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            [post_content] => While enacting their five-day operation on Monday, the Bahamas police said the were led to end their process on an early note after they arrested two men carrying a large quantity of illegal drugs on a vessel.

The men of ages 36 and 31 were held in custody by members of the Police Marine Support Unit and officers linked to the "Operation Showtime 11" after they came across the 32 foot vessel that they were aboard.

“The officers conducted a search of the vessel and uncovered just over 1,000 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of one million US dollars,” a police representative said.

Reports state that the men will be formally charged in a court appearance that is expected to occur later this week.

Meanwhile, another outline from the police announced that 19 illegal migrants from Cuba were impounded early last Sunday.

After reaching land via their 35-foot Bayliner motor vessel South of Cat Cay in the Bimini Chain, they were spotted by the law-enforcement officers and they abandoned the vessel in an attempt to escape.

The area was immediately search by authorities who eventually came across the undocumented Cuban nationals which included four women and two children.

"The migrants were subsequently taken into custody and handed over to immigration authorities at North Bimini, who organized their flight to Nassau where they will be detained for further processing," the statement added in conclusion.
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Bahamas Law Enforcement Officials Seize Vessel With US$1 Million Of Marijuana

October 22, 2014
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While enacting their five-day operation on Monday, the Bahamas police said the were led to end their process on an early note after they arrested two men carrying a large quantity ...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => The ongoing pay dispute between the West Indies Cricket team and their Union WIPA has forced the players and the rest off staff to take drastic action by cutting short their One-day International (ODI) tour in India. The move has generated a lot of anger among fans in India and in particular the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI). The West Indies team has made it clear that they will finish the fourth ODI but will not consider the fifth that was scheduled to be played in Kolkata, India on Monday.

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has yet to make an announcement regarding the ongoing saga and have remain tight lipped on the situation. Should the West Indies players and staff continue with their plans, a raft of games will be missed that include a twenty20 international and a three-test series beginning October 30th in Hyderabad.

The West Indies players have reached an impasse with WIPA over what they claim is a 65% reduction in their earnings, stemming from the recent Collective Bargaining Agreement  and Memorandum of Understanding the Union signed with the WICB. Captain of the West Indies Cricket team, Dwayne Bravo, hinted at the unfolding scenario when he told commentators at the toss on Friday before the start of the fourth ODI that it was “time to make a decision.”

The BCCI said it was notified by the WICB that the tour would be cut short and that the players would return home immediately. The board also revealed that it was "shocked" and "surprised" at the decision to cancel the tour.  “The West Indies Cricket Board has informed the BCCI of its decision to cancel the rest of its ongoing tour to India because of a dispute with its players, and has advised the BCCI that its players will return home immediately,” BCCI secretary, Sanjay Patel said in a statement.

“The BCCI is shocked and extremely disappointed at the decision taken by the WICB. The WICB’s inability to resolve internal issues with its players and allowing the same to affect an ongoing bilateral series does not reflect well on any of those involved. The withdrawal gives little thought to the future of the game, the players and the long standing relations between the BCCI and the WICB.” he added. Patel described the decision to halt the tour as a "unilateral decision taken by the WICB and its players" and revealed that the BCCI would go to every length to protect their interests.

 

 

 

 

 
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West Indies Halt India Tour Over Pay Dispute with WIPA

October 18, 2014
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            [post_content] => Caribbean labour officials have begun to closely monitor the impact of the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus on regional workforces. One country which remains undisclosed has already made an urgent call for an assessment to be done on the public service sector which has been troubled by the virus known more commonly as Chik-V.

President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association, O'Neil Grant told the Caribbean Media Corporation that the situation in his home country is "grave", stating that the situation can no longer be measured in just "man hours", but in "man days".  Grant indicated that Jamaica's Health Minister Dr. Fenton Ferguson has already pleaded with Private Sector employers to put the health of their affected employees first.

“An impact assessment is needed to measure the number of man-days being lost in the service,” said Dr. Ferguson.  Some schools have been closed on the island, state offices are suffering from absenteeism whilst the private sector is wrestling with financial losses as a result of the disease. Trinidad and Tobago Labour Minister, Errol McLeod, said the situation was one in which “all hands are being invited to be on deck.” He cited that the arrival of the Chikungunya virus, whose symptoms include fever and severe joint pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash has reduced productivity tremendously.

General Secretary of the National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) in Trindad and Tobago, Michael Annissette, indicated that the government, employers, the labour movement and non-governmental organizations need to get involve.  “There is need for more involvement of all stakeholders,” he told CMC, adding “this is not simply a medical issue for doctors. “There is need for greater public awareness and the involvement of everybody.”

President of the Caribbean Congress of Labour, David Massiah, said that the impact in his native country Antigua and Barbuda  “has not been a serious matter per se, but it is serious from the standpoint of the authorities putting things in place to ensure they can arrest the problem of Chikungunya.” The total costs associated with controlling and treating the Chikungunya virus has not yet been calculated, however it is expected to that the amount will put a significant dent in several countries across the region.

 

 

 

 
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Caribbean Labour Officials Monitor Chikungunya Impact On The Caribbean

October 17, 2014
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Caribbean labour officials have begun to closely monitor the impact of the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus on regional workforces. One country which remains undisclosed has alread...Continue reading