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Body may be that of missing retired pilot

Body may be that of missing retired pilot

(Trinidad Express) - The decomposing body of a man found this morning is believed to be missing Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) director Azad Niamat .

Chilean mountaineers find plane lost in Andes over 53 years ago

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - After a gruelling journey up into the rarefied air of the Andes mountains, an expedition team announced it has discovered the fuselage of a passenger plane that went missing over a half century ago .

Former Venezuelan judge sentenced to nearly 7 years in Miami drug case

MIAMI (Reuters) - A former Venezuelan judge was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison in US court in Miami yesterday after being accused of taking bribes from a South American drug cartel boss .

Netflix launches in Cuba

(Reuters) - Netflix Inc launched its movie and TV streaming service in Cuba yesterday, joining the list of US companies looking to take advantage of thawing diplomatic relations between the United States and the communist-ruled island country .

Barbados opposition wants probe over CLICO accounts

(Barbados Nation) The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has called on Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Charles Leacock to investigate a number of bank accounts into which funds from troubled insurer CLICO were reportedly channelled .

Fired T&T National Security Minister says Communications Minister tried to influence him in witness tampering matter

Fired T&T National Security Minister says Communications Minister tried to influence him in witness tampering matter

(Trinidad Express) Former National Security minister Gary Griffith has named Communications Minister Vasant Bharath as the minister who tried to influence him not to speak out in the alleged witness tampering matter involving fired attorney general Anand Ramlogan and Police Complaints Authority (PCA) director David West .

Brazil’s Rousseff popularity plunges amid scandal, bad economy

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s popularity has plunged by nearly half since her recent re-election as a severe government corruption scandal, an economic slowdown and surging prices for electricity, gasoline and bus fares left voters feeling misled .

Barbados places temporary ban on some US poultry products

Barbados Nation) A temporary restriction has been placed on the importation of all live birds, hatching eggs, and on fresh, frozen and chilled poultry meat and products, including table eggs, originating from the North American states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and California .

Top court says Canadians have right to die, strikes down ban

OTTAWA, (Reuters) - The Supreme Court of Canada overturned a ban on physician-assisted suicide yesterday, unanimously reversing a decision it made in 1993 and putting Canada in the company of a handful of Western countries to make it legal .

Penalties upped in T&T for drunk driving

(Trinidad Express) The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is advising that, effective January 30, the fines related to drunk driving, speeding and driving without a permit, have been increased .

U.S. pressing Cuba to restore diplomatic ties before April -officials

U.S. pressing Cuba to restore diplomatic ties before April -officials

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The United States is pressing Cuba to allow the opening of its embassy in Havana by April, U .

New T&T AG under query

New T&T AG under query

(Trinidad Express) Forty-eight hours after Garvin Nicholas was appointed this country’s new Attorney General, a matter has been referred to the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) for investigation, involving him .

Jamaica Cabinet approves 330MW power projects

(Jamaica Observer) Cabinet has given approval for two energy-generation projects, totalling 330 megawatts, which will increase the country’s electricity generation capacity and reduce the cost to consumers .

Petrobras management quits, race on to find replacements

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Reuters) - The chief executive and other senior management at Brazil’s Petrobras resigned on Wednesday amid a festering corruption scandal, setting off a scramble to find replacements capable of restoring investor confidence in the state-run oil company .

New T&T AG sworn in, shoots down criticisms of inexperience

New T&T AG sworn in, shoots down criticisms of inexperience

(Trinidad Express) Attorney General Garvin Nicholas has dismissed criticisms he was not experienced for the job, saying his work will speak for itself .

COP staying in T&T govt partnership

(Trinidas Express) The Congress of the People (COP) will not break away from the People’s Partnership Government and the concerns of COP chairman Nicole Dyer-Griffith are personal and emotional ones, says party leader Prakash Ramadhar .

Law Association defends call for Anand’s removal

(Trinidad Express) President of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) Seenath Jairam SC has defended the decision of his executive to issue a release last Saturday calling on Attorney General Anand Ramlogan to step down following concerns raised by  attorney Donna Prowell .

Ernie Ross: Not my place to change Griffith’s mind

(Trinidad Express) United National Congress (UNC) campaign and advertising manager Ernie Ross has denied trying to influence former minister of national security Gary Griffith to change his story in the ongoing David West versus Anand Ramlogan saga .

Witness tampering scandal: T&T PM calls on West to resign

Witness tampering scandal: T&T PM calls on West to resign

(Trinidad Express) In an address of 2,164 words last night, made necessary by the allegations against the Attorney General, the Prime Minister dedicated virtually one line to her outgoing Attorney General Anand Ramlogan .

T&T Prime Minister fires attorney general and national security minister

T&T Prime Minister fires attorney general and national security minister

(Trinidad Express) - Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has asked that the President revoke the appointments of Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, National Security Minister Gary Griffith, and called for the resignation of the Director of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) David West, for their roles in the witness-tampering investigation ordered by Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams .

US curbs visas for Venezuelan officials over graft, rights

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Relations between the United States and Venezuela deteriorated yesterday after Washington imposed visa restrictions on officials involved in alleged human rights abuses and those believed responsible for public corruption in the oil-exporting country .

U.S. slaps visa restrictions on current, former Venezuelan officials

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The United States today imposed visa restrictions on current and former Venezuelan officials involved in alleged human rights abuses and on people believed responsible for public corruption in the oil-exporting country .

T&T PM to speak at 7.30p.m. on witness tampering controversy

(Trinidad Express) Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar will today address the witness-tampering allegations made against Attorney General Anand Ramlogan .

T&T National Security Minister says fellow minister a mischief-maker or incompetent

(Trinidad Express) NATIONAL Security Minister Gary Griffith today demanded an apology from his Cabinet colleague, Communications Minister Vasant Bharath, a signal that the discord between the most senior members of the Peoples Partnership continues to deepen .

CARACAS, (Reuters) - Venezuela has jailed the owners of an unnamed chain of shops accused of engineering queues to whip up anger with the socialist government, President Nicolas Maduro said yesterday .

T&T ministers in row over AG-West issue

(Trinidad Express) A war of words has broken out between National Security Minister Gary Griffith and Communications Minister Vasant Bharath a mere 24 hours before the Prime Minister’s eagerly-awaited statement to the nation this afternoon .

Brazil’s Congress elects Rousseff critic as speaker

BRASILIA, (Reuters) - Brazil’s Congress elected a conservative as speaker of the Chamber of Deputies yesterday in a setback for the ruling Workers’ Party that split President Dilma Rousseff’s coalition and will complicate her legislative agenda .

T&T Law Association calls for AG to step down

(Trinidad Express) Even as calls continued for Attor­ney General Anand Ram­lo­gan to resign, the AG remained in the position yesterday .

National Security Minister says ‘almost set up’ over phone call

(Trinidad Express) Telephone records show that National Security Minister Gary Griffith contacted Police Complaints Authority (PCA) director David West on December 19, 2014 .

Chile’s Bachelet takes on conservatives with plan to ease abortion ban

Chile’s Bachelet takes on conservatives with plan to ease abortion ban

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile’s president, Michelle Bachelet, unveiled plans yesterday to ease a complete ban on abortions in the socially conservative South American country .

Panama kicks out ex-Colombian spy chief to face charges at home

Panama kicks out ex-Colombian spy chief to face charges at home

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Panama yesterday expelled a former Colombian intelligence chief, Maria del Pilar Hurtado, to face charges at home of illegally intercepting phone calls from opposition Colombian lawmakers .

T&T Speaker apologises: I never meant to mislead the House

T&T Speaker apologises: I never meant to mislead the House

(Trinidad Express) House Speaker Wade Mark yesterday afternoon apologised for his statement last Friday during a motion of censure against Finance Minister Larry Howai, filed by political leader of the Independent Liberal Party, Jack Warner .

Five T&T cops with guns held on drug lord’s yacht

(Trinidad Express) An investigation has been launched into the conduct of five police officers held by Coast Guard officers yesterday morning .

Senior T&T cop goes to  court over plane incident

Senior T&T cop goes to court over plane incident

(Trinidad Express) With head held high, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Peter Reyes pleaded “not guilty” yesterday when he appeared before an Arima Magistrate, on three charges related to his alleged conduct on a Caribbean Airlines Flight to Tobago last month .

Venezuela confirms shooting down small plane near Aruba

CARACAS, (Reuters) - Venezuela said yesterday it shot down a civilian plane after it ignored communications off its Caribbean coast near the island of Aruba, but denied any violation of international airspace .

Venezuela jails fuel distribution boss on suspected corruption

CARACAS, (Reuters) - Venezuela arrested an oil ministry official in charge of overseeing the domestic fuel market on suspicion of corruption, the state prosecutor’s office said in a statement yesterday .

T&T PM troubled by allegations against AG

(Trinidad Express)  Very serious and troubling .



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