September, 2005

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.

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.

Notorious B.I.G., Bob Marley ‘Resurrected’ For New Single

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Tues. Sept. 27, 2005: Want to hear the Notorious B.I.G. and Bob Marley together? Well here’s your opportunity. Bad Boy Records has ‘resurrected’ the Jamaican reggae legend and the Jamaican-American rapper for a new single that was released exclusively on AOL music yesterday.

U.S. Immigration Fees Go Up Again

Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. Sept. 27, 2005: Come October 26, Caribbean and other immigrants filing immigration petitions with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will have to shell out more per application.

EU Wants Second WTO Ruling On Bananas

Hardbeatnews, BRUSSELS, Belgium, Tues. Sept. 27, 2005: Saying they need to bring an end to the years old banana dispute, the European Union yesterday sent back its dispute with Latin American banana exporters for a second ruling to the World Trade Organization.

Beheaded T&T Kidnap Victim To Be Buried Tomorrow

Hardbeatnews, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Mon. Sept. 26, 2005: Trinidad & Tobago’s latest kidnap victim, whose headless body was discovered Friday by residents of Todd Road, Chaguanas, is set to be laid to rest tomorrow.

Dr. Eddie Koury, according to Trinidad Express reports, will be remembered at a funeral service at the St Finbar’s RC Church in Diego Martin tomorrow. His head has still not been found but his body is set to be post-mortemed today.

Two More Guyana Sugar Workers Missing

Hardbeatnews, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Mon. Sept. 26, 2005. Two additional Guyana Sugar Corporation workers have gone missing, more than four months after two remain ‘lost.’

Reports out of Guyana indicate that Sookram Dhanai, 45, and Hardat, 53, went missing early Saturday morning at Lusignan backlands on the East Coast of Demerara.

Cozier Optimistic Of Resolution To Windies Cricket Impasse

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Fri. Sept. 23, 2005: World renown Barbadian-born cricket commentator Tony Cozier says he’s optimistic that there will be a resolution soon to the continued impasse between the West Indies Cricket Board and the Players Association, but remains concerned that the “distrust” between the players and the board will have to be overcome once the legal issues of the contract dispute are worked out.

WICB President Promises To Resolve Cricket Dispute

Hardbeatnews, ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Thurs. Sept. 22, 2005: Newly-appointed President of the West Indies Cricket Board, Ken Gordon, has committed to resolving the impasse between the Board and the West Indies Players Association.

Gordon made the promise to Chairman of the Caricom Sub Committee on Cricket and Grenada’s Prime Minister, Keith Mitchell, when the two met yesterday to discuss the continued fall out.

Bwee Goes The E-Ticketing Route

Hardbeatnews, PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Weds. Sept. 21, 2005: Regional carrier, British West Indies Airways is finally going the paperless ticket route with the recent introduction of e-tickets.

The carrier introduced the ticketing format, which has become a norm across the airline industry, on September 15, according to company officials, who say it’s a first step towards meeting the International Air Transport Association’s mandate for a paperless ticket environment by 2007.

T&T National Cricketer Released By Kidnappers

Hardbeatnews, PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Weds. Sept. 21, 2005: Some 13 days after he was kidnapped from outside his home at Pt. Cumana, T&T national cricketer Justin Raymond-Guillen, is back home with his grateful family.

Guillen, according to Trinidad media reports, was released around 2.30 a.m. Tuesday morning in Barataria, on the outskirts of the city of Port-of-Spain. He reportedly walked into the nearby police station and was later reunited with his family, who according to the Trinidad Express newspaper, paid some money as ransom for his safe return but it was nowhere close to the $2 million that was initially reported.

Universal Passengers Begin Leaving Guyana

Hardbeatnews, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Weds. Sept. 21, 2005: Stranded Universal Airlines’ passengers have begun to leave Guyana, according to a government statement.

This comes after several family members sent tickets to fly their relatives out and as the Guyana government moved to use the $17 million it held in escrow for the airline when it began operations in 2001, to book blocked seats on regional carrier, BWIA.

Trial Of Former Top Haitian Cop To Begin Next Week

Hardbeatnews, MIAMI, FL, Tues. Sept. 20, 2005: The approach of Tropical Storm Rita here has pushed back jury selection in the case of former senior Haitian police official, Evintz Brillant, to next week.

According the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Brillant used his post as head of Haiti’s top anti-drug police unit from 2001 to 2004 to help drug traffickers ship thousands of pounds of cocaine through Haiti to the United States, Europe and elsewhere. He is specifically accused of being involved in the drug network controlled by convicted Haitian drug trafficker Sergo Edouard and prosecutors say he was paid $10,000 in one instance for agreeing to protect drug shipments and got a share of $150,000 from another trafficker to provide similar security.

Father Of Natalee Distances Himself From Aruba Blacklisting Call

Hardbeatnews, Tues. Sept. 20, 2005: Dave Holloway, the father of missing Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, has distanced himself from calls by television psychologist, Dr. Phil McGraw, for a boycott of the island of Aruba.

In a story posted by the Aruba Tourist Board yesterday, Mr. Holloway was quoted as saying the call for boycott was “an independent decision of Beth and Dr. Phil.”