KINGSTOWN, St Vincent – A Green Hill man died in hospital Friday afternoon shortly after being shot in Kingstown, while another man has been hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

The shooting occurred on McCoy Street in the capital.

A source close to his family said the dead man is Kemel Peters.

Peters survived a shooting incident just under a year ago.

Police are yet to disclose the identity of the other man who was injured in Friday’s shooting. They have also not commented on his condition, saying only he was being treated at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital.

Witnesses say Peters was shot by a number of unknown assailants who fled the scene in a motor vehicle after the shooting.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The near six year wait for justice has ended for former LIAT pilot Captain Michael Blackburn.

However, Blackburn, the former head of LIAT’s pilots’ union, did not get the level of financial compensation he was hoping for.

In its decision handed down this week, the Industrial Court of Antigua and Barbuda ruled that Blackburn significantly contributed to his own dismissal and that his compensation should be reduced by 65 percent, a statement from LIAT Friday afternoon revealed.

Without going into details on the compensation package, the airline also reported that the court was of the view that Blackburn’s assertions and pronouncements about his then employer and its management during the radio programmes did not advance the harmonious and symbiotic relationship between the pilots’ union and LIAT.

“As the then chairman of the union, the employee’s conduct was contrary to good industrial relations principles and practices,” the LIAT statement said, pointing out that the court in its judgment had provided guidance on the employment relationship and had confirmed that there were certain types of misconduct which were considered serious enough to warrant summary dismissal.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Rains and landslides in have left at least one person dead, dozens hurt, including five in critical condition, and several houses destroyed.

Archaie, northern of the capital Port-au-Prince, suffered heavy rains and police are asking citizens to stay alert and follow official anouncements for evacuations.

Among the people hurt during the mudslide, five have been transferred to the Albert Schweitze hospital in Deschapelles, department of Artibonite, according to officials.

The natural event also destroyed at least five houses in the neighborhood.

Emergency response institutions sent prevention messages through radio and cell phones to warn citizens of the risks and dangers that could come after strong rains on the island.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Two Guyanese nationals, a man and woman, are now on remand after appearing in a Bridgetown Court on a rape charge.

It is alleged that Carla Alexis Martin, 37, and Sean Christopher Nelson, 29, both of Kings Street, St Michael, had sexual intercourse with a female on June 11, knowing that she did not consent to the act or was reckless as to whether she consented.

The two were not required to plead to the indictable charge when they appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court Wednesday.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Last week’s industrial action by pilots of cash-strapped regional carrier LIAT impacted significantly on Barbados’ Caribbean tourism thrust, Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy has revealed.

Speaking to the media at the tenth anniversary celebrations of the Airlines Executive Lounge at Grantley Adams International Airport, Sealy said while the cost to Barbados of the three-day protest was still being tabulated, a preliminary assessment was enough for his ministry to take notice.

“The region is our third largest source market and a very important one. Barbados is, of course, a hub for LIAT operations so I have no doubt that it would have been impacted. I wouldn’t want to speculate, in the absence of hard data, exactly the precise level but there is no question that it had an impact,” he said.

The latest in a series of pay disputes between the Antigua-based airline and the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) resulted in pilots refusing to fly LIAT’s ATR 72 aircraft unless they were compensated for the additional responsibility of flying those larger planes.

The industrial action began last Wednesday and ended late Friday after management of the airline and the pilots agreed payment terms for the additional compensation, as well as retroactive pay.

However, Sealy is fearful that the embattled airline cannot survive the continuous infighting and is urging LIALPA to look past its personal agenda and consider the company’s.

“LIAT is a very peculiar creature in how it is structured and in terms of its relations with the various unions throughout the Caribbean. These issues are not new but one has to wonder how much more the company can take,” he said.

“It is very well for unions to speak about their perspective, but right now we need to look at the company . . . . What doesn’t help us is for management and unions to be on any kamikaze mission. It does not help for them to be on any suicide mission. It just doesn’t make sense!

“It is not in anybody’s interest, so clearly we have to work these issues out for the sake of the region. The truth is that there are some economies in the Caribbean that would literally collapse if LIAT was not around,” Sealy added.

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