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ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Jamaican deejay Busy Signal is set to face trial here next month in for fleeing a decade ago to avoid a drug trial. United States Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan set Aug. 27, 2012 as the date for the commencement of the trial before Judge Donovan W. Frank in Courtroom 7C, at 316 N. Robert Street.

On June 26 Busy Signal, born Glendale Gordon, pleaded not guilty to one count of failure to appear in court and waived the reading of the indictment. He was ordered detained pending his trial. Busy Signal was charged in Feb. 2002 with two counts related to cocaine trafficking. He fled before his trial was to begin in Minnesota and was a fugitive for the past decade, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Dunn, said in court.

 

 

KINGSTON, JAMAICA – Jamaica's leading telecommunications company, LIME, announces historic mobile rates effective, June 15 2012 that will revolutionise the Jamaican mobile market.

At a press conference hosted at its Kingston headquarters yesterday, Garry Sinclair, Managing Director revealed the new TALK EZ plan with an unprecedented one rate $2.99 per minute charge for on-net prepaid and international calls to the USA, Canada & UK landlines. Consumers can opt in to the new TALK EZ plan by dialling *123*1# and pressing send.

"This is truly ground-breaking for the entire industry. It is also a seminal moment in our nation's history with consumers as the biggest winners. LIME Jamaica is leading the charge in making voice calls cost significantly less," Sinclair highlighted. "TALK EZ's "one-rate" charge means that a consumer can call a relative in Clarendon, Toronto or New York for the same unbelievably low rate of $2.99 per minute," he continued.

MIAMI, Florida – United States District Judge Jose E. Martinez has imposed a nine-year jail term on Jean Rene Duperval, a former senior executive at Haiti's state-run telecommunications company.

Duperval, 45, was jailed last month after he was found guilty on money laundering charges linked to nearly $500,000 in bribes he accepted from U.S.-based
companies. Duperval, who served as international relations director for eight months at Telecommunications D'Haiti, better known as Haiti Teleco, was found guilty of money laundering offenses by a jury here in March. He is one of eight people convicted so far in a massive case brought by the Justice Department under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

DAWN A. DAVIS

Caribbean nationals who have stashed large financial wealth abroad while residing in the United States are attracting the attention of a U.S. government eager to collect unpaid taxes by enforcing a relatively new law. The 2010 Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) requires foreign banks, financial and
investment companies to declare to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) income and assets of American citizens held in overseas accounts.

Earnings held in off-shore banks, such as those in the Caribbean, may be subject to U.S. taxation. According to the IRS website, the law states:
“FATCA requires certain U.S. taxpayers holding foreign financial assets with an aggregate value exceeding $50,000 to report certain information about those assets on a new form (Form 8938) that must be attached to the taxpayer’s annual tax return. Reporting applies for assets held in taxable
years beginning after Mar. 18, 2010.

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