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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Monday. Dec. 14, 2018: Here are the top headlines making news from across the Caribbean and it’s Diaspora for today, Monday, Dec. 16, 2018.

Murder Toll In This Caribbean Nation Climbs To 504

The total murders committed in one Caribbean nation so far this year has climbed to a whopping 504 with the killing of a po­lice of­fi­cer Sunday. PC Krys­ton Ramirez of Trinidad and Tobago was moonlighting as a security of­fi­cer for a roulette ma­chine at the Classy Bar in Carapo Village, Trinidad, when he was killed. Continue Reading

Guyana Companies Linked To Sicily Mafia And Cocaine Empire

Investigations into one of Europe’s most powerful drug syndicate and mafia grouping has led to intelligence officials tying at least two export companies in Guyana to the feared Ndranghet Mafia out of Sicily, who is believed to have control over 80% of the cocaine that is shipped to Europe, while pocketing an average of US$3.5 billion per week. One of the Guyana-based companies is said to be fully owned by the Sicily-based Mafia who uses third parties to operate them locally, while the other company (name withheld) is a well established Guyanese company in which the mafias has major shares, possibly unknowing to other shareholders. Continue Reading

Ivanka Trump’s Luxury Weekend In The Dominican Republic Cost US Taxpayers $58,000

First daughter and US presidential adviser Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, vacationed at a luxury resort in the Dominican Republic over a long weekend in August. The cost to US taxpayers: more than $58,000.  A White House spokesperson says the couple covered their own costs for what was a “personal trip,” but taxpayers were on the hook for hotel expenses for the security detail. Continue Reading

Two Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murdering Jamaican Family

 Two men, who shot up a five-bedroom wooden house and then fire-bombed it, killing six members of a family in Hanover, Jamaica in 2015, have been sentenced to life in prison with eligibility for parole after 80 years. Mikhail Campbell, a 27-year-old bike taxi operator, and Errol Clarke aka Scorcher, 51-year-old construction worker, were sentenced on Friday. Continue Reading

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St. Vincent Man Charged With Abduction, Assault Of 10-Year-Old Girl

Police in St Vincent and the Grenadines have arrested and charged a 23-year-old man with the offence of Abduction and Indecent Assault.

According to investigations, the man allegedly forcibly abducted a 10-year old Student, compelling her to move to a dwelling house where she did not reside. The accused then allegedly indecently assaulted the child.  The incident occurred on the December 11, 2018 about 11 a.m.

Stranded Fly Jamaica Customers Still Seeking Refund

Some Fly Jamaica Airways customers who had planned to spend Christmas with their family overseas say they were robbed of the opportunity, as fares paid to the airline have not been returned. Thirty-five days after Fly Jamaica’s Boeing 757-200 aircraft overshot the runway at Guyana’s main international airport, injuring several people, frustrated customers recently turned up at their Holborn Road office in Kingston seeking answers. Continue Reading

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Bermuda Appeals To London High Court To Enforce Gay Marriage Ban

Bermuda’s government late last week filed an appeal to a high court in London seeking to uphold a law challenged in local courts that would ban gay marriage in the British overseas island. In February, Bermuda’s governor, John Rankin, approved the Domestic Partnership Act (DPA), which allows same-sex couples to form domestic partnerships but not marry, marking a rare departure from the trend toward legalizing gay marriage in Western countries. Continue Reading

Rare Jamaican Ketuba To Be Auctioned By Sotheby’s

A ketubah (Jewish marriage contract) dating from 1884 in Kingston, Jamaica, is set to be sold Wednesday by Sotheby’s Auction House in New York City as part of its auction of “Important Judaica.”

Sotheby’s said while it regularly offers ketubot in its auctions, such a document from Jamaica is a first for the auction house and – it believes – the auction world as a whole. Continue Reading

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