Wealthy nations have a responsibility to help rebuild storm-hit Barbuda: PM

UNITED NATIONS,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Rich nations responsible for climate change need to help rebuild the Caribbean island of Barbuda where living conditions remain “primitive” more than two months after Hurricane Irma, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said yesterday.

U.S. to end protected status for Haitians in July 2019

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The United States will end in July 2019 a special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants that protects them from deportation, senior Trump administration officials said yesterday.

Petrotrin procedures at fault, says company in ‘fake oil’ probe

(Trinidad Guardian) A and V Oil and Gas limited, through its attorneys, says any discrepancies between reported oil production in its Exploration and Production Operations and the actual production receipts at Pointe-a-Pierre is the fault of state-owned Petrotrin.

Stop embarrassing Chinese gov’t – T&T PM

(Trinidad Guardian) Stop embarrassing the Chinese government and people! That was Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s rebuke to the Opposition in Parliament yesterday, after being pressed on the change of plans for his China trip.

T&T man preparing for daughter’s birthday shot dead

(Trinidad Guardian) A 30-year-old man, on his way to the barbershop in preparation for one of his daughters’ birthday celebration yesterday, was gunned down moments after dropping off the child at school.

Oil spill in T&T waters

The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) says it has been notified by Petrotrin that there was an oil spill on Wednesday six nautical miles off Trinidad in the Soldado North Field, Gulf of Paria.

Venezuela’s ex-prosecutor wants Maduro tried at Hague

CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuela’s sacked former chief prosecutor yesterday asked the International Criminal Court to capture and try President Nicolas Maduro and other top officials for crimes against humanity over murders by police and military officers.

Withdrawal of invitation by China to T&T PM seen as snub

(Trinidad Guardian) Former diplomat Reginald Dumas says “it is highly unusual” for China to withdraw an invitation to a foreign leader, and it does “represent on the face of it a snub.” He was commenting on China’s decision to withdraw an invitation to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to attend talks in Beijing later this month.

PM disheartened by Immigration officers’ action at Piarco

(Trinidad Guardian) Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says he is disappointed by the actions of some 13 of 15 Immigration officers who failed to show up for duty at the Piarco International Airport on Sunday, resulting in hundreds of travellers having to wait for close to five hours to be processed.

Flirting with default, Venezuela vows debt payment

CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuela’s cash-strapped government yesterday vowed it was making debt payments responsibly, even as two ratings agencies declared partial default on a crippling debt load that has fueled hunger and disease.

Minister says to take action following Piarco immigration chaos

(Trinidad Guardian) National Security Minister Edmund Dillon says action will be taken against Immigration officers found in breach of the Immigration Act following the chaos caused by apparent sick-out action at the Piarco International Airport on Sunday.

T&T food bill still high

(Trinidad Guardian) Trinidad and Tobago country imported $32.7 billion in food—mainly fruits and vegetables, cereals, dairy and meat—between 2011 and 2016.

T&T Audit to answer why A&V’s oil production fell by 65%

(Trinidad Guardian) One of the issues the forensic audit currently being completed by Kroll Consulting Canada Co (Kroll) will seek to answer is why A&V Oil and Gas’ daily oil production fell by 65 per cent in a matter of two months.

Jamaica Contractor General gets state-of-the-art equipment to probe corruption

(Jamaica Gleaner) Forensic recovery of evidence data centre devices that can extract data from computers and smartphones, along with other critical pieces of equipment to aid in the fight against corruption, were yesterday handed over to the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) by the United States Embassy.