U.S. targets former Venezuela food minister in new sanctions

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The United States imposed sanctions yesterday on four current or former Venezuelan government officials, including an ex-food minister who is accused of corruption and mismanagement of the country’s food supply.

Suruj: Fix funding woes in T&T Judiciary

(Trinidad Guardian) Chief Justice Ivor Archie is being blamed for the situation in which the courts now find themselves asking jurors to bring their lunches because caterers are no longer accepting vouchers.

Trump administration drops Obama-era easing of marijuana prosecutions

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department yesterday rescinded an Obama administration policy that had eased enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that legalized the drug, instead giving federal prosecutors wide latitude to pursue criminal charges.

Two quakes shake parts of Trinidad

(Trinidad Express)  Earthquakes, measuring magnitude 4.5 were recorded by the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre on Wednesday morning.

How alcohol damages stem cell DNA and increases cancer risk

LONDON, (Reuters) – Drinking alcohol produces a harmful chemical in the body which can lead to permanent genetic damage in the DNA of stem cells, increasing the risk of cancer developing, according to research published on Wednesday.

Mexico falls short on prosecuting money laundering – report

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) – Mexico is failing to root out money laundering because it uses a reactive case-by-case investigation approach and law enforcement agencies suffer from corruption, according to a report on Wednesday by an international body that fights illicit cash.

T&T mom found strangled

(Trinidad Express) A Chase Village mother of two is the first woman killed this year.

Four murders as New Year starts in T&T

(Trinidad Guardian) Over the past four years, the month of January was proven as the bloodiest month in each year, and this year seems to be following the same trend as four murders were committed in first nine hours of the new year.

Bright prospects seen as first shipment of alumina leaves Port Kaiser

-Chinese commit to further increase in production at Alpart

(Jamaica Observer) NAIN, St Elizabeth — Chalk-white dust was in abundance, leaving its mark on socks and shoes as high-profile visitors and journalists walked the pier at Port Kaiser, a few miles south of here on Friday.

CAL’s ATR planes giving trouble

(Trinidad Guardian) Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL)’s entire fleet of five ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft have been down for the last three days, forcing the airline to press into service its fleet of Boeing-737-800 jet aircraft to alleviate the backlog of stranded passengers.

Wisynco makes stock market history

(Jamaica Observer) Wisynco Group Ltd made history on Thursday as it listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) Main Market with $6.17 billion in equity, the single largest amount secured from investors in Jamaica through an initial public offering (IPO).

Man charged with murder transgender

(Trinidad Express) A Diego Martin man is expected to appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate charged with the December 5 murder of Keon Allister Patterson aka “Sasha Fierce”.

T&T minister responds to leaked video

(Trinidad Express) Sports  Minister Darryl Smith is responding to a video posted on social media sites that shows him in an embrace with a woman.