Category: Regional

JAMAICA – Woman whose son was crushed by JUTC bus recounts her ordeal

KINGSTON – Avishia McLeod was at work on Friday when she felt a gut-wrenching pain that caused her to cry out. She knew then that something had gone wrong with one of her children, specifically her ten-year-old son Jovon Elliott. However, she could not say what. Her worst fears were later confirmed at the Spanish […]

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GROS ISLET – Sri Lanka delays start of play vs WIndies after ball dispute

The third day of the second cricket test started almost 90 minutes late on Saturday after Sri Lanka was told to play with a different ball against host West Indies and given a five-run penalty. Umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould ruled that the tourists, who lost the first test, had altered the condition of […]

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VENEZUELA – 17 killed after nightclub brawl in Caracas

Venezuela’s government says 17 people were killed Saturday after a nightclub brawl led to a stampede. Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said eight minors were among those killed. Another five people were injured. He said a tear gas device exploded after the fight broke out during a graduation celebration at “Los Cotorros” club, triggering the stampede. […]

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ANTIGUA – Investigation Commission wants to probe activities of former minister

The Integrity Commission says there are grounds to begin an investigation into the activities of former investment and trade minister, Asot Michael, who stepped down last month amid speculation that he was among Caribbean politicians who had received bribes from a British investor. In a statement, the Integrity Commission said the investigation would fall under […]

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Blame Governments, not CARICOM

Blaming the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat for the gaps in implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) is unfair, former Prime Minister of Jamaica Bruce Golding has argued. He insisted that implementation of the region’s flagship programme is primarily the responsibility of national governments. Golding addressed the matter frontally as a member of […]

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TRINIDAD – Serial rapist sentenced to 27 years

PORT OF SPAIN – Serial rapist Jules John Arjoon has been sentenced to 27 years and one month in prison, for the death of a woman who jumped out the back seat of his moving car while, unknown to her, there was another woman locked his car trunk. Arjoon of Point Fortin who had pretended […]

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JAMAICA – Student killed in freak accident at school

KINGSTON – A pall of gloom is now hanging over the Anchovy Primary School in St James as staff and students try to come to grips with the tragic death of seven-year-old Easton Stapleton, Jr, who was killed on the school’s compound by a car being driven by a teacher. The incident reportedly took place […]

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GUYANA – Cocaine, ganja, satellite phone seized in major CANU operation

GEORGETOWN – Anti-narcotics ranks believe that they have dented a major drug smuggling ring that routed coke through the Pomeroon, Region Two area. In a bust last Wednesday in the Parika area, East Bank Essequibo, ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) arrested five men, including four occupants of two cars and a boat captain. […]

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TRINIDAD – Woman battered by ex-lover in car park

PORT OF SPAIN – No one came to the assistance of Kemba Olufemi yesterday when her ex-lover tried to shoot her and then used the gun to beat her mercilessly on her head. After hitting her with the gun about 100 times, Lloyd Logan, 60, then calmly walked a short distance away and drank poison […]

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ST LUCIA – Police detain two following bomb threat at airport

Police are questioning two French nationals after they claimed a bomb had been placed at the George F L Charles Airport causing the facility to be evacuated. Eyewitnesses said that the unidentified man and woman had earlier raised an objection to paying extra for overweight baggage as they prepared to board an Air Caraibes flight […]

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JAMAICA – Nine-year-old girl murdered; 13-year-old boy in custody

Tears flowed freely at the New Works Primary School in Westmoreland yesterday as students and teachers reacted with shock and grief to the murder of nine-year-old student Kadijah Saunders, whose body was found in an isolated section of the nearby community of Bog on Tuesday night. “The students are here, but we are not having […]

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BAHAMAS – Seven-year-old boy dies in shooting

NASSAU – A seven-year-old boy was fatally shot outside of his Piper Lane home this morning as he was on his way to his last day of school. The victim, identified by relatives as Cameron Cooper, was the third person shot and the second to die in two separate incidents in the Wilson Tract/Homestead Street […]

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ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES – Sad Sunday

KINGSTOWN – Civilian divers on Monday morning recovered the bodies of two of four persons who were swept out to sea by a wave at a beach on St Vincent’s southeast coast Sunday afternoon. Curtley Daniel, 29, and his ten-year-old nephew, Jevorn Junior Phillip, along with 13-year-old Jonathan Welcome, and ten-year-old Isaiah Shallow, all of […]

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CUBA – Officials raise death toll from Alberto to seven

Cuban officials have raised the death toll from Subtropical Storm Alberto to seven. Civil Defence authorities said Saturday that two others remained missing and had disappeared in the provinces of Villa Clara and Ciego de Avila. Authorities previously said the storm left four people dead after heavy rains drenched the island. In addition to damage […]

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St Vincent and the Grenadines – Prisons ‘refuse’ double amputee inmate

KINGSTOWN – The double amputee who was on Tuesday sentenced to four years in prison for stabbing his wife in the chest will have to serve his sentence elsewhere. iWitness News was reliably informed that prison authorities said that their facilities were not equipped to house 54-year-old Andrew Myers of Buccament Bay. The fact that […]

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REGIONAL – Vat to rise from 7.5 to 12 per cent in Bahamas

NASSAU – Just three and a half years after value-added tax (VAT) was introduced in The Bahamas at a rate of 7.5 percent, the government will raise the tax to 12 percent, Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest announced today. The increase will come into effect on July 1. Turnquest said this revenue generating measure is […]

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THE BAHAMAS – Girl beaten by guardians taken into care

NASSAU – A girl severely beaten by her guardians in videos that recently went viral has been taken into the custody of the state, The Tribune understands. An official at the ministry of social services said she is most likely residing in a children’s home. The footage of her beating earlier this month sparked a […]

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