June, 2006

10-year old murdered in Antigua

A brutual murder of a 10-year has rocked the tiny Caribbean island of Antigua and Barbuda with leaders from both sides of the political aisle weighing in to express horror and sadness at the incident.

Three charged in tourist attack

Two St Lucian teens and a 37-year-old Dominica man have been slapped with rape and robbery charges in the attack on a Dutch couple who were holidaying in St Lucia.

Guyana army challenged

Commander-in-Chief of the Guyana Armed Forces and President of the country  Bharrat Jagdeo wants the army to win the hearts and minds of Guyanese. In throwing out the challenge he gave reasons as to why it was important at this point in time.

More jail time for Shaheed

If Shaheed Roger Khan, the Guyanese-born alleged drug trafficker, had entertained thoughts of an early release from a jailhouse in Suriname then he has to think again.

Power plant blast kills two injures one

Investigations have been launched into an explosion at a southern Trinidad power plant that left two dead and one injured. It’s the first time there has been such an event at the Penal plant which is jointly owned by Mirant of the USA, BP of Britain and T&TEC of Trinidad and Tobago.

Saving whales, swimming with the devil and economic sabotage

As leaders from the eastern Caribbean gathered together to unveil the first ever flag, which symbolizes the bloc’s intent to move towards the establishment of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean states (OECS) Economic Union, an international controversy is swimming like an angry shark in the economic waters around the Caribbean community.

Service, Barbados style

Why is our service so bad in this country? It seems no-one can give me an answer, though everyone acknowledges the problem. I spent a day last week in St. Lucia, and was struck once again by how friendly the people there were, especially as compared to Bajans.

PetroCaribe oil flow

Two more Caribbean states have penned agreements with PetroCaribe for preferential payments for oil supply but a third has reversed its decision to sign on. It previous said that motorists could save up to US$1,200 per year and the country $85 million but that is no longer the case.

Foreign cops?

Two Caribbean states have indicated that there is a possibility that they might recruit foreign cops to fill over 700 vacancies among the two. In one country, the numbers are being depleted by resignations or secondments and in the other crime is escalating.

Trinidadian Gulf War vet continues to fight deportation

A Trinidad-born Gulf War veteran continues to languish in a New Jersey detention facility, fighting a US immigration order that could send him packing back to his country of birth. He’s been in jail for more than two years while fighting a deportation order.

New twist for Grenada 17

There has been a new development surrounding the infamous “Grenada 17,” jailed following the coup of 1983. After five years the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has been tabled in Parliament with a recommendation that is causing debate to spark all over again.

IRI visit raises SLP eyebrows

Coming months ahead of a scheduled general elections, the “curiosity” of the ruling St Lucia Labour Party has been perked following the visit of the Washington-based International Republican Institute which describes itself as a non-profit organization that advances freedom and democracy.