January, 2007

Skerrit wants closer ties with USA

Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit has told new United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Mary Martin Ourisman, that the United States must keep “closer contact with CARICOM and the OECS”.

Former executive calls for C&W probe

Rudy Gurley, a former Cable & Wireless (C&W) executive, who has just published a book on his life in C&W, has called on the BBC to investigate and report alleged discrimination and corporate bullying against Caribbean nationals by his former employer.

CDB fact finding mission to Haiti

A high-level delegation from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has just returned from an official visit and fact finding mission to Haiti where they met with representatives of key government ministries, the central bank, the private sector and non-governmental organisations.

Government pulls advertising from Stabroek News

The bulk of Guyana government’s advertising has been pulled from the private sector Stabroek News newspaper which has been openly critical of the Bharrat Jagdeo administration. However, government said there was no bias, rather the decision was taken because of declining circulation of the newspaper.

TV owner arrested under Anti-Terrorism Act

The arrest of the owner of Trinidad’s Islamic Broadcasting Network Wednesday night under the Anti-Terrorism Act has come under severe criticism with accusations of persecution by the authorities to silence critics.

LOST in NY – Guyanese wants to leave after ordeal

It could have been a mini-version of the 2004 television series “LOST” but in this case a 32 year old Guyanese man arrived safely to start a new life in New York but soon became confused and wandered around in the winter’s snow for five days unable to find his way back home. His terrified relatives feared the worse.

Haiti joins CDB

The Republic of Haiti has become the latest member of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).  Arrangements for accession to full membership in the Bank were completed recently.

CWC official souvenir publication kicks off next week

The Official Souvenir Guide for ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 is expected to go on sale from next week throughout the Caribbean and the rest of the cricket-playing world – including Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa, the USA and the UK.

Chris Gayle captains Windies in 2nd ODI

All-rounder Chris Gayle is being handed the reins of the West Indies team today as skipper Brian Lara rests a sore knee. The Windies are set to face host’s India in the second of four One-Day Internationals in Cuttack today after suffering a loss in the first ODI Sunday.

Pirates – Oscar Nominees

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, the controversial movie that was largely criticized by members of the Garifuna tribe and Dominica’s native Indian population, yesterday grabbed four Oscar nominations at the 79th Annual Academy Awards.