June, 2005

Condi Backs NYC 2012 Olympics Bid

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.”

Sparrow To Mark 70th Birthday In T&T

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.”

Grenada Gets Another $10 Million Loan

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.

Cuba Travel Restrictions To Continue

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.

T&T, Barbados Deal Major Blow To PetroCaribe Plan

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.

West Indies ‘A’ Team Face Sri Lanka Again Today

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.

Bush Urges Americans To Support Troops

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.

OECS Mission Opens In Geneva

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.

Caribbean Olympian Among Those Betting On NYC 2012

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.

Fugees Are The Only Hint Of Caribbean At BET Awards

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.