T&T swears in sixth President

Trinidad’s sixth President Paula-Mae Weekes was inaugurated yesterday at a ceremony at the Queens Park Savannah, Port of Spain.

U.S. Treasury places four Venezuelans on U.S. sanctions list

BUENOS AIRES,  (Reuters) – Colombia proposed yetserday that the International Monetary Fund provide assistance to help several hundred thousand Venezuelan refugees who have fled an economic and political crisis to neighboring countries, officials at the G20 summit said.

Jamaica declares state of emergency in St Catherine North

(Jamaica Gleaner) Determined to stem the murder tally in St Catherine North now at 48 since the start of this year, Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday morning announced a state of public emergency in the police division, saying some rights will be suspended.

Sad ‘no one paid’ for Clico collapse –Bajan activist

(Barbados Nation) The woman who has been leading the fight on behalf of former local policyholders of CLICO International Life Insurance said it was unfortunate that no one has yet been charged in connection with the company’s2009 collapse.

Seven killed in T&T in less than 24 hours

(Trinidad Guardian) Seven people were killed in less than 24 hours between Thursday night and yesterday evening, taking the murder toll to 117 for the year.

Three T&T cops suspended in La Brea massacre case

(Trinidad Express) Three police officers attached to the La Brea Police Station have been suspended from duties pending the outcome of an investigation into how they responded to a domestic violence report made by Abigail Chapman, who ended up being killed along with her daughter and two others in la Brea this week.

First legal purchase of cannabis in Jamaica

(Jamaica Gleaner) Gloria Palomino was the first Jamaican woman to receive a recommendation by Dr Uma Dhanabalan and Dr Shantell Neely-James to legally purchase Cannabis in Jamaica.

Policy on sabbatical still unclear: T&T PM goes to court

(Trinidad Guardian) Even though Chief Justice Ivor Archie has changed his sabbatical leave to vacation leave, Government is still seeking the courts’ interpretation on whether sabbatical is really an entitlement for judges.

T&T customs Officer charged with importing US $150,000

(Trinidad Express) A Customs Officer 2, with over 15 years’ service with the Customs and Excise Division, is expected to appear before an Arima Magistrate on Thursday, charged with the March 12 importation of prohibited goods and importation of concealed goods to deceive Customs officials.

Two charged with Carapo double murder

Two Arima men were expected to appear before an Arima Magistrate yesterday charged with the January 4 murders of Shaquille Thomas and Kylon Alexander.

Retired teacher among four murdered in T&T

(Trinidad Express) Retired secondary school teacher Michael Scott, who was found murdered along with three tenants at his La Brea house on Tuesday, is being remembered for his passion as a teacher and dedication towards his pupils.

DNA proves Jamaica pastor fathered child of 12-y-o girl

(Jamaica Gleaner) A DNA report has concluded that Kenneth Blake, the Kingston pastor facing criminal charges for allegedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl, is the father of the child she gave birth to last year.

Carmona answers PM – Sabbatical decision final

(Trinidad Express) President Anthony Carmona has responded to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s request for an explanation on what authority he granted sabbatical leave to Chief Justice Ivor Archie.

Kick ‘em Jenny under close monitoring

(Barbados Nation) The alert level of the underwater volcano Kick ‘em Jenny, located near Grenada, has been raised from yellow to orange, but there is no indication of it posing any immediate danger to Barbados.