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Nearly 2 million, mostly in Florida, without power in Irma's wake

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24 presumed dead in Dominica
Reports out of Dominica indicate that 15 residents from the southern community of Pointe Michel are presumed dead as a result of Hurricane Maria which devastated the island of Dominica on Monday night. A resident of the community described the situation there as one of total devastation. "15 dead, 90 per cent of roofs gone. All movement out of Pointe Mitchel is by foot" he said   Read More ...
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Harris takes over as head of CFU
RANDY HARRIS may be short in stature but he’s standing tall in Caribbean football. The president of the Barbados Football Association was this week elevated to the top position of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU). Harris replaces Antiguan Gordon Derrick, who was found guilty of a series of bribery and conflict of interest charges by the FIFA ethics adjudicatory chamber and was on Monday banned for six years from all football related activities   Read More ...
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Holder: We could have done better
MANCHESTER – Despite squandering their faint hopes of direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup, the West Indies will be hoping to even their five-match one-day international series against England when the teams meet in the second match at Trent Bridge, today. Captain Jason Holder has acknowledged the Windies let themselves down with “inconsistent” bowling after they lost the opening ODI by seven wickets   Read More ...
Places: Caribbean |  Barbados | 
New hockey coach upbeat
Tammisha Small (left) of the Barbados women's team being challenged by Timothy Parris during a training session at Kensington Bond. Looking on is Matthew Williams (Picture by Ricardo Leacock.) NEW head coach of the women’s national hockey team Donovan Smith believes they will give a good account of themselves at next month’s Indoor Pan American Cup in Guyana. The former national player told NATION SPORT that since taking over the team after being appointed by the Barbados Hockey Federation four weeks ago in preparation for the October 16 to 21 tournament, the women have been performing quite well   Read More ...
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Sinckler admits tax load heavy
MINISTER OF FINANCE Chris Sinckler has acknowledged that Barbadians can take no more taxes. He made the comments at a presentation to the third-placed winner of the Caribbean Organisation of Tax Administrators 2017 Essay Competition at Ellersllie School yesterday morning. Borrowing from the opening paragraph of Aliah Hazzard’s essay, Sinckler said the 16-year-old’s assessment of the situation “is true”. “We should look to find ways in which we can reduce those taxes, but in order to do that, we need to do some things as well   Read More ...
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Fifth charged in Kadooment shooting
A FIFTH PERSON CHARGED with the Kadooment Day shootings will spend the next 28 days at HMP Dodds. Tosharo Ricardo Rouse, 21, of Murphy Pasture, Chapman Lane, The City, was charged with unlawfully discharging a firearm in a public place in a manner that placed 23 people in danger of death or serious bodily harm. He is also accused, together with other people, of using unlawful violence as to cause one of the 23 to fear for his personal safety   Read More ...
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A punishment, not deterrent
MR JEFF CUMBERBATCH, in a recent article related to crime, punishment and the rule of law, made reference to the Holy Scriptures that contrasted Moses’ Law of “an eye for an eye” and Jesus’ exhortation “to turn the other cheek”. If Mr Cumberbatch has derived any measure of comfort and solace from the Sermon On The Mount, he should nevertheless be watchful and be on guard   Read More ...
Categories: Law & Crime | 
Tags: Judiciary |  Punishment | 
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Two: Dump anti-ganja laws
THE LAW MAKING MARIJUANA illegal is a “crime against humanity”, say two long-time activists. And they are hoping that the upcoming consultations, to be hosted by the National Council on Substance Abuse (NCSA) at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre next Wednesday, will serve to start the process of making some of those wrongs right. Rastafarians Ras Iral Jabari and Adonijah said a number of lives and families had been destroyed over the years because marijuana was criminalised   Read More ...
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Tags: Laws | 
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Aliah wins regional essay contest
Aliah Hazzard receiving her trophy from Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM Robert Morris while Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler (right), principal of Ellerslie Secondary Lieutenant Colonel Errol Brathwaite (second left) and Revenue Commissioner of the Barbados Revenue Authority Margaret Sivers. (Picture by Ricardo Leacock.) Aliah Hazzard is the toast of Ellerslie Secondary School and Barbados by extension. The 16-year-old placed third in this year’s Caribbean Organisation of Tax Administrators (COTA) Essay Competition held between April and May   Read More ...
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Barbados will continue to assist Dominica
As the first Barbados Coast Guard vessel arrived in Dominica this morning, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart pledged Barbados’ commitment to assisting the hurricane-ravaged island in its recovery efforts. The Prime Minister, who has responsibility for Defence and Security, said that Barbados would continue to send vessels with supplies and personnel to the island for as long as was necessary. Stuart extended condolences to the Government and people of Dominica in respect of the loss of life   Read More ...
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Brathwaite cleared to bowl again by ICC
DUBAI – Part-time West Indies off-spinner, Kraigg Brathwaite, has been cleared to bowl in international cricket after having his action approved by the International Cricket Council. In a release on Wednesday, the world governing body said the 24-year-old Barbadian’s action had been “found to be legal, and the player can continue bowling in international cricket.” The assessment of Brathwaite’s action at the Loughborough testing centre in England last month confirmed that the elbow extension for all of his deliveries were within the approved 15-degree level of tolerance   Read More ...
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Dominica severely damaged by Hurricane Maria, 6 reported dead
The Barbados based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is reporting that at least six people were killed when Hurricane Maria slammed into the island on Monday. CDEMA says the storm has left behind billions of dollars in damages. While communication has been limited, CDEMA’s Executive Director, Ronald Jackson, told reporters that amateur radio operations said the storm had claimed six lives   Read More ...
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Prime Minister of Dominica declares state of emergency
A state of emergency has been declared in Dominica following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. In a statement on Wednesday, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the Commonwealth of Dominica was still isolated with no means of communications and transportation connections to the neghbouring islands. Skerrit said the French government was sending a helicopter to the devastated country to provide assistance and facilitate the evaluation of the situation   Read More ...
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Hurricane Maria blasts Puerto Rico, kills at least nine in Caribbean
People walk on the street next to debris after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Guayama, Puerto Rico September 20, 2017. (Reuters) SAN JUAN – Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the strongest storm to hit the US territory in nearly 90 years, turning streets into debris-laden rivers, damaging buildings and cutting power, after killing at least nine people in the Caribbean   Read More ...
Places: Caribbean |  Barbados |  Puerto Rico | 
PM Harris tours areas affected by Hurricane Maria
BASSETERRE – The Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris was out early Wednesday morning to personally assess the extent of damages done to homes, businesses and public sector structures by the passage of Category 5 Hurricane Maria on Tuesday. He focused his visit on those communities and areas where significant infrastructural damage was reported, particularly in East Basseterre and Constituency Four   Read More ...
Places: Barbados |  Saint Kitts and Nevis | 
Government will continue to empower young people
GOVERNMENT REMAINS COMMITTED to empowering young people in Barbados, so they can realise their dreams and aspirations. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart reiterated this commitment recently when International Vice President of Junior Chamber International (JCI), Kevin Hinds; and 2017 National Vice President of JCI West Indies, Khaleid Holder, paid him a courtesy call at Government Headquarters. Stressing that young people are the future, Stuart said: “We must train and empower our young people for the massive tasks that lay ahead of them   Read More ...
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25 Bajans for Carifta Triathlon meet
HOST COUNTRY BARBADOS will be represented by a 25-member squad for the first CARIFTA Triathlon Championships set for October 7 and 8 at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex. Barbados will be joined by participants from Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Grenada, Aruba, Guadeloupe, St Maarten, United States Virgin Islands, Bahamas and Martinique. Ninety-five athletes are down to compete in the triathlon event while 64 will compete in the aquathlon events   Read More ...
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Tags: Multisports |  Triathlon | 
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No word from son in Dominica
AFTER HURRICANE MARIA pummelled Dominica on Monday night, two Barbadian parents are worried after not hearing from their son. Local cricketer Kyle Mayers, 25, left the island early last week for Dominica to join the Windward Islands franchise team in a training camp in preparation for the Cricket West Indies’ Professional Cricket League, which starts at the end of next month   Read More ...
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Maria claims six lives in Dominica
SIX PEOPLE HAVE died so far in Dominica as a result of Hurricane Maria. That was disclosed by executive director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Agency (CDEMA), Ronald Jackson, during a press conference yesterday evening at CDEMA’s headquarters in Lower Estate, St Michael. The number of fatalities could rise as it was estimated that around 69 000 people on that island had been affected by the hurricane that struck late on Monday night packing winds of 155 miles per hour   Read More ...
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Gibson faces pace crisis
New South Africa coach Ottis Gibson (second left) is introduced to the media by Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat (right). (Cricket South Africa Picture.) JOHANNESBURG – New South Africa coach Ottis Gibson faces a fast bowling crisis ahead of the two-Test home series against Bangladesh, which starts on September 28, as he plots a path to return the side to number one in the International Cricket Council’s five-day rankings   Read More ...
Places: South Africa |  Barbados | 
Four advance to Shield semis
THE SEMI-FINALISTS in the Barbados Cricket Association’s (BCA) Shield competition have been determined by calculators. After last Sunday’s quarter-finals were abandoned because of rain associated with the approach of Hurricane Maria, the BCA announced yesterday that Windward, Lords, Barbados Fire Service and BRC would advance to the semi-finals set for October 1. The four teams advanced ahead of their opponents based on tournament regulations which state that “in the event that any match in the quarter-finals ends in a ‘tie’ or a ‘no-decision’ the team with the better net run-rate in the preliminary rounds shall advance to the semi-final”   Read More ...
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Chris needs a dose of reality
MINISTER OF FINANCE Christopher Sinckler has a most challenging responsibility. He must consider competing interests and prioritise the spending of limited funds. He must also be careful to respect the concerns of sovereign rating agencies, creditors and the International Monetary Fund. Concurrently, he must defend his decisions in Parliament. Mr Sinckler can be likened to a national boxer. The main difference in this analogy is that whenever he makes a bad decision, we suffer   Read More ...
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Bairstow ton propels England to easy ODI win over Windies
LONDON – An unbeaten century from Jonny Bairstow helped England stroll to a seven-wicket victory over West Indies in the opening match of their one-day series at Old Trafford on Tuesday. With England set a modest target of 205 in a match reduced to 42 overs per side because of a weather-delayed start, the outcome was never in doubt, and the main question was if Bairstow had time to reach three figures for the first time in ODIs having made three test centuries   Read More ...
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LIAT flight disruptions due to Hurricane Maria
ST JOHN’S – Several destinations in the LIAT network were affected by Hurricane Maria. Hurricane Maria continues its trek through the Caribbean and LIAT continues to monitor its progress and its effects on our destinations. Due to the closure of several airports as well as in the interest of passenger and crew safety, several flights have been cancelled. Please note that the following flights have been cancelled for Wednesday September 20, 2017: LI 773 from Antigua to Barbados   Read More ...
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CDEMA gears up for complex Dominica mission
The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency has mobilised its resources for what is expected to be a difficult and complex operation in Dominica following last night’s direct hit by Hurricane Maria. Addressing a Press conference this afternoon at CDEMA’s Lower Estate, St Michael office, executive director Ronald Jackson said each of the 69 000 to 70 000 people living there would be impacted either directly or indirectly   Read More ...
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BDF sending second shipment to Dominica
THE BARBADOS DEFENCE FORCE wishes to express sincerest appreciation for the donations to the relief effort to the Commonwealth of Dominica. The response by organisations and individuals thus far has been outstanding. The items donated today have left for the Commonwealth of Dominica this evening at 6 p.m. on HMBS Leonard C. Banfield. Another vessel will sail tomorrow Wednesday, September 20   Read More ...
Places: Barbados |  Dominica | 
Major earthquake hits near Mexico City, dozens dead
MEXICO CITY – A major earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck central Mexico on Tuesday, toppling dozens of buildings in the heavily populated capital and killing at least 49 people nearby. President Enrique Pena said 27 buildings had collapsed in Mexico City, one of the world’s biggest cities. The first reports of fatalities were from surrounding areas. In the state of Morelos, just south of Mexico City, 42 people died, the state’s governor said   Read More ...
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Rommel Daniel pleads guilty to chopping two women
The man charged with chopping two women multiple times last month has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. Thirty-five-year-old Rommel Antonio Larone Daniel of Airy Cot, St Thomas appeared before Magistrate Wanda Blair in the Holetown Magistrates’ Court today and was committed to the High Court for sentencing. Daniel, who was the subject of a wanted man bulletin, was captured by police on Saturday at Canefield, St Thomas   Read More ...
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Four injured in accident
The scene of the accident at Whitehall, St Peter. (Picture by Ricardo Leacock.) FOUR PEOPLE WERE injured in an accident this morning in Whitehall, St Peter. They were transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to receive treatment. (RL)   Read More ...
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BDF deploying contingent to assist Dominica
The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) is deploying a contingent to assist the Commonwealth of Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. This disclosure has come from the BDF’s public relations officer Captain Maria Moore who said humanitarian assistance and disaster relief would be provided to the island, which was extensively damaged following the passage of the category five hurricane on Monday night   Read More ...
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BL&P joins CARILEC’s hurricane restoration effort
“ALL HEROES DON’T WEAR CAPES”. This was the sentiment expressed by a Barbados Light & Power (BL&P) staff member as she wished our five-member team well the day before they headed off to hurricane-ravaged Anguilla. On September 6, Anguilla was hit by Hurricane Irma, which resulted in the destruction of over 90 per cent of its electricity infrastructure. The crew, made up of distribution supervisor Reginald Parris and linemen Shawn Alleyne, Rommel Cumberbatch, Ken Howard and Kurt Vidal, had all indicated their willingness to volunteer at the start of the hurricane season   Read More ...
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Flood warning downgraded to flood watch
The Flood Warning for Barbados has been downgraded to a Flood Watch and it will be in effect from noon until midnight today Tuesday September 19. At 11 a.m. Hurricane Maria was located near 16.3 °N, 63.1°W or about 115 miles (180 km) west of Guadeloupe and the system will continue to track west-northwestward towards Puerto Rico. However, trailing feeder bands associated with this system have been producing pockets of moderate to heavy showers, isolated thunderstorms and gusty winds across Barbados and the southern Windwards during the early hours of this morning   Read More ...
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BDF preparing to send assistance to Dominica
The Barbados Defence Force is preparing to deploy personnel to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to the Commonwealth of Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. We are appealing to the general public to donate items such as bottled water, medical/first aid supplies, canned foods, baby items (to include formula) and personal hygiene items. The items are to be taken to the Barbados Coast Guard Base, HMBS PELICAN at Spring Garden, St Michael or to the Barbados Defence Force Headquarters at St Ann’s Fort, Garrison, St Michael   Read More ...
Places: Barbados |  Dominica | 
Anime is her game
FASHION DESIGNER Shannon Williams is proving her craft has no limits: “I did not want to learn how to stitch to make uniforms,” she told EASY magazine. “I wanted to design and construct unconventional pieces.” Shannon rushed home from Charles F. Broome Memorial School every evening to watch her favourite television series Sailor Moon. Though it was not the norm among her peers to be fascinated with Japanese animation, she became an ultimate anime fan, and her love for reading subtitles and mangas influenced her career choice   Read More ...
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Premier says TCI is open for business, a fortnight after Irma
GRAND TURK, Turks and Caicos Islands – The government of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) says the British Overseas Territory (BOT) is on the road to recovery nearly two weeks after it was hit by a Category 5 hurricane. Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robinson has told a visiting delegation headed by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) chairman and Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell that Turks and Caicos is open for business as life is slowly returning to normal   Read More ...
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In first visit, Trump urges reform so UN can meet full potential
US President Donald Trump participates in a session on reforming the United Nations at UN Headquarters in New York, US, September 18, 2017. (Reuters) UNITED NATIONS − US President Donald Trump criticised the United Nations for bloated bureaucracy and mismanagement on his first visit on Monday to UN headquarters, calling for “truly bold reforms” so it could be a greater force for world peace   Read More ...
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Flood warning extended until noon
The Flood Warning for Barbados remains in effect until noon today. The Barbados Meteorological Services said at 5 a.m. Hurricane Maria was located near 16.0 °N, 62.3°W or about 65 miles (100 km) west-southwest of Guadeloupe. Maria will continue to track westward into the eastern Caribbean Sea over the next several hours. However, feeder bands trailing south and south-westwards from this system have been producing pockets of moderate to heavy showers, scattered thunderstorms and gusty winds across Barbados and the southern Windwards during the overnight hours   Read More ...
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Government distances itself from scam
NASSAU, Bahamas – The Bahamas government Monday distanced itself from a so-called “Cash Grant Programme” that is aimed at helping people improve their standard of living. In a brief statement, the government said it is “aware of information circulating, purported to come from the Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis concerning a “Cash Grant Programme”, established to: “improve the standard of living for those persons paying bills, buying a home, starting their own business, going to school, even helping to raise children   Read More ...
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Lady Gaga calls off European tour, citing severe physical pain
Singer Lady Gaga performs during the halftime show at Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, Texas, US, February 5, 2017. (Reuters) LOS ANGELES − Lady Gaga on Monday called off the European leg of her world tour, saying she was suffering from severe physical pain and was seeking medical treatment. The Born This Way singer, 31, who says she suffers from fibromyalgia, also cancelled an appearance at a music festival in Rio de Janeiro last week and posted pictures of herself in a hospital with a drip on her arm   Read More ...
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Places: Barbados |  Europe |  Houston | 
'We have lost all': Dominica lashed by monster Hurricane Maria
This graphic from the radar in Martinique, shows the direction Maria took as it tracked right across the island of Dominica, with wind speeds of 160mph (260kmh) and flooding rains. “We have lost all what money can buy and replace.” These were the words of Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit in describing the “widespread devastation” which Hurricane Maria inflicted when it passed directly over his island Monday night and Tuesday morning   Read More ...
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