Nicholas Laughlin · December, 2008

Latest posts by Nicholas Laughlin from December, 2008

Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister's Health

  12 December 2008

Trinidadians and Tobagonians were shocked yesterday by news that Prime Minister Patrick Manning was diagnosed with kidney cancer. While few bloggers commented publicly, in more private forums like Facebook discussions are raging about the consequences of Manning's state of health.

Trinidad and Tobago: recession blues

  4 December 2008

The latest news about the world economy reminds Trinidadian Coffeewallah of hard times in the 1980s: "people dropped their house keys off at banks and fled the country to escape loans."

Guyana: new crime hotspot

  4 December 2008

Living Guyana is "reliably informed" that new hotspots for criminal activity are developing west of Guyana's capital, Georgetown: "another major crime development … which the mainstream media have not yet picked up."

Barbados: HIV secrets

  4 December 2008

Barbados Free Press is outraged that the head of the Barbados Family Planning Association advocates not informing a woman about her husband's HIV-positive status. "[The FPA head] is a menace to the health of every woman on this island."

Haiti: clean water

  4 December 2008

Haiti Innovation posts detailed information about a campaign to improve access to clean water in Port-au-Prince. "Their approach is to provide cost effective tablet chlorinators and to build the capacity of community members to manage them."

St. Vincent and the Grenadines: “monopoly money”

  4 December 2008

A trip to the supermarket forces And Still I Rise to contemplate price inflation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines: "our money has become monopoly money. Yet, I am positive I heard the PM say … that cost of living is declining."

Bahamas: medical accountability

  4 December 2008

At Bahama Pundit , Larry Smith outlines the labyrinthine twists and turns in a "landmark" case of medical accountability currently before the Bahamas Medical Council — "more than six years after the 42-year-old man who started it all died."

Cuba: government opposes bloggers meet-up

  3 December 2008

Cuban blogger (and 2008 Best of Blogs winner) Yoani Sanchez of Generación Y reports [ES] on her meeting with two interior ministry officials, after she was summoned to a police station. When they told her to cancel a planned bloggers’ meet-up, she asked for the order in writing. Babalu Blog...

Jamaica: death penalty “savagery”

  3 December 2008

Idle Yout Speeks weighs in on the death penalty debate in Jamaica: "just beneath the surface we all hold a level of primal savagery that we keep under wraps under the premise of civilized behavior."

Guyana: stop “vehicular homicide”

  3 December 2008

Living Guyana urges political leaders to overcome their differences and cooperate to solve the problem of "vehicular homicide": "there is a prevailing sense of madness on our roads and efforts need to be made to reduce it."

Barbados: a simple story

  3 December 2008

Living in Barbados tells "a simple story of a woman, whom we will call M", who despite many disadvantages and a lack of formal education managed to raise two accomplished daughters and lifted her family out of the cycle of poverty.

Cuba: police summon blogger

  3 December 2008

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez of Generación Y — who just a few days ago won the Best of Blogs award for best weblog in the world — reports [ES] that she has been summoned by the police for questioning today.