T&T schoolgirl shot in ‘bloodbath’

(Trinidad Express) A 15-year-old schoolgirl is among two survivors from Wednesday night’s shooting incident in D’Abadie, which also left two men dead.

Herbert steps down as Goddard chairman

(Barbados Nation) Goddard Enterprises Limited (GEL) has announced that A. Charles Herbert has voluntarily stepped down as chairman of the board of GEL with effect from August 7.

Barbados currency rating lowered

(Barbados Nation) Barbados has received yet another downgrade from Standard and Poor’s. Yesterday, S&P Global Ratings lowered its issue-level ratings on Barbados’ global bonds due 2019 and 2022 to D (default) from CC.

Brazil prosecutors file charges against GE executive

RIO DE JANEIRO,  (Reuters) – Brazilian prosecutors have formally charged General Electric Co’s chief executive for Latin America for alleged involvement in a healthcare cartel, officials said yesterday, though a judge ruled that he should be released from jail for now.

Former city police chief claims role in Venezuela drone attack

BOGOTA/CARACAS,  (Reuters) – A former Venezuelan municipal police chief and anti-government activist says he helped organize an operation to launch armed drones over a military rally on Saturday that President Nicolas Maduro has called an assassination attempt.

Former El Salvador president pleads guilty to money laundering

SAN SALVADOR,  (Reuters) – Former El Salvadoran President Antonio Saca pleaded guilty in court to embezzlement and money laundering involving more than $300 million during his government, his lawyer said yesterday, as Saca sought to reduce his prison sentence.

New National Security Minister in T&T

(Trinidad Guardian) “I’m always up for challenges.” That’s the position of an unperturbed former national security minister Edmund Dillon who moves into his new job at the Housing Ministry today.

T&T woman, 85, returning home to live dies on AA plane

(Trinidad Guardian) Shocked passengers on board American Airlines (AA) flight 2703 destined for Trinidad watched on in horror on Friday as medical and cabin crew members tried to save the life of an 85-year-old woman.

In T&T: Parliament Clerk slain

(Trinidad Guardian) After failing to kill a Couva woman on Friday morning, her killers finished the job hours later after they sprayed down her car with bullets while she was heading home after work.

Prices down – but missed inflation target triggers talks with IMF board

(Jamaica Gleaner): The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) has partly attributed a sharp decline in domestic food prices to the 2.8 per cent out-turn in inflation for June, a deviation from the 3.5 per cent to 6.5 per cent target under Jamaica’s standby agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

T&T nabs suspected contract killer

(Trinidad Guardian) One of South Trinidad’s most wanted killers has been caught by police following a massive operation in the Southern Division yesterday.

U.S. court orders Trump administration to fully reinstate DACA programme

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – A federal judge on Friday ruled that the Trump administration must fully restore a program that protects from deportation some young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children, including accepting new applications for the program.

Cuba opens discussion of constitution overhaul to citizens abroad

HAVANA, (Reuters) – Cuba announced yesterday that its citizens living abroad could participate in a public debate over planned changes to its 1976 constitution, a first for the communist-run country that for many years has excluded emigrants from domestic politics.

Argentina, Brazil reach deal to share evidence in corruption cases

BUENOS AIRES, (Reuters) – Argentina’s main prosecutor’s office said yesterday it has reached a deal with its Brazilian counterpart to use testimony reached through plea bargains in the “Operation Car Wash” corruption case in local graft investigations.

Barbados economy contracts again

(Barbados Nation) The Barbados economy continues to under-perform, contracting by 0.6 per cent in the first six months of this year.

Trump administration lifts GMO crop ban for U.S. wildlife refuges

(Reuters) – The Trump administration has rescinded an Obama-era ban on the use of pesticides linked to declining bee populations and the cultivation of genetically modified crops in dozens of national wildlife refuges where farming is permitted.

Barbados economy contracts again

(Barbados Nation) The Barbados economy continues to under-perform, contracting by 0.6 per cent in the first six months of this year.

Colombia gives 440,000 Venezuelan migrants permission to stay

BOGOTA,  (Reuters) – Colombia yesterday temporarily granted more than 440,000 migrants from Venezuela permission to stay in the country for two years and access social services, as hundreds of thousands flee a devastating economic crisis in neighboring Venezuela.

Pressure to secure Mexico energy supply endangers green dream

TEPIC, Mexico,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Mexico’s president-elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, will have a better chance of slashing poverty and inequality if he weaves a strong green thread through his policies, analysts say.

Incoming T&T Top Cop talks tough

(Trinidad Guardian) Declaring that “criminals are worse than cockroaches,” incoming Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith says the criminal element will be “crushed.” And while the criminal element may have no fear of God, Griffith on Tuesday promised: “I will ensure that they have the fear of Gary.” “The happy hour is over,” Griffith added, as said his job “is to go after the low life elements who continue to deprive law-abiding citizens of their right of safety and security.” Griffith has been criticised for his reference to the criminal element as “cockroaches,” but yesterday he said he stood by his statement.

Gary Griffith confirmed as T&T CoP

(Trinidad Express) Captain Gary Griffith is the next Commissioner of Police. The nomination to appoint Griffith as Commissioner of Police was approved in the House of Representatives yesterday.

Embattled Jamaica minister resigns

(Jamaica Gleaner) Dr Andrew Wheatley says he decided to step aside to allow for the issues surrounding the management of the Energy, Science and Technology portfolio to be ventilated.

T&T soldier charged with murder

(Trinidad Express) A Private attached to the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment appeared before Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle, in the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court last Friday, charged with the July 21 murder of Kareem Wilson.

Woman stabbed to death in Port-of-Spain

(Trinidad Guardian)  Twenty-one-year-old Tyesha De Sousa was stabbed to death by a man who chased her down in the heart of Port-of-Spain before killing her on Sunday.

Woman stabbed to death in Port-of-Spain

(Trinidad Guardian)  Twenty-one-year-old Tyesha De Sousa was stabbed to death by a man who chased her down in the heart of Port-of-Spain before killing her on Sunday.

Chinese consortium to build fourth Panama Canal bridge

PANAMA CITY,  (Reuters) – A group formed of China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC) and China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC) won a $1.42 billion contract to build the fourth bridge over the Panama Canal, Panama’s government said.

Peru president proposes referendum on political, judicial reform

LIMA,  (Reuters) – Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra challenged the opposition-run Congress on Saturday to call a referendum on judicial and political reforms aimed at uprooting systemic corruption in one of Latin America’s most promising economies.

New information system to improve service at UHWI

(Jamaica Gleaner): Pointing to rapid technological advances globally, Professor Archibald McDonald, principal of the University of the West Indies, Mona, expects that the new Hospital Information Management Systems (HIMS) will transform the operations and service delivery of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).

T&T Gov’t bans styrofoam imports

(Trinidad Guardian): Government has approved a ban on Styrofoam products which will take effect in 2019, but which will see an almost immediate ban on the importation of Styrofoam products into the country.

$22.5M fraud at SJLRC

(Trinidad & Tobago Guardian): An alleged $22.5 million salary racket at the San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation has resulted in the arrest of 11 people.