September, 2008

New Jamaica shadow Cabinet amid resignations

Hit by resignations from five of her Shadow Ministers, People’s National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller has announced that she will choose an entirely new Council of Opposition Spokespersons.

Good news, bad news in TT budget

The Trinidad and Tobago government has presented a TT$49.6 billion (US$7.9 billion) budget containing some good news for senior citizens and students but unwelcome measures for motorists. And the main opposition United National Congress Alliance (UNCA) has thrown cold water on the package, themed ‘Shaping Our Future Together’, saying that it offered no real solutions to the problems facing citizens.

Bermuda drawn into US election campaign

The United States presidential election took an unexpected turn south yesterday, as the campaign of Democratic candidate Senator Barack Obama attacked Republican candidate Senator John McCain for his support of so-called tax havens in the Caribbean island of Bermuda.

UN to hear appeal for small island states

St Lucia’s Prime Minister Stephenson King will make a case for more resources to be given to small island states like those in the Caribbean when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly tomorrow.

The stormy face of climate change

The devastation wrought by hurricanes Gustav, Hanna and Ike in the Caribbean has fuelled concern about the effects of global warming on the formation and intensity of tropical storms, an issue that has divided the scientific community and is causing alarm among island nations and coastal communities.

Simpson miller retains PNP presidency

After emerging victorious in a leadership battle that divided Jamaica’s opposition People’s National Party (PNP), Portia Simpson Miller has called on all the party’s troops to unite.

Progress in storm hit Bahamas island

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham says the restoration process in the island of Inagua, which was severely hit by Hurricane Ike earlier this month, is going well and the lives of resident there were returning to “a state of normalcy”.

US pauses Haiti deportations

Illegal Haitians in the United States are getting a temporary reprieve as the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced it would stop deportations to that Caribbean island for the time being.

Deadly St Vincent rains

It has been spared the destruction experienced by some of its Caribbean neighbours this hurricane season, but St Vincent and the Grenadines is reporting the death of one woman, widespread flooding and landslides after a tropical wave drenched the island with heavy rains over the weekend.