May, 2006

Haitian family denied US visa for funeral

The common law wife and two surviving children of the late Menes Daniel, a Haitian migrant who was killed in a construction accident in Bal Harbour recently, have been denied visas to attend his funeral.

Another Caribbean island seeking cops from abroad

St. Kitts/Nevis could become the fourth Caribbean country to hire foreign law enforcement officers. Prime Minister Denzil Douglas, on a visit to Canada recently, revealed that the government of St. Kitts/Nevis has enlisted the support of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to get a situational analysis of the state of its police service.

The Barbados oil divide – Government may consider PetroCaribe

With Barbados petrol prices at their highest level ever, there is a sharp difference of opinion over how high the prices should go, and a hint that Barbados may revisit its stance on PetroCaribe. Fuel prices were increased last Friday – the third time in 13 months – causing Barbadians to gasp at the pump. The increase has now seen total increases over the last 13 months of 49.1 per cent on gasoline, 35.9 per cent on diesel, and 81.9 per cent on kerosene.

Maharaj wants probe into probe

Chairman of the Opposition United National Congress (UNC) Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj has called for a Commission of Enquiry into the probe of Chief Justice Satnarine Sharma. His call comes on the heel of a meeting the country’s Law Association which discussed the recent police search of the chambers of the Chief Justice. The meeting ended without a consensus.

Trinidad Integrity Commission sets May 31 as deadline for filing

With the Panday judgment fresh in their minds public official in Trinidad and Tobago are taking no chances – they are declaring their finances with the Integrity Commission. The deadline for submitting statements of income, assets and liabilities for the year ending December 31, 2005 is May 31, 2006.

Guyana editorial: A month after Sawh’s killing

Hopefully no one was holding their breath waiting for the government to take decisive and judicious action on crime. A full month following the heinous murder of Minister Satyadeow Sawh and three others there is no sign that the government has a plan or is even marshalling one.

Grenada signs on to anti-terrorism treaty

Grenada has become the 18th member of the Organization of American States (OAS) to sign the Inter-American Convention against Terrorism. Ambassador Denis Antoine, Grenada’s Permanent Representative to the OAS, noted that by ratifying the OAS treaty, member states undertake to become party to ten international conventions and protocols related to combating terrorism.

Advice for employers: How to beat World Cup fever

When Trinidad and Toabgo plays in the World Cup next month, one of the big headaches for employers will be downtime as football-crazed employees take time off to follow every kick on television. Employment law specialist Robyn McIlroy from the British law firm Pinsent Masons has conceptualised the following five things which employers can do to lessen the impact.

Belafonte to shoot documentary in Jamaica

American actor, Harry Belafonte, is set to shoot a television document in Jamaica in June 2006. Prime Minister Portia Simpson said it was fitting that as a son of Jamaica, the singer was returning to his roots to showcase the portion of his life that had shaped his talents and creativity which the world now enjoys through his work.

Gatlin withdraws from 100m race with Powell

The much anticipated run-off between the two fastest men in the world will not now happen. That’s because American Justin Gatlin has pulled out of the race with his 100 meters rival Asafa Powell of Jamaica.

The Evolution of CANA and the Role of the Regional Media in the Caribbean Single Market

It is right that the occasion marking the 30th Anniversary of the Caribbean News Agency (CANA) should be linked to the creation of the Caribbean Single Market. For, CANA’s formation was a direct result of the recognition by regional leaders in the late 1960s that regional institutions and regional integration would not succeed without more “regional thinking and awareness”.

No Caribbean cruise! India in rough waters

Between 1973 and 1994, the West Indies were never beaten in a series in the Caribbean. That was in the days when they had a Rolls Royce-like production line of fast bowlers. And even though it’s now more like a strike-riddled factory rolling out the occasional Ambassador, India are finding that the West Indies are still difficult to beat at home.

Barbados investing $21 Million in eco-friendly business park complex

The Government of Barbados is constructing Newton Business Park, a 23.5-acre state-of-the-art business complex. The first phase of the development, an environmentally friendly 21st century architectural design, valued at BDS $21 million (USD $10.5) will be situated on 6.5 acres of land on the outskirts of Bridgetown, the capital city.