Caribbean News Round-up



Chile seizes erotic version of Little Red Riding Hood

_86416737_redridinghood[BBC] – The Chilean government has begun seizing copies of an erotic version of the children’s story Little Red Riding Hood.

They were mistakenly distributed to 283 primary schools over the past year.

The book, entitled Little Red Riding Hood Eats the Wolf, is a collection of six short stories with explicit sexual references.

The mix-up was discovered by a teacher in the remote southern Chilean town of Rio Bueno.

The teacher alerted the authorities after he was approached by a young boy who told him about the book’s contents.

The book was written by Colombian author Pilar Quintana and published in Chile in 2012.

One of the chapters tells the story of a sexual encounters between a teacher and a female pupil.

Another one describes the rape of a 13-year-old girl.

“This book can cause irreparable damage to our students,” said the mayor of Rio Bueno, Luis Reyes, who took the case to Chile’s education ministry this week.

“To describe in such a detailed manner the violation of an underage girl does not help in any way in the education process of young children”, he said.

A Chilean government statement said the book “does not meet the appropriate pedagogical requirements to be included in the national curriculum”.

The folk story of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf dates back to the Middle Ages in Europe.

But its best-known version is that of the Brothers Grimm, Wilhelm and Jacob, first published in 1812.


Moonilal will lose

Hush[Trinidad Express] – Dr Roodal Moonilal will suffer defeat in his quest for leadership of the United National Congress (UNC) because the election will not be fair, says former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday.

“He will lose because the elections will be rigged,” said Panday in a telephone interview with the Express yesterday.

Moonilal officially announced that he will be challenging incumbent Kamla Persad-Bissessar for the party’s leadership on December 5.

Panday expressed fears that the election would not be transparent.

Moonilal disclosed yesterday that Panday was one of the people whom he consulted before making the decision to contest the party’s leadership.

Asked what advice he gave to Moonilal, Panday said: “I told him the same thing I’m telling you. That he will lose because the election will not be fair.”

In January 2010 Panday lost control of the party which he founded as Persad-Bissessar emerged victorious at the party’s internal elections.


The Mighty Sparrow is broke

sparrow[Trinidad Express] – THE promise by the former People’s Partnership administration to pay $2 million to acquire the memorabilia of the Mighty Sparrow, Slinger Francisco, never happened.

The then government also did not pay Sparrow’s medical expenses, as promised, he said.

Sparrow, who was critically ill for months in a New York hospital in 2013, surprised many when he recovered to return to Trinidad in triumphant style.

In February 2014, then-prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced that Sparrow would receive the nation’s highest award in 2014 and that his medical expenses would be covered.

And in December 2014, then-minister of arts and multiculturalism Dr Lincoln Douglas said the ministry would acquire the memorabilia for a ten-year period, with the option for renewal.

But yesterday, Sparrow told the Express: “Ah broke.”

The legendary calypsonian was honoured by the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) on Thursday for his contribution to culture.

President general of the union Ancel Roget told the media that Sparrow was yet to receive money for his medical expenses after suffering a stroke in 2013.

Contacted by telephone yesterday, Sparrow confirmed Roget’s information, saying: “The last government made certain promises to help with different things. Whatever was promised was not delivered. Nothing was given.”

Sparrow said he was still suffering the after-effects of a coma.

He said several people were telling him to “hold on”, but he was not sure which political party they were affiliated with, be it the United National Congress (UNC) or the People’s National Movement (PNM).


Diary of slain gang leader entered into evidence

[Jamaica Observer] – THE Tivoli Enquiry yesterday heard entries from the diary of deceased criminal Cedric Murray, who described his participation in opposing members of the security forces who entered Tivoli Gardens in May 2010 with the intent of arresting Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

Portions of the diary, in which Murray pledged his gun and loyalty to the Coke family and described himself as a Christian man, were read into evidence by Superintendent Beau Rigabie.

The Jamaica Observer had published, in 2010, a series of articles from the diary found on Murray after he was killed trading bullets with police officers on August 12, 2010 near the border of Clarendon and Manchester.

He was on the police most wanted list for more than seven years. Murray, who headed the feared Stone Crusher gang, had been wanted for a number of murders and shooting in the western end of the island.

In the diary, read by Rigabie, Murray described former Prime Minister Bruce Golding as a puppet for the United States, and blamed him for “destroying” Tivoli Gardens.

He also described how he engaged members of the security forces attempting to enter the Tivoli community and that how he fired his AK 47 until his fingers became sore.

He spoke also about fleeing Tivoli Gardens under heavy gunfire and about having to be on the run due to the security forces taking over the community which he had found to be a safe haven.

The enquiry, which is looking into the deaths of 74 people in the operation to apprehend Coke, will resume on Monday



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