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ST JOHN’S, Antigua  – The situation remains dire for a Jamaican man who was injured in a motor vehicle accident last month. Anthony Barrett remains in the Intensive Care Unit at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre. Barrett’s legs were broken in the accident on Factory Road on April 30. He also had internal bleeding and his lungs were punctured with a broken rib cage. On May 4, he was placed in an induced coma while a nation-wide appeal went out for O negative blood. The car, which was badly damaged, was driven by Joseph Gregoire who has since been released from hospital. He will need to do therapy for a dislocated shoulder and broken index finger.
NASSAU, Bahamas  – Former Prime Minister Perry Christie has resigned as leader of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) with immediate effect. Christie made the announcement late Monday in an address at a meeting of the party’s National General Council (NGC). The former prime minister who suffered an agonizing defeat in last week’s general election told members of the party that he tried his best. “As your leader, I accept full responsibility for our party’s defeat – it is for me to bid you farewell as your leader. The time has come for me to move on. I wish to God that I could have helped more people . . . I tried my best.” Christie also reassured members that the PLP…
GEORGETOWN, Guyana – CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque is looking forward to an early briefing with new Prime Minister of The Bahamas Dr. Hubert Minnis on matters relating to the Caribbean Community and the Prime Minister’s portfolio in the quasi-cabinet of the CARICOM Heads of Government, that of Tourism. “I look forward, Prime Minister, to the fresh ideas that you will undoubtedly bring to assist in the progress of our integration process,” the Secretary-General said in his letter of congratulations to Prime Minister Minnis. He also gave the assurance of his full support and that of the CARICOM Secretariat as the Prime Minister seeks to enhance the lives of the people of The Bahamas during his term of office. Dr.…
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Members of the local biking fraternity today joined with family and friends in paying their final respects to 43-year-old biker Toni Barrow – a mother of two – who died in an accident on Barbarees Hill on May 1. An unusually large crowd of curious onlookers also gathered at the Better Life Assembly, Hindsbury Road, St Michael to witness what was a first for Barbados, as Barrow’s body was positioned on her motorcycle outside the church instead of inside and in a traditional casket. This proved to be quite the spectacle. And, even as family members sought to honour Barrow’s wish to be buried on a motorcycle, today’s send off proved very difficult for them. Throughout the funeral service…
ST JOHN’S, Antigua – A Chinese company is to set up a gun manufacturing plant in a special economic zone in Antigua. Prime Minister Gaston Browne confirmed the plan on a local radio station on Saturday. “They will be operating within the special economic zone so they are prohibited from distributing or selling handguns within the domestic market,” Browne said. “These guns will be strictly for exportation and will be governed by regulation which we will be taking to parliament.” Several callers to OBSERVER Radio urged the prime minister to reconsider the decision for guns to be assembled here. They pointed to several gun-related crimes in the country in recent years.

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