ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has withdrawn the Under-19 team from its tour of Bangladesh.
The WICB said the decision to withdraw the team is in the best interest of the safety and security of the players and officials.
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FIRE yesterday destroyed the former headquarters of the Customs Brokers Association of Jamaica at 164 Port Royal Street in downtown Kingston.
The building was officially listed as abandoned, but has been occupied by a number of families and informal furniture builders and upholsterers who advertise their wares on the sidewalk opposite the building.
While no one was injured in the blaze, a number of machines, bed bases, mattresses, sponge, and other bedding material as well as personal effects were destroyed by the fire which started on the ground floor of the three-storey structure.
One of the occupants of the building, Isiah Sterling, told the Jamaica Observer that he was at work on Orange Street when he saw the smoke billowing skyward and came to find out if it was the place he called home that was on fire.
When he arrived on the scene his worst fears were realised. To make matters worse, he was unable to save any of his belongings or those of his children.
"All we are left with are the clothes on our backs. My daughter gone on a hustling and she don't even know yet. I don't even want tell her and break her heart," said a dejected Sterling, who lived on the second floor.
To soothe his woes, the worried man gulped downed a glass of alcohol and quickly refilled a plastic cup he
Assistant Superintendent John Morais of the York Park Fire Station said the fire department got a call about 10:49 am that the building was ablaze.
"We responded with three units and found the partially derelict building was engulfed in flames on the bottom floor. We contained the fire and prevented it from spreading. We are conducting our investigations as to the cause of the fire and the estimated damage," Morais said.
A dejected Isiah Sterling points to the burnt-out building he once called home on Port Royal Street in downtown Kingston yesterday. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY)
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