Lady Bustamante passes away

Jamaica Observer) Lady Bustamante, highly regarded as a defender of women’s and workers’ rights, and widow of late former Prime Minister and National Hero Sir Alexander Bustamante, died in the Tony Thwaites Wing of the University Hospital of the West Indies on Saturday afternoon.

Staff notice sent to T&T overseas missions raises eyebrows

(Trinidad Express) The Government has sent out a “Staff Notice” to heads of T&T overseas missions informing them of the education drive by the People’s National Movement (PNM), a move that one former diplomat describes as “very worrying” in that this constitutes a party notice being sent out to Government workers.

Ministry: 880 suspected dengue cases so far

(Trinidad Express) – The Health Ministry on Thursday released figures giving the number of suspected dengue fever cases for 2009, but made no mention of the two known cases where the virus killed citizens.

BBC Caribbean News in Brief

Grenada AG resigns Grenada’s Attorney General James Bristol has resigned, following his acknowledgement of an “error in judgment” in writing to a United States Prosecutor for clemency for his stepson on the official letterhead of the Attorney General’s office.

BBC Caribbean News in Brief  

CDB aid package for Haiti The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced a four year aid programme for Haiti.

Venezuela won’t withdraw diplomats from Honduras

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela will not withdraw its remaining diplomats from Honduras, ignoring an ultimatum by the de facto government of the Central American country, the Venezuelan foreign ministry said yesterday.

Chavez ‘to review’ Colombia ties

(BBC) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he will have to reassess ties with Colombia, which is set to allow the US to use its bases for anti-drug flights.

Study charts Brazil youth murders

Sao Paulo (BBC News) – A young black teenager in Brazil is nearly three times more likely to die as a result of violence than a white adolescent, a new report has concluded.

Warner: I’m going after Bas

(Trinidad Express) There will be change in the United National Congress, Chaguanas MP Jack Warner said on Monday.

LIAT pilots, management clash again

(Antigua Sun) – Up to last weekend, operations at regional airline LIAT were not fully back to normal, following several delays and cancellations of flights late last week.

Four die violently on the weekend

– toddler, 20-year-old nursing gunshot wounds (Jamaica Observer) – A two-year-old boy in York Town, Farm Pen in Clarendon is this morning waking up with the sting of a gunshot injury, and perhaps the memory of a door being kicked in and the explosions and blood that followed.

Indians being discriminated against in T&T

– UNC MP (Trinidad Express) Opposition MP Dr Tim Gopeesingh on Saturday charged that Government was carrying out a policy of political discrimination that was targeting one particular ethnic grouping in T&T.

Salaries Review Commission says no to increase for MPs

(Trinidad Express) Presi-dent George Maxwell Richards and Prime Minister Patrick Manning, as well as government ministers and opposition MPs, should not get salary increases because of the current economic downturn in the country.

No stay, no school

Education minister takes firm stance against foreign students (Antigua Sun) – A stern warning has gone out to non-national parents who may be pondering getting their children into the school system next term.

BBC Caribbean News in Brief

Minimal Caribbean growth expected The World Bank has said it could lend up to $14 billion to Latin American and Caribbean countries in the fiscal year that began this month.

Golding defends imminent return to IMF

(Jamaica Gleaner) – Prime Minister, Bruce Golding has sought to defend the government’s imminent return to a borrowing relationship with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Bail for Nigerian accused of having three Jamaican wives

(Jamaica Observer) – A Nigerian software engineer, who is accused of marrying three Jamaican women over a six-month period last year, was offered bail in the sum of $200,000 in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Lesbian pleads against deportation to Jamaica

(Jamaica Observer) – A Jamaican woman who has been convicted for dealing in illegal drugs by a British court has asked that country’s immigration department not to deport her because she is a lesbian and would be persecuted if sent back to her homeland.