April, 2006

Malaysian PM For Caribbean Visit

Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi, is set to begin an official tour of St Vincent and the Grenadines and Jamaica on Saturday. The visit, according to the government statement, is to establish personal contact and forge closer rapport and understanding with both Gonsalves and Simpson Miller while evaluating potential areas of cooperation and ways to enhance trade and investment activities between Malaysia and the two Caribbean countries.

Amnesty Zooms In On Trinidad Police

Taking the heat off Jamaica cops, international rights group, Amnesty International is now zoning in on Trinidad and Tobago’s police department. In a report released today, the group claims argues that between 2003 and 2005, 35 people died after being shot by T&T police or while in their custody.

Guyanese Man Gets 20 Years For Killing Girlfriend

A 38-year-old Guyanese native who had pled guilty to manslaughter in the stabbing death of his live-in girlfriend earlier this month, was yesterday sentenced to 20 years in prison. Krisna Jajdat Soogrim, of 88-51 Hollis Court Boulevard in Hollis, Queens, received the sentence from Queens Supreme Court Justice Robert C. Hanophy. Judge Hanophy also added a concurrent five-year prison term to the sentence for the charge of assault of a police lieutenant with a meat cleaver.

Thousands Say Goodbye To Slain Guyana Minister

An estimated 5,000 people showed up on the lawns on Castellani House yesterday to say final goodbye to the country’s fisheries, other crops and livestock and agriculture minister, who was gunned down on April 22 along with two siblings and a security guard.

Barbados presses ahead with oil and gas marine exploration

Barbados Minister of energy Liz ThompsonWhile Barbados is yet to restart fishing talks with Trinidad and Tobago in light of the recently maritime boundary ruling the Eastern Caribbean nation is pressing ahead with marine oil and gas explorations. In fact, says, Ministry of Energy and the Environment Elizabeth Thompson, a call for competitive bids for oil and gas exploration in Barbados’ territorial waters will be put out before year end. She hopes the next exploration well sunk within two years.

Global nutritional brand signs Jamaican Powell as spokesperson

Jamaican 100m world record holder Asafa PowellNutrilite, one of the leading global nutritional brands, has signed Jamaican 100m world record holder Asafa Powell as a global spokesperson. Powell, who clocked 9.77 seconds at an IAAF Grand Prix meeting in Athens, Greece, last summer, was introduced to the product by his older brother Donovan, three months prior to breaking the record and he admitted that it gave him extra energy to perform.

Trinidad-Born Union Leader Begins Serving Jail Term

Trinidad-born leader of the Transit Workers Local 100 union, Roger Toussaint, walked over the historic Brooklyn Bridge yesterday into his lower Manhattan jail cell, giving life to a December tabloid image that had shown the labor leader behind hypothetical bars.

Aruba: Latest Suspect Also Released

The latest suspect in the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway has also been released by Aruba police. Nineteen-year-old Geoffrey van Cromvoirt was yesterday set free after spending nine days in jail without being charged. His family had insisted he was innocent bur Aruba public prosecutor’s office says the teen remains a suspect even though he was released “because the grounds for his detention are no longer there.”

Caribbean Nationals Among Child Predators Iced

Several Caribbean-born convicted sex felons are among dozens of greencard holders iced in New York in recent days and who now all face deportation back to the region in coming weeks. They include a 60-year-old national of the Dominican Republic, who served time for the sexual abuse of his own granddaughter. Another DR national, nabbed, was charged with 13 counts of rape, six counts of sodomy and endangering the welfare of a 15-year-old he tutored at an after-school tutoring center. He too served jail time.

Trinidad: Bail application today for Panday

Attorneys for Trinidad and Tobago’s Opposition Leader, Basdeo Panday, are set to apply for bail today after he was yesterday found guilty of failing to declare a multi-million dollar London bank account to the integrity commission. But a leading T&T political analyst is now questioning whether Panday’s political future could be jeopardized because of the ruling.

Let no one be untouchable

Guardian NewspaperYesterday’s conviction of former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday on charges that he knowingly failed to declare a London bank account to the Integrity Commission signals the political death of a man who has spent most of his professional life in the service of his country.

Panday UPDATE: Bail denied – seat declared vacant

Guardian Newspaper The High Court has denied to grant former Trinidad Prime Minister Basdeo Panday bail while he appeals and unprecendented verdict handed down yesterday. At the same time the Presdient of Trinidad has declared Panday’s Couva North Parliamentary seat vacant.

A Forum for frankness about Caribbean Development

Sir Ronald SandersWith an agenda that includes security during the 2007 Word Cup Cricket series and the impact of international developments on Caribbean development, an important conference between the British Foreign Secretary and Foreign Ministers of Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) countries takes place in Barbados from April 27th to 28th.