Tuesday, June 21, 2005

New Caribbean Web Sites

Hello People.
We are please to announce the creation of 2 new web sites, that focuses on the caribbean and our people.

Please visit Caribbean Live and Caribbean Voices for all things Caribbean


These 2 new sites focuses on showing how we as Caribbean people live,work,play
and also our caribbean values.

Remember to signup for our newsletters so you can be kept up to date about happenings in the islands.

While you are on theses sites check out the Calendars of caribbean events, and join up to publish any caribbean events that you may know of.

Remember one Caribbean One People.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Caribbean News

Monday, June 06, 2005

Caribbean Newspapers

Monday, January 17, 2005

Public Prosecutor’s office goes up in flames; arson suspected

Daily herald



PHILIPSBURG--A large part of the Public Prosecutor’s office in Front Street was destroyed by fire. Authorities believe it was a deliberate attempt to sabotage the prosecutor’s work, around 5:00am on Sunday, January 16.

GOVERNMENT MOVES FORWARD WITH DESIGNS FOR NEW HOSPITAL

From British virgin ISlands

Government is moving forward with plans for a new hospital by taking the architectural drawings for a new $40.5M six-storey facility to Executive Council this month.

Government revisited the original design of the new Peebles Hospital with a view to reducing construction and operational costs, while increasing its function and practicality. The new design, being worked on by PageSoutherlandPage (PSP), of Dallas, Texas, includes all the amenities of the original design, but at a reduced construction cost and with increased square footage.

Farmers cry out

Monday 17, January-2005
by BRYAN WALKER

Thieves recently made off with 600 pounds of paw paws belonging to Farm Plantation, St Peter – from beside a sign offering a $1 000 reward for information leading to the arrest of crop thieves.

Two nights later they returned for 700 pounds more, plus over a dozen pounds of coriander, 40 pounds of sweet pepper and five pounds of dill (herb used for seasonings). Months earlier they had taken over 1 000 pounds of paw paws in a single night.
Barbados Newspaper

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Caribbean News & Information

LONG lines were formed at service stations yesterday as motorists jostled for petrol in the face of a shortage of some grades of gasolene and diesel,


Gas shortage - Some service stations run out of supplies

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Motorists wait for fuel at Johnson's Petroleum on Lyndhurst Road in Kingston, yesterday. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

LONG lines were formed at service stations yesterday as motorists jostled for petrol in the face of a shortage of some grades of gasolene and diesel, but industry officials said that the market should be back to normal by tomorrow.

"It should be regularised by Wednesday of this week," said L G Brown, the former president of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA), who operates a large Esso station in the capital.

Brown, speaking on behalf of the JGRA, said that yesterday's problem was exacerbated by "panic buying" by motorists.


Saturday, October 23, 2004

Haitian Leader: Aristide Behind Violence

AMY BRACKEN

Associated Press Writer


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Haiti's interim prime minister accused ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of directing a wave of violence from exile, while 95 Chinese police arrived Sunday to participate in their first U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Western Hemisphere.

The Chinese police joined an overextended peacekeeping force that has struggled to keep order as violence has surged in Port-au-Prince, with at least 55 people killed in clashes since Sept. 30, when supporters of the ousted leader took to the streets to demand his return.

Interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue also said the South African government, which is hosting Aristide, was violating international law by letting the former president organize Haiti's ongoing violence while in exile. Aristide has denied any links to violence in Haiti.

Aristide ``is the symbol of violence. He believes in that,'' Latortue told reporters, adding that South African President Thabo Mbeki is ``taking a big risk'' in his actions involving Aristide.

``No respectable president would allow a person in his territory to organize violence in another country,'' Latortue said, without giving specifics. ``Mr. Mbeki is not respecting international law.''

The South African government had no immediate response.

Aristide has accused France and the United States of ``kidnapping'' him when he left the Caribbean country on a U.S.-chartered plane Feb. 29 amid a bloody revolt. France and the United States deny the accusations.

Latortue spoke after laying a wreath at the tomb of independence hero Jean-Jacques Dessalines on the 198th anniversary of his death. Dessalines' battle cry against French colonizers was ``Cut off their heads and burn down their houses!''

Some Haitians said they feared the anniversary could spark more violence, but the capital appeared largely calm, with street merchants selling bread and church-bound families wearing dresses and neckties as they walked through trash-strewn streets.

Aristide backers say the police started the bloodshed some two weeks ago, while the government blames Aristide militants and a terror campaign dubbed ``Operation Baghdad.''

Police reportedly killed two protesters on Sept. 30 and the bodies of three beheaded police were found the next day.

Latortue charged that Aristide ``knows how to kill'' and ``how to arm young people _ 12, 13, 14 years old.'' He also said that when Aristide stayed in Jamaica for 11 weeks earlier this year, Prime Minister P.J. Patterson ``did not let Aristide organize violence.''

The 95 Chinese police joined more than 3,000 U.N. peacekeepers in a Brazilian-led force that was supposed to have 8,000 members. U.N. officials say more troops should join soon.

Thirty more Chinese police arrived earlier. They are to help to train Haitian police and provide security.

While Latortue and interim President Boniface Alexandre laid the wreath in honor of Dessalines near the National Palace, streets in the nearby slum of Bel Air were still blocked by torched cars and scrap metal put there in recent days by Aristide loyalists.

Haitian police and Jordanian riot police from the U.N. force tried to clear roadblocks Saturday in Bel Air but came under heavy gunfire and quickly withdrew, witnesses said.

Among those at roadblocks Sunday were two 10-year-old boys who sang a song demanding Aristide's return.

One who gave his name only as Sonson added: ``I'd like Americans to come here so we can fill them with bullets because it's Americans who came and took Aristide from us.''

Gunfire often erupts in the slum. A man wearing a camouflage shirt at another Bel Air roadblock said he was commemorating Dessalines by ``saying 'no' to the occupation... and to the kidnapping of our president.''

The man, who refused to give his name, demanded the release of dozens detained in the violence and said: ``If, by Tuesday, the government has not responded to our demands, we will respond in the strongest way possible.''

Official: Jamaica Sees Rise in Weapons

STEVENSON JACOBS

Associated Press Writer


KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ A booming illegal gun trade in Haiti has increased the number of high-powered weapons on Jamaica's streets, contributing to the island's spiraling homicide rate, the national security minister said.

Haiti's ongoing political instability has given rise to a major smuggling ring of cheaply acquired high-powered weapons in the impoverished country, National Security Minister Peter Phillips said in a televised address Thursday night.

``Some of these deadly weapons are now in the hands of the criminal underworld in Jamaica,'' Phillips said, without giving details.

Haiti, which lies about 100 miles east of Jamaica, has been beset by instability since a three-week revolt helped oust President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in February.

Many police officers loyal to Aristide fled their posts fearing retribution after the rebellion, leaving the country ill-equipped to counter illegal drug and gun trafficking, U.S. officials say.

Phillips said the weapons are smuggled into the Caribbean from Central America and are a ``major factor'' in the upsurge of gun slayings in Jamaica.

Much of the violence here is blamed on gangs vying for control of illegal drug-trafficking and extortion rings.

The government this week named a new task force, dubbed ``Operation Kingfish'' and trained in part by U.S. and British law enforcers, to break up some 85 criminal gangs operating throughout Jamaica.

A similar plan launched in late 2002 failed to significantly reduce Jamaica's homicide rate, among the highest in the Western Hemisphere.

Authorities are also seeking to recruit more police officers to bolster Jamaica's beleaguered security forces, including some from overseas, Phillips said.

Jamaica, a former British colony, has about 8,000 full-time police officers for a population of 2.6 million, considerably fewer per capita than several of its Caribbean neighbors.

Some 1,165 homicides have been reported on the island so far in 2004, the largest number ever in a single year, according to the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper. Police couldn't immediately confirm the figure.

The previous record was 1,139 killings in 2001, according to police statistics.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

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