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Briton Shot In The Head In Antigua

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – A Briton shot in the head during an attempted robbery in Antigua on Christmas Day has begun his journey home to the UK.

Christopher Tester, 37, who is in an induced coma, was flown to Guadeloupe on the first leg of the trip and is expected to return to the UK in the next few days, according to his family.

Tester, from Torquay, was shot at his parents’ restaurant in Antigua on the night of 25 December. Friends launched a crowdfunding appeal and by Wednesday evening it had raised more than £60,000 of a £90,000 target.

In a statement posted on Facebook, his family said: “Chris has now arrived safely in Guadeloupe. Without you this would not have been possible. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Strike Threat To Christmas Flights

LONDON – British Airways cabin crew yesterday voted for strikes, which could start as early as December 21.

At the same time, Virgin pilots are threatening industrial action which could hit the airline’s services from December 23.

More than 2,500 of BA’s 4,000 newest cabin crew on ‘mixed fleet’ contracts, who are members of the Unite union, were balloted and 79% were in favour of industrial action. However, the turnout was low with only 60% casting a vote.

Nearly 7 Years After Quake, 50,000 In Haiti Still In Camps Caribbean News

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti  –  Nearly seven years ago, Adrienne St. Fume and her family fled their home as the earth shook and their city crumbled around them. They ended up in what was then a vacant lot overlooking a cluster of shops along a busy street in the Haitian capital — and they’ve been there ever since.

The mother of three said she figured their plywood shack would be temporary as they and the rest of Port-au-Prince recovered from the January 2010 earthquake. But St. Fume has yet to find a way out.

“It’s been hard but we’ve tried our best to make a kind of life here,” she said.

Victorious Living’s Leader Worth Following Awards Left Lasting Powerful Impact On Attendees

Cole Bay, St. Maarten - “In the spirit of joy and thanksgiving, heartfelt congratulations must be expressed to The Victorious Living Foundation team for hosting the first VLF Leader Worth Following Awards 2016,” stated one of the awardees, Ambassador Alicia Liverpool, founder of the David Company. Liverpool added: “Leaders Worth Following who lead with integrity of heart are much needed in the world today. Giving recognition to such leaders is equally honourable. As a recipient of this award on December 3rd, the esteem has been rewarding and will always be deeply regarded."

The sentiments echoed from the 85 attendees at this memorable event were: “powerful, fantastic, wonderful, and empowering experience.” Awardees were, Dr. Alicia Liverpool; and Mrs. Asha Stevens, founder of the Asha Stevens Hillside Schools. Both of these dynamic leaders were supported by the persons who nominated and crowned them as leaders worth following.

They were both awarded with a beautiful diamond award which celebrated their accomplishment as Victorious Living’s first recipients of the Leader Worth Following Award. Their awards were in the category of “Beyond You Leadership;” putting others above themselves. Ambassador Liverpool defines a leader worth following as: “One who leads themselves and others to ultimately become all that they were created to be and do."

Leadercast, the largest global one day leadership conference whose motto is to create leaders worth following, endorses VLF’s Awards and provided leadership books for the awardees and the three nominated finalists, Roy Cotton, Jr., Mhakeda Shillingford, and Jim Rosen, who could not be present. His gift was received on his behalf by President of Parliament, Mrs. Sarah Wescott-Williams. Leadercast, hosted via live simulcast by Victorious Living, is slated for May 5, 2017, the theme: Powered by Purpose.

Grenadian welcome for Maserati Day 9: RORC Transatlantic Race

GRENADA - The Italian MOD70, Maserati has finished the RORC Transatlantic Race; Phaedo3 has been declared the winner of the Multihull Trophy and Mike Slade's Maxi, Leopard is on the hunt for the monohull record.

Giovanni Soldini's Maserati crossed the finish line on Saturday afternoon, completing the RORC Transatlantic Race and their first ocean race in the MOD70 in 7 days, 8 hours, 44 minutes and 23 seconds, taking second place in the Multihull division. She is now safely moored in the beautiful confines of Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada after being welcomed by the RORC Race team, Marina Manager Glynn Thomas, his staff and Grenada Tourism on the dock. Phaedo3 skipper, Brian Thompson was also on hand to take Maserati's lines as they arrived, and a prize giving ceremony in the Victory Restaurant followed shortly after.
Taking the Multihull line honours, Team Phaedo were awarded the Multihull Trophy as winners of the Multihull Class by Andrew McIrvine, Secretary General of the IMA and Admiral of the Royal Ocean Racing Club.
 
Just after jumping ashore, Giovanni Soldini had this to say about the experience in the RORC Transatlantic Race: "It was a fantastic race. We're delighted to have arrived into Grenada with the boat in excellent shape. We would have liked to compete up close with Phaedo3, but on the first night out, we made different route choices. Passing Las Palmas on the windward side seemed the less risky choice to us, but it turned out we were wrong as it took us into a zone with less wind.
 
When we received their position the following morning, we were 100 miles behind. But overall it was a positive experience: we are very happy with everything we learned about flying using the L-foil in the open ocean. We've found a way to use it both when there's too much wind and wave, and in other more changeable conditions when it is possible to fly." Continues Giovanni.
 
Out in the Atlantic, Mike Slade's Maxi, Leopard is stalking a virtual prey; the RORC Transatlantic Race Tracker shows Leopard stalking the 'Ghost of Nomad IV'. Last year Jean-Paul Riviere's French Finot Conq 100, Nomad IV set the record for the RORC Transatlantic Race in 10 days 07 hours 06 minutes and 59 seconds. The digital app of the course shows clearly that Leopard is now closing in on the record. This morning Leopard had 1,000 miles to go and was virtually 95 miles behind Nomad IV, but running faster, at a blistering pace of close to 17 knots. If Leopard continues at their current speed, the British Maxi will be close to record pace.
 
"After a rather frustrating 24 hours of very light winds we have recently been blessed with 15-20 knots of steady breeze, says Leopard's owner, Mike Slade who is enjoying the race with his regular crew, plus guests. "This has seen Leopard tick off 280 nm over the last 24 hours. At this stage arrival time in Grenada looks like late Tuesday evening/early Wednesday morning. Champagne conditions continue to result in massive grins on board."

Leopard is also the provisional leader after IRC time correction for the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy. Arco Van Nieuwland & Andries Verde's Dutch Marten 72, Aragon is second after IRC time correction and leading IRC Zero. Swan 82, Stay Calm and Infiniti 46, Maverick is in a great battle on the water, with Anatoli Karatchinski's Baltic 112, also close to the duel. The three yachts could hardly be more different, but all enjoying a great race mid-Atlantic in the third edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race.
Searching for the trades
Kees Postma, one of the watch leaders on Infiniti 46, Maverick who celebrated his birthday sums up their race at the moment: "We're almost there!...is what we would have been saying on the 8th day; had this been an Atlantic crossing anywhere close to what we had hoped for. Instead, as I write this, we are 1,320 miles from Lanzarote and 1,567 miles from Grenada. Not quite halfway in distance, but hopefully halfway there in elapsed time. Having said that, we are all starting to question this mythical phenomenon called the tradewinds. A massive well done to skipper, Olly (Cotterell) and Eric (Holden) for troubleshooting and finding a fix for the hydraulics as without this, our result would suffer tremendously. Never has the deafening sound of the hydraulics power pack sounded so sweet."
 
Miranda Merron reported in form the leading Class40 in the race. Racing Campagne de France Two Handed with Halvard Mabire, life on board is tough as they seem the fabled tradewinds:
 
"Over a week of racing and not yet half way. Sometimes respectable breeze, sometimes next to nothing, sometimes some clouds that look like nascent trade wind clouds. Just to tempt us. Every time the wind speed changes, so does the interior decor of the boat. Stacking is permitted in the Class40 rules (with the exception of a few items), and moving all the sails, spares, tools, water, food etc plays an integral part in boat performance. On Campagne de France, stacking is done scientifically and neatly under the command of the stacking master. There has been ample opportunity for practice so far. We have a watermaker on board - a great asset both in the amount of water to shift around the boat and for the extra fresh water it produces for non-salt water washing - luxury!"

Guyanese in St. Maarten receives life-saving pacemaker

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Egland Arthur, a construction supervisor in St. Maarten, started experiencing shortness of breath while visiting Guyana earlier this year.
 When it was discovered he had very poor heart function, Arthur's cardiologist recommended he go to Health City Cayman Islands as conventional therapies could not adequately address the condition.
 His cardiologist wanted him to have the best possible attention to address dilated cardiomyopathy so he was referred to Dr. Ravi Kishore, an Interventional Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist, and Senior Adult Cardiologist at Health City.
 Dr. Ravi, as he is often referred to, implanted a Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy (CRT) pacemaker device to treat the symptoms and complications associated with heart failure, and reported a great outcome after the procedure, including improved heart function.
"I had confidence in my doctor," Arthur said, noting that Dr. Kishore made him feel comfortable throughout the entire process. "I love Dr. Ravi."
 When the clinic opened in 2014, Health City - the vision of renowned heart surgeon and humanitarian Dr. Devi Shetty - became the first advanced medical facility and tertiary care hospital in the Cayman Islands. Supported by two major healthcare organizations, Narayana Health and the U.S.-based Ascension, Health City operates under the vision "that affordable health care should be accessible to everyone who needs it."

CIBC FirstCaribbean CEO meets with clients, staff in Virgin Islands

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands,  The Chief Executive Officer of regional bank CIBC FirstCaribbean says the bank’s ability to grow and remain profitable hangs squarely on how it responds to the needs of its customers in the BVI and across the region.

Mr. Gary Brown, who took over leadership of the bank in January this year, was speaking to bank staff during a town hall meeting where he reiterated the bank’s mission to deliver the best banking service and support for its clients. 

“Our mission to satisfy our customers and help them achieve what matters to them is dependent on our ability as individuals and as a team to perform our daily tasks with excellence and enthusiasm,” he said.

Coast Guard intercepted large consignment of narcotics

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Coastguard Caribbean (KWCARIB) On Wednesday, October 19th a big party drugs intercepted at a 'Go Fast'. The Dash-8 patrol aircraft of the Coast Guard who just returned from Haiti where she provided assistance after the passage of Hurricane Matthew, detected a suspicious vessel about 40 miles northwest of Curacao. There were three (3) persons on board.

The Rescue and Coordination Centre (RCC) has been informed and the cutter Jaguar Panther Aruba and Curacao were sent in that direction in order to further investigate the matter. Two Super-RHIB's from Centre for Curacao also marched in support. In the night hours they were able to intercept the 'go-fast'. There was a fair amount of narcotics on board.

Townhall meeting financial developments

ST. EUSTATIUS - The Public Entity of St. Eustatius is inviting the General Public to a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday October 27th from .7.30 pm – 9.30 pm at the Ernest van Putten Youth Center (aka. Lions Den). The purpose of this meeting is to continue informing the general public of the ongoing financial developments within the government Administration.

We have presented you a few weeks ago with a preliminary view of our Finances and we promised to come back with the final document. The Government of St. Eustatius is committed to strengthening the financial and administrative aspect of the Pre-luminary supervision. It is our objective to inform you of the progress made.

Six new Coastal Guardians receive their certificate

CURACAO - During a brief ceremony at the Coastguard have six (6) aspirants Coast Guard received their certificate called the Coast Guard Specialization. The Coast Guard was able to connect to the training of the Police Academy in Bonaire, where members of the Police Force and the Royal Military Police participated in. After a two-year study they were a few weeks back their police qualifications to receive MBO 3 level.

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