Sharing is caring! Share Tweet NewsRegional Caribbean countries oppose Britain over Falklands by: – February 7, 2012 9 Views no discussions ALBA heads of state and government attending the summit in CaracasCARACAS, Venezuela — The Commonwealth Caribbean countries of Antigua-Barbuda, Dominica and St Vincent and the Grenadines are among ALBA members that have agreed to block any ships flying the Falkland Islands flag from docking in their ports.At the 11th summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA), made up of Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Ecuador and St Vincent and the Grenadines, participating heads of state and government on Saturday approved a special agreement to back Argentina’s call for the restoration of the British Overseas Territory claimed by Argentina as Las Malvinas to Argentinean sovereignty.President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, said, “It is time for Latin America to decide sanctions against this mistaken power that pretends to be imperialist and colonialist in the 21st century. I think we have to apply more forceful things. We have to talk about sanctions.”Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, said, “If it should occur to the British empire to attack Argentina militarily, Argentina won’t be alone this time. Venezuela is no power, but we’ve got some weapons and the will to face any imperialist aggression.”Tensions have risen over the Falklands as the 30th anniversary of Argentina’s 1982 invasion nears. Celebrations are planned in the UK for the anniversary of the Falklands War starting from May 20.Britain has recently sent to the area HMS Dauntless, a Type 45 destroyer armed with enough firepower that one navy source told the Daily Mail newspaper, could “take out all of South America’s fighter aircraft, let alone those of Argentina”.A British nuclear submarine is also reportedly being deployed to the area. During the ALBA summit, Chavez praised the economic potential of several Caribbean nations such as Dominica, with its coffee production, and St Vincent and the Grenadines, with its tourist industry, and agricultural and fishing production.He also referred to the bloc’s decision to maintain Haiti as a permanent guest of their meetings and to have Saint Lucia and Suriname as special guest-members.by Caribbean News Now contributor Share Share
Weather caused more issues at Daytona International Speedway Saturday, with rain postponing the Coke Zero Sugar 400 to Sunday. The race will start at 1 p.m. Sunday, and be broadcast on NBC. The race had been set for a 7:30 p.m. ET start Saturday night, but persistent rain throughout the afternoon left everyone at the track watching the weather radar and speculating about whether NASCAR could find a window to squeeze in the race.Still raining. Here’s the radar. Will need some help to get this in — and showers tend to weaken deeper into night here. pic.twitter.com/U3KBlOaZ9N— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) July 6, 2019But in the end, NASCAR ran out of time, making the call to postpone the race around 8:15 p.m.