Caribbean News in Brief, January 13, 2011


St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda:

Carew, who died last Saturday at the age of 73, played 19 Tests matches for the West Indies.

He was the WICB’s longest serving selector, having served three stints starting in the 1970s.

Carew was also a mentor of world-record breaking batsman, Brian Lara.


London, England:

Johnson said he was saddened to learn of Mason’s death, which he called a great loss to boxing and the Jamaican community.

The High Commissioner said Mason was among a long line of successful British boxers of Jamaican heritage who have contributed to Jamaica and Britain’s proud pugilistic tradition.

Mason, 48, fought in the heavyweight division. He fought 38 professional bouts between 1984 and 1994 and won 37. He was British champion from January 1989 to March 1991.

Mason’s only loss came in 1991, when he lost to Lennox Lewis at Wembley Stadium.


Bridgetown, Barbados:

Minister of Labour Dr. Esther Byer-Suckoo said the long-awaited Employment Rights Bill is in the final stages of preparation.

She pointed out that the legislation would address the concept of “Decent Work”, which addresses the rights of employees, and employers’ entitlement.

“The Employment Rights Bill (will) help guarantee decent work,” said Dr. Byer-Suckoo. “There are a lot of people who work under conditions that are not satisfactory.”

The labour minister also noted employees needed to reciprocate by being productive and “giving an honest day’s work for pay”.


Georgetown, Guyana:

On Monday, Jagdeo said he made the request after a number of opposition politicians raised strong objections claiming that Dr. Surujbally’s appointment to the Livestock Authority was unconstitutional.

They also questioned whether Surujbally could remain an impartial chairman of the elections commission while holding the government office.

Jagdeo said he was surprised at the objections raised by the opposition politicians since Surujbally wrote to all of the parliamentary political parties several months ago informing them of his appointment and none of them questioned it or objected to it.


Georgetown, Guyana:

Elections are due in Guyana this year, and Jagdeo says many people from his ruling People’s Progressive Party, the business community and some opposition parties have been urging him to pursue a third term.

He says he signed into effect the new constitution which brought in term limits, and he intends to respect the law.


Bridgetown, Barbados:

Bank Governor Dr. Delisle Worrell says the projected economic growth will result from improvement in the performance of key sectors including tourism.

Dr. Worrell’s annual economic review shows that up to November 2010, tourism improved with increased arrivals from North America and Canada.

“Beyond 2011, the economy is expected to achieve a 3 per cent rate of growth,” said Worrell.

However, Worrell said economic growth beyond 2011 depended on a number of factors including “a full recovery of the tourism sector”.


Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis:

The 17.5 per cent tax is the cornerstone of the government’s efforts to increase revenues and cut a large deficit.

Tax filing by businesses began in mid-December but not all have complied with VAT regulations, according to Information Minister of State Nigel Carty.

The government of St.Kitts and Nevis has issued a strong warning to businesses that are not paying the new Value Added Tax (VAT). The Governor of the Barbados Central Bank says the nation’s economy is expected to grow approximately two per cent in 2011. Guyana President Bharrat Jagdeo says he has no intention of seeking a third term in office. Following a request by President Bharrat Jagdeo, Chairman of Guyana Elections Commission Dr. Steve Surujbally is resigning from the post of Chairman of the Guyana Livestock Development Authority. Legislation which is expected to better regulate relations between employers and employees in Barbados will be laid in Parliament by the end of the month. Jamaican High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Anthony Johnson, has expressed condolences to the family of the late Jamaican-born British boxing champion Gary Mason, who was killed in a cycling accident last week in London. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has expressed sadness at the passing of former West Indies batsman and chairman of selectors, Joey Carew.

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