Eye on the Caribbean

A Caribbean perspective

Caribbean nations ponder PetroCaribe implementation

Posted on Tuesday 9 May 2006

AlterPresse, 9 May 2006
As the government of St Lucia announces that it may have no other choice than to raise the price of fuel again, people across the Caribbean region are wondering how and when they will enjoy the benefits of participation in Venezuela’s PetroCaribe programme.
Most Caribbean countries have signed up to the PetroCaribe programme, through which Venezuela’s state oil company sells fuel on preferential terms, but the details of the implementation of the deal have yet to be agreed.
One of the main issues is how small Caribbean states can store the Venezuelan oil. As (...)

Murder in the Caribbean - how does Haiti compare?

Posted on Friday 3 February 2006

By Charles Arthur for ’Eye on the Caribbean’, an AlterPresse service in conjunction with the Haiti Support Group Most countries keep statistics of how many murders (or homicides) take place on their territory, and many publish a total at the end of each calendar year. In Haiti, such statistics are hard to come by. Neither the police nor the judicial authorities have much of a presence in the rural areas of the country, where two-thirds of the population live, and even in provincial towns, if the authorities or local human rights organizations are keeping records, the results are not (...)

New report provides details on Caribbean immigrants in the United States

Posted on Wednesday 14 December 2005

By Charles Arthur
A new study published by the Washington-based Centre for Immigration Studies (CIS) has revealed that 6% of the 7.9 million immigrants who have moved to the United States in the last five years are from the Caribbean. Between 2000 and 2005, 467,000 Caribbean immigrants went to the United States.
Cuba accounted for the most immigrants with a total of 128,000. The Dominican Republic followed closely with 121,000, while Haiti and Jamaica followed with 91,000 and 62,000 respectively.
The report estimates that between 3.6 and 3.8 million, or almost half, of the 7.9 million (...)

Haiti’s Latortue wants UNIDO field office in the Caribbean

Posted on Monday 28 November 2005

by Charles Arthur
Vienna, 28 nov. 05 [AlterPresse] --- Haiti’s interim prime minister, Gérard Latortue, today called on the UNIDO leadership to establish an office in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, "from where it can cover the whole Caribbean region".
Referring to UNIDO’s past involvement in the Caribbean region, Latortue insisted that things must change. "The new UNIDO office in the Caribbean cannot be as it was in the past, when just one officer spent all his time traveling to five or six Caribbean islands, and was left with no time to do anything. The new office must be properly worked (...)

Soccer: Caribbean team makes it to Germany in 2006

Posted on Thursday 17 November 2005

Trinidad and Tobago beat Bahrain to qualify for World Cup Finals for first time
The government of Trinidad and Tobago has declared a national holiday, after the national team beat Bahrain 1-0 to qualify for the finals of the World Cup for the first time ever. Instead of going to work, the government called on citizens to go to the airport to welcome the triumphant team home
There was dancing in the streets of Trinidad and Tobago after the team qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. In the capital, Port of Spain, people waved national flags and danced alongside steel-band and (...)

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