RICARDO BLACKMAN’S CARIBBEAN HEADLINES NEWS 07/31

Ricardo Blackman | CDN Barbados 

Dateline Bridgetown, BARBADOS:

A former head of the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC), Dr. Leroy McClean, has expressed disappointment with the leadership style of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.   “If you are leading a country you have to be visible, you have to be seen and heard” McClean, an agriculturist and a former Democratic Labour Party (DLP) candidate said on Sunday’s Starcom Network’s Down to Brass Tacks programme.

The eastern parish of St. Philip can boast today of having not one but two soca kings.  Early this morning, Lil Rick successfully defended his Party Monarch crown while veteran calypsonian,, Red Plastic Bag rocked his way back to front position in the Sweet Soca competition, at the end of a well-attended Soca Royale at Bushy Park.

Dateline Georgetown, GUYANA:

Opposition leader, Bharrat Jagdeo has warned that amendments to Guyana’s Broadcasting Act could result in the closure of several radio and television stations and would certainly see government taking away air time from all stations under the guise of “public service programmes” .  Jagdeo railed that government has moved to turn propaganda content into “public service programmes” and urged private broadcasters to challenge the amendments in the High Court.

Dateline Nassau, THE BAHAMAS:

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis has accused the former administration of “reckless and massive waste” in the lead up to the 2017 general elections.  In an address to the nation, Minnis said approximately US$250 million was spent ahead of the recent poll.  “This was another glaring example of the recklessness and massive waste by the former administration which still today, accepts no responsibility for its disastrous governance” Prime Minister Minnis said.

Dateline St. John’s, ANTIGUA:

Prime Minister Gaston Browne is again accusing Sandals Resorts International (SRI) of financial misdeeds, this time of concealing millions of dollars in profits from the government of Antigua and Barbuda.  SRI’s Regional Public Relations Manager, Sunil Ramdeen told Observer Media that a response to Browne’s allegations would be forthcoming today but that one could not be made before going to Press.  Browne alleged the company had been “creaming off the top” when reporting its earnings from bookings and said his ad ministration is prepared to sue SRI if it comes to that.

Dateline Port of Spain, TRINIDAD:

Former politician and football official, Jack Warner, will know later today whether the procedure adopted to have him extradited to the United States to face a series of criminal charges, is legal.  Justice James Aboud is expected to deliver the ruling at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain this afternoon, close to two years after Warner initiated judicial review proceedings against the Office of the Attorney General in an attempt to block his extradition.

Dateline Kingston, JAMAICA:

Baptist Church Pastor, Reverend Jeffrey Shuttleworth, says there are 198 gangs operating in 12 parishes in Jamaica.  Of these, the largest number, 48, is in South-west St. Andrew, followed by St. James with 29 and St. Catherine with 24.  On the lower end, St. Ann has none and St. Elizabeth one. South-west St. Andrew is the constituency which was represented by former Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller whose successor is Angela Browne-Burke, winner of recent constituency elections there.

INTERNATIONAL:

Militant group, Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul that began with a suicide bomber blowing himself up at the main gate, allowing gunmen to enter the building and battle security forces.

Free movement of people between Britain and the European Union will end in March, 2019 when Britain leaves the bloc, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said.

Oil prices rose on Monday, putting July on track to become the strongest month so far this year, as news of a producers technical meeting next week added a bullish sentiment driven by the threat of US sanctions against Venezuela.

Venezuelans stayed away from  the polls in massive numbers yesterday in a show of protest against a vote to grant unlimited powers to the Maduro administration in the face of a brutal socio-economic crisis and a grinding battle against its political opponents and groups of increasingly alienated and violent young protestors.

Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has appeared at a Spanish Court where he was facing allegations he evaded millions in tax.  Prosecutors accuse Ronaldo, reported to be the world’s highest paid athlete, of evading $17.3 million in tax.






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