GOVERNMENT IN BARBADOS CONTINUES TO RESTRICT IMMIGRATION—02/21/15
Lawmakers in Barbados are defending the nation’s immigration policy in spite of a ruling from the Caribbean Court of Justice that awarded considerable financial remedies to a Jamaican national who had been denied entry to the country. Legislators encouraged immigration officers to avoid being intimidated by travelers who attempt to subvert existing immigration policy.
17 INIDIVIDUALS KILLED DURING CARNIVAL PARADE IN HAITI—02/22/15
The highest officials in Haiti were in attendance at the funeral services for 17 people who were killed after an electrical accident during a Carnival parade earlier in the week. The country’s president Michel Martelly, and its Prime Minister Evans Paul, attended the rites. The accident occurred when a high-voltage power line came into contact with a parade float just before 3:00 am.
MEETING OF CARIBBEAN LABOR MINISTERS SCHEDULED FOR BAHAMAS—02/23/15
The government of the Bahamas will host the Ninth International Labor Organization conference of Labor Ministers from around the Caribbean. The meeting will last two days, beginning on March 3, 2015, in Nassau. The theme of the meeting is “Decent Work for Sustainable Development.” Thirteen of the 15 Caribbean Community members are planning to attend the meeting.
BRITISH-CARIBBEAN AUTHOR WILL READ FROM NEW NOVEL—02/25/15
The award-winning British Caribbean writer Caryl Phillips is scheduled to read from his new novel “The Lost Child” at Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center at the University of Albany in New York. The novel combines the tale of “Wuthering Heights” with a modern story about life on the moors of England. It is characterized as a story of orphans, outcasts, and racial identity. Phillips, who was born in St. Kitts, has written about the legacy of slavery in the transatlantic region.
CUBA AND U.S. DISAGREE ON ENDING HAVANA TERROR LIST—02/26/15
While the United States and Cuba are entering a second round of discussions on renewing diplomatic ties after 50 years, the countries are in disagreement over a list of state sponsors of terror. Officials from Cuba are demanding that the U.S. must remove the country from the list, but U.S. officials do not believe this should be an issue in talks about renewing diplomatic relations.
LAW STUDENTS FROM CARIBBEAN JOIN BATTLE VERSUS HUMAN TRAFFICKING—02/27/15
Four students from Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago attended a symposium sponsored by the Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development in honor of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, The students attended the event as part of their research for the “Join the Fight” initiative. The students are urging the public to participate in the fight against human trafficking in Trinidad and Tobago.