Letters from Grenada Blog: The Grenadian government has issued a rather sensible statement regarding swine flu and Grenadian students studying abroad in Mexico … in other words, no plans exist to recall students from Mexico.
SKNVibes: A shipping vessel preparing for a standard voyage between St Kitts and Nevis sank after being partially loaded with its cargo of sand. The Dominica-registered MV BoII was scheduled to haul six trucks filled with sand from St Kitts to Nevis.
South Florida Caribbean News: Marriott Worldwide Corporation has signed a Residential Marketing License Agreement that will further expand Marriott’s presence on St Kitts with the addition of a major condominium development.
Repeating Islands Blog: A precedent-setting legal case seeking to stop the construction of a tourism development that could affect fisheries in protected areas is being heard in the British Virgin Islands courts this week.
Auroa Family Examiner, USA: Jaheem Herrera, a shy 11-year-old, told his mother that classmates were constantly calling him “gay” and “the virgin” because he was from the Virgin Islands.
See also => Jaheem Herrera, 11, laid to rest (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
There’ve been no cases of swine flu in the Caribbean, but health officials across the region are taking no chances, putting measures in place ranging from banning the importation of pork products to tightening security at their ports of entry. All this as the virus spreads to new areas and the World Health Organisation (WHO) warns that it cannot be contained.
A day after a new gas tax took effect in Jamaica, the security forces were kept busy clearing roadblocks in sections of the corporate area, but quickly brought them under control. A few people were arrested by lawmen as a result.
The receiver appointed to Sir Allen Stanford’s companies in the United States (US) has told a court he has no confidence in the courts in Antigua and Barbuda to properly carry out the liquidation of Stanford International Bank Limited (SIBL), which is at the centre of the multi-billion dollar civil fraud charge laid against the Texan investor.
The Antigua and Barbuda government will be taking steps to tighten the country’s security and safety mechanisms, including replacing its Immigration and Passport Act with more effective legislation.
Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo says the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has agreed to set aside US$15 million from the Caribbean Petroleum Fund for CLICO (Guyana) to close the liability-asset gap of the local company.
With no clear winners coming out of voting in Haiti’s Senate elections, 11 of the 12 seats that were up for grabs earlier this month will remain on the table in runoff election in June.
The northeastern mineral district of Haiti will soon be the site for gold and copper exploration.
DailyNews, Memphis: The court-appointed receiver who’s been working to untangle the complicated financial web of the Stanford Financial group of companies has given a detailed look into what he’s done so far and why.
Tehran Times: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday received credentials from new ambassadors to Tehran, among them St Vincent and the Grenadines.