Ricardo Blackman’s Caribbean Headlines News 09/08

By Ricardo Blackman | CDN Barbados

Dateline Bridgetown, BARBADOS:

Former Commissioner of Police, Orville Durant, says the current crime situation is not being properly handled.  He says the Attorney-General needs to provide leadership in this area and greater attention has got to be paid to what is happening in the society rather than “throwing everything back at the police.”

Meanwhile, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has responded to rumours circulating on the social media that it is on “lock down” and that shooting incidents have occurred on the wards and in and around the vicinity of the hospital.  Communications specialist, Lyn-Marie Deane has refuted the rumours saying such statements are all false and unfounded.

Dateline Kingston, JAMAICA:

The Police are projecting that murders could spiral to a high of 1,526 by the end of this year if the current trend of 4.1 homicides per day continues.  A breakdown of daily murders issued by the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) showed that a total of 893 homicides have been reported since the start of this year, with the highest number, 157 committed in June.

A delegation from the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat has arrived in Jamaica for talks regarding Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.  A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, a document entitled Brexit, Challenges and Opportunities for Jamaica and other CARIFORUM countries, will form the basis of the in-country discussions.

Dateline Port of Spain, TRINIDAD:

Eat doubles every day.   That’s the advice of Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) President General Ancel Roget, who said yesterday people should eat doubles, pelau, bake and shark and roti every day during the planned boycott of the “one per cent”.   Following a meeting with Energy Minister Franklin Khan, Roget and union members walked across to the Breakfast Shed where they had lunch and reiterated their call for consumers to spend their money on small businesses.  He also said if workers are sent home from the businesses owned by the “one per cent” they would be re-employed by the local businesses which will boom if people start putting their money in them.  “It is not a matter of race or anything, it is a matter of the elites, the one per cent against the 99, and that is why you see us having lunch today as we regularly do at the Breakfast Shed.  They form part of the 99 per cent, the rest of us and so we are advocating eat roti, doubles, bake and shark, pelau and so on,  and eat it every day, not just Tuesday and Friday, he said.

Dateline Castries, ST. LUCIA:

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has predicted that the region will record positive, though still low growth rate in 2017.  In releasing its “: Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean 2017” in Chile, recently, ECLAC said the economies of the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean will grow by 1.2 per cent, following -0.8 per cent contraction in 2016.  Overall, ECLAC said the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean will grow 1.1 per cent on average in 2017.