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Police crime scene 555Basseterre, St. Kitts, 8th March 2015 (MiyVue.com) - An early morning shooting incident on Saturday, 7th March, in the West Bourne Ghaut area has left one man seriously injured.

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, 19th March 2015 (MiyVue.com) – The father of recently elected representative for constituency #4, Lindsay Grant, was beaten and robbed, according to information from the Police Force.

Information reaching this publication indicated that gunmen, who stormed their Sir Gillies Estate home in Sandy Point, robbed Warrington Grant and his wife.

When contacted for confirmation of the incident, Police Public Relations Officer Inspector Lyndon David indicated that the incident occurred at around 3 a.m. on Thursday, 19th March.

Further, Miyvue.com understands that the bandit(s) gained entry to the premises through an unlocked door, where, according to the Inspector David, they made good their escape with a quantity of items and an undisclosed quantity of cash.

Initial investigations carried out by the ranks of the force indicate that one persons sustained minor injuries and was being treated at the Joseph N France Hospital.

The Police Force has since launched an investigation into the incident.

The police requests anyone who may have information that could lead to the arrest, charge and subsequent conviction of the perpetrators, to call “the Violent Crime Unit at 467-1886, 467-1887, 662-9336, the nearest police station, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477(TIPS).

You do not have to provide your personal information, and you may be eligible to receive a reward.

 

 

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 19th March 2015 (MiyVue.com) – The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force has broken silence on comments made by its own commissioner of police during a local radio station interview.

Commissioner of Police Celvin Walwyn stated in a radio interview that the demotion of Rosemary Isles-Roberts from superintendent to her substantive post of inspector was an act of discrimination and victimization that he associates with the recently installed Team Unity administration.

In a new twist to the story, the Police Force issued a statement characterizing the commissioner’s broadcasted statements as “unfortunate,” and indicated that the transcript of the interview has been sent to the Police Service Commission for “attention and appropriate action”.

Nevertheless, the Force’s own statement addressed one particular issue raised by the commissioner, who claimed that Inspector Isles Roberts was victimized by her removal from superintendent status. It takes to task the commissioner’s action in promoting the inspector, and it outlines the procedures that should have been taken.

According to the police information, the commissioner “cannot” promote an officer above the rank of a station sergeant, noting that the procedure to promote an inspector up to the rank of superintendent of police is governed by section 12 of the Police Act, No. 6 of 2003.

The statement further clarifies the circumstances surrounding the promotion issue.

“On November 25, 2014, the commissioner of police wrote to the Police Service Commission seeking approval for Inspector Rosemary Isles-Roberts to be promoted and appointed to the rank of superintendent.  Neither the Police Service Commission nor the Governor-General has had the benefit of any recommendation for her; hence she was never promoted nor appointed to Acting Superintendent of Police.

“On March 5, 2015, Inspector Rosemary Isles-Roberts was asked to wear the appropriate badges of rank for inspector, which is her substantive rank, which is the normal procedure in this case,” the Police Force statement explains.

The Police Force is contending that there is no proof of Ms. Isles-Roberts’ promotion, and it was done in an inappropriate manner.

“Any appointment in the Police Force of a person to the rank of superintendent, assistant superintendent and inspector shall be made by the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the recommendation of the Commission," the statement pointed out.

According to the law enforcement body, Commissioner of Police Walwyn would have been required to make the appropriate recommendation in writing to the Police Service Commission via the permanent secretary in the ministry responsible. 

“If the Police Service Commission is in approval with the recommendation of the commissioner of police, the recommendation is then sent on to the Governor-General for his approval,” the statement informs.

Based on the information, the last stage is an appointment in the form of an instrument signed by the Governor-General, all of which is reflected in the Civil Service P/8 Form.  This appointment may take the form of an acting appointment or it may be a confirmation,” the Force disclosed.

The Police Force statement reminds the public that they are a professional organization, bound by the Constitution and the laws of the Federation.

“We operate within the four corners of the Law.  We do not condone nor practice discrimination or victimization; rather, we promote equality for all,” states the Police Force information.

Rosemary Isles-Roberts joined the Police Force on October 8, 1996, as a constable, before being moved up the ranks to corporal in 2009.  In 2011 Roberts was again promoted, this time she gained the rank of sergeant being bumped up to acting-superintendent.

To date, Isles-Roberts has had some eighteen (18) years of service in the law enforcement agency.

 

 

 

Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has described measures imposed by the United States against Venezuela as unfair.

He was addressing an ALBA summit in Venezuela on Tuesday.

“The imposition of this measure by the United States against Venezuela is really unfair..” he said.

Last week US President Barack Obama, issued an executive order which considers Venezuela a threat to the national security of the United States.

But Skerrit told the summit that “no country has such authority to impose a measure that way to a country like Venezuela or any country.”

He said the matter is not an expression of anti-American sentiments, but one of principle.

“And we should not negotiate principles, we can negotiate the words but not principles,” the Prime Minister said.

He continued, “So we’re here to tell the people of Venezuela that you are not alone in seeking justice …”

He went on to say that he believes in diplomacy and consensus to resolve differences between countries.

The Prime Minister described Dominica as a friend of the people of Venezuela and called for cooperation to repeal “this decision taken by the President of the United States” since, according to him, it has a “unilateral purpose.”

“I think, really, we cannot but express our solidarity with the people of Venezuela. I do not think we should be silent about the injustice of this action; we have a duty as leaders, officials to be accountable to our people,” he stated.

ALBA is made up of Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Granada, Nicaragua, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Venezuela.

 

 

WASHINGTON, USA - The former minister of foreign affairs of Uruguay Luis Almagro was on Wednesday elected by the member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) as secretary general for the next five years, during a special general assembly held at the headquarters of the Organization in Washington DC. 

Nestor Mendez, ambassador of Belize to the United States, permanent representative to the OAS, and high commissioner to Canada, was also elected for a five-year term as the new assistant secretary general.

In his first speech, Almagro said he would work to ensure that the OAS is guided by the interests of the billion people who inhabit the Americas with pragmatism, the search for unity and solidarity as the pillars of his administration.

The secretary general-elect of the hemispheric institution announced he will work with all the countries of the region "without exception" and expressed his conviction that "it is time to put an end to unnecessary fragmentations”. 


“Beginning on May 26, as secretary general of the OAS, my efforts will be focused on making the organization a useful tool in the interests of all the peoples of the Americas, wherever they are from," he said.

The former Uruguayan foreign minister received broad support from the member countries that participated in the special general assembly, which cast 33 votes in favour and one abstention, to elect him as successor to the current secretary general of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza.

Almagro called for the organization to set aside the debates of the past and focus on contemporary challenges. 


"I am convinced that the time of a discursive, bureaucratic OAS, far removed from the concerns of the people of the Americas, anchored in the paradigms of the past, is definitely giving way to an OAS of the 21st century," he said. 


"I do not want to be the administrator of the crisis of the OAS, but the facilitator of its renewal," he added.

The secretary general-elect is 51 years old, is married and has seven children. Besides Spanish, he speaks English and French and is a lawyer by profession. Before having led the Uruguayan foreign ministry for the last five years, he was Ambassador to the People's Republic of China for five years, and held senior diplomatic posts in the foreign ministry of his country, and diplomatic representations of Uruguay in Germany and Iran.

For his part, Insulza expressed his commitment to a "completely calm and proper" transition. After congratulating the secretary general-elect, he noted his agreement with the "set of ideas and principles" expressed by Almagro during his campaign.

Moreover, Insulza expressed his hope that, during the seventh Summit of the Americas, to be held on April 10 and 11 in Panama. a further step would be taken to include Cuba in the Inter-American System. 


He recalled that the 2009 OAS General Assembly that took place in San Pedro Sula, the suspension imposed on the Caribbean nation in 1962 was lifted, and expressed hope that in the coming years the largest Caribbean island will fully rejoin the OAS.

Mendez contested the election for the post of assistant secretary general against Ambassador Bayney Karran, permanent representative of Guyana to the OAS, and secured the election with 24 votes against 10 out of a total of 34 member states. This is the first time that a Belizean has been elected to such a senior office in the OAS.

 

 

 

 

MUMBAI, India (AFP) — Emerging markets must prepare for the impact of US interest rate rises, whose timing could surprise markets, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde warned in India on Tuesday.

Speaking alongside India's central bank governor Raghuram Rajan, Lagarde said the so-called "taper tantrum" that hit emerging economies hard in 2013 could be repeated.

The US Federal Reserve caused panic in 2013 when it first signalled a reduction in its multi-billion dollar asset purchases to stimulate the economy.

India and other emerging economies were slammed as investors pulled out of their markets, in what came to be termed a "taper tantrum", amid speculation about the winding down of the stimulus programme that had rallied emerging markets.

"The danger is that vulnerabilities that build up during a period of very accommodative monetary policy can unwind suddenly when such policy is reversed, creating substantial market volatility," Lagarde said in prepared remarks in Mumbai at the end of a two-day visit to India.

"We already got a taste of it during the taper tantrum episode in May and June of 2013, when most emerging market economies suffered indiscriminate capital outflows.

"I am afraid this may not be a one-off episode. This is so, because the timing of interest rate lift-off and the pace of subsequent rate increases can still surprise markets.

"Emerging markets need to prepare in advance to deal with this uncertainty."

Lagarde said developed economies could help avoid future volatility with "clear and effective communication of policy intentions".

"We are perhaps approaching the point where, for the first time since 2006, the United States will raise short-term interest rates later this year, as the first country to start the process of normalising its monetary policy," she said.

"Even if this process is well managed, the likely volatility in financial markets could give rise to potential stability risks."

Emerging economies could prepare for future swings including through higher GDP growth, stronger external current account positions and lower inflation.

Central banks must also be ready to act, with aggressive and temporary liquidity support and targeted foreign exchange interventions, she advised.

She praised Rajan, a former IMF chief economist, and the Indian government for their economic reform efforts which should be pursued "with the utmost speed".

Lagarde met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday as part of her visit to India, which she praised as a bright spot in the otherwise gloom-ridden global economy.

 

 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday March 19, 2015,  – Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has told Parliament that he has in his possession a list of people who would have benefitted from the collapse of the Trinidad-based insurance conglomerate, Colonial Life Insurance Company (CLICO) a few years ago.

Stuart, contributing to the 2015-16 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, told legislators that in due course he would make public “the list of names” in his possession.

“Do not mistake my silence for an incapacity to speak. The time will come when all things will be made clear and explained. I ain’t saying anything yet,” Stuart told Parliament, adding “I have a list . . . of all of the persons who invested in the Executive Flexible Premium Annuity, but I ain’t saying nothing yet.

“I know all the people who earning quick money, who were entranced by the lure of attractive interest rates. I know them, I have all of the names,” Prime Minister Stuart said, hinting that the investment might have questionable legal standing.

“It is not a traditional insurance product according to legal advice.”

Stuart said that much of the current controversy surrounding CLICO would have been avoided, or ended, if action was taken consistent with the intention of the late prime minister David Thompson.

“We might have been better off if there was more trust on the respective sides of this House and the oversight committee, which had been put in place by the late honourable member for St John, had been kept in place.

“The millions of dollars that I am hearing about that have had to be paid to judicial managers . . . we wouldn’t have to pay and would have made a little more progress in this matter.”

He said his administration would do “what the government has to do” and he is hoping that “having agitated for the matter to be put under judicial management that we will now have the patience to wait to see it through.

“But let it not be forgotten that there was agitation in this House and outside for the matter to be put under judicial management,” he told legislators.

“Not surprisingly the issue of CLICO is being raised,” he said, as he defended Thompson from those who were “trying to besmirch the reputation of the late honourable member for St John, and trying to destroy the sanctity of his memory”.

Finance Minister Chris Sinckler said the present government had nothing to hide regarding CLICO, adding that he was pleased that the forensic report was unsealed for the public to see, while making it clear that the Judicial Manager, and not the Government or the Financial Services Commission, was the one who had asked for the audit to be sealed in the first place.

“I don’t know what it is that was in it that couldn’t be seen anyway other than statements that have been made, some not properly corroborated, some inaccurate if you read it, others are hearsay and all of the parties involved not being interviewed in relation to it ,” Sinckler said, adding that while members of the Opposition were blaming the government for CLICO’s troubles, they must be mindful that “whatever was taking place at CLICO, was taking place (when) the Barbados Labour Party was in government”.








 




A gunman involved in the attack that killed 20 tourists at the Bardo museum in Tunis was known to the authorities, Tunisia's prime minister has said.

Habib Essid told RTL Radio that security services had flagged up Yassine Laabidi, but were not aware of "anything specific" or of any links to known militant groups.

A Tunisian police officer also died in Wednesday's attack.

Both gunmen were killed. A search is on for suspects linked to them.

Two or three accomplices are still at large, an interior ministry spokesman told AFP news agency. The spokesman said both attackers were "probably" Tunisian. The second gunman has been named as Hatem Khachnaoui.

The tourists killed in the attack include visitors from Japan, Italy, Colombia, Australia, France, the UK, Poland and Spain, officials said.

On Thursday, three people - two Spanish tourists and one Tunisian museum worker - were found at the museum after having hidden there overnight, police said.

Tunisia's Culture Minister, Latifa Lakhdar, told reporters that the museum will re-open to the public early next week.

Officials say more than 40 people, including tourists and Tunisians, were injured. The gunmen were killed after holding tourists hostage for several hours at the museum.

Speaking after the attack on national TV, Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi said the country would not be cowed by terror attacks.

"These monstrous minorities do not frighten us," he said. "We will resist them until the deepest end without mercy."

At the time of the attack, deputies in the neighbouring parliament building were discussing anti-terrorism legislation.

Sayida Ounissi, an MP, told BBC Radio Four's Today programme that the security services had said the gunmen had originally planned to attack parliament.

A statement released by a jihadist media outlet gave a similar account, saying the gunmen began killing tourists after being repelled by police at the parliament. The statement did not say which group carried out the attack.

Many Tunisians took to the streets of central Tunis to protest against the attack, waving flags and lighting candles outside the museum.

World leaders condemned the attack and expressed their support for Tunisia's counter-terrorism efforts.

The UN Security Council issued a statement saying no terrorist action could reverse Tunisia's path towards democracy. The statement offered condolences to those affected by the attack, and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

According to Tunisian authorities, 23 people were killed - though it is not clear if totals provided by the authorities include the gunmen. Some of the countries involved have given different totals and not all the dead have been identified. The dead include:

At least three Tunisians, including a police officer involved in the security operation

Five Japanese were killed, according to Mr Essid - although Japan says it has only confirmed the deaths of three citizens

Four Italians

Two Colombians

Two Spaniards

One national each from the UK, Australia, France and Polandline

The attack is a huge blow for Tunisia's tourism industry and its government, which only emerged at the end of a long political transition several months ago, the BBC's Arab affairs editor Sebastian Usher says.

Islamist militants have tried to derail the democratic transition, which, although fragile, remains the most positive result of the Arab Spring in the Middle East, our correspondent adds.

Tourism is a key sector of Tunisia's economy, with large numbers of Europeans visiting the country's resorts.

In 2002, 19 people, including 11 German tourists, were killed in a bomb blast at a synagogue in the resort of Djerba. Al-Qaeda said it had carried out that attack.

Concerns about security in Tunisia have increased in recent months as neighbouring Libya has become increasingly unstable.

A large number of Tunisians have also left to fight in Syria and Iraq, triggering worries that returning militants could carry out attacks at home.

Tunisia's largest museum, built in a 15th Century palace

Contains 8,000 works, including one of the world's largest collections of Roman mosaics

Some items in the collection are more than 40,000 years old

A new wing was added in 2009, doubling its size.

 

 

Members of the Alba regional group expressed their support for Venezuela on Tuesday in the face of increasing tensions between the US and Venezuela.

At an emergency summit, Latin American left-wing leaders urged the US to repeal an executive order which declared Venezuela a threat to the national security of the US.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro stressed his country was no threat.

The two countries have been trading barbs for months.

'No threat'

Tension shot up after the US published an executive order on 9 March announcing sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials suspected by the US of committing human rights abuses.

In the order, US President Barack Obama stated that the situation in Venezuela, including "the government's erosion of human rights guarantees (...) constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States".

The wording of the order caused outrage not only with Venezuelan government officials, but also among its regional allies.

"Venezuela has no plans, did not have, nor will it ever have plans to attack the United States or hurt anyone," Mr Maduro said at the Alba summit in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas.

He received strong backing from the Cuban leader, Raul Castro.

Mr Castro, who announced a rapprochement between his government and that of the US in December after decades of animosity, said that "the US needs to understand once and for all that it cannot seduce or buy Cuba, just as it cannot intimidate Venezuela".

"Our unity is indestructible," he added.

Bolivian President Evo Morales said that "the US government must understand we are not living in imperial times of the past".

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said that it was the US and not Venezuela which was "a threat to global security, this is not rhetoric, it is reality".

Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino questioned what the US, a country which he said "has made torture legal and (...) developed the most powerful mass surveillance system", could teach Latin American nations about human rights.

At a Senate hearing in Washington, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary for South America and Cuba, Alex Lee, meanwhile urged Latin American nations "to emphasize to the [Venezuelan] government the absolute importance of holding free and fair elections".

Parliamentary elections are due to be held in Venezuela later this year. The exact date has yet to be announced.

Mr Maduro won the presidential polls in 2013 by a razor-thin margin.

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles cried foul, but following an audit of the electronic voting system, the election authority confirmed Mr Maduro's poll victory of 50.7% of votes to Mr Capriles's 49.1%

In local elections eight months later, the government coalition won 54% of the vote, a comfortable 10-point lead over the opposition.

Mr Maduro's approval rating has, however, dropped considerably since then and many Venezuelans have expressed their discontent with widespread shortages of basic goods and high levels of insecurity.

 

 

 

 

 

Liat e-cigars bannedBasseterre, St. Kitts, 5th March 2015 (MyVueNews.com) – Flyers who love to take puffs will now be left disappointed with a recent announcement made by popular regional airline, LIAT, to not allow travellers to pass with ‘Electronic Cigarettes’.

Information reaching MyVueNews.com indicates that LIAT, following a recent recommendation from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has placed a hold on persons travelling with e-cigarettes.

The regional airline LIAT has announced that e-cigarettes are prohibited from being carried in checked luggage on the airline's services effective immediately. This comes on the heels of two separate incidents that the FAA pointed to, which occurred in the United States.

MyVueNews.com understands that in the first case, e-cigarettes packed in a passenger’s checked bag in the cargo hold of a passenger aircraft caused a fire that forced the evacuation of an airport.

In a second incident, a checked bag that had missed its flight was found to be on fire in a baggage area. The cause of that fire was attributed to an overheated e-cigarette, according to emergency responders.

However, LIAT said that airport security in several territories that they operate have yet to confirm a unified stance on the carriage of e-cigarettes by passengers in their carry-on.

On that backdrop, the airline has urged passengers to not carry the cigarettes in their cabin baggage either.

 

The regional carrier indicated to regional media entities that should airport security around the region decide, subsequently, to allow e-cigarettes to be carried on board flights, the airline would review its policy.

Brazil interest ratesBrazil's central bank has lifted interest rates to a six-year high of 12.75% to restrain inflation.

Inflation in Brazil, Latin America's largest economy, was at a 12-year high in February of 7.4%. The government's target is 6.5%.

Brazil's economy had been one of the world's fastest growing, but looks to have stalled in 2014.

Economists are now predicting that the economy will contract by more than 0.5% this year.

In a statement, Brazil's central bank said: "In assessing the macroeconomic scenario and the outlook for inflation, the Copom [the bank's monetary policy committee] decided unanimously to raise the rate by 0.5 percentage points, to 12.75%."

On Wednesday, official figures showed industrial production in Brazil fell 5.2% in January compared with last year.

Brazil, once one of the fast-growing Bric economies that also include Russia, India and China, is struggling as demand for its commodities slows.

The country's president, Dilma Rousseff, is trying to force through measures to cut the country's deficit by cutting spending and raising taxes, but is facing stiff political opposition.

An attempt to increase taxes was rejected by the president of Brazil's Senate.

On top of that, a corruption scandal at the state-owned oil giant Petrobras is adding to uncertainty and curbing the company's investment plans.

Brazil's move to raise rates goes against the global trend for rate cutting. This week, India cut interest rates and China has also been easing monetary policy to try to boost economic growth.

Brazil's currency, the real, fell by 2% on Wednesday, touching an 11-year low at one point.

 

 

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