Hurricane Dean News Update

UPDATE: August 20, 2007 – 8:35 AM

Hurricane Dean

Hurricane Dean lashes Jamaica
KINGSTON, JAMAICA: Hurricane Dean pummelled Jamaica with gusting winds and torrential rains yesterday after the prime minister made a last minute plea for residents to abandon their homes and head for shelter. Many residents ignored the call, however, while tourists holed up in resorts with hurricane-proof walls.

Hurricane Dean Heads to Yucatan After Hitting Jamaica
The Cayman Islands may be spared Hurricane Dean’s 150 mile-per-hour winds as the storm heads toward Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula after battering Jamaica.

Jamaica devastated by Hurricane Dean
Residents in Jamaica were today faced with the devastation caused by Hurricane Dean.

Dean batters Jamaica but worst ‘still to come
Jamaica received a severe battering from the first hurricane of the Atlantic season but appeared to have escaped the worst after Hurricane Dean whipped past the island’s southern coast overnight.
The storm hit Kingston, the Jamaican capital, with winds of up to 150mph, downing power lines, ripping off roofs and blocking roads with debris before spiralling off into the Caribbean in the early hours.
But the only casualty appeared to be a man reported missing after falling trees crushed his house and there were no reports of any injury to the thousands of foreign holidaymakers on the island.

Caymans brace as Hurricane Dean nears

Hurricane Dean plows into Jamaica
Hurricane DEAN pummelled Jamaica with gusting winds and torrential rains yesterday, after Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller made a last-minute plea for residents to abandon their homes and head for shelter…

Trinidad and Tobago Govt pledges to help
As Hurricane Dean crashed into Jamaica yesterday, Trinidadians living in that country were bracing for the worst while Government assured that a helping hand would be extended to the Caribbean neighbour.
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Gas equivalent of OPEC Needed

By George Allyene
August 15, 2007

Natural GasWith the spectre of a relatively early end to Trinidad and Tobago’s natural gas reserves haunting the country following on the publication of a report which declared that gas reserves in TT would last for a mere 12 years, Government should lobby for the forming of a natural gas equivalent of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) with the immediate accent on an optimum price or system of taxation for the fast depleting asset.
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It’s About Time to Develop Laventille

By Michael De Gale
August 15, 2007

LaventilleThe government’s intention to develop Laventille though politically tactical is also vitally necessary if the social ills of this area are to be alleviated. Not only does this make economic sense but strategic investments in troubled communities are a sure way to address the social evils which has historically plagued communities where poverty rules supreme. Progressive social thinkers supported by statistics, shows that crime thrives where hope is stifled. Survival has always been the law of the jungle whether literally or metaphorically speaking.
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No bail for woman accused of raping teen

Trevor Burnett
August 14th 2007

A Tacarigua woman charged with rape was yesterday refused bail and remanded in custody at the St Ann’s Hospital for observation by an Arima Magistrate.

She was unrepresented when the indictable charge was read to her by Senior Magistrate Debra Quintyne.

It is alleged that the 24-year-old woman, who is the neighbour of a 15-year-old schoolboy, invited him over to her home on August 7 to watch a DVD movie.
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Murti-mutilators and religion

By Raffique Shah
August 12, 2007

HinduSo much has been said and written about the vandalism that took place at the Sewdass Sadhu temple last weekend, I wondered whether the incident warranted further comment. Really, it was bedlam as just about every organisation and individual jostled to condemn the “heinous” act of whoever entered the heritage site, destroyed the murtis and generally desecrated the building.
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T&T’s ‘Steel King’ dies

Millionaire businessman dies

By Laurel V Williams
Friday, August 10 2007

Millionaire businessman Jack Ramoutarsingh….MULTI-MILLIONAIRE entrepreneur Jack Ramoutarsingh, 62, died of a heart attack yesterday at Surgi-Med Clinic in San Fernando — two days after he was admitted at the clinic after suffering chest problems.

Grieving relatives and close family friends consoled each other outside the Penitence Street clinic on hearing news of the death of Ramoutarsingh, former owner of Dansteel in La Romaine. Newsday learnt that his wife Beatrice Ramoutarsingh and other close relatives were at his bedside when he died at about 3 pm.
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Indian icon Surujpat Mathura dies at 84

Pat Mathura, 84, dies

After ailing at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, veteran broadcaster Pat Mathura died yesterday at about 1 pm. He was 84.

Religious and cultural groups paid tribute to Mathura, who worked at Radio Trinidad and produced the ground-breaking Indian Variety programme for television.

June Gonsalves, former programme director at Radio Trinidad, was among those who paid tribute to Mathura yesterday.
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The Psychology of the $14,000 Handbag

What is too much to spend on a suit?

The question weighed on Barry Schwarz as he scanned the racks at Boyds men’s store in Philadelphia, which were laden with $3,000 Brioni suits. “Their prices were just out of the world,” recalls Mr. Schwarz, a professor of psychology at Swarthmore College.

We’ve all been there: A window display or a recommendation lures us into a store — and we face unexpectedly astronomical price tags. It seems to happen more often these days as many luxury brands — selling everything from $14,000 Ralph Lauren handbags to $899 Bugaboo baby strollers and $6,900 Beefeater barbecue grills — push their top price points higher than they’ve ever gone before. What’s priced below falls into that ever-expanding category: “affordable luxury.”
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Barack beats Bush

By Raffique Shah
August 05,, 2007

Barack ObamaNowadays, every politician who wants to enhance his image, hold on to power or find a way to come to power, mounts a crusade of some kind that he hopes would work magic for him. In George Bush’s case, he has convinced most governments in the world that his war against global terrorism, which can be translated to a war against “Islamists” or “Jihadists”-is THE war to end all wars. In other words, if we rid the world of the bearded mullahs who preach hell and damnation against Western societies and their values, or lack thereof, we’d make Mother Earth the peaceful paradise God intended it to be.
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Selwyn Cudjoe’s 2007 Emancipation Address

On Tuesday 31st July, 2007, NAEAP held its dinner and awards ceremony at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya and Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe delivered his Emancipation address.

By Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe
President: National Association for the Empowerment of African People

AfricansOn August 1, 2007, we celebrate two hundred years since the European slave trade was abolished. This is a cause for great celebration. May we never forget the trials and tribulations that our ancestors suffered when they were transported across the African continent as cattle and brought to these islands to serve the needs of colonialist-capitalist exploiters. However, 2007 is not 1807. Much has changed since then in these very small islands of the Caribbean. Today, we must give serious thought about how we transcend the limitations of slavery and colonialism and function in a globalized society as purposeful agents who have shed the baggage of restrictive or coercive practices. In 2007 we should seek to deepen our freedom in the land that has been bequeathed to us.
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