CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezue-lan President Nicolas Maduro has enlisted a Spanish academic he has hailed as the “Jesus Christ of economics” to help the South American country manage chronic product shortages.
(Trinidad Express) The woman who went to study in India, but met harsh conditions she could not cope with, has returned to Trinidad, exhausted but grateful.Raynuka Baldeo said her planned one year stay at a university in Agra to learn Hindu, which was sponsored by the Indian High Commission in Trinidad, was meant to be a chance to immerse herself in Indian culture.Instead, it became a nightmare which only ended when Baldeo made a public appeal for help in secure her passage out of the school to the airport for the two day trip back.
BRASILIA, (Reuters) – Brazil yesterday banned IESA Oil & Gas from government work for paying bribes, the third construction and engineering company barred in the massive graft and political kickbacks scandal involving contracts with state oil company Petrobras.
BEIRUT/HANGZHOU, China, (Reuters) – Explosions in government-controlled areas of Syria and a province held by Kurdish militia killed dozens today, while the United States and Russia failed to make concrete progress towards a ceasefire.
VATICAN CITY, (Reuters) – Mother Teresa of Calcutta, known as the “saint of the gutters” during her life, was declared a saint of the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Francis yesterday, fast-tracked to canonisation just 19 years after her death.
CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuelan authorities have arrested more than 30 people on Margarita island for heckling President Nicolas Maduro, activists said on Saturday, in what appeared to be a rare public confrontation with the unpopular leader.
(Jamaica Observer) POLICE from Sangster International Airport, the Narcotics Police Division, and personnel from the Canine Division arrested five women who were allegedly held with liquid cocaine while attempting to board a flight on Wednesday.
(Trinidad Express) Criminals are getting the better of all of us in this country, says Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, and yesterday’s crime meeting between Government and Opposition will only bear fruit, if the police earn the people’s trust and the politicians work in the Parliament and enact effective crime-fighting laws.
(Jamaica Gleaner) The Barbadian government says it has found no evidence to substantiate claims that a Jamaican woman and her infant son were mistreated after being refused entry by the Barbados Immigration Department on Saturday.
TAMPA, Fla., (Reuters) – Hurricane Hermine tore a path of destruction across Florida today, leaving more than 253,000 homes and businesses without power, flooding low-lying areas and raising concerns about the spread of the Zika virus due to the massive pools of standing water left behind.
(Trinidad Guardian) With Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar set to meet on the rising crime scourge T&T is facing, some 308 people had been murdered as of yesterday, according to figures from the Homicide Bureau of Investigations.
MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s pledge to make Mexico pay for a border wall is “outrageous,” its government said yesterday, one day after the Republican presidential candidate visited Mexico City for talks with President Enrique Pena Nieto.
LA PAZ/SANTIAGO, (Reuters) – Bolivia responded to last week’s murder of a government official by announcing a crackdown on mining cooperatives yesterday, saying it would return contracts signed between them and private companies to state control.