Caribbean News Round – Up


Botched abortion leaves teen hospitalized

court[Jamaica Observer] A Jamaican doctor has been charged for reportedly performing an abortion on a 15-year-old girl that has caused her to be hospitalised in serious condition.

The botched operation conducted last month resulted in the teen being rushed to the St Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital from where she was airlifted to a medical facility in Kingston based on the severity of her condition.

Dr Shelton Minot has been charged with procuring an abortion and grievous bodily harm with intent. 

Minot was arrested on Monday and was offered bail in the sum of $1 million, with one or two sureties, on Friday.


Top cop: 50 killings in September

murder-in-utah[Trinidad Express] There have been 50 murders in the month of September, therefore making it the bloodiest month for the year so far.

This was revealed yesterday morning by acting Commissioner of Police in Trinidad Stephen Williams as he spoke on i95.5FM.

“We have 50 murders for September 2015, so it is the most violent month for the year thus far, although we have seen over the last ten days, a rolling back in the numbers.

“Now whenever there are murders the TT Police Service (TTPS) has a concern, so although we have a rolling back, it is not about looking at qualifying the murders…but it has to be recognised that the reports of violence dropped over the past ten days.

“We had only seven murders over ten days which is a big difference from what happened in the bulk of the month of September. And while we don’t have any study which clearly signals cause-and-effect relationships as to why we have 50 murders in one month in 2015, there are a lot of considerations being advanced as to some of the things which would have triggered the levels of violence in the month of September.

“Modern, sensible management” of West Indies cricket 

Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Keith Rowley speaking to the media.
Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Keith Rowley speaking to the media.

[Jamaica Observer] Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says there is a need for “modern, sensible management” of West Indies cricket but does not believe regional politicians should intervene in the administration of the game.

The Trinidad and Tobago leader argued that the sport in the Caribbean had been badly managed and said it was “disappointing” to witness the state in which it had now found itself.

Speaking on local radio here, Rowley said he had hoped that last year’s aborted tour of India could have led to a watershed moment in the management of West Indies cricket.

“I was kind of hoping that debacle in India would have resulted in the bankruptcy of the West Indies Cricket Board,” Rowley said candidly.

“If the Indians had pressed for their [US$] 42 million and the West Indies Cricket Board couldn’t pay it, they go bankrupt and get out of business and then something else emerges as modern sensible management of this resource, this cultural iconic part of our existence that is West Indies cricket.”

He continued: “It is really disappointing to see how we as West Indians have taken the best legacy that has been bequeathed to us and just ruined it by general misconduct.”

Rowley was weighing in on the latest controversy to hit West Indies cricket.






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