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Barbados gets another downgrade from S&P

(Barbados Nation) Standard & Poor’s yesterday delivered the type of Christmas present Barbados least wants .

T&T cop booted from CAL flight for refusing to turn off phone

(Trinidad Express) A senior police officer was thrown off a Caribbean Airlines flight to Tobago on Thursday night when he refused to switch off his cellular telephone and became hostile when the flight attendant asked him several times .

TT$2m for Sparrow

TT$2m for Sparrow

-Govt to acquire memorabilia from family of Calypso King of the World

(Trinidad Express) Government will pay $2 million to acquire the memorabilia of the Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) .

U.S.-Cuba deal: What the two sides get out of the bargain

By Peter Hakim (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has inverted U .

Secret talks in Canada, Vatican City led to  Cuba breakthrough

Secret talks in Canada, Vatican City led to Cuba breakthrough

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The historic breakthrough in U .

U.S.-Cuba rapprochement exposes Venezuela’s Maduro

U.S.-Cuba rapprochement exposes Venezuela’s Maduro

CARACAS, (Reuters) - Even as Cuba and the United States try to bury 50 years of enmity, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro has seemed to be going in the other direction, vilifying “insolent Yankees” at rallies and threatening to cut ties completely .

OAS helping Jamaica with cyber security

The Organization of American States (OAS) has deployed a team of experts to Jamaica at the request of the country´s government, to provide cyber security incident management support, a release from the OAS said today .

Colombia’s FARC rebels call conditional unlimited ceasefire

BOGOTA, (Reuters) - Colombia’s Marxist FARC rebels have declared an indefinite unilateral ceasefire beginning on Dec .

Anti-corruption bill finally passed in T&T Parliament

(Trinidad Express) Legislation to curb corruption in this country was finally passed yesterday in the Senate .

T&T judge pleads not guilty to breathalyser charge

(Trinidad Express) Industrial Court vice president Ramchand Lutchmedial yesterday pleaded not guilty on a charge of failing to submit a specimen of breath for a breathalyser test last Friday .

Brazil prosecutors indict second former Petrobras executive

SAO PAULO,(Reuters) - Brazilian prosecutors said on Monday they had formally charged four more people, including a former executive at state-run Petrobras , in a widening probe into a kickback scheme that allegedly stole billions of dollars from the oil company .

US court dismisses Colombian human rights claims against Occidental

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A US federal appeals court on Monday threw out a human rights lawsuit brought against Occidental Petroleum Corp over allegations that it played a role in killings carried out by the Colombian military in 2004 .

Is US$ falling into wrong hands? – T&T President questions

(Trinidad Express) President Anthony Carmona has expressed concern about the shortage of US dollars in the local financial system, saying if it is not caused by consumer spending then the Central Bank must ensure the currency is not ending up in the wrong hands .

T&T judge charged over breathalyser test

T&T judge charged over breathalyser test

(Trinidad Express) Judge in the morning, defendant in the afternoon .

Venezuela wants to expand PetroCaribe despite falling prices

Venezuela wants to expand PetroCaribe despite falling prices

HAVANA, (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told leftist allies from Latin America yesterday he wanted to expand the Petrocaribe program of providing oil at preferential terms, even as falling oil prices add more stress to the Venezuelan economy .

Korean Air chief steward in nut row says insulted, forced to kneel

Korean Air chief steward in nut row says insulted, forced to kneel

SEOUL (Reuters) - The head of cabin crew who was kicked off a Korean Air Lines flight after a company executive raged over the way she was served macadamia nuts said he was insulted and forced to kneel down to apologise to the executive .

Police link T&T triple murder to the sale of state lands

(Trinidad Guardian) Three people were executed in the peaceful Valencia district on Friday night .

Three gunned down in T&T

Three gunned down in T&T

(Trinidad Express) Angry relatives walked around with cutlasses looking for killers following Friday’s shooting deaths of two men and a woman when gunmen stormed a house off the Eastern Main Road, Valencia .

Venezuela drug trade rings alarm bells

CARACAS, (Reuters) - Hidden in a large ochre-colored container, the 1 .

EU warns St Kitts, St Vincent over illegal fishing

BRUSSELS, (Reuters) - The European Commission has issued warnings to four Pacific and Caribbean countries for failing to crack down on illegal fishing, exposing them to a possible trade ban .

CAL charging new luggage fee

(Trinidad Express)  State carrier Caribbean Airlines yesterday announced a new baggage policy of charging customers for their second checked bag .

EU warns St Kitts, St Vincent over illegal fishing

BRUSSELS, (Reuters) - The European Commission has issued warnings to four Pacific and Caribbean countries for failing to crack down on illegal fishing, exposing them to a possible trade ban .

CARICOM competition body studying proposed CWC mega deal

CARICOM competition body studying proposed CWC mega deal

The CARICOM Competition Commission yesterday said it is studying the proposed US$3B acquisition by Cable & Wireless of regional cable provider Columbus International which has sparked regulatory concerns across the Caribbean .

As world prices fall, Jamaica paying more cash upfront for PetroCaribe oil

As world prices fall, Jamaica paying more cash upfront for PetroCaribe oil

(Jamaica Gleaner) The dramatic fall in world crude prices has curtailed Jamaica’s oil bill, but it also means that oil refinery Petrojam Limited has to pay a larger portion of the bill in cash .

T&T granny found buried in yard

T&T granny found buried in yard

(Trinidad Guardian) Less than a week after she was reported missing by relatives, 83-year-old pensioner Stephanie Millington was found on Tuesday buried in a shallow grave behind her Morvant home .

Barbados set for worst sugar harvest in history

(Barbados Nation) Barbados is set to record the worst sugar harvest in modern history next year .

Report: Big Jamaican drug ring in T&T

(Trinidad Express) Attorney General Anand Ramlogan has described as “mischievous, malicious and very dangerous” charges of racial and religious discrimination in the arrest of people or racial profiling in the deportation of illegal immigrants by the Government of the People’s Partnership .

Tension mounts in Haiti as clock ticks on electoral impasse

Tension mounts in Haiti as clock ticks on electoral impasse

MIAMI/PORT-AU-PRINCE, (Reuters) - The Obama administration and the United Nations are pressuring Haiti’s government to resolve a long-festering dispute over postponed elections in the   face of anti-government protests across the impoverished Caribbean country .

Nigerian rebels spent year in T&T as tourism students

(Trinidad Express) Nigerian rebels who were involved in military attacks against the Nigerian government spent a year in this country as tourism students .

Dominica’s ruling party wins 4th consecutive term

Dominica’s ruling party has won a fourth consecutive term following parliamentary elections on Monday in the eastern Caribbean island, the Associated Press reported yesterday .

Nigerian rebels spent year in T&T as tourism students

(Trinidad Express) Nigerian rebels who were involved in military attacks against the Nigerian government spent a year in this country as tourism students .

Late-night legal battle fails to stop deportation of 15 illegal Ghanaians

(Trinidad Express) - A Caribbean Airlines (CAL) plane was chartered at a cost of $2 .

Brazil’s Rousseff resists pressure to prosecute dictatorship crimes

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - As a young Marxist in the early 1970s, Dilma Rousseff was jailed, hung upside down and tortured with electric shocks to her feet, head and breasts by Brazil’s military dictatorship .

Former US concert promoter extradited from Brazil on Ponzi charges

MIAMI (Reuters) - A onetime concert organizer who promoted Elton John and Tina Turner shows was extradited from Brazil to south Florida over the weekend to face charges of allegedly running a $300 million Ponzi scheme, an FBI spokesman in Miami said .

Jamaica priest embraces gays in worship service

Jamaica priest embraces gays in worship service

-church members upset

(Jamaica Gleaner) A decision by the Reverend Father Sean Major-Campbell to openly embrace and show love to members of the lesbian, gay and transgender community during yesterday's service at the Christ Church in Vineyard Town, Kingston, caught members of the congregation by surprise, with some telling The Gleaner afterwards that they felt betrayed by their spiritual leader .

Late-night legal battle in Trinidad fails to stop deportation of 15 illegal Ghanaians

(Trinidad Express) A Caribbean Airlines (CAL) plane was chartered at a cost of TT$2 .

Digicel demands level playing field in Jamaica

Digicel demands level playing field in Jamaica

(Jamaica Gleaner) Mobile telephone giant Digicel has warned that it will re-examine its investment plans in Jamaica and the region if it is not happy with the terms of the buyout of Columbus International by Cable and Wireless Communications Plc (CWC) .



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