HAMILTON, Bermuda – Trinidadian soca star Destra Garcia has reportedly broken an ankle after falling from a stage during her performance at a concert here late Wednesday.

According to an eyewitness, the 38-year-old performer slipped between the stage and a speaker during the Summer Splash concert ahead of Bermuda’s two-day national Cup Match holiday.

While she had earlier placed a foot on a speaker during the show, she fell attempting to do so again, bringing her performance to a halt, the witness said.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – A Jamaican woman has been awarded more than $200,000 in damages by the courts for unlawful detention by Immigration authorities in Trinidad and Tobago.

Her lawyers said it was unlawful for police and Immigration authorities to round up foreigners and detain them at the Immigration Detention Centre, Aripo, where they are denied fundamental human rights.

BARTICA, Guyana – At the head of Guyana’s Essequibo River, 50 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, you will find the town of Bartica. Considered the gateway to Guyana’s interior, the town has a population of about 15,000 and is the launching point for people who work in the forests mining gold and diamonds.

Under a new project, Bartica is to benefit from the installation of a 20Kwp grid connected Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system at the 3-Mile Secondary School along with the installation of energy efficient lighting, as well as light-emitting diode (LED) street lighting.

The Ministry of the Presidency (MotP), through the Office of Climate Change, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), launched the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) in Bartica earlier this month.

The Partnership, which is being funded by the Government of Japan to the tune of 15 million dollars, supports countries in advancing the process of improving energy security planning for adaptation to climate change.

Head of the Office of Climate Change within the Ministry of the Presidency Janelle Christian said the partnership comes at an opportune time as it helps to advance the vision of President David Granger for Bartica to be developed as a model ‘green’ town.

“The J-CCCP project and the support that Guyana has been benefiting from and continues to benefit from is set within the framework of the ‘Green’ State Development Strategy (GSDS)… The pilot initiative that will be implemented in Bartica is a direct response to the President’s pronouncement on Bartica becoming the first model ‘green’ town,” she said.

The GSDS provides a framework for national development plans and policies for climate action.

ROSEAU, Dominica – The Director General of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA), Donald McPhail, has held talks with the Dominica government on the development plans for an international airport for the island.

A brief government statement noted that the meeting took place on the fringes of the parliamentary debate on the 2017/2018 national budget now underway here.

 It said that the talks were also attended by President Charles Savarin.

“Very soon the government shall invite a wide cross section of the population to provide an update. For the project to be successful we will need the fullest cooperation of all,” Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is quoted as saying in the statement.

During his budget presentation last week, Skerrit told legislators that his administration had advanced plans for the development of the international airport and established an airport development fund as of May 2017.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Citing “operational limitations”, the Colombian airline Avianca Monday announced the immediate suspension of its service between Bogota and Barbados.

In a statement, the company also said it had scheduled a transfer flight to accommodate those passengers left stranded in Barbados.

“Avianca requests travellers on the island to contact their local travel agency or to visit the airline’s service points at the Grantley Adams International Airport to reserve their tickets,” a press release issued by the company on Monday afternoon said.

It explained that the flight from Bogota to Barbados would leave at 2 p.m. (3 p.m. Barbados time) with the return flight scheduled to leave here at 7:50 p.m.

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