Month: May 2011

Trinidad’s Ruling People’s Partnership Marks One Year in Office

 Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar Trinidad’s ruling People’s Partnership marked one year in office, after winning 29 seats compared to the People’s National Movement’s 12 seats a year ago. The popularity of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, however, has fallen in polls, …

Director Stevan Riley on his Film “Fire in Babylon” and the Power of Cricket

 By Alexander Britell For almost fifteen years beginning in the 1970s, the West Indian cricket team was the best in the world, and perhaps the best side in any sport. In an era of prejudice and racial upheaval, the Windies …

U.K. Won’t Approve Cayman Budget

 The United Kingdom will not sign off on Cayman’s budget for the upcoming year without cuts to civil service personnel, it announced. The budget had been set for delivery to the Legislative Assembly May 23, but British concerns about personnel …

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 According to a study by the Planning Institute of Jamaica, the unrest in Kingston’s troubled Tivoli Gardens neighborhood involving the raid on strongman Christopher Coke cost the country approximately $258.8 million (nearly $22 billion in Jamaican currency). The economic effects …

 New air carrier REDjet is close to securing final clearance for flights in and out of Trinidad, after a week that saw a great deal of controversy over barriers for the company in Jamaica and Trinidad. According to Ramesh Lutchmedial, …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Singer Spragga Benz is spearheading a campaign on Twitter to encourage fans to send letters supporting leniency for Buju Banton, who is awaiting a sentencing hearing on his conviction on three drug charges. Banton will …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff The government of Grenada has joined the International Criminal Court, with the court’s Rome Statute set to enter into force in Grenada on Aug. 1. The decision follows the CARICOM seminar on the ICC held …

 The Jamaican economy could grow between 1 and 2 percent his year, according to the Bank of Jamaica. The growth will be driven by extensions in agriculture, mining and quarrying, along with hotels and restaurants. “The Jamaican economy has started …

 The Bahamas and the United Arab Emirates have established diplomatic relations, the Bahamian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced. The agreement was made in the form of a joint communique at the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates in New …

 Reginald Budhan, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce Jamaica intends to enter the multibillion-dollar medical tourism market, although at this time it lacks the required facilities to do so. One investor, however, the Hospiten Group, is …

 Guyana, the largest sugar exporter in the Caribbean, will receive just under $27 million in aid from the European Union to help improve production in the country. The E.U. had previously chosen to cut import prices for raw sugar by …

 Above: Carlyle McKetty (left) and Sharon Gordon By Alexander Britell For Carlyle McKetty and Sharon Gordon, protecting reggae is a way of life. The world recently marked the 30th anniversary of Bob Marley’s premature death, and in that time, much …

 Following their success in the first Cricket World Cup in 1975 and until the 1990s, the West Indies ruled the cricket world. The so-called “calypso cricketers” were a machine, which is now the subject of a feature film, Fire in …

 The Jamaica Defence Force is facing criticism after it is refusing to publicize the results of an internal review that examined its operation in West Kingston last year. “The no-comment is not acceptable,” said Dr Carolyn Gomes, the executive director …

 Former Trinidad Prime Minister Patrick Manning has been suspended following a finding of contempt by the Trinidad Parliament’s Privileges Committee. Manning had been criticizing the government of current PM Kamla Persad Bissessar, claiming that it was undermining anti-drug efforts enacted …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff The Bahamas Petroleum Company, which has offshore license permits in the Bahamas, said it had found structures similar to the so-called supergiant structures of the Gulf of Mexico and the Middle East. “What is most …

 Eximbank China’s Export-Import Bank has plans to launch a $1 billion fund to invest in Latin America and the Caribbean, following several years of significant spending in the region. In 2009, China invested $7 billion in the region through private …

 New low-fare Caribbean air carrier REDjet is unable to fly to Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and is asking politicians in the two countries to change their current policy. “REDjet is extremely disappointed for its passengers in Trinidad and Jamaica …