Caribbean - : Africa and Maghreb's news - The panafrican daily newspaper, Africa's portal offers a daily online newspaper with information on what is going on in the world, culture, economics, sport, societies of 56 african countries. en : Africa news, Maghreb news - The african daily newspaper Cuba hands American 15-year prison sentence Mon, 14 Mar 2011 09:57:38 +0100 <p class="spip">American contractor Alan P. Gross has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for crimes against the Cuban state.</p> <p class="spip">Gross, 61, was found guilty of working on a "subversive" U.S. project intended to undermine the Cuban government by distributing illegal satellite communications equipment, according to Cubadebate, a state-run website in Cuba.</p> One million Cubans to lose their jobs Tue, 14 Sep 2010 13:09:10 +0200 <p class="spip">Cuba has announced it will lay off more than a million state employees in a sweeping privatisation drive that will transform the island's socialist economy.</p> <p class="spip">Authorities said layoffs would begin immediately amid loosened controls on private enterprise which, it is hoped, will kickstart the private sector and create new jobs for former public workers.</p> <p class="spip">The official Cuban labour federation, which made the announcement on Monday, said 500,000 jobs would go by March and eventually 1m would be cut in the biggest economic shakeup since the 1960s.</p> <p class="spip">"Our state cannot and should not continue maintaining companies, productive entities, services and budgeted sectors with bloated payrolls [and] losses that hurt the economy," the union, which has 3 million members, said in a statement.</p> <p class="spip">"Job options will be increased and broadened with new forms of non-state employment, among them leasing land, co-operatives and self-employment, absorbing hundreds of thousands of workers in the coming years," it said. President Raúl Castro has repeatedly warned that change was coming but the scale of the cuts caught observers by surprise.</p> Dengue fever vaccine search in progress Tue, 14 Sep 2010 13:02:38 +0200 The Sanofi Pasteur laboratory has announced the launch of new clinical studies in Singapore and Vietnam on its candidate vaccine against dengue fever. Destination Santé Wyclef Jean: Sean Penn 'too busy sniffing cocaine' to see me in Haiti Tue, 07 Sep 2010 01:53:03 +0200 <p class="spip">Sean Penn has one more critic to contend with.</p> <p class="spip">At a concert in New York on Friday, Wyclef Jean suggested the actor's recreational drug use led to him criticizing the singer's presidential bid in Haiti, reports.</p> <p class="spip">Penn told Larry King last month that he worried the singer's campaign was simply "about a vision of flying around the world, talking to people."</p> <p class="spip">He later penned a column for the Huffington Post criticizing the singer for being absent after the January earthquake in Haiti.</p> Wyclef Jean: Not so Haitian Wed, 25 Aug 2010 15:22:43 +0200 Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council will not budge despite Wyclef Jean's struggle to appeal its decision not to allow him to run in the country's next presidential election. His candidacy was irrevocably rejected on Tuesday. Stéphanie Plasse Wyclef Jean: "If I Was President" Mon, 23 Aug 2010 19:58:29 +0200 Wyclef Jean's presidential aspiration has been rekindled after having been rejected by Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council. The entertainer has decided to fight last week's decision to disqualify him from running in Haiti's presidential election. Stéphanie Plasse Haiti: Wyclef Jean for President? Thu, 29 Jul 2010 20:40:07 +0200 World acclaimed entertainer Wyclef Jean's family Tuesday confirmed that the former Fugees member will run in the Haitian presidential elections in November. The artist, who resides in the United States, however, needs to clear an important constitutional obstacle. Chigba Njokanma Dustin Brown, the next Yannick Noah? Tue, 13 Jul 2010 13:01:11 +0200 At 25, the tennis player Dustin Brown did not go unnoticed at the last Wimbledon championship which ended last weekend. This discovery could open the doors of the UK tennis team to him, especially for the Davis Cup. Natacha Mikolo Caribbean leaders join African Union meeting in Uganda Thu, 24 Jun 2010 15:50:00 +0200 Uganda has invited thirteen Caribbean heads of state from to attend the African Union (AU) summit due to take place in Kampala in July2010. Geof Magga Vanessa James and Yannick Bonheur: Black on Ice Tue, 02 Mar 2010 14:56:52 +0100 The French skating pair, Yannick Bonheur and Vanessa James electrified spectators at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Dancing to the tune of Romeo and Juliette, the French pair received a standing ovation after a memorable performance, and although they placed a distant fourteenth, history was made. They are first black figure skating pair ever at the Winter Olympics. Natacha Mikolo Caribbean & Latin America Leaders agree to create Latam bloc Wed, 24 Feb 2010 16:26:08 +0100 <p class="spip">Latin American and Caribbean leaders have agreed to create a new regional bloc that excludes the US and Canada.</p> <p class="spip">The announcement came at the close of a two-day summit of 32 leaders in Cancun, Mexico on Tuesday.</p> <p class="spip">The new bloc "must as a priority push for regional integration ... and promote the regional agenda in global meetings," Felipe Calderon, the Mexican president, said on Tuesday.</p> Caribbean: Honing tsunami warning system Fri, 12 Feb 2010 11:55:37 +0100 Frequent Caribbean earthquakes and concern about tsunamis prompted the island nations, the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and neighbors, including the United States, to build on local experience with hurricanes and volcanoes to establish a regional warning system for tsunamis and other coastal hazards. Cheryl Pellerin 14th AU Summit: African Union Heads of State Commit Themselves to Move Africa from Poverty to Prosperity Wed, 03 Feb 2010 13:34:17 +0100 The 14th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union officially ended today, Tuesday 2nd February 2010, under the Chairmanship of the new Chairperson of the African Union, Dr. Bingu Wa Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi. Botswana: Radical Jamaican cleric trained Batswana to attack 2010 World Cup? Mon, 18 Jan 2010 14:57:40 +0100 A radical Jamaican cleric Abdullah al-Faisal who was recently deported from several African countries was operating a “suicide bomber camp” in Botswana, a publication has claimed. Kabelo Marupi Tools to better understand earthquakes Mon, 18 Jan 2010 09:25:25 +0100 Today, only the generosity of nations can help the tragic victims of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January 12. But on that day, a global network of seismographic stations and a range of new tools let scientists monitor the event in real time and calculate probable damage and deaths in advance so aid agencies could prepare the best response. Cheryl Pellerin