After days of fiery protests, some semblance of order has been restored in the village of Salisbury. This as a joint operation between local police and the Regional Security System has been initiated. One officer who asked not to be identified, told Loop News that voters need not worry, as patrol teams will be stationed at different points throughout the village until after the election results are announced. He gave the assurance, that law and order will be maintained throughout the entire process. At present there are no officers stationed in the community of Marigot. The roads have been cleared, traffic is flowing and the residents appear to be in good spirits as they prepare to go to the polls. Over the last week, residents of both constituencies, which are UWP strongholds, have engaged in fiery protests to voice their dissatisfaction with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and the DLP. On Friday, citizens of Dominica will head to the polls, where they will decide whether or not PM Skerrit will get an unprecedented fourth term in office.

The Medicinal Cannabis Authority (MCA) in St Vincent and the Grenadines has partnered with Ample Organics to strengthen its medicinal cannabis industry by activatingAmpleCentral- the world’s first national Cannabis Tracking System built for regulators. Ample Organics, which is a software company based in Toronto, Ontario,will provide sound industry-wide advice to the Authorityas the medicinal cannabis industry emerges in St. Vincent and theGrenadines. The Canadian company says a seed-to-sale software platform will be deployed to empower the MCA, along with physicians and pharmacists, to register and service medicinal cannabis patients. AmpleCentralis designed for governments to facilitate sophisticated reporting and to assist regulators with ensuring compliance, verifying product quantity and quality, taxation, and preventing diversion and inversion. The technology connects data points across the national cannabis supply chain, providing regulators with the information necessary to assure public, product, and patient safety. VP of AccountsandEducation at Ample Organics,Tom Ritchie, said: “One of the reasons we have chosen to work with the Medicinal Cannabis Authority in St. Vincent and theGrenadines,is their commitment to ensuring a successful cannabis industry through education.” In 2018, St Vincent and the Grenadines passed legislation for the decriminalization of marijuana for medicinal and scientific purposes.


Konshens on his wedding day (Source: IG)

- by Daveny Ellis Jamaican Dancehall artiste Konshens has attemptedto apologize to his wifeher via social media. His act has causeddebates to erupt online. Konshens, real name Garfield Delano Spence known for his hits like "Bruk Off Ya Back." as well as "Gal Dem Ah Talk" took to Instagramin anattempt to apologize to his wife Latoya Wright. “You will wake up and grow up when she already gone,” the dancehall artist stated. “All she did was – Bring me the greatest happiness only rivaled by mi kids births. – stick by me no matter what and who going against me... “Put up with Countless f**kery and handle it all with class and maintain respect and protect me image. - Love mi daughter like she is yours and grow her into a Lady. - Transform my mindset financially and show me seh the way i was handling money all those years was totally wrong. "Match me perfectly spiritually and physically- partner with me in business and life, and me still find so many way fi mek this f#@% up” Konshens wrote. He even made mention of having suicidal thoughts after his brother's untimely death and said that his wife was there through that time as well. "Stop me from kill miself COUNTLESS times after mi bredda drop out an mi get f**king unstable. And counsel me when the world a come down pan mi." With this fact, thedancehall star not only apologized butwent on to promise to work on his mental health and become a better version of himself and a better husband. “Mi ago fix miself as a person and fix mi head to.” This is the second occasion this year that Konshens and his wife have parted ways. Earlier this year, the two split after two years of marriage. Wright also took to Instagram. “New chapter!!! accept the wounds and grow from them and don’t...fall in the same trap again,” she wrote. “Ever had that ONE person you always said is your rider? your closest. The one you would always swear for when it comes to loyalty and being in your corner, your ace.” It is still not clear what may have caused the possible split, but rumors are surrounding the artiste currently, and the 'New chapter!!!' post is ringing bells of confirmation in the minds of some. This viral apology has caused tremendous debate online with some interpreting Konshens' apology as a manipulative tactic or "begging" while others are commending the artiste for his attempt at exposing himself and his flaws while strongly coming to his defense. The two were marriedin Florida at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa on November 19, 2017.

This image released by NBC shows celebrity judges, from left, Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough, Simon Cowell on the set of "America's Got Talent," in Los Angeles. (Trae Patton/NBC via AP)

NBC and the union that represents television performers are investigating an allegation by an “America’s Got Talent” judge that she was fired because she complained of racism and other on-set issues. The Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists says in a statement Monday that it is investigating the allegations from Gabrielle Union, and that it takes such claims seriously. A statement Sunday from NBC and the production companies behind the show says they are committed to ensuring a respectful workplace and are talking to Union’s representatives about her concerns. According to reports, Union, who is black, sought action to address an environment she said allowed racist jokes and comments and other troubling behavior, including judge-producer Simon Cowell’s smoking indoors.


A Navy sailor shot three civilians, killing two of them, before taking his own life at Pearl Harbor just days before thousands were scheduled to gather at the storied military base to mark the 78th anniversary of the Japanese bombing that launched the US into World War II. Rear Adm. Robert Chadwick, the commander of Navy Region Hawaii, said the service would evaluate whether security should be upgraded before the annual ceremony. About a dozen survivors of the 1941 bombing were expected to attend, along with dignitaries and service members. The shooter was identified Thursday as 22-year-old G. Romero, according to a military official who spoke on condition of anonymity to provide details that had not been made public. Chadwick said he didn't know the motive behind Wednesday's shooting at the naval shipyard within the base. The third victim was hospitalized. It wasn't known if the sailor and the three male civilians had any type of relationship, or what the motive was for the shooting, Chadwick said. "We have no indication yet whether they were targeted or if it was a random shooting," Chadwick said. The sailor was assigned to the fast attack submarine USS Columbia, which is at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for maintenance. He was identified as a 22-year-old enlisted sailor, according to a military official speaking on condition of anonymity to provide details that hadn't been made public It wasn't immediately known what type of weapon was used or how many shots were fired. Chadwick said that was part of the investigation. Personal weapons are not allowed on base. Names of the victims will not be released until next of kin have been notified. "Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and everyone involved. I can say that we are mobilizing support services for naval shipyard personnel as well as everyone else who may be affected by this tragic event," Chadwick said. The base went into lockdown at about 2:30 p.m. when the first active shooter reports were received. The base reopened a few hours later. Witnesses were still being interviewed hours after the shooting. The shipyard repairs, maintains and modernizes the ships and submarines of the US Pacific Fleet, which is headquartered at Pearl Harbor. The base is the home port for 10 destroyers and 15 submarines. It also hosts Air Force units. Hawaii Gov. David Ige said the White House has offered assistance from federal agencies and that the state is also ready to help if needed. "I join in solidarity with the people of Hawaii as we express our heartbreak over this tragedy and concern for those affected by the shooting," Ige said in a statement. Mass shootings and gun violence are rare in Hawaii. In 1999, a Xerox service technician fatally shot seven coworkers. In 2006, a man fatally shot his taxi driver and a couple taking photos of the city lights from a lookout point in the hills above Honolulu. Hawaii had the lowest gun death rate among the states in 2017, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The islands have strict firearms laws, including a ban on assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines. The shipyard is across the harbor from the wreckage of USS Arizona, which sank in the December 7, 1941, Japanese attack. It's also across from the visitors centre, which will host Saturday's ceremony. More than 2,300 Americans were killed in the bombing. The shipyard has played a key role in naval history, most notably during World War II. Shipyard workers were given just days to repair the USS Yorktown, an aircraft carrier severely damaged during the Battle of the Coral Seat in 1942, because the Navy needed to quickly send the ship to Midway to meet Japanese forces there. Some 1,400 shipyard workers laboured around the clock for almost 72 hours to patch the carrier together. The planes the Yorktown delivered to Midway sank one of the four aircraft carriers Japan sent to the battle and helped destroy two others. The Battle of Midway turned the tide of the war in the United States' favour.

FILE - In this November 2, 2019, file photo, pro-democracy protesters react as police fire tear gas during a protest in Hong Kong. By day, the small commercial kitchen in a Hong Kong industrial building produces snacks. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

By day, the small commercial kitchen in a Hong Kong industrial building produces snacks. At night, it turns into a secret laboratory assembling a kit for pro-democracy protesters seeking to detox after repeated exposure to tear gas. Volunteers seated around a kitchen island sort and pack multicolored pills into small resealable bags. At another table, a woman makes turmeric pills by dipping gelatin capsules into a shallow dish of the deep orange spice. “Police have used so much tear gas and people are suffering,” said the owner of the kitchen, speaking on condition of anonymity because she fears repercussions for her business. “We want to especially help frontline protesters, who have put their lives on the line for the city.” Hong Kong police have fired more than 10,000 tear gas canisters to quell violent protests that have rocked the city for six months. The movement’s demands include fully democratic elections and an investigation into police use of force, including tear gas. Its heavy and prolonged use in Hong Kong — one of the world’s most densely populated cities and known for its concrete jungle of high-rises — is unusual and has sparked health fears. While there’s no evidence of long-term health effects, it’s also largely untested territory. “I don't think there have been circumstances where there has been this level of repeated exposure for people to tear gas. What's going on in Hong Kong is pretty unprecedented,” said Alistair Hay, a British toxicologist from the University of Leeds. Police have fired it in cramped residential areas and near hospitals, shopping malls and schools, affecting not only protesters but also children, the elderly and the sick. Some worry that tear gas residue could stick for days or weeks to asphalt, walls, ventilation ducts and other places. Parents, schools and various community groups have demanded to know the chemical makeup of the gas — which police won’t divulge — so they can clean up properly. In the absence of official information, some parents have stopped taking their kids to parks, and online tips urge mothers to refrain from breastfeeding for a few hours if they are exposed the gas. Many avoided fresh fruits after a wholesale market that supplies half of the city’s supply was gassed last month. New daily rituals include using a baking soda solution to bathe, wash clothes and clean surfaces. Tips shared by protesters include not bathing in hot water after exposure as it is believed it will open pores and let the chemicals seep in. The kitchen owner making detox kits said she wants to help protesters, who often avoid seeking treatment at hospitals to hide their identity and avoid possible arrest. The kits contain capsules that include vitamins and other natural ingredients and are packed into a small pouch with 10 bottles of a cloudy caramel-colored drink that contains an antioxidant said to be an immune-system booster. They come with instructions for a 10-day detoxification program that includes no alcohol and smoking. It has not been scientifically tested for treating tear gas symptoms, but the kitchen owner claimed that feedback was positive from a first batch distributed to frontline protesters through a clandestine network of first-aid and social workers. Hay, the toxicologist, said that excessive concentrations of CS gas, a common tear gas component, and residue that persists in the environment could cause prolonged symptoms and health complications for vulnerable groups. A survey in August by a group of doctors of some 170 reporters covering the protests found most of them had difficulty breathing, persistent coughing or coughed up blood, skin allergies and gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea or vomiting, according to Hong Kong media reports. Further spooking residents are reports that the tear gas could emit dioxin, a cancer-causing substance. Hay said he wasn’t aware of any cases of tear gas-producing dioxin, although it could, in theory, be released if the canister burns above 250 degrees Celsius (480 degrees Fahrenheit). Government officials say that any toxin found could come from the many street fires set off by protesters. They refuse to reveal the components of the gas, citing operational sensitivities. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where more than 1000 rounds of tear gas were fired on a single day last month, hired an independent laboratory to test air, water and soil samples. Preliminary tests reportedly showed no harmful substances. Nonetheless, a high school near the campus hired professional experts to decontaminate its grounds. A 17-year-old volunteer helping make the detox kits said he has joined many protests and often experienced stomach cramps, nausea and rashes for days after being gassed. During a rally in June, he said couldn’t breathe and thought he was going to die. Another volunteer said she can see clouds of tear gas in the streets below her apartment in Mongkok, a hot spot for protests, and smell it even with her windows closed. She doesn’t have the courage to join the protests, she said, but feels she must contribute. Both spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing retribution in a city that has become starkly divided by the violent protests.


Tottenham's manager Jose Mourinho, left, reacts as Manchester United's Marcus Rashford, centre, and Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez challenge for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Jose Mourinho was standing on the edge of his technical area near the halfway line when Manchester United midfielder Daniel James came sliding off the field and clattered head-first into the right knee of the Portuguese coach. Mourinho just about stayed on his feet but grimaced as he clutched his knee before hobbling away. It was a rough return to Old Trafford for the former United manager on Wednesday. Two weeks into his time at Tottenham and Mourinho has finally lost a game — and it just had to be against the club that fired him a year ago. United won 2-1 to end Tottenham’s run of three wins since the arrival of Mourinho, with Marcus Rashford scoring both of the home team’s goals and celebrating them maybe with a little dig at his old manager. “Doubters just spur me on,” Rashford wrote on Twitter after the match, potentially a reference to Mourinho who, in one standout incident during his time at United, turned his back to Rashford and folded his arms in disgust after the striker missed an easy chance in a Champions League match against Young Boys in November last year. Less than a month later, Mourinho was fired. Tottenham, which slipped to eighth place and behind United in the standings, has now conceded two goals in each of the four games Mourinho has been in charge — a statistic that must concern a coach who usually sets his teams up to defend resolutely. If Tottenham can't stop allowing goals, Liverpool can't stop scoring them. The unbeaten leaders netted four goals in the first half and added a fifth late on in a 5-2 thrashing of Everton in the Merseyside derby to stay eight points clear of Leicester, which beat last-place Watford 2-0. Liverpool scored five in a league game against Everton at home for the first time since 1965, despite leaving out two of the team’s formidable attacking trio — Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino — as well as captain Jordan Henderson. Everton couldn’t take advantage and slipped into the relegation zone on another dark day for its under-pressure manager Marco Silva, who might not stay in the job after this latest loss given the manner of his team’s defending at Anfield. There were also wins for Chelsea and Wolves — the teams in fourth and fifth place, respectively — while Southampton beat Norwich in a match between relegation contenders. KLOPP'S ROTATION Jürgen Klopp claimed his 100th Premier League win in style on a night his decision to rotate his team was utterly vindicated. The first three goals were scored by Divock Origi (2) and Xherdan Shaqiri, the players who replaced Firmino and Salah in the starting lineup. Sadio Mane added the fourth just before halftime and Georginio Wijnaldum scored the fifth in the 90th minute to pile more pressure on Silva, whose Everton team has lost nine of its 15 league games. “The type of mistakes we are making is because the players are playing under big pressure because of the position in the table,” Silva said. “They are making some mistakes that are not normal for the level we are.” VARDY'S STREAK Leicester striker Jamie Vardy scored for the seventh straight game in the Premier League and is closing in on his record of netting in 11 in a row, set in the team's improbable title-winning season in 2015-16. He set Leicester on its way against Watford by converting a 55th-minute penalty before James Maddison added the second goal in injury time. With a club record-tying seventh straight league win, Leicester climbed back in front of Manchester City, which briefly moved into second with a 4-1 win at Burnley on Tuesday. ABRAHAM' SCORING RETURN Tammy Abraham scored one goal and set up another for Chelsea in a 2-1 win over Aston Villa on his return to the team after a hip injury. Without Abraham, Chelsea surprisingly lost 1-0 to home to West Ham at the weekend but it looked a more dangerous team with the England striker. Having headed Chelsea in front with his 11th goal of the season, Abraham laid the ball off for Mason Mount to power home a finish high into the net from the edge of the area to give the hosts the lead again after Villa equalized through Trezeguet. Chelsea is fourth, three points behind Man City. WINS FOR WOLVES, SOUTHAMPTON Wolverhampton Wanderers consolidated fifth place and extended its unbeaten run in the Premier League to 10 matches with a 2-0 win over West Ham, whose manager Manuel Pellegrini is back under pressure for his job. Leander Dendoncker and Patrick Cutrone were the scorers for Wolves. Southampton moved out of the relegation zone by beating next-to-last Norwich 2-1. Danny Ings gave Southampton the lead with his eighth goal of the season and Ryan Bertrand also scored before Teemu Pukki's second-half reply for Norwich.

Three leaders of the extreme-right Forza Nuova political party were stopped by police Tuesday for putting up a racist banner aimed at Brescia striker Mario Balotelli. The banner, which read "Mario you're right, you're an African," was posted on a fence outside Juventus' Allianz Stadium in Turin last month. The words "Mario" and "African" were written in red, with the other words in black. The banner also featured a logo for the neo-fascist Forza Nuova party. The three Forza Nuova members face accusations of spreading racial hatred and were banned from Italy's sports stadiums. The banner was put up in the aftermath of a national debate over racism after Balotelli angrily kicked a ball into the stands out of frustration because of discriminatory chants during a game at Hellas Verona. Balotelli, who is black, was born in Italy to Ghanaian immigrants and has represented the Italian national soccer team. He was also the subject of a racist remark by the Brescia club president recently. "I am not saying that I am different from the other players who receive the same abuse, the same monkey noises, but the problem is that I am Italian," Balotelli said after the Verona incident.


Newly elected executive of the St Lucia Kennel Club

The St Lucia Kennel Club elected a new executive following its recently concluded annual general meeting. A number of pertinent issues were discussed which included some of the aims and objectives of the club such as registering dogs with their pedigree; clarifyingdog breeds; participatingand encouragingthe training of dogs; promotingexcellence in the breeding of dogs and promoting the consideration and discussion of all questions pertaining to dogs. Other matters discussed at the meeting including finance, membership, constitution, veterinarians becoming honorary members of the club, affiliation to regional and/or international kennel clubs and the Dog Day Afternoon event. Members also paid tribute to the outgoing Chair of the Interim Committee, Mr Lokesh Singh, for the yeoman service he has given to the organisation in his role as president in the past and more recently as Chair of the Interim Committee. The newly elected committee will oversee the club's operation for the next year. The committee members include: 1. President Mr Colvis Samuels 2. Vice President Mr Eugene Gabriel 3. Secretary Ms Sancher Didier 4. Treasurer Mr Cletus St Marie 5. Public relations Officer Mr Terrol Compton 6. Registrar Mr Byron Fernelon 7. Floor member Mr Gregory Ragoonanan 8. Floor Member Mr Nigel Eudoxie

The second and final phase of the Road Widening Project from the Friendship Inn Roundabout to the Choc Road will commence today Monday December 2. The department of Infrastructure is currently undertaking a road widening project from the Sandals Halcyon to Choc Roundabout Road which will include the installation of a fourth lane. The aim of the road widening project is to reduce traffic congestion and travel delays while improving road safety from Sandals Halcyon to the Choc Roundabout which is congested with traffic almost on a daily basis. The project, which officially began on August 12, was to be completed before the start of the new academic year in September. But that deadline has come and gone. According to a press release issued by the Department of infrastructure, phase two of the project - which involves milling and asphalting works for the completion of the project - will begin this evening. As a result, vehicular traffic will be affected. There will be a temporary diversion of vehicular traffic between the Choc and Friendship Inn Roundabouts from 10 pm– 6 am,starting December 2, 2019. The Northbound Lane from Friendship Inn to Choc Roundabout will be closed to normal traffic. The Southbound Dual Lanes between Choc and the Friendship Inn Roundabouts will be converted into two-way traffic, which means that one lane will accommodate southbound traffic while the other lane will accommodate northbound traffic. Both Northbound and Southbound Dual Carriageways will resume operating as normal from 6 am to 9 pm daily. These diversions are necessary to facilitate Milling and Asphalting works for completion of the Sandals to Choc Road Widening Project. All commuters are asked to be guided by road signs which will be placed for their information and guidance, abide by the instructions given by flaggers who will be on location and extend full cooperation. The Department of Infrastructure has thanked the motoring public in advancefor their patience and understanding during the execution of the works. According to the Deputy Chief Engineer at the Department of infrastructure, the project is expected to be completed in the next 10days.