December, 2005

NYC Transit Strike Paralyzes City – Caribbean New Yorkers Among The Distressed

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Weds. Dec. 21, 2005: One Guyanese national from Brooklyn carpooled in to make it to work yesterday, a Jamaican national caught a dollar van after a one-hour wait while others skipped work altogether.

These Caribbean nationals are among the seven million New Yorkers who were affected by day one of the Transit Workers Union strike that paralyzed the ‘Big Apple’ yesterday, costing the city some $40 billion and forcing many to battle the bitter cold to find alternative methods of commute.

NYC Transit Strike – Caribbean Immigrant Operated Dollar Vans Feeling Used

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Weds. Dec. 21, 2005: Once castigated as the villains by some in the city council, the popular ‘dollar vans,’ run largely by Caribbean immigrants, again stepped in to save commuters during the strike yesterday. But one of the city’s top Jamaican-born van boss says it time for the administration to allow the vans to run the same route as city buses and not only call on them in times of crisis.

Former Jamaican Cop Found Guilty Of Murder

Hardbeatnews, WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Fri. Dec. 16, 2005: A 33-year-old Brooklyn man, who was once a cop in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, has been found guilty of murder in a White Plains court.

A jury of 12 on Wednesday found Paul Ryan Douglas guilty of murdering Milton Moran Jr., and the attempted robbery of a Citibank ATM machines at 1915 Central Park Ave. on the morning of April 22, 2004. He faces life in prison at his sentencing on Jan. 31 after prosecutors decided against seeking the death penalty.

Haiti’s Father Jean-Juste Needs Medical Help – Lawyer

Hardbeatnews, PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Fri. Dec. 16, 2005: Father Jean-Juste, the Haitian Catholic priest being held at the Haitian National Penitentiary, Njera Njeri Penitentiary in downtown Port au Prince could have cancer.

His lawyer made the claim yesterday, saying that Dr. John Carroll, one of the priest’s supporter, found swollen lymph nodes in Rev. Jean-Juste’s neck and under his arms and an unusual white blood cell count, indications of a tumor or an infection.

U.S. Bishop Condemns Republicans Plan To Banish ‘Illegal Aliens’

Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. Dec. 16, 2005: As House Republicans and Democrats battle over the passage of a tough new immigration bill that would banish undocumented immigrants from the United State, Bishop Gerald R. Barnes, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, has joined a growing group of organizations and advocates expressing outrage at the measure.

Georgia Governor Joins Call For Boycott Of Aruba

Hardbeatnews, ATLANTA, GA, Fri. Dec. 16, 2005: Georgia Governor, Sonny Perdue, yesterday joined his Alabama and Arkansas counterparts, Governors Bob Riley and Mike Huckabee, in encouraging Georgians to boycott travel to the Dutch territory of Aruba.

Trini Union Leader Continues Talks As NYC Transit Strike Looms

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Fri. Dec. 16, 2005: Many Caribbean nationals were last night considering taking the day off as transit workers union leader, Trinidadian Roger Toussaint, and officials of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority continued negotiations way past the midnight contract deadline.

Basketball – Spurs Face Timberwolves Today

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Thurs. Dec. 15, 2005: USVI’s Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at the Target Center. Game time is 7 p.m.

The match-up comes against the backdrop of Tuesday night’s win over the Los Angeles Clippers in overtime on Tuesday, by 95-87. It was a victory made largely possible by Duncan, who hit two clutch free throws with 12 seconds remaining in regulation time. He also dropped 27 points for the Spurs and matched 22 rebounds.

Caribbean Extinction ‘Hotspots’ Identified

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Thurs. Dec. 15, 2005: A Jamaican ground iguana, or Cyclura collie, found in the Hellshire Hills of St Catherine, and Haiti’s Eleutherodactylus frog, found in the Massif de la Hotte region, are the lone two Caribbean countries to make the world’s extinction hot spots list.

Haiti’s Supreme Court Judges Refuse To Stay Fired

Hardbeatnews, PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Thurs. Dec. 15, 2005: Four of the five Supreme Court judges fired by Haiti’s interim government last week, yesterday showed up to protest the move and prevent the new nominees from being sworn in to replace them.

U.S. Congress Approves Renewal Of Patriot Act

Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Thurs. Dec. 15, 2005: U.S. Congressional lawmakers yesterday voted 251 to 174 to renew the much criticized USA Patriot Act, much to the chagrin of many House Democrats.

House Democratic Leader, Nancy Pelosi, speaking on the House floor yesterday afternoon, said she was in opposition to extending the provisions of the Act because they would curtail individual liberties.