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T&T High Court judge accused of misconduct

T&T High Court judge accused of misconduct

(Trinidad Express) A High Court judge who as a prosecutor represented the State in the historic 2006 case against former Chief Justice Sat Sharma has now been accused of misconduct .

Fixin T&T knocks PM’s Christmas billboards

Fixin T&T knocks PM’s Christmas billboards

(Trinidad Guardian) Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s Christmas messages on billboards across the country continue to draw criticism from some sectors of society .

Famous Venezuelan ice-cream store closes over milk shortage

CARACAS (Reuters) - An ice-cream store listed in the Guinness World Records book for its 863 different flavours has become the latest victim of Venezuela’s economic crisis .

Sean Paul threatened by Jihadists

Sean Paul threatened by Jihadists

(Jamaica Gleaner) Managers of Jamaican Grammy Award-winning dancehall entertainer, Sean Paul, were yesterday still contemplating how to respond to death threats issued this week against the artiste by an extremist group in The Maldives, Asia .

Venezuela’s Maduro moves foreign  minister Ramirez to U.N.

Venezuela’s Maduro moves foreign minister Ramirez to U.N.

CARACAS, (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro named powerful Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez to a new post as envoy to the United Nations yesterday, saying the appointment would strengthen Venezuela’s voice on the world body’s Security Council from Jan .

Oil spill ruins Christmas for T&T fishermen

Oil spill ruins Christmas for T&T fishermen

(Trinidad Guardian) Instead of smelling freshly baked bread and ham coming out of their ovens, members of the South Oropouche fishing community spent Christmas covering their noses from the stench of oil washing ashore .

T&T cop could be charged over plane phone call

(Trinidad Express) The phone call that Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) for Tobago Peter Reyes took while the aircraft was taxiing before the flight from Trinidad to Tobago was to give directions to have a refrigerator delivered to his home in Tobago .

More questions about T&T PM billboards

(Trinidad Express) NO billboards can be erected on State land without the permission of the Works and Infrastructure Ministry .

CAL ups flights to New York, Toronto

Caribbean Airlines (CAL) has announced a revised schedule that will be implemented from January 15 to February 4, 2015 .

Media icon Leslie Pierre dies

Media icon Leslie Pierre dies

(Trinidad Express) Regional media icon, Grenada-born Leslie Pierre was a stalwart who would be remembered for his fight for press freedom .

CDC technician may have been exposed to Ebola due to lab error -NY Times

(Reuters) - A technician at the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus due to a laboratory error, the New York Times reported yesterday, citing federal officials .

Cuban dissidents shaken by U.S. rapprochement, seek new tactics

Cuban dissidents shaken by U.S. rapprochement, seek new tactics

HAVANA, (Reuters) - President Barack Obama’s decision to end five decades of enmity with Cuba has shaken the island’s political dissidents, dividing their ranks and forcing them to rethink tactics .

Flash flood swamps Christmas shoppers

Flash flood swamps Christmas shoppers

Business must go on no matter what – in Bourda Market yesterday .

Venezuela currency controls make Scotch cheap as milk, syringes go short

CARACAS, (Reuters) - Venezuelan shoppers line up outside a Caracas liquor store to buy bottles of Buchanan’s 12-year Scotch whisky at half the usual cost, a deal made possible by a state subsidy that gave cheap dollars to import them .

Argentine prosthetic arm 1st in region to read muscle impulses

SANTA FE, Argentina, (Reuters) - A laboratory in the Argentine farm province of Santa Fe has developed what it calls the first prosthetic arm in Latin America to use sensors to respond to nerve impulses at a price that could radically expand the use of such devices .

Patrick Manning out of nomination process

(Trinidad Express) Former prime minister Manning Patrick Manning is out of the nomination process for the San Fernando East constituency .

CAL willing to look at prospects in Cuba

(Trinidad Guardian) - Caribbean Airlines (CAL) will continue to look at all opportunities available .

Brazil’s Rousseff stands by Petrobras CEO, says pessimism overblown

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff said yesterday she has no plans to replace the chief executive officer of state-run oil firm Petrobras, saying there was no evidence that senior management was involved in a graft scandal at the company .

Cop in CAL row says did know how to switch off phone

(Trinidad Express) Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) for Tobago, Peter Reyes said yesterday he did not know how to switch off his cellular phone, which caused him to run afoul of flight regulations on a flight from Trinidad to Tobago last Thursday .

T&T PM wants to bring back hangings T&T PM wants to bring back hangings

(Trinidad Guardian) With murders skyrocketing—399 up to Saturday—Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the Government will be making another attempt to reintroduce the death penalty .

Probe launched of senior Trini cop over CAL mobile incident

Probe launched of senior Trini cop over CAL mobile incident

(Trinidad Express) He was promoted to Tobago to handle crime .

Body of suspected JCF death squad murder victim exhumed

(Jamaica Gleaner) The independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) on Friday reported that it had exhumed the body of Seydane Wilson, one of several men who was shot and killed by cops who were allegedly members of a death squad operating in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) .

Scanners to detect Ebola at T&T airports

(Trinidad Guardian) Three thermal scanners were handed over to the Airports Authority of T&T (AATT) to assist in detecting suspected cases of Ebola entering Trinidad and Tobago .

National Diversity minister: No election gimmick in $55M church grant

(Trinidad Guardian) Amidst rumours that government’s $55 million allocation to churches for the Christmas season is an election gimmick, Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) President Harrypersad Maharaj has defended the allocation, saying it is nothing new .

Barbados gets another downgrade from S&P

(Barbados Nation) Standard & Poor’s yesterday delivered the type of Christmas present Barbados least wants .

T&T cop booted from CAL flight for refusing to turn off phone

(Trinidad Express) A senior police officer was thrown off a Caribbean Airlines flight to Tobago on Thursday night when he refused to switch off his cellular telephone and became hostile when the flight attendant asked him several times .

TT$2m for Sparrow

TT$2m for Sparrow

-Govt to acquire memorabilia from family of Calypso King of the World

(Trinidad Express) Government will pay $2 million to acquire the memorabilia of the Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) .

U.S.-Cuba deal: What the two sides get out of the bargain

By Peter Hakim (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has inverted U .

Secret talks in Canada, Vatican City led to  Cuba breakthrough

Secret talks in Canada, Vatican City led to Cuba breakthrough

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The historic breakthrough in U .

U.S.-Cuba rapprochement exposes Venezuela’s Maduro

U.S.-Cuba rapprochement exposes Venezuela’s Maduro

CARACAS, (Reuters) - Even as Cuba and the United States try to bury 50 years of enmity, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro has seemed to be going in the other direction, vilifying “insolent Yankees” at rallies and threatening to cut ties completely .

OAS helping Jamaica with cyber security

The Organization of American States (OAS) has deployed a team of experts to Jamaica at the request of the country´s government, to provide cyber security incident management support, a release from the OAS said today .

Colombia’s FARC rebels call conditional unlimited ceasefire

BOGOTA, (Reuters) - Colombia’s Marxist FARC rebels have declared an indefinite unilateral ceasefire beginning on Dec .

Anti-corruption bill finally passed in T&T Parliament

(Trinidad Express) Legislation to curb corruption in this country was finally passed yesterday in the Senate .

T&T judge pleads not guilty to breathalyser charge

(Trinidad Express) Industrial Court vice president Ramchand Lutchmedial yesterday pleaded not guilty on a charge of failing to submit a specimen of breath for a breathalyser test last Friday .

Brazil prosecutors indict second former Petrobras executive

SAO PAULO,(Reuters) - Brazilian prosecutors said on Monday they had formally charged four more people, including a former executive at state-run Petrobras , in a widening probe into a kickback scheme that allegedly stole billions of dollars from the oil company .

US court dismisses Colombian human rights claims against Occidental

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A US federal appeals court on Monday threw out a human rights lawsuit brought against Occidental Petroleum Corp over allegations that it played a role in killings carried out by the Colombian military in 2004 .

Is US$ falling into wrong hands? – T&T President questions

(Trinidad Express) President Anthony Carmona has expressed concern about the shortage of US dollars in the local financial system, saying if it is not caused by consumer spending then the Central Bank must ensure the currency is not ending up in the wrong hands .



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