January, 2010

IMF approves millions more for quake-hit Haiti

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.

Burnt body thought to be that of taxi driver

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.

Haiti pleads for better aid effort

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.

Woman busted at JFK with 54 pounds of cocaine

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.

Jamaicans mount ‘Save the Lovebird’ campaign

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.

Star lights

Nation News, Barbados: Bajan superstar Rihanna and some big names in international tennis and cricket could be helping Barbados attract more tourists this year.

Digicel reports 92 per cent Haitian cell sites restored

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.

Lawsuits, judicial sloth blocking help for CLICO customers

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.

Jamaica considers insurance scheme for coffee industry

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.