December, 2005

US Drug Agency To Set Up Guyana Office

Hardbeatnews, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Fri. Dec. 30, 2005: The United States Drug Enforcement Agency is in talks with the Guyana government to set up a local office there.

That’s according to Head of the Presidential Secretariat and Cabinet Secretary, Dr Roger Luncheon. Luncheon made the disclosure yesterday at his weekly post Cabinet media briefing, but acknowledged that “certain details” have to be discussed before the entity becomes a reality.

Trinidad Murder Rate Reaches 384

Hardbeatnews, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Fri. Dec. 30, 2005: The oil rich nation of Trinidad & Tobago saw its murder rate climb again yesterday with the fatal shooting of a Henry Street businessman.

Dead is Ryan “Kachar” Dassrath, 35, of Gangar Terrace in Barataria and owner of the Sneaker Zone on Henry Street, according to the Trinidad Express newspaper. Dassrath’s death took the murder toll for T&T to a whopping 384 for the year.

Drug Traffickers Busted

Hardbeatnews, SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Fri. Dec. 30, 2005: Nine alleged members of a drug trafficking organization which ran a complex international drug trafficking scheme that spanned from Venezuela and the Dominican Republic to the United States, were this week busted and hit with a 15-count indictment.

The indictment stems from a U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement-led investigation into the drug trafficking organization allegedly headed by Ricardo Gonzalez-Zapata and Lucas Omar Osorio-Osorio. ICE officials claim both conspired to import cocaine, loaded onto cargo containers from Venezuela and the Dominican Republic bound for San Juan, Puerto Rico, for resale in the United States.

‘Hillbilly’ Deejay Is Latest Haiti Kidnap Victim

Hardbeatnews, MIAMI, FL, Fri. Dec. 30, 2005: A 33-year-old American citizen, who lives in Haiti and plays punk and country music on 90.1 Radio One there, is reportedly the country’s latest kidnap victim.

Alain Maximilien, who calls himself the ‘Haitian Hillbilly,” was kidnapped Wednesday night along with a friend outside a Port-au-Prince apartment, the Miami Herald quoted his parents and friends as saying.

Caribbean-American Pols. Slam Hot 97 Deejay Over “Coconut” Remarks

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Fri. Dec. 30, 2005: The mouth of WQHT/Hot 97 FM radio morning host, Miss Jones, has landed her in hot water again, this time with the Caribbean immigrant community in New York.

Jones, who in January stirred the ire of the Asian-American community over a skit mocking the tsunami victims, has now angered Caribbean immigrants, including two of the city’s political representatives. They yesterday lashed out at the Queens native for her criticism last week of Trinidad-born leader of the Transport Workers Union Local 100, Roger Toussaint.

Year In Review – Crime, Natural Disasters Mark 2005

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y, Fri. Dec. 30, 2005: YK5 quite possibly will be remembered by Caribbean nationals as a year when the crime rates worsened across the region and natural disasters raged. But it was also a year of firsts as the region saw the installation of the Caribbean Court of Justice and the Trinidad soccer squad finally made it to the World Cup. HBN looks back at some of the highs and lows of the year that ends officially at midnight tomorrow.

Beaten cop dies

Corporal Grantley Waite was at the Mount Salem Police Station in St James sometime late last month.  The policeman requested a glass of water but his colleagues paid him no mind. So the thirsty Waithe went to the fridge and helped himself.  Well that was the signal for other policemen to allegedly attack him and beat him mercilessly.

Cricket – Racist Comments To South African Players Condemned

Hardbeatnews, LONDON, England, Weds. Dec. 21, 2005: Saying there is no place for racism in cricket, Chief Executive of the International Cricket Council, Malcolm Speed, yesterday denounced racist comments made by a small number of Australian spectators towards several of the visiting South African players.

An “Honor” Says Singer James Ingram Of Caribbean Gigs

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Weds. Dec. 20, 2005: For famed singer James Ingram, playing gigs in the Caribbean is always an honor and gives him a sense of coming “back home.”

The Ohio native, who has played Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas and Trinidad in the past, told us recently that in the Caribbean, he finds the people “have a different sense of pride” about themselves. 

Guyanese Nationals Iced Trying To Enter U.S. Illegally

Hardbeatnews, FAJARDO, Puerto Rico, Weds. Dec. 21, 2005: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents yesterday nabbed close to two-dozen Guyanese nationals, trying to enter the U.S. illegally via Puerto Rico.

The 21 were nabbed near Playa Lucia in the eastern Puerto Rico, ICE said yesterday after being spotted by Puerto Rico’s marine enforcement officers at approximately 5 a.m.

Top Jamaica Cop Beats Murder Rap

Hardbeatnews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Weds. Dec. 20, 2005: Top Jamaican cop, Reneto Adams, along with two other police officers that human rights groups and a UN special rapporteur had accused of carrying out extra-judicial executions, were declared yesterday innocent by a 12-member jury.

Bahamas Mourns Miami Crash Victims

Hardbeatnews, MIAMI, FL, Weds. Dec. 20, 2005: As salvaging efforts began in full force by the Coast Guard here yesterday, just 50 miles east across the water, residents of the Bahamian island of Bimini are in mourning.

The Tuesday afternoon crash claimed the lives of 11 residents from this tiny 7-mile long island, where everyone knew each other. The Chalk Ocean Airways twin-engine Grumman G-73T Turbo Mallard crash claimed the lives of all 20 on board. Nineteen of the deceased, including three children, have been recovered but the 20th remains missing.