October, 2006

Bermuda’s new premier to be sworn in

Bermuda’s former Deputy Premier Dr. Ewart Brown is slated to be sworn in Monday as the British-dependent territory’s new leader after beating former premier Alex Scott Friday night in a Progressive Labor Party leadership challenge.

Castro addresses the nation

Cuban President Fidel Castro yesterday dismissed claims that he is dead.  Castro, looking exhausted in a red, white and blue jogging suit, made his first public appearance on state television yesterday, “They’ve declared me moribund prematurely,” stated the Cuban leader, while holding a copy of the Granma paper. “But it pleases me to send my compatriots and friends this small video.”

Prince Edward arrives in Antigua

The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, is due in Antigua and Barbuda to attend the country’s 25th anniversary of independence from Britain. Together with Prime Minister Portia Simpson of Jamaica they will address Parliament while the prince is scheduled to participate in other activites.

Chalk flies to Bahamas again

Chalk International Airlines is set to resume flights to the Bahamas early next month, almost a year after one of its seaplanes crashed and killed 20 people off Miami Beach on Dec. 19, 2005.

Man arrested for Trevor Berbick killing

A 20-year-old man arrested by Jamaica police Saturday is set to be interrogated today in the murder of former heavyweight boxer, Jamaican-born Trevor Berbick, 52 who was discovered at about 6:30 a.m. yesterday morning in Norwich Village, about 233 kilometers east of Kingston.

Call for united CARICOM stance

Jamaica’s Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Delano Franklyn has called for a united CARICOM position on the US’ ‘passport rule,’ which is set to become effective on January 8, 2006 for American air travelers to the Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, Mexico and Central and South America.

CARICOM to get Dominica’s highest award

Dominica has announced that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will receive that Commonwealth nation’s highest award for Regional Integration at the Parade of Uniformed Groups on its  National Day, November 3rd 2006.

Barbados creates education history

Barbados has made history as the first Caribbean country to launch the Life Education Centre (LEC), a mobile classroom outfitted with electronic devices aimed at teaching primary school children how to make healthy choices and avoid substance abuse.

Sunset Legislation delayed by bomb threat

The reading of the Sunset Legislation to facilitate World Cup Cricket 2007 was delayed due a bomb threat against the Vincentian Parliament. Calling the prank a product of a “sick mind” the prime minister promised that the hoaxer will be tracked down and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues scouting USA

Producers of the 2007 Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival are on a quest to find the best undiscovered jazz, blues, Latin, and reggae musicians across the US. In an effort to find the next Wynton Marsalis, BB King or Bob Marley, producers will host four Jazz Fest Quest talent competitions in Atlanta, New York, South Florida and Washington DC next month.

CARICOM under fire

A New York-based organization is criticizing the move by several CARICOM countries who yesterday joined Mexico in denouncing the US Fence Act of 2006.  Ten members joined Mexico in signing a joint statement denouncing.

Chertoff brings anti-terror message

US Homeland Security chief, Michael Chertoff, yesterday took his boss’s message of fighting terror to the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago, declaring that continued cooperation between his country and the Caribbean would prevent terrorist attacks.