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            [post_content] => Several regional countries have been placed under immediate drought watch for 2016 as shared by the Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

“The drought situation remains a major concern for many countries due to the below-normal rainfall recorded during the previous dry and wet seasons, which resulted in a number of countries experiencing water shortages in 2015,” CDEMA said in a statement Saturday, adding that several countries have been issued drought alerts by the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) up to March 2016.

Those included in the drought warning recently issued are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, northern Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and northern Suriname. A drought watch has also been issued for Grenada while Haiti east-and southward has been noted for drought concern. CDEMA said that the drought plan for the short-term, until March 2016, may result in a rise or persistent drought situation in Haiti east-and southward and especially in Antigua, Barbados and the Leeward islands.

"The longer term outlook -- beyond March 2016 – will see a drier early part of the year in the Lesser Antilles due to a peak in the strength of El Niño. This may lead to drought concerns towards the end of the Caribbean dry season that is May 31, 2016. A drought watch is therefore issued for the Bahamas and southwest Belize during this period," CDEMA said.

According to the CDEMA 2015 was recorded to be the driest year ever for the Eastern Caribbean and some other areas and that the drought situation in 2015-16 is similar to major drought of 2009-2010. As El Niño continues to subside around the start of the Hurricane Season, they warn that the drought impacts will worsen until May and ease afterward.

“La Niña, the opposite of El Niño, might take over later in the year, resulting in higher flood risk. The national water management authorities continue to lead at the national level and the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) is on alert and planning for future actions.”
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Several Regional Countries Place Under Immediate Drought Watch By CDEMA

February 14, 2016
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Several regional countries have been placed under immediate drought watch for 2016 as shared by the Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). The dr...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => In a credit card scam bust that occurred earlier this month in Barbados, three British nationals, including a teenager, among four people were charged. The scam involved the four people getting BDS$75,000 (US$37,500) in items from luxury stores across Barbados.

Charged along with a 30-year-old Barbadian woman named Melissa Latoya Cumberbatch were British men Michael Akinwale Akingbade aged 33, 30-year-old Joseph Adedapo King, and Mukhtar Mohamed Muctar Abbasheikh, 19. The four were detained following a probe by the police. In the investigations done by the Barbados police, the lawmen discovered that the four allegedly obtained jewelry, perfume and electronic equipment from luxury stores, sometime after arriving on the island between the 3rd and the 4th of February 3.

They are individually and jointly facing a total of 26 counts of criminal deception and three counts of attempted criminal deception. A charge for possessing cannabis was also issued to Mukhtar Abbaskeikh.
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Three British Nationals & Barbadian Charged In Credit Card Scam Bust In Barbados

February 13, 2016
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            [post_content] => One man dies and others are injured as Nomination Day in Jamaica on Tuesday was blighted with a motorcade supporting the opposition Jamaica Labour Party being shot at and supporters of the two campaigning parties clashing. As shared by the police who says that there is warring between gangs Sparta and Rebel in the Flanker community, the death of the unnamed man in that same community in St. James came two days after a shooting at a JLP rally.

As officials from both parties in the country pleaded with Jamaicans to avoid violence when campaigning leading up to the February 25 general elections, three people were killed and six others injured in a Sunday night incident. Police say that gunmen opened fire on the JLP motorcade on Tuesday evening.  Over 40 spent shells were retrieved from the scene.

“We had a team in the area and they responded promptly and were actually engaged by the gunmen,” Senior Superintendent of Police, Steve McGregor, said.

The Jamaica Gleaner also quoted that he said no permission was granted for the motorcade to pass through the area.

“We are aware of the tension in the community and asked specifically that no motorcade should come through Flanker. I am really sad that our instructions were not followed, and I would really like to know who authorized this motorcade,” McGregor said.

In the North Central Clarendon constituency, PNP’s nominee Desmond Brennan and the incumbent Pearnel Charles of the JLP arrived to be nominated at the same time and a clash spiraled between supporters of the two main political parties. Though the candidates urged their backers to be calm and regrain from violence, the groups threw objects at each other, and police and military strengths had to intervene to restore order. The Director of Elections Orrette Fisher however said that apart from thos incidents, the nomination process went well.

A total of 152 candidates were nominated, with the PNP and JLP fielding candidates in all 63 constituencies, and a few minority parties and independent candidates throwing their hats into the ring. Seven candidates were nominated from the National Democratic Movement; six from the Marcus Garvey People’s Political Party; two from the People’s Progressive Party; and one from Hope For Portland East. There are 10 independent candidates.
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