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Maduro aims to boost oil prices - on China/OPEC tour

CARACAS, January 5, 2015 - Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro on Sunday said he would begin a world tour to try to stem the impact of declining oil prices on his country’s economy. He will also attend the meeting between China and representatives of the Commonwealth of Independent States Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

Friends of Trelawny Condemns “brutal killing” of retired nurse

NEW YORK --Members of The Trelawny Diaspora in the United States have expressed deep shock and disappointment with the savage and brutal killing of 79 year old retired nurse Hyacinth Hayden at her Green Park home in Trelawny on New Year's Eve. Derrick Scott, president of Friends of Trelawny Association Inc., (FOTA) a New York based group that organizes an annual Trelawny reunion in New York, said the killing was especially shocking for “Trelawnyites” in the Diaspora because “many of us dream of returning to Jamaica like Matron Hayden did, but are concerned about such senseless killings which serve only as an indictment on the parish.” Scott said the Trelawny Diaspora organization which has membership all over the US, London, Australia, Canada and Jamaica has been inundated with phone calls and emails and alarming posts in social media since the New Year’s eve murder. Hayden, a former matron at the Falmouth Hospital, was stabbed multiple times by her assailant or assailants. Her husband on his return from the shop discovered her body in the kitchen. He had gone to buy phone cards. “We are all in shock,” Scott said, noting that Hayden, affectionately known by most as simply “Matron Hayden,” was well know to many second and third generation families living in the United States, UK and Europe. “Matron Hayden was present for many of our birth and tended to most of us and our families health needs at the Falmouth Hospital. We have all interfaced with her directly and indirectly through her activities in church and community activities. We will definitely miss her and deeply express our sympathies to her husband, children and extended family and the community for which she worked tirelessly” Scott said. He said condolences mixed with angry comments have flooded FOTA’s Facebook page as residents took to Social Media to express their outrage. Many posters are calling for a speedy police investigation and hope the killer or killers were caught rather quickly. “I cannot believe it,” one poster noted. “Sis Hayden was one of the nicest person I had the pleasure of working with. You were a true professional. The sad thing is you saved so many lives and ushered so many lives into this world yet you were taken out ‘BRUTALLY.’ RIP.” Scott pointed out that the Trelawny Diaspora group considered Matron Hayden as one of the unsung heroines of the parish who gave tremendous contribution to the health sector; as a senior Justice of the Peace; an outstanding Deacon of the Baptist Church as well as many other community organizations. “The parish will be poorer as a result of her untimely death.” He has called on the citizens of Trelawny to reclaim the parish from these heartless criminals by working with the law enforcement agencies and volunteering information which can lead to their apprehension and conviction. The FOTA president has commended the Trelawny police for their swift action in apprehending one suspect, and has called on law enforcement not to leave any stone unturned in bringing those responsible to justice. The Friends of Trelawny President called on Jamaicans at home to resolve to work with the security forces in their respective communities to identify the perpetrators of all crimes. “We strongly believe that were there not market for the spoils of their crime, a great decrease of robberies would be seen nationwide.” In the meantime, the police  have arrested two juveniles for the gruesome murder. According to a highly placed police source, the two boys, who are both 16 years old, are expected to be charged in connection with the crime. The source said the boys, who reside in Green Park, were taken into custody on Saturday. One of the boys is said to live in close proximity to the Haydens.

Trinidad on high alert in response to spate of murders

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – January 5, 2015 - The Trinidad and Tobago security forces have been placed on High Alert in response to the spate of gun crimes that have seen ten murders being committed in that country in the first four days of 2015.
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Guyana: Secret accord sought in bid to oust ruling PPPC Gov’t

GEORGETOWN, Guyana December 3, 2014 - As the Donald Ramotar led People’s Progressive Party Civic’s (PPPC) government gets ready to call general elections in Guyana,  minority opposition party The Alliance For Change (AFC) on Saturday said it was seeking an agreement with the Partnership for National Unity (APNU) for the two organisations to hold secret talks on a proposed pro-democracy alliance.
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National Security Minister Praises JDF’s Role in Crime Reduction

KINGSTON,  Jamaica, Jan. 2, 2015- The Minister of National Security, the Hon. Peter Bunting has pointed out the significant role of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in its joint operations with the Police during 2014 to achieve the 16% in serious and violent crimes in keeping with their mandate to maintain law and order in Jamaica.

Foreign Policy: What to Expect from Rousseff Moving Forward

As Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff prepares to begin her second term January 1, 2015 as leader of Latin America’s largest economy, she will encounter the difficult task of navigating through the complexities of a polarized international political landscape.

Plastic bottle recycling project launched in Riverton Meadows

The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development has officially launched a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle recycling project in the community of Riverton Meadows, in Western St. Andrew, which is expected to provide employment for hundreds of Jamaicans.

Venezuela’s Maduro wants economic reform to combat US Oil war

CARACAS, Venezuela, December 31, 2014 – With the country’s economy contracting for the third consecutive quarter of the year,  Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, says the country will undergo a major change in economic policies to address the 'economic war' being waged against it.

Economic warfare the main Western weapon

In the last few days it became clear that economic warfare is the main weapon used by the Transnational Elite, (TE- i.e. the network of the elites based mainly in the G7 countries which run the New World Order of neoliberal globalization), to subordinate Russia and integrate every other country still resisting the process, e.g. Iran and Venezuela.

Oil Prices and Energy Wars: The Empire of Frack versus Russia

Energy prices started to move downward in late-2014, when Saudi oil began to flood energy markets. Variations of two main schools about this emerged. One school explained things purely on the basis of business interests whereas the other school viewed the drop in oil prices geopolitically.

It’s official: America is now No. 2

Hang on to your hats, America. And throw away that big, fat styrofoam finger while you’re about it.....There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just say it: We’re no longer No. 1. Today, we’re No. 2. Yes, it’s official.

Russia Confronts US’ Containment Strategy

The annual address to the Federal Assembly by the Russian president is an occasion to dilate on the state policies, but this year’s speech by Vladimir Putin on Thursday at the Kremlin’s St George Hall before a 1000-strong audience of the country’s elites was invested with special importance.

American Style Freedom for Ukraine or Hello to Arms!

On December 11, US Congress unanimously passed the measure titled Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 authorizing defensive weapons for Ukraine. That is exactly what the Ukraine’s government wanted since a long time ago. The Ukrainian lobby in the US applied efforts to push the bill through. The motion got full support of right wing radicals like Senator John McCain.

Threshold of a New World System

Europe was really shocked by the sanctions Russia introduced in retaliation to the punitive actions imposed by the European Union, the United States and some other states. It’s not only the psychological effect defined by Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet as, «Today only the United States and the European Union have a right to punish bad boys, and Russia does not have such a right». The real cause is gloomy outlook for many EU members as a result of Moscow’s reaction.

2014: A year in review on climate and trade

Huffington Post | 22 Dec 2014 - In typical year-end fashion, I recently found myself reflecting about 2014. In the past year, we saw governments and multinational corporations using trade rules to challenge climate progress, but we also saw Sierra Club activists and fair trade allies across the country fight against harmful trade pacts and we saw the largest climate march in history when 400,000 people come together in New York City to demand climate action.

Venezuela: US Sanctions Give Free Rein to Right-Wing Violence

CARACAS, Venezuela, December 20, 2014 - Venezuela’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Rafael Ramirez, has described recently passed U.S. sanctions against the country as sending a message to violent right-wing groups that they can operate with impunity in Venezuela.

Cuba and US Foreign Policy

On December 17, US President Obama ordered the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba. He and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed in a phone call on the opening of embassies in each other's countries. The two leaders made the announcement in simultaneous televised speeches. It happened after 18 months of secret talks as the Vatican facilitated the deal. (1)

Has the International Monetary Fund Reformed?

In a Washington Post op-ed last week, ‘The IMF's Perestroika Moment’, Boston University political economists Cornel Ban and Kevin Gallagher suggested ‘conventional wisdom’ about the International Monetary Fund is ‘outdated’ because the IMF is no longer ‘a global agent of economic orthodoxy.’ Hmmm.

US on “Hot War Footing”: House paves way for war with Russia?

America is on a war footing.  While, a World War Three Scenario has been on the drawing board of the Pentagon for more than ten years, military action against Russia is now contemplated at an “operational level”. Similarly, both the Senate and the House have introduced enabling legislation which provides legitimacy to the conduct of a war against Russia.

In 2014 US economy began shaky, finished strong

WASHINGTON—The US economy flexed its old muscles in 2014. More than five years removed from the Great Recession, worries had taken hold at the start of the year that perhaps the world’s largest economy had slid into a semi-permanent funk.

Tax free income moves to $557,232 per annum

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has advised that an increase in the Income Tax threshold will take effect on January 1, 2015. The new threshold or tax-free income will move from $507,312 per annum to $557,232 per annum.

JGRA warns of possible disruption in gas supply

KINGSTON, December 29, 2014 - The Jamaica Gasoline Retailers Association (JGRA) has  warned the Jamaican motoring public that the supply of gas to consumers could be affected this week as the Association steps up its protest against Rubis Energy Company.

US Tortured Prisoners to Get Data for Justifying Iraq War

The Bush administration torture experts not only aimed their interrogations at preventing another 9/11 attack but also at gaining false information to build a case for war against Iraq, retired Col. Lawrence Wilkerson told Democracy Now on Tuesday.

US/Cuba changes wont take effect for weeks

eNews Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 29, 2014: President Barack Obama’s historic executive policy changes towards Cuba, as recently announced, has many excitedly thinking of travel to the island and the return trip with those prized Cuban cigars and rum.
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Sam Sharpe should be a part of Labour Day -Shepherd

TULLOCH CASTLE, St James, December 28, 2014  — University of the West Indies Professor Verene Shepherd says the Emancipation War of 1831 was not as spontaneous as some historians would want us to believe, as the records indicate that it was well planned by Sam Sharpe and his collaborators.
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