(Trinidad Guardian) Gas prices increased yesterday, former property tax levels return from January 2016 and NIS contribution rates rise next July but the new People’s National Movement Government’s first Budget has kept various election promises, including VAT reduction, increased retirees’ benefits and certain personal tax exemptions.
VINA DEL MAR, Chile (Reuters) – Chile said yesterday it will create one of the world’s largest marine conservation parks, and Washington announced two new marine sanctuaries and an increased drive against illegal fishing to help protect the world’s oceans.
SANTA CATARINA PINULA, GUATEMALA (Reuters) – Beneath the mud and rock that engulfed the small Guatemalan town of Santa Catarina Pinula last week, search crews have found entire families who died huddled together after they were buried alive.
(Trinidad Express) – Finance Minister Colm Imbert spent two hours yesterday afternoon detailing how he said the previous administration mismanaged the economy and squandered the country’s money, before calling on citizens to help reverse the decline.
(Trinidad Guardian) An actuarial certificate signed by Paul Ngai of Prescience Insurance Consultants and Actuaries, dated April 20, says he was advised by the management of Clico that the assets pledged to the Statutory Fund total more than TT$22 billion.
BRASILIA, (Reuters) – Brazil’s attorney general argued yesterday for the removal of a judge overseeing an investigation of embattled President Dilma Rousseff’s accounts, a last-minute attempt to avoid a ruling that could lead to her impeachment.
(Trinidad Guardian) Calls are being made for Snr Supt Johnny Abraham to remain as head of the Central Division police after a gunman opened fire on a group of men in California, yesterday, killing labourer Gerald Deosaran and injuring three others.
CHARLESTON, S.C., (Reuters) – U.S. Coast Guard pilots found a life ring from the cargo ship El Faro yesterday, the first trace of the vessel since it went missing two days earlier with 33 mostly American crew members on board, as powerful Hurricane Joaquin moved toward Bermuda.
(Jamaica Gleaner) – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has reportedly given instructions for Jamaica to ratify the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention No 189 on domestic work, which extends fundamental labour rights to an estimated 53 million domestic workers worldwide.
SANTA CATARINA PINULA, GUATE-MALA (Reuters) – Rescue workers scrabbled through earth and rubble yesterday in search of survivors of a massive landslide in Guatemala that killed at least 59 people, even as hopes began to fade for hundreds of others still missing.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Two former senior officials in the Venezuelan police were indicted on drugs charges in a US court last month, documents seen by Reuters show, the latest case to involve Venezuela, a suspected major smuggling route for South American cocaine.
BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s beleaguered President Dilma Rousseff shrank her cabinet and reshuffled ministers yesterday to bolster alliances within her coalition government and block efforts to impeach her.