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Trini CLICO policyholders to get TT$950m

...Government to be repaid TT$7 billion

(Trinidad Express) Central Bank Governor Jwala Rambarran has announced the repayment of TT$7 billion to government by CLICO, in addition to the pay-out of TT$950 million to CLICO policy holders .

Firestorm grows over minister’s child-of-rape charge

Firestorm grows over minister’s child-of-rape charge

(Trinidad Express) How on earth has Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar left Vernella Alleyne-Toppin in office?This is the question Senior Counsel Martin Daly is asking following claims by Alleyne-Toppin in the Parliament on Wednesday that Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley is a child of rape and a rapist himself .

Brazil uncovers multibillion-dollar tax fraud at Finance Ministry

BRASILIA, (Reuters) - Brazilian authorities yesterday said they uncovered a tax fraud scheme at the Finance Ministry’s tax appeals board that may have cost taxpayers up to 19 billion reais ($5 .

T&T minister apologises over child-of-rape remark

T&T minister apologises over child-of-rape remark

(Trinidad Express) In response to widespread condemnation over her contribution in Parliament on Wednesday in which she decried Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley as a child of rape, Minister in the Ministry of the People and Social Development, Vernella Alleyne-Toppin yesterday issued a release in which she apologised for some of the things she said .

Costa Rica fires ambassador in Venezuela after vocal support of Maduro

SAN JOSE, (Reuters) - Costa Rica fired its ambassador in Venezuela after the diplomat gave an interview in which he defended the Venezuelan government, the Central American country said on Wednesday .

Co-pilot appears to have crashed Germanwings plane deliberately – French prosecutor

PARIS/SEYNE-LES-ALPES, (Reuters) - The co-pilot of the Germanwings airliner that crashed in the French Alps killing all 150 people aboard appears to have brought the A320 Airbus down deliberately, the Marseille prosecutor said today .

EU, Cuba to speed up talks, seek deal by end of 2015

EU, Cuba to speed up talks, seek deal by end of 2015

HAVANA, (Reuters) - The European Union and Cuba agreed to speed up the pace of talks on improving bilateral relations, hoping to reach the basics of a deal by the end of 2015, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said yesterday .

Brazil police arrest Grupo Galvao CEO in Petrobras probe

SAO PAULO, (Reuters) - Brazilian police on Friday arrested the CEO of Grupo Galvao, the latest executive seized in a corruption probe focused on state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA .

U.S. bets on Brazil, extends new invitation to Rousseff

SAO PAULO, (Reuters) - The Obama administration has again invited Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff for a state visit to Washington, a diplomatic breakthrough that both sides hope will lead over time to greater trade between the two biggest economies in the Americas .

U.S. questions Bajan move to restructure sugar

(Barbados Nation) The United States has questioned why Barbados is moving to devote “a large amount of scarce resources” to restructure the sugar industry .

Australian podiatrist found stabbed to death in Bahamas

Australian podiatrist found stabbed to death in Bahamas

[caption id="attachment_327912" align="alignright" width="211"] Phillip Vasyli[/caption]NASSAU, Bahamas, (Reuters) - An Australian podiatrist who invented a successful line of orthotics was found stabbed to death yesterday in an exclusive Bahamian gated community, police said .

Barbados to become a republic – PM

(Barbados Nation) Barbados will soon be switching from a monarchical system of government to republican status, dumping the Queen as its head of state .

T&T must confront racial divide – Samaroo

(Trinidad Guardian) T&T must confront the racial divide if it is to move forward as a society .

1.1 million kilograms of onions is our aim – Jamaica Agriculture ministry

(Jamaica Gleaner) The Ministry of Agriculture says it expects to harvest some 1 .

Four killed in T&T crash

Four killed in T&T crash

(Trinidad Express) THEIR village is named for joy and celebration but yesterday, only sadness was to be found in the streets of Felicity, Chaguanas, where four young friends yesterday lost their lives in a shocking car crash, minutes away from their homes .

Venezuelan pharmacy says managers freed pending trial

CARACAS (Reuters) - Pharmacy chain Farmatodo said yesterday that two of its managers have been freed from jail pending trial on charges in an emblematic case of what President Nicolas Maduro calls Venezuela’s “economic war .

PNM leader: Uproar over ‘dog and cat’ statement a distraction

(Trinidad Express) Opposi-tion Leader Dr Keith Rowley is calling on citizens not to be distracted by the “cat” comment controversy which he has labelled as a matter of “very little public interest .

Petrobras scandal prosecutors seek tougher anti-corruption laws

BRASILIA, (Reuters) - Prosecutors who uncovered Brazil’s biggest corruption case called yesterday for tougher prison sentences and more legal powers to crack down on rampant graft that costs taxpayers more than the annual budget for education and health .

U.S. sets first major fracking rules on federal lands

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The Obama administration’s new rules governing fracking on federal lands drew swift criticism from all sides yesterday, with green groups calling the measures “toothless” and the energy industry slamming “unnecessary” regulation of a drilling process that has brought the United States to the cusp of oil and gas self-sufficiency .

Top Mexican journalist says president’s office backed her firing

Top Mexican journalist says president’s office backed her firing

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) - A Mexican journalist fired from her popular radio show after helping uncover a conflict of interest scandal that embarrassed President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Thursday that she believes his office backed her dismissal .

Woman strips on flight from Jamaica, arrested

(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica — A woman was on Thursday arrested on suspicion of being drunk on an aircraft, after she allegedly stripped, exposing herself on a flight from Kingston, Jamaica .

Woman strips on flight from Jamaica, arrested

(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica — A woman was yesterday arrested on suspicion of being drunk on an aircraft, after she allegedly stripped, exposing herself on a flight from Kingston, Jamaica .

Lifestyle of late Argentine prosecutor Nisman stokes new scandal

Lifestyle of late Argentine prosecutor Nisman stokes new scandal

BUENOS AIRES, (Reuters) - The Argentine prosecutor found dead after accusing the president of whitewashing a deadly 1994 bombing embezzled state funds to take prostitutes on lavish vacations, the government said yesterday, deepening the scandal over his death early this year .

Three killed in Jamaica attack

(Jamaica Observer) The police have stepped up patrols in New Haven, St Andrew, where five people were shot — three fatally — in a brazen attack by gunmen in the community Tuesday night .

Economic downturn pushes Brazilians into informal economy

BRASILIA, (Reuters) - Mounting job losses are pushing more and more Brazilians into the informal economy as self-employed workers, leaving them vulnerable to what could be the country’s worst recession in 25 years .

Bajans will have to bear more of education cost – PM

(Barbados Nation) Government does not plan to reduce the opportunities for people to advance by education and other means, but in the future Barbadians should expect to carry “a little more of the burden” of the cost of such projects .

Former Uruguay Foreign  Minister to be new OAS head

Former Uruguay Foreign Minister to be new OAS head

Former Foreign Minister of Uruguay Luis Almagro was yesterday elected as the next Secretary General of the Organisation of American States (OAS) .

Fired T&T official  apologises for racist rant

Fired T&T official apologises for racist rant

(Trinidad Express) Fired board member of the Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA) Jaishima Leladharsingh yesterday apologised for posting racist statements on Facebook .

Citigroup will not appeal U.S. court ruling blocking Argentine bond payments

BUENOS AIRES/NEW YORK, (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc will not appeal a U .

CCJ reserves judgment in Maurice Tomlinson immigration case

(Jamaica Gleaner) The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has reserved judgement in the application filed by human rights and gay rights advocate, Maurice Tomlinson, who is challenging the immigration laws of Trinidad and Tobago and Belize .

Barbados can’t afford all its free social services – AG

(Barbados Nation) Barbados?as a small developing nation cannot afford to provide all the free social services that are being offered currently .

Obama to meet Caricom Heads in Jamaica

Obama to meet Caricom Heads in Jamaica

(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller yesterday said the Government is pleased to welcome the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, to the shores of Jamaica .

2010-2014: T&T AG’s Ministry spent $353m in legal fees

(Trinidad Express) The Ministry of the Attorney General paid some $353 .

Latest Cuba-U.S. talks on diplomatic ties end after one day

HAVANA, (Reuters) - The latest talks between Cuba and the United States on restoring diplomatic relations concluded after one day, Cuba said yesterday without disclosing what may have been agreed .

2010-2014: T&T AG’s Ministry spends $353m in legal fees

(Trinidad Express) The Ministry of the Attorney General paid some $353 .

Cuba, US renew talks while  differing over Venezuela

Cuba, US renew talks while differing over Venezuela

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba and the United States renewed talks on restoring diplomatic relations yesterday, this time amid secrecy and with the longtime adversaries differing sharply over Venezuela, Cuba’s closest ally .

Rousseff to survive Brazil protests, but economy could suffer

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Huge demonstrations against President Dilma Rousseff over the weekend will make it harder for her to fix Brazil’s finances and repair the economic damage from a corruption scandal at state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA .



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