Family supports Trinidad-born student charged with attempting to steal American Airlines plane

(TRINIDAD NEWSDAY) According to a cana report, former principal of the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Clement Sankat says the focus of his family now is to provide “all the legal, mental, emotional and parental support possible” to his 22-year-old son who was arrested in the United States on Thursday and charged with trying to steal a passenger jet at an Orlando airport.

Jamaica: Senator condemns murder of pastor killed in church

Government Senator Kamina Johnson Smith says the brazen killing of Pastor James Johnson inside his St Catherine church yesterday afternoon is a clear sign that criminals no longer subscribe to the unwritten code that violence against some vulnerable groups and in some places are off limits.

Mystery over death of Bajan ex-tourism chief

(Barbados Nation) The quiet neighbourhood of 5th Avenue, Rowans Park North, St George, was thrown into a state of shock Tuesday night after the stabbing death of one of its own.

Rowley’s ‘N’ word use unfortunate- analysts

(Trinidad Guardian) In­ap­pro­pri­ate, un­for­tu­nate and an­gry. That was how two po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts viewed state­ments made on Tues­day by Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley that an “Oreo is the mod­ern, po­lit­i­cal­ly cor­rect way of call­ing some­one a house nig­ger.” Yes­ter­day, an­a­lyst Prof John La Guerre de­scribed Row­ley’s pub­lic re­marks as “un­for­tu­nate and in­ap­pro­pri­ate,” say­ing he should not have gone down that road but fo­cused on the clo­sure of Petrotrin, which has been build­ing mo­men­tum and at­tract­ing na­tion­al at­ten­tion.

T&T Energy Minister: 4,700 oil workers to lose jobs

(Trinidad Guardian) Energy Minister Franklin Khan on Monday told Parliament that 3,500 permanent workers plus 1,200 non-permanent workers will be affected by the Government’s planned closure of the refinery in two weeks.

Sandals Resorts denies owing St Lucia gov’t taxes

Sandals Resorts International (SRI) yesterday issued a strong denial that it owes the Government of St Lucia withholding taxes and pointedly stated that a claim being made to the contrary is designed to tarnish its “good name and reputation”.

Trinidad Energy Minister: 4,700 workers in total to lose jobs

(Trinidad Guardian) En­er­gy Min­is­ter Franklin Khan yes­ter­day told Par­lia­ment that 3,500 per­ma­nent work­ers plus 1,200 non-per­ma­nent work­ers will be af­fect­ed by the Gov­ern­ment’s planned clo­sure of the re­fin­ery in two weeks.

Barbados switches to e-passports

(Barbados Government Information Service) Anyone applying for Barbados passports for the first time, or those seeking to renew them, will now be issued with an e-passport.

Jamaican bakery and grill expands operations into Canada

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) New York , USA — Eight months after the death of its founder, Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill has expanded its operations into the Canadian market, opening two stores in the greater Toronto, Ontario, area, home to a large number of Jamaican and other Caribbean nationals.

Trinidad Immigration Chief admits Venezuelan influx

(Trinidad Guardian) Chief Im­mi­gra­tion Of­fi­cer Char­maine Gand­hi-An­drews ad­mits there has been an in­crease in il­le­gal im­mi­grants to this coun­try, but she is al­so ad­mit­ting she is not in a po­si­tion to give ex­act num­bers “be­cause a lot of the per­sons who have en­tered we know noth­ing about.” But she is ad­mit­ting that over the last year most of those who are en­ter­ing il­le­gal­ly are Venezuelans.

Venezuela hands China more oil presence, but no mention of new funds

BEIJING/CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuela gave China another stake in the OPEC member’s oil industry and signed several other deals in the energy sector, but Beijing made no mention of new funds for Caracas during President Nicolas Maduro’s visit to his government’s key financier yesterday.

Missing T&T man found dead in car

(Trinidad Express) A family’s search for their missing relative ended in heartbreak on Friday as the body of 34-year-old Hayden Chickoree was found in Arima.

Trump disputes Puerto Rico storm death toll, draws outcry

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump yesterday disputed Puerto Rico’s official death toll of 3,000 from hurricanes last year and accused Democrats of inflating the figure that was reached in an independent academic study.

Costa Rica strikes, marches against tax plan, testing new president

SAN JOSE,  (Reuters) – Thousands of Costa Ricans kept up a fourth day of marches and a wide public workers strike yesterday to protest a proposed fiscal reform, dealing their center-left president his first major test since taking office in May.

Earthquake-hit Trinidad farmers still awaiting help

(Trinidad Guardian) Earth­quake dis­placed farm­ers from Los Iros are beg­ging the Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture Clarence Ramb­harat to make good on his promise to re­lo­cate them.

Controversy in Trinidad after Kamla calls Rowley ‘Oreo’

(Trinidad Express) The Executive of Arouca/Maloney Constituency of the People’s National Movement (PNM) has called on Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar to apologise “unreservedly”  for her “racist, vile and disgusting comments” made about Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley at the her party’s Monday Night Forum.