(Trinidad Guardian) Deficiency in the Central Bank’s regulatory control of the insurance industry and the respective “visions” of CL Financial chairman Lawrence Duprey and Hindu Credit Union chairman Harry Harnarine have come in for criticism by chairman of the Clico/HCU commission of enquiry, Sir Anthony Colman.
BOGOTA/HAVANA, (Reuters) – Colombia’s government and leftist FARC rebels said yesterday they had reached agreement on a definitive ceasefire that would end hostilities in the longest-running conflict in the Western Hemisphere.
CARACAS/WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The U.S. government sent veteran diplomat Tom Shannon to Venezuela yesterday to meet senior opposition and government figures amid a brutal economic crisis and political impasse in the South American OPEC nation.
BOGOTA, (Reuters) – Colombia will reach agreement on a bilateral ceasefire at peace talks with leftist FARC rebels this week, President Juan Manuel Santos said yesterday, in what he said would mark a key advance in the negotiations to end 50 years of war.
(Trinidad Guardian) As T&T weighs up approving the construction of a Sandals Resort in Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne has been engaged in a testy public exchange with Sandals Chairman Butch Stewart over Sandals’ retention of sales tax income, by what the Antiguan government has called “an unlawful agreement.”
Sandals collects an Antigua and Barbuda Sales Tax (ABST) from its customers and, according to Browne, keeps 65 per cent of the yields.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition sympathizers lined up yesterday around the country to validate signatures as part of a painstaking process to request a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro, who is deeply unpopular due to the country’s economic crisis.
BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia will have to raise taxes to fund its conflict with Marxist rebels if a possible peace deal falls through, President Juan Manuel Santos said yesterday, in comments roundly criticized by the opposition.
CARACAS (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire inside Venezuela’s central bank yesterday, wounding two guards before he was shot dead by security officers, according to two sources, in the latest violent episode to shake the country.
(Trinidad Guardian) In a small legal victory for former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner, a local judge has refused the United States government permission to join the judicial review lawsuit brought by Warner challenging Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi’s decision to sign off on an extradition request from the Justice Department.
SAO PAULO, (Reuters) – Brazil’s Environment Ministry fined mining company Samarco 142 million reais ($41.6 million) for damage to three protected areas resulting from a tailings dam burst in November, the ministry said yesterday.
(Jamaica Gleaner) The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a US$80 million drawdown for Jamaica after considering the 11th and 12th review of its economic reform programme.
(Trinidad Guardian) As they close in on a local pornography ring, investigating officers say they may have to subpoena an American-based company to retrieve the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of the perpetrators responsible for selling, sharing and viewing thousands of nude photographs of young women.
SANTIAGO, (Reuters) – Chile’s government admitted defeat on a major bill yesterday, saying it will not try to revive any measures of President Michelle Bachelet’s landmark labour reform that were struck down by a court.