Month: June 2011

Interview with Trinidad Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley

 By Alexander Britell Dr Keith Rowley is the leader of the opposition People’s National Movement in Trinidad and Tobago and the member of parliament for Diego Martin West, which he has represented since 1991. Rowley, has been a member of …

Following UNESCO Nod, a Serious Look at Culture in Barbados

 Above: St. James Parish Church After last week’s announcement that Bridgetown and its garrison had been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Barbados Culture Minister Stephen Lashley said he hoped that heritage and culture would “be taken a bit more …

Jamaica to Have Direct China Flights

 Jamaica should soon have direct flights to China, according to Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett. China is the fastest growing market for outbound travelers in the world, he said. The plan would introduce direct flights between Beijing and Montego Bay, …

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 Above: Jamaican PM Bruce Golding and former Minister Dorothy Lightbourne (JIS photos) Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding removed Sen. Dorothy Lightbourne from her post as Justice Minister today, replacing her with current House Speaker Delroy Chuck. Lightbourne was one of …

 The government of Barbados is planning a $102 million (USD) project to diversify the sugar industry in the country with bagasse, ethanol, special sugars and molasses, Senator Darcy Boyce announced yesterday. The project initially cost approximately $200 million, but has …

 Above: the march in Windsor Park (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Bahamians took the streets this week to protest the abuse and trafficking of illegal drugs. The march was part of the Bahamian Ministry of National Security’s Four Point Solidarity March and …

 Global Gateway Chairman Mark Jones, left, and Commerce Minister Karl Samuda What began with a single visit to Jamaica in 2007 for Mark Jones has turned into a group of investments employing 1,000 Jamaicans in real estate, financial services and …

 Jamaican MP Sharon Hay-Webster has left the opposition People’s National Party, saying she could not tolerate what she described as a lack of support from the party over her case involving dual citizenship. Hay-Webster is among several Jamaican MPs who …

 Above: the Caribbean Court of Justice By Alexander Britell Belize saw its first-ever judgment from the Caribbean Court of Justice, with the court finding that the Attorney General was allowed to bring an action for misfeasance in office against two …

 Above: U.S. Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater (JIS Photo) The U.S. Embassy in Kingston released a statement saying it disagreed with allegations made by Jamaican officials that U.S. personnel had been “aggressive,” “belligerent” or “harassing” in communications concerning the extradition of strongman …

 By Alexander Britell Every Saturday afternoon in Miami, the world of reggae finds a home at the WDNA 88.9 FM studio, where Jamaican native Howard Duperly operates his Reggae Ride program, a musical odyssey that takes listeners from the Mento …

 From left: Huang He, director general of China’s Maritime Safety Administration, BMA Chairman Ian Fair and Bahamian Ambassador to China Elma Campbell. (BIS Photo) The Bahamas Maritime Authority is in Hong Kong as part of an promotional initiative across Asia, …

 (Minister Esther Byer Suckoo/BGIS Photo) The Barbadian government is continuing its human rights campaign with a series of new laws aimed at preventing discrimination, including a legislation on sexual harassment. According to Minister of Labour and Security Dr Esther Byer …

 Above: Mariano Fernandez Amunategui (UN Photo/Logan Abassi) Mariano Fernandez Amunategui has been named the next head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti. Amunategui, a career diplomat, is the special representative of Ban Ki-Moon, secretary general of the United …

 Above: Clockwise from left: PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Works Minister Jack Warner, new Public Administration Minister Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, Transport Minister Devant Maharaj and new Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine Trinidad Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar reshuffled her cabinet today, naming a new energy …

 Above: Bridgetown and its colonial garrison (Barbados Government Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Barbados’ capital, Bridgetown, has been named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, joining the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany and a Hiraizumi, Japan. Historic Bridgetown …

 Above: Solar panels in Andros, Bahamas The Bahamas is starting a large-scale initiative to install solar water heaters across the country, as part of the country’s National Energy Policy. The turn to solar power is part of an effort to …

 Housing Minister Alleyne Walker and Prime Minister Tillman Thomas (GIS Photo) The beginning of the first phase of Grenada’s Greater Greenville Project is part of a new development push by the government that includes a series of infrastructure projects. Prime …