Caribbean Briefs March 12, 2009

Appeal for Calm


Fort-de-France, Martinique: Prefect of the French territory, Ange Mancini, has appealed for calm following violent confrontations with demonstrators.

Martinique has been paralyzed for over a month by strikes and demonstrations against the high cost Book of Ra spielen of living. A similar strike in Guadeloupe was resolved earlier last week.

A demonstration by farmers and businessmen against the strikes resulted in violence in Fort-de-France last Friday, with protestors throwing rocks and bottles at police, who responded with tear gas.

Mancini said three officers were slightly injured and additional police have been deployed to curb the violence.

Raising Awareness

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti: United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon and former American president, Bill Clinton, visited the country on Monday to raise awareness of the nation’s poverty and infrastructure problems.

UN officials said the trip was designed to draw attention to the country’s need for development support.

Clinton and Ban have expressed hope that their visit will refocus international attention on the troubled country.

Fighting On

Philadelphia, U.S.A.: A Jamaican woman, whose husband of less than a year died in a ferry crash in New York, says she is taking her fight to get her green card to the United States Supreme Court.

Osserritta Robinson’s husband, American citizen Louis Robinson, died in New York in 2003 when a commuter ferry crashed into a pier. Immigration officials denied her green card application because the couple had been married eight months.

Under U.S. laws aimed at cracking down on sham marriages involving immigrants, if a citizen’s spouse dies before two years have elapsed, the immigrant spouse’s green card eligibility ends.

In 2007, a federal judge in Newark ruled that immigration officials were wrong to deny Robinson’s application. However, that decision was overturned in February by an appeals court in Philadelphia.

Zero Tolerance

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St. John’s, Antigua: Regional airline, LIAT, says it will adopt a zero tolerance approach to breaches of its policies governing honesty and integrity, following the recent dismissal of two of its employees in Grenada.

The workers were fired after they failed to turn over to the company money they had collected from passengers for airline tickets.

A statement from the airline said the action taken against the offenders was a clear signal that offenders would be severed and handed over to the police.

It said while the overwhelming majority of LIAT’s workers webcam sex are “professionals of the highest integrity”, the recent events “proved that there were a few misguided ones, who, if allowed to continue with the company, could tarnish the image of their colleagues”.

The statement also said any live chat sex employees caught engaging in illegal activities will be turned over to the police.

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