February, 2006

Portia faces life…as PNP leader

It’s a first for Jamaica. A woman is to lead the ruling People’s National Party (PNP) and she will automatically become prime minister when the incumbent P.J. Patterson resigns after 14 years in office in April.

40th year for Cuban newspaper

Granma International, that well known Cuban newspaper, is 40 years old. It first edition was printed on February 20, 1966 for the 1st Solidarity Conference of the Peoples of Asia, Africa and Latin America which was held in Havana.

Russian $billion search for bauxite

From Russia with love. The Russians would love to find bauxite and as such they are conducting a feasibility study for a multi-billion dollar investment in the bauxite industry in Guyana.

Soil and cricket headache

An International Cricket Council (ICC) pitch consultant condemned Bermuda’s cricket grounds as “more suitable for growing carrots.”  This naturally caused a major headache because Bermuda is scheduled to host some matches leading up to the World Cup cricket next year.

Another secret service for Jamaica

Jamaica is to get yet another intelligence agency.  This is one of the recommendations of the National Security Strategy (NSS) report.

The agency would inform state decisions on strategic or policy issues which go beyond supporting planned operations.

Back to school for mini-bus drivers

Mini-bus owners, drivers and conductors in Georgetown have to go back to school. This follows complaints from several sources.

These complaints have long been mounting and most are about the deplorable ways of the majority of them – reckless driving, bad manners and overloading. The Guyana Police Force has had enough and wants them not only to stop their uncivilized behaviour but also to correct it.

Police recruits fail drug test

Required height, good health and other physical requirements. In some cases good academic qualification. They have them. Yet many of these prospective recruits are not accepted to join the Royal Bahamas Police Force. Why? A lot of them are failing the drug test!

Cricket: Kiwis Take Three ODI’S

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Mon. Feb. 27, 2006: New Zealand on Saturday completed a three-win sweep of the One Day International matches against the West Indies cricket side, beating the visitors by 21 runs in their third ODI match-up at the Jade Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand.

It’s Carnival Monday In T&T

Hardbeatnews, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Mon. Feb. 27, 2006: It’s carnival time in Trinidad! The world renown festival is set to officially get underway at 4 this morning with the traditional Jouvert festivities.

About 100,000 revelers, wearing skimpy sequined costumes and representing 120 bands, are set to take part in the annual two-day festivities, which the great Lord Laro dubbed the ‘greatest show on the earth.’

Biggest Heroin Bust In Puerto Rico

Hardbeatnews, SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Mon. Feb. 27, 2006: A $13 million shipment worth of heroin, the largest in Puerto Rico’s history, was last week busted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and officers of the Puerto Rico Police Department in San Juan.

Guyana Press Association Calls For Apology From Jagan

Hardbeatnews, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Mon. Feb. 27, 2006: Members of the Guyana Press Association want an apology from Unity Party leader, Dr Cheddi ‘Joey’ Jagan over allegations that he threatened to “slap” a newspaper columnist.

Jagan allegedly made the threat against Kaieteur News columnist, Freddie Kisson, at a recent book signing in Georgetown. The apparent remark was reportedly stirred by Kisson’s column, that stated, “Jagan in power was worse than Jagan in opposition.”

Senator McCain For NYC Immigration Rally Today

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Mon. Feb. 27, 2006: Republican Senator John McCain, who kicked off a lobbying effort for immigration reform across America in Miami last week, is set to bring his message of earned legalization for undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants to New York City today.

Jamaica: More Than A Dozen Prisoners Escape

Hardbeatnews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Mon. Feb. 27, 2006: Some fifteen prisoners awaiting trial for murder and robbery managed to escape their jail cells at a Trelawny police station early Sunday morning.

Police say the inmates managed to pry apart some bars on the cells they were in before making their escape from the Clarks Town police station around 5 a.m. yesterday.

British Muslims Should Leave If They Cannot Accept Laws – Guyanese Born Race Chief

Hardbeatnews, LONDON, England, Mon. Feb. 27, 2006: ‘Guyanese Mafia’ member and Chairman of the British Commission for Racial Equality, Trevor Phillips, yesterday called on British Muslims who wanted Sharia Law imposed in parts of the UK to ‘accept the way we do it … or you have to live somewhere else.’

Phillips made the remark on ‘The Jonathan Dimbleby’ program on British TV in the light of the protests throughout the Muslim world and in Britain, over the publication of cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in a Danish Newspaper.