November, 2005

West Indies whitewashed

Getting beaten seems to be the norm with the West Indies cricket team, unfortunately. Some 15 minutes after lunch on the fifth and final day (Monday night Caribbean time) of the third and final Test in the current series, the WI crashed to yet another defeat in Adelaide. This time by seven wickets.

Cricket – Aussies Sweep Series

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Tues. Nov. 29, 2005: With seven wickets in hand and 182 runs on the board, the Mighty Aussies registered a win in the third and final test against the West Indies in Adelaide earlier today.

The win means the Aussies also won the series, 3-0, a whitewash, despite excellent performances by both Windies’ Brian Lara and Dwayne Bravo.

Soca Warriors Need Money, Not Just Applause – Warner

Hardbeatnews, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Tues. Nov. 29, 2005: Trinidad & Tobago’s Soca Warriors need to raise US$15 million to take part in next year’s World Cup in Germany.

That’s according to FIFA vice-president Jack Warner. Warner, according to the Trinidad Express, made the disclosure at the T&TEC General Sports and Cultural Club Awards ceremony on Saturday evening, while also appealing to nationals to support the team financially.

Cliff, Renegade Steel For WOMAD Performance

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Tues. Nov. 29, 2005: Jamaican-born reggae icon, Jimmy Cliff, along with Trinidad & Tobago’s Renegades Steel Orchestra, are the lone two Caribbean acts slated to perform at the annual World of Music, Arts and Dance fest set for Adelaide next March.

Guyana Prez. For Brooklyn Meeting

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Tues. Nov. 29, 2005: Guyana’s President, Bharrat Jagdeo, fresh from meetings in London, Rome and Malta, is set to meet nationals today in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The 7 p.m. meeting at Bamboo Gardens Restaurant on Avenue L in Brooklyn will focus on next year’s election; business opportunities in Guyana and World Cup Cricket 2007, among other issues, according to an event notice.

His visit comes following the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malta, where news reached Caricom leaders of the European Union’s plans to cut sugar prices by 36 percent over the next four years. Guyana, one of the largest producers of sugar in the Caribbean, stands to lose some US$37 million, since the price per tonnage will be reduced from 523.7 million Euros to 335 Euros by the 2009/2010 marketing year.

Killer Of Trini-Canadian Still At Large

Hardbeatnews, TORONTO, Canada, Tues. Nov. 29, 2005: Trini-Canadian Amon Beckles, shot to death at the funeral of his murdered best friend on Nov. 18th, was laid to rest over the weekend as the search goes on for his killer.

Police insist the two killings are related but so far they have not charged anyone in either homicide. Witnesses have provided a description of a single suspect for the shooting – a black man wearing a three−quarter−length blue, hooded coat, a dark baseball cap and dark pants.

Shooter Of Haitian-Born NYPD Cop Sought

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Tues. Nov. 29, 2005: It’s been exactly ten days since Haitian-born New York City Police Officer Wiener Philippe was shot and robbed by an unknown assilant.

Now the black police officers’ association, the Guardians Association, N.Y.P.D., has joined the call in urging residents of the Crown Heights, Brooklyn neighborhood where Philippe was shot on Nov. 19, to come forward with any information on the shooter.

Bush’s Plan Largely Ignores Undocumented Immigrants Within Borders

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Tues. Nov. 29, 2005: Ignoring the war in Iraq and slipping ratings, President Bush yesterday instead focused on illegal aliens, reiterating there will be no amnesty, as he pandered to his conservative Republican base in southern Arizona. But missing from his proposed immigration reform policy was a realistic plan to deal with the millions of undocumented immigrants within the U.S.

Lara the Test match cricket king

Brian Lara is known as the prince of Port of Spain. On November 25, he became the king of Test match cricket when he became the highest scorer in the history of the game.  It took place at Adelaide during the West Indies first innings in the third and final Test match in the WI/Australia series.

Move those taxis

Taxis in Guyana are to be removed from being near to banks. Why?  Because police allege that “so-called tai drivers” are in cahoots with bandits. How?  By identifying people handling large sums of money so that they could become prey for the bandits.

Police beat police

A police corporal  received a sound beating from his police colleagues at the Mount Salem Police Station, Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Grenada PM versus the press

Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell and Grenada Today newspaper have been at loggerheads for quite some time.  Among the many alleged anti-Mitchell stories the newspaper ran was one critical of Dr. Mitchell about the kind of investors allowed in Grenada.

Cricket- Lara Fails To Match First Innings Glory

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Mon. Nov. 28, 2005: Former Windies skipper Brian Lara, still basking in his world record-breaking feat achieved in the first innings of the third test match against Australia, fell cheaply the second time around today in Adelaide.

Top T&T Steelpan Arranger Is Dead

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Mon. Nov. 28, 2005: Clive Bradley, the legendary steelpan arranger who captured both the first and second place wins in the 2005 Steel Panorama competition at the Brooklyn carnival, passed away on November 26 in Trinidad.