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BRIDGETOWN---In an unprecedented move, the
Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has expelled
one of its members, a sitting Member of Parliament,
over what it says was inappropriate conduct and her
failure to be a team player.
Opposition Leader Mia Mottley announced at a
press conference last night that Christ
Church West MP Dr Maria Agard was no
longer a member of the BLP. The disclosure
followed Agard's appearance before the
party's National Council.
Agard had been summoned to appear
before the panel yesterday evening on nine
charges related to "breaches of discipline,"
following a four-year battle with the exec-
utive of her own branch that recently played
out in the traditional and social media.
She attended the hearing with a legal
representative Hal Gollop QC, but they
both walked out less than an hour later.
Mottley said the decision to expel
Agard was not an easy one, but it had
to be taken as a matter of principle.
"These charges speak to the failure
of Dr Agard to be guided by the party's
Council---not to further speak to the
media on this matter, so as to allow for
reconciliation between herself and her branch.
They also speak to her inappropriate conduct, whether
in misconstruing the facts in the media or offensive
profanities posted on social media.
Mottley insisted that the issue had nothing to do
with freedom of speech, but one of discipline and
respect for authority and willingness to work together
in an organisation with other people.
But Gollop described the tribunal as "unfair" and
charged that the same people who brought the charges
against his client were also sitting on the disciplinary
GEORGETOWN---Authorities in Guyana have tem-
porarily limited access to the popular Kaieteur Falls
following several suicides.
Tourism Minister Catherine Hughes said Monday
that visitors will not be able to access the edge of
the 741-foot waterfall. She said authorities are trying
to find the body of a Guyanese woman who jumped
to her death on Saturday after she bolted from a tour.
It is the second suicide at the falls in three months.
The suicide prompted authorities to cancel tours
over the weekend.
Kaieteur Falls is considered one of the most powerful
waterfalls in the world. It is located in a remote region
in central Guyana. (AP)
SAN JUAN---Police in Puerto Rico say a 27-year-
old tourist from Kentucky has died after being hit
by a car while running away from a graffiti mural
he was painting.
Police say Jonathan Brown of Louisville was spray-
painting a mural along one of the busiest highways
in San Juan he noticed a patrol car nearby and fled.
Authorities say he was run over as he tried to cross
a street near the Baldorioty de Castro highway.
Officials in the US territory say the accident
occurred Monday night. (AP)
A female police constable could face disciplinary
charges for refusing to cut her dreadlocks.
Reports reaching the SUNDAY SUN indicate that
the constable had been receiving notices about her
hairstyle ever since the Royal Barbados Police
Force issued a new dress code policy back in
January, which, among other things, banned
police officers from wearing dreadlocks,
twists, beards, make-up, extreme hair
colour and visible tattoos.
A source said that for the past 11
months, whenever the constable, who
works at a police station in the south,
attended roll call, it was recorded in the
police diary that her hair was still being
worn in dreadlocks.
The source said that about ten other
female cops who were wearing similar
hairstyles had cut theirs after the new
policy came into effect.---Nationnews
Dr Maria Agard
History as Barbados
US tourist run over
in Puerto Rico after
Guyana limits access to
waterfall after suicides
Lady cop with locks
could be in trouble
PORT-AU-PRINCE---The top two finishers
in Haiti's first-round presidential election
are government-backed candidate Jovenel
Moise and former state construction chief
Jude Celestin, officials said yesterday. They
are scheduled to compete in a runoff vote on
Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council said Moise
received 33 per cent of the vote and Celestin received
25 per cent.
The announcement by the nine-member council
set off a new wave of protests in Cabaret, where
supporters of Moise Jean-Charles, one of the leading
candidates from a field of 54, denounced the results.
Protesters also began gathering in the nearby capital
A reporter with Zenith radio station who was at
the protest said one person was injured after appar-
ently being shot by police. Journalists with The Asso-
ciated Press saw a policeman being carried away
after he was shot, and another policeman who was
injured after being hit in the head with rocks.
Pierre-Louis Opont, president of the Electoral
Council, urged people to remain calm.
Last week, thousands of Haitians demanded that
the October 25 first-round presidential election be
annulled during a violent protest that left at last one
The party of President Michel Martelly has dis-
missed accusations that it manipulated the voting
or ballot count.
Moise, who has never held political office, was
picked by Martelly as a successor, while Celestin was
defeated in the disputed presidential election of 2010.
top 2 finalists in
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