ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – Organisers of Grenada’s carnival on Saturday announced the postponement of the annual Panorama competition. It will now be held next Saturday, August 19.

The competition was scheduled to start at 7 p.m. (local time) on Saturday, however the event did not get off the ground although the registered pans competitors were lined up outside the stadium waiting to be called on stage.

Eight steel bands were scheduled to participate.

But almost two and a half hours after the scheduled start time, during which two announcements were made apologising for the late start, the patrons were told that the competition was postponed.

“It will be held next Saturday August the 19 at 7 p.m. at the National Stadium, if you are unable to make it you can obtain a refund from the Spicemas Corporation office,” said the announcer as the patrons shouted their disapproval.

LONDON – The glorious finale anticipated for Usain Bolt never materialised as the legendary sprinter pulled up injured in the final of the sprint relay, in his second major disappointment of the IAAF World Championships here Saturday.

Bolt, who calls time on his illustrious career at the end of the showpiece, was chasing down the United States and Great Britain on the final leg when he sustained what appeared to be a hamstring injury after 20 metres and failed to continue.

He had received the baton in third place and seem poised to create a close finish when he suddenly jumped in the air clutching his left hamstring.

MIAMI – The United States Coast Guard says it has rescued 151 Haitian migrants and handed them over to the Royal Bahamian Defense Force on Friday.

“The transfer is a combination of two separate interdiction cases in which Coast Guard aircrews and cutter crews located and rescued these migrants,” the US Coast Guard said.

It said a Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew had located an overloaded 40-foot Haitian sail freighter Friday about 35 miles south of Ragged Island, Bahamas.

“The Coast Guard Cutter Seneca was diverted to the scene, and safely interdicted and embarked 78 migrants,” the Coast Guard said.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Police were on Friday investigating a shooting incident which occurred sometime after 3 p.m. in the area of the Fairchild Street Market.

A 41-year-old woman and a man in his late 30 were shot during the incident.

Preliminary investigations are that the assailant saw the male who is known to him in the area of the Fairchild Street Market and opened fire.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has defended the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) saying the country was dealing “incrementally” with a ‘serious deficit problem”:

Addressing stakeholders to the Barbados Social Partnership meeting here, Stuart defended the near 400 percent increase in the NSRL amid calls from the trade unions and the private sector for either a reduction or a complete repeal of the fiscal measure that came into force at the start of July.

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