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Banker says lending has declined Loan demand in the Caribbean is tapering off during the financial crisis, according to a senior regional banker.

T&T sleuths make breakthrough in murder of women

Taxi driver to be charged (Trinidad Express) Salis Mack – the “PH” taxi driver charged with kidnapping and robbing eight-year-old Leah Lammy in a case still unsolved – is to be charged with the murders of two women found tortured and killed.

Imbert denies US$6m fraud claim

(Trinidad Express) Works and Transport Minister Colm Imbert says “it is impossible” that he could have “spirited away US$6 million” from a stadium project in Grenada which his firm, ICS, carried out ten years ago, as has been claimed by two Opposition MPs in the Parliament and the subcontractor on the job, NH (International) Caribbean Ltd (NHIC).

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White House quizzed on Caribbean Caribbean concerns about a new US crackdown on offshore tax centres were raised by a journalist at a White House press briefing on Monday.

Mountain View shooting leaves three dead 7

(Jamaica Observer) – Three men were shot dead as police and soldiers engaged in a stand-off with gunmen in the volatile Mountain View community in Kingston on Sunsay.

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Pay talks resume The St Lucian Prime Minister, Stephenson King, was to meet labour leaders yesterday to try to head off more unrest.

Swine flu monitoring stepped up

(Barbados Nation) – Extra medical personnel and new systems have been implemented at the Grantley Adams International Airport and the Bridgetown Port in an attempt to keep the swine flu virus out of Barbados.

Venezuelan capital jolted by 5.3 earthquake 1

CARACAS (Reuters) – An earthquake sent residents running from their  homes and shook buildings across oil exporting Venezuela’s densely populated coastal region, including the capital Caracas, before dawn yesterday.

Venezuela military helicopter crash kills 17 2

CARACAS (Reuters) – Seventeen people were killed when a Venezuelan military helicopter crashed on patrol in a mountainous region near the border with Colombia, The dead included an army general, several military officials and a civilian, the state news agency said.

UWI push to help males

(Barbados Nation) With women accounting for more than 60 per cent of the student body, the University of the West Indies is turning to MACHO, a special initiative, to reverse the declining presence of young males at the Cave Hill campus.

Former CL Financial executive claiming more than US$5m in benefits

(Trinidad Express) Gita Sakal, who called it a day on April 30 after 15 years as CL Financial’s general counsel and corporate secretary is claiming termination benefits in excess of US$5 million from the cash-starved conglomerate, now controlled in large part by the Government.

CLICO, CIB under forensic audits 4

…questions need to be answered regarding TT$5 billion deficit (Trinidad Express) Both the Colonial Life Insurance Company (CLICO) and the CLICO Investment Bank (CIB) are now the subjects of forensic audits.

One Caribbean Media boosts profit

(Trinidad Express) One Caribbean Media posted a TT$89.6 million after tax profit last year in an increasingly difficult regional and global economic environment.

‘I don’t have to wear my money’ 5

– Jamaican millionaire tells how he did it (Jamaica Gleaner) If you walked past Garfield Plunkett on the road or in the corridors, you would hardly be able to tell that he is a millionaire.

Jamaican charged over CanJet hostage taking 1

KINGSTON, (Reuters) – The Jamaican man who tried to  hijack a Canadian charter aircraft in Montego Bay last month  has been charged with robbery, assault and other offences,  police said yesterday.

Duprey ill; unable to meet with Ministry, Central Bank 1

(Trinidad Express) A meeting between CL Financial chairman Lawrence Duprey, the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank was postponed on Thursday because Duprey could not travel to Trinidad and Tobago in time.

Govt seeks more control of CL group 1

Duprey, Karen in showdown (Trinidad Express) – Government was expected to put its demands in writing for a greater say in the management control of the troubled CL Financial Group on the table yesterday.

Police kill two cousins 5

(Trinidad Express) – Known to residents of Covigne Road, Diego Martin, as “Wounded Soul”, reputed gang leader Keron Charles and his cousin, Kendall “Pooh Bear” Charles, were killed by police gunfire early on Wednesday.

Mexico must punish drug war army abuse: rights group 2

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico is not doing enough to punish troops suspected of involvement in several cases of murder, rape and torture as they fight drug cartels, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Wednesday.

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Minister meets displaced workers Workers of the St Kitts Marriott Resort who were made redundant earlier this month were due to meet the labour minister yestersday, to discuss possible options for re-employment.

Tax protests keep security forces busy 1

(Jamaica Observer) – Police and soldiers were kept busy on Tuesday clearing roadblocks mounted in the Corporate Area and St Catherine in protest against the new tax package, especially the $8.75 cess on each litre of gasoline, imposed by the government last week.

50 bullets for Sean Francis 6

(Trinidad Guardian) – The close-knit community of “Vegas” in Morvant reeled with shock on Tuesday, after the murder of “community leader” Sean “Bill” Francis.

Swine flu test not yet available at CAREC 1

(Trinidad Express) – The test needed to confirm whether a victim has contracted swine influenza, A (H1N1) virus, is not yet available at the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC).