Regional News

New high-tech device to detect T&T contraband

(Trinidad Express) The Customs and Excise Division has stepped up its border security measures with the acquisition of a TT$500,000 hand-held device which can detect drugs and explosives the size of a rice grain .

Hurricane Gonzalo scores direct hit on Bermuda

HAMILTON, Bermuda, (Reuters) - Hurricane Gonzalo scored a direct hit on Bermuda last evening, knocking out most of the electricity there as it lashed the tiny Atlantic island chain with pounding surf, drenching rains and sustained winds topping 100 miles (161 km) per hour .

Expert predicts Venezuela’s PetroCaribe to end

(Trinidad Guardian) There is a prediction that Petrocaribe will be discontinued by the Venezue-lan government in the near future .

Long-term investors ready to buy Brazil after election

RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO, (Reuters) - Long-term foreign investors are growing more optimistic about Brazil no matter who wins this month’s presidential election but they say an opposition victory could unleash a flood of new money .

In T&T: US$60,000 for cameras to fight Ebola

(Trinidad Express) Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Colin Furlonge says it will cost about US$60,000 to purchase thermal cameras to fight the threat of Ebola at the country’s two airports .

Jamaica admits to paying US$36,000 for private plane to send barred T&T Muslim leader home

(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaican Govern-ment has confirmed that it paid US$36,000 for a private plane to take leader of the Jamaat al Muslimeen in Trinidad and Tobago Yasin Abu Bakr back to the twin-island republic Thursday morning .

Experts predict Venezuela’s PetroCaribe to end

(Trinidad Guardian) There is a prediction that Petrocaribe will be discontinued by the Venezuelan government in the near future .

Ship coming from Africa refused entry by T&T over Ebola

(Trinidad Express) As Trinidad and Tobago takes steps to prevent the deadly Ebola from reaching its shores, the United Kingdom registered cargo ship Ocean Discovery was yesterday prevented from docking at the Chaguaramas port .

Oil slide puts Venezuela’s Maduro under pressure for reforms

Oil slide puts Venezuela’s Maduro under pressure for reforms

CARACAS, (Reuters) - The slump in global oil prices has heightened pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to enact politically risky reforms to bolster Venezuela’s weak public finances and its ability to pay down debt .

T&T martial arts instructor accused of molesting three boys

(Trinidad Express) Martial arts instructor Anthony Charles was yesterday denied bail on sex charges against three teenage boys .

PM blanks T&T delegation from attending conference in Africa over Ebola

(Trinidad Express) The Kamla Persad-Bissessar-led Cabinet, out of an abundance of caution and acting on advice from Health Ministry officials, vetoed a trip by a Trini­dad and Tobago delegation to attend the annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference which took place in Cameroon, Africa .

Chik-V seen as costing Jamaica billions in lost productivity

(Jamaica Gleaner) The Private Sec-tor Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) is estimating that about 13 million man hours may have been lost to the chikungunya epidemic, potentially resulting in economic losses of more than J$6 billion as workers stay off the job while recovering .

Alcoa selling 55% of Jamaica refinery to Noble Group

 (Jamaica Gleaner) Alcoa is selling its 55 per cent interest in the Jamalco refinery to Noble Group Limited, the parties announced yesterday morning .

T&T Muslimeen leader denied entry to Jamaica

T&T Muslimeen leader denied entry to Jamaica

 (Jamaica Gleaner) The leader of the Trinidadian muslim group Jamaat Al Muslimeen, Yasin Abu Bakr, has been denied entry into Jamaica .

T&T invites Jamaica for immigration talks

(Jamaica Gleaner) KINGSTON, Jamaica: Trinidad and Tobago’s National Security Minister Gary Griffith has invited Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs Minister AJ Nicholson to visit Port of Spain for talks on immigration issues between the two countries .

CMO: T&T equipped to deal with Ebola outbreak

(Trinidad Express) Trinidad and Tobago has the capacity to deal with an Ebola outbreak .

Mixed views in T&T on illegal migrants

(Trinidad Express) Illegal immigrants can have positive and negative impacts on the country’s economy, heads of local business groups have said .

Highway work in Jamaica by CHEC halted after murder of workers

-security arrangements being changed

(Jamaica Observer) Threats were on Monday issued at China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) officials less than 24 hours after four men transporting a J$2-million payroll for workers on the Linstead to Moneague leg of Highway 2000 were murdered and robbed by gunmen .

Massy chairman: T&T’s underclass growing

Massy chairman: T&T’s underclass growing

(Trinidad Express) Chairman of the Massy Group Robert Bermudez says despite the country’s wealth, many people are joining the ranks of the underclass .

Cigarette prices go up again in T&T

(Trinidad Express) The West Indian Tobacco Company (Witco) has increased the cost of its cigarettes for yet another year .

Hurricane Gonzalo strengthens off British Virgin Islands

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, (Reuters) - Hurricane Gonzalo strengthened as it swirled in the northern Caribbean toward the British Virgin Islands overnight, the U .

Rousseff puts Cardoso, 83, at core of Brazil’s election battle

Rousseff puts Cardoso, 83, at core of Brazil’s election battle

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Under pressure in Brazil’s closest election race in decades, President Dilma Rousseff is centreing her campaign around a familiar bogeyman - an 83-year-old former president associated with a more turbulent, elitist era .

Four men murdered in Jamaica payroll robbery

(Jamaica Observer) FOUR men transporting a J$2-million payroll for workers on the Chinese-constructed Linstead to Moneague Leg of the North/South link of Highway 2000 were brutally murdered yesterday in a daring daylight robbery in the community, of Bowers Wood on the outskirts of Bog Walk in St Catherine .

TT$1m insurance policy proposed for Ebola staff

TT$1m insurance policy proposed for Ebola staff

(Trinidad Express) A million-dollar insurance policy for doctors, nurses and members of the Ebola response team has been proposed for consideration .

Mother of T&T man fighting for ISIS speaks

Mother of T&T man fighting for ISIS speaks

(Trinidad Express) Eleven months ago, 29-year-old Shane Crawford sold his valuables—a van and a big screen TV— to make up money for the airfare to go to war-torn Syria .

Mourners pay last respects to Haiti’s ex-dictator, Duvalier

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Haiti’s former dictator, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, was laid to rest yesterday, marking the end of a political dynasty notorious for its corruption and abuse of human rights .

Brazil says man under observation for Ebola tests negative

SAO PAULO, (Reuters) - Brazil's health ministry said today a man under observation for a possible case of Ebola has tested negative for the disease .

National Security Minister: Thousands of illegal Jamaicans straining T&T

(Trinidad Express) There are 19,000 illegal Jamaicans living in Trinidad and Tobago who are feeding off State resources and causing this country to lose over TT$1 billion in revenue annually, according to National Security Minister Gary Griffith .

17-year-old boy gunned down in T&T

(Trinidad Express) The distraught cries of a father and his sister echoed throughout the Forensic Science Centre in St James yesterday, after they identified the bullet-riddled body of 17-year-old Nickosi Trim, who was shot to death in Laventille just hours before .

Doctor steps aside from treating Kublalsingh, says difficult to watch him die

Doctor steps aside from treating Kublalsingh, says difficult to watch him die

(Trinidad Guardian) Dr Asante Van West‐Charles­‐Le Blanc, the doctor of leader of the Highway Re-Route Movement (HRM) Dr Wayne Kublalsingh, has withdrawn her services with immediate effect, saying it was too difficult to witness the environmentalist waste away .

Murdered T&T man was suspect in his mother’s killing

(Trinidad Express) Amid information that Jason Nero, 30, was the suspect behind the murder of his 52-year-old mother, Patricia Spinks, last week, the two were buried together following a joint funeral service in Longdenville yesterday .

Guyanese for court in Barbados over ganja cereal

(Barbados) A Guyanese national was expected to appear in the District “B” Magistrates’ Court today on four drug charges .

Haiti’s former dictator “Baby Doc” Duvalier denied state funeral

PORT-AU-PRINCE, (Reuters) - The life of Haiti’s former dictator, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, will be celebrated at a private Mass tomorrow, his lawyer said, ending speculation about government plans for an official state funeral .

Ex-Premier of Cayman Islands acquitted of corruption charges

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, (Reuters) - The former premier of the Cayman Islands, McKeeva Bush, was found not guilty on charges of corruption by a local jury yesterday, a court official confirmed .

OAS offers T&T help to tackle polls financing

(Trinidad Express) Head of the Organisation of American States (OAS) José Miguel Insulza has offered assistance to T&T to tackle campaign financing .

Venezuela’s ‘Chavismo’ risks implosion, dissident faction warns

CARACAS, (Reuters) - The socialist movement built by Venezuela’s former president Hugo Chavez risks imploding if corruption, inefficiency and an economic crisis are not tamed, a dissenting faction of the ruling Socialist Party says .

Havana sees no sign Obama will change U.S. policy on Cuba

HAVANA, (Reuters) - Cuba has received no indication the Obama administration might change U .

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