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Jamaican mangoes get nod for US$500M American market

Jamaica will be able to export mangoes to the US come January .

Canada agency helped finance deals for exec jailed in Cuba

OTTAWA (Reuters) - A little-known Canadian federal agency helped put in place C$215 .

US court holds Argentina in contempt over bond payment plan

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Argentina is in contempt of court, a US judge ruled yesterday, the latest step in a years-old case brought by the US hedge funds over defaulted debt .

Conflict of interest alleged in CLICO hotel sale

(Trinidad Express) Chairman of Colonial Life Insurance Company (CLICO) Gerald Yetming did not disclose that his son, Gerard Yetming, was employed at commercial real estate firm CBRE, which was hired to sell the W Fort Lauderdale hotel in the United States .

Cuba sentences Canadian CEO to 15 years on financial charges

HAVANA (Reuters) - A Cuban court has sentenced Canadian executive Cy Tokmakjian to 15 years in prison for bribery and other economic charges in a chilling development for potential foreign investors, his company, the Tokmakjian Group, said yesterday .

Cuba aborts plan to create perfumes for Che Guevara and Chavez

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba has aborted plans to develop fragrances in honour of the late revolutionary hero Ernesto “Che” Guevara and former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, calling the project disrespectful of two “sacred” revolutionary symbols .

Four T&T cops held after Chinese couple robbed

(Trinidad Express) FOUR POLICE officers alle­gedly involved in robbing a Chinese couple of half a million dollars at their Bon Air, Arouca, home about two weeks ago were taken into police custody yesterday morning .

Cuba sending 300 more doctors, nurses to fight Ebola in West Africa

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba will send nearly 300 more doctors and nurses to West Africa to help combat the Ebola virus, raising to 461 the number of its medical professionals joining world efforts to contain an outbreak that has killed more than 3,000 people .

Chile becomes the first South America country to tax carbon

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - President Michelle Bachelet of Chile enacted new environmental tax legislation yesterday making the country the first in South America to tax carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions .

Shots fired at T&T police station after several men killed

(Trinidad Express) East Port of Spain was last night transformed into a scene reminiscent of a modern war movie, with the ringing of periodic gunfire in-between the sound of helicopters and orders being barked by heavily armed soldiers and policemen .

Decriminalizing of gay sex in T&T not on agenda -PM

(Trinidad Express) Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the “decriminalisation of homosexuality” in Trinidad and Tobago is not something her administration will seek to do because, “it would not be prudent for the Government to proceed in that direction at this time” .

50 Trinis fighting with ISIS in Syria – intelligence sources

(Trinidad Express) At least 50 Trinidadians have flown to Syria to join the terrorist organisation Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) within the last several months .

Essequibo man pleads guilty to taking ganja to Barbados

(Barbados Nation) - A seaman who entered the Bridgetown Port with over 26 pounds of marijuana on Tuesday, hidden aboard a tug will know his fate come October 24 .

Dutch diplomatic presence in Suriname now at highest level since rift

(De Ware Tijd) PARAMARIBO — After four years of absence of a Surinamese ambassador in the Netherlands it is time for a change .

Controversial fingerprinting machines rolled out in some Venezuelan stores

CARACAS (Reuters) - The Venezuelan government has started to fingerprint shoppers at some state-run supermarkets, in a plan to combat food scarcity which has been derided by some consumers weary of shortages .

Cuba promotes official who has led market-style reforms

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro granted more authority to the man who has led the campaign to modernize Cuba’s socialist economy, naming Marino Murillo as economy and planning minister yesterday, the government said .

Venezuela central bank gives PDVSA an exchange-rate boost

CARACAS, (Reuters) - Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA will be allowed to sell dollars for local currency at the most advantageous of the country’s three official exchange rates, the central bank said on Thursday, a move that could help ease the company’s cash-flow problems .

T&T, US co-sponsor resolution against terrorism

(Trinidad Express) - Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar attended a meeting of the 15-member United Nations (UN) Security Council which was open to UN member states which do not belong to the council .

Jamaica Health Minister admits to discrepancy in Chikungunya figures

(Jamaica Gleaner) Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson is admitting that there appears to be some discrepancy between the number of suspected and reported Chikungunya cases on the island .

T&T, US co-sponsor resolution against terrorism

(Trinidad Express) Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar attended a meeting of the 15-member United Nations (UN) Security Council which was open to UN member states which do not belong to the council .

Venezuela opposition names new head to fight Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s opposition parties yesterday named a 56-year-old journalist and teacher to head their coalition ahead of 2015 parliamentary elections where they hope to weaken Presi-dent Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government .

Central America plan foresees infrastructure, energy projects-draft

TEGUCIGALPA, (Reuters) - A plan by Central American governments to boost economic growth in the region and cut illegal immigration to the United States foresees major spending on infrastructure and energy projects, a draft of the proposal showed on Wednesday .

Big money for CAL

(Trinidad Express) A total of $1 .

Chikungunya possible threat to upcoming elections

(De Ware Tijd) PARAMARIBO — The authorities expect a total disruption of society if the Chikungunya epidemic is not addressed properly soon .

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

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

Venezuela court gives long sentences to beauty queen’s killers

CARACAS (Reuters) - Three men convicted of murdering a former Miss Venezuela and her ex-husband this year were sentenced to at least 24 years in jail in a case that shook the crime-ridden South American nation, authorities said .

Rousseff gains in Brazil presidential race as Silva slips

BRASILIA - (Reuters) - President Dilma Rousseff has regained the edge in Brazil’s presidential race after weeks of aggressive campaigning against environmentalist Marina Silva, who has lost ground among voters in the campaign’s homestretch, polls showed yesterday .

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

(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 .

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