January, 2007

India and Antigua sign development pact

The Government of India has agreed to conduct feasibility studies in the areas of health and information technology with the aim of assisting the government of Antigua and Barbuda in establishing a central sewage system and computer access centres across the country.

FEATURE: Special cricket visa irks tourism industry

It’s billed as the third biggest sporting event in the world after the football World Cup and the Olympics but as the Caribbean gets ready to open its doors to the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup from Mar. 5 to Apr. 28, not all stakeholders are overly enthusiastic about the event.

More UN Troops For Haiti

An additional 350 UN peacekeepers are set to begin joining their counterparts in Haiti by this week, UN officials announced yesterday. The troop increase comes as the February 15th deadline for the UN’s Security Council to extend the mandate of its peacekeeping mission, known as MINUSTAH, looms.

XL to service St Lucia

XL Airways, a leading charter operator in the UK and part of the Avion Group listed in Iceland, is set to enter the St Lucia market with flights beginning later this year.

Gruesome double-murder shocks Trinidad

A crime-weary Trinidad and Tobago is still in a state of shock this morning over the gruesome double-murder of an elderly couple in the community of Cascade. Former Neal and Massy manager, Clyde Commissiong, 80, along with his 79-year-old wife Denise, were found bludgeoned to death.

St. Kitts drug dealer jailed

Kittian-born drug baron Glenroy Vingrove Matthews recently began serving 136 months in jail for his role in conspiring to import cocaine into the United States.

Cell phone and school sex headaches

Education officials in two Caribbean countries have been thinking about how to deal with pornography in schools which is downloaded or recorded by students using high tech cell phones.

Preacher calls for mass executions in Trinidad

The brutal slaying of a police officer, two members of her family and a friend was the last straw for a Pentecostal preacher who called for the immediate clean-out of death row cells by executing every single prisoner condemned to die without delay.

US/CUBA: Back to the Brickbats

The volume level of the dispute between Cuba and the United States, after a lull that followed the announcement of President Fidel Castro’s illness on Jul. 31, has begun returning to its normal high decibels since early January.

OECS focuses on island development constraints

The success of small island states such as Ireland, Iceland and Singapore will be the platform on which the members of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will discuss how to advance the economic union of the Caribbean sub-group when they meet for the inaugural OECS Development Conference today.

HAITI: Mysterious prison ailment traced to US rice

A newly released investigation into the deadly scourge of Beri-beri in Haiti’s National Penitentiary uncovered evidence that the clash between the manufacturing process used in US processed rice and the traditional Haitian rice cooking method has been killing poor young men behind bars and leaving others morbidly ill.

Bernard Kerik to get Guyana contract

Former New York police commissioner, Bernard Kerik, is set to be officially contracted by the Guyana government from February 1 to help in the country’s fight against crime.

Haiti: Lame Ti Manchèt Accused Of Role In Killing Of Photojournalist

By Jeb Sprague
Special To HBN

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, January 29, 2007 – Residents of Martissant, a sprawling poor section along the southern part of Port-au-Prince, have accused Lame Ti Manchèt or the Little Machete Army, a civilian vigilante group, of having a role in the killing of freelance photojournalist Jean-Rémy Badio on January 19, 2007.