Trini woman jailed in US for drug trafficking

Posted on Wednesday 21 December 2005

By Exilus Deceyon
Port of Spain, December 21st, 2005 [AlterPresse] --- A Trinidadian woman has been jailed for 70 months by a federal judge in Florida for drug trafficking, the agency in AlterPresse line learned.
Indaryartee Dwarika, 46, was sentenced to 70 months (five years, ten months) imprisonment by judge James Cohn at the Fort Lauderdale, Broward District Court, after she pleaded guilty to attempting to import 150 kilogrammes cocaine on December 2, 2001.
Dwarika was extradited from Trinidad on June 20, which she agreed to, more than two years after the warrant for her arrest was (...)

Trinidad : $15b T&T railway to start by 2007

Posted on Tuesday 20 December 2005

Port of Spain 20 Dec. 05 [AlterPresse] --- Construction of a $15-billion railway system for T&T will not begin until early 2007, says Works and Transport Minister Colm Imbert.
In an exclusive interview, Imbert disclosed that the Government was still to decide on the kind of system.
“There is no decision or commitment on a fixed design at this point, and that will determine whether it is a monorail, light rail or heavy rail,” Imbert had said last week.
“I have been working with the consultants to fast-track the implementation of the railway system.
“We have made a number of decisions (...)

Trinidad : Attorney General said the country was gripped by fear of kidnapping

Posted on Saturday 17 December 2005

By Exilus Deceyon
Port of Spain, 17 Dec. 05 [AlterPresse] --- Yesterday’s passage of the Bail Amendment Bill says to kidnappers and other criminals that the authorities will hunt them in the same way as “you stalk us,” Attorney General John Jeremie stressed in Parliament.
“It says we will not release you when we find you, and it says we’ve had enough!” Jeremie added as he piloted the bill to eventual passage in the Lower House.
The bill, which required a special majority, received Opposition support after a month of crime talks between the ruling PNM and the UNC.
The bill has been (...)

Haiti : According to CEPAL, there was growth in 2005

Posted on Friday 16 December 2005

Translated from French by Max Blanchet
P-au-P., 16 Dec. 05 [AlterPresse] --- The economy grew by 1.5% during 2005 while it shrank by 3.8% in 2004 according to a report issued on December 15 by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL.)
In spite of the growth in GDP, for the sixth year in a row it remains substantially lower than was projected according to CEPAL’s report.
Among the factors that explain this situation, the report mentions the slow pace of disbursement of foreign assistance and the negative impact of the increase in the price of petroleum. (...)

Haitians and the “Citadel Syndrome”

Posted on Thursday 15 December 2005

By Ericq Pierre
Submitted to AlterPresse on September 13, 2005
It is rare these days to hear anyone say something positive about Haiti or about Haitians. The terms that were once applied to our people - courageous, honest, hard-working - seem to no longer come to mind. This negative perception started with the mistreatment that our people, of whatever class, have suffered in their own country for more than half a century, and that has driven many of them to seek refuge abroad. While they may be better-off there, their success is mixed with frustration.
That perception continued with (...)

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