Trinidad in May."

“Pirates of the Caribbean” accused of hijacking Nevis electoral process

SKNVibes "BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – AS the verbal battle between the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) and the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) heats up in their election campaign, NRP’s Leader Joseph Parry is accusing the CCM of seeking to hijack the electoral process. While speaking at a public meeting at Cherry Gardens, Premier Parry explained that, according to his understanding, the CCM and its Leader Vance Amory had made an application to the court for “an injunction to stop the election”. "

Road rage rubbish! -Therapists say X5 killer's actions reflect dark side of Jamaica

Jamaica Gleaner "Mental-health experts have dismissed the idea of 'road rage' being a factor in the killing of 17-year-old Khajeel Mais by the owner of a BMW X5 last Friday night in St Andrew. 'Let us not sanitise the phrase 'road rage'. This was a case of total disregard for human life. Cold-blooded murder,' declared Dr Terrence Bernard, regional psychiatrist for the North East Regional Health Authority."

Bolt's high school coach passes on : "DOUBLE world-record holder Usain Bolt has expressed his regret at the passing of two-time Olympian Pablo McNeil who died in the Falmouth hospital on Monday, just hours after being admitted for observation. McNeil, who competed at the 1964 and 1968 Olympic Games, making the semi-finals of the 100m in his first appearance, was 72 years years old and had battled prostate cancer for years."

'Terror' as woman shot outside Swinging Doors

Bermuda Sun... "TUESDAY, JULY 5: Eyewitnesses described the terror as shots rang out outside Swinging Doors late last night. A 26-year-old woman was shot and – according to witnesses - a man was grazed with a bullet at 11:28pm. One man who witnessed the shooting said: “It was so scary. “I was sitting outside and had to duck behind a car. “A bullet whizzed cross my ear and grazed a guy.” The witness said he thinks he heard six or seven shots. “But after four shots, I stopped counting,” he added. As for the shooter, the man said a bike rode across Swinging Doors towards Till’s Hill then turned around. “Someone said, ‘We need to check out that bike,’ jokingly. “Then the guy turned around and started shooting.”"

Bashed on the head with a brick, St. Matthews laborer dies

Amandala Online : "Orlando “Lando” Rodriguez, 26, a laborer of St. Matthews Village, Cayo District, and the father of two boys, ages three and seven, died on Sunday, July 3, 2010 at around 6:00 p.m., in the back of an ambulance while being transported by paramedics to the Western Regional Hospital for urgent medical attention after reportedly being hit more than once with a cement brick on the right side of the temple. His assailants, we were told by the villagers, were his “well-known associates;” in other words, his friends."

Death follows death

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "TWO families are now in mourning following the death in bizarre circumstances of their loved ones — Khashan Stephen Singh, 19, and his girlfriend Veronica Ramjohn,17, on Sunday. Singh drowned while bathing at Williams Bay in Chaguaramas while the Red Bull Flugtag event was taking place nearby at Pier I. Ramjohn died several hours later in a vehicular accident in Couva."

5 FEMALE STUDENTS FONDLED? - Teacher charged with indecent assault

Jamaica Star "A male teacher from a St Catherine high school who allegedly fondled several girls at the school where he works, was charged with indecent assault yesterday The 30-year-old teacher has been slapped with five counts of indecent assault. The Star was informed that the man was taken in by his attorney Earl Hamilton on Sunday. His charges, THE STAR learnt, arose from a series of incidents that reportedly started in January this year. He was said to have fondled the student's breasts. The last incident reportedly occurred in June while a party was being held at the school."

video--Independence day shocker for the apology from fox news

Hackers took over a politics Twitter feed belonging to US broadcaster Fox News announcing that President Barack Obama had been shot dead on America's national day. The @foxnewspolitics feed stated: "@BarackObama has just passed. The President is dead. A sad 4th of July, indeed. President Barack Obama is dead."

Bahamas bans commercial shark fishing....

The Washington Post : "The Bahamas announced Tuesday morning it would end all commercial shark fishing in its waters, an area that encompasses more than 240,000 square miles. The move — under which only the catch and release of sharks is permitted — marks the second time in two weeks that a Caribbean nation has enacted broad protections for sharks in its exclusive economic zone. Honduras instituted a total ban on shark fishing in its waters June 24."

One dead, five siblings hospitalized for food poisoning

Demerara Waves : "One girl is dead and her five siblings are hospitalized as a result of suspected food poisoning, the Guyana Police Force said Monday. They are between the ages of eight and 15 years old. The Georgetown Hospital said in a statement that at 1:25 AM Monday, the five children were referred from the Bartica Hospital and taken to the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, as a result of suspected food poisoning."

Cop drinks poison

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "SHORTLY after completing duties at the San Fernando Police Station, a Police Corporal is believed to have committed suicide at his home yesterday by ingesting a poisonous substance. The dead man was identified as Cpl Vishnawath Sirju who lived at Deodahare Trace located off Oropouche South Trace in Barrackpore. Police investigators said Sirju had been in the TT Police Service for approximately 15 years and was the father of two."

REDjet landing rights 'still on hold'

Trinidad Express "LANDING rights for low-fares airline REDjet to Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago are still on hold. Yesterday, Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart told reporters in Basseterre that there was no real movement to report after high-level talks with his Caribbean Community (Caricom) counterparts in caucus on the contentious issue of regional air transportation. He reported that both Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Bruce Golding of Jamaica were maintaining their strong allegiance to Caribbean Airlines (CAL), in which their governments hold joint ownership."

Journalist in Dominica accuses DLP government of public theft

The Dominican : "Linton released documents to the press over the weekend, which purports to show a private individual taking possession of building supplies paid for by the prime minister’s office. According to Linton, building supplies in excess of $6 000 were purchased from J Astaphans and Co Ltd, paid for with taxpayers money and then diverted to an individual with close ties to Trade Minister Dr. Colin McIntyre."

Chaos in the courts: Bar Association President shouts at Judge for Hearing

Barbados Free Press : "A SHOUTING MATCH erupted in a Bridgetown courtroom yesterday. It was between prominent attorney and president of the Bar Association, Andrew Pilgrim, and Acting Chief Magistrate Deborah Holder arguing about the fate of an accused person who appeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court. “I just want a hearing!” Pilgrim yelled."

Don't like to talk cricket, says Greenidge

The Times of India : "BRIDGETOWN (Barbados): You can hardly notice Gordon Greenidge smiling. At best, his lips will crack a little at the mention of something he may find really funny. Balwinder Singh Sandhu's claim perhaps, that he got the ball to swing in on that fateful day of June 26, 1983 at Lord's, should be one of those moments. His lips crack into a faint smile when told that Sandhu was actually confident about the delivery he bowled."

Barbados church leaders: Crop Over too lewd

Stabroek News "(Barbados Nation) Church leaders have denounced the lewdness and vulgarity of Crop Over, particularly Kadooment, and are advising members of their faiths to steer clear of the festival in its present form. However, at least two groups of Christians are adamant they have a role to play, and that the church should not wash its hands of the celebration but join in cleaning it up."

Suicide in police station

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "A 19-YEAR-OLD man who was to be charged after he snatched a woman’s gold chain allegedly committed suicide late yesterday evening in a holding cell at the Central Police Station (CPS) in Port-of-Spain. Investigators speculate that Anthony Harry was “scared” as this was his first offence and decided to take his own life. At about 5.30 pm, officers who went to check on Harry, found him hanging from a bandana (a large handkerchief) with one end secured around his neck and the other tied around the bars of the cell. A check of the Mon Repos Road, Morvant man revealed he was already dead."

Duprey paid himself $10.7M

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "TEN DAYS after he wrote to the Central Bank warning that the CL Financial (CLF) group needed funds to face-off liquidity problems, former CL Financial chairman Lawrence Duprey and the CLF board oversaw payment of $22.5 million in shareholder dividends — $10.7 million of which was paid to two companies of Duprey."

Man wanted in Barbadian murders arrested at Calgary construction site

Calgary Herald "A man wanted for two homicides in Barbados has been arrested working at a construction site in Calgary. Local police received information on June 21 that Damian Lecoursey Reveira, 25, could be in Calgary. Calgary police arrested him without incident. It's thought he's been in town since last October. 'We believe he has associates here,' said southern Alberta integrated fugitive apprehension unit Staff Sgt. Todd Zelensky. Zelensky said it took the efforts of the Royal Barbados Police Force, border officials and Interpol to apprehend Reveira."