August, 2006

Jamaica’s Tanya Stephens Sues Lil Kim

NEW YORK, August 29, 2006 – As Tanya Stephen’s “Rebelution” album gets ready to be released in the U.S. today, the reggae singer has leveled some serious charges against American rapper, Lil’ Kim, who was released from jail last month.

The Jamaican-born reggae singer and The Royalty Network Inc. on August 23rd filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court against Atlantic Recording Corporation and Kim, accusing the rapper, born Kimberly Jones, of plagiarizing her lyrics for the song ‘Durty.’ Durty was released last year on the rapper’s ‘The Naked Truth’ album.

GUYANA ELECTIONS: Tallying underway in Guyana

The counting of the ballots in Guyana has begun as the polls closed last evening on election day 2006 with the votes in Region Three completed but not released. Chief Elections Officer, Goocool Boodhoo, last night said, “The counting is going on at a rate that is considered satisfactory.”

Guyana Elections: Low voter turnout stuns main political parties

Guyana’s two main political parties are nervously awaiting the results of yesterday’s elections which was surprisingly marked by a low-voter turnout across the country, including in strong holds of the ruling Peoples Progressive Party Civic and the Peoples National Congress Reform – One Guyana party, despite the high tech campaign that marked the run-up to the poll.

A weakened Ernesto limps towards Florida

A badly battered and bruised Tropical Storm Ernesto is barely hanging on to life as he got the brunt of the Cuban landscape. The storm is expected to slowly strengthen as it moves to Florida. The biggest threat at present is heavy rainfall.

GUYANA: Polls close after a peaceful day of voting

It was a quiet and peaceful day today as Guyanese turned out in their numbers to cast votes in the 2006 general and regional elections. In anticipation violence, stores battened down in a scene reminiscent of a country preparing for the arrival of a bad hurricane. But there was no hurricane of any kind.

Voting underway in Guyana

Voting is underway in national and regional elections this morning with President Bharrat Jagdeo promising a “tamper-proof” elections which he is predicting that his party will win. The 11 political parties contesting the 65 seats in the National Assembly are all expecting a high turn out.

XX-Aruba Wants Netherlands To Take Over Halloway Case, Aruba Wants Netherlands To Take Over Halloway Case

LONDON, England, August 28, 2006 –  Aruba’s Justice Minister Rudy Croes wants the Dutch government to completely take over the investigation of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway.

Reports in the Solo di Pueblo newspaper indicate that Croes made the request to Dutch minister Atzo Nicolaï, who recently visited the island. The Aruba minister is reportedly requesting that the Dutch national police service, KLPD, lead the investigation.

XX-Guyana President Predicts Victory Today

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, August 28, 2006 – President of Guyana and presidential candidate of the ruling People’s Progressive Party Civic, Bharrat Jagdeo, is confident that his party will be returned to office for another five years.

Jagdeo, speaking yesterday prior to today’s election, told Channel 6 of Trinidad & Tobago at State House, he’s sure the party will win based on its record.

Guyanese-Americans offer mixed reactions to today’s election

As Guyanese nationals in the South American nation go to the polls today, nationals in the US Diaspora share varied emotions with some predicting the ruling Peoples Progressive Party/Civic could be forced into a coalition government given the strong showing of the Alliance For Change party in the polls.

Trinidad debates new democratic models

Mere days before Trinidad and Tobago celebrates its 44th anniversary of political independence from Britain, the government has unveiled a new draft constitution that critics say was put together without input from the public or opposition political parties.

GUYANA: Weary of drugs and crime, some voters eye new party

Sitting on a barstool sipping shots of vodka and tonic water, Hardat Singh says he is unsure whether he will vote in the general election set for today but his daughter is contemplating a vote for the nine-month-old multiracial Alliance For Change financed by the Guyanese Diaspora.

WHO launches helmet campaign

With head and neck injuries being the leading cause of death among cyclists the World Health Organisation (WHO) is campaigning to reduce the number of deaths and disabilities as a result of motorcycle accidents.

Caribbean mourns two great citizens

The Caribbean is mourning the deaths of two prominent citizens – Noor Hassanali who died Friday morning in Trinidad and Sir Clyde Walcott who passed away 24 hours later in Barbados.