Lichaam vermiste man gevonden langs weg naar West-Suriname, verdachte aangehouden

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PARAMARIBO — Langs de weg naar West-Suriname, nabij het dorp Matta, is donderdag het lichaam gevonden van de vermiste Marvin

Police investigate hit-and-run as female cyclist is struck down Loop Cayman Islands

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The content originally appeared on: Cayman Compass

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) reported that, shortly after 6:10am on Wednesday, November 9, the 9-1-1 Communications Centre dispatched officers to a report of a collision involving a cyclist on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway in the vicinity of Tanager Way.

According to the RCIPS, it was reported that a cyclist had been travelling northbound when she was struck by the mirror of a passing vehicle, which continued travelling north.

As a result of the impact the woman fell from the bicycle. The driver of another vehicle stopped to offer assistance shortly afterwards.

Emergency services attended the location, and the woman was transported to the Cayman Islands Hospital to be treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. She remains in hospital in stable condition.

The incident is under investigation, and anyone who may have witnessed the collision, or have any other information, is asked to contact the West Bay Police Station at 949-3999, or the Traffic & Roads Policing Unit at 649-6254.

Pierre Finalises $22.9M Agreement With Japan For Choiseul Port Redevelopment – St. Lucia Times News

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Saint Lucia’s decades old relationship with Japan and its continuing technical cooperation through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA]) has yielded a potential solution to what has been a decades old problem affecting Choiseul fishers.

On November 10, 2022, the Pierre Administration finalized the terms of a XCD $22.9 million Grant Agreement with JICA to address sedimentation issues and redevelop the Choiseul fishing port.

Rehani Isidore tells us more:

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Youngsters being urged to ‘Leggo Di Gang… Lift Up Jamaica’ Loop Jamaica

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The content originally appeared on: Jamaica News Loop News

‘Leggo Di Gang… Lift Up Jamaica’ is the theme for the Ministry of Education and Youth’s Anti-Gang Week 2022 from November 13 to 19.

Acting Director of the Safety and Security Unit in the ministry, Richard Troupe, told JIS News that the week is “significant and timely”, given recent incidents of violence in schools.

“We, at the ministry, know that a week is not enough. However, we think it is a start to mobilise critical stakeholder groups to partner with our schools to support the ‘End Violence in Schools’ campaign,” said Troupe.

The campaign, dubbed ‘Just Medz It’, was launched recently at Wolmer’s Boys’ School in Kingston.

Activities for Anti-gang Week will begin with a service at Phillippo Baptist Church, 9 William Street, Spanish Town, starting at 10am.

On Tuesday (November 15), deans of discipline attached to schools will participate in anti-gang workshops.

Troupe said these are capacity-building sessions, which will equip the participants with the tools to better treat with the problem.

An anti-gang town hall is scheduled for Wednesday (November 16) at the Office of the Commissioner of Police. These will be followed by a series of motivational talks in more than 100 high schools, which will be facilitated by school resource officers and church leaders.

For Friday (November 18), Troupe is encouraging schools to host special devotions in partnership with the churches in their locale.

The week’s activities will culminate with a service on Saturday (November 19) at Mandeville Seventh-day Adventist Church, 13a Caledonia Road, starting at 11 .m.

The observance of Anti-gang Week involves collaboration with the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime (C-TOC) Investigations Branch, and the Community Safety and Security Branch.

Fabian Reeves turns negatives into positives, material into mementos Loop Barbados

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The content originally appeared on: Barbados News

If ‘out of necessity’ were a business, it would be Fabian Reeves’ Fabulous AF – Affordable Furnishings in Barbados.

Already being approached about taking his skills to Canada, Fabian is a carpenter by trade now, but he does nothing the regular way. Just taking a look around his storehouse, one would see that his skills are being put to use in a traditional way but to bring about a modern, unique finished product.

This Good News Day, we are highlighting this Caribbean Creator, Barbadian Fabian Reeves.

When Loop stumbled upon a brightly coloured box with amazing detail work and graphics, it was hard to believe that the item was indeed a casket. It was a final resting place of beauty. We quickly got to searching to find the artist behind the work and that’s when we got introduced to Fabian.

Fabian chatted with us in his St Michael home before taking us into his work area and telling us his story and the story of Affordable AF.

Known as a founder and teacher in Black Knight Riders, the biker has other mad skills with a saw, sander and hammer, along with the rest of his work tools.

Fabian said that this new career choice dropped into his lap during the hard financial times of COVID. He said that when he had to bury his dad unexpectedly, the exorbitant cost of a casket made him consider doing the job himself. Taught the basics by his uncle, Fabian got to work and gave his dad a memorable send off.

Then before he could as Bajans say ‘catch his hand good’, death came knocking on his door again. This time, he was tasked with making a casket for the mother of his children from his previous relationship.

Both of these caskets called for Fabian to draw on some inner strength because his emotions were at work as well as he poured into these pieces.

Since the responses to those two caskets and another he did for a friend whose baby passed away, the requests have been coming in nonstop.

What’s that saying? Two things are sure in this life – death and taxes.

Fabian has been using his skills and the graphic design skills of his coworker to help other families say farewell to their loved ones but with a smile on their faces. The caskets are done in such a way as to celebrate the life and love of those gone too soon in many cases.

Apart from the caskets though, Fabian and his Affordable AF business has been getting into homes as he designs and builds custom bed frames that scream out the owners’ personalities. From unicorns and rainbows for girls including his daughters, to race cars for boys or floating beds for adults including his wife, Fabian is thinking outside the box now.

Asked what is his ultimate dream as he continues to expand his business – with a smile, he said he would like to decorate and build everything inside a home. He would not want to necessarily build the house, but he would want to be responsible for all the furnishings inside the four walls.

JAMAICA-BUSINESS-Jamaica to host high level investment conference

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Takeoff fans gather for Atlanta celebration of slain rapper Loop Jamaica

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The content originally appeared on: Jamaica News Loop News

Fans gathered Friday to remember slain rapper Takeoff, a member of the hip-hop trio Migos, in a rainy downtown Atlanta near where the 28-year-old grew up.

State Farm Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks, was hosting a memorial service to celebrate the rapper’s life and music, and a massive sign outside the arena was lit up with the rapper’s image.

Takeoff, born Kirsnick Khari Ball, was shot and killed earlier this month outside a Houston bowling alley. A woman and another man were also wounded in the shooting. No arrests have been made.

Jenifer Loving, 22, stood in line with her infant son, Mateo, for more than an hour before doors opened to fans. She said Takeoff’s death was heartbreaking because he was so young.

Migos’ music represented the creativity and culture of the Black community, she said, and she worried the group would be too saddened to make new music — at least for a while.

“It’s just something that you can play anywhere, and everybody will just come out and come around and dance,” she said. “It’s how it brings people together. It’s how it makes the whole room just fill up with positivity.”

Eric Hood, an Atlanta firefighter, said he was shocked when he heard about Takeoff’s death because of the three members of Migos, he was considered the most laid back.

Migos’ music was an “escape” for many people, he said, and he was hopeful the event would leave his family and the rest of the group with lasting memories of him.

“I pray for them,” he said. “I hope they continue to be uplifting, positive, influential members in the society and keep pushing forward.”

Free tickets to the memorial service were available to Georgia residents, but State Farm Arena said well before Friday that the event had reached capacity and fans without tickets should not come downtown.

The venue did not release a program for the event.

The Grammy Award-nominated trio Migos also included Takeoff’s uncle Quavo and cousin Offset. All three were largely raised by Takeoff’s mother in an Atlanta suburb.

Migos broke out nearly a decade ago with the 2013 hit “Versace,” which hit even greater heights in popularity through a Drake remix.

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said the day after the shooting that Takeoff was “well respected,” and there was “no reason to believe he was involved in anything criminal at the time.”

Migos’ record label, Quality Control, mourned Takeoff’s death in a statement posted on Instagram that attributed it to “senseless violence and a stray bullet.” Police have said nothing about the gunshot being stray.

Instead of flowers or gifts, his family has asked that people make donations to The Rocket Foundation, which was established in Takeoff’s honour and aims to prevent gun violence, according to its website.


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T&T looking to adopt Jamaica’s social housing programme Loop Jamaica

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The content originally appeared on: Jamaica News Loop News

Government representatives from Trinidad and Tobago are currently in the island to observe Jamaica’s New Social Housing Programme (NSHP) with a view to adopting the initiative.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the disclosure during a ceremony for the handover of a house in Kellits, Clarendon, on Thursday.

Secretary for Settlements, Public Utilities and Rural Development in the Tobago House of Assembly, Ian Pollard and Social Intervention Officer, Jimmy Sylvester, who have been in the island since November 4, attended the ceremony.

“That you’re here to observe what Jamaica is doing, says quite a bit about the programme,” Holness said.

Noting the role of Members of Parliament (MPs) in the selection of NSHP recipients in Jamaica, he told the Trinidadian officials that they may consider including a similar element in their programme.

He explained that the programme assists the MPs to fulfil their roles as advocates, pointing out that the final selection is made by the oversight committee in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness points to a display showing the transformation of the living conditions of a recipient under the New Social Housing Programme during the handover of the unit in Kellits, Clarendon, on November 10. (Photo: JIS)

The prime minister said that community members have been “widely receptive” of the programme and the selected beneficiaries.

“I have not gone to any community where the houses are built and detected any dissatisfaction with the beneficiaries. The people in the area are all very happy for the beneficiary, and they all agree that the [person] is deserving,” he noted.

After observing the handover of a two-bedroom house to Jordeen Mason and her mother, Joan Douglas, Pollard told JIS News that “this is heart[warming]. It’s nice to see what the prime minister is doing… . I applaud the Government [of Jamaica] for their efforts”.

Sylvester, for her part, said: “It’s a really good initiative when you’re looking at indigent housing and persons being given a home. I mean, if your basic need of shelter is being met, that’s a very good thing.”

She said that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago also has “a lot of persons living in subsidised homes” and explained that what drew the team to Jamaica and the NSHP, was, to an extent, the cost of the units.

She noted that the approximately $6-million cost to build a home “is a pretty low and decent sum”.

The Trinidadians will meet with the principals of the NSHP and representatives from the National Housing Trust before concluding their one-week visit.

A total of six units were handed over on Thursday by the prime minister, including a second dwelling in Kellits and four others in Cotton Piece, Forte Street, Gordon Pen, and Brunswick Avenue in St Catherine.

The NSHP was established in 2018 by Prime Minister Holness. It is the housing component of the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment programme, and is being implemented through the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.

The initiative aims to improve the housing condition of the country’s most needy citizens.

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Ansa McAl profits decline despite 14% revenue increase

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The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday


Ansa McAl chairman A Norman Sabga during the release of the group’s half-year results in June. The group’s profits declined over the nine-period ending September 30. – Photo by Sureash Cholai

CONGLOMERATE Ansa McAl recorded an increase in revenue of 14 per cent, or $581 million, to $5.7 billion for the first nine months, this year. The nine-month revenue was $4.9 billion in 2021. However, its after-tax profit plummeted to $13.7 million from $335.1 million in the comparative periods.

The increase was reflected in the group’s unaudited results for the nine-month period ending September 30, 2022 published on Friday.

The top-earning sector was construction, manufacturing, packaging and brewing which earned $2.1 billion, compared to $1.6 billion in 2021.

In its media, retail and parent-company segment, the group earned $236,423,000 compared to $224,792,000.

Banking and insurance earned $747,658,000 – a decrease of some $40 million – compared to $784,907,000. Automotive, trading and distribution in 2021 recorded revenue of $1.4 billion which increased to $1.5 billion this year.

The group’s total asset rose to $17.570 billion from $17.043 billion.

Ansa McAl, which operates in manufacturing, automotive, media, insurance and other businesses, saw increases in revenue all sectors except banking and insurance.

In his statement, chairman A Norman Sabga said the non-cash market losses reduced the group’s before-tax profit from $461.8 million to $139.1 million. After-tax profit was $13,733,000 compared to $335,151,000.

He added that while there is a challenge in predicting, with certainty, the turnaround on investments in the banking and insurance portfolios, the two sectors continue to do well. To demonstrate this he highlighted Tatil’s acquisition of Colfire, which will be finalised in 2023.

“We have set an aggressive target of doubling the group’s profitability by 2027. Underpinning this target are robust strategies to achieve organic and inorganic growth in both new and existing regional and international markets.”

Women make history in new books

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The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday


from left, Professor Brinsley Samaroo, Ms. Paula Greene NALIS Executive Director, Dr. Karen Eccles, Professor Bridget Brereton, Professor Rose Marie Belle-Antoine, Ms. Judy Raymond and Gerard Besson,
The book launch of ‘History Matters’ author by Professor Bridget Brereton and ‘Islands at War – Trinidad and Tobago During World War II’ authored by Professor Bridget Brereton and Dr. Karen Eccles, held at the Audio Visual Conference Room and Auditorium at NALIS-National Library and Information System Authority(NALIS)
Thursday 10th November 2022. – Photo by Roger Jacob

WOMEN’s role in history, including the World War II period (1939-1945) in Trinidad and Tobago, was highlighted in two books published by historians Professor Emerita Bridget Brereton and Dr Karen Eccles at the National Library, Port of Spain on Thursday – the day before Armistice Day (November 11) marking the end of World War I (1914-1918.)

The books were Brereton’s History Matters: Selected Newspaper Columns 2011-2021 and Islands at War: TT during World War II by Brereton and Eccles.

The book launch of ‘History Matters’ author by Professor Bridget Brereton and ‘Islands at War – Trinidad and Tobago During World War II’ authored by Professor Bridget Brereton and Dr. Karen Eccles, held at the Audio Visual Conference Room and Auditorium at NALIS-National Library and Information System Authority(NALIS)Thursday 10th November 2022. – Photo by Roger Jacob

The launch was chaired by Dr Glenroy Taitt of the Alma Jordan Library, UWI, St Augustine, with a welcome by Nalis executive director Paula Greene.

UWI, St Augustine principal Prof Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, in her remarks, praised Brereton for her “calm, unbiased advice” and “very rational, empathetic approach.”

Historian Prof Brinsley Samaroo, reviewing Islands at War, said history should provide guidelines for the future. He said the war years were a complicated slice of TT’s history, with US occupation, TT becoming the Commonwealth’s biggest oil producer and a takeover target for German ambitions, while seeing an upswing in local agricultural production displacing the influence of a colonial cartel, temporarily. Samaroo’s favourite chapter was Forgotten Women of World War II, a detailed probe into the lives of ordinary women – nurses, teachers, telegraph operators and social activists.

“These women operated in a world dominated by men who dictated that upon marriage a woman had to resign from government employment.” Bigger jobs went to British women.

Professor Brinsley Samaroo, delivers remarks on the book ‘Islands at War’The book launch of ‘History Matters’ author by Professor Bridget Brereton and ‘Islands at War – Trinidad and Tobago During World War II’ authored by Professor Bridget Brereton and Dr. Karen Eccles, held at the Audio Visual Conference Room and Auditorium at NALIS-National Library and Information System Authority(NALIS)Thursday 10th November 2022. – Photo by Roger Jacob

Local women, however, pitched in to help to bail Britain out of the war, a record of their lives surely now inspiring to modern women.

“Chapter two revisits the story of Jean and Dinah through the sexploitation of local women by the Americans.”

He said calypsonian Slinger “Mighty Sparrow” Francisco had little sympathy for such women abandoned by the Americans.

Samaroo said the war stimulated Carnival, calypso and steelbands, as the Americans craved local entertainment. He said writers such as VS Naipaul, Ralph de Boissiere and Sam Selvon had recreated wartime scenarios in their books, the period nourishing the creative impulse.

Lamenting a dearth of post-colonial writing especially on women’s role in creating a Caribbean space, he welcomed the book as a labour of love.

Commenting on History Matters, Judy Raymond, writer and editor in chief of Newsday, considered the place of history in modern TT, Brereton’s collection of opinion columns and Brereton’s wider professional life.

“As many writers and no doubt any historian will tell you, the past is never dead; it’s not even past,” she said. “There are still people who are under the impression that we don’t have much history, recorded or otherwise, though whether you know it or not, it’s actually always with us, like the river that still runs below this building.”

She said the book was a reminder that newspapers were not only about the latest murders, insults traded in Parliament or who had just beaten the West Indies, but also about opinions on issues such as current affairs, books, art or history.

Raymond said the collection of news columns showed TT’s wealth of history.

“These columns are perfectly designed and targeted: they’re short, they’re easily digested, and they offer enlightenment on subjects you didn’t know anything about, and deeper or fresh insight into things about which you knew a little. They’re readable, but they don’t exaggerate or, worse yet, take liberties with the facts for effect.”

She quoted Brereton as saying truth in history was notoriously tricky. Raymond said while some had viewed Governor Sir Thomas Picton as a hero who died nobly at the Battle of Waterloo (1815), this year his statue had been relegated to a back room in Wales’s National Museum. Brereton, she said, had mentioned Picton, but was more interested in Luisa Calderon, the local girl he was tried for torturing, plus Picton’s companion Rosette Smith, a mixed-race woman who had nevertheless done a roaring trade in buying and hiring out her enslaved compatriots.

Raymond was pleased the book includes the voices of women, otherwise silenced or stolen.

She hailed Brereton for conveying complex ideas to the general reader via a newspaper column, getting many details into a very small space without looking crammed.

“Not only is she a professor emerita of our university, who has influenced generations of students through her teaching; she’s also been a public intellectual, through sitting on various government committees, and panels of judges of awards, or taking part in the Bocas Lit Fest.”

Professor Bridget Brereton delivers the vote of thanks remarks.The book launch of ‘History Matters’ author by Professor Bridget Brereton and ‘Islands at War – Trinidad and Tobago During World War II’ authored by Professor Bridget Brereton and Dr. Karen Eccles, held at the Audio Visual Conference Room and Auditorium at NALIS-National Library and Information System Authority(NALIS)Thursday 10th November 2022. – Photo by Roger Jacobs

Brereton has written, edited and contributed to many publications, Raymond related.

“She has been unfailingly generous with her time, knowledge and encouragement to countless researchers and writers, whether fellow academics, journalists or random people who impudently sally into her territory now and again.

“And now she’s done the same for the fortunate people who will buy or be given a copy of this book, dip into it, and find themselves re-emerging into the 21st century hours later, surprised, entertained, and more knowledgeable than they were when first they opened it.”