Caribbean Briefs – February 18-10


Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Haitians poured into the streets of Port-au-Prince on Sunday for singing, dancing and prayer to mark the end of a three-day commemoration period of one month since the devastating January 12 earthquake.

The ceremonies represented a break from the daily grind of survival many are enduring in makeshift tent cities.

Meanwhile, the international community and Haitian officials have decided that the thousands still living outdoors must make do with plastic sheeting until fixed shelters can be built.


The Valley, Anguilla: There has been a change of government following Monday’s general election in the British Island Territory.

After a decade in opposition, the Anguilla United Movement, led by Hubert Hughes, was returned to office. The party captured four of the seven seats at stake in the poll to remove the incumbent Anguilla United Front from power.

The Anguilla Progressive Party took one seat.

Officials said there was a high turnout of voters, with 80 per cent reported in some electoral districts.


Georgetown, Guyana: Guyana has asked Suriname to publicly declare an end to its longstanding claims on Guyanese territory.

The government was responding to what it says are calls in Suriname for an invasion of Guyana.

Foreign minister Carolyn Rodriques-Birkett says she has met with the Surinamese ambassador to Guyana to express her government’s concerns.

“The use of force would indeed be a breach of international law that will require Guyana to take action to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said Rodriques-Birkett.


Kingston, Jamaica: Sprinter Usain Bolt began his 2010 season last Saturday with an impressive 400-metre victory at the Camperdown Classic.

Bolt, the world and Olympic champion at 100-metres, 200-metres and the 4 x 100-metre relay, ran from lane four and clocked 45.86 seconds to break the meet record.

Bolt got off to a quick start and was able to slow down at the end of the race for a comfortable victory.

Bolt said he didn’t feel “how I wanted to,” but was encouraged by the time.

“To run 45 seconds is a good sign,” he said.

Last year, Bolt opened his season by running the 400-metres in 46.35 seconds at the same meet.

His next race will be at the Gibson Relays in Kingston on February 27.

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