4 killed when SUV hits golf cart at Texas intersection Loop Jamaica

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The content originally appeared on: Jamaica News Loop News

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Four people riding in a golf cart were killed — including two juveniles — when an allegedly intoxicated man driving an SUV ran a stop sign at an intersection in Southeast Texas, police said.

Miguel Espinoza, 45, has been charged with four counts of intoxication manslaughter in the crash about 11:30 p.m. Saturday in Galveston, roughly 50 miles (80 kilometres) southeast of Houston, police said.

Espinoza was being held in Galveston County jail Sunday on $400,000 bond, police said. Jail records did not list an attorney for him.

Galveston police Sgt. Derek Gaspard said that after the SUV failed to stop, it struck a pickup truck, which then crashed into the golf cart that had six people aboard. He said that the golf cart and pickup were traveling in opposite directions through the intersection on a street that did not have a stop sign.

Police said the adult driver of the golf cart was pronounced dead at the scene while a woman and two juveniles on the golf cart were taken to a hospital, where they died. The two other passengers — an adult and a juvenile — were hospitalized Sunday in critical condition, police said.

Espinoza, who lives in the Houston-area city of Rosenberg, and his passenger had minor injuries, police said. They were taken to the hospital and later released.

The occupants of the pickup were not injured, Gaspard said. Names and ages of the dead weren’t immediately released.

Gaspard said that he believes the golf cart, which was rented, was operating legally on the city street. He said members of two different families were riding on the golf cart at the time of the crash.

Galveston Mayor Craig Brown said golf carts have become “quite a prolific mode of transportation” for residents and visitors to the island resort area, which is located on the Gulf of Mexico.

Brown said that the city has in the past put in place ordinances aimed at make operating them safer, and will be considering additional ordinances at an upcoming City Council meeting.

“I was out last night,” Brown said. “The island was busy and there were golf carts — residential as well as rental golf carts — out all over these streets.”


This story has been updated to correct that Miguel Espinoza lives in Rosenberg.


Richards anchors TT 4x400m men to Commonwealth gold

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The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday


Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago, during the heats in the men’s 200 metres, in the Alexander Stadium at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, on Thursday. (AP PHOTO)

Trinidad and Tobago’s 4×400 relay men clinched the country’s third gold at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England on Sunday.

Jereem Richards, who retained his men’s 200-metre Commonwealth gold on Saturday, ran the anchor leg as TT triumphed in a time of three minutes 1.29 seconds.

The victory pushed TT’s medal tally at the Games, which will officially conclude on Monday, to three gold, two silver and a bronze.

Running out of lane eight, Dwight St Hillaire had a good first leg, as TT held a slight lead over Jamaica. Asa Guevara, who was on the second leg, maintained the lead, with Jamaica and Botswana keeping up the pressure.

The experienced Machel Cedenio held the lead under immense pressure from the field to hand the baton to Richards.

Less than 24 hours after winning 200m gold, Richards and his Botswana rival were neck and neck until the final 150 metres, when Richards changed gears and powered to victory.

Botswana were second in 3:01.85 and Kenya finished third in 3:02.41, but Jamaica were disqualified.


Marijuana worth $21million seized; Colombian in custody Loop Barbados

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When a ‘stash house’ was raided by members of the Barbados police Service on August 2, 481 kilogrammes of marijuana was found and one Colombian national was arrested at the location.

According to the Communications Unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) this was the result of an ongoing investigation spanning over two years.

The TTPS reported on August 6, 2022, that one Colombian was arrested and marijuana with a street value of BBD 21,437,223.46 (TT$72,063,420) was seized in Barbados following months of surveillance, intelligence gathering and collaboration with regional law enforcement agencies.

In June 2020, officers of TTPS began investigations into a person of interest who was suspected of controlling a drug ring based in Central Trinidad with regional and international links.

The suspect and another man then boarded a flight to Barbados in late June 2022, Barbados law enforcement was notified, and their assistance was requested.

The TTPS continued gathering intelligence and maintained relations with Barbados law enforcement, and as a result discovered that on Friday, July 29, 2022, a shipment of drugs landed in Barbados.

This intelligence was further developed and on August 2, police in Barbados breached the “stash house” in Barbados where they found and seized 481 kilogrammes of marijuana with a street value of over Barbados $21million.

The Colombian national was also arrested at the house.

Investigations are continuing.


New Tropical Wave detected, heading towards Caribbean Loop Cayman Islands

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The content originally appeared on: Cayman Compass
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According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, a tropical wave was reported near the west coast of Africa on Sunday, August 7, 2022 and is moving in the direction of the Caribbean.

Based on the National Hurricane Center data, the system has a 40 per cent chance of formation over the next five days.

In the meantime, the tropical wave is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the far eastern tropical Atlantic and environmental conditions appear generally conducive for gradual development of this system while it moves westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph across the eastern and central tropical Atlantic.

A tropical depression could form around the middle to latter part of this week.

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Jamaica 60 celebrations head to Montego Bay in the west Loop Jamaica

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The content originally appeared on: Jamaica News Loop News

Following a spectacular Grand Gala at the National Stadium in St Andrew on Independence night, the focus is now shifted to Montego Bay, St James, where the Western Gala and Float Parade will be staged on Sunday afternoon as the curtain comes down on the Jamaica 60 celebrations over the Emancipendence period.

The Western Independence Float and Street Parade is set to leave the Sangster International Airport Roundabout at 2:30 pm, then proceed along Godfrey Dyer Boulevard and left onto Jimmy Cliff Boulevard, culminating at Harmony Beach Park at approximately 4.30 pm.

Patrons will then gear up for the Western Gala, which is to be staged at the Harmony Beach Park beginning at 5pm.

This follows an Independence Day civic ceremony and gospel extravaganza at Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, St James.

The events are a collaboration between the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Deputy Prime Minister. Dr Horace Chang; and the St James Municipal Corporation.


Motorcyclist dies from crash in St Ann Loop Jamaica

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A 28-year-old motorcyclist died as a result of injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle crash along the Discovery Bay main road in St Ann on Thursday.

The deceased is Jeffery Broadie of Stewarts Castle, Duncans in Trelawny.

The police reported that at about 9pm, Broadie was driving a motorcycle along the roadway when he lost control of the vehicle and collided into a Toyota Hiace motor truck.

The injured man was rushed to the hospital, where he died while being treated.

The Discovery Bay police are probing the development.

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Moonilal: Don’t ban scrap iron industry, let police do their work

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The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday


Oropouche MP Dr Roodal Moonilal refers to a 2013 scrap-metal policy, prepared by the Ministry of Trade, at the Opposition UNC media conference on Sunday at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, Charles Street, Port of Spain. Photo by Ayanna Kinsale

OPPOSITION MP Roodal Moonilal doesn’t agree with the Government’s proposal to impose a six-month ban on the scrap iron industry to deal with an increase in the theft of copper and iron.

At the UNC’s weekly press conference on Sunday. Moonilal said theft of any kind was solely the responsibility of the police. He said legitimate scrap iron dealers should not be punished for the increase in copper and metal theft.

On Friday, National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds announced the ban at a joint press conference with acting Commissioner of Police Mc Donald Jacob and Public Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzales.

The ban is expected to come into effect after the Finance and General Purposes sub-committee of the Cabinet finalises it. In the meantime, legislation is being drafted to regularise the industry.

Hinds said the Government had to act because of the riise in the number of acts of vandalism on state and private infrastructure.

In response to the announcement, president of the Scrap Iron Dealers Association Allan Ferguson said he was working with his attorneys to file an injunction to stop any ban from taking place to preserve the jobs of some 20,000 scrap iron dealers.

He said if the ban happens, the industry will go out of business.

Last week, police recovered over $1million in iron I-beams and steel poles belonging to the Ministry of Works which were found at a scrap iron yard in central Trinidad. TSTT and WASA are the two utilities severely hit by vandals who have carted off millions of dollars worth of cable. Two weekends ago, vandals struck TSTT’s underground fibre optic and copper installation in San Fernando, interrupting service to tens of thousands of customers. Last Thursday, vandals attacked WASA’s California Booster Station, carting off electrical cables. The estimated cost of damage is $400,000 and the timeframe to execute repairs were said to be between three-four weeks.

A reward of $100,000 has been offered for information that leads to the successful arrest of the perpetrators.

In June, the Downtown Owners and Merchants Association called on police to act as copper thieves were caught targeting businesses in the capital city, hacking away copper lines attached to air-conditioning units on rooftops.

Angered by the growing public nuisance, the Prime Minister, in July, said he will approach the Attorney General to draft laws that would thwart the sale of stolen scrap iron.

But on Sunday, Moonilal said any move to interfere with the operations of the industry will dent the fast-growing export market.

Moonilal said the indirect effects of this move will do more harm than good.

“I can tell you in the seven years they have been there, they have done absolutely nothing to regulate this industry to deal with the scrap iron dealers to address some of the areas in this industry that can lend itself to criminal activity.”

Moonilal questioned why the Government decided on such drastic measures when the 2013 scrap-metal policy, prepared by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment, stressed on the high socio-economic benefits the industry creates for the country.

“It is a critical sector that you’re closing down and you say you’re closing it down for six months when we all know there will be no regulations, no change of law, no new regime in six months.

“If they close they will close down for years. This is a recipe for the criminalisation of Trinidad and Tobago. This will lead to further criminal activity. This will lead to a loss of income.

Moonilal called on the Government to consider all the factors and rethink its decision.

“So, because we have people stealing copper wire and scrap iron from the Ministry of Works, and manhole covers, you would battle the export of that?

“This is the work of the police, it is the police. Their job is to ensure people don’t climb over a fence and steal in the government building. That’s their job. Cars are being stolen. Would they ban the sale of cars?”


Anniversary of tragic Maraval fire; Hero guard recounts horror

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The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday


In this July 2021 file photo, firemen work to extinguish a fire at a family’s home at No 1 Rookery Nook, Maraval. The blaze claimed the lives of three children aged 17, six and three. Photo by Sureash Cholai

On July 27, 2021 the nation was plunged into mourning after live videos surfaced online showing the agony after three children perished in a house fire in Maraval after they were trapped inside by fortified doors and burglar-proofing.

On July 26, Ezekiel, 17, Faith, six, and Kayden Burke, three, after they were smothered by thick billowing smoke in their Rookery Nook, Maraval home. Their sisters Zaria, 13, and Jeniceia Burke, 15, were rescued in the nick of time. An investigation into the fire was completed in September. Chief fire officer Arnold Bristo told Newsday on Friday a electrical circuit overload started the fire.

First responder Evans Hinds, a security officer at the nearby RBC Maraval branch who leaped into action after being alerted by screams for help.

Ezekiel Burke

In an interview with Sunday Newsday, he recalled the events leading up to the attempted rescue and how the events of that day haunts him to this day.

That morning started as a regular day for Hinds.

He arrived to work around 7.20 am to cover another double-shift at the RBC carpark, a stone’s throw away from the house.

In the middle of his morning devotion, he said his usual prayer asking God for strength, wisdom, knowledge, guidance and the ability to deal with any obstacles that would come his way.

“I got no bad vibes or feelings that something was going to take place,” he said as he gazed at the remains of the now demolished building. Soon after he started working he heard a loud scream coming from the house.

“When I look down in the direction of the house I saw Ezekiel in the gallery screaming for help and there was a lot of fire and smoke.

“I ran to him and into the blazing flame. I moved as fast as I could.”

Their parents, Troy Burke and Jenille Rodriguez, were not at home when the fire started.

Faith Burke

Hinds was able to extinguish a power line that ran from a light pole to the bank before the fire could spread to that building.

“I ran back over to assist Ezekiel who was partially burnt in the gallery. Unfortunately, the pressure of the water was low around here at that time but I did my best. I ran over to the bank, unhooked up the hose and started to wet him.”

Hinds said he has never seen fear in the eyes of a person the way the teen looked at him as he begged him for help. “He kept saying security I don’t want to die. I was looking in his eyes right through. I told him to stay in the corner I will keep wetting him and I will try my best. I tried to hold him to pull him through. “

But his efforts were not enough to go against the fiercely burning fire. “His head caught on fire, his clothes and then his skin. He burnt to death right in front of me. I knew that was it.”

He said a doubles vendor and bypassers joined in to help and minutes later fire officials arrived.

“We heard the two younger children screaming inside but then they went silent. We knew that was it. The smoke was so thick, that we couldn’t see anything. In all the commotion we couldn’t stop to grieve because it seems we kept losing them one after the other even though we trying hard.”

His attention piqued right after when they hear more screaming coming from the back of the house. They were able to break down the back door and save the two remaining siblings.

Looking back now, if he had the chance he would have tied a rope on the burglar-proofed gate to the back of a vehicle and pull the gate out. He believes the children would have survived that way. “We tried to pry open the gate with a piece of iron, it was working but because the fire was so hot, we couldn’t continue. But the force of the car would have pulled it right out.”

Hinds was treated at the hospital for burns on his upper body, hands and face. Today, a scar stretching from him his left side rib down to his thigh and horizontal scars on his palms reminds him of the good friends he lost. “I lost family because I would always throw an eye on them when they are home and their parents head out to work. I lost loved ones in a blink of an eye. I had a unique relationship with them. As the time comes closer to the anniversary it’s hard for me…I will never forget them.”

Kayden Burke

Four months after the house had been demolished, Hinds still imagines little Kayden climbing the burglar-proofing calling out to him, Ezekiel on the computer doing homework and the others playing together on the inside.

“I have seen death many times in my life. I’ve been stabbed eight times by a woman I was trying to help then I was shot after multiple times by unknown gunmen another time.”

Through his slightly slurred speech caused by a stab wound scar on the left cheek, Hinds said, “I can’t even smile because of the knife wound damage to my face. Life was not kind to me and I accept that but I thank God still.”


Berbice youth killed after losing control of motorcycle

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The content originally appeared on: INews Guyana
Dead, Clifton John Lindie

A motorcyclist who was said to have been under the influence of alcohol met his demise in the wee hour of Sunday after losing control of the motorcycle he was driving.

Dead is Clifton John Lindie,25, a sales representative attached to Demerara Distillers Limited and of Lot 1554 Glasgow New Housing Scheme, Greater New Amsterdam, Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne).

The incident occurred in Providence, Greater New Amsterdam.

Dead, Clifton John Lindie

“He was writing coming home and he was drunk, and the front wheel of the bike blew out and he lost control and ended up in the trench,” his sister, Cathria Lindie told Inews.

The incident occurred in the vicinity of a fuel company terminal and according to Lindie, a security guard heard a sound but did not venture forth to investigate.

It was not until as the place started to get clear, that a police patrol saw the lifeless body of the man lying in the trench. He was pulled from the trench and taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The motorcycle that Lindie was riding at the time of his demise

“This morning someone came and told us that they pulled him out of the trench and he is at the hospital. And when we went there they said that he is at Arokium Funeral Parlour,” his sister revealed.

The now-dead man reportedly left home on Saturday afternoon to spend time with friends. His sister explained that they were hanging out in front of his place of employment at Main and Chapel Streets.

Sister, Cathria Lindie

“He has had a motorcycle for years- since about 19; from the time he left school because my father had a motorcycle so he has always been riding a motorcycle. Mostly when he drinks, he would stay at his friend’s house but last night he did not stay. They were drinking beers so he wasn’t really drunk that is why he said he was coming home; he had enough and he is coming home.”

The woman described her brother as being a very quiet person. Lindsey played cricket for Bermine Cricket Club and also Berbice Police. He leaves to mourn his mother, sister and grandmother.


Ministry Working To Enforce Beekeeping Standards – St. Lucia Times News

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The Ministry of Agriculture is working ‘assiduously’ to enforce guidelines and standards for beekeepers, Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Sharmaine Melville-Edwin has announced.

Last month, a swarm of bees attacked a 55-year-old Grace, Vieux Fort woman who died the following day.

The incident in the community where a honey producer operates is under investigation.

In an interview with the Communications Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Melville-Edwin emphasised the importance of mitigating measures when inter-phasing with bees.

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“This is one of the reasons why we want to move forward with this strong public awareness so people can know how to interact and to dispel any fear that people may have as it pertains to the sector – as it pertains to bees because we are seeking to grow and flourish the sector,” the Chief Veterinary Officer explained.

“So there are mitigating measures that will be put in place to ensure that such incidents do not occur. So the Ministry is working assiduously to enforce our guidelines, to enforce standards, to ensure that our beekeepers are in compliance with standards and procedures and put in further measures to prevent such an occurrence in the future,” she stated.

Melville-Edwin disclosed that there has been a lot of interest in beekeeping with a lot of financial injection into apiculture.

As a result, she expected that the sector would contribute even more to agriculture and GDP.

“Apiculture has a lot to offer and the government and Ministry – by extension the government, has invested in apiculture and we hope to expand, increase honey production because there’s a great demand for honey in Saint Lucia as people see the health benefits of it,” the Chief Veterinary Officer told the Agriculture Ministry’s Communications Unit.

“We need to increase supply to meet that demand,” she stated.

Melville-Edwin spoke as the Ministry of Agriculture convened an apiculture stakeholder meeting.

The purpose of the meeting was to develop a strategy to further enhance the sector and raise awareness through a public communication initiative.

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