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Former Stanford Group Worker Testifies

CARIBARENA ANTIGUA: "Antigua St John's - A witness told the R Allen Stanford jury on Tuesday that former chief information officer Laura Pendergest Holt asked a company research analyst to falsify investment returns to give to Stanford.

According to Mark Collinsworth, a former Stanford Financial Group worker, the documents were a section of the bank's investment portfolio. He said an email from Stanford prompted this move."

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Who killed Charles Caesar?…

Kaieteur News: "With his murder still unsolved after almost a year, friends of taxi driver Charles Caesar are taking some unorthodox steps to track down the men who lured him to a lonely street and shot him dead. They are pooling their money to post a reward for anyone who can identify his killers.
And even after almost a year, relatives are still in a state of shock over his brutal death. The dead man’s parents reside overseas but are in Guyana to commemorate his death anniversary."

Stanford Prosecution Completes Third Witness

CARIBARENA ANTIGUA: "Antigua St John's - The prosecution called its second and third witnesses on Thursday in the fraud trial of R Allen Stanford.

Jason Green, a former Stanford Group Co director who is also facing a civil suit from Stanford investors, shared his former boss' ambition for his empire, and said staff had received three-word emails (growth, growth, growth), in capital letters."

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Fiery feud

nationnews.com: "AN EARLY MORNING family dispute at Country Park Towers, St Michael, yesterday ended with a 38-year-old carpenter battling for his life after being doused with an inflammable liquid and set afire.

Michael Jefferson Albert was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) just after 7 a.m. with severe burns to his body. His brother, 27-year-old Greville Headley, was also detained at the QEH with burns to his neck and hand. "

Missing Girl Found At Home

CARIBARENA ANTIGUA: "Antigua St John's - A six-hour search for a Mary E Piggotts student feared abducted ended around 8 pm on Tuesday when the police found the child at home.

Police spokesman William Holder told Caribarena.com that the police had been told in the afternoon that the girl was missing, and had last been seen with a middle-aged man believed to be Dominican."

CLICO AGENT CHOPPED TO DEATH

Trinidad Express Newspaper "CLICO agent Solomon Hem-Lee, who said he had received death threats as a result of the collapse of the insurance company, was found murdered in Enterprise, Chaguanas, just after midnight yesterday.
Hem-Lee's body was found by police, lying face down on a recreation ground at Enterprise, Chaguanas.
His gold-coloured Nissan Almera was found parked nearby.
Police said Hem-Lee was chopped across the forehead, and there were marks of violence on the body.
The rear seat of the car was stained with blood."

CLICO sales rep is murder No 29

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday: "One day after Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs assured the public that serious crimes were down, and that police officers were working arduously to prevent, and solve crimes, the nation recorded its 29th murder.

The victim has been identified as David Solomon Hem Lee, 57, of St Fabien’s Road, Gasparillo.

Hem Lee was employed as a sales representative with the Colonial Life Insurance Company (CLICO). "

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Alleged rape of abortion patients…Court ordered Medical Council to grant Dr Sahadeo a hearing

Kaieteur News: "The High Court has ordered the Medical Council of Guyana to grant embattled physician Dr. Rama Sahadeo a hearing into claims that he raped two women who went to his clinic for abortions.
Kaieteur News was told that the decision was made in late November 2011 by Justice Dawn Gregory, who ruled that the Council had to conduct the hearing first before Sahadeo could be suspended.
However, a source said that the physician’s name will remain off the list of registered physicians pending the outcome of the investigation. The court had also denied Sahadeo’s application for damages against the Medical Council."

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14 years after suspension…Doctor accused of raping abortion patients seeks to work in Guyana again

Kaieteur News: "Fourteen years after he was suspended pending investigations into the alleged rape of two patients, physician Dr. Rama Sahadeo is asking to be allowed to work in Guyana again.
But the sister of one of the alleged victims has vowed to do all in her power to stop Sahadeo from being allowed to practise here.
Kaieteur News has confirmed that Sahadeo, now 68, has applied to the Medical Council of Guyana to have his suspension lifted. He is reportedly being represented by a senior counsel, who sent the application to the Council last December."

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Called to Court

nationnews.com: "PRIME MINISTER FREUNDEL STUART made his first visible peace-brokering move in the Alexandra School impasse yesterday.

It was an eventful Day 13 of the strike at the school, with Stuart summoning a delegation from the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) to a meeting at his Ilaro Court residence; old scholars of the St Peter school calling for the removal of principal Jeff Broomes; and “Prayer Warriors” making intercessions at the school."

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Jamaican team leaves after completing probe

Kaieteur News: "The Jamaican Investigators who were brought in to investigate rape allegations against embattled Police Commissioner Henry Greene have completed their work and the resulting file is expected to be sent off early this week to the Director of Public Prosecutions, for legal advice.
This disclosure was made by Acting Police Commissioner Leroy Brummell yesterday"

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College grads face uphill battle with student loans

JamaicaObserver.com: "MANY university graduates are still feeling the pinch to repay loans despite efforts by the Students' Loan Bureau (SLB) to ease the pressure.
"I've been out of school for the past six months. That's basically the time most, if not all, get when they complete studies (in June) to the point when they are expected to start repaying their loan in January of the following year," said a graduate of the University of the West Indies."

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2 men found guilty in UK black teen's murder

Mail.com: "January 04, 2012 — LONDON (AP) — In a case that exposed racism and incompetence in Scotland Yard and took nearly two decades to bring anyone to justice, a jury found two men guilty of brutally stabbing a black teenager to death.

Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, were convicted Tuesday of killing 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence as he waited for a night bus in southeast London in 1993. The pair will be sentenced Wednesday and face life in prison."

PRIME MINISTER EXPLAINS SOCIAL SECURITY MORTGAGE WRITE OFF

LoveFM "
Prime Minister Dean Barrow today gave a detailed explanation of the multi-million dollar mortgage write off for poor and middle class citizens. In his New Year’s address to the nation, Mr. Barrow announced that his government will be taking over seven hundred and eighty over non-performing mortgages from the Belize Social Security Board. The intention, according to the Prime Minister is to then write those mortgages; which means relieving the holders of their obligations and putting more money in the hands of those who need it most. "

Gunmen hold up Bollywood Night Club, four detained by cops

Stabroek News - Guyana: "Four of six suspected gunmen who raided the Bollywood Night Club last night were held by police who surprised them on the premises and a M15 rifle was recovered.

A statement from the police today said that at about 2200h yesterday, owner of the Bollywood Night Club at Lamaha Street, Newtown, Irene Gooding, 62 years, and four of her employees were held up on the premises by six men, all armed with firearms. They were robbed of cash, jewellery and four cell phones."

Coming to grips with death in Grenada

Toronto Sun: "TORONTO - A large crowd of protesters gathered in front of a courthouse in Grenada’s capital Wednesday awaiting the chance to voice their outrage at five cops accused of beating a Toronto resident to death on Boxing Day.

But the Royal Grenada Police Force officers were escorted into the building in St. George’s through a back door, allowing them to avoid the angry mob.

For those who knew and loved the victim, Oscar Bartholomew, the apparent special treatment was yet another slap in the face."

Ponzi link to Barbados

nationnews.com: "AN IRISHMAN SOCIALITE with an upscale villa in Barbados, Breifne O’Brien, has been accused of bilking investors in a Ponzi scheme.

Sometime this month, investigators should wrap up an extensive probe into one of the largest alleged Ponzi schemes in Ireland’s history, and when they do the Director of Public Prosecutions will have to decide if to bring a criminal case against O’Brien, who used to visit Barbados on a regular basis, staying in his villa with his wife and children."

Death shots

NationNews Barbados "A FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT came to an abrupt end on New Year’s Night after a shooting incident left one man dead and another – up to late yesterday – fighting for his life. Two other men were also hospitalised with gunshot injuries.

Dead is 28-year-old Damien Omar Mitchell of Lower Burney, St Michael.

Mitchell was shot in the head after two men opened fire on a group of men watching an annual football tournament on the Victor “Gas” Clarke Playing Field in Carrington Village, St Michael."

Murder No. 1

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "FOURTEEN hours into the New Year, this country recorded its first murder, when 41-year-old Lloyd Baptiste of Marcano Quarry, Laventille was gunned down. Police reported that at about 2.15 pm, residents of Gate 50, Picton Road in Laventille reported hearing several loud explosions and on investigating, discovered Baptiste’s body behind a building in a puddle of blood."

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After 2 years as Minister…Irfaan Ali builds mansion with poolhouse

Kaieteur News: "The construction of a house at Leonora, West Coast Demerara, is the talk of neighbours who say that the property is owned by 31-year-old Irfaan Ali, the Minister of Housing and Water.
The house appears to accommodate eight bedrooms, a large living room, a detached kitchen and a walkway that runs around the front of the building. One resident described it as a mansion."

Votes for sale - St Thomas youth say money up front or no X

JamaicaObserver.com: "CLAD in white T-shirts, the young men who stood under a tree at the entrance to Yallahs Primary School in St Thomas on Election Day were there with one intention only: to sell their votes to the candidate who could afford them.
The group of about nine said that they had grown disenchanted with the current political system, as with each general election came a fresh round of promises that are yet to be fulfilled. Most had cast their votes in 2007, eager for a change, but found themselves no better off for their efforts."

FEMALE VICTIM FIGHTING FOR LIFE

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday "The Old Year ended tragically yesterday for two families, after their relatives were killed in an early morning accident in Chaguanas.

Killed were proprietor Matthew Appoo, 23, and his close friend Gregory Sealey Jr, 22. A third victim, Alicia Balkaran, was reported to be in critical condition at Port-of-Spain General Hospital last evening."