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Central America News - 09/21/2014
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09/20/2014 -  From toilet to table, overcoming the 'yuk' factor - 07:00 PM

The use of eco toilets not only is preventing diseases by improving sanitation but it could also help the country's food security in the long term, too Human excrement spread by poor sanitation was to blame for over 9,000 cholera deaths in Haiti, but now, thanks to a simple measure to transform it into nutrient-rich compost, cleanliness has improved - and some enterprising Haitians are able to grow their own fresh food. Like an oasis in the middle of the desert, Francois France's garden is probably the greenest area in Cite Soleil, the biggest slum in Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas.

09/20/2014 -  Turks and Caicos detains 57 Haitian migrants - 12:24 PM

The government of the Turks and Caicos Islands says it has detained 57 Haitian migrants whose boat was intercepted in the waters off the British Caribbean chain. Officials said the group of 43 men, 12 women and two children who were detained early Saturday will be deported.

09/20/2014 -  Ex-El Salvador president jailed while on trial over allegedly embezzling $19m from Taiwan - 05:38 AM

Former El Salvadoran president Francisco Flores, accused of embezzling US$15 million donated by Taiwan while in office, was sent to prison on Friday after the court revoked his house arrest. Under heavy elite police guard, the former leader was taken from his home in an exclusive residential area in the west of San Salvador and taken in a police car to the Anti- Narcotics Division, where he was confined to a cell, civil police deputy chief Howard Cotto told reporters.

09/20/2014 -  Late holiday deals to UK, Cyprus, Spain, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, USA and Portugal - 02:04 AM

Fly to Los Angeles - book by Sept 24 for Air New Zealand sale fare of A 519 return from Heathrow. Travel periods Oct 26-Dec 11 and Dec 25-Mar 26 7nts h/b at the Long Beach Resort, near Famagusta, from A 371pp .

09/19/2014 -  NEL chairman blames drop in profits on loss by TSTT - 10:28 PM

Chairman of State investment holding company National Enterprises Ltd Kenny Lue Chee Lip on Thursday sought to assure shareholders the company is on a sound financial footing despite a drop in profits over the last year. Lue Chee Lip has said the "significantly lower performance" was partly caused by the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago's net loss of $505.9 million over the last year.

09/19/2014 -  Ahoy, it's Talk Like a Pirate Day 2014 - 06:49 PM

More than 50 pirates and fans from all across the U.S. join in singing one of the best-known, best-loved sea songs of all time. Happy International Talk like a Pirate Day .

09/19/2014 -  Martens family wants justice in murder - 11:49 AM

Speaking publicly for the first time since her son Dallas Martens was killed five years ago, Verna Martens says she has no justice, and no answers about why someone was paid to shoot her son on a pitch black road on the island of Roatan. No one has been convicted in his death.

09/19/2014 -  Discovering Cuban Sci-fi - 09:12 AM

Ilan Stavans did some literary exploring in Cuba, and he's sharing with us the fruits of his labors. I guess I'm a peculiar science fiction and fantasy lover.

09/19/2014 -  Haitian jazz festival comes to Miami - 05:01 AM

The Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival opens Saturday at the Little Haiti Cultural Center and includes a workshop on Creole jazz. The festival drew about 12,000 people to Haiti's capital last year.

09/19/2014 -  Going viral? - 12:47 AM

As Maritza Alvarez-Romero, 62, heads back to Guinea-Bissau, a small West African country nestled between Guinea and Senegal, she's nervous. Like most in West Africa, she has watched as the deadly Ebola virus has spread.

09/18/2014 -  Sanctions: European Union significantly toughens its stance towards Russia - 08:42 PM

Note: This is an update to our last bulletin on this subject of 13 August 2014. The new measures are relevant to Harneys' core jurisdictions: Cyprus, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands.

09/18/2014 -  Myrtle Beach residents reflect on lessons learned from Hurricane Hugo - 04:44 PM

Twenty-five years ago on September 21, Hurricane Hugo made landfall 90 miles away from Myrtle Beach, in Charleston. What made it so destructive in Myrtle Beach was the storm surge.

09/18/2014 -  As Haiti election delays continue, Aristide remains focus - 03:38 PM

Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was put under house arrest as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into corruption and drug trafficking allegations, is expected to get some moral support Tuesday. A group of opposition leaders and senators opposed to a political accord the international community had hoped would lead to elections this year, say they plan to visit the former priest-turned-twice deposed president despite a judge's order requiring visitors to seek approval before entering Aristide's gated compound on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince.

09/18/2014 -  "Don't make children fight your war:" ex-child soldier to Colombia - 03:38 PM

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09/18/2014 -  Fundraisers to hear update from Nicaragua - 01:37 PM

Gilberto Aguirre, governor of the Avocado. Tree School, will be speaking at the morning service at Shoreham Methodist Church, Brunswick Road, on Sunday.

09/18/2014 -  US Preclearance could be coming to UK airports - 10:38 AM

Preclearance allows US-bound passengers to complete the customs process at the departure airport. The service is pictured here in action at Dublin Airport.

09/18/2014 -  Will MHTL award force sale of RBL majority stake? - 06:35 AM

Having closely followed the break up of the CL Financial empire since the news conference at the Central Bank on January 30, 2009-and having written on the matter more than anyone else-my view is that the fairest, cleanest, quickest and most transparent way to resolve this issue is to sell ALL of the group's assets, pay off the creditors and distribute any money remaining to the group's shareholders. The sale of all of the CL Financial group's assets is in conformance with the Memorandum of Understanding of January 30, 2009, the Shareholders' Agreement of June 12,2009, but not the July 4, 2013 Letter of Intent from CL Financial CEO Marlon Holder to Vishnu Dhanpaul, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Finance.


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