July, 2005

Talent Tramples Hype At Reggae Sumfest 2005

By Camille Taylor
HBN, Jamaica

Hardbeatnews, MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, Fri. July 29, 2005: Talent trampled hype and substance was resurgent over its old nemesis style at the 13th annual staging of Reggae Sumfest, which wrapped up last Saturday, July 23 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Jamaica, T&T Nationals Get Ready To Mark Homeland’s Independence


By Kaara Baptiste
HBN, NY

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Fri. July 29, 2005: The countdown to independence celebrations for Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago has begun in the U.S., drawing excitement and big-name guests.

Jamaica’s Prime Minister P.J. Patterson will be the guest of honor at the 43rd Anniversary Ball, taking place on Saturday, August 13 at the New York Hilton & Towers Hotel in New York City where entertainment will be provided by Byron Lee and the Dragonaires.

Bermuda Discontinues Tropical Storm Watch


Hardbeatnews, MIAMI, FL, Thurs. July 28, 2005: As Tropical Storm Franklin continued to hover in the Atlantic Ocean last night, officials at the Bermuda Weather Service discontinued a storm watch even as forecasters at the National Weather Service here claimed the storm will move away from the island.

NY Rights Group Calls For Release Of Father Gerard Jean-Juste

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Thurs. July 28, 2005: New York-based rights group, Human Rights First, is calling for the release of Haitian activist, Father Gérard Jean-Juste, who was arrested and jailed on Thursday, July 21, 2005 for allegedly ordering the death of journalist Jacques Roche, who was killed in the capital city of Port-au-Prince.

Brooklyn Group Writes Barbados PM Over Guyanese Deportation Case

Hardbeatnews, BROOKLYN, N.Y., Thurs. July 28, 2005: A Brooklyn-based Caribbean group, that last year presented Barbados PM Owen Arthur with its Democracy Prize, now wants the head of state to implement a swift review of the deportation proceedings as well as Barbados’ immigration policy towards Guyanese.

President of the Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy, Rickford Burke, in a statement yesterday said he has written to Arthur, expressing concern over last week’s deportation of some 30 Guyanese nationals from Barbados.

Burke said he noted in the letter that “the Institute will eschew ascribing any motive to the cause of action by the Barbados Immigration Service and will not prejudge a thorough review of this incident by your government.”

Dominica Budget To Be Unveiled Today

Hardbeatnews, ROSEAU, Dominica, Weds. July 27, 2005: A value added tax bill and permission to borrow a total of more than $89 million are among highlights of the 2005/2006 budget set to be presented in Dominica’s parliament today.

Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Planning, National Security and Overseas Nationals, Roosevelt Skerritt, is slated to present the budget when the first meeting of the first session of the Seventh Parliament gets underway at the House of Assembly in Roseau today, Wednesday, July 27.

Bermuda Remains Under Storm Watch

Hardbeatnews, HAMILTON, Bermuda, Weds. July 27, 2005: The British dependent territory of Bermuda remained under a storm watch last night as Tropical Storm Franklin continued to linger west of the island.

Periods of cloudiness and showers and possible thunder are slated to continue today, according to the Bermuda Weather Service, as Franklin continues hovering about 220 miles west of Bermuda.

Windies Whitewashed By Sri Lanka

Hardbeatnews, KANDY, Sri Lanka, Tues. July 26, 2005: Sri Lanka whipped the West Indies cricket squad by a whopping 240 runs yesterday to take the win in the second test match here in Kandy.

The weak West Indies side, led by Guyanese Shivnarine Chanderpaul, were defeated by six-wickets at Colombo’s Singhalese Sports Club as the Sri Lankans won the series 2-0.

UN Peacekeeping Mission Vows “Robust” Stance Against Crime

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Tues. July 26, 2005: Officials of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti yesterday announced it has taken a robust posture to disrupt the activities of armed gangs and bring the alleged criminals to justice.

The move, said officials in a statement, is necessary, “in order to create a secure and stable environment within which the constitutional and political process can take place … .”

State Funeral For Former Dominica Minister

Hardbeatnews, ROSEAU, Dominica, Tues. July 26, 2005: Former Dominica member of Parliament, Elkin Bernard Henry, is set to be buried on Saturday following an official funeral that will include the Dominican flag being flown at half staff on all public buildings from July 29 – 30.

Nigerian President To Visit T&T

Hardbeatnews, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Tues. July 26, 2005: Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo is set to begin a state visit to the twin-island Republic this Saturday.

Government reports indicate Obasanjo is set to arrive at 10 am on Saturday July 30 at Piarco International Airport. He is expected to address a special joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament, visit Tobago and hold bilateral with the Patrick Manning government on Trinidad and Tobago/Nigeria relations.

Bermuda Issues Tropical Storm Watch


Hardbeatnews, MIAMI, FL, Tues. July 26, 2005: The Bermuda Weather Service last night issued a tropical storm watch for the island as Tropical Storm Franklin spun in the Atlantic, about 230 miles west-southwest of Bermuda.

Forecasters at the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said Franklin was moving erratically eastward near 8 mph but a turn is expected toward the north-northeast at a slower forward speed during the next 24 hours.

Maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph with higher gusts expected. Bermuda forecasters said last night clouds and showers associated with Tropical Storm Franklin will continue to influence local conditions for a few days and changes that Franklin has undergone may bring tropical storm force winds to the Island within 36 hours resulting in the Tropical Storm Watch being issued.