May, 2006

Family anger

The family of 21 year old Daniel Louis DiPiero, of Canfield, Ohio has returned home angry and with many unanswered questions after visiting the ship from which he fell overboard during a Caribbean cruise, according to a statement released by attorney for the family Brett Rivkind.

Forecasters issue new prediction this morning

Tighten up, batten down. Here comes the 2006 Atlantic Hurricane Season. If forecasters in their latest seasonal forecast, issued this morning, are correct, the Atlantic is going to be nearly twice as active as an average hurricane year.

Survey: Caribbean still most popular cruise destination

Despite recent comments from Carnival cruiselines of is intention to gradually move away from the Caribbean to more high-priced exotic destinations, a recent survey in the United States has shown that the Caribbean remains the most popular choice of cruisers.

Athletics: Jamaican-American coaches slam Gatlin pull out

Justin Gatlin’s decision not to face-off against Asafa Powell at the British Grand Prix early next month is viwed by two Jamaican-born, US-based coaches as a monetary one. “I think he’s looking for more money .. it’s unfair since everyone was looking forward to the clash.,” top Jamaican coach Dalton Evans said.

Montserratians vote today

Montserratians are voting in general elections today but few are expecting any outright victory in this tiny volcano-ravaged British dependency which has seen more than half the population flee the pyroclastic flows of the Sourfriére Hills volcano.

Dominica PM, St. Lucian hotelier clash over CSME

Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is taking President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, Allan Chastanet, to task over comments the hotelier apparently made on the Caribbean Single Market and Economy.

Toronto Caribana Brouhaha Continues

A group known as Hands Off Caribana, headed by lawyer and activist Charles Roach, now claims to have struck a deal with the city of Toronto to have the summer carnival hosted under the auspices of the Caribbean Cultural Committee again this year.

Nu-Vybes, Krosfyah win best Soca Group at Caribbean Grammy’s

Popular Bajan band Krosfyah along with Nu-Vybes Band International aka De Sugar Band of St. Kitts and Nevis, tied for the “Best Soca Group” award Saturday night at 13th annual Caribbean Grammy’s. Edwin Yearwood accepted on behalf of his band Krosfyah but Nu-Vybes members were unable to attend the ceremony.

Portia now "Most Honourable"

Jamaica’s new prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, was yesterday conferred with the Order of the Nation at an investiture ceremony held at King’s House. PM Simpson Miller, who made history in March by becoming Jamaica’s first female prime minister, can now add the title of “Most Honorable” before her name and add the letters “O.N.” after.

Guyana: Elections Commission proposes new elections date

The Secretariat of the Guyana Elections Commission is proposing a further delay in the holding of general elections in this South American nation. GECOM officials propose that the election be held on September 12 instead of August 31 citing the recent extension of the Claims and Objections process.

MAN OVERBOARD – again!

A man who reportedly jumped off a Carnival cruise ship while it was enroute from Tortola to New York late Saturday was still missing last night. A 12-hour U.S. Coast Guard search failed to find the unnamed man even as the ship docked at Pier 92 in Manhattan Sunday night.