Ricardo Blackman’s Caribbean Headlines News 02/06

By Ricardo Blackman | CDN Barbados

Dateline Bridgetown, BARBADOS:

Blame Minister of Finance, Chris Sinckler and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart for the internal blow-up between the Board and the Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, says economist Ryan Straughn.  Straughn, the Barbados Labour Party’s Christ Church East Central candidate, said last nite it should come as no surprise since, according to him, those two had been rubber-stamping Worrell’s actions for the past three years.

One of the Caribbean’s largest health tourism projects – a multimillion-dollar facility is about to be unveiled in Barbados.  And the spin-offs from the 500 million project, Harmony Sands Barbados, from jobs to hi-tech treatments, are expected greatly to benefit the island.  American and British investors have joined with Barbadian interests and lined up several realtors to identify a suitably sized property for the massive integrated hotel, health complex and impressive marina.

Dateline Montego Bay, JAMAICA:

President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Diane Edwards, says the country’s medical talent pool is at a stage where a successful launch with the health and wellness tourism market can be done.  Addressing the launch of the Zierlich International Dialysis Centre in Montego Bay, Edwards said that currently, Jamaica boasts many internationally acclaimed practitioners and “a highly recognised medical school at the University of the West Indies (UWI)”.

Leader of the main Opposition People’s National Party (PNP), Portia Simpson Miller on Sunday announced that she will step down from the position on April 2nd.  Simpson Miller, 71, told delegates at a meeting of the Party’s National Executive Council (NEC) in Central Manchester, that she will submit her resignation as Opposition Leader to Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, after she makes her contribution to the Budget Debate in Parliament.  Simpson Miller, a former Prime Minister, said while she will resign as Opposition leader, she will remain the Member of Parliament for St., Andrew South West.

Dateline Nassau, THE BAHAMAS:

There will be no snap election in The Bahamas, Prime Minister Perry Christie has said in the face of heightening expectation.  “Elections are not in the near future” he told Parliament last week.  In fact, he served notice that government still had some unfinished business on the agenda.

Dateline Roseau, DOMINICA:

Although there has been no official word, either from foreign banks in Dominica or the Roosevelt Skerrit administration, that government Citizenship by Investment (ICBI) Programme accounts have been closed,  there is, however, speculation in Roseau and elsewhere that the banks are becoming wary that some of the CBI funds held in government bank accounts could be tainted.

Meanwhile, attorneys representing Prime Minister Skerrit, have made good their promise to begin legal proceedings against Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton for alleged statements made against Skerrit.  Linton was served with court papers on Thursday, senior counsel Tony Astaphan told state-owned DBS Radio.  Next in line will be Thomas Fontaine and Gabriel Christian, while talk show host Matt Peltier will be considered.

Dateline Basseterre, ST. KITTS:

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Treasury Department has imposed sanctions against an Iranian businessman who holds a St.  Kitts and Nevis passport, for violation of the prohibited ballistic missile programme of Iran.  CEO and Director of MKS International Group, Kambiz Rostamian, the holder of St.  Kitts and Nevis passport number RE0003026, who resides in the United Arab Emirates, is accused of dealing directly with, and receiving payment of goods and utilizing multiple front companies to circumvent export laws and sanctions.

Dateline Georgetown, GUYANA:

Guyana will be hosting the 28th Intercessional meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on February 16th and 17th.  The host country will present the draft CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty for ratification at the meeting.