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Central America News - 04/18/2015
News on Central America continually updated from thousands of sources around the net.

04/18/2015 -  Turkey's Kurdish party headquarters attacked, no casualties: official - 06:03 AM

Selahattin Demirtas, co-chairman of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democracy Party , greets his supporters during an election rally for Turkey's June 7 parliamentary elections in Istanbul April 12, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal ANKARA: Unidentified assailants on Saturday opened fire at Turkey's main Kurdish party headquarters in the capital Ankara, with no casualties reported, an official from the party said.

04/17/2015 -  Family of Halifax Man Killed on Vacation Speaks Out - 07:49 PM

Robert Cole, 31, was driving a jet ski near the Cayman Islands with his friend when they were suddenly hit by another jet ski driven by a teenager. Family members said Robert was always the life of the party and always had a smile on his face.

04/17/2015 -  One of the General Election joys has been watching the Tories recycle their old policies - 03:49 PM

They're going to cut taxes and sell off houses, and next week they'll open up a mine so they can close it the day after, then invade Suez, and replace gas bills with a Poll Tax so everyone pays the same amount for energy whether you live in a care home or you're the Duke of Norfolk. If there's time they might torpedo the Isle of Wight Ferry in case it was planning to occupy the Falkland Islands.

04/17/2015 -  Portal for Bvi Fatca Reporting Launched - 11:44 AM

The British Virgin Islands International Tax Authority has launched its BVI Financial Account Reporting System . The portal was opened yesterday and is ready to accept enrolment applications from BVI Reporting Financial Institutions which are required to submit information under the Intergovernmental Agreement between the BVI and the US.

04/17/2015 -  AAP condemns anti-India activities in Masarat Alam's rally - 07:39 AM

The AAP also questioned the Bharatiya Janata Party over its 'unprincipled alliance' with the People's Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir. The Aam Aadmi Party on Friday strongly condemned the hoisting of the Pakistani flag and the chanting of anti-India slogans in separatist leader Masarat Alam's rally and added that anybody who indulges in such activities must be brought to justice.

04/17/2015 -  Mona Charen 5 hours ago Two relatively recent photos of Barack Obama... - 03:30 AM

The first features President Obama and democratically-elected prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of one of America's most loyal friends. Obama looks strained.

04/16/2015 -  Report: Connecticut small businesses pay extra $7K in corporate taxes due to loopholes for big biz - 11:13 PM

Small businesses in Connecticut pay about $7,000 apiece in additional taxes to make up for lost state revenue due to loopholes allowing big corporations to forego paying taxes on profits earned in other countries, such as the Cayman Islands, according to a new report issued by ConnPIRG this week. "The impact of offshore tax dodging by large multinationals has a direct impact on taxpayers of all types," said Evan Preston , state director of the research organization.

04/16/2015 -  Pesticides that hurt 4 in Virgin Islands found in another country - 07:02 PM

A federal investigation into the recent sickening with a toxic pesticide of a U.S. family vacationing in the Virgin Islands found that the chemical has also been improperly used in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday. Officials said documents suggest methyl bromide may have been improperly applied in various locations in Puerto Rico.

04/16/2015 -  US tourist killed in watercraft collision in Cayman Islands - 04:59 PM

A cruise ship passenger from Virginia died when the personal watercraft he was operating collided with another one driven by a teenage tourist, authorities said Thursday GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands - -- A cruise ship passenger from Virginia died when the personal watercraft he was operating collided with another one driven by a teenage tourist, authorities said Thursday Cole and his female passenger were thrown from their rented machine when it collided with a personal watercraft operated by a 15-year-old from New York, police said. They said the Virginia couple were passengers on the Carnival Conquest cruise ship.

04/16/2015 -  CheapAir selling direct U.S.-Cuba flights online - 09:55 AM

American interest in travel to Cuba has been hot since travel restrictions were eased in January. Now Americans will be able to purchase online direct flights to Havana, pictured here, through CheapAir.

04/16/2015 -  Your View: Tax Day a " Massachusetts can make next Tax Day more fair - 03:30 AM

As I go through the annual chore of submitting my taxes, I can't help but shake my head at the thought that there are large corporations that don't pay a dime in income tax because of places like the Ugland House. Never heard of Ugland House? It is a modest, five-story office building located in the Cayman Islands.

04/15/2015 -  General Election 2015: Lord Blencathra makes gaffe over foreign tax loopholes - 07:29 PM

The former Tory home office minister said the PM's bid to increase tax transparency was an attempt to appease political anger at home David Cameron's flagship initiative to force tax transparency on Britain's overseas territories was a "purely political gesture" and should be ignored by the countries affected, a Conservative peer has controversially claimed. Lord Blencathra, a former Tory home office minister who was ennobled by David Cameron in 2011, told the government of the Cayman Islands that the Prime Minister's bid to increase tax transparency was an attempt to appease political anger at home.

04/15/2015 -  Canadian couple chronicles pirate attack survival story on video - 11:36 AM

WATCH ABOVE: A compilation of footage captured by Andy Wasinger and Loretta Reinholdt before and after they were attacked at sea. Retiring at a young age seems like only a dream to many, but enjoying the benefits of no longer working turned into a nightmare for a couple from Calgary.

04/15/2015 -  A Changing Nicaragua Attracts Resort Investor - 06:02 AM

After real-estate developer Ophir Sternberg converted a shuttered Miami Beach hospital into a Ritz Carlton residential building, he donated beds and medical equipment to hospitals in Nicaragua. The head of an American-Nicaraguan foundation invited him to tour the country.

04/14/2015 -  Obama to remove Cuba from state sponsor of terror list - 11:57 PM

President Barack Obama will remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House announced Tuesday, a key step in his bid to normalize relations between the two countries. The terror designation has been a stain on Cuba's pride and a major stumbling block for efforts to mend ties between Washington and Havana.

04/14/2015 -  Obama to remove Cuba from state sponsor of terror list - 11:57 PM

In this Saturday, April 11, 2015 photo, U.S. President Barack Obama, right, smiles as he looks over towards Cuban President Raul Castro, left, during their historic meeting, at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama. The leaders of the United States and Cuba held their first formal meeting in more than half a century on Saturday, clearing the way for a normalization of relations that had seemed unthinkable to both Cubans and Americans for generations.

04/14/2015 -  Cuba fights public anger with reform in country's tense east - 04:30 PM

Two and a half years after Hurricane Sandy trashed Cuba's second-largest city, 35-year-old Melba Martinez is still out of work and struggling to feed two children on her state ration book and a daily hustle for extra rice or cooking oil. "There's no work, no money," Martinez said, her voice rising in fury.


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