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T&T Sport Minister blocks probe of ganja video

(Trinidad Express) Sport Minister Anil Roberts has effectively blocked the Congress of the People (COP) from investigating a “ganja video” showing a man resembling a Government minister rolling a joint .

100 jobs go as Bajan hotel closes for redevelopment

(Barbados Nation) As many as 100 workers from Amaryllis Beach Resort will lose their jobs when the hotel closes in six days .

T&T cops launch probe of racist placards

(Trinidad Express) A police investigation has been launched into the issue of people bearing placards with racist slogans, acting Superintendent Joanne Archie has said .

PJ Patterson: Jamaica’s moral decline deteriorating ‘beyond belief’

(Jamaica Gleaner) Former Prime Minister P .

Big drop in T&T road deaths – Transport Minister

(Trinidad Express) There has been “a massive 22 per cent drop” in road fatalities between 2010 and 2013 .

Controversy in Barbados over Benny Hinn fee

(Barbados Nation) It will cost in excess of Bds$300 000 to stage the two-day crusade here next month featuring celebrity evangelist Benny Hinn .

U.S. business leader praises growth of free enterprise in Cuba

U.S. business leader praises growth of free enterprise in Cuba

HAVANA, (Reuters) - The head of the U .

Emblematic Venezuelan prisoner begins hunger strike for freedom

CARACAS, (Reuters) - An imprisoned former Caracas police commissioner at the center of stalled political talks between Venezuela’s government and opposition went on a hunger strike yesterday, demanding he be released due to frail health .

PNP activist murdered in Jamaica

(Jamaica Observer) Montego BAY, St James — The killing of prominent People’s National Party (PNP) activist Kenley ‘Bebe’ Stephens has left the party’s organisation in St James in shock .

Sea grass threatens fishing along Suriname coast

(De Ware Tijd) PARAMARIBO — Large masses of floating sea grass have affected fishery along the entire Suriname coast causing the catch to drop significantly .

CAL blames Timehri airport workers for drug find

(Trinidad Guardian) Caribbean Airlines (CAL) says cocaine found aboard a flight which landed in Guyana over the weekend was stashed there by employees working on the ground at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport .

Suriname Moravian Church sells building to Chinese investors

(de Ware Tijd) PARAMARIBO — Financial gain from Kersten seems to be bigger than the religious and historical interests to retain the Kersten building .

PNP activist murdered in Jamaica

(Jamaica Observer) Montego BAY, St James — The killing of prominent People's National Party (PNP) activist Kenley 'Bebe' Stephens has left the party's organisation in St James in shock .

Church leaders, students protest against firing of Bain

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Jamaica Gleaner) - Church leaders clad in black as well as students of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and other Jamaicans yesterday morning stepped up their protest against the dismissal of Professor Brendan Bain as director of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Resource Training Network (CHART) by the UWI .

Mind your own business, Venezuela foreign minister tells Kerry

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s foreign minister yesterday rebuked his US counterpart, John Kerry, for criticizing the handling of street protests and reiterated accusations Washington wants to topple the socialist government .

Colombia presidential candidates seek alliances for runoff

BOGOTA (Reuters) - President Juan Manuel Santos and opposition challenger Oscar Ivan Zuluaga scrambled yesterday to win the support of candidates eliminated from Colombia’s presidential election and gain the upper hand ahead of a runoff vote next month .

T&T Imam recounts 55-day Venezuelan horror

T&T Imam recounts 55-day Venezuelan horror

(Trinidad Guardian) Spending hours in a “stink" morgue, being called “Taliban”, thinking of getting shot in the head by officers—memories of Venezuela that have left Hamza Mohammed, imam of the Montrose mosque, still trembling today .

Five-star hotel, convention centre for Trinidad south

(Trinidad Express)  A five-star hotel, convention centre and administrative  centre will be constructed in South Trinidad, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced yesterday .

T&T National Security Minister: LifeSport Fund financing criminals

(Trinidad Express) Last week, the Sunday Express reported on the growing force of the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen in Carapo under Imam Hassan Ali and his son, Rajaee Ali .

Media Association slams CoP’s comments

(Trinidad Guardian) The Media Association of T&T (MATT) has issued a statement condemning acting Police Com-missioner Stephen Williams’s comments on death threats against journalist Mark Bassant .

Tewarie: Jack wanted me to approve $5.5M contract

(Trinidad Guardian) Former National Security minister Jack Warner sought to get Planning Minister Bhoe Tewarie to approve an invoice in 2012 for $5 .

Dissident Cuban website, once blocked, now accessible

HAVANA (Reuters) - An independent news website that had been blocked in Cuba since its debut on Wednesday became available to Cuban Internet users yesterday .

Old Caribbean route regains popularity with drug gangs

(Jamaica Gleaner) A United States (US) official says an old Caribbean route is regaining popularity with drug gangs from Central and South America .

Bahamas startled by reports of US spying

Bahamanian Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell has said that he is startled by reports that the US spied on The Bahamas, a member of Caricom .

Mosquito-borne chikungunya virus spreads in the Caribbean

PORT-AU-PRINCE/SANTO DOMINGO, (Reuters) - A painful mosquito-borne virus spreading quickly through the Caribbean is causing alarm in Haiti and neighboring Dominican Republic, where health officials are scrambling to respond to a surge of new patients .

Venezuela protests not over, vows hardline Maduro foe

CARACAS, (Reuters) - A wave of protests against President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government in Venezuela will not let up and foreign sanctions could be useful, a hardline opposition leader said yesterday .

In Jamaica: 14-year-old confesses to killing nine-year-old boy

(Jamaica Gleaner) WESTERN BUREAU: A 14-year-old Cambridge High School student has reportedly confessed to the murder of nine-year-old Romaine Robinson who was found stabbed to death in Plantation Heights in Cambridge, St James on Thursday .

Bahamas appalled by reports of US spying

Bahamas appalled by reports of US spying

The following is a statement by Fred Mitchell,  Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration of The Bahamas in relation to reports of US spying:On 19th May, at a routine lunch with US Charge d’Affairs John Dinkelman, he flagged the possibility of a story being released based on the leaks of the former US government employee Edward Snowden and that they would involve The Bahamas and the use of monitoring apparatus in The Bahamas .

Jamaica taxi man found guilty of murdering T&T schoolteacher Coudray-Greaves

(Jamaica Gleaner) Westmoreland taxi operator Ivan Taylor has been found guilty of the murder of Trinidadian schoolteacher, Michelle Coudray-Greaves .

Former Venezuelan president Lusinchi dies at 89

CARACAS, (Reuters) - Jaime Lusinchi, Venezuela’s former president who left office in 1989 with high ratings despite an economic crisis and love affair with a secretary, has died aged 89 of a lung infection .

T&T reporter Bassant reports death threats against him

(Trinidad Express) Viewers may have observed the sudden absence of CCN TV6 senior investigative journalist Mark Bassant from television over the past week in a time when he was working on sensitive investigative pieces and news stories which have all peaked national interest .

T&T Sport Minister mum on identity of man wrapping ganja in video; blames Rowley

T&T Sport Minister mum on identity of man wrapping ganja in video; blames Rowley

(Trinidad Express) Sport Minister Anil Roberts did not confirm or deny yesterday that he was the man in the “ganja video” but blamed Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley for trying to bring him down .

Man who looks like T&T Govt minister captured on video smoking ganja

Man who looks like T&T Govt minister captured on video smoking ganja

(Trinidad Express) A video showing a man who looks like a Government minister partying with ganja and women has circulated on various social media websites over the past few days .

Volney apologises to T&T AG in public over Section 34

(Trinidad Guardian) Former Justice Minister Herbert Volney says he accepts full responsibility for the proclamation of Section 34 of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act, which caused a scandal that might have allowed a number of people, including two United National Congress financiers, to avoid facing the courts on serious criminal charges .

Jamaica Minister announces construction of film studio in St Thomas

(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, has announced plans to construct a film studio in St Thomas, Jamaica .

T&T Appeal Court quashes tawah burning sentence

(Trinidad Guardian) The Court of Appeal has quashed the sentence of a mother of four from Chaguanas who was jailed for three years in 2012 after admitting to burning her daughter’s hand on a tawah .

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