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January 18, 2018

Archives for December 2017

Bermuda welcomes new year

Source: The Royal Gazette Bermudians are welcoming 2018 in style with New Years Eve parties across the island. Celebrations include the traditional onion drop and musical entertainment in Kings Square, St Georges, where organisers have pledged the enforced absence of fireworks will not mean the evening goes without sparkle. In Front Street, Hamilton,. ..

Bermuda prepares to welcome new year

Source: The Royal Gazette Bermudians are welcoming 2018 in style with New Years Eve parties across the island. Celebrations include the traditional onion drop and musical entertainment in Kings Square, St Georges, where organisers have pledged the enforced absence of fireworks will not mean the evening goes without sparkle. In Front Street, Hamilton,. ..

Minister Smith disappoints Boldon

Source: Trinidad Guardian Andre BaptisePublished: Sunday, December 31, 2017Ato Boldon, a four-time Olympic medallist was pulling no punches on Saturday, during a radio interview when he stated that he has lost faith in the current Minister of Sports, Daryl Smith. “I had a meeting with the Minister of Sports Daryl Smith after the women…

Drunk passenger arrested

Source: The Royal Gazette A drunk passenger was arrested after he verbally abused crew and fellow travellers on a plane heading to Bermuda this evening. The man, 54, acted in a belligerent manner on the British Airways flight from Gatwick Airport, according to police. He was arrested at L. F. Wade International Airport at…

ECCO unable to pay royalties on schedule

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Monday, January 1, 2018CASTRIES, St. Lucia, -The Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) says it is unable at this time to make any payment of royalties to its members scheduled for the final quarter of this year. ‘Several reconciliation actions must be completed before any such distributions can…

Live Video: New Year’s Eve Party In St. George’s

Source: Bernews The Corporation of St. George is hosting a New Year’s Eve party at King’s Square in St. George’s this evening, with the event set to feature local entertainment and the dropping of the traditional Bermuda Onion to welcome in the New Year. According to the event poster, this evening’s entertainment… Link:

Unruly BA Airline Passenger Arrested At Airport

Source: Bernews A 54-year-old man was arrested this evening when the British Airways flight landed, with the man having apparently “consumed too much alcohol and became belligerent and verbally abusive.” “Bermuda Police attended a report of an unruly passenger onboard an inbound British Airways flight from Gatwick Airport at 7pm on Sunday,”… Link:

Police: Armed men rob Smith Road business

Source: Cayman Compass Three men with covered faces, two of whom were armed, entered a liquor-licensed business on Smith Road around 10 p.m. Saturday and demanded cash, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said.  Link: Police: Armed men rob Smith Road business

‘Somebody dropped the ball’

Source: Guyana Chronicle – Sir Viv on Beaton suspect action CMC – LEGENDARY former captain, Sir Vivian Richards, believes someone in the current West Indies setup should have picked up on fast bowler Ronsford Beaton’s suspect action before he reached international level. Beaton was reported to the International Cricket Council for a suspect…

GKC celebrates the holidays with Joshua House

Source: Guyana Chronicle THE Guyana Karate College (GKC) spent a morning with the youths of the Joshua House Children Centre in Georgetown in keeping with their local tradition around the holidays. Vice President and Senior Instructor of the GKC, Shihan Jeffrey Wong, said that while most will celebrate Christmas and ringing in the…

Twelve witnesses to testify in attempted murder case

Source: iNews Guyana Twelve witnesses are expected to testify in the attempted murder of Jamal Lewis who was shot at during the course of a robbery reportedly executed by known ex-convict, Lennox Cort. This was revealed by Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers on Thursday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts as he provided to the…

Young musicians debut at JAOTG

Source: Newsday This year’s Jazz Artists on the Greens will mark the 16th edition of the event and will feature young, upcoming musicians – Adan Hagley and Jeanine Ruiz. Trinidadian pianist Hagley is a composer and arranger who is a Berklee College of Music graduate. Since… Link: Young musicians debut at JAOTG

TT hockey men get crucial Holland camp

Source: Newsday The Trinidad and Tobago hockey team will use a training camp in Holland as preparation for the 2018 Indoor Hockey World Cup, which will be held from February 7 to 11 in Berlin, Germany. Twelve teams will play at the World Cup with TT playing alongside Australia, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan,… Link:

‘Dada’ takes Alexander B Chapman Award

Source: Newsday Anthony “Dada” Wickham, coach of Trendsetter Hawks and 2017 recipient of the Alexander B Chapman, said he appreciates the recognition for his service as a football coach, as inspiring youngsters in East Port of Spain can sometimes prove challenging. Wickham, who has coached for 37 years, received the award at… Link:

TTEC lights Bennett Village Recreation Ground

Source: Newsday A 57-year-old dream of having the recreation ground in their area illuminated, was realised recently, when floodlights were turned on at the Bennett Village Recreation Ground in Santa Flora. Speaking at the illumination ceremony, president of the Bennett Village Council, Muriel Vialva, described the occasion as a dream come true… Link:

Scratch bomb incident near Sea Lots

Source: Newsday Police officers and soldiers yesterday responded to an incident near Sea Lots, involving people throwing scratch bombs on the Beetham Highway. A video posted on social media showed police officers and TT Defence Force personnel alighting from a police vehicle at the traffic intersection near the Port of Spain Central… Link:

Man bent on killing family

Source: Newsday One year ago Shanti Roopchand, 45, was stabbed by a close male relative at her Barrackpore home. The mother of three who is also a stroke victim survived. A Protection Order was taken out against a 52-year-old man who was charged and warned by a magistrate to stay away Roopchand.… Link:

Faithful citizenship in 2018

Source: Newsday Guest column Today, the first day of 2018, we have an opportunity to review 2017 and to plan for this year. It was on December 28, 2016 that my father, Balgobin Ramdeen, passed away in hospital in London. My siblings and I were angry as we felt that he died… Link:

RBPF Bimini: Illegal immigrants

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police in Bimini took into custody (6) illegal Immigrants after they were discovered at a local resort on North Bimini. Reports are that on Saturday 30th December 2017, shortly before 11:00am, officers of the Bimini Division acting on information went to a local resort and discovered (6) illegal immigrants, (5)…

2018 New Year’s Honours List

Source: Bahamas Weekly Government House has announced the Queen’s 2018 New Year’s Honours recognizing the accomplishments of persons who have made major contributions to various spheres of Bahamian life.   Awarded the CMG are: Mark Holowesko, for services to business and the community; Lawrence Cartwright, for services to education and politics; and Reverend…

Cayman’s future looks bright, says Premier

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin set an optimistic note in his New Year’s Eve message to the country, maintaining that the “future remains bright” for the coming year. Reviewing the year and the May General Election, he said that based on feed-back he had received, “the vast majority of the country…

GDF Promotes 35 officers, 559 other ranks

Source: iNews Guyana The Guyana Defense Force said today that it has promoted 35 officers and 559 other ranks ahead of the New Year. A GDF release said “In accordance with Part III Section 16 of the Defence Act 15:01 of 1977, the Chief of Staff Brigadier Patrick West is pleased to announce…

Preparations under way for Old Year’s Night

Source: Nation Newspaper With 2018 hours away, various Barbadians were spotted getting ready for the first big celebration of the year. Some were getting their hair on point, while others were ensuring they had enough food… Link: Preparations under way for Old Year’s Night

Bermuda Junior Sailors Finish Strong In Florida

Source: Bernews The 2017 Junior Orange Bowl Sailing Regatta concluded in Florida, with Bermuda sailors back in action again. In the Laser Fleet, Benn Smith finished the in 4th, with 47 Net Points. Smith recorded back to back wins in the first two races of the day before finishing 4th in the… Link:

Top 10 Most Viewed Facebook Videos Of 2017

Source: Bernews Aiming to give our social media followers a look at news and events across the island, we posted numerous videos to our Facebook page over the past year, with the ten most viewed videos in 2017 including Nahki Wells celebrating Huddersfield’s promotion, live video of the Bermuda Day Parade, and… Link:

Weather Forecast For Monday January 1

Source: Bernews Monday, January 1 is expected to partly cloudy, with the high to be near 21°C/70°F and the low to be near 14°C/58°F, according to Weather Underground. Winds are expected to be WNW. The relative humidity is expected to be near 78%. Sunrise will be at 7.20am and sunset will be… Link:

Pope, in year-end message, says 2017 was marred by war and lies

Source: Nation Newspaper VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis in his year-end message said that 2017 had been marred by war, lies and injustice, and he urged people to take responsibility for their actions.  At his last public event… Link: Pope, in year-end message, says 2017 was marred by war and lies

Gang rob GT liquor store at gun point

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Three masked men held up a George Town liquor store on Saturday night, in which shots were fired but no one was injured, police said. Two of the men were armed with guns when the gang burst into the discount liquor store on Smith Road just before 10pm on…

Fireworks ready for midnight show

Source: Nation Newspaper There is at least one thing everyone expects when the New Year breaks and that is fireworks. Fireworks company Caribe Fire FX was in the Bridgetown Market yesterday, loading boxes of the sparklers… Link: Fireworks ready for midnight show

Miner busted with ganja in plastic bag granted bail

Source: iNews Guyana A miner was on Thursday granted bail after he was charged for trafficking narcotics when he made an appearance in the Georgetown Magistrates Court. Andre Gravesande, vehemently denied the allegation and was released on $200,000 bail following a successful bail application by Attorney-at-law, Keisha Persaud. This case was heard in…

Coalition Govt not practising transformative politics

Source: iNews Guyana …being managed sadly as single-party unit – David Hinds  By Michael Younge The ruling People’s National Congress (PNC)-led A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government  is not practising transformative politics and is being managed as a single party as opposed to a multi-party structure in…

CARICOM moving to create the world’s first climate resilient region

Source: Nation Newspaper PORT AU PRINCE – Incoming chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse says the regional grouping is moving towards creating the world’s first climate resilient region… Link: CARICOM moving to create the world’s first climate resilient region

Column: EYEWITNESS

Source: iNews Guyana Satisfaction… …with oil contract! Nobody could possibly confuse Raphael Trotman with Mick Jagger – or any other members of the Rolling Stones, for that matter! But even if they did – in some fevered state! – unlike the Stones who declared “I can’t get no satisfaction”, Trotman looking like the…

Hair in Review

Source: The St. Lucia Star It is almost every girl’s dream to have healthy, moist and shiny hair. For many, finding the right balance of hair products, wash days, diet and lifestyle to maintain the desired hair status is near impossible. Sometimes only one hairstyle is acceptable for weekdays and before natural hair frizz

Wells goes close against former club

Source: The Royal Gazette Nahki Wells came on as an 81st-minute substitute in Burnleys 0-0 draw away to his former club Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Saturday. Wells, making his second appearance for Burnley since his 5 million move in August, came close to breaking the deadlock when his close-range poke was…

All in place for Assou Square 2018

Source: St. Lucia Times Press Release:-Hundreds of St Lucians are expected to converge on Castries on December 31, 2017 through to January 2, 2018 for the annual Assou Square festivities. The event this year is supported by telecommunications giant FLOW and is being hosted by the Castries Constituency Council. According to the Press and…

SOCIAL SCENE: Queen’s Park a Christmas tradition

Source: Nation Newspaper It was the 110th year of Christmas Morning in the Park 2017 and in bright sunshine, park-goers promenaded parading colour and style. The usual personalities were spotted in their familiar positions… Link: SOCIAL SCENE: Queen’s Park a Christmas tradition

T&T: Teenage bandits held after robbing maxi

Source: St. Lucia Times Trinidad Express:-FIVE teenaged bandits robbed a maxi-taxi and beat three people in the vehicle — including a 73-year-old woman — before four were held by police in Port of Spain yesterday. Police said around 8.40 a.m. the five teenagers, all between the ages of 17 to 19 and from Production…

Pensioner rescued from Sans Souci house fire

Source: St. Lucia News Online The post Pensioner rescued from Sans Souci house fire appeared first on St. Lucia News Online. Fire partially destroyed a dwelling house in Sans Souci, Castries on Sunday, Dec. 31, according to law enforcement sources. Around 5 a.m., the authorities received a report that a concrete structure – measuring 55ft

BVI launches Flood-Resilient SMART Communities Project

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer From the CDB Bridgetown, Barbados – Three flood-prone communities in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) will soon benefit from a project that will help them build resilience to that particular climate change impact. The Establishing Flood-Resilient SMART Communities through Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Partnerships Project will target the communities

CARICOM congratulates Haiti on independence anniversary

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Haiti’s President HS Jovenel Moïse Greater Georgetown, Guyana – CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque sent a congratulatory message to the president of Haiti HE Jovenel Moïse to mark the country’s 214th Independence Anniversary Jan. 1, 2018.     Excellency, The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) extends warmest congratulations to the government and people

SWAT Commander held after 30 cases of whiskey found in bus

Source: Stabroek News The police this morning said that a Detective Superintendent is currently conducting an investigation involving  a Deputy Superintendent of Police who is the Commander of the Special Weapons and Tactics  (SWAT) Unit. Link: SWAT Commander held after 30 cases of whiskey found in bus

SWAT commander escapes from Berbice outpost

Source: Guyana Chronicle   -relatives say he was released  Reports are that Commander of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit of the Guyana Police Force , Deputy Superintendent , Motie Singh escaped from police custody on Saturday night. Singh was busted with 30 cases of smuggled Johnnie Walker whiskey earlier on Saturday…

The Balancing Act of Green Energy Adoption

Source: The St. Lucia Star Caribbean electricity prices are among the highest in the world. If you’re reading this now, the odds are good that you know this, and lament it. In Saint Lucia, recent years have seen an average price of around 34 cents (US$) per kilowatt hour (PKH). Compared to the average

Christmas ‘the best’ for family

Source: Nation Newspaper This Christmas was a splendid one for Althea Hinds and her five grandchildren. Two years ago on Christmas Eve, Hinds’ son Alliston Greaves was accused of killing his girlfriend Callie-Ann Gill and… Link: Christmas ‘the best’ for family

STAR Essay Competition

Source: The St. Lucia Star Each of the three winners in the STAR’s Anniversary Essay competition held in June selected and wrote on the topic: ‘Education & Culture – The education system in Saint Lucia does not cater for all skills and individuals. Should special schools be implemented for students who can make better

Vieux Fort shooting victim dies

Source: St. Lucia Times Vieux Fort shooting victim Mario Cobb has died, law enforcement officials have confirmed. St Lucia Times was informed that Cobb succumbed to his injuries about 11:00 pm Saturday night. According to an earlier police statement, on Monday, December 25, 2017, about 9:30 p.m. officers attached to the Special Services Unit,…

Haiti – Economy : +0.9% inflation in November

Source: Haiti Libre For the month of November 2017, the General Consumer Price Index (base 100 in August 2004) is 324.6 against 321.8 the previous month, showing + 0.9% monthly, the same growth rate as the previous month… Link: Haiti – Economy : +0.9% inflation in November

iciHaiti – Politic : Presentation of joint communiqués to 6 new NGOs

Source: Haiti Libre Friday, December 29, Aviol Fleurant, the Minister of Planning and External Cooperation, issued joint communiqués, granting the official status of Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) for development assistance, to 6 institutions operating in Haiti… Link: iciHaiti – Politic : Presentation of joint communiqués to 6 new NGOs

Bermuda Sailors Continue In Orange Bowl

Source: Bernews The 2017 Junior Orange Bowl Sailing Regatta continued in Florida, with Bermuda sailors back in action again. In the Laser Fleet, Benn Smith remained in 6th, with 50 Net Points. The Optimist Green Fleet has 71 competitors, and after 8 races, the Bermuda Fleet is being led by Matthew Arruda… Link:

Claim comes in for harsh criticism

Source: Nation Newspaper The High Court case filed by Dr Maria Agard came in for some harsh criticism from Justice Olson Alleyne when he delivered judgment on Friday last dismissing the suit brought by her as claimant. Agard,… Link: Claim comes in for harsh criticism

CAL’s ATR planes giving trouble

Source: Stabroek News (Trinidad Guardian) Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL)’s entire fleet of five ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft have been down for the last three days, forcing the airline to press into service its fleet of Boeing-737-800 jet aircraft to alleviate the backlog of stranded passengers. Link: CAL’s ATR planes giving trouble

31 Dec Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 31 Dec Sun 2017 Weather In Cayman Synopsis Moderate northeasterly winds and seas will continue across the Cayman area for the next 24 as the high pressure system lingers over the western Atlantic Ocean. Radar images show isolated showers in and around the Cayman area. Sunshine just makes the day…

Video: Sunday Dec 31st ‘Good News’ Spotlight

Source: Bernews News that 180 cruise calls are expected in Bermuda next year, filmmaker Al Seymour Jr released ‘Buster’s Play Date’, seven people became Royal Yachting Association Senior Instructors, Jonte Smith scored in a victory over Hastings United, two families welcome Christmas babies, and a young fan being thrilled to receive a… Link:

New year could bring record low temperatures to US Midwest, East Coast

Source: Nation Newspaper Bitterly cold weather will usher in the new year for much of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains this weekend, bringing record low temperatures to the Midwest, making travel difficult and putting… Link: New year could bring record low temperatures to US Midwest, East Coast

Enstar Group To Sell Pavonia Life Business

Source: Bernews Enstar Group Limited has completed a previously disclosed transaction to sell its subsidiary, Pavonia Holdings [US], Inc. for a total purchase price of $120 million to an affiliate of Global Bankers Insurance Group, LLC. Enstar originally acquired the Pavonia business from HSBC Finance in 2013. Related Stories Enstar Group Reports… Link:

ISSUE OF THE YEAR: Bus stop slogan goes viral

Source: Nation Newspaper As 2017 draws to a close, we look back at some of the stories that caught the public’s attention over the year.  This story was originally published on October 7, 2017. A bright yellow bus shelter… Link: ISSUE OF THE YEAR: Bus stop slogan goes viral

Contract workers cost state millions in salaries, allowances

Source: Guyana Times The issue of contracted employees has been a sore one for successive Governments. When in Opposition, the now coalition Government had been heavily critical of the presence of these classes of workers, and had promised to cut out the practice of having contracted employees. Following requests from the Parliamentary Opposition…

Contract guarantees Exxon control of natural gas

Source: Guyana Times …PPP slams Govt for committing resource without fact-based data Guyana’s renegotiated contract with ExxonMobil was released only days ago, and analysts and commenters have already expressed concerns over the contract’s content. One such concern is Guyana agreeing to allow ExxonMobil’s affiliates almost unmitigated access to its natural gas while the…

Bandits invade Black Bush Polder home

Source: Guyana Times …escape with $2.4M Armed bandits invaded a Black Bush Polder, Berbice home and carted off with $2.4 million in cash and jewellery. Reports are three masked men used a crowbar to break into the two-story building situated at Lot 13 Mibicuri South, Black Bush Polder, and carried out the robbery.…

Happy New Year

Source: Guyana Times “Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier’.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson Tomorrow begins a new year! New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are two of my favourite days of the year. It’s probably because of that feeling of freshness that accompanies the…

President proposes Benjamin as Chancellor

Source: Stabroek News Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo will at the request of President David Granger attend a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the possible appointment of Chief Justice of Belize, Kenneth Benjamin as Chancellor of the local judiciary. Link: President proposes Benjamin as Chancellor

DDL worried sugar upheaval will cut molasses

Source: Stabroek News Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) yesterday expressed concern over plans for the downsizing of the sugar industry noting that its crucial molasses supply chain would be at risk. Link: DDL worried sugar upheaval will cut molasses

No word on UN process for border controversy

Source: Stabroek News As 2017 draws to a close a promised pronouncement on the way forward in the resolution of the Guyana-Venezuela Border controversy has not been delivered. Link: No word on UN process for border controversy

Wales feeling the squeeze a year after estate closure

Source: Stabroek News Residents and business owners from the West Bank Demerara community of Wales and its environs say that since the closure of the estate, business has declined drastically and the community is now left “like a crying child missing its mother.” The Wales Estate has been closed by the Guyana Sugar…

Flood-hit Albouystown gets relief

Source: Guyana Chronicle DAYS after providing relief to flood-affected residents of Canal Number One, West Bank Demerara (WBD), the government on Saturday reached out to Albouystown residents facing a similar situation caused by heavy rains. Although the water had receded in most parts of the community, residents were counting their losses and salvaging…

Cup runneth over

Source: Guyana Chronicle -DDL records increased production,to contribute over $2.2B in VAT THE Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL)’s distillery production for 2017 has surpassed projections with an increase of 30 per cent over 2016, a statement from the company said on Saturday. As a result, the company envisages that its distillery production for 2018…

205 junior police officers promoted

Source: Guyana Chronicle SOME 205 junior officers have been elevated to ranks such as sergeant, lance corporal and corporal, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) has announced. Acting Commissioner of Police David Ramnarine made the announcement during his New Year’s message on Friday. “As we reflect on the year 2017, all of which is…

Bandits rob Black Bush Polder family

Source: Guyana Chronicle THREE armed masked bandits robbed rice farmer, Rohit Harrinarain, who lives a stone’s throw away from the Mibicuri Police Station, some $2.5 million in cash and jewellery in the wee hours of Saturday morning The bandits invaded the Lot 30 Mibicuri South, Black Bush Polder, home of Harrinarain around 00:30…

Vacationing on a budget

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 31, 2017Beyond PaydayDefine your prioritie If you’re not willing to accept anything but a top-shelf experience, you’re probably going to have to save up before you splurge. On the other hand, if your main priorities are to experience a different culture, learn more about history, or even just…

Four new Senior Counsel identified

Source: Kaieteur News Having considered their quality of service to the legal profession, and knowledge of the law, President David Granger, has identified four long-serving legal practitioners for the status of Senior Counsel with effect from January 1, 2018. The appointees are Attorneys, Kalam Azad Juman Yassin, Fitz Le Roy Peters, Andrew Mark…

BUSINESS YEAR

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 31, 2017Moody’s downgrades T&T 2017 continued to be a tough year economically for T&T and the downgrade of the country by international ratings agency Moody’s in April was just another symptom of its economic misfortune. Moody’s downgraded T&T’s debt ratings (issuer and senior unsecured) to Ba1 from Baa3…

Gov’t working on new industrial policy

Source: Barbados Advocate Government is closer to having a new industrial policy in place to help guide and better facilitate manufacturing in this country. Link: Gov’t working on new industrial policy

CRITICISM NOT FAIR!

Source: Barbados Advocate Owner of Blakey’s Bar and Restaurant, Ronald Gittens, says he is confident that the Barbados Water Authority is equipped to fix the South Coast sewage problem. BUSINESSMAN Ronald Gittens is feeling sorry for all those who have been affected by the ongoing South Coast sewage problem. Link: CRITICISM NOT FAIR!

Guyana deserves higher share of oil profit

Source: Kaieteur News – IMF recommends revision of PSA framework By Kiana Wilburg The Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) that Guyana has with ExxonMobil is fraught with opportunities for abuse. In fact, these very loopholes could result in a significant dent in the revenue Guyana is supposed to get from the oil find by…

$40.7M allocated for special swing doors at GPHC

Source: Kaieteur News Several special purpose swing doors are to be purchased and installed for operating theatres at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) at a cost of $40.7 million. The procurement process started months ago and ended with Cabinet awarding the contract to K.P Thomas & Sons Contracting Inc. last week for the…

That’s a wrap on 2017

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 31, 2017What a year for business 2017 has been! Today, in a special edition of Sunday Business, we take a trip down memory lane and review the top stories that shook up the local business landscape and, in some instances, sparked debate across the entire nation. The power…

Drunken man jumps to death from overhead walk-way

Source: Kaieteur News A drunken hospital patient, who claimed that he was seeing “an invisible man,” jumped to his death after making his way to the top of the newly-erected overhead walk-way near the Diamond, East Bank Demerara Public Road. Sources said that Navin Surujpaul, 46, of Lot 27, Grove Public Road, East…

Hotels on a high

Source: Nation Newspaper Christmas was a bumper period in the country’s hotel sector. But Old Year’s and the first part of 2018 are also set to draw blushes. From the rugged South Coast to the more popular platinum West Coast,… Link: Hotels on a high

Jereem: We all deserve it

Source: Newsday Members of the Trinidad and Tobago men’s 4×400-metre relay team Jereem Richards and Renny Quow were elated that the entire team received the Sportsman of the Year Award, when the 23rd Annual TT Olympic Committee Awards Ceremony was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port of Spain, on Friday… Link:

Hotels scale back on Old Year parties

Source: Newsday Old Year’s Night parties remain an active tradition here in TT, with several hotels hosting events that begin in 2017 and end in 2018. Among them are Soong’s Great Wall restaurant (Soong’s) in San Fernando, Hotel Normandie, St Ann’s and Mount Irvine Bay Resort, Scarborough. However other venues, such as… Link:

T&T’s youths golden in 2017

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 31, 20172017 local sports reviewOur youth athletes performed admirably on the local, regional and international sport stages in their respective disciplines. In honour of their achievements Sports Reporter JONATHON MATOUK goes back into the record books to entertain you one last time as the year closes of what…

Williams ‘one bad over’ at fault: Brathwaite

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 31, 2017NELSON, NEW ZEALAND— Little mention was made of West Indies’ fragile batting as the Caribbean side sought reasons to explain their 47- run defeat to New Zealand in Friday’s opening Twenty20 International. Instead, the spotlight fell on the final over of the Black Caps innings when seamer…

TTOC crowns relay men

Source: Trinidad Guardian Ahye is top Sportswoman of The YearPublished: Sunday, December 31, 2017Sprinter Jereem Richards and the members of the T&T 4×400 metres relay team received the Sportsman of the Year award when the T&T Olympic Committee held its 23rd Annual Awards function at the Hyatt  Regency Hotel, Wrightson Road, Port-of- Spain on…

Clashes break out at Iran protests

Source: News 784 (BBC) – Some anti-establishment protests happening in Iranian cities have turned violent, video footage shows. They began three days ago – initially in protest at falling living standards – and are the biggest show of dissent since huge pro-reform rallies in 2009. Demonstrators have ignored a warning by Iran’s interior…

Avoid the North Coast Road today

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 31, 2017Beach-goers avoid the North Coast Road today, the Ministry of Works and Transport has warned. The North Coast Road in the vicinity of the Maracas lookout will be closed to all vehicular traffic until 9 am today, the ministry has stated. The road was closed around 4…

Welcome 2018 with the Nation

Source: Nation Newspaper Welcome 2018 with the Nation! Follow everything that’s happening this Old Year’s Night and New Year’s day as Barbadians welcome the new year with festivities, fireworks and fellowship. Follow the hash… Link: Welcome 2018 with the Nation

`From rags to riches’ 

Source: Guyana Chronicle – sport enthusiast and family man, Winston George Humphrey laid to rest BORN in Middle Road La Penitence, Georgetown, to Robert and Mayliene Humphrey, on 1st March 1948, Winston ‘George’ Humphrey rose from `rags’ to become a very successful businessman.He supported charitable organizations, sports associations and even individuals he never…

GHRA interim body allegedly in shambles

Source: Guyana Chronicle – Body says otherwise THE management of the nine-member interim body selected to run the affairs of the Guyana Horse Racing Authority (GHRA) has come under severe criticism, just under nine months since the group was put in place. Led by businessman Poonai Bhiroog, the body replaced the previous administration…

2017 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List Revealed

Source: Bernews Her Majesty the Queen has recognized a number of Bermudians in her annual New Year’s Honours List, with Andrew Dobson, Glenda Edwards, Catherine Lapsley, Lt. Col. William White, Steve Cosham, Arthur Wightman, Gary Madeiros, Michael DeCouto, Denise Riviere, Dr. Joseph Froncioni, Fiona Beck, Lt. Col. Brian Gonsalves, Tom Miller, Andy… Link:

Devonshire Castle pensioner dies in accident

Source: iNews Guyana A pensioner from the Essequibo Coast tragically lost his life on Friday night on the Danielstown public road after the car he was driving turned turtle into a nearby trench. Dead is 70-year-old Royston Peterson of lot 12 Devonshire Castle Essequibo Coast. According to information received, Peterson was accompanied by…

Brathwaithe blames Williams for Windies loss

Source: Guyana Chronicle (CMC) – LITTLE mention was made of West Indies’ fragile batting as the Caribbean side sought reasons to explain their 47-run defeat to New Zealand in Friday’s opening Twenty20 International. Instead, the spotlight fell on the final over of the Black Caps innings when seamer, Kesrick Williams, conceded 25 runs,…

UDFA/GT Beer year-end football

Source: Guyana Chronicle Botofago boot out Shattas – Rockers blast Eagles United BOTOFAGO and Net Rockers will clash in the Upper Demerara Football Association (UDFA) GT Beer finals, following contrasting wins in the semifinals on Friday evening. Botofago shattered the hearts of defending champions, Silver Shattas, while Net Rockers blew past Eagles United at…

Dottin helps Heat down Strikers in Big Bash

Source: Guyana Chronicle CMC – WEST INDIES all-rounder Deandra Dottin made telling strikes to help Brisbane Heat to a comfortable nine-wicket win over Adelaide Strikers, in the Women’s Big Bash League on Friday. Sent in at the Adelaide Oval, Strikers stumbled to 113 for six off their 20 overs, with Bridget Patterson top-scoring…

Prospect residents face repeat prowler

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A suspect who appears to be looking to steal a vehicle was caught twice on CCTV over the last few days trying the same SUV door outside a residence in a neighbourhood off Poindexter Road. The owners told CNS that they are concerned that the man, who arrives and…

SDA members injured in road accident

Source: St. Lucia Times Several members of the Seventh Day Adventist  (SDA) Church, were injured when a vehicle transporting them to Castries ran off the road, church officials have confirmed. According to reports, a pick up truck transporting the group had a brake malfunction and ran off the road near La Croix Maingot after…

New Year honours for Americas Cup team

Source: The Royal Gazette Bermudians who helped organise the Americas Cup are among a host of names recognised in the New Years Honours List. Queens Certificate and Badge of Honour awards are being presented to more than 20 people who led ACBDA committees or worked extraordinary hours over the past two years to help…

December 2017: Top 10 Bernews ‘Photo Of Day’

Source: Bernews Providing our readers with a look at Bermuda’s natural beauty each morning, Bernews features a “Photo of the Day” in our email newsletters, on social media, and in our app every day. Always popular, December’s top photos attracted tens of thousands of reactions on social media, and judging by the number of reader’s “likes”, the… Link:

Weather Forecast For Sunday December 31

Source: Bernews Sunday, December 31 is expected to be partly cloudy in the morning then increasing clouds with periods of showers later in the day, with the high to be near 22°C/71°F and the low to be near 17°C/62°F, according to Weather Underground. Winds are expected to be WSW. The relative humidity… Link:

Christmas cheer from the Daren Sammy Foundation

Source: The St. Lucia Star Daren Sammy greeting students and parents. The Second Annual Daren Sammy Foundation Bringing Back Smiles Hamper Distribution, made Christmas just a bit more cheerful for several families. Speaking about the DSF Administrative Secretary at Peter & Company Distribution, Francillia Austin said: “We started off in 2016 with a launch

Serena says good to be back, despite loss to Ostapenko in Abu Dhabi

Source: Nation Newspaper Serena Williams was pleased to get back on court despite losing what was her first match in almost a year, against Jelena Ostapenko, at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Saturday…. Link: Serena says good to be back, despite loss to Ostapenko in Abu Dhabi

Governor seeks legal opinions on controversial bill

Source: Antigua Observer HAMILTON, Bermuda, Dec 30, CMC  — Governor John Rankin is continuing to take legal advice on giving assent to a controversial bill designed to replace same-sex marriage with “watered-down” domestic partnerships in this British Overseas Territory. Government House confirmed that Rankin had asked for legal opinions on the Domestic Partnership…

ECCO unable to pay royalties on schedule

Source: Antigua Observer CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Dec 30, CMC -The Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) says it is unable at this time to make any payment of royalties to its members scheduled for the final quarter of this year. ‘Several reconciliation actions must be completed before any such distributions can be…

Jamaica: ‘Sick’ cops returning to work

Source: St. Lucia Times Jamaica Observer:-A number of rank-and-file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force have started returning to work, according to the constabulary’s Corporate Communication Unit (CCU). The CCU, in a release yesterday, said the highest number of police who reported sick was 2,730 on Wednesday, but by yesterday that number was down…

Two facing drug charges

Source: Nation Newspaper Members of the Drug Squad have arrested and charged two Barbadian men with a number of drug related offences which were allegedly committed on Friday, December 22, at the Bridgetown Port.  They are… Link: Two facing drug charges

Second Man Chargerd in Richards’ Murder

Source: Antigua Observer Police have charged a second man in the Charlesworth Richards Jr murder investigations. On Friday, 38yr-old Dorian Marshall of Donovans was the latest to be charged in the June 21st incident at Ras Freeman, Liberta. Shalom Bailey also of Donovans was  recently charged in connection with his murder. Marshall is…

Crime reports flood in over Christmas break

Source: The St. Lucia Star Violent crime continues to plague our country even in the season of good cheer! Grievous harm at La Guerre; grievous harm at Black Bay; possession of firearm and ammunition; shootings at Bruceville; suspected suicide at Bocage . . . these were among the police headlines covering a four-day Christmas

STAR Sports: Then and Now

Source: The St. Lucia Star Saint Lucian cricket star Daren Sammy is as inspirational as he is talented. When you have a publisher who has won just about every major body-building competition including Mr Universe and Mr World titles (the exception being Mr Olympia) and his wife who also made a name for herself

Creating A Shared Vision For Society

Source: The Voice WELL here we are again! This week, we’re talking about creating a shared vision for society and pinpointing some strategies … The post Creating A Shared Vision For Society appeared first on St. Lucia News From The Voice St. Lucia. Link: Creating A Shared Vision For Society

The Grynberg/St. Lucia Matter – An Inside Look

Source: The Voice THE signing of a Hydrocarbon Exploration Agreement between former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony and Jack Grynberg’s RSM Production Corporation … The post The Grynberg/St. Lucia Matter – An Inside Look appeared first on St. Lucia News From The Voice St. Lucia. Link: The Grynberg/St. Lucia Matter – An Inside

2017 Was The Year Of The Youth

Source: The St. Lucia Star For the past 11 weeks, the STAR has consistently featured young people who have made a name for themselves in various fields, or are contributing to national youth development. Each of them has, in their own way, helped to better the country. Whether it is the newly appointed CARICOM

UWI honours former Chancellor

Source: Nation Newspaper The University of the West Indies (UWI) has conferred the title of Chancellor Emeritus on its former Chancellor, Sir George Alleyne. UWI said Emeritus is a designation given to the former holder of… Link: UWI honours former Chancellor

Sports: A Look Back At 2017

Source: The Voice THE 2017 sports year was crammed with activities from beginning to end. Some were must-see, some disappointing at times, and … The post Sports: A Look Back At 2017 appeared first on St. Lucia News From The Voice St. Lucia. Link: Sports: A Look Back At 2017

Finally, LUCELEC’s Negotiations Are Over!

Source: The Voice ONE couldn’t help but sigh when remarks about the conclusion of negotiations with LUCELEC were made at a union’s recently-held … The post Finally, LUCELEC’s Negotiations Are Over! appeared first on St. Lucia News From The Voice St. Lucia. Link: Finally, LUCELEC’s Negotiations Are Over!

Wells Plays In Second Premier League Game

Source: Bernews Bermuda’s Nahki Wells made his second appearance in a Premier League game today [Dec 30], coming on for Burnley in the second half during their game against his old team Huddersfield Town, which ended in a 0-0 draw. The Bermudian footballer almost scored according to the club’s match report, which… Link:

Guyana: Committee established to discipline lawyers

Source: St. Lucia Times Demerara Waves:-The way is now clear for Guyanese of all walks of life to lodge complaints against Attorneys-at-Law for alleged malpractices, with the establishment of a 12-member Legal Practitioners Committee (LPC) that is provided for by law. “The LPC is the body established under the Legal Practitioners Act, Chapter 4:01 which…

Four Senior Counsel appointments for new year

Source: iNews Guyana The Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP) has announced the ascension of four (4) attorneys-at-law to the post of Senior Counsel for the new year. According to the MOTP, President David Granger,”having considered their high quality of service in the legal profession, and with confidence in their knowledge of the law,”…

Marshall: Govt not dealing with violence

Source: Nation Newspaper Former Attorney General Dale Marshall has added his voice to the outcry over gun violence in Barbados. Marshall’s comments were made while speaking at a Barbados Labour Party northern St Michael zone… Link: Marshall: Govt not dealing with violence

Ex-umpire Clyde Cumberbatch has died

Source: Newsday Former West Indies umpire Clyde Cumberbatch has died. Cumberbatch, 81, passed away early this morning after falling and hitting his head at his home in Petit Valley last night. He was taken to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries. Cumberbatch officiated in 12 Test matches involving the West Indies… Link:

Labourer in Pamela Landing busted with ganja

Source: iNews Guyana Police have apprehended a 50-year-old labourer after he reportedly claimed ownership of two parcels of cannabis with a weight of 1,119 grams that were found in a haversack at a shop at Pamela Landing, Potaro River. According to the Police, the labourer who is from E Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown,…

Motocross Club To Host New Years Day Races

Source: Bernews The Bermuda Motocross Club will be hosting a round of racing on New Years Day from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Southside Raceway in St. David’s. A spokesperson said, “There is motocross racing on Monday for New Year’s Day. The event will also feature a dash for cash, mechanics race and… Link:

As the Cuban Revolution Turns 59

Source: Havana Times January 1, 2018, marks the 59th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. Some Cubans will celebrate as stated in the official media: “Inspired by the example of the eternal Commander and Chief Fidel Castro, Havana celebrates the 59th anniversary…” while others will just be celebrating the New Year. (20 photos) Link:

Juman-Yassin, Whitehead to be conferred with silk

Source: Stabroek News Having considered their high quality of service in the legal profession, and with confidence in their knowledge of the law, President David Granger has announced the appointment of four long-serving legal practitioners as Senior Counsel with effect from January 1, 2018, according to a release today from the Ministry of…

WINGS OF STEEL

Source: The St. Lucia Star The Star Publishing Company turned thirty in June 2017. It was an idea long in incubation, as worthy ideas often are. Its establishment marked a point of arrival for a man who had grown to love and appreciate the printed word, perhaps as much as he loved and appreciated

Late Premier League start

Source: Nation Newspaper The Barbados Football Association’s (BFA) Premier League will have a later than usual start when the domestic season kicks off next year. While 74 teams are expected to parade at the Usain Bolt Sports… Link: Late Premier League start

YEAR in Review

Source: The St. Lucia Star Fess up. You’ve been waiting all year for this. Well, at least we know we have! As is customary this time of year, we’ve rounded up some of the best and worst memories of 2017, some of which we’re more than happy to say good riddance to as we

Forgive me (video)

Source: Havana Times Forgive me, for not being how you wanted me to be. Forgive me, for being honest and for feeling free when it came to showing what I think with pictures and words, without worrying about what the consequences could be. Link: Forgive me (video)

Police kill two in St James

Source: Jamaica Star The Independent Commission of Investigations is investigating an incident that left two men dead after a confrontation with the police yesterday in Albion, St James.The dead men have been identified as 32-year-old Shawn Dent and 19-year-old Ackeem… Link: Police kill two in St James

Couple denies engaging in – illegal Cash Pot

Source: Jamaica Star A couple is proclaiming their innocence after a friend was caught with illegal gambling documents at their home.Peter Ferguson, and his common-law wife Colleen Black were charged for aiding and abetting and illegal bookmaking after Ferguson’s friend… Link: Couple denies engaging in – illegal Cash Pot

ZOSO not stopping violent disputes

Source: Jamaica Star Despite the presence of the joint security forces in the Denham Town Zone of Special Operations, some persons in the West Kingston community are still resorting to violence to settle their differences.According to sources, instead of using guns,… Link: ZOSO not stopping violent disputes

WI v NZ T20: Brathwaite blames bad Williams over

Source: iNews Guyana Windies T20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite pointed to a poor over from bowler Kesrick Williams as a major contributing factor in a 47-runs defeat to New Zealand in the opening Twenty20 game in Nelson on Thursday. Young gun Glenn Phillips racked up 55, while Collin Munro hit 53 to lead New…

Keri Hilson Set To Take Centre Stage On NYE

Source: Bernews The R&B singer, headlining the free concert on New Year’s Eve on Front Street, arrives in Bermuda this weekend and is excited to explore what Bermuda has to offer. “It’s my first time in Bermuda,” she said. “I’m outdoorsy, and I know the weather will be a bit rainy and… Link:

Acting Top Cop approves promotions for 204 junior ranks

Source: iNews Guyana Acting Commissioner of the Guyana Police Force, David Ramnarine has approved the promotions of 204 junior ranks ranging from corporal to sergeant, lance corporal and constable to corporal, and constable to lance corporal. They will take effect from December 31, 2017. In his New Year message to the Force on…

Churches to bring in new year

Source: The Royal Gazette ltbgtNEW YEARS EVEltbgt ltbgtEvening Light Pentecostal Churchltbgt Join us for #Next Level, our New Years celebrations featuring Christian gospel duo Last Call, Tricray Astwood and Adrian Jones. Festivities begin at 10pm at 44 Parsons Road, Pembroke. ltbgtSt Monicas Churchltbgt All are welcome to. .. Link: Churches to bring in

What the world drops on New Years Eve

Source: The Royal Gazette Bermudas traditional new year onion drop in St George has been featured on a US website. The islands onion was showcased alongside traditions in towns and cities in the US on popular website Link: What the world drops on New Years Eve

Governor seeks advice on partnership Bill

Source: The Royal Gazette John Rankin, the Governor of Bermuda, is taking legal advice on giving assent to a controversial Bill designed to replace same-sex marriage with watered-down domestic partnerships. Government House confirmed the Governor had asked for legal opinions on the Domestic Partnership Bill in line with provisions in the islands. ..

He was a soldier for justice and equality

Source: The Royal Gazette Former police sergeant and activist Takbir Sharrieff has died at the age of 74. The brother of Philip Perinchief, the former government minister and attorney-general, Mr Sharrieff described himself as a child of the Sixties whose political consciousness was forged in the civil rights struggle. Mr Sharrieff was a supporter…

New years resolutions for our government

Source: The Royal Gazette New Year is fast approaching, now almost 20 years into the new millennium. Its once again a time to reflect, to put aside the past years less-than-positive outcomes in your work, relationships, health, and philosophies. Whether you defined these as mere blips on the radar of life or utter failures,…

US tax code evidence of narrow thinking

Source: The Royal Gazette The United States just passed a tax code and it trumps the tax impositions that sparked the 18th-century French revolution. The 2016 wave of populism that created this presidency has handed the greatest gift in American history to the fewer than 1 per cent, many of whom will see a…

Antigua: Mother and son ‘caught’ with gun and ammo

Source: St. Lucia Times Antigua Observer:-A mother and son will be spending New Year’s Day in jail since the police have charged them with unlawful possession of a modified firearm and ammunition. The woman is 50-year-old Mary Edwards-Otto and her offspring is 21-year-old Mekieva Otto. They were jointly charged early on Friday and would…

ECCO announces delay in royalty payments

Source: St. Lucia Times ECCO, the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights has announced a delay in the payment of royalties to its members. The announcement was made by ECCO Chairman, Martin James, in a video posted on YouTube. James said the Board of Directors would like to sincerely apologise to members for…

30 Dec Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 30 Dec Sat 2017 Weather In Cayman Synopsis Moderate northeasterly winds and seas will continue across the Cayman area for the next 24 hours in association with the high pressure system over the western Atlantic Ocean. Radar images show isolated showers in and around the Cayman area drifting southwest. Sunshine…

Police: resources stretched for New Years

Source: St. Lucia Times The Royal St Lucia Police Force says its resources will be stretched across the country this weekend as a number of communities host New Year’s Day festivities. In Castries, police say officers will be pulling double duty with an influx of cruise ship tourists expected in the City while the…

Five Jamaicans among 13 killed in New York fire

Source: Stabroek News (Jamaica Gleaner) Five Jamaicans are among 13 people who died in a massive fire at an apartment building in the Bronx in New York City last night. Link: Five Jamaicans among 13 killed in New York fire

Shipping Schedule: Week Starting December 30

Source: Bernews The Department of Marine & Ports Services has released the weekly shipping schedule for ship arrivals commencing on Saturday December 30th. On Tuesday the Bermuda Islander container ship and the Silver Valerie oil products tanker are expected, and on Wednesday the Transleader vehicles carrier is scheduled to arrive. The weekly… Link:

Video: Dec 30th Bernews Morning Newsflash

Source: Bernews Car lands upside down after collision, BBC Newsbeat posts online video about Domestic Partnership Act, MP Jeff Baron taking a road trip to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Bermuda’s Nahki Wells and his Burnley team set for a trip to Huddersfield Town, East End Group & Celeritas acquire… Link:

Spanish PM calls for Catalan parliament to be formed on January 17

Source: Nation Newspaper MADRID − Spain’s prime minister said on Friday that the new Catalan parliament should hold its maiden session on January 17, the first step in reinstating local government after Madrid fired the old regional… Link: Spanish PM calls for Catalan parliament to be formed on January 17

One Communications Share Buyback Program

Source: Bernews In a filing with the Bermuda Stock Exchange, One Communications announces their continued Share Buyback Programme. The full filing stated: “29 December 2017 – The Board of Directors of One Communications Ltd. [the “Company”] has authorized the repurchase of up to 2 million common shares of the Company through an open… Link:

Can compassion work?

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Saturday, December 30, 2017Is there any way to curb the violence that pervades our society at present? Our Prime Minister made a fairly positive speech to the nation but to my mind he was threatening the miscreants and it raises the question if this is the only way to deal…

When do we draw the line?

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Saturday, December 30, 2017I share my response to another comment which asked ‘Where is the line drawn?” I ask “When do we draw the line? There is such a thing even in the realm of poetic licence as good taste. “Massive” Gosein has struck several raw nerves…nerves more raw than…

Scholarship students left out in the cold

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Saturday, December 30, 2017As a winner of an Open Scholarship in 2014, I am honestly concerned about the level of disrespect towards national scholars and guarantors lately. Stipends are due to be paid quarterly in advance for the following three months. Payment is usually made at the beginning of March,…

Happy New Year!

Source: Trinidad Guardian Satnarayan MaharajPublished: Saturday, December 30, 2017At the end of every year, a mood of introspection takes over and the thoughts everyone usually battle with is, where has the time gone? “Oh! just yesterday was last New Year’s Day. I remember it so clearly.” The immediate year gone by feels like it…

The 2018 Calendar—Govt, Opp, CJ, tested

Source: Trinidad Guardian Gail AlexanderPublished: Saturday, December 30, 2017In 2016, Government quarters projected 2017 would have been the year of recovery. In hindsight, many quarters would have begged to beg to differ on that. Despite continuing economic ups and downs, some Government quarters on Wednesday were optimistic mid-term 2018 will be a year of…

PPP flays Govt for renegotiated oil contract

Source: Guyana Times …says Guyana had negotiating advantage One day after the contract between US oil giant ExxonMobil and the Government of Guyana was released, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has flayed the administration for the less-than-favourable terms it negotiated on the country’s behalf. Speaking at the Parliamentary Opposition’s end-of-year press conference on Opposition…

Emergency monitoring system remains activated – Harmon

Source: Guyana Times Canal No1 flooding …say flooding could have been avoided By Lakhram Bhagirat For the residents of lower Canal Number One, on the West Bank of the Demerara, the regional authorities have failed them, and they are calling for swift action to alleviate their sufferings. Additionally, the residents are saying that…

Gunmen invade Eccles home

Source: Guyana Times …escapes with over $2M Three businessmen were on Friday morning attacked and robbed of over $2 million in cash and other valuables after four masked gunmen invaded their Eccles, East Bank Demerara home. Reports are 68-year-old Peter Ten, 37-year-old Jacky Kwok, and 56-year-old Kuan Jian Yong; all of Lot 129…

GWI seeking to increase water rates

Source: Guyana Times …to engage PUC …despite 12% increase in revenue collection Managing Director of the Guyana Water Inc. (GWI), Dr. Richard Van West-Charles, has said that the utility company is preparing to engage the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to propose an increase in tariffs. This is being done despite the company reporting…

Coalition Govt not practising transformative politics

Source: Guyana Times …being managed sadly as single-party unit – David Hinds …admits ethnic cohesion is heart of social cohesion By Michael Younge The ruling People’s National Congress (PNC)-led A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government is not practising transformative politics and is being managed as a single…

ISSUE OF THE YEAR: King impresses at US open

Source: Nation Newspaper As 2017 draws to a close, we look back at some of the stories that caught the public’s attention over the year.  This story was originally published on August 30, 2017.   THE WORLD now knows… Link: ISSUE OF THE YEAR: King impresses at US open

No local concerns over US flu cases

Source: Antigua Observer This country’s acting chief medical officer, Dr. James Knight, has suggested that there is no need for concern over flu-related complications and deaths currently being recorded in the U.S. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) said up to 650,000 people worldwide could die from complications of the flu.…

GGMC team clinched Exxon pact –Trotman

Source: Stabroek News Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman yesterday distanced himself from negotiating the modified ExxonMobil contract last year saying it was a team of professionals that conducted the discussions and even in hindsight his government is satisfied with the terms reached. Link: GGMC team clinched Exxon pact –Trotman

Canal No. 1 in deep flood after heavy rain

Source: Stabroek News Residents of Canal Number One, West Bank Demerara say the flooding they are experiencing is a direct result of the main drainage canal not being cleaned in preparation for the rainy season. Link: Canal No. 1 in deep flood after heavy rain

Mason remanded over Sophia murder

Source: Stabroek News A Kitty mason was yesterday remanded to prison after he was charged with the murder of Sophia resident Celwin Mark Allen on Christmas night. Link: Mason remanded over Sophia murder

Registry says no secrecy around Exxon agreement

Source: Stabroek News The Deeds Registry has rebuffed claims by former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall that there was any secrecy surrounding the agreement filed in its registry between the Government and ExxonMobil last year but says a written request must be made for it. Link: Registry says no secrecy around Exxon agreement

Teacher Desmond Lewis murdered in the city

Source: Amandala News BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Dec. 28, 2017– Desmond Lewis, 35, a well-known school teacher of Dangriga, Stann Creek District, was brutally killed at about 2:30 this morning in Belize City. Police said that they were called to a house on Antelope […] Link: Teacher Desmond Lewis murdered in the city

Popular barber, Fareed Ahmad, killed!

Source: Amandala News HATTIEVILLE, Belize District, Thurs. Dec. 28, 2017– The Ahmad family in Hattieville has not yet fully recovered from the death of Nadir Ahmad, who was shot dead by authorities in the Philippines on January 7. Now the family is again […] Link: Popular barber, Fareed Ahmad, killed!

When Bom was king

Source: Amandala News Chronicling the struggles of a once great ‘baller BELIZE CITY, Saturday, April 8, 2017– The “Goose” or “Needlecase,” because of his “flying” ability in goal, Wayne “Bom” Jones says he is (and looks it) 5 feet 7 inches tall, much […] Link: When Bom was king

Citrus shows poorly, but other domestic exports up

Source: Amandala News The recently released statistics from the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), indicate that Belize’s domestic exports for the period January to November, 2017, have surpassed domestic exports for the same period last year by $45.9 million. The SIB reports that […] Link: Citrus shows poorly, but other domestic exports up

Foreign affairs minister saddened by Bronx fire deaths

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith has expressed sadness at the tragic loss of life following a fire which occurred Thursday evening at an apartment building in the Bronx, New York. Twelve people were… Link: Foreign affairs minister saddened by Bronx fire deaths

Profound lessons for Jamaica from New York fire

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Acting Assistant Commissioner Floyd McLean, chief fire prevention officer at the Jamaica Fire Brigade, believes that there are profound lessons to be learnt from a massive fire at an apartment building in the Bronx in New York City Thursday, which… Link: Profound lessons for Jamaica from New York fire

MoBay health inspector still wary about food safety after flood

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau:While the majority of Montego Bay’s 36 registered food establishments have been reopened since the November rains, which caused flooding in the western city, the St James Health Department says that it remains dedicated to ensuring… Link: MoBay health inspector still wary about food safety after flood

Always Be prepared

Source: Barbados Advocate Colonel Glyne Grannum, Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force, welcoming the troops home yesterday from the mission to assist the Commonwealth of Dominica. Colonel Glyne Grannum, Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force, is warning Barbadians that they need to be ready for any eventuality, especially as…

Historic day at Bridgetown Port

Source: Barbados Advocate Minister of Tourism, Richard Sealy (centre) speaking with Laura and Tom Thiaman alongside CEO of Barbados Port Inc. David Jean Marie and senior Tourism Consultant in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, Hugh Foster. Yesterday was a very significant day in the history of Barbados’ cruise sector, as it…

TT makes formal request to refine Guyana’s oil – Trotman

Source: Kaieteur News By Kiana Wilburg Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman, revealed yesterday that Trinidad and Tobago has formally submitted its request to refine Guyana’s petroleum. He made this announcement during a briefing at the Ministry of the Presidency. Trotman noted that the Cabinet subcommittee on oil is still determining where Guyana would…

$3.5B to expand Mazaruni Prison

Source: Kaieteur News … to hold 400 more inmates, self-contained cells, library among new features The land where the new Mazaruni Prison wing will be erected constructed. In an effort to address some of the serious issues in the criminal justice systems, the government has awarded a $3.5 billion contract to build a…

‘We’re satisfied’

Source: Guyana Chronicle …Min Trotman assures best advice guided negotiations on Exxon contract …U.S., UK, GGMC experts played lead roles GOVERNMENT on Friday said it is satisfied with the level of negotiations done by its technical team on the revised Petroleum Agreement with Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, CNOOC Nexen Guyana Limited…

Gov’t mobilises, puts all hands on deck

Source: Guyana Chronicle –to help hundreds affected by floods at Canal #1 IT has been a dull holiday season for residents of Canal Number One, West Bank Demerara (WCD) who have suffered major losses, and are still affected by flooding in the area due to torrential rainfall over the past week. While some…

President to meet Jagdeo on Chancellor, CJ appointments

Source: Guyana Chronicle OPPOSITION Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is expected to meet with President David Granger on the appointment of a substantive chancellor and chief justice next week, after he failed to attend a high-level meeting on Friday on the basis that he was “busy.” At a People’s Progressive Party (PPP) end-of-year press conference…

Gov’t to establish four model cooperatives

Source: Guyana Chronicle –one each at Buxton, Ithaca, BV-Triumph and Mocha-Arcadia OVER US$12M is to be plugged into the establishment of four model cooperative societies, thereby creating approximately 160 jobs. These four cooperatives, Minister within the Ministry of Social Protection (MoSP), Mr Keith Scott said Friday, will be launched in the villages of…

Modern water-quality lab next year

Source: Guyana Chronicle THE Ministry of Agriculture’s Hydrometeorological Department is set to complete construction of a state-of-the-art water-quality lab next year. The facility, which is currently 80 per cent complete, will be used for testing both ground and surface waters. The lab fulfils the mandate of the service under the Water and Sewerage…

Agard sued wrong parties

Source: Nation Newspaper If she wants any redress for being dismissed from the Barbados Labour Party (BLP), Dr Maria Agard will have to refile her case. Justice Olson Alleyne yesterday threw out a case brought by the Member… Link: Agard sued wrong parties

Person of the Year

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer What does it take to be Person of the Year?”  At the “St. Kitts and Nevis Observer” it’s someone such as Nevis’ new Premier the Hon. Mark Brantley. He’s only been leading his party for two months, has just won a landslide assembly election victory for his Concerned

King Sookie Crowned again

Source: St. Kitts & Nevis Observer Shomari “Mighty Sookie” Mitchell has captured the National Carnival Junior Calypso crown for the second time while the National Carnival Talented Teen competition 2017-2018 was won by Ayna Seetahal of the Washington Archibald High School On Tuesday (December 26) three junior calypso competitors Mighty Sookie, Treasure “Empress Tres”

Curtain call on 2017

Source: Newsday DECEMBER Desperadoes Steel Orchestra was on the move again when it took up occupation of the former grounds of the Government Printery at the corner of Victoria Avenue and Tragarete Road, PoS. In recent years the band was at Queen’s Park East, where the new NIB building stands, and at… Link:

Tourism youth clubs explore Paramin

Source: Newsday The Tourism Youth Clubs of the Manzanilla Secondary School and the Naparima Girls’ High School went on a tour of Paramin on December 13 in commemoration of Caribbean Tourism Month. Under the guidance of Classic Tours, the clubs visited the Our Lady of Guadalupe, journeyed to the fourth highest mountain… Link:

Sexual harassment

Source: Curacao Chronicle It is very hard to understand the man/woman relationship, how this mechanism works, I say it is a one hard manual with a long appendix that is updated regularly, of course I believe in gender equality , in equal rights and opportunities on decision making and in the empowerment of…

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