Coconut vendor shot in Graeme Hall

Police are currently on the scene of a shooting incident at Graeme Hall Road near Top Rock, Christ Church.

Police say one man, believed to be a coconut vendor, is nursing injuries to his chest.

The injured man was taken to the QEH by ambulance.

More details as they come to hand

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Some Lester Vaughan students to return to school Monday

The Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training has advised that classes will resume for third to fifth form students of the Lester Vaughan School tomorrow, Monday, October 22.

An announcement will be made later about the date for the return of the first and second formers.


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Police investigating after fire at house occupied by 10

Police are investigating after a fire at a house on Massiah Street, St John.

Police said they were called to the residence of Haven Whitehall at about 3:15 p.m. on Saturday for reports of a fire.

The house was subdivided and occupied by 10 people.

No one was at home at the time of the fire, police said.

The extent of the damage was not immediately clear.

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CRICKET- India beat West Indies by eight wickets – st ODI

GUWAHATI, India, CMC – India defeated West Indies by eight wickets in the opening One-Day International of the five-match series at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium here Sunday.


WEST INDIES 322 for eight off 50 overs (Shimron Hetmyer 106, Kieran Powell 51, Jason Holder 38, Shai Hope 32, Rovman Powell 22; Yuzvendra Chahal 3-41)

INDIA 326 for two off 42.1 overs (Rohit Sharma 152 not out, Virat Kohli 140)

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Houses destroyed by fire at Silver Hill Landing Scheme

Two houses have been destroyed, while a third was damaged, in a fire at Silver Hill Landing Scheme in Christ Church, police said Sunday.

Police said that shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday, they responded to a report of a house fire in the area.

Two wooden houses, owned by Judy Nurse, 59, and  Carolyn Proverbs-Gooden respectively, were both destroyed.

A third wood and wall house, owned by Roger and Linda Barrow, was damaged in the fire police said.

Police are carrying out investigations into the circumstances surrounding this fire.

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Barbados wins Best Diaspora Documentary at AMAA 2018

Barbados has walked away a winner at  the 2018 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).

Barbados claimed Best Diaspora Documentary at the 14th edition of the AMAA in Lagos, Nigeria.

Barbados was up against several entries, including from Canada the U.S. in the category:

AMAA 2018 Award for Best Diaspora Documentary

Evolutionary Blues (USA)

Barrows: Freedom Fighter (Barbados) - Winner

Sammy Davis Jr. – I’ve Got To Be Me (USA)

AMAA 2018 Award for Best Diaspora Narrative Feature

Angelica (Puerto Rico)

Love Jacked (Canada)

Charlie: La Vie Magnifique Charlie (USA)

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Haiti president reaffirms commitment to PetroCaribe probe

President Jovenel Moise is promising that no one “will escape justice” as the leader of the radical opposition “Pitit Dessalin” Party yesterday called for continued street demonstrations in protest at the illegal use of the PetroCaribe funds .

“Citizens' demand for light to be made on the use of PetroCaribe funds testifies to the vitality of our democracy. I ask all indexed senior state officials who have been actively involved in the management of these funds to be at the disposal of justice,” Moise said in a statement.

“I ask the head of government to give all the necessary support to the institutions concerned, including the judiciary, so as to shed light on the use of PetroCaribe funds. Nobody will escape justice. It is a moral duty and justice,” he added.

On Wednesday, at least two people were killed and several others injured as Haitians took to the street to protest against several issues such as the PetroCaribe funds, the cost of living, the minimum wage, the reform of the Constitution, as well as calling for the resignation of President Moise.

The demonstrations coincided with the 212th anniversary of the assassination of Emperor Jean-Jacques Dessalines, and yesterday, Moïse Jean Charles, the Pitit Dessalin Party leader, said he was encouraged by the turnout.

He said that the demonstrations would continue and called for Moise to step down. Jean Charles also denounced what he termed police brutality and the arrest of six party activists during the demonstrations. He has since called for their release.

PetroCaribe is an oil alliance of many Caribbean states with Venezuela to purchase oil on conditions of preferential payment. The alliance was launched on the 29th of June 2005 in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela. In 2013, PetroCaribe agreed for links with the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA), to go beyond oil and promote economic cooperation.

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Flood Watch discontinued for Barbados

The Barbados Meteorological Services has advised that the Flood Watch for the island has been discontinued.

The flood Watch was discontinued with effect from 7 a.m today, Sunday, October, 21.

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CRICKET – Hetmyer century leaves India chasing 323

GUWAHATI, India, CMC – Exciting left-hander Shimron Hetmyer struck his third One-Day International century to propel West Indies to 322 for eight off their 50 overs, in the opening fixture of the five-match series at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium here Sunday.

The 21-year-old gathered 106 from 78 deliveries as the Caribbean side produced a stellar performance against the powerful Indians to post only their fourth 300-plus total since the 2015 World Cup.

Left-handed opener Kieran Powell struck an attractive 51, captain Jason Holder got 38 while Shai Hope stroked 32.

Sent in, the Windies stumbled early when debutant left-hander Chandrapaul Hemraj under-edged a pull at pacer Mohammed Shami (2-81) onto his stumps in the fifth over, to depart for nine with the score on 19.

However, Powell and Hope then carried the innings in an enterprising 65-run, second wicket stand.

Powell stroked six fours and two sixes off 39 deliveries before holing out down the ground off seamer Khaleel Ahmed in the 15th over and veteran right-hander Marlon Samuels perished in the very next over, missing a forward defensive stretch at leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (3-41) and falling lbw to the second ball he faced on his 200th ODI appearance.

Hope, meanwhile, faced 51 balls and counted two fours before top-edging a pull at Shami for wicketkeeper MS Dhoni to take the catch running around to short-ish fine leg in the 22nd over.

Hetmyer then took charge of the innings, blasting half-dozen fours and a sixes in scintillating knock, which saw him reach three figures for the third time this year in ODIs.

Along the way, he added 74 for the fifth wicket with Rovman Powell before posting another 60 runs for the sixth wicket with Holder.

Hetmyer eventually fell in the 39th over, caught on the ropes at long on off left-arm spinner Ravi Jadeja.

India were frustrated down the innings by tail-enders Kemar Roach (26 not out) and Devendra Bishoo (22 not out) who put on 44 in an unbroken ninth wicket stand.

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The changing face of trade unionism

The practice of trade unionism has been long associated with trade union solidarity, unity, collectivism rather than individualism, collective bargaining and negotiations. It has operated under the framework of voluntarism as opposed to that of a legislative framework.

With the introduction and cementing of the Industrial Courts and Industrial and Employment Rights Tribunals, the traditional practice of voluntarism is being overridden. The influence of the judicial process on the employer-employee relationship accounts for the substantial change to the practice of trade unions engaging in collective bargaining and negotiations.

It can be argued that despite the prominent role the judiciary now plays in the employer-employee relationship, the work of trade unions remains guided by the fact that they assume responsibility for performing a representative function. This includes securing social benefits for workers, promoting industrial peace, promoting efficiency and productivity amongst workers, providing legal assistance for workers and helping to promote an educated and enlightened workforce. Any shifting within the legal framework is not expected to derail trade unions from playing their role in communicating with and keeping their membership informed. They are not only expected to remain committed to playing an advisory role, but most importantly, to furthering the education, training and development of the membership.

Some concerns for today’s trade union leadership about the evolving industrial relations practice include the shift from collective bargaining agreements to the promotion of individual contracts. This means that there is a real threat to establishing the collective bargaining unit at the workplace, and to positioning trade unions to influence the conditions of service which apply to all employed.

Whilst these developments are impactful, trade unions must nonetheless remain committed to ensuring the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual. These include the promotion of non-discrimination, freedom of association, freedom of expression and conscience, protection under the law with the right to be heard and to be afforded due process. The right to assembly and the right to withhold labour are to be guarded.

The world is undergoing a major change process as it relates to the employer–employee relationship and to the role trade unions are required to play within it. In order to understand and respond effectively to these new challenges, trade unions must cement themselves as major players within the work environment, and be prepared to fulfil their mandate of achieving social justice.

In coming to grips with the vagaries of the changing labour environment, labour unions must position themselves to push back. They must recognize that it is not business as usual and be prepared to demonstrate that they will not surrender or break under pressure. It now requires that they show a face of being strong, independent workers’ organizations. They should reflect that they have the technical capacity, access to relevant information and the political will and commitment to engage in social dialogue on behalf of their members.

It is important to reinforce labour’s stance with respect to the fundamental rights of freedom of association and collective bargaining, and to having an enabling legal and institutional framework.

Employers, agents of the employer and management are expected to act and treat more responsibly towards engaging trade unions. This is important to maintaining good communications, understanding and relationships.

At the level of the individual trade union, it has become necessary to address some emerging nuisances which are impacting on the practice of trade unionism. The failure of trade unions to attract a quorum to meetings, or even a decent audience to discuss priority matters outside of that of wages and salaries negotiations, is cause for concern. The sorry practice of discussing the details of sensitive union matters in the glare of the public, along with that of negotiating in the media, are all negatives that compromise the tenants of good industrial relations practice.


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