Caribbean News in Brief for December 6, 2010


Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines: With general elections looming next week, the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) has outlined its investment program.

The party claims it has negotiated 10 projects that will pump hundreds of millions of dollars into the economy.

Leader Arnhim Eustace said that the projects are in construction, banking, airport development, agriculture and other areas.

He said that the investors were only prepared to deal with an NDP government since they are wary of the government’s close ties to Venezuela, Iran, Libya and Cuba.


Georgetown, Guyana: The government has approved a five per cent pay increase for all public officers.

However, the president of the Trade Union Congress said the “woefully inadequate” increase was not negotiated.

The increase is retroactive to January 2010 and will also be paid to government pensioners.

The increase means that the monthly salary of the lowest paid public servants will now be the equivalent of US$175.


Georgetown, Guyana: A decision by the government to grant citizenship to Chinese nationals after they have lived in the country for seven years has received mixed reactions.

They will also get automatic work permits after three years.

The government says the measure is aimed at stamping out human trafficking and immigration corruption.

But the opposition has called the move an attempt at “vote-buying” and warned that the new immigration rules will give the new Guyanese-Chinese free access throughout CARICOM.


Fort-de-France, Martinique: Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz beat Guadeloupe 5-4 in a penalty shootout to win the Digicel Caribbean Cup for the second year in a row.

Playing at Pierre Aliker Stadium, Omar Cummings scored to give Jamaica a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute. Four minutes later, Ludovic Gotin scored for Guadeloupe to tie the game.

After neither team was able to break the tie after regulation play and allotted extra time, both teams scored on their first four shots in the shootout.

Jamaica clinched victory after Jean Luc Lamboude failed to score on Guadeloupe’s fifth kick.

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