October, 2006

Spain signs aid pact with Caribbean

Spain had CARICOM have signed an aid agreement part of which is designed to improve the region’s health care system through cooperation with Spain. The 750,000 euro agreement was signed last week.

Dominica unveils agriculture trade plan

Dominica says it won’t roll over and play dead as new trading rules threaten to affect its agricultural sector which accounts for 32 per cent of total domestic exports and employs one-fifth of the work force.

Greenlight for Regional Development Fund

The CSME Regional Development Fund is to take effect July 2007. Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves said the date was set by Bureau of Heads of Government meeting held last week in St Kitts-Nevis.

New Jonestown documentary showing

Featuring never-before-seen footage, Stanley Nelson has released another documentary on the Peoples Temple, headed by preacher Jim Jones who, in 1978, led more than 900 members to Guyana, where he orchestrated a mass suicide via tainted punch.

PNCR: Corbin not stepping down

Oscar Clarke, the general secretary of the main opposition Guyana People’s National Congress Reform, has categorically denied as false, a newspaper report that the party’s leader will step down. The comments came hours after the Guyana Stabroek Newspaper ran a headline that proclaimed: ‘Corbin to step down.’

US Homeland Security Chief visits T&T

The man at the helm of the US’ Department of Homeland Security, Secretary Michael Chertoff, is slated to be in the twin-island republic of Trinidad & Tobago tomorrow on security arrangements for Cricket World Cup 2007.

Jamaica CWC 2007 business plan

Jamaica is launching two business programmes designed to capitalise on long-term business opportunities arising out of World Cup Cricket 2007. One is the Caribbean Business Club and the other is the Caribbean Business Opportunity Service.

US calls on Venezuela to give up

After 35 rounds of voting with no clear winner, the United States is calling on Venezuela to give up its bid for a United Nations Security Council seat. Venezuela has the backing of Caribbean nations for the seat while the United States is backing Guatemala.

Antigua-based Internet gambling sold

The Australian gaming company, Betcorp Limited, is selling its Internet gambling business WWTS which operates in Antigua and Canada for US$11 million and shutting shop entirely. The company said it took the decision because of the move by the United States to block Internet gambling.

Countries to meet CWC 2007 deadline

Five of the seven Cricket World Cup 2007 host venues which have not yet passed the so-called Sunset Legislation to facilitate the games have given the assurance that the law will be enacted by or close to the November 1 deadline.

New financing plan for West Indies cricket

With funds from the Caribbean Lottery reduced as a result of a policy decision on online gambling by Trinidad and Tobago, the country has accepted, in principle, a counter-proposal for funding the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and is now marketing it to other CARICOM members.

Bajan singer named UNICEF Rep

Internationally-acclaimed Barbadian singer/songwriter/producer and film actor, Magnet Man, recently returned to Barbados from Germany in a different role – this time as an official representative to UNICEF Germany.

Perry wants US passport extension

Bahamas’ Prime Minister Perry G. Christie wants the US to grant the Caribbean the same reprieve it has given to the cruise line industry, Canada and Mexico regarding the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.

Canadians to manage Bahamian airport

The operation of the Lynden Pindling International Airport is to be taken over by the Vancouver Airport Services  by year end as an essential phase in the now four-year old redevelopment plan with the $40 million plus refurbishment of a runway.