March, 2006

USVI Controversy Placed Before U.S. Senate Committee

Hardbeatnews, SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Fri. Mar. 31, 2006: U.S. Senator Pete Domenici, (R-NM), who chairs the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, has scheduled hearings over a controversial bill sponsored by USVI Congressional Delegate Donna Christensen, (D-VI), to establish a chief financial officer (CFO) to oversee the finances of the USVI.

New York ‘Dollar Vans’ Offer $$ For Capture Of Hit & Run Driver

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Fri. Mar. 31, 2006: Caribbean-born owners of the popular ‘dollar vans’ are putting their money where there mouth is.

This week, members of the Brooklyn Commuter Van Industry doled out $2,000 in cash as a reward for credible information that can lead to the arrest and capture of the driver who mowed down a Trinidad-born granny and left her bleeding on a Brooklyn street.

Help On The Way For Cancer Stricken Guyanese Teen

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Fri. Mar. 31, 2006: A 19-year-old Guyanese teenager, who has spent more than a year battling skin cancer, may soon get much-needed relief from the tumor that’s left her stricken with constant pain.

Thanks in large part to the fundraising efforts of a U.S.-based organization made up of Guyanese medical professionals and the Brooklyn Hospital. Dr. Collie Oudkerk, a Guyanese-born medical doctor and vice-president of HERE (Health, Education & Relief For Guyana), told HBN yesterday that Lynear Johnson could begin the first round of surgery as early as Monday to remove the cancerous abscesses that’s taken over the right side of her face and is affecting her neck and head as well.

Remittances To Caribbean Surpass $5 Billion Mark

Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. Mar. 31, 2006: Caribbean nationals overseas, from only six regional countries, sent back almost US$6 billion in remittances to their homelands last year, almost a billion more than 2004.

That’s according to the latest report on remittances, released by the Inter-American Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund yesterday. The total remittances transferred to the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana and Suriname was put at approximately US$5.8 billion. Cuba was not included in this year’s total while the smaller Caribbean islands remain unaccounted for.

Immigration: Conservatives Continue To Bash Legalization Plan

Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. Mar. 31, 2006: Republican Conservatives yesterday left no stones unturned in expressing their vehement opposition to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s plan to help legalize 12 million undocumented migrants living here, with some even taking jabs at President Bush and Mexicans here.

Jamaica’s First Female PM Takes Office

Hardbeatnews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Fri. Mar. 31, 2006: It’s official – Jamaica has its first female prime minister. Portia Lucretia Simpson Miller yesterday afternoon took the oath of office before thousands of Jamaican nationals, promising, “… to facilitate change.”

Jamaican-Americans Urge ‘Sistah P’ To Make Crime Top Priority

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Fri. Mar. 31, 2006: Jamaican-Americans across the U.S. are urging new Prime Minister, Portia Simpson-Miller, to make crime her top priority. Asked by HBN, nationals from Atlanta to Philadelphia, Washington and New York cited the issue as numero uno as Simpson-Miller took the oath of office yesterday.

Cricket: Sick Teen Gets Wish To Meet Lara Granted

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Thurs. Mar. 30, 2006: A 16-year-old Australian teen, living with a lung disease, got his wish to meet West Indies former skipper, Brian Lara, during the washed out final test match against New Zealand in Napier.

Aruba Authorities Continue Search For Holloway

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Thurs. Mar. 30, 2006: Aruban authorities joined police from the Netherlands yesterday in combing sand dunes along the island’s northern tip and the beach in a continued search for missing Alabama teen, Natalee Holloway.

Judge Denies Ex-Cop’s Appeal In Case Of Haitian Migrant

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Thurs. Mar. 30, 2006: Appeals Court Judge Reena Raggi yesterday rejected a bid for the early release of a former New York City cop who has been serving a five-year sentence for his part in the horrific assault of Haitian migrant, Abner Louima.

Jamaica To Officially Get First Female PM Today

Hardbeatnews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thurs. Mar. 30, 2006: Jamaica will formally get its first female prime minister later this afternoon with PM designate, Portia Simpson Miller, expected to take the oath of office at a 5 p.m. ceremony.

Chairman of the Inauguration Committee, Commerce, Science and Technology Minister, Phillip Paulwell, has explained that the inauguration ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. sharp and end before sunset. Simpson Miller will take the oath of office as the country’s seventh prime minister, following the reading of the instrument of appointment by Governor General Professor Kenneth Octavious Hall.

Immigration: Frist Disses Legalization Plan As Amnesty

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Thurs. Mar. 30, 2006: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist yesterday opened debate on the controversial immigration reform bill by stating that he opposed the Judiciary Committee’s plan that will allow millions of undocumented immigrants to eventually earn legal status here.

Trinidad Shocker: Activists Weigh In On Brutal Sodomy/Murder Of 6-Year-Old

Hardbeatnews, PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Thurs. Mar 30, 2006: As the relatives of 6-year-old U.S. citizen, Sean Luke, prepare to say goodbye to him today, U.S. Ambassador to Trinidad, Roy Austin, has joined activists here in expressing sadness and shock at the brutal sodomy and murder of the Couva child even as cops arrested two teens yesterday.