Mexico’s top diplomat visits Cuba to seek help on Venezuela crisis

MEXICO CITY,  (Reuters) – Mexico’s foreign minister is in Havana hoping to persuade Cuba, one of Venezuela’s top allies, to help resolve the tense political situation in the beleaguered South American nation, according to a senior Mexican official briefed about the trip.

Venezuela’s constituent assembly assumes power to legislate

CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuela’s new legislative superbody yesterday gave itself the power to pass laws, superseding the opposition-led congress and fueling criticism by government adversaries that socialist President Nicolas Maduro is consolidating a dictatorship.

$10,000 bail for mom on ‘fake rape’ charge

(Trinidad Express) A magistrates’ court employee charged with wasteful employment of the police after she allegedly made a false report that she was raped, appeared before a Princes Town magistrate yesterday.

China Railway gets major T&T road project

A sketch of the proposed Curepe Interchange (Trinidad Guardian) China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) has been awarded a $221.7 million contract by the National infrastructure Development Company (Nidco) to build the controversial Curepe Interchange, the state company’s chairman Herbert George has confirmed.

‘Stop blaming the Chinese!’

- Samuda says ‘terrible’ fiscal policies drove Jamaica in partnerships

(Jamaica Gleaner) Decades of terrible fiscal policies, which have pushed Jamaica’s debt burden to unbearable levels, have forced the country to seek alternative assistance, and set the platform for nations like China to partner with the island for mutual benefit, Senator Matthew Samuda has said.

Digicel founder behind new telecom

(Jamaica Gleaner) Digicel Group founder and chairman Denis O’Brien holds the largest stake in Deep Blue Cable, the new entity that aims to string the region with underwater fibre-optic cables.

Police believe thieves steal Venezuela zoo animals to eat them

MARACAIBO, Venezuela, (Reuters) – Venezuela authorities are investigating the theft of animals from a zoo in western state of Zulia that were likely snatched to be eaten, a further sign of hunger in a country struggling with chronic food shortages.

T&T Met Office in weather warning

(Trinidad Express) The Meteorological Services on Tuesday advised the public to pay attention to an area of disturbed weather east of the Lesser Antilles, now heading west which and could strengthen into a tropical storm in three to four days.

Kingston pastor arrested on sex charges involving minor

(Jamaica Gleaner) The Kingston pastor who was being sought by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) for allegedly repeatedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl before impregnating her, is now in jail.

T&T union warns ANSA McAl over layoffs

(Trinidad Express) The Banking, Insurance and General Workers Union (BIGWU) has issued a warning to companies to cease retrenching workers or face a boycott.