August 2009 Blog Posts (63)

More money for Haiti to boost revenues

The IDB, the leading multilateral source of grants for Haiti, said it may follow this operation next year with a US$30 million policy-based grant.



WASHINGTON, United States, August 31, 2009 - The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$25 million policy-based grant to Haiti that will allow the government to boost much-needed revenue. The IDB said the funds it was providing would specifically support the government's reforms… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 31, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Ziggy Marley Searching for His Duet With Michael Jackson

With Michael Jackson gone, fans are no doubt curious about the unreleased music the King of Pop left behind. At least one of those tracks features the vocals of Ziggy Marley, according to the reggae singer. Jackson called Marley shortly after 9/11, asking him to add guest vocals to a song. Marley obliged, but never heard back, and the song, as far as he knows, was never released. "Michael called me when I was in the studio," Marley tells Spinner, "and… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 30, 2009 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Cuba: At crossroads of change?

By Michael Voss, BBC News, Havana

Cuba is facing the 50th anniversary of the revolution confronted by an uncertain future. Fidel Castro, who led the revolution and ruled the country for almost half a century, has not been seen in public since undergoing major surgery almost two-and-a-half years ago.



His brother Raul Castro has pushed through some modest but symbolic reforms since taking over the presidency, but has also raised… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 30, 2009 at 10:41am — No Comments

Australia to open new opportunities for cooperation with Caribbean

SANTIAGO, Chile -- Strengthening relations and cooperation with Latin America and the Caribbean is a priority for Australia, said its Minister for Foreign Affairs Stephen Smith during a conference at ECLAC headquarters in Santiago, Chile.

In his presentation, titled “Australia: Looking Anew at Latin America and the Caribbean”, Smith stated that his country hopes to strengthen cooperation with the region in areas such as innovation, technology, climate change, trade liberalization,… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 30, 2009 at 10:18am — No Comments

US must do more to improve Cuba ties, says governor

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) -- Washington should do more to improve its relationship with Havana, which in turn needs to show flexibility, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson said on Friday during a visit to communist Cuba. Richardson, formerly a US lawmaker and diplomat who has been a frequent special envoy in diplomatic crises, met with officials including National Assembly speaker Ricardo Alarcon during the five-day trip.



US Governor of New… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 29, 2009 at 5:49pm — No Comments

Tourism banking on recovery

Signs that the international recession may be bottoming out has led to cautious optimism in Caribbean tourism circles that the worst for the industry is over.



In stock markets in Europe this week, for example, many exchanges hit 2009 highs on rising hopes for economic recovery.

"We are confident now that the bottom of this recession seems to be in sight," said Hugh Riley, the newly-confirmed secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 27, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Sandals Resorts rolls out red carpet to Caribbean athletes

Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Founder and Chairman of the Caribbean’s leading resort chain, Sandals Resorts International, today announced that he will extend a special invitation to top Caribbean athletes. He will be inviting the Jamaican athletes as well and those from other Caribbean countries, who bring home a medal from the 2009 IAAF Berlin World Championships, to enjoy the best that Sandals has to offer.



The medalists will be given a… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 27, 2009 at 8:15pm — No Comments

Edward (Teddy) Kennedy

Indeed another "era" has ended. Teddy Kennedy the last of the "Great Frontier" !

Added by David Brooks on August 27, 2009 at 6:42pm — 1 Comment

Usain Bolt makes the cover of Sports Illustrated.



Great honor for the fastest man alive! I wonder how far behind is the Wheaties box! Congratulations Usain, you have made your family, your country and the Caribbean region very proud of you. Keep your feet well grounded except when you are blasting down the… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 26, 2009 at 10:06pm — 1 Comment

Dominica establishes diplomatic relations with the Republic of Finland



In keeping with its stated commitment to expand its diplomatic relationships around the world for the benefit of the people of Dominica, the Government of Prime Minister, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit has recently established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Finland. Finland is a member of the European Union with a population of 5.3 million people.



A joint communiqué signed in London by representatives from the Commonwealth of… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 26, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Dominica's PM Skerrit confirms $35 million loan from China to build state-of-the-art college

Prime Minister Skerrit - Sean Douglas Photo

At the 2009 Orientation Ceremony of the Dominica State College on Monday, Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit confirmed that the Government of China has agreed to provide a concessionary loan of EC$35 million to Dominica to finance the construction of a state-of-the-art Dominica State College.



The Dominican leader also used the opportunity to chronicle the evolution of the Dominica State… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 26, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Paul's 'just doing my own thing'

Sean Paul performing in Greensboro, N.C.



Jamaican dancehall star Sean Paul has released his fourth album Imperial Blaze. The 36-year-old represented his country at water polo until his mid-20s, when he launched his music career. His hits include Gimme The Light, Get Busy and We Be Burnin'.



You grew up in the St Andrew parish in Jamaica. What was that like?



Growing up there was a great experience. It's a… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 25, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Caribbean Immigrant's Key Role Is To Protect The Rights Of “Indigent” Federal Criminal Defendants In State Of Delaware, Came To U.S. As Teenager

As a teenage student in the Caribbean, Edson A. Bostic, didn’t learn much about Delaware. Back then, students in the region were taught more about England’s White Cliffs of Dover than about Jamaica’s Blue Mountains, or Guyana’s Kaietur and Great Falls. Of course, he learned even less, if anything at all, about the U.S. federal court system. More than 40 years after leaving Barbados with his parents, Percival and Gwendolyn Bostic, and settling in… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 24, 2009 at 7:46pm — No Comments

Golden Brathwaite delivers Barbados's first world medal

Barbados' Ryan Brathwaite celebrates after winning the men's 110m hurdles final race of the 2009 IAAF Athletics World Championships in Berlin. AFP PHOTO

BERLIN, Germany (AFP) -- Ryan Brathwaite gave Barbados their first ever medal at the world championships in style here on Thursday when he won the men's 110 metre hurdles title. The 21-year-old timed a national record of 13.14 seconds to see off American duo Terrence Trammell (13.15sec), who was… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 24, 2009 at 7:31pm — No Comments

New Veterinary School for Antigua and Barbuda

A new Veterinary School will be established in Antigua and Barbuda through an association between the American University of Antigua and Virginia Tech. An official signing ceremony has already taken place in New York to bring effect to the establishment of the institution.



Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and Minister of Education, Dr. Jacqui Quinn-Leandro attended the official signing ceremony for the new facility, which will be established… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 23, 2009 at 9:34pm — No Comments

Cuba: Gardening its way out of crisis

By Christina Conell and Tara Patel

COHA Research Associates



Sunlight brightens the paved streets and historic buildings of Havana, Cuba, bouncing off the tents of vendors and the tin drums of a street band. Once stricken by poverty and inequality, the city has slowly blossomed as a result of the bustling enterprise of urban agriculture. Between buildings and behind street walls, in every green space available, locals have cultivated… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 23, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

The Caribbean party in Berlin

Jamaica's men's and women's relay teams brought home more gold at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday to wrap up an amazing - and historic - achievement for the country, and the Caribbean. Trinidad and Tobago got the silver medal in the men's 4 x 100 relay on Saturday. Jamaica comes away from the competition with seven gold medals - including three for Usain Bolt - two of which were new world records at 100 and 200 meters.



The… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 23, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Caribbean Nationals set for Labor Day Parade in New York

Martha Smith of the St Lucia Consulate with Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York last week.



Caribbean residents in New York are gearing up for one of the biggest events in the American cultural calendar—the West Indian American Day Labor Carnival to be held on Monday, September 7, 2009.



At a reception last week at Gracie Mansion—the official residence of New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg—hundreds of Caribbean community… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 23, 2009 at 5:16pm — No Comments

Bolt The Magnificent again, and again! 19.19 World record in Berlin.

Usain Bolt of Jamaica with the clock showing the new 200m World Record in the Berlin Olympic Stadium (Getty Images)

20 August 2009 - Berlin, Germany - Just when you thought Usain Bolt could not surprise any more, he only goes and runs another World record - this time over 200m. Bolt's winning time - 19.19* - looks more like a grandparent's year of birth than a time for the 200m, but although it may take a while to digest, those are the new World… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 20, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Foster-Hylton’s test of time – from the brink of retirement to World champion

Berlin, Germany - Brigitte Foster-Hylton came to the final of the women’s 100m Hurdles last night as the oldest athlete in the line-up, without a win all season on the international circuit, and with history weighing heavily against a Jamaican victory. Had it been left to her, Foster-Hylton would have retired at the end of last season, frustrated at her third and latest failed attempt to win an Olympic medal. Then, with the World Championships… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 20, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

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