Piarco gets automated passport system

(Trinidad Guardian) Long immigration lines in the arrival lounges at this country’s two major airports could soon be a thing of the past, after the Ministry of National Security, Ministry of Works and Transport and the Airports Authority of T&T yesterday launched a new automated border control system at the Piarco International Airport.

U.N. chief demands end to Nicaragua violence, hundreds protest Ortega

SAN JOSE, (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said yesteday that groups linked to Nicaragua’s government were using “unacceptable” lethal force against citizens, and urged an end to violence that has killed at least 275 people in months of protests.

Communist-run Cuba starts rolling out internet on mobile phones

HAVANA, (Reuters) – Communist-run Cuba has started providing internet on the mobile phones of select users as it aims to roll out the service nationwide by year-end, in a further step toward opening one of the Western Hemisphere’s least connected countries.

Bajan PM: Gun violence has to stop

(Barbados Nation) It has to stop! This is Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley’s clear message about the lawless behaviour and gun violence in society.

T&T man killed after defending wife

(Trinidad Guardian) Dillon Lucas was stabbed multiple times as he tried to protect his common-law wife from unwanted sexual advances from an older man outside a Debe casino on Sunday.

T&T man killed after defending wife

(Trinidad Guardian) Dillon Lucas was stabbed multiple times as he tried to protect his common-law wife from unwanted sexual advances from an older man outside a Debe casino yesterday.

Logistics hub can generate high levels of growth for Jamaica

(Jamaica Gleaner): British High Commissio-ner to Jamaica Asif Ahmad said Jamaica can generate significantly high levels of economic growth from the Government’s implementation of the Global Logistics Hub Initiative (GLHI), which incorporates special economic zones (SEZ).

T&T Chamber cautious on IMF growth forecast

(Trinidad & Tobago Guardian): The T&T Chamber is maintaining a cautious stance on the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) projection that T&T’s economy is entering a phase of slow economic recovery.

Peru’s president fires justice minister as new scandal spreads

LIMA (Reuters) – Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra fired his justice minister yesterday after local media released an audio of a secretly-recorded phone conversation between the minister and a judge under investigation for influence peddling.

Judge tells U.S. to pay costs of reuniting immigrant families

(Reuters) – A U.S. judge in California yesterday ordered President Donald Trump’s administration to pay the costs of reuniting immigrant parents with children separated from them by officials at the U.S.-Mexican border, rather than forcing the parents to pay.

Colombia, U.S., Mexico, Panama seek to combat Venezuelan corruption

BOGOTA, (Reuters) – Colombia’s Finance Minister Mauricio Cardenas yesterday hosted a meeting with officials from Mexico, Panama, and the United States to share information on Venezuelan government officials suspected of corruption and their support networks.

Barbudans sue to block airport as they seek to rebuild after hurricane

SEATTLE,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A group of Barbudans has filed a legal claim against their government to halt construction of an international airport, saying the money should instead be used to restore basic services after Hurricane Irma devastated the island.

El Salvador government rejects court ruling as political attack

SAN SALVADOR, (Reuters) – El Salvador’s government said yesterday a Supreme Court ruling that seeks to compel testimony from the president over the disappearance of a diplomat nearly 30 years ago in the run-up to the country’s bloody civil war was a political attack.

U.N. chief concerned about intensifying Nicaragua violence

UNITED NATIONS, (Reuters) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is deeply concerned about intensifying violence in Nicaragua and deplores the loss of life in protests against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, his spokesman said in a statement yesterday.

Venezuelan economy shrank 12 pct in first quarter – congress

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuela’s economy contracted 12 percent in the first three months of this year compared with the same quarter of 2017, the opposition-led congress said yesterday, in another dramatic indication of the OPEC nation’s unraveling.

T&T PM labels murderous boardwalk attack `act of terrorism’

(Trinidad Guardian) Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is describing last Sunday’s triple murder on the Boardwalk in Chaguaramas as an act of “terrorism” and he is appealing to communities and citizens that if they know of people who are “arming themselves to let somebody know.” Last Sunday, Fabien Williams, Andrew Francis and Kadel Osbourne were shot dead on the Boardwalk, while eight-year-old Jakeem Moses, Keron Jones and Ian Brown were injured when gunmen sprayed bullets into a crowd as they targeted Williams.

Jamaica: Court allows Kartel appeal

(Jamaica Observer)  Defence attorneys representing dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel and his fellow murder convicts emerged from the Appeal Court with broad smiles on Monday after being granted permission to introduce fresh evidence to challenge their 2014 conviction.

Jamaica: Petrojam general manager steps down

(Jamaica Gleaner) Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that Floyd Grindley, the general manager of the scandal-hit Petrojam has “agreed” to step down from the post.

Cuba to prune back private sector as new rules start in Dec

HAVANA,  (Reuters) – Cuba will restrict business licenses to one per person under new private sector regulations which come into force in December amid fears reforms to open up its ailing economy have gone too far and are fuelling inequality.

T&T doctor in race-related rant terminated by Health Ministry

(Trinidad Express) The Ministry of Health has fired Dr. Dhelia Gabriel. In a statement on Monday, the Ministry said that “after careful consideration of all the relevant facts and the terms of the Internship Agreement, it officially terminated the services of Dr.

Fight before T&T fatal crash

(Trinidad Express) Police have been told that nurse Shana Isaac was fighting with her male companion while he was driving, which led to the crash that killed her on Sunday.

Brazil judge blocks order to release of Lula from prison

BRASILIA,  (Reuters) – The chief justice of a Brazilian appeals court blocked another judge’s efforts to release imprisoned former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva yesterday, in a legal battle over the country’s most popular politician ahead of an October election.

CCJ protected against political interference – former president

(Jamaica Gleaner): Sir Dennis Byron, immediate past president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), has questioned whether simple political issues are impeding all Caribbean Community (CARICOM) states from using the CCJ as their final appellate court.

UNC to decide on Phillip’s Commissioner of Police nomination Monday

(Trinidad & Tobago Guardian): The Opposition UNC has been discussing the notification of nomination of DCP Harold Phillip for the post of Police Commis-sioner and its position will be revealed in Parliament next Monday when the matter is debated, UNC whip David Lee says.

Zero-to-three strategy to revolutionise J’can education

(Jamaica Gleaner): The most important period of development in a child’s life is the first 1,000 days, and that fact was reinforced by the launch of the zero-to-three strategy, Jamaica Brain Builders Programme, on Friday, at the Cynthia Shako Early Childhood and Day Care Centre at the University of Technology.

Beryl strengthens, hurricane watch issued for Dominica

(Barbados Nation) Hurricane Beryl, while tiny in size, is intensifying in the Atlantic Ocean well east of the Lesser Antilles, and its chances of striking the Antilles as a hurricane early next week are increasing.

Incoming Mexican president to seek negotiated peace in drug war

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) – Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s transition team unveiled a plan yesterday to shake up the fight against crime, including reduced jail time but stiffer controls on weapons, as the country reels from a militarized drug war.

EU to probe Portuguese tax deal for island of Madeira

BRUSSELS/LISBON, (Reuters) – The European Commission said yesterday it had opened an in-depth investigation into tax exemptions for companies on the Portuguese island of Madeira due to concerns the scheme benefitted firms that do not contribute to the region’s growth.