Caribbean News in Brief for Oct. 6, 2011

Joint Effort

CASTRIES, St. Lucia: Attorney General and Justice Minister, Lorenzo Rudolph Francis, has called for a “joint approach” in the fight against serious organized crime in the region. He made his comments during a conference for Caribbean prosecutors in St. Lucia, organized by the British High Commission based in Barbados.                                                   Francis said such an approach would necessarily include harmonized legislation and “other law enforcement measures” in Caribbean states, all of which face criminal activity which has no regard for “territorial waters, boundaries or jurisdictions”.

Patrice Nisbett, Attorney General of St Kitts and Nevis, drew attention to the draft CARICOM legislation, the Justice Protection Act of 2003, which provides for the implementation of programs for protecting witnesses who have been threatened or are in fear for themselves and families including their relocation to other states or countries.

The draft legislation, which would go some way in harmonizing regional efforts in combatting serious crime, remains dormant for lack of regional collaboration among prosecutors.

Cruise Ships

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts &Nevis: Several cruise ships are expected to visit St. Kitts for the first time during the 2011/2012 season.

This was announced by Prime Minister Dr. Denzil L. Douglas during a weekly live radio call-in program.

Douglas was referring to an earlier statement by Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Skerritt, that the 2011/2012 season will bring an estimated 650,000 cruise visitors to St. Kitts.

Cruise ships visiting St. Kitts for the first time including those on a one-time call or on a schedule for the first time include the Allure of the Seas, Carnival Valor, Celebrity Silhouette, Jewel of the Seas, Mein Schiff 2, the Saga Ruby, Saga Pearl 2, Seabourn Quest, Navigator of the Seas, Queen Elizabeth and Thomson Dream.

Remembering Marley

HAVANA, Cuba: Cuba will host a concert on October 22 to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of reggae superstar, Bob Marley, as part of tributes being paid throughout Latin America to the outstanding Caribbean singer and songwriter.  
The concert, at the Havana-based Fine Arts Museums, will feature local and foreign singers with the participation of Paul Everton and Dave West, members of the Canadian Jamaica to Toronto Project.
The concert will produce a CD featuring some of Bob Marley’s songs, with arrangement by Roberto Garcia combining reggae and different Cuban music genres.
Bob Marley (February 3, 1945 – May 11, 1981) was also respected for his efforts to spread the music of his homeland and for his defence of progressive governments in Jamaica, such as Michael Manley’s.

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