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Brazil conference will plot Internet’s future post NSA spying

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - A global conference in Brazil on the future of the Internet in the wake of US spying revelations might be much less anti-American than first thought after Washington said it was willing to loosen its control over the Web .

Cuba may revive Paris Club debt negotiations

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba and the Paris Club of wealthy creditor nations are working to resume talks over billions of dollars of official debt in a new sign the communist government is interested in rejoining the global economy .

JET applies for judicial review of Goat Islands’ decision

(Jamaica Gleaner) -The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) says it has applied to the Supreme Court to start the process of judicial review of the government’s decision to deny it information on certain aspects of plans to develop the Goat Islands .

Bajan man to be charged over death of brother

(Barbados Nation) A MAN IS expected to be charged with the murder of his brother as police continue investigations into the April 16, 2014 death of 40-year-old Antonio Orlando Griffith of Colleton, St Peter .

Jamaica suffers setback over seizure of drug assets

Jamaica suffers setback over seizure of drug assets

(Jamaica Gleaner) Jamaica's Financial Investigations Division (FID) has suffered two major setbacks in its quest to go after nearly J$1 billion in property and other assets of three Jamaicans who are now serving lengthy prison sentences in the United States and Canada on drug charges .

Jamaica impresses US official on climate change

Jamaica impresses US official on climate change

(Jamaica Gleaner) Jamaica is being praised for making significant strides in raising public awareness about climate-change issues .

U.S. to expand clemency criteria for drug offenders

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The U .

Venezuelan protesters hold Easter rally, plan to burn Maduro effigies

CARACAS, (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters rallied yesterday to demand the “resurrection” of Vene-zuelan democracy while effigies of both President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders were paraded for burning in a local Easter Day tradition .

Jamaicans angry at new ATM tax

(Jamaica Observer) Jamaicans on Saturday reacted with anger to last Thursday’s announcement in Parliament by Finance and Planning Minister, Dr Peter Phillips that new taxes will be slapped on Automated Teller Machine (ATM) withdrawals, as well as on all electronic banking transactions .

Jamaicans angry at new ATM tax

(Jamaica Observer) Jamaicans yesterday reacted with anger to last Thursday's announcement in Parliament by Finance and Planning Minister, Dr Peter Phillips that new taxes will be slapped on Automated Teller Machine (ATM) withdrawals, as well as on all electronic banking transactions .

iTunes recognises calypso and soca as formal genres

(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 .



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