Hardbeatnews, MIAMI, FL, Fri. Oct. 31, 2005: Some 171 students from the Turks and Caicos Islands, who are presently studying at various institutions in Florida, are among the millions of Floridians affected by the deadly Hurricane Wilma, which struck the sunshine state last Monday, Oct. 24.
Hardbeatnews, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Mon. Oct. 31, 2005: Guyana’s President, in a slight cabinet shakeup, has named new ministers of transport and hydraulics and culture, youth and sports.
President Bharrat Jagdeo named the former executive director of the Social Impact Amelioration Program, Harry Narine Nawbatt, as the new transport and hydraulics minister.
Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Oct. 31, 2005: Jamaican-American Councilmember Yvette Clarke, (D-Brooklyn), wants an official ‘Rosa Parks Commemoration Day’ in New York City.
The city politician’s request, which will be officially introduced as a resolution to the New York City Council soon, comes as a nation bids final farewell to the civil rights icon, whose body lies under the soaring dome of the Capitol Rotunda for public viewing. She will be laid to rest in Detroit on Wednesday.
Hardbeatnews, ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Mon. Oct. 31, 2005: As Antigua’s President of the Senate, Hazlyn Mason Francis, recovers from a brutal sexual assault, Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer is calling for swift justice against Francis’ assailant.
Senator Francis, was reportedly raped and robbed in the wee hours of Friday morning, Oct. 28, by an unidentified intruder who entered her home while she was asleep. Police continue to hunt for the attacker as Spencer called the attack “a tragedy of unspeakable proportions.”
“The country has received the news of Senator Francis’ trauma with shock and disgust,” he stated. “My heart goes out to my friend and parliamentary colleague over the terror that intruded into her home and into her life this morning. The atrocity inflicted upon Senator Francis shames and defiles our entire nation.”
But the PM expressed confidence that law enforcement officers will move swiftly and work around the clock to bring the perpetrator to justice.
He also called upon anyone with information about the attacker to assist police.
Hardbeatnews, St. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad, Mon. Oct. 31, 2005: Another earthquake rattled portions on Trinidad on Friday evening, some four days after the October 24 shudder.
The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Unit reported that the earthquake was felt in areas of northern, central and southern Trinidad on October 28 at 6:30 pm local time. It registered 5.0 on the Richter scale, just a tad higher than the 4.9 quake registered on Oct. 24.
Hardbeatnews, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Mon. Oct. 31, 2005: The man at the centre of the new Tempo TV channel believes that the music of the islands of the Caribbean will garner much international attention when the MTV channel gets officially underway on November 21.
Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. Oct. 28, 2005: A U.S. special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, who served the department’s country attache in the Barbados Office from May 1997 through November 2002, now faces jail time.
James Agee, Jr., a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of submitting false reimbursement and expenditure reports to the DEA’s Fiscal Unit.
Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Oct. 28, 2005: As millions of Hurricane Wilma victims try to pick up the pieces in this the Sunshine State of Florida, patience is starting to wear thin as weary, cranky storm-ravaged victims try to find food, water and gasoline to resume as normal a life as possible.
Hardbeatnews, PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Fri. Oct 28, 2005: A fifth explosion in four months rocked the Trinidad capital of Port-of-Spain just after 10 yesterday morning leaving police late yesterday unclear as to whether it is linked to the four other bombings or is the work of copy cats.
Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Fri. Oct. 28, 2005: About 6,000 Caribbean immigrants were deported back to the region for the just-concluded fiscal year, October 2004 to August 2005, a slight drop from last year. But of that number, about 4,800 were criminal aliens, according to the recent U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement figures, obtained by HBN yesterday.
Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Thurs. Oct. 27, 2005: The West Indies cricket squad, opening their Australia tour with a first test match against the Queensland Bulls, were holding the hosts at 217 for 8 off 53 overs at press time last night on the opening day of play.
Ricardo Powell was the pick of the Windies bowlers, bagging 4 for 58 while Dwayne Bravo grabbed 2 for 62 off 14 over respectively.
Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Thurs. Oct. 27, 2005: Trinidad & Tobago’s Ambassador to the United States, Marina Valere, last Friday officially donated a whopping US$1 million to the Katrina Relief effort on behalf of her home government.
Ambassador Valere, presented two checks each in the sum of US$500,000 to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund and to the Church World Service Katrina Fund, on October 20 to former President Bill Clinton at his Harlem office and to Reverend John McCullough of the Church World Service Katrina Fund at the Consulate office in New York.
Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Thurs. Oct. 27, 2005: Come November 1, Jamaicans, Costa Ricans, El Salvadorians and Guatemalans seeking to enter the Cayman Islands must present a valid visa.
The Cayman Islands Government yesterday announced the new requirement for residents of the four countries in a move clearly aimed at tightening its immigration policies.
Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Thurs. Oct. 27, 2005: The defamation case brought against popular Antigua-based journalist Lennox Linton will come up for trial on December 8, Magistrate Maureen Payne Hyman ruled at a hearing yesterday.
The case against Linton, station manager of the island’s Observer Radio, is being brought by the country’s Director of Public Prosecutions, Gene Pestaina, over comments made on the September 16th edition of the program, ‘Wake Up Call.’