Fears of dam collapse add to Puerto Rico’s misery after hurricane

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) – Puerto Rico’s governor met with mayors from around the ravaged island on Saturday after surveying damage to an earthen dam in the northwestern part of the US territory that was threatening to collapse from flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Florida court orders Duprey to pay US$60 M

(Trinidad Express) Former executive chairman of CL Financial Lawrence Duprey was ordered by a Florida judge in July to pay more than US$60 million to British American Insurance Company (BAICO) in damages in relation to the TT$1.9 billion Green Island project in Osceola County, Florida.

Mexico focuses search for quake survivors on 10 buildings; 273 dead

MEXICO CITY,  (Reuters) – Rescuers swarmed over rubble with shovels and picks yesterday in a frantic search for survivors two days after Mexico’s deadliest earthquake in a generation, focusing on 10 collapsed buildings where people may still be alive.

Mexico quake toll tops 230

MEXICO CITY,  (Reuters) – Mexican rescuers yesterday laboured for a second night amid the rubble to save possible survivors of the country’s most lethal earthquake in a generation, including a girl trapped under a school in Mexico City, as the death toll exceeded 230.

Indigenous protesters seize oil wells in Peruvian Amazon -chief

LIMA,  (Reuters) – Villagers in the Peruvian Amazon have shut down at least 50 oil wells operated by Frontera Energy Corp to protest talks over a new contract even as past pollution lingers, the leader of an indigenous federation said yesterday.

Dozens dead as major earthquake strikes near Mexico City

Damage after an earthquake hit in Mexico City, Mexico September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso   MEXICO CITY,  (Reuters) – A major earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck central Mexico today, killing at least 60 people in several states, toppling buildings in the heavily populated capital and forcing thousands of people into the streets in panic.

FIFA says Caribbean soccer official Gordon Derrick banned

Gordon Derrick   ZURICH, (Reuters) – World soccer body FIFA said on Tuesday that the president of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), Gordon Derrick, had been banned for six years from all soccer-related activities for violating several articles of FIFA’s ethical code.

Brazil’s BNDES lambasts JBS CEO switch, seeks family’s removal

RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO,  (Reuters) – JBS SA’s decision to replace the Brazilian company’s jailed chief executive with his father was a sign of “deviousness” and should be investigated, the head of state development bank BNDES, the company’s second-largest shareholder, said on Monday.

Trump says democracy must be restored in Venezuela soon

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he wanted democracy restored soon in Venezuela and warned that the United States might take additional measures to apply pressure on the oil-producing nation.

Grandchildren bitter over way world’s oldest woman died

(Jamaica Observer) DUANVALE, Trelawny — At least two grandchildren of Violet Moss Brown, the world’s oldest person who died on Friday at the age of 117 years old, believe that, had she not been taken “against her wishes” from her Duanvale residence to a medical facility six days prior, she would have been still alive today.

Rowley condemns attacks on media

(Trinidad Express) Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has responded to the recent attacks on media workers, saying it was wholly unacceptable and should not be initiated or encouraged by any person, under any circumstances.

After Irma ravages Havana, city highlights housing replacement drive

HAVANA (Reuters) – After Hurricane Irma wrought havoc on Havana’s decrepit buildings and killed four in building collapses there, city authorities held a rare media briefing to stress they were prioritizing solving the capital’s longstanding housing needs.

UN provides Cuba with food aid after Irma rips up coast

HAVANA (Reuters) – The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) said on Saturday it was launching a $5.7 million operation in Cuba to help feed nearly 700,000 people in areas most affected by Hurricane Irma.

T&T Guardian photographer assaulted by cop, other

Guardian Media photographer Kristian De Silva displays his damaged equipment after he was attacked while photographing A&V Oil and Gas in Penal, the company named in a Petrotrin internal audit.

T&T Energy Minister gets ‘fake oil’ report from board

(Trinidad Guardian) The final report of Petrotrin’s internal audit probe into the “volume discrepancy” allegedly involving the company and A&V Oil and Gas was finalised and being forwarded to Energy Minister Franklin Khan yesterday.

Two charged with murder of T&T curator

John Smith and Virginia Nedd (Trinidad Guardian) One of the two people charged with murdering ex-curator Dr Claire Broadbridge is worried about his personal safety while he is locked away awaiting trial for her death.

T&T PM to hold hand on job cuts

OWTU president general Ancel Roget, centre, speaks to the media outside the Office of the Prime Minister after their meeting with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday.