Piano kills 5-year-old

(Jamaica Gleaner) – Tragedy struck at a basic school in the Tucker-Irwin area of St James on Thursday afternoon when a little girl died after an abandoned piano in a schoolyard fell on her.

Son held for raping mother in her bed

Trinidad Express) – A 33-year-old man who raped and sodomised his 73-year-old mother was caught by police officers around 3 am on Thursday.

Missing-children broadcast probe

(Trinidad Express) – The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) has begun investigations to determine whether the erroneous reports of the “discovery of children in a container on the port within Trinidad and Tobago was public mischief on the part of the broadcasting stations involved”.

Venezuela takes over tree farm of Irish company

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has taken over a eucalyptus tree farm run by Ireland’s Smurfit Kappa, his latest move on foreign companies as he tightens his grip on the farm and food sectors.

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Bahamas eyes beauty boost Officials in the Bahamas are hoping this year’s Miss Universe pageant will add some beauty to an ugly year for tourism.

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Receiver seeks Stanford ease The court-appointed receiver in charge of the operations and assets of the Stanford Financial Group has asked a federal judge to release some client brokerage accounts that contain $250,000 or less.

Venezuela sees no further Cargill takeovers

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela said yesterday it has no plans to take over any additional holdings of US food giant Cargill after socialist President Hugo Chavez ordered the seizure of the rice plant, renewing his nationalization drive.

‘T&T economy vulnerable’

(Trinidad Express) – The collapse of a large financial conglomerate and continued exposure to plunging oil and gas prices make Trinidad and Tobago’s economy vulnerable, a new report from the International Monetary Report has shown.

Prime ministers make $20,000 deposits in Bank of Antigua

(Antigua Sun) – Prime Ministers Baldwin Spencer and Dr Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines, have attempted to further reassure the public of the soundness of Bank of Antigua Ltd (BOA) by opening, and reactivating personal chequing accounts there.

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Council set for Haiti The UN Security Council is heading to Haiti next week to assess the country’s progress.

IMF warns crisis has shifted to poor countries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday warned that the global crisis had shifted to the world’s poorest nations and 22 countries may need as much as $25 billion in additional funding in 2009 to cope with the downturn.

Children in container hoax shuts down port

(Trinidad Guardian) – There was a complete shutdown of the Port-of-Spain Port on Tuesday as rumours spread throughout the country that a container with missing children had been discovered.

Clinton urges Brazil to return son of US man

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged the Brazilian government yesterday to push for the return of an 8-year-old boy to his US father, who says his son was abducted illegally more than four years ago.

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Governor consults over corruption report The governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands says he needs to consult with British ministers before releasing any findings by a commission which investigated allegations of widespread corruption.

DPP orders 14 cop arrests in file backlog clearing

(Jamaica Gleaner) – Pushing to clear the backlog of files received from the Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI), Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn has instructed detectives to arrest 14 of their colleagues for criminal offences, ranging from murder to assault.

IFC takes 20% stake in First Global

(Jamaica Gleaner) First Global Bank has signed a US$20 million agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank group, to expand its capital base and to provide funding for on-lending to Jamaican businesses.

British American sued for US$38M

(Trinidad Guardian) The US company which sold 6,000 acres of land in Florida to British American has sued the insurance company, a subsidiary of the beleaguered CL Financial group, to recover US$38.2 million in a move which could end with the lender owning British American Trinidad.

Duprey sank billion$ into Florida properties

(Trinidad Guardian) – CL Financial chairman Lawrence Duprey went on a shopping spree in south Florida in the last five years, buying or developing up to a dozen properties and spending an estimated US$1.5 billion—some of which would have come from local pensioners who were lured by promises of high returns from his insurance companies.

Transfer of funds glitch-free in CIB takeover

(Trinidad Express) – Despite some initial panic about the state of their investments, both big and small depositors of the failed CLICO Investment Bank had their claims processed by state owned bank, First Citizens, at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, on Thursday.

Fidel Castro walks in Havana — Venezuela’s Chavez

CARACAS (Reuters) – Cuba’s ailing former leader Fidel Castro, not seen in public for almost three years, appeared on the streets of Havana and people cried when they recognized him, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said yesterday.

One killed, two shot and injured at boat party

(Jamaica Gleaner) – It was billed as a late-night party at Kingston Harbour, but the boat never left the dock, as a barrage of bullets brought the session to its premature end.

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Call for regional banking regulation The Governor of the Barbados Central Bank has urged that a regional regulatory system for the financial sector be put in place.

Fay-Ann wins Road March by wide margin

(Trinidad Express) – It was the season for multiple wins as the National Carnival Commission (NCC) announced the winners of Carnival 2009 at the new VIP lounge at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, yesterday.

Scandal nixes Dominican Republic military parade

SANTO DOMINGO, (Reuters) – The Dominican Republic  canceled an Independence Day military parade amid public outrage  over scandals linking soldiers and police to crime and drug  trafficking.

Businessman arrested for allegedly molesting daughters

(Jamaica Observer) – A businessman in his 60s could be slapped with more than 20 counts of incest and indecent assault following his arrest on Tuesday on allegations that he had been molesting his three young daughters.

Colombia arrests sons of Cali cartel druglord

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Three sons of a former boss of Colombia’s Cali drug cartel have been arrested along with more than 20 other people on charges of money laundering, authorities said yesterday.

Airline crews to face scrutiny

– pilot accused of $5m customs breach (Jamaica Gleaner) – Airline crew should now expect to go through regular searches at the island’s two international airports as the Customs Department implements more stringent measures placing them under the microscope.

Rain fails to dampen Carnival spirit

(Trinidad Guardian) – Not even dark skies and intermittent showers could damper the spirits and waistlines of thousands of masqueraders who went out on Tuesday to celebrate Carnival.

World’s largest wetland threatened in Brazil

CORUMBA, Brazil, (Reuters) – Jaguars still roam the  world’s largest wetland and endangered Hyacinth Macaws nest in  its trees but advancing farms and industries are destroying  Brazil’s Pantanal region at an alarming rate.

Some mutual fund assets released in Stanford case

HOUSTON, (Reuters) – Mutual funds that are not held  in custodial Stanford Finan-cial Group accounts should be  released from a court-ordered asset freeze, an attorney  overseeing the company’s affairs and assets said in a  statement on Monday.

Colombian ‘coffins’ run cocaine beneath the waves

KEY WEST, Florida (Reuters) – Packed with cocaine and grimly christened “coffins,” sleek jungle-built submarines are steaming their way north from Colombia through Pacific waters to deliver tons of illegal drugs headed for the US market.

Trini-American shot dead in city

(Trinidad Guardian) – A Trinidadian national, a naturalised American citizen, was shot dead in Port-of-Spain on Sunday morning, all because he wined on another man’s girlfriend.

Rev Garnett Roper heads new Herald investor group

(Jamaica Observer) – The weekly Sunday Herald newspaper has been taken over by a group of investors headed by the Rev Garnett Roper, who hope to salvage the latest journal headed for Jamaica’s fearsome newspaper graveyard.

LIAT clears the air about ownership

(Antigua Sun) – LIAT has cleared the air on its ownership, debunking suggestions that it is owned by Sir Allen Stanford.

Antigua’s Parliament to be recalled over Stanford crisis

Antiguan Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer will today advise Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack to reconvene a sitting of the House of Representatives to discuss the crisis sparked by charges in the US against billionaire Allen Stanford, a statement from the PM’s office said on Friday.

Jamaica banks rationing US dollars

(Jamaica Observer) Restrictions of varying degrees on the sale of US dollars do appear to be in effect at some of the major commercial banks in Kingston, despite a declaration by Bank of Jamaica governor, Derick Latibeaudiere, to the contrary.