November, 2005

Immigration Relief For Foreign Students Affected By Katrina

Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Mon. Nov. 28, 2005: Caribbean and other foreign academic students affected by Hurricane Katrina are now eligible to apply for short-term employment authorizations.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the interim relief last Friday, Nov. 25, for the approximately 5,500 F-1 visa-holding students adversely impacted by the deadly hurricane.

Dutch Territories Political Structure To Be Changed

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Mon. Nov. 28, 2005: Two of the countries in the Netherlands Antilles will become separate, autonomous members of the Dutch empire by July 2007.

That’s according to an agreement reached between Dutch Prime Minister, Jan Peter Balkenende, and leaders of Curacao and St. Maarten. The two have been a single self-governing member of the Netherlands Kingdom. But that structure will be dissolved in 2007 making Curacao and St. Maarten separate, autonomous members of the kingdom. The plan will also help the islands streamline their US$2.8 billion public debt.

West Caribbean Crash Caused By Ice On Wings

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Mon. Nov. 28, 2005: The deadly August 16 plane crash in Venezuela that claimed the lives of 160, was caused by ice on the wings of a West Caribbean Airways carrier and bad weather.

That’s according to company director, Jorge Perez, who made the statement to the El Colombiano newspaper Sunday.

Commonwealth Heads Urge Help For Sugar Producing Nations

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Mon. Nov. 28, 2005: The Commonwealth Heads of Government ended their 2005 meeting in Malta yesterday with a call to the European Union to provide transitional financial support to member countries that will suffer due to the reduction in sugar prices.

Cricket – Lara Scores Ton For Windies

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Fri. Nov. 25, 2005: The star batsman, Brian Charles Lara, emerged in a form that has been absent in recent matches today at the Adelaide Oval in Australia, slamming a century not-out at press time last night as he led the West Indies in a fight for a win in the final test down under.

Bush Pardons ‘Marshmallow’ & ‘Yam’

Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 23, 2005: President Bush yesterday kicked off the annual Thanksgiving holiday celebrations by issuing a presidential pardon to two turkeys, dubbed, ‘Marshmallow’ and ‘Yam.’

Sean Paul Among Presenters At AMA’s

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Nov. 23, 2005: The 33rd annual American Music Awards came to the Shine auditorium in Los Angeles, CA last night, packed largely with an-All American cast of singers, presenters and nominees.

Among the lone exceptions was Jamaican dancehall star, Sean Paul, who has burned his way into the hearts and up the American charts with both his albums, including the recent, ‘Trinity,’ on the Atlantic/VP label.

Guyana Juvenile Faces Two Murder Raps

Hardbeatnews, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Nov. 23, 2005: A Guyanese teenager, not yet an adult, was yesterday charged with two counts of murder for allegedly torching a cop and another man to death.

The 16-year-old, whose name has not been released because of his age, appeared before Magistrate Brassington Reynolds at the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court on the east Coast of Demerara and was remanded to prison until December 9.

Over 7 Decades In Jail For Five Dominicans In Smuggling Ring

Hardbeatnews, SAN JUAN, PR, Nov. 23, 2005: Five nationals of the Dominican Republic were this week sentenced by a federal judge to a total of 73 years in prison following human smuggling convictions.

Leonardo Hilario-Hilario, Kennedi Martinez, Fernando Jose-Milan, Delgadino Peguero and Santiago Rodriguez’s sentencing comes almost a year after they were indicted, on Dec. 8, 2004, for alien smuggling.

Abu Bakr Slapped With Terrorism Charge

Hardbeatnews, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Nov. 23, 2005: Leader of the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen in Trinidad, Imam Yasin Abu Bakr, was yesterday hit with a terrorism charge under the new Anti-Terrorism Act that became law across the twin-island republic on September 13.

U.S. Embassy Staff To Return To Haiti

Hardbeatnews, PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Nov. 23, 2005: Citing the efforts of U.N. peacekeepers and the Haitian police force to reduce violence and crime in Haiti and the approaching election, US Embassy officials in Port-Au-Prince yesterday announced plans to return diplomatic staff to the country.

Caribbean Greencard Lottery Winners Scarce

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Nov. 23, 2005: Out of 50,000 ‘greencard’ lottery visas issued annually under the congressionally-mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, only a small fraction benefited Caribbean nationals over the past three years, with the majority of greencards going to nationals of European countries. That’s according to immigrant legalization statistics of the program compiled by the Department of Homeland Security and analyzed by HBN.