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PCA responds to AG: We have no political agenda
Trinidad Express, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 04:04 AM

The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) is not a political entity and does not exercise any of its functions with a political agenda. In a release yesterday, the PCA reiterated it did not leak its report on the alleged existence of a New Flying Squad Investigative Unit (NFSIU) to any media house or Parliamentarian.

Kamla: Move to CCJ inevitable
Trinidad Express, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 04:04 AM

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar gave her commitment in principle to Trinidad and Tobago’s eventual accession to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its highest court of appeal, even as she declared the ultimate decision will be made by citizens through a national referendum. Persad-Bissessar said on Tuesday evening at the official opening of the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, that accession is inevitable.

Warner claims Centre of Excellence was never for sale
Trinidad Express, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 04:04 AM

The Centre of Excellence is not for sale and never was. So said leader of the Independent Liberal Party Jack Warner as he responded to newspaper reports that Concacaf had challenged his claim to ownership of the Centre of Excellence. Concacaf has filed a caveat against Warner, preventing him from passing title of the Centre of Excellence to any person or body.

Three shot dead
Trinidad Express, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 04:04 AM

The murder toll has jumped to 132 following the killings of 29-year-old David Cumberbatch, and two 24-year-old men, Julian “Polo” Cumberbatch and Nkosi Harricharan, during separate incidents in Bamboo Settlement, Belmont and Diego Martin over a 24-hour period.

‘Warner notified about caveats since March 2013’
Trinidad Express, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 04:04 AM

Attorney General Anand Ramlogan yesterday described as “baseless” Jack Warner’s claim that the Government influenced FIFA and CONCACAF to take legal action against him. In a news release, Ramlogan also dismissed Warner’s claim that the matter had been discussed by the Cabinet last Thursday. Warner responded yesterday to newspaper reports that the Centre of Excellence, Macoya, was for sale and that he had been seeking a purchaser for the building.

Business >>
Point Fortin praised for Clifton Hill resort
Trinidad Express, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 04:04 AM

As he congratulated the Point Fortin Borough Corporation for rolling out an impressive Clifton Hill Beach Resort, Tourism Minister Gerald Hadeed has urged regional corporations to develop sound management plans to protect such facilities. Hadeed requested that corporations put in place programmes to ensure the facilities continue to deliver quality service to users at all times.

Hosein: Practice safety at home
Trinidad Guardian, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 03:04 AM

Reshma RagoonathThursday, April 17, 2014Safety should not be only confined to the workplace, but practiced in every aspect of daily life. 

Minott develops own coffee brand, drops Wallenford
Jamaica Gleaner, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 03:04 AM

Jamaica Standard Products Company Limited (JSP) has rebranded its former Wallenford Blue coffee products to Island Blue at a cost of $20 million and is now exploring new sales strategy to grow business.General Manager John Minott said export sales ...

Tru Juice enters lime market amid shortage
Jamaica Gleaner, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 03:04 AM

Trade Winds Citrus has introduced a 100 per cent lime juice product locally, amid a decade-old shortage of the citrus fruit.The company has 35 acres of lime trees under production to serve as input for the new product,...

Software company Medullan expands to Jamaica
Jamaica Gleaner, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 03:04 AM

Software development firm and IT consultancy Medullan Inc officially launched operations in Jamaica on Wednesday and is on the hunt for creative talent.The American company focuses on digital health-care innovation,...

Sports >>
Marlins 2nd at St Lucia meet
Trinidad Express, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 05:04 AM

Marlins Aquatics Club placed second at the Rodney Heights Annual Centre (RHAC) International Invitational Swim Meet that concluded in St Lucia Sunday. With a team of 21 young swimmers comprising mostly those in the 10 & under categories, Marlins (794 pts) placed second by a mere 18.5 pts, with Grenfins Swim Club of Grenada claiming the top spot in the combined team scores.

Work smarter not harder
Trinidad Express, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 05:04 AM

Don’t you wish you could get more done in a day? We just need a few more hours in a day sometimes. For most of us it is simply impossible to work harder in order to accomplish more. As a whole, what makes the human race unique as a species is our ability to change our environments to suit our needs as opposed to changing ourselves to suit our environments.

Army, Connection to the wire
Trinidad Express, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 05:04 AM

The dash to the $1 million first prize for the 2013-2014 Digicel Pro League is now down to two teams, after one-time contenders Central FC went down 2-1 to North East Stars on Tuesday night at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. Champions Defence Force have emerged as the last threat to season-long leaders Directv W Connection, after finding a last-gasp injury-time winner from captain Corey Rivers to defeat Police 1-0 at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

T&T also to play Colombia before World Cup
Trinidad Express, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 05:04 AM

Trinidad and Tobago will face yet another World Cup bound team in a friendly international in Buenos Aires. The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association yesterday finalised a match against Colombia scheduled for June 1 in Buenos Aires. The match will precede T&T’s friendly with Argentina in La Plata on June 4 and Iran in Sao Paolo on June 8. TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee was elated about the matches on the cards for the “Warriors.”

Skerrit, De Gannes cop Youth Awards
Trinidad Express, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 05:04 AM

Dana-Lee De Gannes (Providence) and Kelon Skerrit (SEPoS) were named the Female and Male Schools Player of the Year respectively when the Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board (TTHB) hosted its Schools and Youth Awards for 2014 at the Indoor Arena of the Eastern Regional Sports Complex on Saturday.

Entertainment >>
Supa Dups story
Jamaica Observer, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

DWAYNE 'Supa Dups' Chin-Quee has had a decorated career as a producer. He has worked with a long list of heavyweights in dancehall, rhythm and Blues and hip hop. With three Grammy Awards to his credit and hits on the Billboard pop charts, he says there is still more to be accomplished. "Just like anything else success comes with hard work and making the right decisions. To be successful in music you have to love it before anything else. Wanting to be in music for any other reason than that you

Kafinal salutes Dekker
Jamaica Observer, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

SINGER Kafinal pays tribute to reggae pioneer Desmond Dekker with his latest song, Road Tonight. It is inspired by Israelites, Dekker's 1968 international hit. The Canada-based singer/actor is best known in Jamaica for the 2004 song Cooking Dat Pwile, on which he teamed with Sambo. Kafinal says he recorded Road Tonight to honour Dekker and help keep his legacy alive. "For the most part we wanted to pay tribute to the late, great Desmond Dekker, based on the familiarity in voice and it would

More fun for Beach J'ouvert
Jamaica Observer, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

SOCA fans making the annual trek to Bacchanal Beach J'ouvert at James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, St Mary, are to come prepared more. "The entertainment package will be more compared to previous years. There'll be two singers, a live band, and five disc jocks," said Michael Ammar, a director of Bacchanal Jamaica. "There'll be more paint, more fun, and an enchanced experience for both VIP and general patrons," he said. According to Ammar, more bars will be placed in the general area for easier a

High praises for local theatre
Jamaica Observer, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

DESPITE the challenges, 2013 was a good year for the local theatre industry. That's the view of Tanya Batson-Savage, head of the panel of adjudicators for the Actor Boy Awards. Speaking at Monday's awards at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, Batson-Savage noted that the year saw 30 productions taking to the stage representing a rich blend of themes and genres from tragedies to musicals, comedies and what she noted was a "growing breadth of plays for children". She, however, heaped he

D'Midas touch
Jamaica Observer, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

TRINIDADIAN costume designer and band leader Stephen Derek is excited about his appearance at this month's Bacchanal road march. The march, which concludes the season, will be held April 29 in the Corporate Area. Derek was part of the Jamaican carnival scene in the mid-1980s. He was invited by band leader Byron Lee to assist with the launch of his Jamaica Carnival. "It's been a while since I have been to Jamaica carnival so I am anxious to see what improvement it has made and where it is now,

Latin America & Caribbean >>
VIDEO: Helmet cam captures Chile blaze
BBC, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 02:04 AM

New footage captured on firefighter helmet cameras has emerged showing the full extent of the deadly fires that swept through a town in western Chile.

Argentina girl kept years in garage
BBC, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 01:04 AM

Police in Argentina say they have rescued a teenage girl who had been starved, beaten and kept in a garage for nine years by her foster parents.

In pictures: Peru jail puts on musical
BBC, Wed 16 Apr 2014, 10:04 PM

Peru prisoners mark Holy Week with Lloyd Webber musical

Brazil troops guard strike-hit Bahia
BBC, Wed 16 Apr 2014, 07:04 PM

Brazil sends thousands of federal troops to maintain order in the north-eastern state of Bahia after police there went on strike over pay.

Man 'earns living' from tattoo ads
BBC, Wed 16 Apr 2014, 02:04 PM

Brazilian man sells tattoo advertising space on his forehead

Letters >>
Economic oversight still means economc woes
Jamaica Observer, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

Dear Editor, Does Richard Byles, commenting recently on the state of the economy, not realise how clearly he is acknowledging the anomalies, probably contradictions, in the current IMF-led economic programme? Believing that passing the IMF tests is some magic potion that will automatically lead to Jamaica's economic and therefore social salvation is nothing more than ideology and wishful thinking. It may be alright for some, that is those not already struggling with continued wage freezes and

My life sentence vs Kartel's
Jamaica Observer, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

Dear Editor, There is so much talk about life sentence these days, what with the sentencing of popular dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel recently. I too have been handed a life sentence, but one of a different kind. While we are led to believe that the prisons established by man incarcerate us, man is in a prison of a greater kind. Mankind is really in a prison of death, every last one of us. Okay, you may not agree with me, so let me tell you about my own experience. I was born a prisoner of

Paulwell has no more options
Jamaica Observer, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

Dear Editor, I think it is an unfair criticism being levelled against Minister Paulwell with regards to his proposal to allow persons who steal electricity to pay a flat rate for a period of time and then bring them up to standard. Yes, I admit it is not the best proposal, and those of us who have to pay our electricity monthly have all right to react strongly against such proposal. But, then again, we have to think about a number of things. 1. Those who pay for electricity have to foot the

The Bible proves there was no resurrection
Jamaica Observer, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

Dear Editor, Perhaps the best evidence against the resurrection of Jesus is the Bible itself. A careful reading of it should be enough to convince anybody that the claim that Jesus came back to life after his crucifixion is false. There are clear indications that the early Christian fathers were prepared to go to great lengths in their attempts to convince people that Jesus was a god. The book of Mathew would have us believe that at the point of Jesus' death, many people who were dead came b

Nowhere to get help before it’s too late
Trinidad Express, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 04:04 AM

Love and care In the midst of a kind of pain that only she could experience but not explain, young mother Okilia Mayers tries to come to terms with the gruesome and macabre death of her two babies at the hands of a man who loved them. Trying to make sense of the connection between love and this grievous, hateful act, she speaks of her own abuse, not able to imagine its cruel segue into the lives of her children and their eventual deaths.

Editorials >>
Mrs McCalla's wisdom; Mr K D Knight's folly
Jamaica Observer, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 02:04 AM

CHIEF Justice Mrs Zaila McCalla can be cast in the mould of the typical judge. She does not jump mouth first into public debates.

Chaos without change at the World Bank
Jamaica Observer, Wed 16 Apr 2014, 02:04 AM

THE appointment of Mr Jim Yong Kim by the United States Administration as president of the World Bank has come as a surprise because he is an academic with no financial expertise, no development policy experience, and no administrative track record.

‘Stupid idea of the year’ award to Minister Paulwell
Jamaica Observer, Tue 15 Apr 2014, 02:04 AM

'Stupid idea of the year' award to Minister Paulwell

Poor governance on show at Port Royal
Jamaica Observer, Mon 14 Apr 2014, 01:04 AM

COUNCILLOR Lorraine Dobson says she is "aware" that there is "a growing migration problem, in terms of squatting" in historic, world-famous Port Royal.

Dr Norman Girvan, intellectual warrior
Jamaica Observer, Sun 13 Apr 2014, 02:04 AM

Jamaica, and indeed the Caribbean, has every reason to mourn the passing last week of Dr Norman Girvan, professor emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI).

Features >>
US Coast Guard offloads $110 million of cocaine seized in Caribbean interdictions
Caribbean News Now!, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 07:04 AM

MIAMI, USA -- Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Legare offloaded approximately 3,300 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of $110 million at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach on Tuesday, following two separate drug interdictions in the southwest Caribbean Sea.

FAO urges countries to step up action against destructive banana disease
Caribbean News Now!, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 07:04 AM

ROME, Italy -- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is warning countries to step up monitoring, reporting and prevention of one of the world’s most destructive banana diseases, Fusarium wilt, which recently spread from Asia to Africa and the Middle East.

Climate change vs food security
Trinidad Express, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 03:04 AM

‘BIG freeze shatters North America temperature records’. ‘UK storms: Man dies amid almost unparalleled natural crisis’. ‘Australian heatwaves more frequent, hotter and longer’. ‘Drought hits St Lucia’. It is only the fourth month of the year but already extreme weather events have grabbed news headlines around the world.

Chart your destiny
Trinidad Express, Tue 15 Apr 2014, 11:04 PM

Carolyn Correia wears many hats and on March 29 she launched the pilot for her motivational workshops entitled “Charting Your Destiny” which took place at Daniell’s Institute of Learning.

US Expats and Taxes: Foreign real estate
Caribbean News Now!, Tue 15 Apr 2014, 07:04 AM

From a tax standpoint, buying and selling foreign real estate is not much different than in the US. At the present time, there are no reporting requirements when purchasing foreign real estate. However, US expats should be aware that if one transfers money to a foreign bank...

Commentaries >>
Compensation catch-22
Trinidad Express, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 04:04 AM

From the beginning, the response to the Petrotrin oil spill disaster has been plagued by an absence of leadership by the energy industry’s regulatory authorities. Despite being the party responsible for the oil spill, Petrotrin has been allowed enormous latitude for shaping the country’s response to the worst oil spill in the nation’s history. Instead of taking charge as regulator, the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs has been inclined to give way to Petrotrin in managing the response

The short brutish life of Brandon
Trinidad Express, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 04:04 AM

Short and brutish, his life ended tragically. Yet even in a world where the bizarre has become almost banal in terms of its frequency, the life and death of Brandon Hargreaves was remarkably sad. Twice in his short life, Brandon was the subject of sustained news headlines. Each time, the circumstances were terrible and deeply disturbing.

An icon passes
Trinidad Express, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 04:04 AM

He passed on April 9, 2014, at 87, succumbing to old age and complications relating to diabetes. He had had a good innings, including the following sections: Island scholarship, Oxford education, ministership in the Federation, MP for Tobago East, a practice in law, ministership in People’s National Movement (PNM) governments, authorship of The Mechanics of Independence, breakaway from the PNM and formation of the Democratic Action Congress (DAC,) chairmanship of the Tobago House of Assembly,

Seymour Hersh strikes again
Trinidad Express, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 04:04 AM

Why would anyone believe Seymour Hersh? True, he’s the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who broke the story of the massacre committed by US Army troops at My Lai in 1968 during the Vietnam War, and revealed the torture and sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners by US military police at Abu Ghraib prison in 2004. But he’s getting old (77), and he’s a freelancer, and he won’t even disclose the name of his key informant.

Cuba’s bold new moves...
Trinidad Express, Wed 16 Apr 2014, 01:04 AM

THE CUBAN government is currently pursuing bold new initiatives to combat the destructive effects of the unprecedented 50-year-old trade and economic blockade against it by the United States of America.