Showing posts from March, 2008

US Admiral Says Caribbean Possible Terrorist Threat

"We consider Latin America and the Caribbean to be potential bases for future terrorist threats to the United States and others in the Americas," Admiral James Stavridis

WASHINGTON, United States, March 31, 2008 - A top American military officer has pointed to the Caribbean as a possible terrorist threat to the United States.

US Navy Commander, Admiral James Stavridis noted the concern in the US Southern Command 2008 Posture Statement. The US Southern Command is charged with promoting security cooperation and conducting military operations in Central America, the Caribbean, and South America.

"We consider Latin America and the Caribbean to be potential bases for future terrorist threats to the United States and others in the Americas," Admiral Stavridis noted.

"The conditions in parts of the region - easily skirted borders, black market economies, corruption, poverty, established illicit trafficking routes - all could provide manoeuvring room for any form of terr…

PETA Treatens More Action In St. Kitts

BASSETERRE, St Kitts, March 19, 2008 -

The People for the Ethical Treatment of animals (PETA) made good on its threat and picketed the St Kitts-based veterinary university it has accused of mutilating animals, but promised the protests would not end there if action is not taken against the school.

Speaking as she and other members of PETA demonstrated outside the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on Monday, spokesperson Melissa Karpel said the group which has over two million supporters across the globe would "take the step further and continue with the message worldwide" if the relevant authorities did not launch an investigation into what was going on at the institution.

PETA has called for the accreditation process which is underway for the university owned by the Chicago-based education company, DeVry Inc., to be halted until the school abandons "teaching exercises that harm and kill animals and switches to humane, modern teaching methods, including comput…

Eastern Caribbean Experiencing Unusual Weather Patterns

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, March 19, 2008 - Residents of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean have been warned to expect huge waves to affect their coasts, as a deep low pressure system centred over the North Atlantic threatens to generate large sea swells.

The Barbados and Saint Lucia Meteorological Offices yesterday issued weather forecasts indicating that "significant sea wave height" were expected over the Eastern Caribbean, starting today and continuing into tomorrow.

The Barbados Meteorological Office indicated that swells around four to five metres, or 12 to 16 feet, were expected over the coastal waters surrounding Barbados from late Wednesday/early Thursday.

The Department of Emergency Management (DEM) indicated it has been made aware of the situation and was putting contingency arrangements in place. A similar approach has been taken by the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) in St Lucia, which said it was monitoring the situation and putting local contingency …

Joint Venture Key To Seizing EPA Opportunities

KINGSTON, Jamaica, March 10, 2008 -

Jamaica's Prime Minister is urging Caribbean companies to get busy now in order to take advantage of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) which the region will officially sign in June.

Bruce Golding told members of the press at CARICOM's 19th Inter-Sessional meeting in the Bahamas that businesses across the region must come together in joint ventures if they want to benefit from the new trade deal.

Noting that the EPA will provide a challenge for the region, he cautioned that trying to go it alone would not allow them to penetrate the European markets or achieve the levels of efficiency to dominate those markets.

The Jamaican leader said CARICOM countries should use the opportunity to seek out and invite investors from across the world.

"This is a great opportunity to attract foreign investment but the foreign investments won't arrive in the region. We have to go into the investment markets. It is a commodity and it has to be market…

CARICOM Suspends External Tariffs

NASSAU, Bahamas, March 10, 2008 - Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads have agreed to temporarily suspend the Common External Tariff (CET) to give regional governments the go ahead to drop the duty on some goods in order to help reduce the cost of living in their respective countries.

Meeting in the Bahamas over the weekend for their 19th Inter-Sessional meeting, CARICOM heads received the list of items that the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) had approved for suspension of the CET with immediate effect for a period of two years, ending March 4th, 2010.

The CET provides a harmonized coding system and a consistent tariff rate structure for the importation of goods from outside CARICOM. It sets minimum and maximum duty rates for all member countries.

St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Denzil Douglas indicated that "national governments have been advised that they should take appropriate action so as to safeguard the interest of their citizens with regards to the price…

The Caribbean Beat Online Magazine & Blog

We've got some great news -- the CRB, which was incorporated as a nonprofit in Trinidad & Tobago last year, has received a substantial grant from the Prince Claus fund to develop the magazine!

That includes increasing the magazine's size and scope, as well as a pilot translation project to make the magazine available in multiple languages throughout the region.

The latest issue of the CRB (No.15: February 2008) now has excerpted articles online, and all past issues -- including the last November 2007 issue -- are now available in our ONLINE ARCHIVE, free of charge. For articles over 500 words, you'll need to set up a free online account with us.

Thanks as always for your support, and don't forget to check us out online:


Barbados, Canada sign the Caribbean's first open skies deal


OTTAWA, Canada, March 6, 2008 - Barbados and Canada have reached an Open Skies-type air transport agreement to increase trade, tourism and investment between the two countries.

The deal which is the first of its kind in the Caribbean, allows carriers to provide scheduled air services as frequently as desired between cities in Canada and Barbados. The agreement also allows the airlines to react quickly to market conditions by more effectively adjusting prices and gives them greater flexibility in offering both passenger and cargo flights to and from third countries, including Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states.

The provisions of the deal will be applied immediately and once ratified, the agreement will replace the 1985 one now in force.

Canada's Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Lawrence Cannon announced the negotiated agreement which builds on Prime Minister Stephen Harper's July 2007 visit to the Caribbean region. During that trip, the…

Manning Was Tactless


Thursday, March 6 2008

Prime Minister Patrick Manning was less than tactful when on Saturday he commented at a news conference on a matter that is now properly before the Courts of fellow Caricom country, St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), involving the Prime Minister of that country, Dr Ralph Gonzalves.

While it is a matter of record that the St Vincent and the Grenadines’ Director of Public Prosecutions, after examining the evidence, decided not to pursue legal action with respect to allegations made by a female Police officer against PM Gonzalves, nonetheless a judicial review had been sought of the DPP’s decision, and the SVG law courts are to rule later this month on whether or not to allow charges to be proceeded with against Dr Gonzalves. The 36-year-old female Police officer had been part of the guard detail at the SVG PM’s residence at the time of the alleged incident.

Clearly, it would have been better had Prime Minister Manning waited until the det…

Do You Really Know Why You Are Here?

The mission of social networking sites like Linkedin and Plaxo is to provide a forum where like minded people in business could share ideas and connect with each other. These sites are better known as business networking sites. Ostensibly, members join accepting TOS of the site and as such the site's mission. The real reason most members join is to promote themselves. Most time the only thing they are willing to contribute to the network is a personal business or affiliate link. So why are you here?

Was reading an NLP post recently that pushed the question on why people really do things. They explained a process to determine your real motivations which I will like to share with you. Hopefully, it will help you get to the real reason you have joined these networks. Whatever your response is to the question of why are you doing anything follow it up with the Why question. This is easier explained with an example.

Question: Why did you join Plaxo?
Answer: To meet more people online.


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