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HAITI – At least five dead following downpour

PORT-AU-PRINCE — At least five people were killed and three are missing in Haiti after a torrential downpour buffeted the capital of Port-au-Prince, the country’s civil protection agency said Wednesday. Three people were found dead in the city’s impoverished Cite Soleil neighborhood, while two others were killed elsewhere in Port-au-Prince. In the busy hillside neighborhood […]

Saint Lucia – No to Almargo

CASTRIES — St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has made it abundantly clear that his country will not support Luis Almargo, who is seeking a second consecutive term as Secretary General of the Organisation of American States (OAS). Gonsalves said CARICOM leaders here are expected to adopt a position regarding the candidacy […]

GUYANA – Taxi driver in police custody died from suffocation/asphyxiation

GEORGETOWN – Relatives of 39-year-old Lallbacchan Bacchan, who died on July 1,2019 while in custody at the Suddie Police Station on the Essequibo Coast, are seeking answers from the authorities regarding his death. The man’s family members are also calling on the Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan to launch an investigation into his death.A […]

THE BAHAMAS – ‘They came to kill’

NASSAU – Residents of Ethel Street say they have been left “traumatised”, “frightened” and “angry” following Sunday’s horrifying mass shooting at a birthday party that left more than ten people suffering gunshot injuries. The tight-knit community was rocked by the incident, with relatives noting seven of the gunshot victims were relatives. Chief Superintendent Solomon Cash […]

Venezuela sources: Talks to break deadlock set to resume in Barbados

(Source: AP) – Negotiations aimed at breaking Venezuela’s political standoff will resume next week, likely on the Caribbean island of Barbados, according to three people familiar with the talks between representatives of President Nicolas Maduro and the U.S.-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido. The sources, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because […]

Gary Griffith (Trinidad Express)

More than 50 assassins are walking around T&T, says Griffith

PORT OF SPAIN – Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith says that the Intelligence agencies have revealed that there are over 50 “ shooters”, linked to various gangs, with most being active in taking out hits on opposing gang members. And this has proven to be the root cause of a significant number of homicides in […]

Thousands attend funeral of former Jamaican PM Edward Seaga

(Associated Press) – Thousands of Jamaicans turned out Sunday for the funeral of former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, who was the last survivor of the generation of politicians who led the country to independence from Britain in 1962. The service was officiated by 13 religious leaders before a burial ceremony at National Heroes Park. Current Prime […]

Rosalee Gage-Grey (The Gleaner)

Child abuse alarm in Jamaica

KINGSTON – Child welfare officials in Jamaica are expressing increasing concern over skyrocketing reports of sexual and other forms of abuse of minors, with approximately 15,000 cases referred to the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) in 2018 alone. This represents an 8.5 per cent rise on the 13,820 reports made in 2017. Using […]

REGIONAL – ODM urges vigilance after Dominica rattled by series of earthquakes

ROSEAU, Dominica – The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) Saturday said that Dominica was being rattled by a series of shallow earthquakes, particularly in the south central area of the island, and urged the population to remain vigilant. It said that the burst of “volcanic earthquakes” which began late on Friday night and is continuing, […]

GUYANA – Truck driver severely beaten following girl’s death

GEORGETOWN – The persons who severely beat the driver of the truck following the death of seven-year-old Ciara Benjamin on Saturday at Agricola, Greater Georgetown, will face the full brunt of the law. This is according to A Division Commander, Marlon Chapman, who related that thus far, no arrests have been made. “Yes, once they […]

Former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga has passed away

SOURCE: JAMAICA OBSERVER: Former Prime Minister Edward Seaga has died. Seaga, who turned 89 today, was Jamaica’s fifth prime minister, from 1980 to 1989, and the leader of the JLP from 1974 to 2005 when he retired from active politics. Since his retirement he has been an honorary distinguished fellow at the professorial level at […]

TRINIDAD – Three girls in house with prison escapees

PORT OF SPAIN – Three girls all under the age of 18 were found at the house in which prison escapees Olatungi Denbow and Michael Findley were hiding. The house at Ralph Narine Trace, Harris Village, is located next to the mangrove that leads to the Godineau River, which can take a boater into the Gulf […]

REGIONAL – Bahamas prison ‘not fit for humanity’

NASSAU – For many inmates living in maximum security at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services, preparing for bed means mopping up sludgy puddles of faeces and urine, dusting off aged cardboard mats and lying down to sleep in a small, torrid prison cell, cramped among five or six other men. In the cells, which […]

From left, Prime Ministers Mia Mottley, St Vincent and the Grenadines’ Ralph Gonsalves and Antigua and Barbuda’s Gaston Browne.

Barbados and Antigua to discuss LIAT shares

Barbados will not be negotiating LIAT’s future direction in the public domain, Prime Minister Mia Mottley has reiterated,  in response to reports out of Antigua and Barbuda that her Government has agreed to sell its shares to St John’s. Speaking on his radio station on Saturday, Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne said Mottley […]

ST KITTS – Coca Cola Heir threatens PM with multi-billion-dollar lawsuit

BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – The Greek billionaire who is heir to the Coca Cola fortune yesterday left St Kitts and Nevis where he is facing drug charges, but not before warning Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris that he and his government would be slapped with a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit over the arrest. […]

REGIONAL – CARICOM’s call

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – Secretary Gneral of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Irwin LaRocque, Monday called on the United States to lift the “unwarranted economic embargo and sanctions” against Cuba. Addressing the 22nd meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), LaRocque said that next month, the 15-member grouping will host the Sixth Meeting […]

TRINIDAD – Another Venezuelan boat denied T&T entry

PORT OF SPAIN – Just two weeks after a dozen people died while trying to flee Venezuela for T&T in a pirogue, the crew and passengers of another vessel coming from Venezuela are currently in a standoff with the T&T Coast Guard, fearing they may suffer the same fate. Miguel Costa, who is aboard the […]

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