Barbados Today Read, Watch, Listen & Discuss Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:04:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 UPDATE-Driver survives after lorry plunges 40 feet Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:04:32 +0000 A truck driver had a miraculous escape just after noon today after the lorry he was driving went over a 40 foot precipice in Durants Village, St James.

Police and residents say 50-year-old Trevor Burke was delivering a consignment of building material to a residence in the area when he apparently lost control.

The house above belongs to Lisle Forte. It was being worked on at the time of the accident.

The house above belongs to Lisle Forte. It was being worked on at the time of the accident.

“The truck was delivering marl to my brother’s house which is situated to the top of the cliff. The engine shut down and when the driver twice tried to restart it, the brakes failed and it rolled over the cliff and damaged the patio and steps of the house below,” explained Mercille Earle, who described the entire episode as quite frightening.

Burke, who is from Ellerton in St George, received a wound to the back of his head and complained of pains to his back and legs.

He was transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance.


Earlier this evening this truck removed the fallen vehicle from the scene.

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Finals bound Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:37:29 +0000 Graydon Sealy Secondary will defend their Division Two title against Ellerslie while Division One title-holders Harrison College will come up against Combermere in the corresponding final, after all four teams logged victories in the semi-finals of the 2014 Massy United Insurance Secondary School Basketball League yesterday.

Playing at the Wildey Gymnasium, Graydon Sealy slaughtered Frederick Smith Secondary 59-19 while in the other Division Two semi-final, Ellerslie held off Lester Vaughan Secondary 70-60.

In Division One, Harrison College made no mistake as they hammered Christ Church Foundation 71-51 while Combermere battled past Barbados Community College 70-64.

Graydon Sealy, meanwhile, produced the most dominant performance of the day as they easily got past Frederick Smith with little fuss.

The winners were led by Andrew Ifill who top scored with 17 points while Shaquan Newton chipped in with 14 and Amal Smith, ten. For the losers, Khamal Boyce managed eight points.

Graydon Sealy led the game throughout, rushing to an 11-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, which they converted into a 30-10 advantage at half-time. They out-scored their opponents 23-3 in the third quarter to lead 53-13, before cruising in the final quarter with the game already sealed.

In contrast, Ellerslie were forced to battle all the way to the end before posting a hard fought come-from-behind victory over Lester Vaughan.

The Black Rock-based school trailed 14-18 after the first quarter and were behind by five, 27-32 at the half-time whistle. However, Ellerslie roused themselves in the third quarter to producing a sterling defensive effort which saw them outscore Lester Vaughan 20-5 and grab a 47-37 lead heading into the final quarter.

Lester Vaughan guard Brandon Hope top scored with a game high 35 points and got great support from Zachary Cave who scored 16.

Lester Vaughan guard Brandon Hope is blocked as he drives to the basket.

Lester Vaughan guard Brandon Hope is blocked as he drives to the basket.

But Ellerslie’s go-to guy Jehu Lafueillee delivered yet again despite being under heavy surveillance by Lester Vaughan. He scored 30 points while Jamali Holder chipped in with 12 to take the game away from Lester Vaughan.

Ellerslie forward Jehu Lafueillee collects another two of his points. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

Ellerslie forward Jehu Lafueillee collects another two of his points. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

In Division one, meanwhile, Harrison College easily got by Foundation, thanks to the consistent Joel Hunte with his 26 points and Nikolai Button and Christopher Holder who added 12 points apiece.

Shaquan Carrington, usually the leading scorer for Foundation, was once again out front with 11 points.

Harrison College dominated from the outset, leading 26-16 at the end of the first quarter before out-scoring Foundation 22-8 in the second quarter to establish a half-time advantage of 48-24.

In the other Division One semi-final, Combermere were propelled by Derion Hurley who scored 23 while Kadeem Brathwaite downed 18 and Christopher Collymore, 11.

For BCC, Alexander Cumberbatch was the high man with 20 points, with Anderson Gittens contributing 14 and Ammuniki Wood, 12.

]]> 0 Student suspended for beating teacher Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:41:39 +0000 A second form student at the Lodge School in St John has been suspended and now faces possible expulsion after allegedly beating a male member of the teaching staff.

Well-placed sources say the incident occurred last Tuesday in which the student, who is said to be 13-years-old, repeatedly kicked the teacher and also threatened to shoot and kill him.

As a result of the incident, teachers have requested a meeting with the school’s Board of Management.

When contacted, Deputy Chief Education Officer Karen Best said: “I cannot comment on the incident. This is the first time I am hearing about it. You cannot comment on something that you know nothing about.”

Chairman of the Lodge School Pat Cheltenham QC also declined comment on the matter, saying he had not yet met with the Principal Vasco Dash or members of the board.

However, Barbados TODAY has learnt that the male student, whose parents are Barbadian, was transferred from the New York school system to the Lodge School.

One concerned female teacher at the St John educational institution said she was terrified over the fact that the male victim – a temporary teacher and ex-student of Lodge – was well built and yet he had been beaten. Another teacher complained that last term the same student was found carrying a large kitchen knife in his school bag.

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What fate now awaits Blacks of America? Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:35:58 +0000 The fires that have raged in Ferguson, St Louis, Missouri; the disbelief, tears of frustration and anger etched on the faces of thousands; the violent scenes of looting; and the daring confrontations between police and ordinary Americans are but public revelations of the deep mistrust in the criminal justice system of the land of the free and home of the brave.

The decision by a St Louis County grand jury to spare police officer Darren Wilson criminal charges for his August 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown was no less unexpected as it was a savage blow to millions in America itself and around the globe ––  those who had yet desperately hoped this unsettling matter would not have gone the way of the Trayvon Martin vs George Zimmerman case.

For St Louis prosecutor Robert McCulloch, “no probable cause [existed] to file any charges against Darren Wilson”, as he pronounced that the most credible eyewitness to Brown’s shooting had said that the young man had charged at the officer just before the final fatal shots. It’s concerning that the testimony of scores of other witnesses who swore the African American youth was attempting to surrender to the white police officer appeared to the authorities to have been less than solid –– as worrying as the fact that an officer of six years’ experience would fire one dozen shots at the unarmed Wilson.

We leave it to the legal experts to pour over the decision of the St Louis grand jurors, who met for 25 days over three months, taking testimony of 60 witnesses, and determine whether indeed they they had acted correctly in separating fact from fiction. Still we cannot help but wonder if, in this case that lacks not for ethnic consideration, justice could have been truly served by a 12-member jury of nine Whites and three Blacks.

Loud voices against the responsibility of review of a grand jury to indict or not have not be unheard, nor the alternative sugggestion that that decision should have been put before a special prosecutor. The truth is, in the latter case the outcome will not have been guaranteed to be different –– and the debate on the pros and cons will no doubt go on.

Yet, unfortunately, there is a real fear that any emendment or redemption in this sad matter may come to be overshadowed by the outrage of protesters on the Ferguson streets which became aflood with wanton recklessness, looting and unnecessary acts of vandalism. While we sympathize with the disapppointed and hurt, we can but strongly condemn the lawlessness that can only serve as a diversion from the matter at heart.

Surely, this anarchy is not the voice of those thousands upon thousands of Americans who would like believe they can live free of harassment and injustice, safe in the assurance that those who have vowed to serve and protect do so without favour of race or colour. Those who persist in engaging and spurring anarchic action would do well to realize they are dishonouring the life of Brown and the wishes of his grieving parents who have pleaded for peaceful protests in the aftermath of the verdict.

What of the underlying problems? The unresolved issues of race and the American justice system are at the core of St Louis grand jury ruling last night. President Barack Obama, speaking after the announcement, admitted: “We need to recognize that the situation in Ferguson speaks to broader challenges that we still face as a nation.”

Those challenges do indeed include the deep mistrust between the police and citizens, particularly African Americans ––  more so males among them. The root of discrimination still runs deep. We’ve no doubt heard countless stories from no less a person than outgoing United States Attorney General Eric Holder, and other high profile figures
of colour.

America obviously needs to perform some soul-searching, finding most urgent solutions to the systemic biases that continue to breed skepticism and apprehension about its order of justice ––– which the historic election of the country’s first African American president on November 4, 2008, has regrettably failed to correct.

]]> 0 WORLD-More forces for Ferguson Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:30:13 +0000 FERGUSON –– Aiming to head off more looting and rioting, Missouri’s governor today ordered National Guard reinforcements into the St Louis suburb of Ferguson following overnight violence ignited by the clearing of a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Police in riot gear move past a burning vehicle last night.

Police in riot gear move past a burning vehicle last night.

Attorneys for the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot to death by officer Darren Wilson in August, condemned the grand jury process that led to yesterday’s decision not to bring criminal charges against the officer.

About a dozen buildings in Ferguson burned overnight and 61 people, mostly from the St Louis area, were arrested for crimes including burglary, illegal weapons possession and unlawful assembly, police said today. Shops were looted during the unrest.

The case underscores the sometimes tense nature of race relations in the United States. The St Louis County grand jury’s decision also led to protests in other major American cities. The people who took to the streets in Ferguson seemed to disregard calls for restraint issued by President Barack Obama and others.

Police fired tear gas and flash-bang canisters at protesters last night. Police said protesters fired guns at them, lit patrol cars on fire and hurled bricks into their lines.

Brown family lawyers Benjamin Crump and Anthony Gray said in a news conference the process had been unfair because the prosecutor in the case had a conflict of interest and Wilson was not properly cross-examined. They said a special prosecutor should have been appointed.

“This process is broken. The process should be indicted,” Crump said.

Missouri’s Governor Jay Nixon said he was meeting with law enforcement and bolstering the National Guard deployment to ensure that people and property were protected in the days ahead.

“Violence like we saw last night cannot be repeated,” Nixon said on his Twitter feed. His office said “the Guard is providing security at the Ferguson Police Department, which will allow additional law enforcement officers to protect the public”.

]]> 0 Beautifying Barbados Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:26:08 +0000 As efforts continue to make the ABC Highway aesthetically pleasing to locals and visitors alike, Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley today planted a tree between the Everton Weekes Roundabout and the Clyde Walcott Roundabout, as Coordinator of the Adopt-A-Kilometre project Andrew Clarke looked on.


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GUYANA-Man dies after stuck dentures in the throat Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:14:30 +0000 GEORGETOWN –– For ten days, 60-year-old Luther Miller had something stuck in his throat and did not know what it was. Even doctors at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) didn’t have a clue what was causing Miller to have difficulty breathing.

They got the shock of their lives when they were finally able to remove the blockage. It was his dentures of seven teeth that had been there all the time.

Miller had swallowed his dentures while suffering a seizure almost two weeks ago at his Vigilance, East Coast Demerara home. He then lapsed into a coma.

But by the time the doctors were able to remove the dentures, it was too late; Miller succumbed on Saturday, a day after the successful surgery.

His sister Joycelyn Miller told Kaieteur News that Miller took ill two Thursdays ago and was rushed to the GPHC in an unconscious state.

Joycelyn said that after a few hours in the hospital’s Accident & Emergency Unit, her brother regained consciousness and doctors began treating him for a suspected heart condition.

He was subsequently admitted and transferred to the Male Surgical Ward. According to his sister, visits to him the next couple of days found him in a cheerful mood, although he was experiencing some difficulty breathing and swallowing. They all attributed this to his suspected heart condition, although they were unaware that he had any such complaint.

Days passed and Miller, his relatives and even the doctors treating him were not sure what was causing the problem.

“When he coughed, everything was coming through his nose and I thought it was just cold,” said Joycelyn.

Since more than a week had passed and his condition was not getting any better, doctors decided to examine Miller a bit closer and they soon realized that there was a foreign object blocking his throat.

According to his sister, Miller managed to relate to them that he was taken to the hospital’s operating theatre where he overheard a doctor telling a nurse that they would have to operate on his throat to remove whatever it was that was blocking it.

An X-ray was done and doctors made the shocking discovery of the dentures stuck in Miller’s throat.

“Initially when he did not find his dentures, he did not worry much since he thought they had dropped out of in the taxi that took him to the hospital, or he had forgotten them at home. Is when I go to the hospital on Friday his son told me that they find the dentures in he throat,” Joycelyn explained.

She said that she was relieved the doctors had removed the dentures and was hoping her brother would soon recover and go home.

But the story did not have a happy ending, since Miller succumbed the following day.

“Is ten days he had it in he throat and Saturday we got word that he had died,” the woman stated.

Kaieteur News was told Miller’s body was taken to a private funeral home without a post-mortem being done to determine the cause of his death.

]]> 0 Wanted man captured Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:13:24 +0000 Police have captured wanted man Aaron Joseph.

Days after issuing a bulletin for 22-year- old Joseph of Yearwood Road, Mount Standfast, St James, lawmen say he was nabbed at Barbarees Hill, St Michael this morning during a joint operation.

They say he is now assisting with investigations into a number of serious offences.


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Driver survives after lorry plunges 40 feet Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:05:58 +0000 A truck driver had a miraculous escape just after noon today after the lorry he was driving went over a 40 foot precipice in Durants Village, St James.


Police say 50-year-old Trevor Burke was delivering a consignment of building material to a residence in the area when he apparently lost control.

Burke, who is from Ellerton in St George, received a wound to the back of his head and complained of pains to his back and legs.

He was transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance.

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Three plead guilty to drug charges Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:52:52 +0000 Three men pleaded guilty to drug-related charges when they appeared in the Oistins Magistrate’s Court today.

Barry Jefferson Sealy of New Orleans, St Michael was charged with possession of 2.28 grammes of cocaine, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and possession of an apparatus.

On the charge of possession, the 49-year-old was fined $1000 to be paid within three months failing which he would spend nine months in prison.

He was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the remaining offences.

Reservoir Road, Lodge Hill, St Michael resident Najee Dwayne Poleone was also slapped with four charges following the discovery of 83 cannabis plants in his yard and a quantity of loose cannabis in his house.

He was charged with possession of cannabis, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and cultivation.

He was granted $3500 bail with one surety, and is scheduled to return to court pending a pre-sentencing report.

An 18-year-old, who was at Poleone’s home at the time, also appeared in court to answer to drug charges.

Justin Daniel of Clerpark, St Thomas was charged with possession of 30 grammes of cannabis, possession with intent to supply and trafficking.

He was granted personal bail in the sum of $1500 and is also due to return to court on Friday pending a pre-sentencing report.



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