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Last updated: 14 November, 2008 - Published 21:51 GMT
 
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Hundreds of workers sent home

The global financial crisis is hitting hard in the Bahamas where Atlantis Resort is laying off nearly 800 workers.

The staff cuts follow warnings about this earlier this week by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham

That major hotel says the cuts which represent about ten percent of its workforce, have been prompted by low occupancy levels.

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham earlier this week warned Bahamians to brace themselves for job losses as many of the country's hotels and resorts were experiencing their lowest occupancy levels in many years.

Trade Unionist Tyrone RockMorris, the General Secretary of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas Trade Union Congress, says the cuts are worrying.

Banks to discuss credit crunch

Representatives of the region's indigenous banks will meet in Barbados from Monday - and the global financial crisis will be among the list of items on their agenda.

These banks are known to support the tourism sector in their islands, and they'll be taking a critical look at how the industry is being affected by the economic crunch.

The Managing Director and CEO of the Barbados National Bank, Trinidadian Robert Le Hunte, says the crisis provides an opportunity to examine the situation and how to deal with it from a Caribbean perspective.

He's been telling BBC Caribbean that getting a harmonised approach to the problem may not be easily achieved.

Drivers object to court ruling

Mini-bus drivers in Saint Lucia are expressing outrage, because a colleague could go to jail for charging a student twenty-five cents more than the legal fare.

The driver was hauled before a City Magistrate on Thursday where he was fined 850 EC dollars to be paid by January 15th next year, or face three months in jail.

Mini-bus driver Lindsay Neptune was charged after a complaint was filed by the parent of a secondary school student.

The case has generated almost a unanimous reaction among mini-bus passengers, many of whom have complained bitterly in the past about the attitude and actions of mini-bus drivers.

2008 Cuba's worst hurricane season

The yet to end 2008 Atlantic Hurricane season has left its mark in a number of areas.

That includes on the American mainland, testing the New Orleans levees rebuilt after Katrina, hammering the Texan oilpatch and in Haiti, killing 800 people and leaving thousands homeless.

Hurricane Ike flood in Cuba

But the season may well be best remembered as one of the worst in Cuba's history.

In Haiti there are some sixty thousand people still in shelters, after storms in August and September unleashed deadly floods that resulted in the deaths of eight hundred people.

But spare a thought as well for Cuba.

There three major hurricanes of category 3 or higher - Gustave, Ike and Paloma, caused an estimated 10 billion dollars damage.

Nearly half a million homes were damaged on the Communist-ruled island, and the hurricanes also flattened sugar cane and tobacco fields.

Memorial for "Mama Africa"

A public memorial is planned for tomorrow in Johannesburg for South African singing legend Miriam Makeba, who died last weekend after a performance in Italy.

The service at a top concert venue that can accommodate nearly 20 thousand people, is expected to attract the country's biggest artists to pay respect to the woman known fondly as "Mama Africa".

One of the continent's best known voices - Miriam Makeba was a champion in the fight against apartheid during three decades in exile.

 
 
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