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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. (...)

Trinidad : Boy who faked own kidnapping to know fate Monday

Posted on Wednesday 14 December 2005

By Exilus Deceyon
Port of Spain, 14 Dec. 05 [AlterPresse] --- Outraged and incensed at the absurdity of the act, a magistrate Reynold Waldropt yesterday deferred the sentencing of 14-year-old Lyndon Gooding, who faked his own kidnapping last week.
“If you were a big man you would have already been in prison,” Waldropt told him. Gooding had pleaded guilty to the charge of the wasteful employment of police time on Monday.
Waldropt condemned the act, as it had traumatised Gooding’s mother as well the nation. Waldropt ordered a probation officer’s report, as well as a medical history of the (...)

Haiti’s elections: Will the peasantry’s demands be taken into account?

Posted on Wednesday 7 December 2005

By Djems Olivier
Translated from French for the Haiti Support Group by Charles Arthur
Port-au-Prince, 07 Dec. 05 [AlterPresse] --- Candidates for the presidency largely ignored an invitation to meet peasants grouped in the Peasant Platform for Food Security in the North-West (PPSANO) held in the capital on 30 November.
"We invited 31 political parties and presidential candidates but the majority of them were conspicuous by their absence. This very clearly shows that they are not going to take into account the peasants’ concerns," remarked Ernia Massillon of the Regional Platform of (...)

Trinidad : Manning off to meetings in Barbados

Posted on Wednesday 7 December 2005

By Exilus Deceyon
Port of Spain, 7 dec. 05 [AlterPresse] --- Prime Minister Patrick Manning leaves for Barbados on December 6 in the afternoon to attend a special meeting of Caricom heads of government tomorrow. The meeting will focus on the European Union’s planned 36 per cent price cut of its sugar subsidy to regional producers.
That hastily-prepared meeting occurs ahead of Thursday’s second summit of Heads of State and Governments of Caricom and Cuba, which Manning is also scheduled to attend. Both meetings will take place in Barbados’ capital, Bridgetown.
Whitehall said on December 5 (...)

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