December, 2006

YEAR-END FEATURE: Grenada finds silver lining in hurricane stormclouds

When two hurricanes churned their way across Grenada within a 10-month period, razing almost everything in sight, the Keith Mitchell government chose to regard the destruction as a blessing in disguise, convinced that addressing the multiple rebuilding challenges offered an opportunity for a whole new approach to providing housing for its citizens.

A sale too hot to handle

A crowd too hot to handle forced the closure of an innovative late night sale by the furniture store Courts (Barbados) Limited at two of three of its locations yesterday with one woman sustaining injury after the crowd did a literal “door buster” (the nick name of the sale).

Roosevelt firm in commitment for China

Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has sought to put to rest questions about whether Dominica would re-establish diplomatic ties with Taiwan. He has outlined his government’s position to the Chinese ambassador and Dominica’s political opposition during a recent reception.

St Lucia starts campaigning ahead of CWC 2007

“We are ready for Cricket World Cup!” St Lucia’s Director of Tourism, Maria Fowell has told an international audience of prospective visitors. While cultivating relationships in the marketplace with New Zealanders before the competition, Fowell said the Beausejour Cricket Ground is virtually ready to host the matches.

Crowds call for return of Aristide

Supporters loyal to ousted former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide took to the streets of Port-Au-Prince yesterday to demand the return of the former priest who now lives exiled in South Africa.

Worthless BWIA shares

Minority shareholders of BWIA have been told that their shares are worthless because the airline has been operating at a loss. They were presented with the bad news yesterday at a shareholders meeting.

Trini is America’s most wanted

A 39-year-old Trinidad and Tobago national is the lone Caribbean national on the “15 Most Wanted” US Marshals fugitive list as 2006 draws to a close. The hunt continues for Andre Neverson, who has been wanted since 2002 for killing of his own sister and ex-girlfriend.

Another airline adds Haiti

The Fort Lauderdale-based Spirit Airlines, which bills its self as a low-cost carrier, is adding poverty-stricken Haiti to its growing list of Caribbean destinations.