(Trinidad Guardian) – Police have arrested seven foreign nationals and seized items believed to be stolen from the home of batting legend Brian Charles Lara, at a house in El Socorro, San Juan, on Tuesday.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Power-rationing has failed. The rains have still not come. So Venezuelan electricity workers are seeking divine help to solve the nation’s power crisis.
Issues unresolved Caricom is examining ways of giving common law spouses the right to move and work freely if their partners take up jobs within the single trading market.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A week before Valentine’s Day, a consignment of cocaine was found hidden among 20,000 roses from Latin America at Amsterdam airport, Dutch authorities said yesterday.
CARACAS, (Reuters) – Facing anger at a major shortfall in electricity supply, Venezuela President Hugo Chavez promised consumers and businesses big discounts for slashing energy consumption, but ordered fines if they do not comply.
(Jamaica Observer) Dozens of Air Jamaica staff and informal commercial importers (ICIs) on Monday staged a protest outside the Air Jamaica building in downtown Kingston over the Government’s plan to sell the airline to Trinidad-owned Caribbean Airlines.
(Trinidad Express) Fresh from his address to the nation, embattled Sport Minister Gary Hunt visited a school in Moruga on Monday, but brushed off calls for him to resign over the TT$2 million flag he commissioned at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
(Jamaica Gleaner) As part of a wider initiative to determine how many legal guns are in the hands of Jamaicans – police, licensed firearm holders and gun dealers – National Security Minister Senator Dwight Nelson has ordered an islandwide audit.
QUITO (Reuters) – South American leaders deeply divided by political differences may take a break from their usual recriminations today when they meet to discuss the continent’s response to the crisis in quake-shattered Haiti.
(Jamaica Gleaner) – In the wake of the mushrooming of thousands of organisations throughout the region soliciting money for emergency aid in Haiti, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding has called for an audit of all funds collected in Caribbean Community (Caricom) member states.
(Trinidad Express) – The National Security Ministry says it knew nothing about the return to Trinidad of former State witness Sean Quamina, who is believed to have been followed back to his New York home and killed on Monday.
Caricom pushes health agenda Caricom wants the United Nations to organise a global summit on the worldwide “epidemic” of lifestyle diseases.
CAMAGUEY, Cuba, (Reuters) – Cuba has launched an ambitious project to ring urban areas with thousands of small farms in a bid to reverse the country’s long agricultural decline and ease its chronic economic woes.
(Jamaica Observer) Instead of the Christmas gift he had prematurely promised Cash Plus investors last year, liquidator Hugh Wildman will have to pay legal costs to a Dubai bank he believed was holding US$25 million, allegedly stashed there by Carlos Hill.
(Trinidad Express) – Meet Kamla Persad-Bissessar: Siparia MP, Political Leader of the United National Congress (UNC) and, according to informed sources, soon to be conferred with the title of Opposition Leader.
(Barbados Nation) – Barbados has turned down a request to accommodate a number of Haitians injured in the January 12 earthquake, including amputees.
(Jamaica Observer) – There won’t be any announcement about the sale of Air Jamaica until April.
Kidnap accused missionaries for court soon Ten American missionaries who have been charged with kidnapping children in Haiti could be called before the courts this weekend or as early as Monday.
(Trinidad Express) – A State witness living a new life in the United States, after helping to convict two killers last year, was hunted to his New York apartment and shot dead on Monday.
CARACAS, (Reuters) – President Hugo Chavez’s naming of a heavyweight Cuban official to help fix Venezuela’s electricity crisis has fired up his opponents at a politically volatile time for the South American nation.
(Jamaica Gleaner) – Jamaica lost one of its most revered cultural figures on Tuesday night when Professor Rex Nettleford, vice-chancellor emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and founder of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), died, just hours before he would have celebrated his 77th birthday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Organization of American States’ human rights body on Tuesday called on Venezuela to investigate “improper use of force” during clashes that left two dead after the suspension of an anti-government TV station.
Antigua urged to improve its tourism product Tourist destination Antigua and Barbuda is being urged to become more cost effective.
SANTIAGO DE CUBA (Reuters) – Retail outlets selling everything in Cuban pesos are popping up across the country in what may be the government’s first steps toward phasing out its unpopular two-currency system.
GENEVA (Reuters) – Australia, Brazil and Thailand called yesterday for the immediate withdrawal of an additional export of 500,000 tonnes of out-of-quota sugar by the EU, saying it was illegal under World Trade Organisation rules.
(Trinidad Guardian) – T&T and Venezuela will soon sign a pact to increase trade in energy products and to develop the oil and gas sectors of both countries.
(Jamaica Observer) – President of the Islamic Council of Jamaica, Mustafa Muhammad, says he agrees with the Sharia law which prescribes death for people who openly flaunt homosexual behaviour.
Haitian vessel blocked A vessel carrying more than 100 Haitians fleeing their country has been intercepted by Turks and Caicos Islands police.
(Jamaica Observer) The St Andrew North police were on Saturday piecing together evidence that could lead to the motive behind a murder and suicide which took place at Waterworks in St Andrew earlier that day and sent shockwaves throughout the financial sector where the couple worked.
Special investigation by Camini Marajh (Trinidad Express) Gita Sakal, the ex-corporate secretary of fallen insurance and energy giant CL Financial, is back.
(Jamaica Observer) Police from the West Kingston Police Division on Saturday fatally shot three men who had allegedly engaged them in a shoot-out in Federal Gardens, a tough inner-city community in St Andrew.
(Trinidad Express) Three men are now dead following a robbery at a grill shop in South Trinidad.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, (Reuters) – Garment factories are spinning out T-shirts again and street markets are packed, but Haiti’s wrecked capital and damaged port show the huge task ahead in repairing the economy after a huge earthquake.
(Trinidad Express) – Judgment has been reserved in the matter involving Trinidad Cement Ltd (TCL) and its subsidiary, TCL Guyana Incorporated (TGI), following hours of legal arguments at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) against the Government of Guyana.
(Jamaica Gleaner) – Vice-Chancellor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Rex Nettleford, has been admitted to hospital in Washington, DC, after collapsing at a hotel in the United States capital Wednesday evening.
JOHANNESBURG, (Reuters) – The wife of South Africa’s State Security Minister was arrested yesterday on charges of dealing drugs, the country’s National Prosecuting Authority said.
BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is recovering after a brief hospitalization for high blood pressure but cancelled his trip to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, authorities said yesterday.
BOGOTA (Reuters) – A Venezuelan military helicopter flew across the border into Colombia and close to an army base on Wednesday, Colombia said, raising tensions in a months-long diplomatic dispute that has choked off bi-lateral trade.
Caricom youth summit Young people from across Caricom are gathering in Suriname for a two-day summit on youth development opening today.
(Nassau Guardian) – Police are reporting the discovery of large quantities of illegal drugs during three separate operations on Wednesday.
HAVANA (Reuters) – A US contractor accused by Cuba of distributing illegal communications equipment remains under investigation, and his alleged actions would be considered a “serious crime” anywhere in the world, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said yesterday.
(Trinidad Express) – Defeated candidate for United National Congress political leader Basdeo Panday claimed sabotage on Tuesday night after boxes allegedly containing thousands of party membership cards were discovered hidden at the Rienzi Complex, Couva, headquarters.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned yesterday that he may quicken his drive to build a socialist state, as he shuffled his cabinet amid opposition demonstrations sparked by closure of a television station.
BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian politicians yesterday blasted President Alvaro Uribe’s proposal that students be paid to spy on violent gangs in the city of Medellin, saying the plan would put young people in danger.
PAM going to court The opposition Peoples Action Movement (PAM) in St Kitts and Nevis says it intends challenging the outcome of Monday’s general election in which Prime Minister Douglas’ Labour Party retained power with a slightly reduced majority.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban and US negotiators will meet in February for a second round of talks on migration issues since the discussions were renewed last summer, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said yesterday.
(BBC) Prime Minister Denzil Douglas has won a fourth term. The governing St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party is back in power for a fourth successive term after Monday’s general election.
(Barbados Nation) A nine-point strategy aimed at bolstering Barbados’ economy and returning real gross domestic product (GDP) growth to the annual average rate of 3.0 per cent by 2012, is to be implemented soon.
(Trinidad Express) Siparia MP Kamla Persad-Bissessar won hands down at the UNC internal elections on Sunday, beating fellow contenders, Basdeo Panday and Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj, even on their home turf by a large margin.
(Trinidad Express) A Caribbean Airlines pilot was shot dead after confronting bandits at his Glencoe home on Monday afternoon.