Two new swine flu cases in Tobago

(Trinidad Express) – Preliminary tests conducted on two of three women in Tobago who were screened for the Influenza A/H1N1 Virus, otherwise known as swine flu, have returned positive.

Venezuela set to nationalize port operators

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela is set to nationalize the companies that run some of the Caribbean nation’s main ports, the latest move by the socialist President Hugo Chavez to put key areas of the economy in state hands.

Venezuela bans Coke Zero, cites ‘danger to health’

CARACAS (Reuters) – The Venezuelan government of US-critic President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday ordered Coca-Cola Co to withdraw its Coke Zero beverage from the South American nation, citing unspecified dangers to health.

Woman brutally assaulted

(Antigua Sun) – Shondell Glasgow’s face is battered and bruised almost beyond recognition and she could barely speak more than 24 hours after an ordeal which she said she hopes no other woman in Antigua and Barbuda would have to endure.

PetroCaribe energy alliance charts crisis strategy

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (Reuters) – Leaders of PetroCaribe, the energy alliance that groups regional oil powerhouse Venezuela with 17 Caribbean and Central American states, are meeting this week to plan a strategy to confront the global economic downturn.

BBC Caribbean News in Brief

PM Golding worried about Caricom Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding has warned that the existence of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) is at risk.

Three more cases of swine flu confirmed

(Jamaica Observer) – Three more cases of Influenza A (H1N1) ‘swine flu’ have been detected by the Ministry of Health, and as with all previous cases, were linked with travel to New York in the United States.

EU finance chiefs edge towards climate funds deal

LUXEMBOURG, (Reuters) – European finance ministers  agreed yesterday the bloc should hand billions of euros to poor  countries to help them fight climate change, but environmentalists said the pledge was too vague.

Brazil offers to help Africa boost food output

DAKAR, (Reuters) – Brazil is ready to provide its  experience and technology free of charge to African nations  seeking to improve food production and develop biofuels, its  minister for development, industry and trade said yesterday.

No Bajan air time for ‘commercial’ songs

(Barbados Nation) More crop-over and less commercial content in the music! This is the edict coming from the radio stations of Starcom Network which are clamping down on songs they deem to have “excessive commercial references”.

Five more cases of H1N1 identified

(Jamaica Gleaner) – The Ministry of Health’s surveillance team on the weekend discovered five more cases of influenza A (H1N1), formerly known as swine flu.

OAS chief sees Cuba eventually rejoining group

MONTREAL (Reuters) – The head of the Organization of American States said yesterday he was confident Cuba would eventually rejoin the 34-member organization, but that it would require more dialogue.

UWI students robbed; suspect killed by police

(Trinidad Express) – In less than 24 hours a second gun battle between law enforcement officers and suspected bandits occurred along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway in St Augustine.

Brazil says US has finished trade policy review

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) – Brazil’s trade ambassador to the World Trade Organisation said yesterday that the United States had completed a review of its trade policies and was ready to re-engage in stalled global trade talks.

BBC Caribbean News in Brief

Libya to set up OECS bank Vincentian Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves says Libya has agreed to establish a Libyan commercial bank in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) sub-region.

T&T AG, DPP traded salvoes in 2006

(Trinidad Express) Six weeks after the Sunday Express sent Attorney General John Jeremie a written request for comment on reports of behind-the-scenes manoeuvres to get Dansam Dhansook to withdraw his bribery accusations against two high-ranking government ministers, Jeremie expressed the view that this newspaper was in possession of classified information and should be charged for “perverting and/or attempting to pervert the course of public justice.” In private correspondence sent to the then Director of Public Prosecutions, Geoffrey Henderson, on January 11, 2006, Jeremie said the information obtained by the Sunday Express in late 2005 had a “very narrow circulation” and was based on confidential information related to an Integrity Commission investigation.

Jamaica lobby group seeks insurance for persons living with HIV

(Jamaica Gleaner) As insurance companies continue to insist that individuals be tested for HIV/AIDS before they qualify for certain policies, the Jamaica Business Council on HIV/AIDS (JABCHA) is urging the providers to offer special coverage for persons living with the disease.

2000 non-nationals in Bajan schools

(Barbados Nation) A call has been made for all CARICOM immigrants in Barbados to get their status regularised in light of there being over 2 000 non-nationals in the island’s school system, 227 of whom sat last month’s Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance (11-Plus) Exam.

Workmen gunned down in El Socorro bar

(Trinidad Express) – A ceiling contractor and his employee were gunned down while buying food at a bar in El Socorro on Wednesday night.

Cuba hails but downplays lifting of OAS ban

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba welcomed the lifting of a Cold War-era ban on its membership in the Organization of American States as “a major victory” yesterday, but made clear Havana does not want to rejoin the group.

Power failure causes panic at PoS hospital

(Trinidad Guardian) – It was total chaos at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Port-of-Spain General Hospital on Wednesday afternoon, after a power failure.

OAS lifts Cuba suspension after 47 years

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (Reuters) – The Organization of American States lifted its 47-year suspension of Cuba yesterday in a move backed by Washington as it tries to soothe Cold War tensions with the communist-run island.

US$3M loan write-off being sought for Cricket World Cup

(Jamaica Observer) – Cabinet is to be asked to write off US$3 million in loans to Jamaica Cricket 2007 as Jamaica and the region continue to count huge losses from their controversial decision to host Cricket World Cup 2007, the quadrennial tournament that determines supremacy in the limited-overs form of the game.

Judge blocks Central Bank

(Trinidad Guardian) – The Central Bank suffered a setback on Tuesday in its legal battle with CL Financial Limited when a judge blocked the bank from accessing information on the group and using it outside of the present case before the court.

Chavez says ‘Comrade’ Obama more left-wing

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday that he and Cuban ally Fidel Castro risk being more conservative than US President Barack Obama as Washington prepares to take control of General Motors Corp.

Jeremie releases English

QC’s opinion on relationship between AG, DPP(Trinidad Express) Attorney General John Jeremie is relying on the respected opinion of one of England’s leading constitutional experts to support his demanding answers from the Director of Public Prosecutions over the conduct of criminal cases.

Police watch as gunmen trade bullets in 100 and Park Lanes

(Jamaica Observer) – Fearing that their intervention could have resulted in the loss of innocent lives, police on Sunday stood by and watched as heavily armed thugs from the 100 Lane and Park Lane communities off Red Hills Road in St Andrew traded bullets in a deadly pre-dawn firefight.

Children under 14 have up to six sex partners, study says

(Jamaica Observer) – A ministry of health official on Friday emphasised the need to teach children about sexually transmitted infections (STIs) from an early age, quoting statistics higlighting the risky sexual behaviour of children under age 14.

BBC Caribbean News in Brief

ALP calls for amnesty The opposition Antigua Labour Party has called on the government to declare a six-month amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Letters show Jeremie tried to push former DPP to charge Panday, Duprey

(Trinidad Express)  Attorney General John Jeremie, back in Cabildo Chambers for a second term, attempted to push the former Director of Public Prosecu-tions (DPP), Geoffrey Henderson, now a High Court judge, to charge powerful political and corporate players under criminal investigation in 2006, including Opposition Leader Basdeo Panday and businessman Lawrence Duprey.

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) hits back

– Golding moves to oust MPs over dual citizenship The governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is moving to have Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Sharon Hay-Webster and other members of the People’s National Party (PNP) disqualified from sitting in the House of Representatives.

Venezuela reports first confirmed H1N1 flu case

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela on Thursday reported its first confirmed case of H1N1 swine flu — a 22-year-old man who is thought to have contracted the illness on a trip to Panama.

New immigration policy to be released

(Antigua Sun) – The Immigration and the Labour Department through the Ministry of National Security are looking at several ways of tracking visitors to the island from the time they enter to when they are expected to leave.

BBC Caribbean News in Brief

ACP wants concessions African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries have requested a continuation of their zero-duty sugar exports to the European Union after 2015.

BBC Caribbean News in Brief

Bahamas protects CLICO policyholders The Bahamian government has announced it will establish a statutory insurance guarantee fund following the financial problems of the CLICO insurance group.

Caribbean Airlines Sando office robbed

(Trinidad Guardian) – Travellers making reservations at Caribbean Airlines’ southern ticketing office were forced to lie on the floor on Wednesday, as bandits robbed them of cash, jewellery and cellphones.

Three children dead after 15 year-old driver crashes pickup

(Jamaica Observer) – A late night joyride turned deadly on Monday when a pickup truck driven by a 15-year-old boy crashed into a utility pole along the Port Henderson main road in Portmore, St Catherine killing three children.

Suspended Royal chauffeur was ex-cop in T&T

(Trinidad Express) – The Royal chauffeur suspended after allegedly accepting money to show two undercover reporters around Buckingham Palace has turned out to be a Trinidadian who once worked as a constable at the San Fernando Police Station.

Businessman kills lover then self

(Trinidad Express) – The protective order she had against a man who refused to let go recently expired, and he returned for a second chance.