June, 2005

Windies Cricket Selectors To Choose Alternate Squad For Sri Lanka Tour

Hardbeatnews, ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Tues. June 28, 2005: West Indies cricket selectors are set to meet today to choose an alternative squad for the upcoming tour to Sri Lanka.

This after only three of the original 13 cricketers accepted the selectors initial invite to be a part of the team for the triangular series. The contract was to be signed and returned by June 21.

Backlog In U.S. Immigration Cases Top 1 Million Mark

Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. June 28, 2005: The number of immigration cases currently backlogged in the system stands at just under 1.4 million cases so far this year, down from over 3.4 million for the first quarter last year.

That’s according to the new official newsletter of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. These cases include many Caribbean and other immigrants seeking adjustment of status as well as citizenship.

This comes as the U.S.CIS revealed it received 1.3 million new cases for the first quarter of this year and as officials acknowledged that the first half of 2005 was not considerably productive as workers try to clear the backlog, with completion rates being higher than receipts.

T&T Business Association Meets The Press

Hardbetnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Tues. June 28, 2005: Saying they want to bring better assistance to Trinidad businesses locally and expose and prepare them for business opportunities here and back home, four of the board members of the new Trinidad and Tobago Business Association, fielded questions from the press yesterday.

Criminal Deportees For Caricom Agenda Afterall

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y. Tues. June 28, 2005: Caricom’s annual summit of heads of government of CARICOM, set for St. Lucia from July 3, will address the issue of criminal deportees.

That’s the word from Caricom spokesperson, Calvin G. Brown, who finally responded to a HBN query on the issue, yesterday.

T&T Docs End Impasse Over Wages

By Julie Ramlal

Hardbeatnews, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Tues. June 28, 2005: The impasse between doctors in Trinidad and Tobago and the Public Sector Negotiating Committee over wage agreements is over.

This comes three days after senior doctors took the decision to stop work after 4 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends and public holidays.

Congress Approves Caribbean American Heritage Month

Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. June 28, 2005: Caribbean-Americans push to have a month of their own moved closer to reality yesterday as the House of Representatives, by a voice vote, approved a bill introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) much to the joy of a co-author of the bill.

Caribbean Nationals React To Rising Gas Prices

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Tues. June 28, 2005: With regular gasoline prices climbing to as high as $2.75 per gallon at pumps across the U.S., Caribbean Americans say they are battling down for higher prices.

This as crude oil prices climbed by almost $1 US a barrel yesterday, to trade at record highs near $61 a barrel amid concerns that supplies will not meet demand, especially in the United States, the world’s largest energy consumer.

Honor For Hip Hop Legend MC Lyte

Hardbeatnews, BROOKLYN, NY, Mon. June 27, 2005: Hip-hop rapper, MC Lyte, known for hits like “Ruffneck,” “Lyte As A Rock,” “Cappucino,” and “Cold Rock A Party,” was honored this on Saturday, June 25 by Jamaican-American Councilmember, Yvette Clarke.

T&T NYers Gear Up For Launch of Business Association

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Mon. June 27, 2005: Aiming to assist in the expansion of Trinidad and Tobago’s trade in goods and services and promoting the islands as a preferred location for investment, trade and tourism, a group of T&T New Yorkers will launch the Trinidad & Tobago Business Association on Saturday July 16.

IDB To Spotlight On Remittances Tomorrow

Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Mon. June 27, 2005: An international forum that will spotlight on the regulation of remittances services in the United States, financial literacy for immigrants and women and remittances and their links to technology, will be the focus of a two-day seminar that opens in Washington tomorrow.

D.C. Caribbean Carnival Wraps Up

Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Mon. June 27, 2005: Caribbean carnival fans from D.C., Baltimore, Maryland and all across the U.S. waved their flags and showcased their culture as the 13-year-old D.C. Carnival wrapped up yet another year this past weekend.

Haitian Lawyers Want Roger Noreiga Gone

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Mon. June 27, 2005: Members of the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network, a group that claims it is dedicated to promoting the civil, human and cultural rights of Haitian at home and abroad, are reiterating their demand that the Bush administration “denounce and demand” the resignation of the assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roger Noriega.

Caribbeans Among Billy Graham Crusade Goers

Hardbeatnews, QUEENS, N.Y., Mon. June 27, 2005: From as early as 5:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon, the crowds started gathering at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens and they were not there for a Mets baseball Game. The cars, buses and diverse crowd, among them Caribbean nationals, piling in were there for Billy Graham, the famous 86-year-old evangelist, who was here in Queens for a three-night crusade that may be his last.

Grenada Better Prepared For 2005 Hurricane Season

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Mon. June 27, 2005: Grenada, decimated by hurricane Ivan last season, is better prepared to battle Mother Nature this year. That’s the word from one of the island’s top ministers.

Minister Brenda Hood, Grenada’s Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Culture and the Performing Arts, told HBN recently, that the island has re-evaluated its operations and are building back better to ensure houses, many of which lost roofs to Ivan last September, are not so unfortunate should another storm hit this year.