September, 2005

Billion Dollar Steel Plant For T&T

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Fri. Sept. 30, 2005: One of India’s largest corporate entities, The Essar Group, is considering setting up a $1.2bn integrated steel plant in the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Group, with an asset base of US$ 4.4 bn and with interests spanning the manufacturing and service sectors of: steel, power, shipping, constructions, oil & gas and telecom, is gearing to set up a pellet plant and a hot briquetted iron facility initially and then move on to manufacturing slabs and hot-rolled coils.

Trini National Killed In Texas Crash

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Fri. Sept. 30, 2005: Relatives of a Trinidadian-woman are preparing to fly her body home for burial after she and her American-born husband were fatally killed in a car accident in Vernon, Texas last week.

Annie Yarrad-McLenna, 31, formerly of Carapichaima, Trinidad, according to the Express Newspaper, was killed after her husband’s 2003 GMC pickup slammed into the rear of an 18-wheel trailer carrying cattle.

Sparrow Challenges Radio Deejays

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Fri. Sept. 30, 2005: Infamous calypsonian, The Mighty Sparrow, may be known for popular calypsos like ‘Jean & Dinah.’ But while Sparrow has written many other social commentaries since, few know about them. The main reason he says is that radio deejays are largely ignoring the more serious calypsos and giving airplay instead to the ‘jump & wave’ soca favorites.

Gordon Continues To Hope For Resolution To Windies Contract Dispute

Hardbeatnews, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thurs. Sept. 29, 2005: Newly-elected President of the West Indies Cricket Board, Ken Gordon, has admitted he is disappointed that the contract dispute between the board and the players union remains unresolved but is hopeful that a resolution will be found by December.

Guyana President Urges For Preferential Trading Regimes For Small Countries

Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Thurs. Sept. 29, 2005: Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo has called for the granting of special or preferential trading regimes to small economies that make miniscule contribution to international trade.

Jagdeo, in an address to the Organization of American States Permanent Council yesterday, argued that the special treatment for developing countries was needed desperately because of the erosion of preferential trade for many.

T&T Govt. To Create A ‘New BWIA’

Hardbeatnews, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Thurs. Sept. 29, 2005: Trinidad & Tobago’s Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Patrick Manning, yesterday revealed government’s plan to transition from the existing BWIA to “a new national entity.”

The plan was revealed in his $34 billion budget for fiscal year 2006, unveiled in the country’s parliament yesterday. But Manning warned that the new plan will involve a substantial investment of taxpayers’ dollars by the government and some major departures from the status quo.

Former Windies Cricketer Slams WICB, WIPA

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Thurs. Sept. 29, 2005: Former West Indies opening batsman, Barbadian-born Carlisle Best, says both the West Indies Cricket Board and the West Indies Players Association “have failed to demonstrate their commitment to the development and good governance of cricket in the West Indies.”

The ROC Stands Ready To Help St. Kitts

Hardbeatnews, BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Weds. Sept. 28, 2005: Taiwan’s President, Chen Shui-bian, on his first visit to key Caribbean ally St. Kitts yesterday, reiterated that the ROC  “stands ready to provide whatever assistance is possible” to the Federation.

Students Charged With Murder Of T&T Businessman

Hardbeatnews, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Weds. Sept. 28, 2005: Two Trinidad students studying engineering in the United Kingdom have been charged with the murder and kidnapping of Dr. Eddie Koury, the late nephew of T&T’s minister of health, John Rahael.

T&T Youth In Internet Identity Theft Scam Again

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Weds. Sept. 28, 2005: A Trinidad & Tobago-born youth faces two to four years in prison when he’s sentenced on October 19 for running an Internet identity theft scam again after being caught twice before.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says Shiva Brent Sharma, 20, a technical school student of 104-18 108th Street in Richmond Hill, Queens, committed the fraud for the third time.

Jamaicans Warned: Beware Of Fraudulent Employment Agencies

Hardbeatnews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Weds. Sept. 28, 2005: The Jamaican government is warning nationals going after overseas jobs advertised by local employment agencies to be very cautious.

The warning comes amidst the shut down of Tanka International and several other employment agencies by the island’s Ministry of Labour and Social Security in recent weeks.

Rice Urges Haitians To Vote

Hardbeatnews, PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Weds. Sept. 28, 2005: U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice yesterday urged Haitians to vote on election day, November 20, while also reiterating the need for the cases of former Prime Minister Yvonne Neptune and Father Jean-Juste to be dealt with in a timely fashion.

Race Will Again Play A Role In Guyana’s Next Election Professors Predict

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Weds. Sept. 28, 2005: Two top Guyanese-born, U.S.-based professors are adamant that there will be no change in race relations in Guyana’s election next year and that the “ugly” issue will continue to play a significant role in politics there. Their comments come as the country’s Ethnic Relations Commission and the United Nations Development Program host a meeting today, aimed at improving race relations in the South American nation today.

Students Charged With Murder Of T&T Businessman

Hardbeatnews, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Weds. Sept. 28, 2005: Two Trinidad students studying engineering in the United Kingdom have been charged with the murder and kidnapping of Dr. Eddie Koury, the late nephew of T&T’s minister of health, John Rahael.