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Featured Blog Posts – April 2010 Archive (24)

Immigration Question: Can my mother file for my married sister?

Question: My sister came to the U.S. on a work visa which expired a few months ago. She remained in the U.S. as she was waiting for an extension that did not come through. She is now out of status and is thinking of having our mother who is a permanent resident file for her. Our mother will be eligible to file for her citizenship in another year. My sister is currently married and her husband is living in the Island. She has no children. What is… Continue

Added by CShout1 on April 30, 2010 at 5:07pm — No Comments

Strong protests to Arizona immigration law

Despite rampant opposition, including criticism from President Barack Obama, last Friday Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed the toughest immigration law in the United States. The bill gives Arizona police full right to arrest illegal immigrants in Arizona – a state with over 450,000 illegal immigrants, mostly from neighboring Mexico.

The new law has created large demonstration in Arizona, prior to, during and since its signing. Protestors see the…


Added by CShout1 on April 30, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Miami Dade College Employees and Students Donate Thousands to Operation Hope for Haiti

Miami – After three months of fundraising efforts in response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti this past January, Miami Dade College (MDC) officials recently presented a check for nearly $42,000 to World Vision’s Operation Hope for Haiti (OHH). The funds were raised through combined efforts of the College’s students, faculty and staff, that began immediately following the Jan. 12 disaster.

The college’s efforts inspired other institutions to… Continue

Added by CShout1 on April 28, 2010 at 7:13pm — No Comments

Students Travel to Jamaica With a Purpose

St. Joseph Academy Catholic High School students. COCONUT CREEK - Students and faculty from St. Joseph Academy Catholic High School in Jacksonville, Fla., traveled to Jamaica last month on a house building trip with the international relief and development organization Food For The Poor. “Our mission is not for the people overseas-our mission is for the people in America,” said Robin Mahfood, CEO/President of Food For…


Added by CShout1 on April 28, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Taking a stand: Earth Day 40 years later

It’s been 40 years since the first Earth Day and now more than ever, the challenges we face confirm that there is a greater need for the preservation of our environment.

With the ominous climate change hanging over our collective heads, not only are we experiencing one of the greatest tests of our time, but we are also presented with perhaps the greatest chance to turn this crisis into clean, green opportunity. This is the time to create clean… Continue

Added by CShout1 on April 23, 2010 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Iceland volcano affects Caribbean tourism

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, April 21, 2010 — With around 3 000 UK-bound tourists stranded in Barbados, Ministry of Tourism officials will be doing all that they can to ensure that the island’s only international airport does not become a camping ground for those waiting to get home.

This was the assurance given to the media yesterday, April 20, by Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy while at the Almond Beach Resort in St James – the first stop on his… Continue

Added by CShout1 on April 22, 2010 at 8:25pm — No Comments

VAT set to replace 12 other taxes in St Kitts and Nevis

BASSETERRE, St Kitts and Nevis, April 21, 2010 – The federal government of St Kitts and Nevis is still on track to implement a value added tax (VAT) system by November this year, according to the post-cabinet briefing issued by the state to regional media this morning.

During the April 20 cabinet session, ministers of the twin-island state heard from officials in the Ministry of Finance that the new VAT system would replace the following duties… Continue

Added by CShout1 on April 22, 2010 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Hurricane season likely to be more active than first predicted

NEW YORK, United States - The world’s largest private commercial weather forecaster has upped the storm potential for this year’s hurricane season, predicting 16 named storms instead of the 13 forecasted by hurricane experts at Colorado State University.

Yesterday, April 20, the Massachusetts-based WSI Corporation laid out a forecast for the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season that included 16 named storms, nine hurricanes and five intense hurricanes… Continue

Added by CShout1 on April 22, 2010 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Focus on womens' needs TT candidates told

In a release issued yesterday, April 20, Rampersad said women’s issues as part of mainstream politics seemed to have come into their own in this election, and could very well be the deciding factor in who wins and who loses.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago – Political parties contesting Trinidad’s May 24 elections have been urged to incorporate the Women’s Mandate for Action into their manifestos.

This call has come from the Network of NGOs of… Continue

Added by CShout1 on April 22, 2010 at 8:14pm — No Comments

Cuba mobilising the rural vote in municipal elections

More than eight million Cubans will choose their local government representatives when the partial elections actually take place on April 25.

HAVANA, Cuba, April 19 – Radio amateurs, pigeon breeders, workers from the telephone system and Radiocuba, played a critical role yesterday, April 18, in Cuba’s municipal elections test that included mountainous areas and distant rural communities.

The test run saw 150,000 members of polling stations… Continue

Added by CShout1 on April 20, 2010 at 5:50pm — No Comments

Grenadians abroad want to invest home


ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, April 19, 2010 – The New York-based Grenada Diaspora Organization (GDO) wants to raise funds for their homeland through issuing a government-backed security.

GDO representatives, Jerry Edwin and Bernard Bourne, recently visited Grenada where they met with members of government and the parliamentary opposition, and also held public meetings explaining the working of the bond and its importance to… Continue

Added by CShout1 on April 20, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Nursing exodus from the Caribbean at 'chronic proportions'

The World Bank report notes that in the coming years, demand for nurses in the English-speaking Caribbean will increase due to the health needs of the aging population.

KINGSTON, Jamaica, April 16, 2010 - The shortage of nurses throughout the Caribbean has reached chronic proportions, in a region already struggling with an ailing health care system.

A World Bank report released on March 2 revealed that between 2002 and 2006, more than 1,800 nurses… Continue

Added by CShout1 on April 19, 2010 at 7:26pm — No Comments

St Lucian teen riding high in US

One-to-watch: Eighteen-year-old Enella Brice is doing big things abroad. A young St Lucian student attending college in the United States is among the winners in an Aéropostale Real Teens 2010 contest. Ms Enella Brice is an 18 year old, former student of the Vieux-Fort Comprehensive Secondary School and is currently enrolled in a nursing programme at Mount Aloysious College in Cresson, Pennsylvania.

The contest which attracted in excess of… Continue

Added by CShout1 on April 17, 2010 at 11:47am — No Comments

Blazin' Bacchanal Road March

Traffic came to a halt Sunday afternoon in New Kingston, as revellers from all walks participated in the annual Bacchanal Road March, despite the scorching midday sun. It appeared nothing would have stopped the thousands of revellers from enjoying themselves, as they danced through the streets in immaculately designed costumes. The socaphiles had their every need tended to as an on-the-spot medical team, travelling janitors and a large number of… Continue

Added by CShout1 on April 15, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

SHE Caribbean takes over Soufriere

SHE Caribbean Magazine celebrated in a big way over the weekend opening doors to a host of anniversary events that will be unveiled before the 10th anniversary edition of the magazine is released in time for summer 2010.

Models from Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica arrived on island on Thursday and teamed up with select St Lucian models for what is being hailed as one of the magazines most exciting shoots to date. As part of anniversary… Continue

Added by CShout1 on April 15, 2010 at 6:47pm — No Comments

CARICOM getting early commitments from Canada in new treaty

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, April 12, 2010 – CARICOM’s Office of Trade Negotiations (OTN) is reporting positive recognition from Canada that a one-size-fits-all approach cannot work while negotiating with the countries of CARICOM.

The OTN and Canada recently concluded in Barbados the second round of negotiations of for the proposed Trade and Development Agreement between CARICOM and Canada that is supposed to take effect next year.

In… Continue

Added by CShout1 on April 14, 2010 at 11:57pm — No Comments

First Lady Michelle Obama arrives in Haiti

Michelle Obama, on her first solo international trip as first lady, made an unannounced stop in Haiti on Tuesday.

Obama and Jill Biden, on their way to Mexico City, arrived this morning in Port au Prince. More than a million people in the city remain homeless following the Jan. 12 earthquake, many living underneath tents and tarps.

The visit follows the three-month anniversary of the 7.0-magnitude temblor that tore through the capital… Continue

Added by CShout1 on April 13, 2010 at 8:25pm — No Comments

US targets Caribbean security issues

The United States Defence Secretary is due in Barbados this week to discuss a security programme for the Caribbean proposed by President Obama. Mr Obama announced the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative - aimed at curbing drug trafficking and other trans-border threats - at last year's Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain. Mr Obama's fiscal 2011 budget request includes almost $73 million in military and economic aid for the program,according to a… Continue

Added by CShout1 on April 12, 2010 at 8:36pm — 1 Comment

SHE Caribbean welcomes Sexiest Woman Alive!

Sedene Blake has graced the pages of Vogueand now she comes to SHE Caribbean. Sizzling models, exceptional fashion designers and makeup artistes from around the Caribbean as well as a team from Centric TV, complemented by stunning tropical backdrops, will all form part of SHE Caribbean Magazine’s tenth year anniversary celebrations.

Plans are underway to celebrate SHE’s tenth anniversary in grand style this weekend, starting Friday when a team from…


Added by CShout1 on April 11, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

St. Kitts and Nevis in running for “Favorite Destination in the Caribbean 2010”

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – St. Kitts and Nevis topped the poll for favorite destination in the Eastern Caribbean (Leeward Islands category and is among 9 other destinations for “Favorite Destination in the Caribbean 2010.

According to Robert Curley’s Caribbean Travel Blog, in the category of favorite destinations in the Eastern Caribbean/Leeward Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis topped the poll with 38 percent of the 335 votes cast, followed by Antigua… Continue

Added by CShout1 on April 10, 2010 at 1:26pm — No Comments

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