October, 2005

Guyana Oil Company Manager Fired Over Alleged Financial Improprieties

Hardbeatnews, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Thurs. Oct. 27, 2005: The managing director of the Guyana Oil Company Limited was yesterday fired after an Auditor General’s report claimed he engaged in several financial and accounting irregularities.

Naresh Singh, it is alleged, deliberately attempted to defraud the company by unauthorized and illegal claims for benefit amounting to approximately G$2.46 million.

Millions Of Floridians Still Without Power, Water

Hardbeatnews, MIAMI, FL, Weds. Oct. 26, 2005: As night fall fell here last night, many South Floridians had to settle for another dark night since despite working overtime, the Florida Power & Light company only managed to restore electric service to more than 400,000 of the approximately 3.2 million customers left without power by Hurricane Wilma.

US Black Organizations Remember Rosa Parks

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Weds. Oct. 26, 2005: As news of Rosa Louise Park’s passing at 92 yesterday made it’s way around the world, top black leaders and organizations in the U.S. wasted no chance in paying tribute to this civil rights icon whose simple non-violent action of refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man sparked the Montgomery bus strike in Alabama.

Impact Of Cruise Tourism On The Caribbean To Be Studied

Hardbeatnews, ST. THOMAS, USVI, Weds. Oct. 26, 2005: How much does a cruise passenger to the Caribbean spend at each destination?

That’s one of the questions Caribbean tourism officials want answered by a tripartite study on the impact of the cruise sector on the region, being commissioned by the Caribbean Tourism Organization, the Caribbean Hotel Association and the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association.

Some Caribbean Hotels Demanding Higher Rates Ahead Of Cricket World Cup

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Weds. Oct. 26, 2006: Some Caribbean hotels are apparently asking for higher than normal rates from tour operators looking to secure blocks of rooms ahead of the 2007 world cup, HBN has learnt.

The disclosure was made in a ‘Progress Report On Cricket World Cup 2007,’ presented to Caribbean tourism ministers of and directors at the 28th Caribbean Tourism Conference in the USVI by former Secretary General, Jean. S. Holder, who is the CTO’s representative on the Board of Directors of the Cricket World Cup 2007.

FBI To Set Up T&T Office

Hardbeatnews, PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Wed Oct 26, 2006:  The Federal Bureau of Investigations has acceded to the Trinidad and Tobago government’s request for help in arresting the crime wave that is sweeping the country and has promised to set up an attaché office here. 

U.S. Immigration Fee Hike Becomes Effective Tomorrow

Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. Oct. 25, 2005: As of tomorrow, October 26, Caribbean and other immigrants filing immigration petitions with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will be required to add US$10 more on each application.

This means for instance that an application to replace a greencard will go up from the $185 base fee plus the $70 fingerprinting fee to $195 and $80, respectively while the popular I-130 or Petition for Alien Relative filing will increase to $195.

Guyana’s St. George’s Cathedral Saved From Fire

Hardbeatnews, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Tues. Oct. 25, 2005:  The tallest timber church in the world, the historic Guyana St. George’s Cathedral, was on Sunday saved from being razed by fire.

Fire Chief Lawrence David was quoted by a GINA report as blaming arsonists for the fire, which left a few walls and carpets damaged but the church intact. 

Quake Rattles T&T

Hardbeatnews, ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad, Tues. Oct. 25, 2005: An earthquake that registered 4.9 on the Richter scale shook portions of Trinidad early yesterday morning according to the University Of The West Indies Seismic Research Unit.

According to the St. Augustine-based experts, the earthquake occurred at 5:20 a.m. T&T time on Monday morning, October 24 about 75 km north-west of Port of Spain, the capital and north of the Gulf of Paria.

Wilma Thumps Cuba Too

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Tues. Oct. 25, 2005: Coastal highways and neighborhoods in Cuba’s capital were reportedly under water last night as Hurricane Wilma sent huge waves crashing ashore.

Dr. José Rubiera, head of the Institute of Meteorology forecasting department, was quoted by the Cuban news agency, AIN, as saying that the sea waters came ashore at dawn yesterday along the Cuban coastline from western Pinar del Rio all the way up to eastern Camaguey province.

Wilma Tears Up Florida – Caribbean Nationals Among Those Affected

Hardbeatnews, MIAMI, FL, Tues. Oct. 25, 2005: Guyanese-national Uri Basir was among some 3.2 million Florida residents without power and water here in the popularly-called sunshine state last night.

But yesterday there was no sunshine; only record-breaking Hurricane Wilma, with howling winds and clobbering waves, bringing devastation to this state that’s home to thousands of Caribbean immigrants and leaving four dead.

Fortress On Target For Successful Rights Offer

The Fortress Caribbean Property Fund is on target for a very successful rights offer when it closes on Friday October 28th. The Fund launched the offer to existing shareholders on October 3rd 2005 seeking to raise $31.2 million from the sale of 22,326,840 new shares at BDS$1.40 per share.

CTO, CHA Join Together To Promote Caribbean Tourism Brand

Hardbeatnews, ST. THOMAS, USVI, Mon. Oct. 24, 2005: After years of walking separate paths, the Caribbean Tourism Organization and the Caribbean Hotel Association yesterday joined hands and agreed to work together to effectively promote the Caribbean tourism industry as one body.