U.S. lawmakers ask Trump to ‘get to work’ on Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico,  (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers urged President Donald Trump yesteday to stop sniping at Puerto Ricans and get to work helping them recover from a devastating hurricane, two days before he was to visit the island, where people remained without food, water or power.

T&T woman who planned husband’s murder discharged

-pleaded guilty to manslaughter after awaiting trial for more than nine years

Jassodra Jagmohan leaving court. (Trinidad Guardian) After spending more than nine years in jail awaiting trial for killing her abusive and adulterous husband, stroke-stricken Jassodra Jagmohan, 63, was finally reunited with her family yesterday when she was set free.

Over 100 evacuated from Dominica by Barbados

(Barbados Nation) The Barbados Coast Guard has evacuated over 100 persons from Dominica to date, and it is anticipated that its disaster relief operations would continue into November 2017.

CAL still can’t fly into St Maarten

(Trinidad Express) Almost three weeks after Hurricane Irma crashed into St Maarten, Caribbean Airlines has announced that it is still unable to operate its scheduled services into the island as the Princess Juliana International Airport remains closed to commercial air traffic.

With fuel and water scarce, stricken Puerto Rico presses for shipping waiver

With fuel and water scarce, stricken Puerto Rico presses for shipping waiver (Reuters photo)   SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico/NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – As Puerto Rico struggles with a lack of fuel, water and medical supplies following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, it is pressing the Trump administration to lift a bar on foreign ships delivering supplies from the U.S.

Venezuela opposition won’t attend scheduled talks with government

CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition said  yesterday it will not join scheduled talks with President Nicolas Maduro’s government, undercutting a dialogue effort that has been viewed with suspicion by many adversaries of the ruling Socialist Party.

Venezuela doctors in protest urge stronger WHO stance on health crisis

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuela’s doctors, fed up with what they called the World Health Organi-zation’s passive attitude toward the country’s deep medical crisis, protested at the agency’s Caracas office yesterday to demand more pressure on the government and additional assistance.

Puerto Rico evacuates area near crumbling dam, asks for aid

SAN JUAN, (Reuters) – Many people living near a crumbling dam in storm-battered Puerto Rico have evacuated, Governor Ricardo Rossello said yesterday, as he asked for more government aid to avert a humanitarian crisis after Hurricane Maria.

Brazil to reinstate protection for Amazon reserve -source

BRASILIA,  (Reuters) – Brazil will reinstate a mining ban in a vast area of the Amazon rainforest, a person with knowledge of the matter told Reuters yesterday, in a victory for environmentalists who feared deforestation.

Trinis rescued in Dominica after living in car for four days

(Trinidad Express) The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force and Coast Guard have been at the helm of a dramatic rescue of a family of four, including two small children, who lived in a car for four days after their home in Dominica was destroyed last Monday by Hurricane Maria.