12 January, 2010 - Published 20:55 GMT

BBC Caribbean News in Brief

St Lucia cruise talks fail

St Lucia has failed to convince Norwegian Cruise lines to put the island back on its schedule, despite a high level meeting involving two government ministers and officials of the cruise line.

The cruise line had threatened to drop Castries last year, following attacks on tourists.

Tourism Minister Allen Chastenet and Communications and Works Minister Guy Joseph, who met with company representatives, have warned that criminal activity, especially crimes against tourists, could force other cruise lines to take similar action.

Attorney addresses deportation

A US-based Trinidad-born lawyer is trying to get a message to American President Barack Obama - that the effects of current legislation facilitating deportation are like a brutal one-two punch for Caribbean immigrants.

Arlene Roberts says she wants her concerns addressed and has written to the president on that matter.

She argues that under laws which are retroactive, minor crimes reclassified as aggravated felonies and added to the list of deportable offences, are impacting on some Caribbean people in the US.

Ms Roberts wants to, among other things, "dispel the myth of the deportee as a career criminal wreaking havoc on Caribbean society".

Arlene Roberts is the author of "The Faces of Detention and Deportation: A Report on the Forced Repatriation of Immigrants from the English-Speaking Caribbean".

Grenada distillery reinstates workers

The Grenada Distillers Ltd has reinstated the nine workers dismissed last week.

The workers were fired after they refused to sign personal contracts without the prior knowledge and approval of their Union the Technical and Allied Workers Union.

Their dismissal sparked three days of industrial action which was followed by intervention from the Labour Commissioner Cyrus Griffith.

A statement from the company says it has decided to rehire the workers after consulting with its lawyers and following the recommendation from the Labour Commissioner.

International insurer to leave Cayman

International insurer, XL Capital Ltd, is planning to move its business from the Cayman Islands to Ireland.

The company's CEO, Michael McGavick, said the move will lower certain risks and help reinforce the company's reputation.

XL plans to complete the transaction by 1 July.

The proposal also needs to be approved by the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

For years Caribbean countries have used their low tax rates to lure multi-national corporations and hedge funds.

But the region's financial services sector has been hurt by the global recession and a clampdown on offshore financial jurisdictions by developed countries.

WHO ready for swine flu review

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it is ready to hold an independent review into its handling of the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, once the pandemic is actually over.

The WHO has been facing charges from some European politicians that it exaggerated the dangers of swine flu.

A WHO spokeswoman in Geneva said the results of any review of its management of the pandemic would be made public.