Rusal’s health worries Jamaica

(Jamaica Gleaner) Aluminum producing giant UC RUSAL, which is based in Russia, may widen output cuts to up to 20 per cent – 11 per cent more than it originally announced – as it takes steps to reduce costs and save the beleaguered company from bankruptcy.

T&T man butchers wife, two sons 7

(Trinidad Express) A fifty-one-year-old “tripped” on Saturday morning. He butchered his estranged wife, then his two sons.

Stanford formally denies allegations 3

(Antigua Sun) – Business-man, Sir R Allen Stanford, has categorically denied the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC)’s allegations that he was running a US$8 billion Ponzi scheme.

Waste recycling plant fire-bombed

(Antigua Sun) – Management and staff of the Antigua and Barbuda Waste Recycling Corporation (A&BWRC) have been left baffled following what appeared to have been an arson attempt on the facility Wednesday night.

Luciano declares innocence 1

(Jamaica Gleaner) – Reggae singer Luciano has denied any criminal ties and expressed remorse for the shoot-out at his St Andrew home last week, which ended with the death of a gunman and injury to three policemen.

BBC Caribbean News in Brief

Senator pushes for envoy to Cuba US Senator Richard Lugar has urged President Barack Obama to reach out to Cuba by opening talks and naming a special envoy to the long-time US foe.

Cuba accuses blogger Yoani Sanchez of ‘provocation’

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban authorities accused blogger Yoani Sanchez yesterday of staging a “provocation against the Cuban Revolution” after she and others spoke publicly about censorship during an arts performance in Havana.

Man beaten at Beres Hammond’s studio 2

(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 1

(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 1

(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 2

(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 3

(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 7

(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.