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Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal wedding fever hits some in U.K. Caribbean

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — In some of Britain’s Caribbean territories and former colonies, judges wear thick wigs of white curls in the tropical heat, sports fans follow cricket religiously, and Queen Elizabeth II is the titular head of state. That doesn’t mean people here will be breaking out the tea and crumpets to watch this week’s royal wedding. Comment.

Concerns about Haiti’s internally displaced people

Haiti: Three prominent United States Democratic congressional representatives have written Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressing “deep concern” about the fate of the hundreds of thousands of Haitians who, 14 months after the devastating earthquake, “remain homeless, unprotected and with little or no access to basic services.” Comment.

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Venezuela: Caribbean and Latin American foreign affairs ministers met in Venezuela last week in anticipation of the presidential summit scheduled for July, when a new regional integration organization is set to be born, according to delegates. Comment.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Several Caribbean governor generals and prime ministers have made the coveted invitation list to the much-talked about royal wedding this year. Comment.

CARICOM reviews free movement of people

Caribbean: The CARICOM Secretariat has begun a series of meetings, which will focus on the free movement of persons and contingent rights in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Comment.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

SVG’s school makes trip to Penn Relays

St Vincent: After years of explorations and negotiations, the leading athletic secondary school in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is finally able to compete in the prestigious Penn Relays in the United States. Comments (4).

Venezuela to boost minimum wage

Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez has announced a 25 percent increase for Venezuela’s minimum wage starting May 1. Comment.

Haiti delays certification of 19 legislative races

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — International observers began examining contested tallies from 19 legislative races Monday shortly after Haitian officials announced they would delay certification of results of last month’s runoff election. Comment.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Searching for a new CARICOM chief  

People: A special search committee appointed by Caribbean leaders last year to hire a new secretary general for the 15-nation Caribbean trade bloc is expected to have a short list in time for a special summit in Guyana late next month officials said at the weekend. Comment.

Guyana couple flees to Canada for safety

Guyana: It is certainly not the first time that a governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) home affairs or national security minister has found himself embroiled in scandal linked to members of a still active death squad that terrorized the country a few years ago. Comment.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pop star declared Haitian president

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Michel Martelly, a popular singer known by the stage name “Sweet Micky,” was officially declared the next president of this earthquake-devastated country, election officials said. Comment.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Caribbean tourism feels the pinch

Caribbean: The Caribbean tourism industry is having its worst period in its history due to the ongoing global financial crisis and government taxation policies. Comment.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: A new low-cost airline will begin operations in the Caribbean from next month. Comment.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Island cuisine on your TV screen

Food: The Caribbean Express, a cooking show with a difference, is coming to a television screen near you, and much sooner than you think, promise the producers of this exciting soon-to-be-aired special. Comment.

‘Sweet Mickey’ looks to Washington

Haiti: WASHINGTON, April 8 - With hundreds of thousands of Haitians living in destitution as the country flounders under political, economic and climate wreckage, critics say celebrations of the inevitable profits of disaster capitalism have already begun between the right-wing President-elect Michel Martelly and his neoliberal allies in Washington. Comment.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Localized flood disasters in Grenada

Grenada: ST.GEORGE, Grenada, April 14, - The Grenada government has declared a “localized disaster emergency” in St. John’s and St. Mark’s following Tuesday’s heavy rains, which left dozens of homes and business places damaged, roads blocked and a several fishing boats along the west coast destroyed. Comment.

Party humiliates former P.M. in parliament

Trinidad and Tobago: As was the case in the run-up to general elections almost a year ago, voters have turned against eccentric former Prime Minister Patrick Manning, this time not to kick him out of government but to dramatically defeat a controversial motion he had brought to the house to have his attorneys participate fully in a parliamentary disciplinary hearing in which he will be the defendant. Comment.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Gayle, Chanderpaul and Sarwan dropped

Caribbean: West Indies selectors delivered a blow on some of the senior players sending a clear message that business will not be conducted as usual. As the West Indies team prepares to face Pakistan in the One-Day Series, the selectors led by Clyde Butts did not include veteran players Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramneresh Sarwan for the first two One-Day games. Comment.

Lowell Hawthorne is new AFUWI Chair

People: University of the West Indies (UWI) Vice Chancellor, Prof. E. Nigel Harris, has announced Jamaican-born U.S. restaurant chain owner Lowell Hawthorne, O.D., as the new chairman of the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) Partnership Board. Comment.

Guyana, U.S. sign anti-narcotics pact

Guyana: Guyana and the United States have signed a Letter of Agreement to establish and support projects aimed at countering money-laundering and narcotics operation over the next three years. Comment.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Caribbean-Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: The Organization of Caribbean Utility Regulators (OCUR) is suggesting that there is a prospect of market failure arising from the acquisition of mobile telephone operator Claro Jamaica by rival Digicel Group and has called on regional governments to closely monitor the situation in the interest of the consumers and the economies in general. Comment.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Three’s A Crowd

Guyana: ‘A U.S. State Department human rights assessment report for last year has highlighted serious overcrowding at Guyana’s main maximum security prisons and growing corruption in the local police force as challenges authorities should deal with in the future. Comment.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Jamaica gifts ‘Ancestral’ art to Canada

Jamaica: Jamaicans in Canada are already celebrating the golden anniversary of their country’s independence. They were given three reasons for an early start to next year’s milestone when the island’s Member of Parliament Olivia Grange shipped artistic creations to Toronto recently. Comment.

Guyana’s Surama Eco-Lodge wins award

Guyana: Surama Eco-Lodge in Guyana was named one of the best hotels in South America in the April publication of an online issue of travel giant - National Geographic. Comment.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Haiti’s leader criticizes U.N. military focus

Haiti: UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Haiti’s outgoing president criticized the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday for being too slow to switch its peacekeeping mission in the Western hemisphere’s poorest country from military operations to development and peacebuilding. Comment.

Haiti’s pop star president takes conservative tack

Cuba: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s pop star president-elect is making the media rounds to thank voters for his easy election victory while showing off a persona considerably toned down from his extravagant bad-boy days on stage. Comment.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

CARICOM faces increasing oil prices

Caribbean: CARICOM energy ministers called for urgent action at the national and regional levels to address the escalating challenges associated with increasing oil prices. Comment.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Michel ‘Sweet Micky’ Martelly wins Haiti election

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian musician Michel Martelly has pulled off a come-from-behind victory in Haiti’s presidential race. Comment.

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados police arrested and charged five men with possession of Bds $13million worth of cocaine. Comment.
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