CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Jan 1, 2010: While many across the Caribbean Diaspora and the Caribbean region may be happy to bid adieu to 2009, the year of the giant recession, there is no doubt that this passing year held as many high points as low points for the region.
CaribWorldNews presents its top picks of 2009:
Best News Of 2009
By far, the best news of 2009 was the performance of Jamaican Usain Bolt and several other top Caribbean athletes, who dominated at the Berlin games in June. Bolt broke his own 100 and 200 metres Olympic records in Berlin and, along with his teammates, won the 4×100 metres relay.
Top Caribbean Humanitarian Of 2009
Haitian singer Wyclef Jean for his ongoing commitment to his homeland through his Yele Haiti Foundation.
Top Caribbean Moment
U.S. President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II`s visit to Trinidad & Tobago for the April Organization of American States and the November Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit, respectively.
Top Political News Of 2009
1: The release of the final group of `Grenada 17` prisoners on September 4th.
2: The election of Caribbean American Jumanee Williams in September to replace St. Vincent and the Grenadines-born City Councilman, Dr. Kendall Stewart, in the New York City Council.
Worst Scandal Of 2009
The arrest of the once mighty and respected, R. Allen Stanford, for running a giant Ponzi scheme through the Antigua-based Stanford International Bank.
Major Movement of 2009
The Introduction of the Caribbean Count bill in the U.S. Congress and Senate that calls for a Caribbean origins category on future U.S. Census forms. The proposal was advocated for by pioneering organization, CaribID and partners and introduced by Caribbean Congresswoman Yvette Clarke in April and Senators Chuck Schumer and Kristin Gillibrand in May.
Shocking News Of 2009
1: The February 8th domestic abuse of Bajan-born singer Rihanna.
2: Death of singer Michael Jackson on June 25, 2009.
3: The deportation of Rapper Shyne to his native Belize.
4: The December 10th arrest of Jamaican-born reggae singer Buju Banton in Florida on cocaine charges.
Troubling News Of 2009
1: Decline in Tourist Arrivals all across the Caribbean and the British Airport Tax of 2009.
2: Refusal of the Obama administration to grant Haitians temporary protected status despite repeated pleas and the fact that Obama`s political director is Haitian American Patrick Gaspard.
3: Swine flu across the Caribbean that scared many and led to several deaths.
Come Back News Of 2009
The West Indies cricket performance in last two Australia tests in early December.
Miracle of 2009
No deaths on an American Airlines plane that crashed in Kingston, Jamaica on December 22, 2009.
Most Heartwarming Story of 2009
The December 2009 granting of a green card to a widow of the 2003 Staten Island Ferry Crash after years of facing deportation.