PORT OF SPAIN,
Trinidad, Monday May 20, 2019 – The two prison escapees who remain on the run have released a
video claiming they were framed for double murder and pleading with the authorities
to investigate their claims.
Olatunji Denbow and Michael Finley are the only
two still inmates at large, following the recapture of the other six prisoners
who broke out of the Golden Grove prison last Wednesday. The duo is accused of the
murders of Andre La Touche and Abiola Noel who were killed at their Laventille
home in February 2016.
But in a video posted on Facebook, they said
they wanted their names cleared.
“Let we have we day in court, sooner than later nah, please….We not armed, we not dangerous. We do not intend to be dangerous. We don’t intend to be a danger to society, no how. We ready and willing to hand in weself. We just want fairness. As soon as allyuh ready for real justice,” Denbow said.
But Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has
insisted that it is for the justice system to decide on their guilt or
innocence and they will be pursued and recaptured.
“They can sing from now to high heaven, it is
irrelevant to me and irrelevant to the police service. We will hunt you down
and we will bring them to justice and let the court decide,” he said.
“It is right of the individuals to claim their
innocence. That is going to be decided not by WhatsApp, social media or the
Commissioner of Police, but by the criminal justice system and that is how it
would take place.”
The top cop has also cautioned that anyone who
is helping the two men while they are on the run that they are breaking the law
and would be dealt with accordingly.
“What I do find very interesting is the
situation whereby the individuals have some degree of support by other
individuals who seem to be guiding them accordingly. And I will pursue these
individuals because I see them as enemies of the State at this time,” he
“They are fugitives and those individuals who are aiding and abetting these escaped fugitives they will also be hunted down because they are also committing a crime,” he said.
Construction of 603-Room Ramada in St Kitts on Schedule for September Opening
BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Thursday July 18, 2019 – Hotel development company Caribbean
Galaxy Real Estate Corporation says construction of the second phase of the Ramada
Hotel in White Gate is proceeding rapidly and the facility is on track for its
September grand opening.
Phase II of
the project is increasing the size of the hotel from 273 to 603 rooms. The
completed facility will comprise 19 structures housing a luxury clubhouse,
garden villas, spa villas, condos, a swimming pool, a state-of-the-art gym, and
a spa. In addition, there will be a restaurant, pavilions and a water park.
Dr Timothy Harris said the number of people employed in the twin-island
federation will significantly increase as the hotel is staffed for its opening.
He said the spin-off activities generated by the new Ramada Hotel are expected to open up opportunities for tour guides, taxi operators, dining establishments, craft vendors and shops.
At the recent Caribbean Investment Summit, the Prime Minister said investment agents from countries around the world were “amazed at the high-quality infrastructure on St. Kitts and Nevis and the progress being made on major projects in the Federation.”
CARICOM Commission On the Economy Re-Established
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday July 18, 2019 – CARICOM has re-established a
CARICOM Commission on the Economy, with Special Envoy to the Prime Minister of
Barbados on Investment and Financial Services, Professor Avinash Persaud,
returning as its chairman.
Ambassador to CARICOM, David Comissiong said that Professor Persaud presented
an interim report at the recent 40th Regular Conference of CARICOM Heads of
Government in St Lucia, that gave broad outlines on how the commission
identified the problems facing the region, and what solutions they believed
were appropriate for economic development.
Persaud was very clear that we now have to pursue a people-centred
developmental model, where the emphasis will have to be on education, skills
and innovation. He was very clear that we have to take concrete measures to
solve the problems of intra-regional transport, [and] freight, as well as
people. And the fundamental thinking of the commission is that we have to
create greater access,” he said.
he used, or the central word was…’access for our people’. Our people must have
enhanced access to financial resources; enhanced access to the banking system,
to education, to training, to health services; [and] access to every
citizen. We must now, in going forward,
pursue a people-centric developmental model
based around the idea that we must enhance access of the individual
citizen to education, to entrepreneurial [and] financing opportunities; access
in ownership of wealth, [and] access in every dimension.”
is expected to report in six months, with a fully fleshed out action plan based
on those broad principles.
Last year, CARICOM Heads of Government reconstituted a high-level commission on the economy led by Professor Persaud of Barbados, comprising experts with regional and international reputations to help CARICOM craft a new economic developmental strategy, and to break the syndrome of low growth and economic stagnation that many member states have been experiencing since the onset of the global economic crisis in 2008.
Unemployment Down in Jamaica | Caribbean360
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday July 18, 2019 – The Statistical Institute of
Jamaica (STATIN) is reporting further reduction in the unemployment rate to a
new record low of 7.8 per cent.
2019 Labour Force Survey said the figure is two percentage points lower than
the 9.8 per cent recorded for the corresponding period last year, and 0.2 per
cent lower than the out-turn for January.
General, Carol Coy, said the number of unemployed persons as at April fell by
25,900 or 19.7 per cent to 105,900, relative to 2018.
She was speaking at STATIN’s quarterly briefing yesterday.
Coy said the
male unemployment rate declined by 1.8 percentage points to 5.5 per cent, while
the corresponding figure for females fell by 2.1 percentage points to 10.6 per
“The number of
unemployed males decreased by 13,000 to 39,900 in April 2019. Over the same
period, the number of unemployed females was 65,600; this was a decline of
12,900,” the Director General outlined.
she said the unemployment rate for youth, aged 14 to 24, fell by 6.4 percentage
points from 25.9 per cent in April 2018, to 19.5 per cent this year
unemployment rate for male youth declined by 6.4 percentage points to 14.5 per
cent, while the rate for female youth declined by 6.6 percentage points to 25.8
per cent,” Coy said.
out that the overall employed labour force increased by 29,900 persons or 2.5
per cent to 1,244,500, over the 1,214,600 for April 2018.
indicated that the number of employed males rose by 18,200 persons to 691,500,
while the number of females in jobs increased by 11,700 to 553,000.
labour force increased to 1,349,900 persons, which is 4,000 more than 2018.
the number of males qualifying for jobs rose by 5,200 persons to 731,400, while
the corresponding figure for females decreased by 1,200 to 618,500 in April
advised that 736,900 persons were classified as being outside the labour force
in April 2019.
The number was 4,800 or 0.7 per cent fewer than the outturn in April 2018, and was predominantly males.
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