(Jamaica Observer) – Prime Minister Bruce Golding last night announced a public sector wage freeze “at the levels which obtained on March 31”, and in an obvious effort to make the decision more palatable, said that he will be taking a 15 per cent salary cut this year in addition to foregoing the seven per cent increase which would have been due to him effective April 1.
Trinidad Express) – Soca, the music, is loved by the masses across this country. However, SOCA, the acronym of the United Kingdom counter-drug force, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, should be feared by drug traffickers.
(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.
(Trinidad Express) A fifty-one-year-old “tripped” on Saturday morning. He butchered his estranged wife, then his two sons. He then trekked two miles on a dusty track back to his own little galvanize hut and eventually set it afire.
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran and Venezuela opened a joint bank yesterday to develop economic projects, Iranian state television reported.
The Tehran-based Iran-Venezuela bank, which was inaugurated by visiting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has an initial capital of $200 million with each country providing half.
(Trinidad Express) – International police have been called in to help the local national security services keep “career rioters” and “professional protesters” at bay, while this country hosts the Fifth Summit of the Americas.
(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.
(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.
(Trinidad Express) – Trinidad and Tobago’s jobs are disappearing amid a worsening downturn in the local economy.
Job losses have climbed by the thousands within the past few months, with the greatest cuts in the energy, services and construction sectors.
(Trinidad Express) – Opposition Leader Basdeo Panday has officially fired Tabaquite MP Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj as the Parliament’s Chief Whip.
Panday met Deputy House Speaker Pennelope Beckles at the Parliament on Tuesday to discuss the matter and later issued a letter requesting that Maharaj’s appointment be revoked.
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.