No bloom yet in US-Cuba ties after April overtures 1

HAVANA, (Reuters) – The United States and Cuba  offered a glimmer of hope last month that they might be ready  to end years of hostility, but neither side has moved much  since then to widen that window of opportunity.

Venner finds Caricom wanting

(BBC) The man spearheading a closer union of the Eastern Caribbean has taken another dig at what might be regarded as its parent.

Why PJ, Digicel officials went to Cuba 1

(Jamaica Observer) The one-day trip to Cuba last Thursday that ended in a swirl of controversy involving former prime minister P J Patterson was a proactive attempt by telecoms giant Digicel to secure a phone service carrier contract between Jamaica and Cuba, the Sunday Observer has learnt.

BBC Caribbean News in Brief

Curacao votes to accept Dutch conditions for ‘country status’ Voters in Curacao have chosen to accept the conditions under which the island will form a new constitutional relationship with Holland.

President says sorry over Integrity Commission fiasco 1

(Trinidad Express) President George Maxwell Richards is not resigning. He will not subject the country to any constitutional crisis by creating a vacuum in the Office of the President, as is being called for by some persons (who have been calling for his resignation).

CLICO back on its feet, says Karen

(Trinidad Express) Finance Minister Karen Nunez-Tesheira says Clico is now back on its feet following government’s intervention to save the cash-strapped subsidiary of the CL Financial Group.

Guatemala president sees plot behind murder claims

GUATEMALA CITY, (Reuters) – Guatemala’s president  said yesterday powerful enemies are behind a scandal about  claims he ordered the murder of a prominent lawyer, as his  government cracked down on military abuses and drug gangs.

Central Bank calls in Lindquist in Clico probe

(Trinidad Express)In a bid to find out what went wrong at the country’s largest conglomerate, the Central Bank has quietly retained the services of ace forensic investigator Robert Lindquist to sift through the tangled records of financially troubled insurance giant, Clico, to determine whether it was a case of bad judgment or corporate malfeasance.

Fake beauty queen remanded 1

(Jamaica Observer) – Karen Facey who tricked a Cayman national who she met via the internet, into believing that she was a beauty queen and a real estate agent and as a result collected $250,000, to buy an apartment, was remanded in custody when she showed up at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

Gunshots, tear gas in Laventille 1

(Trinidad Guardian) – Shots were fired and tear gas thrown as residents and police clashed at Picton Road, Laventille, on Tuesday.

Rio fugitive surrenders

(Trinidad Express) – Rio Claro‘s most wanted, Peter Garcia, the man police have blamed for single-handedly having Agostini Village under siege, surrendered to homicide detectives on Tuesday.

BBC Caribbean News in Brief

Referendum please The Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands has called for a referendum on the restoration of British rule.

Industrial boom coming, says Manning

(Trinidad Express) A tremendous new wave of industrial activity would be generated in Trinidad and Tobago when it gets through the present economic slowdown, Prime Minister Patrick Manning said on Monday.

Cops probe five weekend murders 3

(Trinidad Guardian) – Officers of the Homicide Bureau are investigating five murders which took place between Friday and Sunday.

BBC Caribbean News in Brief

Crisis summit coming It was announced at the weekend that Caricom leaders will hold a special summit in Trinidad later this month devoted to the international economic downturn.

North Brazil attracts Caribbean businessmen 4

Lethem attracting interest (Trinidad Guardian) Repub-lic Bank chairman Ronald Harford and Barbadian billionaire Kyffin Simpson were at the forefront of an international team of investors who visited Boa Vista city in the north of Brazil last week, media sources in that country said on Friday.

Commonwealth head praises Eric Williams 1

(Trinidad Express) Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma on Saturday heaped praise upon the late Dr Eric Williams, hailing his vision on several societal issues.

Jamaica’s PM calls for united Caricom 3

(Jamaica Observer) Prime Minister Bruce Golding on Friday urged the Caribbean Community (Caricom) to forge a unified approach to effectively address issues such as the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and fallout from the current global economic crisis.

Hijacker’s father faces gun charges 1

(Jamaica Gleaner) – Earl Fray, father of Stephen Fray, attempted hijacker, is expected to be charged with ‘negligence caused in the theft or loss of a firearm’ by the police.