December, 2006

More than 36,000 criminals repatriated

In the past seven years alone, over 36,000 criminal aliens, or non-US citizens who committed crimes while living in the country undocumented or as greencard holders, were deported back to the sunny Caribbean, according to a HBN analysis of recently-released Department of Homeland Security statistics.

Hoyte steps into a different role at Nation

Barbadian media doyen, Harold Hoyte, has bid farewell to his colleagues at the Nation Newspaper. He handed over the baton to his Vice-President Vivian Gittens in an emotional staff meeting earlier this week.

Beharry officially enlisted

Yesterday a Grenadian youngman delivered a Christmas gift of sorts to his family. It was that of being another in the family to have successfully enlisted in the British army following in the footsteps of his brother who was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry in Iraq.

Heavy metal panning out

At first glance, the connection between drumming on a steel pan and doing well on a science project might not seem clear. But 10-year-old Gordon Marshall is sure the two are linked.

Economic growth continues in LATAM

Latin America and the Caribbean countries can expect an economic growth rate of 5.3 percent for 2006, marking third consecutive year the region has recorded growth at over 4 per cent according to the Economic Commission For Latin American & the Caribbean.

World Cup safe from Jamaican malaria

Jamaican health officials are insisting the current malaria outbreak will affect the staging of next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup Acting Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Sheila Campbell-Forrester, has assured the cricketing world.

Budget rolls with Opposition

A walk out by Grenada opposition parliamentarians following a verbal disagreement between the Parliament’s speaker and opposition Member of Parliament, Peter David, over comment on bribery allegations against the island’s prime minister, yesterday failed to stop the House of Representatives from approving the country’s 2007 budget.

Little brother Beharry keeps it in the family

The brother of Grenadian Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry, who was awarded the Victory Cross last year, will be keeping it in the family on Thursday, 19th December when he passes out at the Army Training Regiment, at Bassingbourn, Royston, to mark the end of his basic training.

Bumper year for St Kitts/Nevis tourism industry

St Kitts and Nevis has had a bumper year for tourism with revenue expected to be a record high. Minister of Finance and Tourism, Prime Minister Denzil Douglas, said  it is expected to top EC$300 million (US$111 million) for the first time in history.

Decline in the number of kidnappings in TnT

Trinidad & Tobago’s kidnapping for ransom rate dropped from a whopping 58 last year to 19 this year, according to the twin-island’s Attorney General John Jeremie. Jeremie made the disclosure in Parliament this week as the island’s legislature approved a kidnapping bill 24-6, to make kidnapping for ransom a non-bailable offence.

Trial starts soon for terrorist-accused Guadeloupe national

The count down has begun in the case of a 38-year-old national of Guadeloupe, who is set to face a trial in Paris next February on charges of helping to supply false identity papers for the killers of Ahmad Shah Massood, an Afghan war chief and plotting a terror attack in Australia.

U.S. Marshals Seek Child Abductor With Caribbean Link

WASHINGTON DC, USA, December 20, 2006 – A woman who joined with her new husband to abduct the daughter she was denied custody of in 2004 could be hiding out in the USVI, St. Maarten or Central American and US Marshals need your help to find her.

Physician Genevieve Kelley, aka Genevieve M. San Martin, and Scott David Kelley, a school teacher, allegedly kidnapped Mary Elizabeth Nunes from New Hampshire in November 2004, according to Deputy United States Marshal, William Marr.

Outspoken Chastanet takes up tourism

Allen Chastanet, the outspoken former vice president of marketing and sales for Air Jamaica and owner of Coco Kreole and Coco Palm in St. Lucia, has been named to the new cabinet of Sir John Compton.