T&T union warns ANSA McAl over layoffs

(Trinidad Express) The Banking, Insurance and General Workers Union (BIGWU) has issued a warning to companies to cease retrenching workers or face a boycott.

International auditing firm to help pick next T&T Top Cop

Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams (Trinidad Guardian) Auditing firm KPMG’s has been awarded the contract to assist the Police Service Commission (PSC) in the recruitment and selection of a new Police Commissioner and Deputies.

Peru’s president urges Venezuela’s Maduro to step down

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski LIMA,  (Reuters) – Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski today urged Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro to step down, calling him a “dictator”, and rejected the socialist leader’s call for the two to meet face-to-face along with other presidents in the region.

Cooking gas shortages force Venezuelans to turn to firewood

PUERTO ORDAZ/ CARACAS, Venezuela, (Reuters) – Venezuelan homemaker Carmen Rondon lives in the country with the world’s largest oil reserves, but has spent weeks cooking with firewood due to a chronic shortage of home cooking gas – leaving her hoarse from breathing smoke.

Peru fears Venezuela headed toward civil war-foreign minister

Ricardo Luna LIMA,  (Reuters) – Peru fears Venezuela may be headed toward civil war as a political crisis deepens and its economy implodes under the rule of socialist Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Peru’s foreign minister told Reuters on Wednesday.

Venezuela economy to shrink 7-10 pct this year -business chamber

CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuela’s asphyxiating economy will contract between 7 and 10 percent this year, the head of the country’s main business chamber Fedecamaras said on Wednesday at the Reuters Latin America Investment Summit in Caracas.

Rising rivers flood homes in southern Venezuela

PUERTO ORDAZ, Venezuela,  (Reuters) – Rising rivers have flooded homes in southern Venezuela, affecting more than 15,000 people and forcing some 500 to leave their homes, according to civil protection officials.

Spectre of coup, surge in violence haunt Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela, (Reuters) – Venezuela appears to be sliding toward a more volatile stage of unrest after anti-government forces looted weapons during a weekend raid on a military base and frustration over what some see as an ineffectual opposition leadership boils over.

Cuba says private sector freeze will not last years

HAVANA, (Reuters) – The Cuban government said yesterday the freeze on new licences for some private-sector occupations would not last years, in an attempt to reassure citizens worried about an apparent pause in the liberalization of the economy.

Asylum applications double as foreigners turn to T&T

Ruben Barbado, protection officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Nikita Mohammed, assistant co-ordinator at Living Water, at the United Nations Port of Spain office on Friday.