March, 2006

Cricket: Third Test Ends In A Draw

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Weds. Mar. 29, 2006: Mother nature forced a draw in the third and final cricket test match between New Zealand and West Indies at McLean Park, Napier today.

Officials ruled that continued rain and a wet outfield were enough to abandon play for a third consecutive day, the final day of play in the match. The decision left host’s New Zealand the clear winner of the series.

Organizers Gear Up For First Miss Caribbean International Pageant

CaribPR Newswire, MIAMI BEACH, Florida, Weds. Mar. 29, 2006: Carib Productions, LLC will present the First Annual Miss Caribbean International Beauty Pageant on Sunday, August 6, 2006, from 8 to 11 p.m., at the North Miami Beach Julius Littman Performing Arts Theater, 17011 NE 19 Avenue North Miami Beach, FL 33162.

Haiti’s Preval Continues Support Tour

Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Weds. Mar. 29, 2006: President-elect of Haiti, René Préval, yesterday continued his U.S. tour by telling Inter-American Development Bank officials his administration’s priorities include promoting economic growth and employment, strengthening Haiti’s state institutions and capacity for good governance and rapidly expanding access to vital services.

Jamaica: U.S. Jamaican Diaspora To Witness Inauguration Of New PM

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Mar. 29, 2006: Several Jamaican nationals from the U.S. Diaspora are among the many set to witness history in the making tomorrow, as the first female prime minister of their homeland is sworn in.

Portia Simpson-Miller is slated to be inaugurated on the grounds of King’s House at 5 p.m. tomorrow, March 30. It will be followed later that evening with the investiture ball at the Grand Ballroom at the Pegasus Hotel from 9:30 p.m.

TRINIDAD: U.S.-Born Kid Found In Shallow Grave

Hardbeatnews, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Weds. Mar. 29, 2006: The naked remains of a 6-year-old Michigan-born child was yesterday found by police in a shallow grave two days after he was reported missing from his Couva home.

Sean Luke’s body was found a few hundred feet from his home, in a canefield in Central Trinidad, deputy police Commissioner Winston Cooper told the media yesterday. He had reportedly been sodomized prior to his death. The Trinidad Express quoted pathologist Dr Eastlyn Mc Donald Burris as saying that a preliminary examination found “… that the killer inserted a sugarcane stalk into the boy’s rectum, and pushed it until it reached the child’s throat.” The cause of death has been initially blamed on internal bleeding.

Guyanese Singer In Fight For Life

Hardbeatnews, LONDON, England, Weds. Mar. 29, 2006: The ‘Nat King Cole’ of Guyana is back in hospital here in London in what appears to be a fight for his life against the dreaded disease cancer. Sources say Sol Raye is back in the Royal Marsden Hospital in London and the prognosis for him does not appear to be good.

Guyana Is Lone Non-African Country To Get World Bank Debt Relief

Guyana yesterday became the lone country outside of Africa to be approved for a long-awaited debt relief package by World Bank member nations. The US$37 billion debt relief package for 17 impoverished countries over 40 years brings to an end months of tough negotiations. The debt cancellation will begin on July 1, 2006, at the start of the Bank’s new fiscal year, officials said yesterday.

TURKS AND CAICOS MUSIC AND CULTURAL FESTIVAL TO AIR ON BET AND BET J

NEW YORK (March 28, 2006) – Viewers across North America and the Caribbean can soon see how the Turks and Caicos Islands deliver the very best five-star hospitality experiences in the world, when BET and BET J television networks shine a spotlight on the 2005 edition of the Turks and Caicos Music and Cultural Festival.

Cricket: Former Windward Islands Cricketer Is Dead

Hardbeatnews, KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Tues. Mar. 28, 2006: Neil “Nellie” Williams, a medium-fast bowler, who represented the Windward Islands between 1983 and 1992, yesterday passed away in his homeland of St. Vincent after a brief battle with pneumonia, West Indies Cricket board officials disclosed. He was 43.

Caribbean Grammys For Florida’s Broward Center

Hardbeatnews, MIAMI, FL, Tues. Mar. 28, 2006: The 13th annual ReggaeSoca Music Awards, dubbed by organizers as the ‘Grammy’s of Caribbean Music,’ is slated to be held on May 27 at the Broward Center for the performing arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Caribbean Dollar Van Operators Offer Reward For Hit & Run Driver

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Tues. Mar. 28, 2006: Several Caribbean-born owners of the popular ‘dollar vans’ that traverse the streets of Brooklyn, are set to today announce a monetary reward for the capture of the individual responsible for the hit-and-run traffic incident that left Trinidadian-born grandmother, Jennifer Gibbons, seriously injured.

Conviction Puts Spotlight On Guyanese Mom’s Civil Case Vs. NYPD

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Tues. Mar. 28, 2006: The spotlight has now been turned to the million dollar civil case brought by the mother of the Guyanese college student, who was tortured, raped and killed in 2003. Days after her daughter’s killers were convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping, rape and sodomy, the focus has now turned to the 2004 civil suit filed by Elle Carmichael, the mother of the murdered 21-year-old, Guyanese student, Romona Moore.

Haiti: UN Council Stresses Need For Secure Environment

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Tues. Mar. 28, 2006: Members of the United Nation Security Council yesterday stressed for a secure and stable environment to be maintained in Haiti and reiterated its support for the continued efforts by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti to assist the Haitian authorities in that respect.

Immigration: Senate Judiciary Committee Gives Hope To The Undocumented

Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. Mar. 28, 2006: Caribbean and other undocumented immigrants across the U.S. were yesterday given a serving of hope as members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved an immigration reform bill that could give the 12 million living unauthorized in the U.S., a chance to become beneficiaries of earned legalization.