BBC Caribbean News in Brief

A group of 250 Haitians has been transported to Mexico by a navy ship, after being granted humanitarian visas to join relatives living in that Latin American country.

The Mexican Navy said the ship, Usumacinta, docked at the Gulf coast port of Veracruz on Sunday after a five-day voyage from the quake ravaged Caribbean country.

The 12 January earthquake killed more than 200,000 people in Haiti and left 1.3 million homeless.

Since the quake, 324 Haitians have been given Mexican humanitarian visas.

The visas allow the Haitians to work and travel freely in the country.

Branson wants compensation

One British-based airline boss has called on the UK government to compensate the airline industry for loss of flights that resulted from a blanket ban on air travel in European airspace because of volcanic ash from an Iceland volcano.

Virgin Atlantic’s Richard Branson says the decision cost his airline $77 million in over six days.

He said the government had overreacted, especially since engineers and other experts had argued that there was no danger to flying, with the risk limited to flights close to Iceland through the ash.
Cleric: Punish the abusers

Priests and other members of the clergy who abuse children should face the full force of the law, according to St Lucia-based Bishop Emmanuel McLorren of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the West Indies.

He has been commenting on the internal sex scandal that is rocking the Roman Catholic Church.

Bishop McLorren says no one is above the law.

He said action should be taken against perpetrators especially “if it is something that violates a major law of the country”.
Antigua to get Trinidad games

Officials in Antigua and Barbuda say the country may benefit from a decision by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to shift the opening leg of South Africa’s tour to the Caribbean to another venue.

The WICB has taken the decision because of next month’s general election in Trinidad and Tobago.

Antigua’s Sir Vivian Richards stadium is one of the alternative venues said to be under consideration.

It was originally excluded from the schedule because of a one-year ban imposed by the world governing body, the ICC, after a 2009 Test match between the West Indies and England had to be abandoned after just ten balls because of an unplayable outfield.

The facility was inspected on Sunday by ICC match referee Jeff Crowe.

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