Injury has ruled aggressive all-rounder Deandra Dottin out of upcoming tours of Ireland and England starting later this month, dealing a stern blow to West Indies Women’s ICC Women’s Championship campaign.

The 27-year-old, the world’s leading Twenty20 all-rounder and who also sits second in the T20 batting rankings, sustained a shoulder injury and is now set to also undergo surgery.
Dottin will be replaced by experienced batsman Britney Cooper who last featured for West Indies in the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean last November.

West Indies Women have been involved in a preparation camp here for the last two weeks but Cricket West Indies did not say whether Dottin sustained the injury then.

“Obviously it’s very unfortunate with Deandra having to do surgery. She is certainly a key player for us and we wish her a speedy recovery to come back and win matches for the West Indies,” said interim chairman of selectors, Robert Haynes.

“Britney has previous experience at the international level and we believe she will make a positive contribution.”

Dottin is a vastly experienced member of the squad, having played 117 One-Day Internationals and 110 T20 Internationals.

She was the leading player in the series against Pakistan earlier this year, gathering 158 runs and taking three wickets in the T20 series in Karachi, while scoring 129 runs and grabbing eight wickets in the ODI series in Dubai.

Her presence will be missed on the upcoming ODI tour against powerhouses England, where six ICC Women’s Championship points will be up for grabs.

The Windies currently languish in seventh on 11 points in the eight-team rankings used to determine automatic qualification for the 2021 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, and are in desperate need of points.

The top four sides, plus the hosts, earn direct berths while the remaining sides must enter a 10-team qualifying tournament.

West Indies face Ireland in three T20Is from May 26-29 in Dublin before taking on England in a three T20Is and three ODIs from June 6-25.


The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Monday dismissed an application four Grenadian nationals who had accused the Barbados government of violating their right to freedom of movement under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the regional integration movement, CARICOM.

The four- Tamika Gilbert, Lynnel Gilbert, Royston Gilbert, Glennor Gilbert – had applied for special leave in the Original Jurisdiction.
Their attorney Ruggles Ferguson had said that the Gilbert family was seeking legal redress for being subjected to a strip search over a false accusation of stealing a mobile phone.

On October 11, 2016, the family of four travelled to Barbados to renew their visa at the United States Embassy and thereafter decided to go shopping in Bridgetown, where a store owner accused Tamika Gilbert of stealing her mobile phone.

The situation escalated further after the store owner refused the family’s offer to have their bags searched and resulted in the intervention of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF). The family was said to be detained, and it is alleged that they were subjected to strip searches among other humiliating treatment, including one of the family members having to use the toilet with the door open while an officer stood guard.

Ferguson said this matter fell under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas which deals with the free movement of people and goods across CARICOM.

But he did indicate that unlike the Shanique Myrie case — involving the Jamaican woman who successfully sued the State of Barbados after being stripped searched, denied entry and deported by Barbados immigration authorities — the issue before the CCJ is the infringement of the Gilbert family’s right to move freely within Barbados.

Tamika and Lynnel claimed that they were subjected to degrading treatment by the police and Tamika alleged that she was made to remove a portion of her written statement recounting the degrading treatment before the police would allow the family to leave.

The applicants had therefore claimed that Barbados had violated their right to move freely within the island and to depart Barbados without unnecessary harassment or impediment.

Barbados denied their claim and opposed the grant of leave, arguing that the applicants had not fulfilled the requirements of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC) needed to commence legal action.

The CCJ pointed out that the applicants were taken into police custody for the purpose of police investigations and that freedom of movement did not immunize CARICOM nationals from the operation of law enforcement agencies in the receiving State.

“The Court is therefore of the view that the Applicants’ reliance on Article 45 and the 2007 Conference Decision in the circumstances of this case is misconceived. They have failed to make out an arguable case that they were prejudiced in respect of the enjoyment of their right to free movement within the State of Barbados, and to depart Barbados without impediment. They have therefore not satisfied Article 222 (b) and so special leave cannot be granted,” the CCJ ruled.

In addition, the CCJ held that the applicants would have had to set up an arguable case of discrimination based on nationality only, prohibited by Article 7 of the Revised Treaty, in order to be granted special leave to bring their claim against Barbados.

The Trinidad-based court, established in 2001 to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region’s final court, ruled that the family failed to do this.

The CCJ, which also acts as an international tribunal interpreting the RTC, dismissed their application, adding accordingly, each party should bear its own costs.


The Ministry of education Monday confirmed that the police were investigating an incident in which two students fell ill after a substance had been mixed into their water bottle, but denied media reports that one of the students was hospitalised in a serious condition.

In a brief statement, the Ministry said that it had taken note of the media reports on the incident last weekend regarding the two female students at a secondary school in Corentyne, a region, which covers the entire east of the country.
It acknowledged that the students had fallen ill “after their classmates are alleged to have mixed a substance into their water bottle.

“The Ministry of Education wishes to inform that indeed the students were taken to hospital after the incident came to the fore. They were treated and discharge and are in no present danger. Additionally, none of the students is in a critical condition and the Ministry Of Education is actively addressing this matter.

“Currently, this matter is engaging the attention of the Guyana Police Force. The classmates who were accused of mixing the substance in the water bottles were questioned in the presence of their parents,” the statement said, adding that counselling and psychosocial support are being provided to those affected by the incident.


Prime Minister Gaston Browne has says the decision regarding Antigua and Barbuda becoming the fourth landed campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has become a political issue.

Browne, speaking on his private radio station over the weekend, said as far as he is concerned “all the University Council was required to do,” when it met here recently “was to ratify the decision for the opening of the campus.

“But you have certain individuals, certain members of the Council who turned the issue into a political issue. It ought not to be a political issue. For the last 18 months we have been negotiating with UWI to establish the Fourth Landed campus here,” Browne told radio listeners.
Browne said based on the feedback he has received Jamaica appears to be opposing the establishment of the campus.

“Most of the Council members supported the proposal, but you had a situation which I am told that at least one of the delegates from Jamaica stated that as far as they are concerned if there’s a need, then Jamaica would expand their campus and I understand that the delegate for Barbados questioned what was going to happen to the Barbados campus if OECS (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States) students are going to come to Antigua and not go to Barbados.

“When you are taking a political decision to undermine a developmental policy of my government then I have to be very firm and if (Barbados journalist) Sanka Price and others consider it to be arrogance, well guess what it is developmental arrogance to ensure the development of the people of this country”

In a column published in the Nation Newspaper in Barbados, Price wrote that Caribbean governments continue, unfortunately, to approach regional issues in an insular manner when a united voice would be more effective.

“Sadly, this is a throwback to the one-upmanship style that was pervasive in early post-colonial days. That approach has retarded the region’s holistic development and allowed larger countries and multinational corporations to play us against each other to secure generous concessions and other sweetheart deals,” Price wrote in the article headlined “Browne is not helping with unity”.

He said that “it is shameful that in the 21st Century some leaders still peddle this approach which may bolster their political base and national image, “but does nothing to strengthen us as a bloc to be reckoned with if we spoke and voted as a unit at international fora.

The Antigua and Barbuda government says it remains optimistic that an agreement could reached regarding the sale of Scotiabank to a consortium of local stakeholders.

Information Minister Melford Nicholas says while the Gaston Browne administration is maintaining its position regarding the sale of the bank, it is still optimistic that an agreement cane be reached to benefit both parties.

“...logic has returned to the conversation and I think that there is going to be in the coming weeks a meeting of the minds again and we may well have a median position that everyone can live with,” he said.
“But clearly, it is just not a question in the government of Antigua and Barbuda’s mind about the continuation of the bank under a different name, but it is about understanding that within the context of that equation there is wealth that is being generated (and) the government of Antigua and Barbuda has clearly stated its position that it wants to be a part of retention of that wealth within the economy,” Nicholas added.

Last November, the Trinidad-based Republic Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL) announced that it was seeking to acquire Scotiabank operations in several Caribbean countries.

Antigua and Barbuda and Guyana had initially expressed reservations about the proposed acquisition, with St. John’s indicating that it would not be issuing a vesting order to facilitate the move.

The RFHL statement said that the banks being acquired are located in Guyana, St. Maarten, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

It said that the purchase price is US$123 million, which represents US$25 million consideration for total shareholding of Scotiabank Anguilla Limited; and a premium of US$98 million over net asset value for operations in the remaining eight countries.

Antigua and Barbuda has said that it wants assurances that local banks will be given priority to purchase Scotiabank’s operations on the island and that local persons’ investments and savings will be protected.

St. John’s, which has already indicated that it would not be issuing a vesting order so as to facilitate the sale of the banl here, had requested a meeting with Scotiabank officials to dismiss the matter and a statement issued after the Cabinet meeting last week noted that the “Cabinet was informed that the parties interested in the sale and purchase are still holding discussions”.

But Nicgholas said that the government is maintain a principled position regarding the sale of the bank and made reference to the controversy that had followed when the government and the Jamaica-based hotel chain, Sandals, were at odds over tax payment.

“When…we have a solution (Scotiabank) and everyone could live with, I think the region will begin to see the value of the position the government has taken,” he said, adding “I see a parallel between this issue and the issue that started two years ago with the Sandals Group.

“And again this is not to peel any scab off an old wound but when the government of Antigua and Barbuda took a position to say look the position that Sandals has was unsustainable and we could not deal with the level of subsidy that was required,” he added.

In April, the Suriname-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Competition Commission (CCC) said the intended sale of Scotiabank’s assets in nine Caribbean countries could have anti-competitive effects in at least three CARICOM member states.

“The Commission remains cognizant of the provisions of Article 175 of the RTC (Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas), and at this time reminds national competition authorities and member states of this critical provision.

“The Commission also informs that it shall approach those national competition authorities and sector regulators in affected member states in accordance with Article 176(1), for the conduct of preliminary examinations of proposed transaction between the enterprises,” it said in a statement.


Age 72, of Ashdeane Village, Black Rock, St. Michael and formerly of Pot House, St. John.

Daughter of Clara “Nicey” White and the late Dudley White - former Fisherman of Martins Bay and Consett Bay.

Wife of the late Eric Cumberbatch.

Mother of Richard Walrond - former employee of Brydens Stokes Limited.

Step-mother of Roger Cumberbatch of the Sanitation Service Authority.

Grandmother of Ronaldo Cumberbatch and Amira Lyn of Jamaica.

Sister of Marie White-Savoury of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Marva Howard, Dorothy, George and Julius Walrond, Whitfield White of Flow and the late Eulanda White and four others.

Aunt of Rodney Walrond of National Housing Corporaton, Tracey Grant of Courts Barbados Limited, Orlando White - Conductor of B362, Terry and Sherry-ann Savoury, Dale Mason and Eleisha Mayers both of the U.S.A. and many others.

Great-aunt of many.

Sister-in-law of Rawle Howard, David Savoury and Angelina White.

Cousin of Monica Walrond and many others.

Relative of the Walrond, White, Harewood and McCollin families.

Friend of Icilma Marsh, Pamela and Charmain Griffith, Miss Richards and many others.

The funeral of Rhonda Eudene Cumberbatch nee Walrond leaves Waithe’s Funeral Home, Greens, St. George on Friday, 24th May 2019 at 2:00 p.m. for St. John Parish Church, where relatives and friends are asked to meet at 3:30 p.m. for a service of Celebration and thanksgiving. The cortege will then proceed to the St. John Cemetery for the interment.

The organist and choir members are asked to attend.

Floral tributes can be sent to Waithe’s Funeral Home not later than 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

No mourning colours by special request, Teal or white are the preferred colours.

Online condolences can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Age 76, of Brooklyn, New York and formerly of Coverley Land and Walrond Village, Christ Church.

Son of the late Julietta “Eugene” Jones.

Husband of Eleanor Layne neé Harbin.

Father of Adrian Blackman of the U.S.A., Anderson, Kenneth and Henderson Chase, Ricky Goddard, Ann Burke of G4S, Mahalia Taylor and Lowry Yarde.

Brother of Kathleen Layne and Valerie Callender - both of the U.S.A., Genetha, William, Benjamin, Samuel and Anthony Jones and Keith Lorde.

Grandfather of nine.

Brother-in-law of Lauretta of the U.K., Kathleen, Virginia and Marie Harbin and Winifred Harbin-Jones of National Conservation Commission.

A Service of Thanksgiving celebrating the life of Allan Cuthbert Layne will take place on Friday May 24th, 2019 at 4:00 p.m., at St. Patrick’s Anglican Church, St. Patrick’s, Christ Church, where relatives and friends are asked to meet, followed by the interment in the Churchyard.

The organist and members of the choir are asked to attend.

Flowers may be delivered to St. George's Home for Funerals, Carmichael House, Carmichael, St. George, no later than 1:00 p.m. on Friday.

Viewing takes place at 3:00 p.m. until the start of Service at the Church.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to St. George’s Home for Funerals.

Online condolences may be posted to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Age 83, of Palm Road, Tudor Bridge St. Michael. Member of the Women’s Auxillary of the Cathedral Church of St. Michael and All Angels and former Teacher of the defunct Co-operative High School.

Sister of Monica Small and the late Etwin Jordan.

Aunt of Cecile Agard-Eversley of Ace Academy and Jeanine Small of Barbados Statistical Service.

Cousin of Valerie and Caroline King of the U.K., Llewellyn and Winston Cummins, Murna, Colin and Carson Rowe.

Godmother of Harriette Morris, Donné Gooding and Jevand Trotman of the U.K.

Relative of the King, Cummins, Bentham, Shepherd and Walcott families.

Friend of Pastors Grace Nelson and Sylvia Trotman, Rev. Clifford Hall, Zelmira Barker, Joan Bourne, Shirley Clarke, Inez Alleyne, Cherise Walker, Kimberley Hall, the McKenzie family of the U.S.A. and many others.

The funeral of Oslyna Sofontas Agard-Griffith leaves Downes and Wilson Funeral Home, Eagle Hall, St. Michael on Thursday, 23rd May, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. for The Cathedral Church of St. Michael and All Angels, St. Michael’s Row, Bridgetown, St. Michael where relatives and friends are asked to meet at 10:00 a.m. for the service. The funeral will then proceed to the Westbury Cemetery, Westbury Road, St. Michael for the interment.

The Organist, members of the church choir and Women’s Auxillary are asked to attend.

Wreaths may be sent to the Downes and Wilson Funeral Home no later than 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, 23rd May, 2019.

Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at Downes and Wilson Funeral Home from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019.

Condolences may be sent to:

Age 96, of Chapel Road #1 Paynes Bay, St. James.

Father of Lawrence Barton Austin of Miami.

Grandfather of Lawrence Ryan “I Live” Austin.

Brother of Edna Boyce of the U.S.A., Ruby Skeete, and the late Robert Thorpe.

Uncle of Judy Boyce-Serrao and Elva Thorpe-Dedes of the U.S.A., Trevor Thorpe of Motoring News, Michael Thorpe of Midas Magic, Juta Thorpe, Heather Pilgrim, Colleen Thorpe and many others.

Father-in-law of Barbara Cousins-Austin of Miami.

Relative of the Thorpe, Phillips and Snagg families, the Austin and Leacock families of Mount Gay, St. Lucy.

Friend of the Management and Staff of Gentle Folks Nursing Home and many others.

The funeral of Conrad Newton J. Thorpe leaves Downes and Wilson Funeral Home, Eagle Hall, St. Michael on Thursday, 23rd May, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. for St. John The Baptist Anglican Church, Thorpes Corner, St. James where relatives and friends are asked to meet at 2:00 p.m. for the service. The cortege will then proceed to St. James Cemetery for the interment.

The Organist and members of the Church Choir are asked to attend.

Wreaths may be sent to Downes and Wilson Funeral Home, Eagle Hall, St. Michael, no later than 12:00 noon on Thursday, 23rd May, 2019.

Relatives and friends may visit Downes and Wilson Funeral Home to pay their last respects from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019.

Condolences may be sent to

Affectionally known as “Graceof Fortress Corner, St. Thomas.

Mother of Ian David Phillips of the Royal Barbados Police Force, Glendine Ellis, the late Cheston and Myradeen Phillips.

Grandmother of Adrian, Andre, Janelle Phillips of Massy Distribution, the late Patrick Phillips and seven others.

Great-Grandmother of six.

Sister of Maggie Phillips-Brewster, Vadna Dottin and Monica Griffith.

Aunt of many.

Relative of the Phillips and Scott families.

The funeral of Sylvia Eldica Phillips leaves L. R. Harris Funeral Home, Husbands, St. Lucy on Thursday 23rd May, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. for St. Thomas Parish Church where relatives and friend are asked to meet at 3:00 p.m. for the service and interment.

The organist and members of the choir are asked to attend.

Flowers may be sent to L. R. Harris Funeral Home no later than 1:15 p.m. on Thursday.

The body will repose in the chapel of L. R. Harris Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday 22nd, May 2019. 

Condolences may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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