In a response to Haiti’s needs in the aftermath of the recent earthquake, the IMF Executive Board approved an additional US$102 million for the devastated country, taking the total to be disbursed to US$114 million.
For the Haitians who lost everything after the Jan. 12 earthquake, they needed the basics: Food, water and shelter. They also needed money.
Stabroek News, Guyana: Persons searching for missing taxi driver, Bomeshwar Sukhdeo, yesterday stumbled upon a badly burnt corpse at the side of the road leading to Mocha Arcadia, East Bank Demerara, believed to be his.
New York Times, USA: Haiti appealed to foreign governments and charities on Wednesday to do more to help earthquake victims as rescuers pulled a teenage girl out of the rubble 15 days after her Port-au-Prince home collapsed around her.
Guardian, Trinidad: New political leader of the United National Congress (UNC) Kamla Persad-Bissessar has vowed to protect the freedom of the media, saying it was a fundamental pillar of true democracy.
NBC News, USA: Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Guyanese woman earlier this month at John F. Kennedy Airport after they found 54 pounds of cocaine stuffed into her pink suitcase. But it wasn’t the white powder that tipped them off; it was the suspect’s bosom.
Observer, Jamaica: Scores of Jamaicans have joined the call for Government to retain Air Jamaica and not sell it to the Trinidad-owned Caribbean Airlines. An e-mail appealing to the Government to “Save the Lovebird, don’t sell us out. Keep Air Jamaica Jamaican” has been making the rounds on the Internet.
New York Daily News, USA: While international aid continues to pour into earthquake-ravaged Haiti, improved relations between U.S. and Cuba could turn out to be an unintended – if welcome – result of both countries cooperating to save lives in the devastated island nation.
Nation News, Barbados: Bajan superstar Rihanna and some big names in international tennis and cricket could be helping Barbados attract more tourists this year.
Observer, Jamaica: Jamaican-based telecommunications company Digicel says that more than 92 per cent of its cell sites in Haiti are now fully operational, following the damage caused to it network by the earthquake which struck the neighbouring Caribbean nation on January 12.
Washington Post, USA: A Jamaican jury has convicted a U.S.-born botanist of conspiring to kill his wife on the Caribbean island.
Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo is blaming lawyers and the court for delaying the liquidation of CLICO (Guyana) and preventing his government from using over GUY$3 billion (US$14.7 million) in cash which it has to take care of 2,000 of the 3,000 depositors who have not had their monies returned.
Jamaicans will have to wait an extra week to find out if the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will grant the government access to a US$1.25 billion loan.
Jamaica’s coffee farmers are now one step closer to effective crop insurance coverage, based on an agreement between the government and the World Bank to conduct a feasibility study for the introduction of a weather-risk insurance scheme for the coffee industry.