Caribbean News in Brief – February 4-10

ALBERT HUIE DIES

Baltimore, USA: Renowned Jamaican painter Albert Huie has died at the age of 89.

Huie died in Baltimore, Maryland, last Sunday following a long illness.

He was born in Falmouth, Trelawny, on December 31, 1920 and received formal training in art at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and the Camberwell School of Art in London, England.

Huie’s work earned acclaim in Jamaica and internationally. His work is represented in many private, corporate and public collections, including the National Gallery of Jamaica.

Culture Minister Olivia Grange expressed deep regret at Huie’s passing and praised him for his immense contribution to the development of Jamaican art.

Huie is survived by his widow Phyllis and daughters Evelyn, Christine and Alicia.

VESSEL BLOCKED

Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos: A vessel carrying more than 100 Haitians fleeing their country has been intercepted by Turks and Caicos Islands police.

The vessel was said to be carrying 126 people including several children under eight years old.

According to Turks and Caicos police, they are being held at a sports complex instead of being sent back to Haiti.

The police also say they will not be deported until conditions in Haiti improve.

ECONOMIC MEASURES

Bridgetown, Barbados: Economic Affairs Minister David Estwick has called for a wage freeze and the sale of state assets to help the government deal with a worsening economy.

He also confirmed that the government spends annually over US$450 million more than it is collecting in revenue.

Estwick said public sector employees should forego a promised four per cent pay increase to help sort out the problem.

CANCELLING STOPS

Saint John’s, Antigua: The cruise line which brought an American tourist to Antigua where she was murdered has cancelled its stops to the country.

A 24-year-old man has been charged with the murder of 19-year-old Nina Elizabeth Nilssen, who was stabbed to death more than two weeks ago on a secluded beach on Antigua’s southeast coast.

Despite the arrest, Royal Clipper cruise line cancelled the destination.

It is the second cruise liner to cancel stops to Antigua in recent months.

Carnival Cruise lines suspended the destination to Antigua late last year after six of its American passengers were involved in a fracas with a local taxi driver.

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