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Reparations commission says Jamaica would be due £2.3 trillion of total for caribbean

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(Jamaica Observer) THE National Commission on Reparations (NCR) says Jamaica would be due at least £2 .

Trinidad to sell CLICO

(Trinidad Express) Minister of Finance Larry Howai confirmed yesterday that Colonial Life Insurance Co Ltd (CLICO) is to be sold .

T&T court hears how body of kidnapped woman cut up, dumped at sea

(Trinidad Express) JURORS in the Vindra Naipaul-Coolman murder trial yesterday heard how the Chaguanas businesswoman’s body was cut into pieces with an electric saw, placed in garbage bags and temporarily buried before being dug up and dumped out at sea .

Cuba to build pharmaceutical plant in Bolivia

HAVANA (Reuters) - The Cuban state-owned pharmaceutical and chemical company Labiofam plans to build a complex in Bolivia that would help the South American country meet 100 per cent of its demand for basic medicine, the company said yesterday .

Five Guyanese on abandoned oil tanker for 19 months

(Trinidad Newsday) Five Guyanese who have been living for the past 19 months on a Nigerian oil and gas vessel docked in Trinidad waters, have vowed not to leave the ship unless they are paid US$215,000 in wages .

Bahamas tightens up on work permits

The government of The Bahamas has announced a measure aimed at making it harder for migrants to work in the country and said it was considering additional restrictions, according to the Associated Press .

T&T housing corporation to sue Chinese contractor over engineering failure -report

(Trinidad Express) The Housing Development Corporation (HDC) is moving to pursue legal claims against China Jiangzu, the contractor involved in the construction of two $26 million towers at Las Alturas, which suffered engineering failure and had to be demolished .

Panama foreign minister invites Raul Castro to Americas Summit

Panama foreign minister invites Raul Castro to Americas Summit

HAVANA (Reuters) - Panamanian Foreign Minister Isabel Saint Malo personally invited Cuban President Raul Castro to the Summit of the Americas her nation is hosting in April, according to a Cuban government statement published yesterday .

US won’t stand in way of Venezuela’s UN Security Council bid

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will not stand in the way of Venezuela securing a temporary seat on the UN Security Council in 2015-16 after Latin American and Caribbean states unanimously endorsed its bid, UN diplomats and US sources say .

Two T&T schools shut over Chikungunya virus

(Trinidad Guardian) Two schools in Port-of-Spain have been shut down because of several confirmed cases of the chikungunya virus .

Boy, 14, in court over sex assault

(Trinidad Express) - A 14-year-old boy yesterday appeared before in the Chaguanas Magistrates’ Court charged with buggering a six-year-old boy, who is a friend of the defendant’s family .

Two T&T schools shut over Chikungunya virus

(Trinidad Guardian) Two schools in Port-of-Spain have been shut down because of several confirmed cases of the chikungunya virus .

T&T Opposition Leader to be subject of housing probe

(Trinidad Express) Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley will be a key subject in a commission of enquiry ordered by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday to investigate the Las Alturas housing project in Morvant .

Venezuelan cartoonist says  fired for health satire

Venezuelan cartoonist says fired for health satire

CARACAS (Reuters) - A Venezuelan cartoonist said she was fired from her newspaper for a caricature that used the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez’s signature to satirize the state of healthcare .

Cops probe sexual assault at day-care centre

(Trinidad Express) - A six-year-old boy was allegedly sodomised by a teenager at a day care centre in Central Trinidad on Tuesday .

Nigerian students to be tested for Ebola before Barbados trip

(Barbados Nation) The 90 Nigerian students coming to study in Barbados will be given the specific Ebola virus disease (EVD) test before leaving, to allay Barbadian fears about any possibility of their bringing the deadly disease here .

Nigerian students to be tested for Ebola before Barbados trip

(Barbados Nation) The 90 Nigerian students coming to study in Barbados will be given the specific Ebola virus disease (EVD) test before leaving, to allay Barbadian fears about any possibility of their bringing the deadly disease here .

Venezuela airline crisis makes travellers ever more inventive

CARACAS (Reuters) - Buses across jungle borders, boats through Caribbean waters and private flights from small airfields have become a new norm for departing Venezuela as a multi-billion dollar pay dispute turns the country into something of a ‘no-fly’ zone .

Five Caribbean countries on US narcotic drugs list

(Jamaica Observer) JAMAICA has been listed as one of 22 major drug-producing and transit countries by US President Barack Obama, according to information released Monday by the US Department of State .

Digicel completes major acquisition

(Barbados Nation) has announced the completion a major Caribbean acquisition its management expects to help it transform from “a pure mobile provider” to “a global complete communications provider” .

Chikungunya in Suriname seen higher than official figures

( de Ware Tijd) PARAMARIBO – The number people infected with the chikungunya virus is far greater than official figures by the Bureau for Public Health (BOG) report .

T&T judiciary facing problems -CJ

(Trinidad Express) Let’s fix this now, Chief Justice Ivor Archie said yesterday as he outlined the problems facing the judiciary .

Brazil’s Neves: An insider in  an election about change

Brazil’s Neves: An insider in an election about change

BELO HORIZONTE/SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - The handsome, accomplished grandson of one of Brazil’s most beloved politicians, Aecio Neves has been preparing his whole life to be president, friends say .

Leftist rebels slay two oil company contractors in Colombia

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Leftist guerrillas in northeastern Colombia killed two contractors working on a pipeline for the state oil company, Ecopetrol, military sources said yesterday .

Brazil election poll shows Rousseff almost even with Silva

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff is running almost even with her main rival, Marina Silva, in a likely second-round runoff in the October presidential election, a poll published yesterday showed .

NYC’s women-only taxi service brakes for now

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The debut of a livery car service providing women drivers for female passengers in the New York City area has stalled over lack of a sufficient number of drivers, the founder of the service said yesterday .

Import of electronic cigarettes blocked

Import of electronic cigarettes blocked

(Jamaica Gleaner) Jamaican authorities have blocked the importation of electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes with liquid cartridges or replacement liquid cartridges .

High international rating for Jamaica’s Whistleblowers Legislation

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s Protected Disclosures Act is regarded as one the best whistleblowing legislations enacted in countries globally, by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) .

Proman set to acquire CLICO’s Methanol Holdings

(Trinidad Express) The energy assets of CL Financial (CLF) have almost been sold out for small sums .

T&T Minister to radio hosts: Stop race talk

(Trinidad Express) Multiculturalism Minister Dr Lincoln Douglas has called on radio station hosts to stop talking about race and ethinicity on the airwaves .

Argentina confident on bond payment after law approval – econ minister

BUENOS AIRES, (Reuters) - Argentina will pay holders of its restructured sovereign debt thanks to a bill passed by its Congress last week despite a U .

Edouard to become hurricane over Atlantic

(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica -- At 4:00 pm Saturday the centre of Tropical Storm Edouard was located near latitude 22 .

International arbitrators settle on value for key CLICO asset

(Trinidad Guardian) After more than three years and four months of deliberation, the arbitration tribunal sitting on the valuation of Point Lisas-based Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) Ltd (MHTL) has decided that Clico’s 56 .

China to help Suriname with investment zones

(De Ware Tijd) PARAMARIBO –Suriname recently signed an agreement with China for investment in industry zones .

Digicel to build Jamaica cable TV network within 3 years

(Jamaica Observer) DIGICEL plans to build out an islandwide digital cable and home broadband network within three years, says Barry O’Brien .

TT$718m for CAL in Trini budget: most for a State enterprise

(Trinidad Express) Caribbean Airlines (CAL) is the most indebted State entity, as well as the largest recipient of Government’s transfers to the State enterprises .

Cuba to send 165 health workers to fight Ebola in Africa

GENEVA, (Reuters) - Cuba is to send 165 healthcare workers to West Africa to help in the battle against the world’s worst ever epidemic of the Ebola virus, the country’s health minister said yesterday .



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