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            [post_content] => The row between Usain Bolt and The Times as to whether he described the Commonwealth Games as "a bit shit" continues to rumble on with the Jamaican stating that the story is "nonsense" while the paper insists that they are "100% confident" he uttered those words. The triple world record holder ventured out of the athlete's village to watch Jamaica's Netball Team in their encounter against New Zealand.

Everything seemed to be going well with Bolt carrying on with his usual antics and posing with fans for a few photographs. Things turned sour after his entourage called for security when a journalist approach the track superstar for comments. The Daily Mail's Jonothan McEvoy, had his accreditation ripped off in a tussle with Bolt's security guard and was led away by officials.

According to Times reporter Katie Gibbons, she approached Bolt on Tuesday evening  while he waited for his vehicle at the athlete's village and upon showing her accreditation a conversation ensued.  She stated that he reportedly told her "the Olympics were better” and that he was “not really” having fun in Glasgow and felt the Games were “a bit shit” before he left “to do some business".

As Bolt passed Gibbons at the netball mixed zone on Wednesday, Gibbons shouted: "Why did you deny what you said to me yesterday?" His response "Awesome." suggested he did not hear the question.

Bolt’s manager, Ricky Simms, also claimed the reports were "utter rubbish", adding: "The atmosphere in and around the stadiums has been absolutely fantastic and I have absolutely no idea where these quotes have come from."

Yesterday, Bolt was bit more forthcoming as he took to Twitter.

Meanwhile,  officials were reluctant to admit that the ongoing row was a major distraction for the Games. Mike Hooper, the chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said: “We take Mr Bolt at his word. His tweet says it all. These are a fantastic Games. As you saw in his press conference last Saturday he is very upbeat. He is really positive about running the relay and I don’t wish to comment on the journalist and work of The Times.”

 
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Usain Bolt Denies Commonwealth Games Remarks

July 31, 2014
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The row between Usain Bolt and The Times as to whether he described the Commonwealth Games as "a bit shit" continues to rumble on with the Jamaican stating that the story is "nonse...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Leader of the Barbados Labour Party, Mia Mottley has called for a parliamentary reform throughout the Caribbean as members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association opened their 39th Annual conference in Bridgetown, Barbados on Monday.

“It begs the question how did we get here? How do those who have responsibility for the passage of laws, for the governance of the country… find themselves in a situation where the same things are said year after year after year,” said Ms. Mottley

The opposition leader insisted that unless parliamentarians recognize the need for urgent reform “particularly in the Caribbean Commonwealth departments, and treat it as a regional project, we will meet five years hence, ten years hence, and be saying the same thing yet again.”

Ms. Mottley stated that the people of the Caribbean generally do not think of the laws that have been passed immediately and generally don't understand the consequences until many moons later.

“It means that the role and structure of our parliaments cannot be rooted in 18th or 19th century existence and we do not have to wait for the mother of our parliaments to make those defining changes, we must do it in respect of what is relevant to our own society in terms of our values and culture and the behavior of our population,”  said the opposition leader.

She argued that social media should not be reduced to simply broadcasting speeches made in parliament.  “How do we take the views of the population, not only in terms of what is ready or put out virtually, but on specific topics inform debate in the same way that extensive committee hearings ought to be taking place and capturing those views.”

Acting Barbados Prime Minister Richard Sealy told participants that this year's talks should be taken seriously with issues such as the economic challenges facing the region requiring special attention.

“This annual conference of the Caribbean, the Americas and the Atlantic region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, is important not only because it gives delegates a chance to review the pressing new economic needs of the member states and the new opportunities that are being presented, but also because it allows us to review the persistent political and social challenges that have to be resolved if we are going to pull ourselves out of this devastating recession,” he said. The conference which comes to close on Saturday August 2, 2014.
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Mottley Calls for Caribbean Parliamentary Reform

July 30, 2014
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Leader of the Barbados Labour Party, Mia Mottley has called for a parliamentary reform throughout the Caribbean as members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association opened thei...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => How can there be a myriad of water parties on an island that is currently suffering from a severe water shortage? I don’t know if it makes sense to you, but it doesn’t make any sense to me. The National Water Commission (NWC) in Jamaica is still approving water parties on the basis that the water that is wasted there is not being sourced from the NWC.

In the past I was fascinated with water parties, and given the current heat that is roasting the island of Jamaica, immersing oneself in some water or being continually splashed by this precious commodity, seems to be desirable activities, but it makes no sense at this time. Greater things are at stake. There are countless people on the island that have no access to water, others only have access to this ‘source of life’ only for a few hours each day - some only at night. Farmers are suffering, because all their crops are being scorched and rendered useless.

There is a severe water shortage, because of a prevailing drought, so it doesn’t matter where the water is being sourced, water parties shouldn’t be given the approval at this time. That same water could be transported to the farmers who plant our food. Without water we cannot survive. Without food we perish.

To make matters worse the drought is expected to worsen and then there will be even less water on the island. Jamaica, the land of wood and WATER is running out of water … The NWC has prohibited people among other things from watering their lawns, washing cars, filling up their swimming pools, but they are approving water parties… which is a brazen waste of the precious commodity, does anyone see the sense in that? We are going to need all those trucks loaded with water one day … wait, we ALREADY NEED those trucks loaded with water. Let wisdom prevail.

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Photo source: Jamaica Gleaner
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Water Parties In The Middle Of A Drought?

July 26, 2014
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How can there be a myriad of water parties on an island that is currently suffering from a severe water shortage? I dont know if it makes sense to you, but it doesnt make any sense...Continue reading