February, 2006

Political rumble in Jamaica

When members of the ruling People’s National Party (PNP) vote on Saturday (February 25) to select a new leader, it could be more than just a  successor to Prime Minister P.J. Patterson. It could lead to the Opposition moving a vote of no confidence in the government. And, if the government loses, that can lead to a general election.

Overseas teachers to the rescue

For some time now the U. S. Virgin Islands Education Department has been having great challenges in filling vacancies in special education and mathematics. Now that problem would be alleviated by the arrival of 32 international teachers, mostly from the Philippines.

Caricom welcome for Haiti

After being out of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) family since 2004, Haiti is to be welcomed back. This follows the February 7 election and the subsequent announcement that Rene Preval had been declared winner of the presidential election.

Profit for Butterfield Bank

Bermuda’s oldest bank, Butterfield Bank, has reported that it made a 20 per cent profit last year as the bank benefited from its highest ever increase in interest income.

The report stated that across the group, results varied: Net income in the Bermuda operations slid an estimated 22 percent while operations in the Cayman Islands recorded an 85.3 percent surge in earnings.

Ease for US visas

Long lines of people, waiting either in the hot sun or in pouring rain, to apply for a US visa will be a thing of the past in the Bahamas. A new system is being introduced whereby applicants will be given scheduled appointments for interviews at a time convenient for them. This is stated in the Nassau Guardian.

St. Kitts & Nevis Concerned Over Land Issue In CSME

Hardbeatnews, BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Fri. Feb. 17, 2006: Government of St. Kitts & Nevis says its concerned about other Caricom nationals coming to the island and having access to land under the Caribbean Single Market & Economy.

Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, speaking at the recently-concluded 17th Inter-Sessional of the Conference of Caribbean Heads of Government, said he’s concerned because “… our land mass is very small; we are in fact the smallest of independent countries who have signed on to the Caribbean Community and we therefore asking for special consideration in the sense that our law at this time speaks to access; access to land, access to the right to become involved as directors, etc., and not necessarily ownership.”

FIFA Finds T&T’s Warner Guilty Of Ethics Breach

Hardbeatnews, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Fri. Feb. 17, 2006: Jack Warner, one of seven FIFA vice-president, adviser to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation and the man embattled in a ticket scandal recently, has been found guilty of breaching FIFA’s Code of Ethics.

NYPD’s Commish Raps Busta Rhymes

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Fri. Feb. 17, 2006: New York Police Commissioner, Raymond Kelly, this week took a swipe at Jamaican-American rap star, Busta Rhymes, about 12 days after the singer’s bodyguard was shot to death in Brooklyn.

At a news conference Wednesday, Kelly said he thought, Rhymes, whose real name is Trevor Smith, would “be knocking on the door” trying to give information on the slaying of Israel Ramirez.

Jamaican Bobsled Members Still A Big Hit At Torino Games

Hardbeatnews, TURIN, Italy, Fri. Feb. 17, 2006: The Jamaican bobsled team may have failed to qualify for the 2006 Winter Games here in Turin  but their sponsor, Fiat, is ensuring that the rest of the world is a long way from forgetting that the spirit of the team carries on, much to the excitement of fans here.

International Welcome For Haiti’s New President Elect

Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. Feb. 17, 2006: Within hours of Rene Preval being declared the new president of Haiti, the international accolades began pouring in, with many lauding the decision.

Guyana’s minister of foreign affairs, Rudy Insanally, extended his government’s kudos to the Haitian people, noting that they have demonstrated a clear commitment to democratic government and to having Preval “as their leader in their struggle to overcome poverty and achieve a decent standard of living.”

Haitian-Americans Welcome Declaration Of New President

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Fri. Feb, 17, 2006: Scores of U.S.-based Haitians yesterday breathed a huge sigh of relief and celebrated as the demonstrations that had been held since Sunday turned to festivity in Haiti following the declaration of Rene Preval as the new head of state and winner of the Feb. 7 election.

Air Jamaica Jazz Fest Focuses On Youth Development

CaribPR Newswire, NEW YORK, N.Y., Tues. Feb 14, 2006: The just-concluded Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival of 2006 may have made headlines around the world for its incredible line-up of superstar talent. But largely unnoticed was the launch of the first ‘Art of Music Workshop,’ which was initiated this year to help mold young, Jamaican musicians.