Caribbean News Round-up




[Trinidad Express] – A POLICE sting operation went horribly wrong yesterday morning resulting in a police officer and a University of the West Indies (UWI) engineering student being shot dead.

Three police officers have been killed for the year thus far while the murder toll has now risen to 398 for 2015 to date compared with 393 for the corresponding period last year.

A release from the Public Affairs Unit of the Police Service stated yesterday four men are now in police custody in connection with the Aranjuez double homicide.


‘Lady Saw’ turns to the church

lady-saw-banner-1[Jamaica Observer] – FEMALE deejay Lady Saw has cancelled all her dancehall events and has declared that she is becoming a Christian.

Yesterday, the artiste who is known for her raunchy tracks took to social media and made the revelation.

“God has just spoken to he. He did so at J Capri service and finish it off in my house. I’m now a servant of the Lord. All my dancehall shows will be cancelled ‘cause God has call me to work for him now, Glory be to the most high God,” she said on Instagram.

Jamaica Observer she confirmed the social media posting, stating that despite similar utterings from her in the past this time it is real.

“This time I have accepted Jesus. I said yes, Lord, I am ready, I am here, I have accepted God and whatever is going to happen with promoters will just have to happen. I am now a warrior for Christ and who don’t like it will just have to learn. God has chosen me as a new servant. I will be ministering on his behalf… I am ready,” she stated.

Lady Saw, whose real name is Marion Hall, explained that what she called a revelation from God began on Sunday evening as she went out with friends and got a little tipsy.

“On my way to J Capri’s service one of my sisters upset me really bad and I just got mad and tell them a whole heap a thing. It was really bad.”

The deejay related that her calling from God got even stronger once she sat in the chapel at the University of the West Indies for the funeral service.

“I got a chance to hug and give my condolences to her parents and family and I got really emotional when they pushed her casket up to the altar I just could not help thinking that could have been me and right there I decided I want to give my life to Christ. The question kept coming up what do I do? When I heard Cherine Anderson, Alaine and Romain Virgo sing I could feel God’s presence and I knew this is where I belong.”

Lady Saw got emotional as she described what happened after she got home after the funeral.

“I did not want to see them put her in the grave so after the church service I came home. It’s like God was talking to me and saying something is wrong cause I am just cussing out my family then I realised that God was in my house and I started to preach and get into spirit. God started giving me the answers to the questions I was asking. Like when I said how am I going to do this? He told me ‘you have people’. He told me to apologise to my family because it was the stress that comes from being responsible for my family that caused me to cuss them out. He told me to form a strong family unit, find a church, become Evangelist Hall and get the family unit into the church. I have used part of my life to serve the devil — all those things on stage. The rest of my life belongs to Christ and I am ready to work,” she further revealed.

“It all was leading up to this moment. When I look back on the fact that I said I was gonna do a raw album. I started to write the lyrics, got the ‘riddims’ and all now I can’t go and voice those tracks. I keep saying to myself how you doing a gospel album and it’s like you are going back to that kind of thing…Well it’s a wrap… not going back.”


Brazil police raid homes of lower house speaker Cunha

_87217196_c595bb34-eb5c-4036-a052-793cb6a53ace[BBC] – Police in Brazil have raided the official residence of the speaker of the lower house of congress, Eduardo Cunha.

Several police cars surrounded the house in Brasilia early on Tuesday.

Mr Cunha’s property in Rio de Janeiro has also been raided, police officials said.

The officers are searching for evidence in connection with a corruption scandal at the state-oil giant Petrobras, which has cost the company $2bn (£1.3bn).

Prosecutors filed charges against Mr Cunha in August.

He is accused of taking $5m (£3.2m) in bribes from companies seeking to secure contracts with Petrobras.

Prosecutors allege he hid the money in secret Swiss bank accounts. Mr Cunha denies the allegations and says they are politically motivated. He has refused to step down from his post as speaker.



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