Caribbean News in Brief for February 24, 2011


Hodges Bay, Antigua: Sir Fred Phillips, St. Kitts and Nevis’ first governor, has died at the age of 92.

Sir Fred died at his Hodges Bay, Antigua home on Sunday after a prolonged illness.

He became the first Black governor of what was then St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla on the attainment of Statehood on February 27, 1967 and served until 1969. He had served earlier as Administrator until February 27, 1967 when he succeeded Henry Howard.

He was also Cabinet Secretary of the West Indies Federation from 1960 to 1962, Senior Assistant Registrar at the University of the West Indies from 1966 and 1967, and chairman of Grenada Telecommunications Ltd, Telecoms of Dominica, and USAID Agricultural Venture.

St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas has expressed “sadness” at Sir Fred’s passing.


Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: The Dominican Republic is taking new steps to prevent the spread of cholera from Haiti.

The government in Santo Domingo says it will burn fresh meat and seafood from Haiti that does not have a certificate demonstrating it is free of cholera bacteria.

Health Minister Bautista Rojas says the military has been authorized to seize and destroy uncertified raw animal products.

Dominican authorities blame lobster from Haiti for sickening dozens of people at a wedding last month.

The Dominican Republic says three people have died and 400 sickened from cholera since October.


Georgetown, Guyana: An expert from the Japan International Cooperation Agency has been dispatched by the Japanese government to the Caribbean Environment and Health Institute to enhance cooperation in regional solid waste management.

Hideki Wada, whose mission ends next month, will work with officials in solid waste management in seven Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States.

Those countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.

“In recognition of the need for improvement in critical areas such as landfill construction, education, national policy, financing and networking, Mr. Wada will cover issues including source segregation, final disposal, environmental education, facility preparation, municipal waste and industrial waste,” a statement from the CARICOM Secretariat said.

CARICOM member states have entered several agreements with Japan on enhancing cooperation between the two parties in waste management.


Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands: JetBlue has launched its low fare service to Providenciales, making it the 16th destination in the region which the airline serves.

Daily flights from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport began last week while weekly Saturday service began last weekend from Boston’s Logan International Airport.

“We’re excited to begin this new Caribbean adventure,” said Scott Laurence, JetBlue’s vice president of network planning. “Providenciales and the more than 40 islands that make up the Turks and Caicos are a perfect addition to our wide array of Caribbean leisure destinations.”

Ralph Higgs, Director of the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, said the new service is “a win-win situation for all involved.”

CEO of the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority, John Smith, said he was looking forward to a long relationship with JetBlue.

JetBlue will operate its Providenciales service with its 150-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.

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