U.S. sending 1,600 immigration detainees to federal prisons

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO,  (Reuters) – U.S. authorities are transferring into federal prisons about 1,600 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees, officials told Reuters yesterday, in the first large-scale use of federal prisons to hold detainees amid a Trump administration crackdown on people entering the country illegally.

Massy recalls glucose in Barbados

(Barbados Nation) Massy Distribution (Barbados) Ltd., on behalf of Regal Products Limited, the manufacturer for Regal products out of Trinidad and Tobago, has issued a voluntary recall for Regal Glucose – 225 grammes.

Brazil front-runner softens view on Chinese investment

BRASILIA,  (Reuters) – Far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro said yesterday that China was an “exceptional partner” of Brazil, softening earlier criticism that Chinese investors were taking over Latin America’s largest economy.

Bermuda judge rules against law banning gay marriage

HAMILTON,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Bermuda’s top judge yesterday ruled against a new law banning same-sex marriage in the British overseas territory, a decision the government could now appeal, lawyers and witnesses said.

Agri Minister: Land fraud rampant across T&T

(Trinidad Guardian) Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat yesterday admitted that land fraud is rampant in T&T and that as line minister for land, he had to report land fraud to the police for an investigation.

T&T vigilante victim dies, residents realise error

(Trinidad Guardian) Oropune residents are now said to be showing genuine regret, remorse and sadness for the man they badly beat last week, after they claimed he attempted to lure a five-year-old girl away from a nearby playground.

Pence to visit Brazil, Ecuador to discuss Venezuela crisis

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Brazil and Ecuador at the end of June in an effort to strengthen trade and security ties with countries grappling with growing numbers of refugees fleeing Venezuela’s economic crisis, his spokeswoman said on Monday.

Sagicor welcomes Barbados IMF move

(Barbados Nation) Sagicor Financial Corporation has welcomed Government’s decision to get help from the International Monetary Fund.

Raul Castro appointed to head rewrite of Cuban constitution

HAVANA,  (Reuters) – Cuba’s national assembly named former President Raul Castro yesterday to head the commission charged with carrying out changes to the constitution that would provide legal backing to the island’s economic and social opening.

Cuba raises death toll from Storm Alberto to 7, two missing

HAVANA,  (Reuters) – Seven people drowned and two remain missing as a result of flooding last week in Cuba caused by storm Alberto that forced tens of thousands to evacuate and caused a spill of oily water in Cienfuegos bay, Cuba’s Civil Defense authority said.

Debt restructuring, IMF balance of payments support on the cards

(Barbados Government Information Service) The Government of Barbados yesterday announced a multi-pronged plan to address critically-low levels of international reserves, unsustainably high levels of public indebtedness, poor growth and major failings in public infrastructure and social safety nets.

You’ve got mail: Cuba, U.S. make permanent restored postal services

HAVANA,  (Reuters) – Cuba and the United States are making the re-establishment of postal services permanent after a trial run, the state-run Cuban News Agency reported yesterday, as cooperation in some areas inches forward despite a chill in relations under the Trump administration.