August, 2005

Caribbean Media Workers Concerned Over Guyana Attacks

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Tues. Aug. 30, 2005: President of the Association of Caribbean MediaWorkers, Wesley Gibbings, has expressed concern over two recent attacks on employees of two separate media entities in Guyana.

Gibbings comments came following a robbery assault on some staffers at the Stabroek News paper on Robb Street, Georgetown and the attack of a cameraman and a driver from the Evening News in Albouystown, Guyana.

ICC Delays World Cup 2007 Ticket Launch

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Tues. Aug. 30, 2005: Cricket fans looking to secure tickets for the International Cricket Council World Cup 2007 will have to wait another month for details on availability and costs.

ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007 Inc., have delayed the announcement by another month; from late August to late September.

Traffic Jam As Thousands Flee Katrina

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Mon. Aug. 29, 2005: New Orleans, home to over 4,000 West Indian nationals, according to the U.S. Census, was fast emptying out yesterday as Hurricane Katrina bore down on the city, known for its Mardi Gras.

Many in the metropolitan area of about a million, took to the roads, to flee the storm, raging in the Gulf of Mexico last night as a very dangerous category five on the Saffir Simpson scale. But the evacuation, ordered by both President Bush and reinforced by city and weather officials, resulted in a traffic nightmare.

Reggaeton But No Reggae At VMA Awards

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Mon. Aug. 29, 2005: Reggae took a back seat to the reggaeton movement at the MTV Video Music Awards in Miami last night despite plans by the network to introduce Caribbean music channel, Tempo, next year.

For those unfamiliar with reggaeton, the musical genre is relatively new and evolved out of Puerto Rico as basically a marriage of Jamaica’s reggae music, hip-hop from the United States, and some salsa, all sung in Spanish.

Texas Billionaire Stanford Sets Sights On Windies Cricket

By Philip Spooner
HBN, Barbados

Hardbeatnews, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Mon. Aug. 29, 2005: Texas billionaire and head of Caribbean Star airlines says he plans to put his money where his mouth is and establish a new framework to bring West Indies cricket in line with other professional sports on the international stage.

Hurricane Katrina Spares The Bahamas, Slams Florida

Hardbeatnews, MIAMI, FL, Fri. Aug. 26, 2005: Tropical Storm Katrina became Hurricane Katrina last night, touching down between Hallandale Beach and North Miami Beach at around 6:30 p.m. and leaving two dead.

Initial reports out of South Florida, indicate that two men were killed in Broward County by falling trees. One, according to the Miami Herald, was struck outside his home in Plantation and another died when a large tree fell on a vehicle carrying three people in Fort Lauderdale. Broward County is home to a large number of Caribbean nationals.

CTO Touts Technology But Online Booking Engine Down

Hardbeatnews, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Fri. Aug. 26, 2005: Trying to book an online vacation via the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s, doitcaribbean website? Well good luck trying. The highly touted booking engine, which debuted last February, left HBN writers trying to book a hotel out in the cold this week.

Get Ready For Hurricane Katrina

Hardbeatnews, MIAMI, FL, Thurs. Aug. 25, 2005: Ready or not, the next hurricane of the 2005 season may form today, bringing a downpour in the southeast Florida east coast and the Bahamas.

Tropical Storm Katrina is expected to become Hurricane Katrina today according to forecasters of the Miami-based National Hurricane Center bringing heavy rainfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches to the Bahamas and areas of south Florida. Storm surge flooding of 3 to 5 feet above normal tide levels along with large and dangerous battering waves can be expected in the Bahamas, forecasters said.

Martinique Pays Homage To The Dead

Hardbeatnews, FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique, Thurs. Aug. 25, 2005: Many sobbed, while others held flowers or candles as they joined together inside the national stadium here yesterday to pay tribute to relatives and friends whose lives were cut short by the fatal August 16 plane crash of West Caribbean Airways.

St. Lucia’s Banana Blues

By Frank Girard
HBN, St. Lucia

Hardbeatnews, CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Thurs. Aug. 25, 2005: A noted political icon in Saint Lucia and President of the Saint Lucia Farmers Union is calling for a serious marriage between tourism and agriculture, if Caribbean economies are to survive the decline in banana revenues.

New Storm Threatens The Bahamas

Hardbeatnews, MIAMI, FL, Weds., Aug. 24, 2005: A tropical storm warning was last night in effect for several areas of the Bahamas as the center of a new tropical depression swirled 140 miles southeast of Nassau, the capital and forecasters predicted that the depression could become a tropical storm by today.

Lara Is Lone West Indian Named To ICC World XI

Hardbeatnews, LONDON, England, Weds. Aug. 24, 2005: International Cricket Council Chief Executive, Malcolm Speed, yesterday revealed the 13 cricketers for the ICC World XI challenge against Australia in October’s Johnnie Walker Super Series. And the lone Windies player picked to join the top squad is former West Indies skipper, Brian Lara.