AP, Barbados: Authorities in Barbados have announced the Caribbean country’s first death from swine flu.
Observer, Jamaica: Declaring that it is time for Jamaica to make a paradigm shift, Prime Minister Bruce Golding early this morning outlined his administration’s plan for changes in the size and function of government that, he said, will lead to greater efficiency and reduced costs.
Nation News, Barbados: The identity of the mother of the newborn baby found alive in a tied plastic bag on Fitts Village Beach, St James, last Saturday, remains a mystery.
AP, USA: A son of the reggae legend who promoted the legalization of marijuana has been convicted of possessing the drug.
Gleaner, Jamaica: Former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur has cautioned CARICOM governments that any trade and economic agreement reached with Canada must be “better than what we got from Europe”.
South Florida Caribbean News: St. Kitts and Nevis is a positive model for the Caribbean in security, democratic values education and prosperity.
Miami Herald, USA: While Jamaica and several other cash-strapped Caribbean nations are turning to the International Monetary Fund for financial assistance in the wake of the global meltdown, the Bahamas won’t be among them, Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said.
Joy Online, Ghana: Vice President John Mahama, has declared government’s intention to adopt the Trinidad and Tobago model of managing its oil resources to enable Ghanaians to fully benefit from the country’s oil find.
Stabroek News, Guyana: After witnessing the Guyana Cricket Board first round four-day Inter County match between Demerara and Essequibo at the Anna Regina Community Centre ground it is safe to say that some of the cream of the country’s cricketers are ill prepared for the task of taking Guyana’s cricket out of its current doldrums.
Positions in the Bruce Golding Cabinet will be among those cut as the Jamaica government sends home workers, closes state agencies and merges others, in an attempt to slash a wage bill that the Prime Minister says can no longer be sustained.
Barbados has recorded its first swine flu death, but few details about the victims have been released. The Ministry of Health would only say the person was an adult with underlying medical conditions.
The Mayor of Belize City will face charges related to the misappropriation of BZ$275,000 (US$139,233) belonging to the City Council.
Antigua and Barbuda’s Tourism Minister and other senior industry officials will meet tomorrow with the principals of Carnival Cruise Lines, following a decision by the company to drop the island from the itinerary of one of its vessels.
Barbados’ Agriculture Minister Haynesley Benn has urged the Caribbean to invest more in their respective agricultural sectors, in order to bring about the transformation and diversification needed to give the industry a much needed boost.