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02-19 Castro resigns as president Cuba
2. 02-24 Raul Castro named president Cuba
D. 03-07 Leaders say Colombia crisis over Dominican Republic
E. 11-07 At least 84 dead in school collapse Petionville, Haiti

Summary.     Click for More > Frantic hunt for survivors Dozens dead in school collapse Police detain owner of collapsed school Not more survivors in school collapse
  Castro resigns as president  Fidel Castro announced his resignation as president and commander in chief of the military , according to a letter published in the Granma Raul Castro named president   Raul Castro has been unanimously selected to succeed his brother Fidel as leader by National Assembly   Leaders say Colombia crisis over   The presidents of Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia have shaken hands at a summit, marking the end of a crisis triggered by a cross-border rai... Rioters storm presidential palace Prime minister ousted over food prices President wins election EU to lift sanctions against Cuba Bolt surges to gold in new record Bolt grabs third gold and record  Usain Bolt made a 3rd world record after Jamaica claimed men's 4x100m relay gold by a huge margin to set a new benchmark of 37 Cuba, Gulf Coast braced for Gustav Hurricane Gustav reaches Category 4 'Hundreds' killed by storm Hurricane Ike threatens islands Caribbean lashed by Hurricane Ike Ike makes landfall as Category 3 hurricane Ike bears down on Cuba again In battered Haiti, desperation grows Death toll from storms nearly 800 At least 84 dead in school collapse Map of Petionville Haiti
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  100 people have been injured. Rescuers planned to continue working into the night to dig out students and teachers buried in the rubble.    150 people had been injured, but many more remained missing. Fortin Augustin, who owns College La Promesse Evangelique in Petionville, surrender...
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February 2008 ... more > Top ^
Feb.19  
  Fidel Castro announced his resignation as president and commander in chief of the military , according to a letter published in the Granma
 The resignation ends nearly a half-century of iron-fisted rule that frustrated 10 U.S. presidents. Bush said Castro's decision ought to spark 'a democratic transition'. John Negroponte added that the 1962 embargo would probably not be lifted 'any time soon'
 US urges reform as Castro quits Feb.24   Raul Castro named president
  Raul Castro has been unanimously selected to succeed his brother Fidel as leader by National Assembly.    Fidel Castro, 81, had been out of the public eye since July 2006 when he had major surgery. Raul's name was the only one put...
Feb.28  Cuba signs human rights pledges

March 2008 ... more > Top ^
Mar.7     Leaders say Colombia crisis over
  The presidents of Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia have shaken hands at a summit, marking the end of a crisis triggered by a cross-border raid
Mar.22  Mambo pioneer Cachao dies at 89

April 2008 ... more > Top ^
Apr.1  Cuba loans unused land to private farmers Apr.7  Angry Haitians protest food prices Apr.8   Rioters storm presidential palace
  Hungry Haitians demand the resignation of President Preval over soaring food prices. U.N. peacekeepers battled rioters Apr.9 President: Cut in food taxes to stop riots Apr.11  Leaders plan more reforms Apr.12   Prime minister ousted over food prices  Parliament has voted to dismiss Jacques Edouard Alexis after deadly protests over rising food prices. 16 of 27 senators voted for the dismis... Apr.16  President looks to boost food production Apr.17  UN appeals to Haitian politicians Apr.21  Haitians' bodies found near Bahamas

May 2008 ... more > Top ^
May.2 Home computer ban lifted
May.11 11 dead after overloaded ferry sinks May.16   President wins election  Leonel Fernandez was leading the presidential election with more than 53%. In second place was Dominican Revolutionary Party leader Maldonado

June 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jun.1 Jamaica's Bolt is world's fastest man
 Puerto Rico win buoys Clinton Jun.11 Cuba to abandon salary equality Jun.15  Elian Gonzalez joins youth Communists Jun.19   EU to lift sanctions against Cuba  The European Union is to lift sanctions imposed on Cuba in 2003 in protest at the imprisonment of 70 Cuban dissidents by the Castro governme...

July 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jul.22  Powell beats world's fastest man Jul.26  Cuba marks revolution anniversary Jul.29  3 held in honeymoon murder case

August 2008 ... more > Top ^
Aug.16   Bolt surges to gold in new record
  Usain Bolt glided to 9.69, a new world record, as he produced a stunning run in the Olympic 100m final. He was well clear at 60m Tropical Storm Fay approaches Cuba
Aug.17  Fraser heads Jamaican in women's 100m Aug.20 Bolt claims 200m gold with record Aug.22   Bolt grabs third gold and record
  Usain Bolt made a 3rd world record after Jamaica claimed men's 4x100m relay gold by a huge margin to set a new benchmark of 37.10
Aug.23  S. Korea stuns Cuba for baseball gold  Taekwondo star kicks referee in face Aug.25 Gustav takes aim at Haiti, Domin. Republic Aug.27 Gustav blamed for 22 deaths Aug.28 Gustav hits Jamaica; Haiti says 51 dead Aug.29 Jets avoid collision by a minute Powerful Gustav heads to Caymans Aug.30   Cuba, Gulf Coast braced for Gustav  Winds increased to near 145 mph as it threatened the western tip of Cuba as a Category 4 hurricane   Hurricane Gustav reaches Category 4  Thousands of anxious Cubans sought safety from the hurricane as its western eye reached the Isle of Youth with winds near 145 mph

September 2008 ... more > Top ^
Sep.2 Haitians 'screaming for help' after storms
Sep.3 Haiti facing storm 'catastrophe' Sep.4 Rescuers can't get aid to flooded town Sep.5 Flooded Haitians 'in dire need'   'Hundreds' killed by storm Map of Gonaives Haiti  Almost 500 bodies have been found in the port city of Gonaives after floodwaters caused by recent storms receded Aid ship reaches Haitians hit by hurricane Sep.6   Hurricane Ike threatens islands   Emergency measures are being taken as Hurricane Ike sweeps in, just days after Tropical Storm Hanna passed through the region Haiti struggles as another storm looms   Caribbean lashed by Hurricane Ike
  Hurricane Ike is bringing winds of 135mph, just days after Tropical Storm Hanna caused havoc in the region. Ike could dump 12 inches of rain Sep.7   Ike makes landfall as Category 3 hurricane   Hurricane made landfall on the north coast of eastern Cuba in the province of Holguin near Punto de Sama where mass evacuations taken place Sep.9   Ike bears down on Cuba again
  Hurricane skimmed along the southern coast, battering the island nation with near 80-mph winds, high surf and torrential rains   In battered Haiti, desperation grows  4 major storms have raked the desperately poor country in the past month, leaving at least 341 people dead

October 2008 ... more > Top ^
Oct.4   Death toll from storms nearly 800  Haitian Red Cross suspected the numbers may climb further because many people were still missing Oct.6 Storms bring food shortages back


November 2008 ... more > Top ^
Nov.6 Paloma becomes hurricane
Nov.7   At least 84 dead in school collapse Map of Petionville Haiti
  100 people have been injured. Rescuers planned to continue working into the night to dig out students and teachers buried in the rubble
 150 people had been injured, but many more remained missing. Fortin Augustin, who owns College La Promesse Evangelique in Petionville, surrendered to authorities As many as 700 children were on the school grounds, celebrating the school's birthday when the building collapsed about 10 a.m.
Hurricane Paloma strengthens     Frantic hunt for survivors  A desperate rescue effort is continuing at the site of a school building that collapsed with several hundred children inside Nov.8   Dozens dead in school collapse  Rescue workers pulled two uninjured children from the rubble of a school that collapsed the day before School collapse toll rises   Police detain owner of collapsed school  Authorities have detained Fortin Augustin, who owns College La Promesse Evangelique Nov.9 Paloma smacks Cuba, then weakens Nov.10   Not more survivors in school collapse  Rescue officials don't expect to find any more survivors at a school that collapsed last week, indicating efforts will now be focused on recovering... Nov.12 Kids' dancing causes school collapse Nov.17 Boat, 40 Dominican migrants missing Nov.22 Caribbean leaders join forces on downturn Nov.27 Medvedev in Cuba to improve ties


  Leaders say Colombia crisis over




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  The presidents of Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia have shaken hands at a summit, marking the end of a crisis triggered by a cross-border raid




Caribbean Antilles, 2008 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2008 Apr.21  Haitians' bodies found near Bahamas May.11 11 dead after overloaded ferry sinks
Aug.16 Tropical Storm Fay approaches Cuba Aug.25 Gustav takes aim at Haiti, Domin. Republic Aug.27 Gustav blamed for 22 deaths Aug.28 Gustav hits Jamaica; Haiti says 51 dead Aug.29 Jets avoid collision by a minute Aug.29 Powerful Gustav heads to Caymans Aug.30 Cuba, Gulf Coast braced for Gustav  Winds increased to near 145 mph as it threatened the western tip of Cuba as a Category 4 hurricane Aug.30 Hurricane Gustav reaches Category 4  Thousands of anxious Cubans sought safety from the hurricane as its western eye reached the Isle of Youth with winds near 145 mph Sep.2 Haitians 'screaming for help' after storms Sep.3 Haiti facing storm 'catastrophe' Sep.4 Rescuers can't get aid to flooded town Sep.5 Flooded Haitians 'in dire need' Sep.5 'Hundreds' killed by storm
Map of Gonaives Haiti  Almost 500 bodies have been found in the port city of Gonaives after floodwaters caused by recent storms receded Sep.5 Aid ship reaches Haitians hit by hurricane Sep.6 Hurricane Ike threatens islands   Emergency measures are being taken as Hurricane Ike sweeps in, just days after Tropical Storm Hanna passed through the region Sep.6 Haiti struggles as another storm looms Sep.6 Caribbean lashed by Hurricane Ike
  Hurricane Ike is bringing winds of 135mph, just days after Tropical Storm Hanna caused havoc in the region. Ike could dump 12 inches of rain Sep.7 Ike makes landfall as Category 3 hurricane   Hurricane made landfall on the north coast of eastern Cuba in the province of Holguin near Punto de Sama where mass evacuations taken place Sep.9 Ike bears down on Cuba again  Hurricane skimmed along the southern coast, battering the island nation with near 80-mph winds, high surf and torrential rains Sep.9 In battered Haiti, desperation grows  4 major storms have raked the desperately poor country in the past month, leaving at least 341 people dead Oct.4 Death toll from storms nearly 800  Haitian Red Cross suspected the numbers may climb further because many people were still missing Oct.6 Storms bring food shortages back Nov.6 Paloma becomes hurricane Nov.7 At least 84 dead in school collapse Map of Petionville Haiti
  100 people have been injured. Rescuers planned to continue working into the night to dig out students and teachers buried in the rubble
 150 people had been injured, but many more remained missing. Fortin Augustin, who owns College La Promesse Evangelique in Petionville, surrendered to authorities As many as 700 children were on the school grounds, celebrating the school's birthday when the building collapsed about 10 a.m.
Nov.7 Hurricane Paloma strengthens Nov.7   Frantic hunt for survivors  A desperate rescue effort is continuing at the site of a school building that collapsed with several hundred children inside Nov.8 Dozens dead in school collapse  Rescue workers pulled two uninjured children from the rubble of a school that collapsed the day before Nov.8 School collapse toll rises Nov.9 Paloma smacks Cuba, then weakens Nov.10 Not more survivors in school collapse  Rescue officials don't expect to find any more survivors at a school that collapsed last week, indicating efforts will now be focused on recovering... Nov.12 Kids' dancing causes school collapse Nov.17 Boat, 40 Dominican migrants missing



Caribbean Antilles, 2008 Sports Timeline ... See World Sports timeline Top ^
2008 Jun.1 Jamaica's Bolt is world's fastest man
Jul.22  Powell beats world's fastest man Aug.16 Bolt surges to gold in new record  Usain Bolt glided to 9.69, a new world record, as he produced a stunning run in the Olympic 100m final. He was well clear at 60m Aug.17  Fraser heads Jamaican in women's 100m Aug.20 Bolt claims 200m gold with record Aug.22 Bolt grabs third gold and record
  Usain Bolt made a 3rd world record after Jamaica claimed men's 4x100m relay gold by a huge margin to set a new benchmark of 37.10
Aug.23  S. Korea stuns Cuba for baseball gold Aug.23  Taekwondo star kicks referee in face



Caribbean Antilles, 2008 Business Timeline ... See World Business timeline Top ^
2008 Mar.22  Mambo pioneer Cachao dies at 89 Apr.1  Cuba loans unused land to private farmers Apr.7  Angry Haitians protest food prices Apr.11  Leaders plan more reforms Apr.16  President looks to boost food production May.2 Home computer ban lifted
Jun.11 Cuba to abandon salary equality Oct.6 Storms bring food shortages back Nov.22 Caribbean leaders join forces on downturn



Caribbean Antilles, 2008 Crime Timeline ... See World Crime timeline Top ^
2008 Apr.8 Rioters storm presidential palace  Hungry Haitians demand the resignation of President Preval over soaring food prices. U.N. peacekeepers battled rioters Apr.9 President: Cut in food taxes to stop riots
Jul.29  3 held in honeymoon murder case Nov.8 Police detain owner of collapsed school  Authorities have detained Fortin Augustin, who owns College La Promesse Evangelique



Caribbean Antilles, 2008 Politics Timeline ... See World Politics timeline Top ^
2008 Feb.19   Castro resigns as president
  Fidel Castro announced his resignation as president and commander in chief of the military , according to a letter published in the Granma
 The resignation ends nearly a half-century of iron-fisted rule that frustrated 10 U.S. presidents. Bush said Castro's decision ought to spark 'a democratic transition'. John Negroponte added that the 1962 embargo would probably not be lifted 'any time soon'
Feb.19  US urges reform as Castro quits Feb.24 Raul Castro named president
  Raul Castro has been unanimously selected to succeed his brother Fidel as leader by National Assembly.    Fidel Castro, 81, had been out of the public eye since July 2006 when he had major surgery. Raul's name was the only one put...
Feb.28  Cuba signs human rights pledges Mar.7   Leaders say Colombia crisis over
  The presidents of Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia have shaken hands at a summit, marking the end of a crisis triggered by a cross-border raid
Apr.7  Angry Haitians protest food prices Apr.8 Rioters storm presidential palace
  Hungry Haitians demand the resignation of President Preval over soaring food prices. U.N. peacekeepers battled rioters Apr.11  Leaders plan more reforms Apr.12 Prime minister ousted over food prices  Parliament has voted to dismiss Jacques Edouard Alexis after deadly protests over rising food prices. 16 of 27 senators voted for the dismis... Apr.17  UN appeals to Haitian politicians May.2 Home computer ban lifted May.16 President wins election  Leonel Fernandez was leading the presidential election with more than 53%. In second place was Dominican Revolutionary Party leader Maldonado Jun.1  Puerto Rico win buoys Clinton Jun.11 Cuba to abandon salary equality Jun.15  Elian Gonzalez joins youth Communists Jun.19 EU to lift sanctions against Cuba  The European Union is to lift sanctions imposed on Cuba in 2003 in protest at the imprisonment of 70 Cuban dissidents by the Castro governme... Jul.26  Cuba marks revolution anniversary Nov.17 Boat, 40 Dominican migrants missing Nov.22 Caribbean leaders join forces on downturn Nov.27 Medvedev in Cuba to improve ties