Man beaten at Beres Hammond’s studio

(Jamaica Gleaner) – Joseph Plummer still can’t come to terms with the “brutal beating” he received early Tuesday morning while at Harmony House, the studio of his friend, singer Beres Hammond.

Air J sale now June

(Jamaica Observer) – The government will continue absorbing, for at least another three months, the billions of dollars it is costing to keep Air Jamaica flying.

EU grant to Jamaica goes sour

-Gov’t receives less due to stalled sugar divestment (Jamaica Gleaner) The European Union (EU) has held on to €2 million (J$253 million), which it should have presented to Jamaica last Thursday, because of the Government’s failure to complete its divestment of the sugar industry.

Luciano charged with harbouring fugitive

(Jamaica Observer) After spending the weekend behind bars, Reggae singer Luciano was yesterday charged with harbouring a fugitive by detectives from the St Andrew Central Police Division.

St Vincent takes over bank

(Antigua Sun) Millennium Bank, in St. Vincent & the Grenadines, has been placed in the hands of Receiver, KPMG International, by the country’s government.

Manning invites President Castro to T&T

(Trinidad Express) With only 18 days before the Fifth Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Prime Minister Patrick Manning has struck a positive note with Cuban President Raul Castro that could set the tone to move Cuba closer to the Latin American and Caribbean integration process.

State witness killed after leaving safe house

(Trinidad Express) – Alicia Kizzy McKenzie, of Central Street, Vistabella, a witness to the March 13 Marabella murder of Jason Fullerton, of Ramsamooj Street, Marabella has been found dead.

Brazil’s Lula warns against ‘drug’ of protectionism

PARIS (Reuters) – Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said yesterday the restoration of credit and the fight against the “drug” of protectionism were the most urgent problems facing G20 leaders meeting in London this week.

Caribbean ‘Tax havens’ towing the line

(BBC) Caribbean offshore financial sectors say they are bracing for tougher measures on tax havens expected to come out of the summit of rich nations known as the G20 Group in April.

Jamaica companies blocked from selling cheap pressure drug

(Jamaica Gleaner) Jsmaican pharmaceutical company, Indies Pharma, is gearing up for a court battle with international drug-manufacturing giant, Pfizer-USA, over local distribution of hypertension medication used by thousands of Jamaicans living with the debilitating illness.

DPP calls for Karen probe

(Trinidad Guardian) Acting Director of Public Prosecu-tions Carla Brown-Antoine believes that Finance Minister Karen Tesheira should be investigated by the DPP’s office for her role in the CL Financial issue.

‘Liquidity support for region should top Trinidad agenda’

(Jamaica Gleaner) – Caribbean thinkers are agreeing that an immediate need to find liquidity to support Jamaica’s budget, as well as those of other islands in the region, should be the foremost issue on the agenda of Prime Minister Bruce Golding and other Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders when they meet with United States President Barack Obama at the fifth Summit of the Americas in Trinidad next month.

More time on CLICO injunction

(Trinidad Express) PORT-OF-SPAIN – An injunction barring the CL Financial Group from transferring or disposing of its assets of the subsidiary, Clico, has been extended further to April 8 by Justice Judith Jones.

BBC Caribbean News in Brief

EU takes aim at US ban The European Union said Thursday that US laws restricting online gambling contravene World Trade Organisation rules.

Seven murdered in 15 hours

(Jamaica Observer) – Gunmen went on a murder spree in the Corporate Area and St Catherine on Tuesday, killing seven persons in an almost 15-hour span.

US to blame for much of Mexico violence: Clinton

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday that an “insatiable” appetite in the United States for illegal drugs was to blame for much of the violence plaguing Mexico.

BBC Caribbean News in Brief

Beware of organised crime Caribbean academic Mark Figueroa has sounded a warning against the emergence of organised crime.

Flintoff declared fit to face Windies in third ODI

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – West Indies will have to deal with the threat of England’s talismanic all-rounder Freddie Flintoff, when they go in search of a series-leading win in Friday’s third One-Day International at Kensington Oval.

Duprey in energy ‘fire sale’ to raise severance money

(Trinidad Guardian) Three days after publicly signing the Memorandum of Under-standing (MOU) aimed at saving Clico’s depositors and policyholders, Lawrence Duprey was scrambling in a virtual fire sale to sell off key energy assets to his German business partners, according to documents made available to the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian.

Vaz in landslide victory

(Jamaica Gleaner) West Portland on Monday forcefully rejected an application from People’s National Party (PNP) candidate Kenneth Rowe to be its member of parliament, and opted instead to have the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Daryl Vaz resume representing it in the House of Representatives.

New Turks and Caicos premier sworn in

(Jamaica Gleaner) Hours after embattled premier of the Turks and Caicos, Michael Misick stepped down, he was on Monday replaced by businessman Oliver Galmo Williams, a member of his organisation, the Progressive National Party (PNP).

BBC Caribbean News in Brief

Roseau points to ‘rewarding’ relations with Beijing Five years after ditching Taiwan and opening relations with Mainland China, Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is describing Roseau’s ties with Beijing as “rewarding”.

Cops head to summit in T&T

(Jamaica Gleaner) – Thirty local police officers will be part of a regional team to provide security at the Fifth Summit of the Americas in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, from April 17-19.

Chavez trims budget, adds debt to counter crisis

CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo  Chavez on Saturday almost tripled his government’s borrowing  plan and trimmed his budget to offset a slide in oil revenues,  but resisted pressure to devalue the local bolivar currency.

Jamaica developers stuck with hundreds of houses

…as economic slowdown affects buyers (Jamaica Gleaner) The downturn in the economy has hit real-estate developers, with some forced to stall projects while others are hurting in the pocket as houses on the market are being sold at a painfully slow pace.

Nation lays off 35

(Barbados Nation) The Nation group of companies yesterday terminated 23 members of staff.

Don’t panic – Thompson tells Bajans

(Barbados Nation) – Don’t panic! This is the advice Prime Minister David Thompson gave countrymen yesterday, as he spoke in the House of Assembly during debate of the 2009-2010 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure.

BBC Caribbean News in Brief

Opposition challenges election results The main opposition Antigua Labour Party says it’s going ahead with challenging the outcome of the results in four constituencies from the general elections on March 12.

PH driver kills pupil

– then commits suicide (Trinidad Express) – Driven out of his mind by an obsession over a teenage schoolgirl, a 27-year-old PH driver beat her to death and then drank poison, police said on Tuesday.

BBC Caribbean News in Brief

Mothers demand release Mothers and wives of Cuban dissidents imprisoned since a March 2003 crackdown have demanded their release.

Chavez readying ‘artillery’ for Americas summit

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez is preparing diplomatic “artillery” for a summit next month that could produce the first encounter between the anti-Washington leader and US President Barack Obama.

US chasing Stanford for tax bill

(BBC) – The US government is chasing at least $226.6m (£161m) in taxes, penalties and interest it says billionaire American financier Sir Allen Stanford owes.

Govt denies US fighter jets

(Trinidad Guardian) – High-ranking government officials have said that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago will not be granting permission to any country to land fighter jets on local territory as part of the security arrangements for the Summit of the Americas.

BBC Caribbean News in Brief

Dominica police seize drugs Police in Dominica have reported the arrest of one man after they seized cocaine and marijuana worth a combined value of EC$1.78 million (US$681,956) last weekend.A police official said they confiscated 28 kilos of cocaine and 470 kilos of marijuana.

Governor to take charge of TCI

(BBC) – The British Govern-ment looks set to suspend the constitution of the Turks and Caicos Islands after a damning report into allegations of corruption.

BBC Caribbean News in Brief

Puerto Rican bank seeks US bailout A Puerto Rican state bank is seeking $5 billion from the US Federal Reserve to help the island withstand the economic crisis.

Jamaica Senator’s offices searched in e-mail probe

(Jamaica Observer) Montego Bay – United States and local agents, in a ground-breaking development, staged a search of the offices of Jamaica Tours Limited, owned by the family of Opposition Senator Noel Sloley, to trace the origin of a vexatious e-mail that allegedly libeled Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.

New questions for Karen

Did Minister breach Financial Institutions Act? By Camini Marajh Investigative Desk (Trinidad Express) New questions are emerging about the legality of the transaction involving Finance Minister Karen Nunez-Tesheira’s two US-dollar fixed deposits at Clico Investment Bank (CIB).

Spencer returned with smaller margin

(BBC) – The United Progressive Party of Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer has been re-elected with a reduced majority after Thursday’s general elections.

Injunction against CL extended

(Trinidad Express) – An injunction barring the CL Financial Groups from divesting the assets of its insurance subsidiary Clico has been extended to March 24 by Justice Judith Jones.

BBC Caribbean News in Brief

EU urges banana deal The European Union has urged Latin American nations to agree to a banana deal and end the world’s longest-running trade row.