Murders in Barbados down, robberies up

(Barbados Nation) Murders in Barbados are down but predatory crime is a major source of concern for police, who arrested over 200 people this year.

Calling it “a satisfactory year” that saw an overall 2.4 per cent rise in crime, Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin said the 21 murders, of which 18 were solved, were six fewer than last year as the country maintained a comparatively low per capita murder rate of eight per 100 000 people. Trinidad and Tobago’s rate is 27 per 100 000 while St Lucia’s is 24.

In a wide-ranging Press conference at police headquarters at Roebuck Street, The City, yesterday, Dottin told journalists that robberies had increased from 471 to 596 this year, while commercial burglary had risen by 55 to 382 and residential burglary by 56 to 1 497.

These included 207 people being arrested and charged for property-related or predatory crime.

He added that 180 of those arrested were mainly men between ages 20 and 29, along with a number of teenagers.

“It is a matter that we have to take into account, to see how we can mitigate the effects of this type of crime and how we can turn young people away from committing predatory crime,” Dottin said, noting that the criminals’ items of choice were cellphones, jewellery and cash.

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Five killed in 13 hours

(Trinidad Guardian) – Five men were murdered in four separate incidents over a 13-hour period starting from Friday night. A sixth man is currently fighting for his life at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) after being shot in his face and stomach in another bloody weekend recorded in this country.

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Six including 3 Costa Ricans arrested after ganja find

ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica Observer — The police have reported that six people were arrested in connection with the seizure of 470 pounds of ganja in Black River, St Elizabeth on Friday.

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Shareholders plan sees Clico retaining six companies

(Trinidad Guardian) The United Shareholders Limited’s plan to deal with Clico’s residual debts to Government envisages that CL Financial retain control of six companies—including Angostura Holdings Limited, Colfire Ltd and Home Construction Ltd—and that there be a joint approach among shareholders and Government to steer Clico’s future.

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T&T Cabinet agrees to pay cane farmers final TT$58m payment

(Trinidad Guardian) Cabinet has decided to pay cane farmers the final settlement of TT$57,965,675 of the compensation package promised back in 2007.

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T&T petrol dealers facing crisis – association head

(Trinidad Guardian) President of the Petroleum Dealers’ Association of T&T, Robindranath Naraynsingh, on Thursday said the country’s 170 gas stations were on the verge of collapse due to poor profitability margins from the sale of fuel.

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U.S., Cuba hold ‘substantive’ second round talks on claims

WASHINGTON/HAVANA July 29 (Reuters) – The United States and Cuba have concluded a “substantive” second round of talks on multibillion-dollar claims against one another in Washington and agreed to hold more regular meetings on the matter, a State Department Official said yesterday.

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