April, 2006

JAMAICA: Former UWI Professor Conspired To Kill Wife – Police

An 86-year-old U.S.-born botanist and former University of the West Indies professor, is set to appear in court here today, charged with plotting to have his chauffeur kill his wife. George Proctor, according to Jamaican police, allegedly conspired with his driver, Glenford Flemmington, to kill his 66-year-old wife. Cops say he apparently paid Flemmington US$90,000 for the hit.

Guyana: Slain Minister To Be Cremated Tomorrow

Satyadeow Sawh, the Guyana minister of agriculture, fisheries, other crops and livestock, who was shot to death along with two siblings and a security guard in the wee hours of Saturday morning, will be cremated tomorrow, a government statement said yesterday.

GUYANA MURDERS: ‘Enough Is Enough’ Says Guyanese Diaspora

Several members of the Guyanese Diaspora have denounced the latest string of murders in their South American homeland and offered what they feel are solutions to stemming the scourge. But they also question whether the ruling Peoples Progressive Party/Civic government really has the ability to stem the rising crime rate that has claimed the lives of almost 50 Guyanese since the beginning of 2006.

Barbados sticking with sugar cane

Barbados’ Agriculture Minister says this country won’t be giving up on the sugar cane industry as some of its Caribbean neighbours have done. Senator Erskine Griffith says the sector is viable and rather than abandon it, government will transform it through diversification.

PM Mitchell talks hurricane recovery

Grenada’s Prime Minister Keith Mitchell is slated to bring nationals in Brooklyn and neighboring areas up to date on post hurricane development across the island, when he addresses them on April 29. Mitchell, accompanied by two of his ministers, Senator Emmalin Pierre, the island’s minister of youth development, and Claris Charles, Grenada’s minister of education and labor, will meet nationals and friends of Grenada at the Gladstone Atwell Intermediate School.

Paraguay Opposing Extension Of Caribbean Basin Initiative

The land-locked South American country of Paraguay is opposing an extension of a waiver before the World Trade Organization, which allows several countries in the Caribbean and Central America to enjoy duty-free access to the U.S. market under the Caribbean Basin Enhanced Recovery Act.

Haitians Go To The Polls Again Today

Haitians are set to choose 127 parliamentarians from several hundred candidates today, in the legislative run-off election that will select an elected government since 2004. Amidst fear of violence, schools and businesses remained closed yesterday as the electoral council entered the final preparatory mode for today’s election.

Trinidad union head jailed

Unionistas in New York City are still reeling from Judge Theodore Jones’ ruling that will soon see Roger Toussaint, the Trinidad-born head of the Transit Workers, Local 100 union, spending 10 days in prison and union officials struggling to pay US$2.5 million in fines for the two-and-a-half days illegal strike of December 2005.

Cricket: Retainer Contracts Dispute Still Unresolved

West Indies cricket players may have until tomorrow to decide whether to accept the West Indies Cricket Board retainer contract or not. Members of the Cricket Committee says they will recommend to the WICB Board of Directors that April 21 be the “firm cut off point” on the issue. Once that deadline passes, only those players who sign on will be selected for the upcoming matches, setting up for a possible repeat of last year’s showdown between the West Indies players and the board.

BVI Gets A New Governor

David Dacre Pearey, Britain’s former High Commissioner to Malawi, was on Tuesday sworn in as the new governor of the British Virgin Islands. Pearey, replaces Thomas Macan as head of this British-dependent territory. Macan demitted office on April 10. He’s been challenged by Chief Minister Orlando Smith and Leader of the Opposition Ralph O’Neal to focus on issues like crime, disaster preparedness, public service and education.

ARUBA: Family Of ‘New’ Suspect Speaks Out

Oranjstead, Aruba Apr 20, 2006 – His name has now been made public to the world but his family is now stepping up to proclaim his innocence. As prosecutors in Aruba zoom their attention completely on a 19-year-old suspect in the case of missing U.S. teenager Natalie Holloway, relatives of Geoffrey van Cromvoirt, referred to previously only as ‘G.V.T.’ insisted he is in no way connected to the disappearance.

Golding: Colossal mistake – as Jamaica projects huge losses from CWC 2007

The Jamaica Government has revealed that it will not be making a single cent from staging Cricket World Cup 2007 and said that rarely did countries hosting such large events ever make money. Finance Minister Dr Omar Davies said that other Caribbean countries could hold staggering losses. Opposition Leader, Bruce Golding called it a “colossal mistake”.