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            [post_content] => On Tuesday, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) confirmed that off spinner Sunil Narine has withdrawn from the regional squad for the Cricket World Cup that will be held next month. The released announcement confirms a statement that was previously shared by former West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president, Dinanath Ramnarine, on social media.

In September of last year, Narine, who is widely known for being one of the best spinners in the world, was playing in the Champions League Twenty20 Tournament and was banned for a suspect bowling action.

“Narine has undergone intense remedial work on his bowling action and preliminary tests have shown him bowling all his deliveries under the 15 degrees flexion allowance,” said the WICB statement. “However he requires more time to be able to confidently bowl for a sustained period in international cricket with his new action”.

In Sunday's Super50 finals, Narine took hold of six wickets that pushed the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to a tremendous win over Guyana Jaguars, and finished with 12 as the leading wicket taker in the tournament.

“Playing for Red Force and winning the NAGICO Super50 has been a big boost, but going in to the World Cup is a little too much too soon and, after consulting the WICB, for both West Indies and my sake we have decided to delay my return to international cricket until I am 100% confident in all that I do,” Narine said. “Whilst I am very happy with the progress made to date with my action, and I express my thanks to the coaches working with me in Trinidad and Dr. Daryl Foster in Perth, Australia, I am withdrawing from the World Cup”.

In supporting Narine's decision to withdraw from the CWC team, the WICB said that choosing to risk his exposure to “the intensity of the Cricket World Cup would be both unfair to him and the West Indies squad”.

His replacement will however be named by the WICB shortly.

Narine has taken 73 wickets at an average of 26.49 runs in 52 one-day international appearances.
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Sunil Narine's Withdrawal From Cricket World Cup Team Confirmed By WICB

January 28, 2015
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On Tuesday, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) confirmed that off spinner Sunil Narine has withdrawn from the regional squad for the Cricket World Cup that will be held next mont...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => During the 2015 Budget Debate that was held on Thursday in the House of Representatives, members of the ruling Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) staged a protest action against an opposition member of parliament by walking out during the argumentation. As opposition parliamentarian Joanne Massiah stood up to make her presentation following a two-hour expose delivered by Health and Environment Minister Molwyn Joseph of the previous administration, the United Progressive Party (UPP) which was voted out of office six months ago, the members of the government arose and headed for the exiting door of the House one after the other.

According to the government ministers, opposition member Massiah absented herself from the budget debate in the House that was held on Thursday, which they deemed as gross disrespect.

“While we are in parliament doing the nation’s business, she was busy all day making her rounds in the media waging a campaign for her party’s leadership, then she wants us to sit and listen to her presentation. We will not put up with this nonsense and disregard for the importance of doing the people’s business,” MP Chet Greene expressed.

Speaking in the House following the walk-out of his colleagues, Prime Minister Gaston Browne stated that the opposition member was irresponsible and her actions demonstrated that she does not recognize the seriousness associated with the budget debate and being paid by taxpayers' money, and therefore has a responsibility to be in parliament to deliver her presentation.

As the upcoming convention where the leadership of the opposition UPP will be announced, candidate Massiah is in a bitter fight against former finance and economy minister Harold Lovell for the position. During the assembly, former prime minister Baldwin Spencer is also expected to announce his retirement from active politics.

Veteran politician Robin Yearwood also remarked, “they left the nation in shambles and still they are not taking the business of the people seriously now that they are in opposition. We will not sit down and allow it because it is not business as usual. We are committed to rebuilding this nation and we will not be distracted by their irresponsibility. Every time they slip we will hold them accountable in the House.”

As a result of the lack of a quorum, the parliament was adjourned by the speaker who was unable to reconvene.
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Antigua & Barbuda MPs Exit House During Budget Debate Presentation Of Opposition

January 24, 2015
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During the 2015 Budget Debate that was held on Thursday in the House of Representatives, members of the ruling Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) staged a protest action again...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => According to statistics released on Wednesday by the Royal St. Lucia Police Force, the country has recorded a steady decline in reported murders over the past four years. At the first news conference for 2015, the police revealed that high command reported 34 homicides throughout 2014, a respectable 14.7 percent reduction compared to 2013. 29 of the 34 homicides that were recorded were relegated as murder. Two of the matter are also still under investigations, and three involved the killing of police.

In addition to the reduction of the rate, the data also brought out that majority of those who were killed were between the ages of 21 and 40, and the most frequently used weapon was the firearm. Instead of taking full credit for the reduction, Police Commissioner Vernon Francois attributed the positive numbers to the public's ability to resolving conflicts and police efforts at crime control.

“It’s really a credit to St Lucians and it shows that we are working towards resolving conflict in a better manner and so we have to continue along that trend. Also, the efforts of our police officers in terms of fighting against gang violence and some of the issues we are having on the streets,” Francois said.

“I don’t really want the police to take all of the credit for the reduction because obviously a number of the murders and homicides are outside of the control of the police," he added.

Majority of the murders recorded were committed in Castries. Police say there was a murder detection rate of 14.47 percent. Goals set by the Royal St. Lucia Police Force stated that they are aiming to bring the murder rate down to 25 this year. In regards to overall crime, a 5.5 percent increase was discovered. Authorities share that the increment is due to an increase of petty offences, such as people requesting that police warnings be done on their behalf.

Otherwise from the Crime Against Property and Summery Offences, all major categories of crime rate underwent a reduction. In 2014,crime against property increased from 4,703 in 2013 to 5,337. In that same year, Summary Offences grew from 8,105 in 203 to 9,729. In addition there were 24 reported cases of unlawful sexual connection, 74 cases of indecent sexual assault, eight cases of buggery and five cases of incest recorded.
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St. Lucia Police Stats Reveals Steady Decline In Murders Over Past Four Years

January 23, 2015
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According to statistics released on Wednesday by the Royal St. Lucia Police Force, the country has recorded a steady decline in reported murders over the past four years. At the fi...Continue reading