Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Thurs. June 30, 2005: Saying she’s very impressed with the way New York City has been able to get its Olympic bid “pulled together,” U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice says that the chances of the city getting the nod in Singapore “are very good.”
Hardbeatnews, PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Thurs. June 30, 2005: The Mighty Sparrow, Dr. Slinger Francisco, is back in his adopted homeland of T&T to perform at four shows to mark his 70th birthday.
The Birdie on Tuesday paid a courtesy call on President George Maxwell Richards at Presidents House and said he aims to prove the Bible wrong on the three score and ten life span by being around “for three score and many more.”
Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Thurs. June 30, 2005: A $10 million loan, designed to finance the revitalization of businesses and reconstruction of roads and bridges in Grenada, was yesterday approved by the Inter-American Development Bank.
The loan from the Fund for Special Operations is for a 40-year term, with a 10-year grace period, at a 1 percent interest rate during the grace period and a 2 percent rate thereafter.
Hardbeatnews, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Thurs. June 30, 2005: Mobilizing the Caribbean Diaspora to pressure governments in favor of the European Union Sugar Reform Proposals to change their position, is one of the tactic Africa, Caribbean & Pacific countries hope to use to fight the plan.
Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Thurs. June 30, 2005: A plan that would have eased restrictions on American travel to Cuba was again rejected by the U.S. Senate yesterday even though a large percentage of the senators did vote to open travel to Cuba in cases of humanitarian concerns.
Hardbeatnews, CARACAS, Venezuela, Thurs. June 30, 2005: Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados late yesterday refused to sign off on an agreement that would have seen the establishment of a significant Caribbean oil venture, PetroCaribe.
The two, part of the 15, including Cuba, that were slated to unanimously adopt the measure as gasoline prices at the pump remain high, opted out saying they needed more time to study the plan, according to Bloomberg News.
Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Thurs. June 30, 2005: The parents of Natalee Holloway should not to give in to media sensationalism and alienate Aruban officials investigating their daughter’s disappearance, a vice-president of the Caribbean Bar Association has warned.
Hardbeatnews, COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Weds. June 29, 2005: Windies ‘A’ captain Daren Ganga is looking for another win today at the Colts Cricket Club Ground in Sri Lanka, as the side faces off against the Sri Lanka-A side in their second match-up.
The Windies ‘A’ squad lead the three “test” series, 1-0, having won the first unofficial test match on Saturday at Dambulla by 57 runs.
Hardbeatnews, FORT BRAGG, NC, Weds. June 29, 2005: With independence day celebrations just bout five days away, the commander-in-chief of the U.S. armed forces and CEO of America, President George Bush, last night issued a call to all Americans, Caribbeans included, to support the troops.
Hardbeatnews, BRUSSELS, Switzerland, Weds. June 29, 2005: A technical mission of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States to the World Trade Organization in Geneva was yesterday opened through a partial European Development Fund grant of €238,000.
Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Weds. June 29, 2005: Officials of the Inter-American Development Bank and the Center for Latin American Monetary Studies are hoping to track the money sent back to the region by Caribbean and Latin Americans, more accurately.
Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Weds. June 29, 2005: Antigua and Barbuda Olympian, Howard Lindsay, was among those rallying for New York City yesterday as officials here hope International Olympic Committee Executive Board officials will give them the nod to host the 2012 Games.
Hardbeatnews, LOS ANGELES, CA, Weds. June 29, 2005: Apart from a surprise but fab reunion of the all-star Fugees, featuring Lauryn Hill and Haitian-born hip-hop star, Wyclef Jean, Caribbean acts were again noticeably absent from last night’s 2005 BET Awards.
Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Weds. June 29, 2005: Will Pope John Paul, II be named a saint? A St. Lucia Monsignore says he has no doubt the late Holy Father will be beatified, especially since he has been credited with performing miracles; one of which was in this tiny eastern Caribbean island.