July, 2005

Windies In Trouble As Sri Lanka Reaches 340 For Seven

Hardbeatnews, KANDY, Sri Lanka, Mon. July 25, 2005: An unbeaten 135 by Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara left the West Indies cricket squad in a gloomy position at the close of play yesterday in the final test match here in Kandy.

The hosts, one up in the series, closed day three of play at 340 for seven in their second innings, a lead of 342 runs ahead of the young Windies team.

St. Kitts Sugar Factory Receives Last Cane

Hardbeatnews, BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Mon. July 25, 2005: The sugar industry in St. Kitts has officially grounded to a halt. Thirty-three full carts of canes were delivered to the factory at 1:15 p.m. on Friday July 22, as government officials, sugar workers and media representatives looked on.

“We have done all that we can to save the sugar industry, but because of the high cost of production in relation to monies received and the pending 39 percent reduction for sugar bought from the ACP countries including St. Kitts and Nevis, we had to take that decision,” Minister of Housing, Agriculture, Fisheries and Consumer Affairs, Cedric Liburd, said.
He also revealed that the debt of the St. Kitts Sugar Manufacturing Corporation is now at a staggering EC$350 million. But noted that while plans were drawn up for closure of the industry plans for the future of a sugar cane industry was also prepared.

“It has been said that we need to look at using the sugar cane plant for a rum industry, animal feed, the co-generation of electricity and the production of ethanol,” said Minister Liburd, adding that the Transition Team has been mandated to carry out feasibility studies to ascertain the viability of those projects.

Non-sugar agriculture will play an important role in the diversification of this sector and over 1,500 acres of land has been distributed to farmers for food crop and livestock production aimed at providing more fruits, vegetables and meat for local and overseas consumption, he said.

Meanwhile, St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas and other cabinet ministers are set to meet all sugar workers at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday July 26th.

Franklin Could Require Storm Watch In Bermuda

Hardbeatnews, MIAMI, FL, Mon. July 25, 2005: Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami were last night predicting that a tropical storm watch may be required for Bermuda today as Tropical Storm Franklin spins nearby, out in the open Atlantic.

Guyanese Americans Call For Investigation Into Deportation Of Nationals From Barbados

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Mon. July 25, 2005: At least two Guyanese-American community activists and media practitioners have called for a complete investigation into the deportation of some 35 Guyanese nationals from Barbados last week.

Activists Chuck Mohan and Rickford Burke along with journalists, including Bobby Veira, made the call in a heated discussion on the issue on WLIB’s ‘Caribbean In Five’ radio program, aired early Sunday morning, on July 23rd.

Brooklyn Carnival Organizers Reveal Rule Change

Hardbeatnews, BROOKLYN, N.Y., Fri. July 22, 2005: Organizers of the annual Brooklyn carnival, dubbed the largest in North America, have introduced a new rule this year that will see all costume bands on Eastern Parkway being led by police escorts.

The rule change means that all bands registering for the upcoming festival must provide their address, telephone numbers and contact persons to The West Indian-American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), said Jean Alexander, spokesperson for the group. The information will subsequently be passed on to the New York City Police Department.

Bahamas On Watch For Tropical Storm Franklin

Hardbeatnews, MIAMI, FL, Fri. July 22, 2005: A tropical storm warning was last night in effect for several northwestern Bahamas islands as forecasters kept close watch on tropical storm Franklin.

Franklin developed yesterday and at 11 last night was located about100 miles northeast of Nassau in northwestern Bahamas. A storm watch was in place for Eleuthera, New Providence, The Berry Islands, The Abacos and Grand Bahama Island.

Jamaican-American Alleges Discrimination By British Airways

By Kaara J. Baptiste
HBN, NY

Hardbeatnews, New York, NY, July 22, 2005: A Jamaica-born, Queens-based immigrant, has slammed top carrier, British Airways, with a discrimination law suit, claiming that the airline took away his medical benefits for falling ill on the job, but granted the same benefits to a Caucasian employee.

British Caribbeans React To Latest London Attack

Hardbeatnews, LONDON, England, Fri. July 22, 2005: Shocking is the one word that was repeated many times over yesterday, as four more explosions, reportedly from detonators not bombs, rocked London’s transport network exactly two weeks following the 7/7 attack.

Sri Lankans Face Flu Crisis

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Thurs. July 21, 2005: The Sri Lanka cricket squad gets ready to face-off against the West Indies in the second match of the triangular series tomorrow, but at least four of their players are battling the flu virus.

Reports indicate that Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera all missed practice because they’re down with the flue while Sanath Jayasuriya is struggling with sore tonsils.
The Sri Lankans are one up in the series, having beaten the Windies last weekend in their first test in Colombo.

U.S. Finally Drops Travel Warning Against Jamaica, Cayman

Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Thurs. July 21, 2005: U.S. State Department officials yesterday finally dropped their travel warning against the island of Jamaica and Cayman, that had been put in place Thursday as Hurricane Emily approached.

Despite the fact that Emily only brushed both islands, Department officials had kept the warning current as of early Wednesday morning.

Alcoa To Expand Jamaica Alumina Refinery

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Thurs. July 21, 2005: The alumina refinery in Clarendon, Jamaica is set to be expanded. Board of Directors of Alcoa, the company that runs the Jamalco alumina refinery, in association with the Jamaica government, will expand the facility to add 1.5 million metric tons per year, more than double the refinery’s current capacity of 2.8 million mtpy.

Grenada PM, Former Ambassador Honored

By Allison Skeete
Special To HBN

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Thurs. July 21, 2005: Amidst the turmoil of another hurricane devastation of Grenada, nationals here took time out recently to honor Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. Keith Mitchell and former Ambassador to the United Nations for Grenada Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus for their service to the country.