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iTunes recognises calypso and soca as formal genres

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(Trinidad Express)  In what is a major breakthrough towards the recognition of both calypso and soca as genres in the international music market, US-based iTunes Music Store, a division of Apple Inc, has announced that both art forms have been designated as official musical categories on its Internet marketplace .

Barbados to move to value-added sugar

(Barbados Nation) GOVERNMENT intends to put a stop to the high volume of sugar that the country imports, says Minister of Agriculture Dr David Estwick .

Nobel winner Garcia Marquez,  master of magical realism, dies at 87

Nobel winner Garcia Marquez, master of magical realism, dies at 87

MEXICO CITY,  (Reuters) - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died yesterday .

Students give Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests

Students give Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests

CARACAS,  (Reuters) - Venezuelan students are marching barefoot, building crucifixes and planning to burn effigies of President Nicolas Maduro to try and breathe new life into their protest movement over Easter .

Audit finds U.S. housing aid program in Haiti falls short

PORT-AU-PRINCE,  (Reuters) - A post-earthquake housing program in Haiti funded by the U .

Jamaica Finance Minister to lose central bank powers

(Jamaica Gleaner) The finance minister is to be stripped of the responsibility of appointing the governor of the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) and will also lose the power of having direct responsibility for the monitoring of banks and other regulated financial institutions on the island .

Jamaica gives green light to 381 MW power deal

(Jamaica Gleaner) Energy World International (EWI) has been given the official green light to supply 381MW of generating capacity to the Jamaica Public Service, using natural gas as fuel source, with the signing of the licence by Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell .

CAL planes radar ready

(Trinidad Guardian) Civil aviation authorities have ramped up monitoring and safety checks on Caribbean Airlines’ fleet of 22 planes in direct response to the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 .

Husband of murdered T&T woman admits to court: I paid TT$50,000 to bribe DPP’s office

Husband of murdered T&T woman admits to court: I paid TT$50,000 to bribe DPP’s office

(Trinidad Guardian) Stricken by the fear of being innocently prosecuted for his wife’s kidnapping, Rennie Coolman paid TT$75,000 to a conwoman who promised to assist by bribing senior prosecutors into forgoing investigating him .

CONCACAF blocks Jack Warner over Tunapuna facility

(Trinidad Express) CONCACAF is challenging Jack Warner’s claim to ownership of the coveted Centre of Excellence in Tunapuna .

T&T govt official accused of unwanted sexual advances

(Trinidad Express) ANOTHER Government official is at the centre of a sex scandal .

CAL planes radar ready

(Trinidad Guardian) Civil aviation authorities have ramped up monitoring and safety checks on Caribbean Airlines’ fleet of 22 planes in direct response to the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 .

Kartel tell ‘misguided individuals’ to cease threatening journalists, others

(Jamaica Observer) IMPRISONED entertainer Vybz Kartel yesterday distanced himself from death threats made against journalists for their reporting on his case, calling the perpetrators "misguided individuals" .

Remittance fees to Caribbean outrageously high – World Bank

(Jamaica Gleaner) - The World Bank has voiced concern about what it described as the exorbitant cost of sending remittances to the Caribbean .

Journalists get death threats over Kartel case

(Jamaica Observer) – Death threats have been made against the lives of two journalists for their reporting on the Vybz Kartel case .

Dad kills toddlers, himself

(Trinidad Guardian) The gruesome discovery of the dead bodies of a man and his two toddlers at the side of a trace in Matura at 6 am on Sunday rocked the quiet east coast village .

Casket rentals booming in Barbados

(Barbados Nation) – The rental of caskets has taken off in Barbados in a significant way .

Rental of caskets takes off in Barbados

(Barbados Nation) The rental of caskets has taken off in Barbados in a significant way .

Jamaica police say Kartel offered info on wanted men, arms

(Jamaica Observer) Convicted entertainer Vybz Kartel told the police the whereabouts of several wanted men in Portmore, St Catherine and provided the authorities with information that led to the recovery of 17 illegal firearms, a highly-placed police source has disclosed .

Jamaica woman to be compensated by govt for wrong HIV diagnosis

(Jamaica Gleaner) The Government has agreed to compensate a St Andrew woman with just under J$9 million for a misdiagnosis that she was HIV-positive .

T&T couple gunned down at fruit stall

(Trinidad Express) While Eastern Division police were on a crime scene in which a father killed his two children before killing himself in Matura yesterday morning, they received reports that a young couple had been gunned down in broad daylight at their fruit stall in Valencia .

T&T father kills self after fatally poisoning two children

(Trinidad Express)  “What kind of a person could do this? Only a demon! Only a demon!” These were the words uttered yesterday afternoon by mourning relatives of ten-month-old Omari “Buba” Mayers, and his sister, three-year-old Keanna “Keke” Mayers .

At least 36 people killed in Mexican bus crash

MEXICO CITY,  (Reuters) - At least 36 people were killed and four injured today when a bus crashed into the back of a truck in eastern Mexico and caught fire, the government of the state of Veracruz said .

Blaze in Chilean port city kills 11, destroys 500 houses

VALPARAISO, Chile, (Reuters) - At least 11 people were killed and 500 houses destroyed over the weekend by a fire that devastated parts of the Chilean port city of Valparaiso, as authorities evacuated thousands and sent in aircraft to battle the blaze .

Jamaica police say Kartel offered info on wanted men, arms

(Jamaica Observer) Convicted entertainer Vybz Kartel told the police the whereabouts of several wanted men in Portmore, St Catherine and provided the authorities with information that led to the recovery of 17 illegal firearms, a highly-placed police source has disclosed .

Jamaica woman to be compensated by govt for wrong HIV diagnosis

(Jamaica Gleaner) The Government has agreed to compensate a St Andrew woman with just under J$9 million for a misdiagnosis that she was HIV-positive .

T&T police unit was operating without authority – report

(Trinidad Express) Investigations conducted by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) and the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) have both confirmed that the New Flying Squad Investigations Unit (NFSIU) was operational .

French foreign minister on historic visit to Cuba

HAVANA (Reuters) - France’s foreign minister arrived in Cuba yesterday for a brief but historic visit, the first by such a high-ranking French official in 31 years and a sign of the quickening pace of improving ties between the European Union and Havana .

J’cans join T’dad colleagues in expressing disgust over non-payment of incentives

Caribbean Airlines pilots fed up

(Jamaica Observer) Caribbean Airlines (CAL) pilots in Jamaica on Friday joined their colleagues in Trinidad in registering disgust at the company’s failure to pay them their full salaries over the past four years .

T&T AG wants DNA testing for deportees

(Trinidad Express) Attorney General Anand Ramlogan wants anyone deported back home to be subjected to DNA fingerprinting .

Time to let old wounds heal -T&T PM says in tribute to ANR Robinson

(Trinidad Express) IT is time to allow “old wounds to heal” because the past is best honoured by “learning and letting go” .

Venezuela’s Maduro meets opposition as death toll from protests rises

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro cautioned opposition leaders to keep their expectations modest yesterday as he hosted them for mediated talks intended to stem two months of deadly political unrest .

Chairman of T&T stock exchange quits following controversial shares purchase

(Trinidad Express) - Subhas Ramkhelawan yesterday resigned as an Independent senator and as chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange (TTSE) .

Chairman of T&T stock exchange quits following controversial shares purchase

(Trinidad Express) Subhas Ramkhelawan yesterday resigned as an Independent senator and as chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange (TTSE) .

Accused Jamaica ‘death squad’ cops being probed over 40 deaths

(Jamaica Observer) THE eight policemen allegedly involved in a death squad in Clarendon are being investigated for unlawfully killing 40 civilians, it was revealed in court yesterday, where four of the accused were denied bail .

Caribbean Airlines pilots fed up over incentive payments

(Jamaica Observer) Caribbean Airlines (CAL) pilots in Jamaica yesterday joined their colleagues in Trinidad in registering disgust at the company's failure to pay them their full salaries over the past four years .

Venezuela’s Maduro, opposition to talk, unrest death toll hits 40

CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro was due to host Venezuelan opposition leaders yesterday at the start of mediated talks intended to stem two months of political unrest that has killed dozens in the OPEC nation .



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