August, 2005

Jamaica’s Veronica Joins Asafa In Ruling The Athletics World

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Weds. Aug. 24, 2005: Jamaica’s sprint Queen, Veronica Campbell, is on top of the world. Campbell was yesterday named the world’s fastest woman by the International Association of Athletics Federation following her gold medal win in the 100-m in Zürich last Friday, August 19, in   a time of 10.85.

Actor Brock Peters Passes On

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Weds. Aug. 24, 2005: Brock Peters, the actor who made a name for himself with a dramatic performance in the classic, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ has died, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 78.

Peters was born George Fisher on July 2, 1927 in Harlem, New York to an African father and a West Indian mother. He reportedly set his sights early on a career in show biz and went on to attend NYC’s famed Music and Arts High School and later, started physical education studies at City College of New York.

Grenada, Venezuela Blasts Pat Robertson

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Weds. Aug. 24, 2005: Grenada’s Keith Mitchell administration yesterday immediately moved to denounce a call made call by conservative televangelist, Pat Robertson for on the White House to assassinate democratically-elected Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Australia Gives Aid To Grenada

Hardbeatnews, ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, Tues. Aug. 23, 2005: Grenada has secured another EC$600,000 or over $200,000 Australian dollars in aid from the Aussie government to assist with house building and repair caused by Hurricanes Ivan and Emily.

The Grenada government made the disclosure yesterday, stating that the increased assistance comes after a meeting in Washington last month between its Prime Minister, Keith Mitchell, and Australian leader John Howard.

Guyana’s TUF To Contest Next Election

Hardbeatnews, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Tues. Aug. 23, 2005: Members of The United Force party of Guyana say they will contest next year’s elections but independent of any other party.

Party officials, in a statement last night, said the motion was unanimously endorsed at its conference on August 21. 

OECS, CTO Finally Offer Condolences To Martinique

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Tues. Aug. 23, 2005: The Secretariat of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States and the Caribbean Tourism Organization are finally proffering condolences to the island of Martinique.

The statements of sympathy come almost a week after the crash of the Western Caribbean Airways charter flight that claimed the lives of 160, 152 of whom were Martiniqueans.

American Airlines To Fly To Montego Bay From Dallas

Hardbeatnews, FORT WORTH, Texas, Tues. Aug. 23, 2005: The already struggling national carrier of Jamaica, Air Jamaica, will soon get some additional competition on its Montego Bay Route.

American Airlines yesterday announced that from next February, it plans to begin flying nonstop from its hub in Dallas/Fort Worth to Montego Bay.

Bookings To Aruba Unaffected By Holloway Saga

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Fri. Aug. 19, 2005: It’s been almost three months already since Alabama teen, Natalee Holloway, mysteriously vanished in Aruba stirring a storm of media coverage in the U.S. But that has not affected tourists from traveling to the Dutch dependent territory, according to the island’s managing director of tourism and booking engine Expedia.

T&T Lose To U.S. In World Cup Soccer Bid

Hardbeatnews, HARTFORD, Connecticut, Thurs. Aug. 18, 2005: Trinidad & Tobago’s Soca Warriors, despite a valiant effort, failed to dispatch the United States soccer side last night at Rentschler Field.

The U.S. guaranteed themselves at least a fourth-place finish in the CONCACAF ‘Hexagonal’ with a 1-0 victory. The goal came from Brian McBride in only the second minute of play. Luckily, T&T keeper Kelvin Jack’s performance kept the U.S. side from scoring any more goals.

Digicel To Acquire Cingular Wireless Dominica

Hardbeatnews, ROSEAU, Dominica, Thurs. Aug. 18, 2005: Dominica’s Roosevelt Skerrit administration has reportedly “approved in principal” Digicel Group’s planned take over of Cingular Wireless’ Dominica operation.

Digicel Group officials, in a press statement yesterday, announced the bid but warned that full approval will be subject to the special meeting of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority Council of Ministers.

Barbados’ Arthur To Address Fiscal Deficit

Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. Aug. 16, 2005: A day after officials of the IMF warned Barbados that it needed to address its high public debt and declining foreign reserves, the island’s prime minister, Owen Arthur is set to announce plans to do just that, before the country’s parliament today.

Caribbean Wrap Up Medals Haul At Helsinki

Hardbeatnews, HELSINKI, Finland, Mon. Aug. 15, 2005: The curtain came down on the 10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics here yesterday, leaving the Caribbean with a total haul of 18 medals.

Jamaica, with 8, topped the medal count for the region followed by Cuba with 6. Of that number, Jamaica grabbed one gold, five silver and two bronze.