After Irma ravages Havana, city highlights housing replacement drive

HAVANA (Reuters) – After Hurricane Irma wrought havoc on Havana’s decrepit buildings and killed four in building collapses there, city authorities held a rare media briefing to stress they were prioritizing solving the capital’s longstanding housing needs.

UN provides Cuba with food aid after Irma rips up coast

HAVANA (Reuters) – The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) said on Saturday it was launching a $5.7 million operation in Cuba to help feed nearly 700,000 people in areas most affected by Hurricane Irma.

T&T Guardian photographer assaulted by cop, other

Guardian Media photographer Kristian De Silva displays his damaged equipment after he was attacked while photographing A&V Oil and Gas in Penal, the company named in a Petrotrin internal audit.

T&T Energy Minister gets ‘fake oil’ report from board

(Trinidad Guardian) The final report of Petrotrin’s internal audit probe into the “volume discrepancy” allegedly involving the company and A&V Oil and Gas was finalised and being forwarded to Energy Minister Franklin Khan yesterday.

Two charged with murder of T&T curator

John Smith and Virginia Nedd (Trinidad Guardian) One of the two people charged with murdering ex-curator Dr Claire Broadbridge is worried about his personal safety while he is locked away awaiting trial for her death.

T&T PM to hold hand on job cuts

OWTU president general Ancel Roget, centre, speaks to the media outside the Office of the Prime Minister after their meeting with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday.

Five charged in Barbados with murder of British man

(Barbados Nation) Five men were yesterday remanded  over the murder of  British National, Steven Weare 49 years, formerly of Newcastle Plantation House, St.John, who was reported missing on Wednesday the 23rd day of August 2017.

UWI to build own LNG power plant

(Jamaica Gleaner) The University of West Indies, Mona (UWI) will set up and operate a 7 megawatt liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility, which is projected to shave off up to $350 million annually from the campus’ energy costs.

Brazil’s top court approves new graft probe of President Temer

BRASILIA, (Reuters) – A Brazilian Supreme Court judge yesterday authorized an investigation of President Michel Temer for suspected corruption involving a decree regulating ports, adding to graft allegations the president has so far parried with backing from Congress.

Venezuela Supreme Court has staged effective coup – jurists’ group

GENEVA,  (Reuters) – Venezuela’s Supreme Court has progressively dismantled the rule of law, becoming an instrument of President Nicolas Maduro’s government in what amounts to a coup against the constitutional order, an international human rights group said on Tuesday.

France says Venezuela talks to take place, warns of sanctions

PARIS, (Reuters) – Venezuela’s government and opposition will hold a round of talks in the Dominican Republic today, France’s foreign minister said yesterday, warning Caracas’s leadership that it risked EU sanctions if it failed to engage in negotiations.

T&T grocer kills bandit

Dead: Allan Walker (Trinidad Guardian) A businessman yesterday shot and killed a bandit who held him up as he was on his way to the bank.

Jamaican Muslim cleric wanted by US denied bail

(Jamaica Gleaner) Muslim Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal who is wanted in the United States on terrorism-related charges, was denied bail when he appeared before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday afternoon.

Jamaica, China renew partnership commitment

(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica — The governments of Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China yesterday morning pledged to continue building on the strategic partnership between both countries.

Thousands of homes wrecked by huge Mexican quake, death toll at 90

MEXICO CITY,  (Reuters) – A massive earthquake off southern Mexico on Thursday night that killed at least 90 people damaged tens of thousands of homes and afflicted upwards of two million people in the poorer south, state officials said, as more details of the disaster emerged.

T&T-US flights get air marshals

(Trinidad Express) An agreement has been reached between Trinidad and Tobago and the United States of America to allow air marshals on selected flights between the two countries.

Brazilian billionaire Joesley Batista surrenders to police

BRASILIA,  (Reuters) – Billionaire Joesley Batista, one of the owners of JBS SA, the world´s largest meatpacker, and executive Ricardo Saud surrendered yesterday and were arrested by Brazilian police, their lawyer said.