January, 2006

Coast Guard Searching Florida Straits For Cuban Migrants

Hardbeatnews, MIAMI, FL, Fri. Jan. 27, 2006: The search continues for approximately 15 Cuban migrants who were reported missing at sea, 46 miles southeast of Marathon, Fla.

The migrants, all of whom appeared to be wearing life jackets, were last seen on a rustic vessel by a U.S. Custom and Border Protection Blackhawk helicopter crew at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

More Kidnappings In Haiti

Hardbeatnews, PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Fri. Jan. 27, 2006: Four more reports of kidnappings surfaced here yesterday, even as the country prepares for the Feb. 7 election, now 11 days away.

Two French nationals – a nun and a priest, as well as two nationals – were reportedly seized on Wednesday as they were traveling on a road near Cite Soleil, U.N. officials said.

Former Barbados Opposition Leader Joins Ruling Party

Hardbeatnews, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Fri. Jan. 27, 2006: Former Democratic Labor Party leader, Clyde Mascoll, yesterday made history by becoming the first opposition leader in the island’s existence, to switch sides and join the ruling Barbados Labor Party.

Jamaica’s National Security Minister Nominated In Party Race

Hardbeatnews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Fri. Jan. 27, 2006: Jamaica’s National Security Minister, Peter Phillips, has become the first candidate to be officially nominated for the People’s National Party election of Feb. 25.

The election is being held to find a suitable leader of the PNP, who will replace Prime Minister P.J. Patterson as party president and prime minister. Patterson is stepping down from the office by choice.

Phillips received 12 endorsements to make it onto the ballot. He was nominated by his campaign team, which includes cabinet ministers, Paul Robertson and Maxine Henry-Wilson.

Grenada Bribery Inquiry – Opposition Leader Wins Appeal Hearing

Hardbeatnews, ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Fri. Jan. 27, 2006: Despite claiming victory in the first round of a legal battle, Tillman Thomas, leader of the opposition in Grenada’s Parliament, will have to wait on an appeal hearing to know whether or not he will be able to question witnesses in a commission of inquiry that was set up to investigate allegations of bribes being paid to Prime Minister Keith Mitchell.

Barbadian lawyer Richard Cheltenham was appointed by Governor General Sir Daniel Williams as the lone commissioner to investigate the circumstances that resulted in Mitchell being accused of receiving a sum of money inappropriately from former Trade Counselor, Eric Resteiner.

At the start of the enquiry in June 2005, Thomas made an application to be Commission, expressing his desire to question witnesses in the inquiry. Lawyers for the Commission claimed that Thomas did not have sufficient interest in the inquiry and there was no need for him question witnesses and made an application to strike out the application made by Thomas lawyers.

Caribbean Canadians React To Conservative Party Victory

Hardbeatnews, OTTAWA, Canada, Fri. Jan. 27, 2006: As Canadians eagerly await for the announcement of who will comprise new Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet following the Conservatives victory at the poll Monday, there have been mixed reactions by Caribbean nationals to the new governing party.

Exceptional Brazilian Soccer Player becomes Texaco’s Promotional Spokesperson in Latin America & the Caribbean

MIAMI, FL (January 26, 2006) — People who know about cars trust Texaco and people who know about soccer trust Ronaldinho Gaucho, recognized by the International Soccer Federation (FIFA) as the “Best Player in the World” for a second consecutive year. Ronaldinho’s exceptional athletic skills inspired Chevron Latin America to choose the star of the Barcelona F. C. and the Brazilian World Cup teams as the promotional face of Texaco fuels in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival Opens Tonight In Montego Bay

Hardbeatnews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thurs. Jan. 26, 2006: 2006 Grammy nominees, reggae sensation Shaggy and hot new superstar John Legend, are the top acts set to thrill fans tonight, when the 2006 Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival opens at the Rose Hall Resort and Country Club in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Bahamas, India Explore Cooperation On Cruise Shipping

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Thurs. Jan. 26, 2006: The Caribbean island of the Bahamas and the continent of India have decided to enter into a memorandum of understanding to explore the possibilities of cooperation in the area of cruise shipping.

The move was taken during a meeting in New Delhi this week between Minister of Foreign Affairs and Public Service of the Bahamas, Frederick Mitchell, and the Union Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Minister Thiru T.R. Baalu, according to an Indian government statement.

Aruba Detectives Bring Holloway Investigation To U.S.

Hardbeatnews, MIAMI, FL, Thurs. Jan. 26, 2006: Detectives from Aruba want to question about 21 Mountain Brook High School graduates who were on the trip with 18-year-old Natalee Holloway, when she disappeared last May.

The detectives are set to travel to several across U.S. states in the southeast, including Alabama and Tennessee, to interview some of the teen’s friends, who were on the trip but are no in freshman year in college.

Guyana – Some Areas Remain Flooded One-&-A Half Month Later

Hardbeatnews, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Thurs., Jan. 26, 2006: Heavy rains continue to fall in Guyana increasing flood water levels in some areas of the country remain flooded, almost six weeks after the flood started.

Head of the Presidential Secretariat and Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Roger Luncheon, at his weekly post-Cabinet media briefing held at the Office of the President yesterday, said excessive rainfall and vandalism in some cases have resulted in widespread flooding in Regions One – Six to farmlands and residential areas.

Convicted Louima Cop Wants Early Release

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Thurs. Jan. 26, 2006: Former New York City cop, Charles Schwarz , who became famous for lying to authorities about the brutal broomstick sodomy of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima, is now trying to get out of his Minnesota jail cell early.

Teen Charged With Raping Antigua’s Senate President

Hardbeatnews, ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Thurs. Jan. 26, 2006: A 17-year-old teenager was yesterday charged in the rape and assault of Antigua’s Senate President, Hazelyn Francis.

The teen, of Cassada Gardens, was remanded to prison yesterday after appearing before a magistrate to hear criminal charges. His name is not being released since under Antigua law, it cannot be published until he is convicted. But police claim they conducted a search on his home and samples were taken for forensic analysis.

Haiti’s Latortue Says Election Will Stop Bloodshed

Hardbeatnews, PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Thurs Jan 26, 2006: Haiti’s interim Prime Minister, Gerard Latortue, is confident that only a democratically elected government can stop the bloodshed in the strife torn country. Latortue made the remarks during a meeting yesterday with Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Patrick Manning, at his office in Port of Spain.