Bishop-elected Harvey: “I still love T&T”

By Anna-Lisa Paul Port-of-Spain – Father Clyde Harvey has been appointed by the Vatican as the new Bishop of the Diocese of St. George’s, Grenada. However, he is insisting he is not running from T&T in the wake of the recent attack against him by four men. Harvey made the comment Saturday after news of his appointment was made during a mid-morning press conference at Archbishop’s House, St. Clair by Papal Nuncio Archbishop Nicola Girasoli. “I am going to Grenada not because I don’t love Trinidad or that somebody is trying to kill me,” Harvey said. Declaring his pride as … Continue reading

World Press Body Suspicious of Grenada on Electronic Crime Bill

VIENNA – Grenada quietly allowed a controversial electronic defamation bill to become law last October despite government promises of reform, the International Press Institute (IPI) has learned from local sources. On Sept. 23, 2013, Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, responding to concerns that IPI and other groups had raised about the Electronic Crimes Bill, publicly announced: “I have agreed to make the necessary changes, after having discussions with members of the local and regional media, so that there will be no doubt about the intention of the country.” However, no changes were made. Instead, on the same day that Mitchell promised … Continue reading

Anglican Church in the Caribbean says no to same sex marriage

By Toni Frederick   BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — The head of the Anglican Church in St Kitts and Nevis, Archdeacon Valentine Hodge, has made it clear that the church does not support gay marriage, or condone a homosexual lifestyle. “I can only speak… on the behalf of the Anglican Church, which is the church in the province of the West Indies… at the moment we cannot marry in church two people of the same sex… We believe in indissoluble monogamous marriage that is something which should last for life… indissoluble… and we also believe that it is something between … Continue reading

SOCA superstar Machel Montano will serve no prison time

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad —Montano was this afternoon ordered to pay fines and compensation totaling $27,000.00 for beating four persons and using obscene language. Entertainer Kernal Roberts was also ordered to pay a fine and compensation for assaulting two persons. The ruling was delivered by Magistrate Maureen Baboolal-Gafoor in the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court. The sentence had to be adjourned to this afternoon, because the magistrate became trapped in the traffic gridlock caused by the blockade of the highway by protesting Sea Lots residents this morning. On December 10 last year Montano was found guilty by the magistrate of assaulting Brandis … Continue reading

The IMF debt programme is necessary, effective, but insufficient or J’ca

by Conrad Hamilton   Kingston, Jamaica —THE Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) has concluded that Jamaica cannot do without the proposed loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at this time. However, the think tank, established to promote evidence-based policy dialogue within Caribbean societies, says that, while the Government’s debt reduction programme is necessary and effective, it is “insufficient” to ensure that the country gets on a path of fiscal sustainability. According to Dr. Damien King, Co-executive Director of CaPRI, based on current debt levels Jamaica would encounter difficulties sourcing funding from both the domestic and international loan markets. … Continue reading

CARIBBEAN ECONOMIST CALLS FOR PRO-GROWTH STRATEGIES

BAHAMAS – A leading Caribbean economist says the newly elected administrations in Grenada and Barbados can steer their respective countries onto a path of economic sustainability, but it will require “genuine spiritual leadership devoid of ego in order to make difficult decisions with awareness, intelligence, wisdom and compassion.” Zhivargo Laing, a former Bahamian cabinet minister, lauded the experience of Prime Ministers Dr. Keith Mitchell and Freundel Stuart of Grenada and Barbados respectively and noted they preside over their nations at a “challenging time in the economic and social history of the world, when there is a great need to pursue … Continue reading

Grenadian national bludgeoned to death in Trinidad

Port-of-Spain — Eighty nine year old Ann Corrion migrated from Grenada to Trinidad in the 1950’s and was well loved and known in the area where she lived. Her life was cut short this week when she was bludgeoned to death with a stone at her home by a 26-year-old Princes Town man who relatives and neighbours said was either “demon-possessed” or a drug addict. Police say around 8.30 a.m. they found the suspect in the front yard of the house with his clothes drenched in blood. He had earlier attacked Corrion, as she sat in the porch of her … Continue reading

Financial institutions urged to prepare for new US law

By Alecia Smith-Edwards KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Jamaica’s Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr Peter Phillips, is urging local and regional financial institutions to prepare for the implementation of the United States (US) Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which has implications for these entities. “We are still at an early stage in the implementation of FATCA. My impression is that the final regulatory arrangements are still not clear, even in the mind of the US authorities, but nevertheless, we understand the asymmetries of power and influence that exist, and I think it is important that we be prepared here,” … Continue reading

C’bbean gov’t’s urged to abolish insult, defamation laws

Port of Spain, Trinidad— The International Press Institute (IPI) has adopted a declaration calling on Caribbean governments to abolish insult laws and criminal defamation legislation in the region as a matter of urgency. The “Declaration of Port of Spain” was adopted at the IPI’s 61st AGM held during its three-day World Congress which ended Tuesday in Trinidad and Tobago. It notes that media outlets across the wider Caribbean may be subjected to repressive measures, from jailing and persecution to the widespread scourge of ‘insult laws’ and criminal defamation and calls on Caribbean governments to abolish insult laws, criminal defamation legislation … Continue reading

Busy Signal pleads not guilty

Jamaican entertainer Busy Signal accused of fleeing the United States to avoid a drug trial a decade ago, pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of failure to appear in court. Busy Signal, whose real name is Glendale Goshia Gordon could face up to five years in prison if convicted on that count. He was remanded pending his trial. The dancehall star had been implicated in a narcotics offence and was extradited to answer charges in relation to the offence, allegedly committed in 2002. Gordon was extradited on June 19, after waiving his right to a hearing in Jamaica, but … Continue reading