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Thousands of T&T residents warned not to drink from oily contaminated supply, 60 schools closed

(Trinidad Express) THE Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) on Tuesday night shut down its Caroni Water Treatment Plant after an oily sheen was seen in the water .

Cuba says fast track to restoring ties ‘depends on U.S.’

HAVANA/WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Cuba would agree to restore diplomatic relations with the United States in time for the April Summit of the Americas if Washington quickly and convincingly removes the Caribbean country from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, a senior Cuban official said yesterday .

Protests continue in Venezuela as teen shot by police is buried

Protests continue in Venezuela as teen shot by police is buried

SAN CRISTOBAL, Ve-nezuela, (Reuters) - Sporadic protests flared in different parts of Ven-ezuela yesterday, a day after a policeman shot dead a teenager during a demonstration against President Nicolas Maduro’s government in the volatile city of San Cristobal .

Jamaica ganja law gets green light

(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica — The much anticipated amendment to the Dangerous Drugs Act was passed in the House of Representatives yesterday .

Sources: Dana Seetahal was killed with Galil rifle

(Trinidad Express) On the night of May 4, 2014, when senior counsel Dana Seetahal was shot dead, the killer who came almost face to face with her used a Galil rifle .

Venezuelan President wants to become family with T&T

(Trinidad Express) The time has come for Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela to move from simply being “good neighbours” to becoming “good sisters and brothers”, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said .

TCL records TT$97m loss for 2014

(Trinidad Express) Trinidad Cement Limited (TCL) has recorded major losses for financial year 2014 .

New Marriott heralded as boost to beleaguered Haiti hotel market

PORT-AU-PRINCE, (Reuters) - Haiti’s meager hotel offerings got a major boost yesterday with the inauguration of a brand new Marriott in the heart of the capital, the latest in a series of modern additions to the impoverished Caribbean island’s hospitality sector .

Cuba honours 5 spies who served long prison terms in U.S.

HAVANA, (Reuters) - Cuba President Raul Castro yesterday pinned medals on five spies, declaring them national heroes for infiltrating right-wing exile groups that plotted against Havana and for then enduring long prison terms in the United States .

Brazil judge in Batista case seen driving tycoon’s seized Porsche

Brazil judge in Batista case seen driving tycoon’s seized Porsche

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Reuters) - The Brazilian judge presiding over criminal proceedings against charismatic entrepreneur Eike Batista, once Brazil’s richest man, was seen yesterday driving a Porsche belonging to the fallen tycoon that had been seized by the court .

Concerns raised in Suriname on vulnerability of Chinese computers

(De Ware Tijd) PARAMARIBO — Computers manufactured by Lenovo, a Chinese firm, contain secret software which make the devices vulnerable to cyber attacks and even espionage by outside parties .

As states tighten belts, Brazil edges closer to recession

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian states and cities are scrambling to raise taxes and cut spending after years of excesses, nudging an already weak national economy closer to recession .

Police on Dana probe: Not so fast

(Trinidad Express) - The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) yesterday advised caution in the reporting on the progress of the investigation into the murder of attorney Dana Seetahal .

Woman collapses, dies during Sigma Run

(Jamaica Observer) - Thirty-six-year-old Alicia Prince yesterday collapsed and died on Sunday while participating in the annual Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run .

Maduro for energy talks in T&T

Maduro for energy talks in T&T

(Trinidad Guardian) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is expected to arrive in T&T tomorrow to hold high-level bilateral talks with Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine .

Kenny Anthony recommends bipartisan approach to governance

(Barbados Nation) CASTRIES – Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr Kenny D .

Haitian activists call on United States to halt deportations

MIAMI, (Reuters) - Wildrick Guerrier, a refugee from the devastation of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, died in a Haitian jail in 2011, 10 days after the United States revoked his temporary permission to stay in the country and deported him and 26 other men .

British minister pledges new criminal offence for those aiding tax evasion

LONDON, (Reuters) - A new criminal offence should be introduced to clamp down on tax evasion, a senior figure in Britain’s finance ministry said yesterday in the wake of a scandal surrounding HSBC .

T&T cops may charge six in Dana Seetahal murder

(Trinidad Express) A man in prison custody is now assisting police with details into the murder of Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal .

Caracas mayor to appeal ‘unfounded’ charges, lawyer says

Caracas mayor to appeal ‘unfounded’ charges, lawyer says

CARACAS (Reuters) - The mayor of Vene-zuela’s capital Caracas will fight charges of plotting violence against the socialist government, his lawyer said yesterday, denouncing the accusations as baseless .

Cuba frees Canadian businessman Tokmakjian after 3 years in jail

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba has freed Canadian businessman Cy Tokmakjian after more than three years in jail, his company said yesterday, resolving a case that had strained Cuban-Canadian relations and alarmed foreign investors .

Haiti holds official funeral for victims of Carnival tragedy

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Haiti’s president and prime minister attended a rare official funeral yesterday for the victims of a Carnival stampede that killed 17 people earlier this week, accompanying relatives of the dead and hundreds of other mourners at the open air ceremony on a main city avenue .

Gold refinery opens in Suriname

(De Ware Tijd) Zanderij - Now that the Kaloti Mint House has become operational, Suriname has secured a leading role in the gold industry in the region .

Jamaica’s UTech partners with Colorado lab on ganja research

(Jamaica Observer) THE University of Technology Jamaica, (UTech) on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ganja Labs, USA — a subsidiary of Ganja Inc — to collaborate on research in science, technology and best practices in the cultivation of medicinal marijuana under controlled and secure conditions .

Brazilian companies push for deal to minimize Petrobras scandal

Brazilian companies push for deal to minimize Petrobras scandal

SAO PAULO, (Reuters) - Some of the companies caught up in a massive corruption scandal at state-run oil firm Petrobras are quietly pressing Brazil’s government and judiciary to strike a “grand bargain” to minimize the legal fallout, five sources with knowledge of the talks say .

U.S. congressional delegation meets Cuba’s heir apparent

U.S. congressional delegation meets Cuba’s heir apparent

HAVANA, (Reuters) - Nine members of the U .

Corruption crackdown in Jamaica

Corruption crackdown in Jamaica

(Jamaica Gleaner) A senior official at the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) is among more than 70 public-sector employees expected to be hauled before the court in a fresh crackdown by the Corruption Prevention Commission (CPC) on public servants accused ignoring their responsibility to file statutory declarations on time .

Peru says ties with Chile threatened by spying suspicions

LIMA, (Reuters) - Two Peruvian naval officers are on trial on charges that they spied for Chile, Peru’s defense minister said yesterday, chilling relations between the two Andean countries that had been improving diplomatic ties .

Venezuela arrests opposition mayor of Caracas -local media

CARACAS, (Reuters) - Venezuelan security officials yesterday arrested Caracas metropolitan mayor Antonio Ledezma, an opposition leader and fierce critic of President Nicolas Maduro, witnesses told local media .

Jamaica businessman sentenced to life for killing pregnant 14-y-o schoolgirl

(Jamaica Gleaner) Businessman Cornelius Robinson has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of 14-year-old Westmoreland schoolgirl Sontoya Campbell .

Leaving the Privy Council could hit Jamaica foreign direct investment

(Jamaica Observer) Losing the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) as its final court could have a detrimental effect on Jamaica’s attempts to attract increased foreign direct investment (FDI), according to Ismail Erturk, an expert in corporate and international finance and a senior lecturer at Manchester Business School (MBS) in Britain .

Barbados falling short on economy fix - CDB

Barbados falling short on economy fix – CDB

(Barbados Nation) Barba-dos is not doing enough to fix its fiscal problems, according to the latest assessment from the Carib-bean Development Bank (CDB) .

No Bajan on CCJ, ‘an issue’

(Barbados Nation) Minister of Industry and Commerce Donville Inniss is “deeply troubled” there’s no Barbadian on the bench of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) .

Denzil Douglas concedes St Kitts election

Denzil Douglas concedes St Kitts election

In a day of high drama, St .

Laser light prank threatens aircraft landing at Piarco

(Trinidad Express)  A “stupid” laser light prank that, internationally, could be considered close to “terrorist activity”, yesterday threatened the safe landings of two aircraft at Piarco International Airport .

Venezuela’s currency devaluation set to further hurt US companies’ profits

BOSTON (Reuters) - A massive effective devaluation of Venezuela’s bolivar currency will likely badly dent 2015 earnings at a swath of major US companies .

Machel retains Soca Monarch crown

(Trinidad Express) - Machel Montano successfully defended his Power Soca Monarch crown with his customary scintillating Fantastic Friday performance .

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