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Central America News - 09/19/2018
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09/18/2018 -  Cop, labourer charged with Pollonais kidnapping - 07:48 PM

The Palmiste home of kidnapped victim Natalie Pollonais . Two men including a SRP police officer and a labourer will appear before a San Fernando Magistrate on Tuesday charged with the abduction of Pollanis on September 6, 2018 The Palmiste home of kidnapped victim Natalie Pollonais .

09/18/2018 -  Suzanne SheppardbusinessKey role for T&T in regional integration20180917170037 - 05:39 PM

As a country with a well-developed economy, T&T is not only ideally placed to strengthen regional integration, but has a duty to do so, the President Paula-Mae Weekes told Oxford Business Group . Commenting in a wide-ranging interview she gave recently to the global research and consultancy company, President Weekes said the region's island states would reap greater rewards from working together as a bloc than as individual countries.

09/18/2018 -  Despite Dangers, Intimidation, Guatemalans Still Seek A Better Life In U.S. - 01:04 PM

Despite the Trump administration's immigration clampdown, newly released data show the number of Central American families and unaccompanied children crossing the Southwest border illegally has risen sharply. The government blames loopholes in U.S. immigration laws for acting as a magnet for immigrants.

09/18/2018 -  Overseas billionaire's anonymity necessary 'to protect his commercial position' - 10:55 AM

Lawyer Paul Dorrance told the Overseas Investment Office that revealing the name of his Cayman Islands billionaire client Ken Dart would prejudice his commercial position in New Zealand. Dart's company, RHL never built bike trails as promised in his OIO application in 2013 to buy Lilydale Station in south Canterbury for $3.5 million, and it is currently for sale.

09/18/2018 -  Venezuela is drowning, yet Maduro keeps subsidizing Havana - 06:26 AM

Venezuelan oil production is plummeting. The government has no money to purchase basic things like food, medicine, or consumer goods, nor does it have the money to pay its debts.

09/18/2018 -  UNDP still assisting hurricane-battered Caribbean countries - 06:26 AM

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC - One year after Hurricanes Irma and Maria tore through the Lesser Antilles leaving behind a trail of death and destruction the United Nations Development Programme says it has helped to mobilise US$25 million for the Caribbean countries hardest hit by the two most powerful storms in recent years. In addition, UNDP said it has also supported the revision and use of improved building codes and restored over 800 buildings for the most at-need people in Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda.

09/18/2018 -  Trial for Murder of Honduran Environmental Activist Delayed - 04:14 AM

Honduras' supreme court indefinitely suspended the start of a trial Monday of eight men charged in the 2016 killing of prize-winning Honduran indigenous and environmental rights activist Berta Caceres. Judiciary spokesman Melvin Duarte said five related filings in the case have to be resolved first.

09/17/2018 -  'One love' at 80 - Portia praises PNP for eight decades of outstanding leadership - 11:59 PM

Portia Simspon Miller , former president of the People's National Party , and Lisa Hanna are joined by Patricia Sutherland and Denise Daley along with other supporters as they dance up a storm yesterday at the party's 80th Annual Conference at the National Arena in Kingston. The four new vice-presidents Phillip Paulwell, Wykeham McNeill, Mikael Phillips, and Damion Crawford during the PNP's 80th anniversary conference.

09/17/2018 -  Man admits bribing federal worker to help get visas approved - 07:48 PM

A New Jersey man has admitted paying a federal employee a cash bribe to favorably handle and review non-immigrant visas so people from the Dominican Republic could apply for entry into the United States. Federal prosecutors say Luis Santos paid $2,381 to a U.S. Consular Adjudicator in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

09/17/2018 -  'Kamla will pay for her Oreo remarks' - 03:16 PM

It has been almost one week since Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar likened Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to an Oreo cookie and despite several calls for her to apologise for the statement, no apology has been forthcoming. Now, People's National Movement Chairman Franklin Khan says Persad-Bissessar will pay for refusal to apologise for the "racist and derogatory" statement.

09/17/2018 -  Shaw to reopen Jampro New York office today - 10:43 AM

New Yor k, USA - Jampro, the one-stop trade, promotion and investment arm of the Jamaican Government in this bustling metropolis, is to reopen its office at a ceremony today , following years of closure. The office, which will be housed at the Jamaican Consulate at 767 Third Avenue in Manhattan, was closed - along with the office of the Jamaica Tourist Board - as part of cost-cutting efforts at the time.

09/17/2018 -  Thousands in anti-Ortega protest in Nicaragua capital - 06:22 AM

Thousands of demonstrators marched Sunday through Nicaragua's capital Managua to demand the resignation of President Daniel Ortega and the liberation of hundreds detained during months of deadly government repression. Whole families -- including young children and the elderly --took part in the so-called "Rescuing the Homeland" march, many sounding noisy vuvuzelas, waving Nicaraguan flags and shouting slogans as they made their way through the streets.

09/17/2018 -  Berta Caceres murder trial to begin despite family's doubts - 02:09 AM

A protester holds up a picture of slain environmental rights activist Berta Caceres during a march to mark the first anniversary of her murder, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras [File: Jorge Cabrera/Reuters] The trial of eight men accused of taking part in the murder of Honduran indigenous rights and environmental activist Berta Caceres will begin on Monday, amid ongoing criticism of the government's handling of the investigation into the rights defender's killing. Caceres was shot dead in her home in La Esperanza, Honduras just before midnight on March 2, 2016, after years of campaigning against a hydroelectric dam.

09/16/2018 -  New building in Haiti honors Rutland student killed in 2010 earthquake - 09:55 PM

Success for Cherylann and Len Gengel will be measured by the kind of adults the children at their orphanage become, but a good sign of what the Central Massachusetts residents have accomplished in Haiti is a building under construction to house volunteers who help build residences for homeless Haitians. The housing is the second part of a project that has so far resulted in the creation of a 19,000-square-foot orphanage in memory of their 19-year-old daughter Britney.

09/16/2018 -  As Venezuela starves, Maduro keeps paying tributes to his colonial masters in Cuba - 05:48 PM

While the Nicolas Maduro regime has increased gas prices for all Venezuelans, it continues to send millions of barrels of crude oil to Cuba, for which it does not receive a single dollar. The news agency Reuters reported that the PDVSA has resumed supplying oil to the island; this year to date, an amount that has totaled 11.74 million barrels , yet only between the months of June and August has totaled 4.19 million barrels.

09/16/2018 -  Hurricane Maria took everything but their neighborhood school. Now, even that is gone. - 01:32 PM

The men didn't seem to notice the school uniforms - dirt-stained polo shirts and child-sized pinafores - tacked on the fence and flapping in the breeze, with pleas printed on them in crooked black marker: "I love my little school. Please don't close it."

09/16/2018 -  Peter-John Gordon | Airport monopoly dangerous - 11:18 AM

Monopoly situations are often undesirable because the monopolist has very little incentive to lower cost or improve quality. Competition, on the other hand, puts pressure on a firm to lower prices and improve quality as failure to do so might result in the demise of the firm.


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