Regional News

Barbados could see record cruise ship arrivals

(Barbados Nation) Barbados could see the largest volume of cruise ship passenger arrivals in its history during the 2015/16 season .

Turkey to establish embassy in T&T

(Trinidad Express) Turkey will soon establish an embassy in Trinidad and Tobago, which is expected to service the entire Caricom region .

CCJ problems sadden former Chief Justice

(Trinidad Guardian) Former Chief Justice and former president of the Caribbean Court of Justice Michael de la Bastide says it will be a pity if all confidence in the CCJ is allowed to slip away .

T&T father, mother, son killed by garbage truck

(Trinidad Express) A Barrackpore mother, who gave life to her son by donating a kidney four years ago, died along with the child and her husband in an accident yesterday .

US ‘disappointed’ Netherlands released Venezuelan wanted over drugs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is “deeply disappointed” the Netherlands released a former Venezuelan military intelligence chief detained over US drug trafficking allegations, and is “disturbed” at reports indicating Caracas used threats to obtain his freedom, the State Department said yesterday .

Former Registrar calls for CCJ probe

(Trinidad Express) The former acting registrar at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is calling on Caricom heads of government to investigate and fix the problems at the regional court .

Aruba frees Venezuela ex-general sought by U.S. over drugs

Aruba frees Venezuela ex-general sought by U.S. over drugs

CARACAS, (Reuters) - A former Venezuelan military intelligence head detained on the Caribbean island of Aruba over U .

Young Canadian reunites Haitian ‘orphans’ with parents

Young Canadian reunites Haitian ‘orphans’ with parents

MIAMI, (Reuters) - Morgan Wienberg, a slight 22-year-old from Canada, was only 18 when she joined the wave of volunteers who flew to Haiti to help out after the catastrophic earthquake in 2010 .

Educator paid TT$34M by LifeSport for no work

(Trinidad Express) He was paid TT$34 million from LifeSport but did no work .

Boko Haram kidnaps wife of Cameroon’s vice PM, kills at least three

DAKAR, (Reuters) - The wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister was kidnapped and at least three people killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants on the vice prime minister's home in the northern town of Kolofata on Sunday, Cameroon's information minister and government spokesman told Reuters .

Venezuela’s Maduro combats dissidence among ruling socialists

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s ruling Socialist Party began a six-day congress yesterday with President Nicolas Maduro seeking to quieten hardliners who believe the state is failing to stem corruption or fix the economy .

Controversial T&T LifeSport programme terminated after damning findings

(Trinidad Express) LifeSport, the brainchild and baby of Sport Minister Anil Roberts, has been laid to rest .

Owen Arthur quits BLP

(Barbados Nation) Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur handed in his resignation to the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) yesterday, but will be serving out the rest of his parliamentary term as an independent representative .

CCJ head found in breach over suspension

(Trinidad Express) President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Sir Dennis Byron breached procedure when he suspended the Court’s financial comptroller last month, a disciplinary tribunal ruled on Tuesday .

Audit into T&T LifeSport finds enough evidence for DPP probe – sources

(Trinidad Express) The audit into the LifeSport programme has unearthed enough evidence to warrant a probe by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) .

Venezuelan ex-intelligence head faces drug charges in U.S.

CARACAS/MIAMI, (Reuters) - Venezuela’s former military intelligence chief, accused of involvement in drug trafficking by the United States, was arrested on a Caribbean island while on diplomatic business, the South American country said in a sternly worded statement yesterday .

No charges for former T&T minister over assault allegation

No charges for former T&T minister over assault allegation

(Trinidad Express) Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard has advised that former tourism minister Chandresh Sharma not be charged in a matter involving a complaint by his former girlfriend, Sacha Singh, that he had assaulted her .

Puerto Rico debt crisis headed for US-style bankruptcy resolution

Puerto Rico debt crisis headed for US-style bankruptcy resolution

(Reuters) - Momentum is building toward a deal that would make painful losses inevitable for investors holding about $20 billion in bonds issued by Puerto Rico’s highway, water and electricity authorities even as some big U .

Tropical Depression seen hitting Lesser Antilles Wednesday night – NHC

(Reuters) - The second tropical depression of the Atlantic hurricane season is expected to approach the Leewards and Windwards tonight, the U .

Venezuela moves squatters from ‘Tower of David’ slum

CARACAS, (Reuters) - Venezuelan soldiers and officials began moving hundreds of families yesterday out of a half-built 45-story skyscraper that dominates the Caracas skyline and is thought to be the world’s tallest slum .

Malaysia quietly worked back channels to secure bodies, black boxes

KUALA LUMPUR, (Reuters) - As Western leaders increasingly pointed the finger of blame at pro-Russian separatists, and Moscow itself, over the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine, the government in Kuala Lumpur said little .

Cuba prosecutes Canadian after he denounced corruption – company

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba has prosecuted and is likely to send Canadian businessman Cy Tokmakjian to prison after he denounced corruption in the Havana government’s awarding of contracts, his company said yesterday .

CCJ judge gets $$ to hire driver

(Trinidad Express) -A judge at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), accused by his driver of attempting to sell two complimentary tickets to a Carnival event, has been given an additional allowance to privately hire a driver of his choosing .

Spanish police arrest suspected Colombian crime lord

MADRID (Reuters) - Police in the Spanish region of Alicante said yesterday they had arrested a 40-year-old man who they identified as the head of the military wing of a violent Colombian drug cartel and one of Colombia’s most wanted criminals .

Big drop in murders as World Cup captivates Jamaican criminals

(Jamaica Observer) BILLED as The Greatest Show On Earth', the 2014 World Cup, which kicked off June 12 with host nation Brazil facing European rivals Croatia, kept Jamaican criminals so busy that murders dropped by 70, or 12 per cent during the month-long soccer fiesta .

All Suriname fishers must have vessel monitoring system

PARAMARIBO — Fishermen who lack the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) will not be eligible for a license .

Criminal charges recommended against head of collapsed Hindu Credit Union

(Trinidad Express) The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is being asked to determine whether 22 criminal charges should be laid against Harry Harnarine for fraud and larceny during his tenure as president of the Hindu Credit Union (HCU) .

Three children killed in Jamaica blaze

(Jamaica Gleaner) Three children died in an early morning fire which destroyed their home in Negril, Westmoreland yesterday .

Fidel Castro blames Ukrainian government for taking down plane

HAVANA, (Reuters) - Former Cuban President Fidel Castro blamed the “warmonger” government of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for shooting down a Malay-sian airliner with 298 people on board over eastern Ukraine .

China, Brazil close plane, finance, infrastructure deals

BRASILIA, (Reuters) - China and Brazil sealed their expanding commercial partnership yesterday with a $5 billion credit line for Brazilian miner Vale and the purchase of 60 passenger jets from Brazilian planemaker Embraer .

T&T Top Cop condemns soldiers’ actions

(Trinidad Guardian) Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams is condemning soldiers going out on patrols and carrying out operations on their own .

Six T&T cops charged over burning of boy in station

(Trinidad Express) Six police officers who appeared in court on Wednesday charged with setting fire to a teenager were granted a total of TT$300,000 bail by a San Fernando magistrate .

Uproar in T&T Muslim community over senator's claim

Uproar in T&T Muslim community over senator’s claim

(Trinidad Express) Five leaders of Islamic organisations have called on Opposition Senator Faris Al-Rawi to provide proof that he is a descendant of the Holy Prophet Muhammad .

Former Jamaica PM slams US on extrajudicial killings

(Jamaica Gleaner) Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding has come out swinging against the United States, declaring that nation lacks the moral authority to cite human-rights abuses as reasons to withdraw support to the Jamaican security forces .

Cops protecting drug blocks—T&T AG

(Trinidad Guardian) If brothels and drug blocks did not have police protection, they could not flourish, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said yesterday .

Six T&T cops charged over burning of boy in station

(Trinidad Express) Six police officers who appeared in court yesterday charged with setting fire to a teenager were granted a total of TT$300,000 bail by a San Fernando magistrate .

Two killed in drive-by shooting at Curacao airport

The Caribbean Media Corporation is reporting that two people were killed and others injured in a drive-by shooting late Tuesday at the Curacao international airport .

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