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JAMAICA – Too litte, too late

KINGSTON – While some residents in Kingston and St Andrew communities, now under a state of public emergency, happily welcomed the measure yesterday, others decried the crime-fighting move by prime minister Andrew Holness as too little too late. “Dem a come when everything done and di man dem (criminals) run weh. Weh dem a come do? […]

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Nishal’s plight a wake-up call to parents

  Source: Trinidad Guardian: The plight of Nishal Sankat who is charged with at­tempt­ing to steal an Amer­i­can Air­lines plane should serve as a wake-up call to par­ents so that they un­der­stand men­tal health aware­ness says Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter An­tho­ny Gar­cia. In a state­ment yes­ter­day, Gar­cia urged par­ents to be more vig­i­lant in safe­guard­ing the men­tal […]

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CSME-Barbados to host one-day CSME meeting

The Guyana-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat says it is reviewing the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) administrative procedures to recommend ways of making them more simple and harmonised where possible. The CSME allows for the free movement of goods, skills and labour across the 15-member regional integration movement. The Secretariat said that a consultation […]

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TRINIDAD – Buggery laws amended

PORT OF SPAIN — Attorney general Faris Al-Rawi Thursday said that the state intends filing an appeal against a High Court judge ruling that consensual sex between people in same-sex unions should not be criminalized as the court partly struck down the sodomy laws in Trinidad and Tobago. Al-Rawi said that the case is a […]

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REGIONAL – Saunders’ support

ST JOHN’S – President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Adrian Saunders Wednesday said while he will not tell citizens of Antigua and Barbuda how to vote in the upcoming referendum on the CCJ, he has a duty nonetheless to provide accurate information about the Trinidad-based court. Antigua and Barbuda will hold a referendum […]

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JAMAICA – Health ministry issues warning after students fall ill from pills

KINGSTON – The ministry of health is monitoring the health of 19 students from a primary school in St Thomas who ingested unprescribed tablets that were sold to them by an unauthorised person. The Gleaner reported last Friday that a man entered the school compound on September 13 and again on September 14 selling the […]

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Tremor jolts Jamaica

As Jamaicans were bracing for heavy showers associated with remnants of Tropical Storm Isaac south of the island, several communities in central and eastern Jamaica experienced earthquake-like tremors this afternoon. Callers from as far as Clarendon in south central Jamaica and St Mary in the north east reported feeling tremors shortly after 2 p.m. Authorities […]

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GUYANA – Baby dies after brother feeds him rat poison

GEORGETOWN – Shockwaves are rippling through the West Bank Demerara (WBD) village of La Grange, following the death of a one-year-old, who met his demise after he was reportedly fed carbon tablets (rat poison) by his nine-year-old brother. The dead child was identified as Andre Keron Tappin of Lot 18 La Grange Public Road, WBD. While […]

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THE BAHAMAS – No ‘rest’ for killer

NASSAU – Prime minister Dr Hubert Minnis has instructed Royal Bahamas Police Force commissioner Anthony Ferguson to use all resources available, including marines to track Inspector Carlis Blatch’s killer, even to the “bounds of hell,” to ensure justice is done. Declaring he “hates” criminals and that his views on how they should be treated are “extreme,” […]

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REGIONAL – Aide-de-camp to Bahamas’ GG gunned down in front of daughter

NASSAU – The respected aide-de-camp to governor general Dame Marguerite Pindling was shot in front of his daughter during a school pickup yesterday afternoon and later died in the Princess Margaret Hospital from his injuries. Inspector Carlis Blatch was immediately remembered for his professionalism and decency, with the office of the governor general noting he was […]

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REGIONAL – Counsellor says one suicide committed every week in Jamaica

KINGSTON – Noted suicide prevention counsellor Dr Donovan Thomas is cautioning Jamaicans against being misled by low suicide statistics, arguing that the act of taking one’s life, as well as depression are significant problems in the country. “It is incorrect to say suicide is not an issue in Jamaica. It may not be a major […]

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JAMAICA – Family, teachers, classmates mourn teen

KINGSTON – There was a heady mix of tears and anger inside Bedward Garden Seventh-day Adventist Church yesterday, where the family, former classmates and teachers of slain 13-year-old Shanoya Wray, their hearts clearly broken, struggled to say goodbye to the girl they described as bright, funny, always smiling, and whose ambition was to become a […]

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DOMINICA – Don’t panic!

ROSEAU – As Hurricane Isaac heads to the island, deputy prime minister Reginald Austrie has called on Dominicans not to panic and decision relating to the storm may be taken tomorrow when the National Emergency Planning Organization (NEPO) meets and necessary instructions will be issued. He said on Monday that some of the decisions may include […]

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Guyana embracing CARICOM

Guyana President David Granger has issued a message of deepened economic cooperation and collaboration among CARICOM neighbours and breaking down immigration barriers for true free movement of regional people. Against a backdrop of oil discoveries in Guyana of a potential five billion barrels surpassing that of Trinidad and Tobago and reportedly set to net the […]

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Haiti – Minister removed from new government

Minister of Environment Osner Richard has been removed from office less than 48 hours after a new government was named in Haiti. Richard, who was appointed by presidential decree on Wednesday, was nominated by a consortium of political parties. The political parties have since named engineer Joseph Jouthe, a former technical director at the Office […]

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GUYANA – Ministry confirms increased HIV trends among youths

GEORGETOWN – Trends in HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) have suggested that there has been an increase of the disease among the adolescent population. This is according to senior minister of public health Volda Lawrence. She, however, did not confirm recent reports of a spike in HIV, but assured that her ministry will shortly be releasing a […]

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REGIONAL – Vote for CCJ

BRIDGETOWN – St Vincent and the Grenadines prime minister Ralph Gonsalves is appealing to voters in Antigua and Barbuda to support the move towards replacing the London-based Privy Council as the island’s final court. The people of Antigua and Barbuda will vote in a referendum on Novemer 6 on whether or not to replace the […]

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