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            [post_content] => The Barbados National Hurricane Center has reported that Invest 93L is now a "well-defined low pressure system located about 550 miles east of the southern Windward Islands."

According to the NHC 2 pm report, "interests in the Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of this disturbance as it moves west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph, and watches or warnings may be required for some of these islands later today." The latest NHC report indicates that "a Hurricane Hunter aircraft has begun investigating the low pressure system and preliminary reports from the aircraft indicate that this system is producing winds to near gale force."

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As of 2 pm EDT Thursday, the  Barbados National Hurricane Center is forecasting the 2-day and 5-day odds of a 70% tropical cyclone development. The system is currently located at 11.0N 51.4W and is moving WNW at 20 mph with a pressure of 1010 mb.

The weather systems has been producing organized shower and thunderstorm activity during the past several hours. According to experienced meteorologists Jeff Masters all reports "agree that 93L will arrive in the northeast Lesser Antilles Islands on Friday evening, move over Puerto Rico on Saturday evening, and approach the Southeast Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands on Sunday evening."

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"An ASCAT pass at 9:11 pm EDT Wednesday night showed top surface winds near 35 mph, just below tropical storm-force" says Masters. An Air Force C-130 hurricane hunter aircraft will explore the hurricane later this evening.

 
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Invest 93L Gains Tropical Depression Status

July 31, 2014
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The Barbados National Hurricane Center has reported that Invest 93L is now a "well-defined low pressure system located about 550 miles east of the southern Windward Islands." Ac...Continue reading

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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