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Jamaica private sector group wants PM to make Cabinet changes

(Jamaica Observer) Christopher Zacca, president of the powerful Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), on Thursday night urged Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to shuffle her Cabinet .

T&T chikungunya victim  recalls terrible suffering

T&T chikungunya victim recalls terrible suffering

(Trinidad Guardian) Rita Cabrera, 61, was so sick she could not even walk or dress herself .

T&T cops to test 40 body cameras

(Trinidad Express) Some police officers are expected to be outfitted with body cameras beginning later this month, acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams said on Thursday .

T&T cops to test 40 body cameras

(Trinidad Express) Some police officers are expected to be outfitted with body cameras beginning later this month, acting Police Commissioner Stephen Willi­ams said yesterday .

US pathologist says Jamaica man died from beating in police station

US pathologist says Jamaica man died from beating in police station

(Jamaica Observer) MONTEGO BAY, St James — United States-based pathologist Dr Michael Baden says that preliminary results from Tuesday’s autopsy of the body of Mario Deane, who was beaten while in police custody in August, proved that he died from a rain of blows to his head and brain, consistent with punches .

Ramirez removed as PDVSA head, oil minister in Venezuela shake-up

CARACAS, (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday pushed Rafael Ramirez from his twin posts as oil minister and a chief of state oil firm PDVSA in a cabinet shake-up that opposition critics said fell short of the overhaul needed to reverse the OPEC nation’s economic decline .

Ramirez removed as PDVSA head, oil minister in Venezuela shake-up

Ramirez removed as PDVSA head, oil minister in Venezuela shake-up

CARACAS, (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro yesterday pushed Rafael Ramirez from his twin posts as oil minister and a chief of state oil firm PDVSA in a cabinet shake-up that opposition critics said fell short of the overhaul needed to reverse the OPEC nation's economic decline .

As aluminium market shifts to deficit, all eyes on China

The opinions ex-pressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters .

NY West Indian Day Parade marred by nearby slaying

(Trinidad Express) Colourful floats, elaborate costumes, politicians and merrymakers filled the streets yesterday for the annual West Indian Day Parade, a Caribbean celebration and political see-and-be-seen event that was marred by a fatal shooting nearby before the official festivities got under way .

Brazil’s Silva looks presidential, but not a shoo-in

Brazil’s Silva looks presidential, but not a shoo-in

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Popular environmentalist Marina Silva looks capable of winning Brazil’s presidential election in October but a major campaign gaffe and mounting attacks from other candidates and the media suggest the race is still wide open .

T&T President warns no room for ‘bull-headed partisanship’ in Constitution reform

(Trinidad Express) President Anthony Carmona has weighed in on the controversial Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2014, saying yesterday that “forays” into reform were to be expected from a young nation, but there was no room for “bull-headed partisanship” .

Digicel applies for pay-TV licence in T&T

(Trinidad Guardian) Mobile operator Digicel is applying for a subscription broadcasting service via a telecommunications network, which is believed to be a cable licence, according to a Telecommuni-cations Authority of T&T (TATT) notice dated August 18 posted to its Web site during the week ending August 29 .

T&T cops probe $m party financier over huge cocaine bust

(Trinidad Express) Port of Spain-Six individuals are being investigated in relation to the US$100 million cocaine bust in the United States in December where the drug was hidden in juice cans which carried local labels .

Dana Seetahal’s family not collecting her national award

Dana Seetahal’s family not collecting her national award

(Trinidad Guardian) The family of murdered Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal will not be collecting her Chaconia Medal (Gold) at the National Awards function at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, this evening .

T&T cops probe $m party financier over huge cocaine bust

(Trinidad Express) Port of Spain-Six individuals are being inves­tigated in relation to the US$100 million cocaine bust in the United States in December where the drug was hidden in juice cans which carried local labels .

Young men being hired to carry out hits- Bajan police

(Barbados Nation) YOUNG MEN, some in their teens, are being used by drug lords to carry out executions in Barbados .

Brazil enters recession in election blow to Rousseff

SAO PAULO, (Reuters) - Brazil fell into a recession in the first half of the year as investment dropped sharply and the country’s hosting of the World Cup suffocated economic activity, a major blow to President Dilma Rousseff’s already fading hopes for re-election in October .

SAO PAULO, (Reuters) – Brazil fell into a recession in the first half of the year as investment dropped sharply and the country’s hosting of the World Cup suffocated economic activity, a major blow to President Dilma Rousseff’s already fading hopes for re-election in October. Latin America’s largest economy has suffered stagnant growth for more than three years under the economic policies of the left-leaning Rousseff, which have dented consumer and business confidence and caused heavy losses for financial investors. The economy took an even bigger downturn in the second quarter, with gross domestic product contracting 0.6 percent from the first quarter, government statistics agency IBGE said on Friday. It also revised lower its estimate for first-quarter activity to a 0.2 percent contraction, meaning the economy entered a recession. The data that confirmed the recession, Brazil’s first since the global financial crisis of 2008-09, gives a powerful weapon to Rousseff’s opponents in the Oct. 5 election at precisely the moment that her candidacy is at its most vulnerable. Polls over the last week have shown Rousseff falling behind centrist candidate Marina Silva in the event of a second-round runoff, which appears likely. Silva and the other main opposition candidate, Senator Aecio Neves, have strongly criticized Rousseff for being weak on inflation and ruining the economic momentum that made Brazil a Wall Street darling last decade. “Today is a sad day for Brazil,” Neves told reporters. “The truth is that this government failed, and it failed principally in its steering of Brazil’s economy.” Brazil’s economy grew an average 4 percent under Rousseff’s predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, from 2003 to 2010. Growth under Rousseff’s watch is set to average less than 2 percent. Brazil’s stock market rose as investors focused less on the bad economic report and more on the increasing possibility that Rousseff might not be re-elected. One equities investor on Wall Street e-mailed simply: “Hallelujah.” In comments to reporters in the northeastern state of Bahia Friday, Rousseff promised that economic performance during the second half of the year would be “better.” The comments were broadcast via social media by Rousseff’s campaign.

(Trinidad Express) With a vote of 18 for and 12 against, the Consti-tution (Amendment) Bill 2014 was passed in the Upper House, Tower D, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain, Thursday night .

Controversial T&T constitution Bill passed after marathon Senate session

(Trinidad Express) With a vote of 18 for and 12 against, the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014 was passed in the Upper House, Tower D, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain, last night .

Constitution bill would give T&T ruling coalition unfair advantage –PNM

(Trinidad Express) Once the People’s National Movement (PNM) is voted into office they will immediately repeal the Constitu-tion (Amendment) Bill, 2014 if it is passed in the Upper House, Opposition Senator Camille Robinson-Regis has said .

Jamaica agri minister dies

(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica— Minister of Agriculture Roger Clarke died yesterday .

UWI roll tumbles

(Barbados Nation) Where have all the students gone?That is the big question officials at Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) are asking now that registration for continuing students has ended, and that for new students moves into the third day today .

Brazil’s Silva winning over investors in presidential race

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Reuters) - Investors are warming up to a possible victory by Marina Silva in Brazil’s presidential election as the popular environmentalist emerges as their best shot at avoiding four more years of a government they strongly dislike .

Venezuela mulls importing Algerian crude -document

HOUSTON, (Reuters) - Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA is considering importing Algerian light crude to be used as a diluent for its own extra heavy oil, according to an internal company document seen by Reuters yesterday, and the move could mark the first ever crude import by the OPEC member .

Silva surges in Brazil election race, threatens Rousseff -poll

BRASILIA, (Reuters) - A surging Marina Silva has narrowed President Dilma Rousseff’s lead in Brazil’s presidential race, a new opinion poll showed yesterday, paving the way for a likely second-round runoff in which the popular environmentalist looks well-positioned to win .

T&T opposition leader knocks AG on Emailgate

(Trinidad Express) Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley has descried as “laughable” claims made by Attorney General Anand Ramlogan that the Emailgate scandal is now invalidated .

Legal advisor to T&T AG had advised against controversial tender

Legal advisor to T&T AG had advised against controversial tender

(Trinidad Express) The Ministry of Planning and Economy did not comply with the Central Tenders Board (CTB) Act when it tendered and selected the three developers for the billion-dollar Invader’s Bay Development project, a legal opinion provided to Attorney General Anand Ramlogan has concluded .

Google shoots down T&T ‘Emailgate’: Ramlogan plans to sue Rowley

(Trinidad Express) ATTORNEYS representing Attorney General Anand Ramlogan yesterday produced a certified affidavit from Google Inc which they claim invalidates the entire emailgate scandal .

Tropical Storm Cristobal forms near southeastern Bahamas

(Reuters) - Tropical Storm Cristobal formed near the southeastern Bahamas today and is moving to the northwest with winds near 45 miles per hour (72 km per hour), the U .

Manning declines award

Persad-Bissessar announces Order of T&T for two former PMs...

(Trinidad Express) Former prime minister Patrick Manning on Friday said he was declining the award of the nation’s highest honour, The Order of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, announced on Thursday night by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar .

Brazil’s slump hits job market as election approaches

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - Many of Brazil’s biggest retailers, homebuilders and carmakers are cutting jobs as Latin America’s largest economy teeters on the edge of recession, a fresh blow to President Dilma Rousseff’s re-election bid .

Patrick Manning declines national award

(Trinidad Express) Former prime minister Patrick Manning yesterday said he was declining the award of the nation’s highest honour, The Order of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, announced on Thursday night by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar .

Triggerman in Dana Seetahal murder shot dead by police - report

Triggerman in Dana Seetahal murder shot dead by police – report

(Trinidad Guardian photo) The man who pumped five bullets, at close range, into the head and body of Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal has been identified as one of three men killed in a police shootout at Freeport on Wednesday .

Two ancient Mayan cities found in Mexican jungle

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) - Archaeologists have found two ancient Mayan cities hidden in the jungle of southeastern Mexico, and the lead researcher says he believes there are “dozens” more to be found in the region .

Triggerman in Dana Seetahal murder shot dead by police - report

Triggerman in Dana Seetahal murder shot dead by police – report

(Trinidad Guardian photo) The man who pumped five bullets, at close range, into the head and body of Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal has been identified as one of three men killed in a police shootout at Freeport on Wednesday .

T&T clears tighter anti-laundering law

(Trinidad Express) All past, present and future money laundering transactions will be caught under the Miscellaneous Provisions (Proceeds of Crime Anti-Terrorism, Financial Intelligence Unit of Trinidad and Tobago) (No 2) Bill, 2014, Leader of Government Business in the Senate Ganga Singh has said .

Three suspected bandits die in  alleged shoot-out with T&T cops

Three suspected bandits die in alleged shoot-out with T&T cops

(Trinidad Express) Five days after two alleged car thieves were killed by police in Central Trinidad, three more suspected bandits have been shot dead .



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