Hurricane Jose moves away from Leeward Islands, fears recede

(Reuters) – The powerful Hurricane Jose was moving away from the northern Leeward Islands on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said, giving some relief to the Caribbean archipelago battered by the massive storm Irma earlier this week.

Caribbean islands fear grim tourist season in Irma’s wake

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Hurricane Irma’s deadly tear through the Caribbean will hobble the region’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry for months, just as hotels, airlines, and cruises were gearing up for the region’s peak winter season.

Chile creates reserve around Easter Island to protect marine life

SANTIAGO,  (Reuters) – Chilean President Michelle Bachelet officially created a 740,000-square kilometer (286,000-square mile) marine reserve on Saturday around remote Easter Island, a move that will protect dozens of species found nowhere else.

T&T soldier charged with sex assault on two minors

Lance Corporal Kurt Collins, right, of the T&T Defence Force is escorted to the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court charged with sexually assaulting two minors, yesterday (Trinidad Guardian) A Lance Corporal with the T&T Regiment was released on $80,000 bail when he appeared in court yesterday charged with sexually assaulting two minors ages eight and 14.

Pope urges Colombia to stick to peace path, shun vengeance

BOGOTA,  (Reuters) – Pope Francis yesterday urged Colombians to shun vengeance following a bloody 50-year war with guerrillas but challenged the country’s leaders to enact just laws to resolve the causes of inequality that lead to violence.

Cuban dissidents in electoral challenge as Castro era nears end

HAVANA,  (Reuters) – Opponents of the Cuban government are putting forward an unprecedented number of candidates for municipal elections in late October, the first step in a process to select a new president after nearly 60 years of the Castro brothers’ rule.

CAL cancels Sunday Florida flights as Irma approaches

(Trinidad Express) Caribbean Airlines advises that due to Hurricane Irma, the following flights for September 10th are cancelled: BW 414  from Kingston to Nassau, BW 415 from Nassau to Kingston, BW 031 from Kingston to Fort Lauderdale, BW 030 from Fort Lauderdale to Montego Bay, BW 039 from Montego Bay to Fort Lauderdale, BW 036 from Fort Lauderdale to Kingston BW 484 from Port of Spain to Miami, BW 483 from Miami to Port of Spain BW480 from Port of Spain to Fort Lauderdale, BW481 from Fort Lauderdale to Port of Spain BW482 from Port of Spain to Orlando and BW485 from Orlando to Port of Spain Passengers are advised to contact our reservation offices for rebooking on the next available service.

T&T cops seize 2,000 illegal guns in 36 months

(Trinidad Guardian) More than 2,000 illegal firearms, mostly pistols and revolvers and approximately 37,000 rounds of assorted ammunition have been recovered by the police in the past 36 months.

Ex-minister accuses former Brazil president Lula of accepting bribes

BRASILIA, (Reuters) – The former finance minister under Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva yesterday accused the ex-president of receiving bribes from contractor Odebrecht , adding to a list of corruption accusations that threaten Lula’s ability to run in 2018.

Pope arrives in Colombia to help heal wounds of 50-year war

BOGOTA,  (Reuters) – Pope Francis arrived in Colombia on Wednesday with a message of unity for a nation deeply divided by a peace deal that ended a five-decade war with Marxist FARC rebels but left many victims of the bloodshed wary of the fraught healing process.

Suspect in Dexter Pottinger’s murder charged

(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Constant Spring Police have charged the man who was implicated in the killing of 34-year-old fashion designer Dexter Pottinger, whose body was found at his home at Yarico Place, Kingston 20 last Thursday.

T&T granny was stabbed, strangled

(Trinidad Guardian) Seventy-six-year-old Ramdevi Singh was stabbed once in the back of the neck, a wound which paralysed her before her killer/s used her pajama pants to strangle the remaining life out of her.

Brazil ex-presidents Lula and Rousseff charged in corruption case

BRASILIA, (Reuters) – Brazil’s top prosecutor yesterday charged former Presidents Luis Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff along with fellow Workers Party members with forming a criminal organization, the latest accusations in Brazil’s sprawling corruption scandal.

Venezuelan opposition pins hopes on elections as protests falter

CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition is shifting its focus to forthcoming state elections as protests aimed at ousting President Nicolas Maduro have subsided following the installation of an all-powerful, pro-government legislative body.

Jamaica in cash for guns programme

(Jamaica Gleaner) Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Sunday announced a massive national firearm recovery reward programme as well as a five-day grace period for illegal weapons found on premises in the Mount Salem community, which was last Friday declared Jamaica’s first zone of special operations (ZOSO).

Colombia, ELN rebels agree temporary ceasefire starting Oct. 1

BOGOTA  (Reuters) – Colombia and the Marxist ELN rebel group said yesterday they agreed a temporary ceasefire that would run through mid-January 2018, but it would not be in effect when Pope Francis arrives in the Andean country for a visit later this week.

Venezuela’s opposition-led congress seeks support in Paris

PARIS,  (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition-led congress leaders met yesterday with French President Emmanuel Macron to press for humanitarian aid to their crisis-hit nation, on the first leg of a European tour seeking support against President Nicolas Maduro.

T&T granny found murdered

-latest atrocity in Chaguanas

Ramdevi Singh (Trinidad Express) An elderly woman was found murdered in her home at Chaguanas today.