(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.
(Trinidad Express) – Basdeo Panday, who has condemned to the political cemetery so many who dared to do battle with him in the past, failed miserably this time.
Polls open Voters in St Kitts and Nevis are electing a government to run the country for the next five years.
By CCN senior journalist Andy Johnson(Trinidad Express) CCN senior journalist Andy Johnson spent five days last week in Haiti, embedded with a contingent of the members of the Jamaica Defence Force.
(Jamaica Gleaner) Jamaican-born Muslim cleric, Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal, was quizzed by Special Branch investigators for nearly an hour when he returned to the island on Friday night.
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – When U.S. President Barack Obama launched a fight with Wall Street by announcing a new plan to limit banks’ size, the man standing at his side was former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.
(Jamaica Gleaner) – After being bombarded with criticisms about its tardiness in signing an extradition warrant for Tivoli Gardens’ strongman, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, the government is again embroiled in a major extradition controversy with the United States government.
Jamaica awaits cleric Jamaica is preparing for the arrival of Abdullah al-Faisal, a radical muslim cleric that Kenya is reported to have deported.
(Jamaica Gleaner) – With increasing preparations under way for an expected wave of people from the earthquake-wrecked Haiti, the Jamaican Government is looking to international donors for the millions of dollars it expects to spend to house and care for those who turn up on the shores.
(Trinidad Express) – Only six months ago Jerrold Maule became a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service.
(Trinidad Express) – Gennike Mayers, a Trinidad and Tobago national working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), says the sites in earthquake-ravaged Haiti where the organisation delivered non-food relief supplies on Tuesday were “calm” as opposed to other areas where violence and disorder had prevailed.
SINGAPORE/OSLO, (Reuters) – Hopes for stronger world action in 2010 to curb climate change have dimmed after the U.S.
(Trinidad Express) Haiti will need an estimated US$2 billion a year for its rehabilitation and restoration in the aftermath of the devastating 7.0 earthquake that struck there on Tuesday.
(Nassau Guardian) – Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said on Sunday he is disappointed over the outrage expressed by some Bahamians following his announcement that more than 100 Haitian detainees would be released from the Detention Centre and given temporary status.
(Trinidad Express) – Miguel Modeste, a 24-year-old mason, was forced to lie face down on his bed before he was shot once in the head, his relatives said on Sunday.