Haiti : Voters and candidates

Posted on Tuesday 13 September 2005

By Ericq Pierre
This year the number of candidates for election, all told, will be higher than ever. Many Haitians prefer to start their own political organization rather than join existing ones. However, in order to avoid having too many candidates, the electoral decree seeks to encourage parties to link up and consolidate. Yet up to now only a small number of political factions have formed such coalitions. To parody the armed forces, some would rather be commanders of a small army than sergeants in a big one.
Worse, despite the large number of parties, there are still likely to be a (...)

Five Caribbean states ranked in top group in the UNDP Human Development Index

Posted on Monday 12 September 2005

Five Caribbean states are ranked among countries with high human development according to the 2005 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development report released on 7 September.
The report measures the average achievements in a country in three basic dimensions of human development - a long and healthy life measured by life expectancy at birth; knowledge as measured by the adult literacy rate and the combined gross enrolment for primary, secondary and tertiary level educational institutions; and decent standard of living, measured in terms of Gross Domestic Product per (...)

Soccer: Trinidad and Tobago still in with a chance

Posted on Monday 12 September 2005

Despite losing 2-0 to Costa Rica on 7 September, Trinidad and Tobago still have a chance of representing the Caribbean at the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. Costa Rica’s win leaves them well-placed to take the third and last automatic qualification place, behind the USA and Mexico, who have already qualified.
Trinidad and Tobago can still clinch fourth place, and thereby qualify for a play-off match against Uzbekistan or Bahrain.
To be certain of making the play-off match, Trinidad and Tobago must win both their last two matches, away to Panama on 8 October, and home to Mexico four (...)

CARIBBEAN : Calling for cultural revolution against HIV:AIDS

Posted on Monday 5 September 2005

Jamaica: Journalist calls for cultural revolution to tackle HIV/AIDS
Veteran Jamaican journalist, Ian Boyne, has called for a ’cultural revolution’ to help battle the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Speaking to a Gleaner Public Editors’ Forum at the University of the West Indies on 4 September, Boyne said the fostering of old-fashioned values and standards will help build self-esteem among wayward youth, many of whom have been struck down by virus.
"The increasing hedonism in the society has worsened the problem (the growth of HIV/AIDS) and we need to develop a culture of restraint, a culture which (...)

Hurricane Katrina : Assistance from CARICOM States and Lesson for region countries

Posted on Monday 5 September 2005

Hurricane Katrina: Four CARICOM states offer assistance
Four member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have offered assistance to the hurricane-ravaged US states of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The offers came from Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Guyana, and Jamaica - three of which were affected by natural disasters in the last 10 months.
Jamaica has also reported that the nearly 350 Jamaican hotel workers, who are employed at two properties in the city of Biloxi, and one in Gulfport, are reportedly safe in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. They have been relocated to (...)

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