Eye on the Caribbean

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Soccer: Trinidad and Tobago need a win to make World Cup Finals

Posted on Tuesday 15 November 2005

By Charles Arthur
Following Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Bahrain in Port-of-Spain, the Trinidad and Tobago national team travel to Bahrain knowing that nothing less than a win in the return game on Wednesday will suffice.
Head coach, Leo Beenhakker, acknowledged his team had not played well but said all is not lost. "One side of me says it’s a little bit disappointing and on the other hand I can live with the draw simply because I know we didn’t play very well," said the former Ajax and Real Madrid coach.
Team captain, the former Manchester United star, Dwight Yorke, who now plays in (...)

Iraq War claims Caribbean lives

Posted on Wednesday 9 November 2005

by Charles Arthur
The news that over 2,000 U.S. soldiers have been killed during the Iraq War has been noted with shock and anguish in the United States. The fact that an unknown number of those dead were originally from the Caribbean has attracted less scrutiny.
The exact number of Caribbean immigrants in Iraq fighting in either the U.S. or British military units remains unclear, but officials speculate the number could be as high as several hundred. Although many of them were either born in the United States or had become naturalized citizens before being shipped out to the (...)

Association of Caribbean Media Workers elects new leadership

Posted on Tuesday 8 November 2005

Trinidadian broadcaster, Dale Enoch, was elected the new President of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) at the organization’s Third Biennial General Meeting in Bridgetown, Barbados, on November 4.
Enoch is the former President of the Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT), and a broadcast journalist and head of the News and Current affairs department at Trinidad’s independent radio station, i95.5FM.
Enoch was elected unopposed by journalists and representatives of media organizations from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, (...)

Caribbean leaders call for inclusive elections in Haiti

Posted on Wednesday 5 October 2005

Owen Arthur, the Prime Minister of Barbados, has told a town meeting in New York that Haiti will only be re-admitted to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) if it holds elections with a high voter participation.
CARICOM governments have refused to recognize the Alexandre/Latortue administration, and Haiti has been suspended from the various councils of CARICOM since March 2004. That decision was taken because, as Arthur said, "We do not agree (with) the way Mr. Aristide was removed from office."
Although some regional governments had indicated a willingness to re-admit Haiti once (...)

Venezuela to include Haiti in PetroCaribe deal

Posted on Tuesday 4 October 2005

During his weekly radio and television shows broadcast on 2 October, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez offered to include Haiti in his PetroCaribe initiative to provide Caribbean nations with oil and petrol.
Eleven Caribbean countries have already agreed to be supplied with fuel on low interest terms and with deferred payment, but the interim government in Haiti has so far not shown any interest in joining them.
At the end of September 2005, the government of Gerard Latortue announced it would initiate diplomatic steps through the Haitian ministry of industry and commerce in order to (...)

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