Barbados economy in dire straits

(Barbados Nation) Barbados’ economic situation is even more dire than initially thought – so serious that the BD$2 to US$1 exchange rate could be in jeopardy.

Jamaica gangsters take deadly feud to Costa Rica

(Jamaica Gleaner) Major gangsters who escaped the security forces dragnet in St James have made their way to Costa Rica, and it seems they have taken their bloody disputes to the streets of Limon, a port city on the Caribbean coast of the Central American country.

Barbados PM moves to give DLP Senate voice

(Barbados Nation) The Mia Mottley government will be seeking to grant the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) a voice in the Senate in an attempt to maintain democracy.

Maha Sabha boss bans Kamla over hijab remarks

(Trinidad Guardian) Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar will “pay a hell of a price” for her comments on the issue of on-the-job trainee Nafisah Nakihd being disallowed from wearing her hijab at the Lakshmi Girls’ Hindu College in St Augustine.

Barbados elects first female PM in opposition landslide

BRIDGETOWN,  (Reuters) – Barbados elected its first female prime minister as the opposition inflicted a crushing defeat on the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP), winning all the seats in the Caribbean island’s parliament, election results showed yesterday.

Brazil truckers maintain blockades, near standoff with military

SAO PAULO,  (Reuters) – A truckers protest over diesel prices that has crippled key sectors of Latin America’s biggest economy dragged into Friday night, putting drivers in a standoff with Brazilian President Michel Temer who authorized military force to clear highways.

Venezuela’s Maduro meets U.S. senator after election, sanctions

CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met with U.S. Senator Bob Corker yesterday, the socialist-led government said, less than a week after Maduro was re-elected to a six-year term in a vote the United States did not recognize.

Disastrous Cuban sugar harvest may force imports – and reform

HAVANA, (Reuters) – Rainfall has shuttered all but a few of Cuba’s 54 sugar mills, with output down nearly 40 percent to the lowest level in more than a century, which could force the island to import, official media and industry sources say.

Landslide renews protests by communities at Colombia’s biggest dam

BOGOTA,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A landslide at Colombia’s biggest dam that forced the evacuation of about 26,000 people highlights the risks to communities who have lived the area for generations, according to campaigners who have protested for years over the massive project.

Brazil backs ‘Guardians of the Amazon’ in their war on loggers

RIO DE JANEIRO,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In a rare move, Brazil is providing armed backup to Indians protecting the world’s most threatened tribe from illegal loggers, a decision that campaigners lauded as a “landmark” in efforts to halt deforestation in the Amazon.

Petrobras slashes diesel prices to ease Brazil trucker protest

RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO,  (Reuters) – Bra-zil’s state-led oil company Petrobras on Wednesday temporarily cut diesel prices by 10 percent in order to help the government and truck drivers resolve a protest crippling the nation’s highways.

Retrograde step to withdraw from CCJ

-De la Bastide on Barbados PM’s threat

(Trinidad Guardian) Former president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) retired chief justice Michael de la Bastide says if Barbados withdraws from the appellate jurisdiction of the court it will “seriously undermine the standing of the court in the eyes of the people of the region.” He is hoping that the threat to withdraw would not become reality.

T&T CJ leaves again on six-week vacation

(Trinidad Guardian) An email sent by his administrative secretary Shabiki Cazabon to Judges and Masters of the T&T Supreme Court on Monday, a copy of which was obtained by the T&T Guardian, advised that Archie would be out of the jurisdiction from May 19 to June 30 to continue his vacation leave, which was cut short due to his mother’s death earlier this month.

CAL offers more leg room on flights

(Trinidad Guardian) Although Caribbean Airline’s (CAL) financial position has improved, CEO Garvin Medera says there is still a lot to be done “The reality is that the airline is very seasonal.

McDonald’s mourns murdered T&T manager

(Trinidad Express) McDonald’s has issued a statement in response to the midnight murder of Ashmeed Mohammed, the manager of the Cipriani Boulevard, Port of Spain branch.

Mickela Panday gets support for new party

(Trinidad Guardian) “The consensus is clear!” That was the pronouncement from Dr Ronald Roopnarine, chairman of Sunday’s meeting by the Panday family and supporters to discuss formation of a new political party.

PM: Barbados will leave CCJ

(Barbados Nation) Once the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is returned to office, Barbados will be withdrawing from the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final Court of Appeal.

Cuba begins to bury its dead from airline disaster

HAVANA,  (Reuters) – Cubans in eastern Holguin province held a funeral yesterday for an art instructor and her small child, the first of 67 Holguin residents to be brought home for burial out of 110 people who died Friday in Cuba’s worst plane crash since 1989.

Two die in Barbados accident

(Barbados Nation) Two men are dead after an early-morning collision along Black Rock main road near its junction with St Stephens Hill Road, St Michael, between a Transport Board Bus and a Suzuki Vitara.