IDB bans American company

(Barbados Nation) An American company involved in Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) projects in Barbados has been slapped with a four year ban by the financier.

Trinidad: No CSEC results for 35 students

An entire class of 35 pupils from Rio Claro East Secondary have scored ungraded in two of their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination subjects after their School-based Assessment (SBA) marks were not uploaded to the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).

ConocoPhillips settles with Venezuela’s PDVSA to recover $2 bln

(Reuters) – U.S. producer ConocoPhillips yesterday said Venezuela’s PDVSA agreed to pay $2 billion to settle an arbitration award, suspending a dispute that blocked the state-run oil firm from exporting crude from most of its key Caribbean facilities.

Hindu leader lauds Rowley’s apology

(Trinidad Guardian) Prime Minister Keith Rowley’s apology to the Hindu community concerning the PNM’s controversial sari skit should be copied by all PNMites including party social media activists, says Pundit Satyanand Maharaj.

Argentina’s Macri to report Venezuela to ICC over human rights

(Reuters) – Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri plans to report Venezuela’s government to the International Criminal Court at The Hague for alleged crimes against humanity, according to an interview broadcast on CNN’s Spanish service on Sunday night.

Mourners seek justice at murdered doctor’s funeral

(Trinidad Guardian) Mourners at the funeral of murdered family doctor Sinanan Lutchman yesterday appealed to new Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith to find the killers and bring closure to the case.

Tense calm on Brazil-Venezuelan border after anti-immigrant riot

PACARAIMA, Brazil,  (Reuters) – Fearful Venezuelan immigrants lined up in smaller numbers to enter Brazil yesterday at the only border crossing between the two countries one day after violent protests by Brazilian residents drove hundreds back across the frontier.

Jamaican killed in Italy bridge collapse

(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica — News from Italy is that a Jamaican woman, her Italian husband and nine-year-old daughter, were among the causalities of last Tuesday’s bridge collapse in Genoa.

U.S. drops agriculture demand from NAFTA talks -Mexico farm lobby

MEXICO CITY,  (Reuters) – The United States has dropped a contentious demand from the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement to impose restrictions on Mexican agricultural exports, Mexico’s top farm lobby said yesterday.

PM Rowley sorry for ‘sari skit’

(Trinidad Guardian) Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley last night unreservedly apologised to the Hindu community for a skit performed at the People’s National Movement (PNM) family day, saying the skit was disrespectful to that religion but it was done out of ignorance and not malicious intent.

Brazilian border town residents drive out Venezuelan immigrants

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Angry residents of the Brazilian border town of Pacaraima ran riot and drove out Venezuelan immigrants on Saturday after a local restaurant owner was stabbed and beaten, residents and government officials said.

Sagicor Bank gets a break on $4B claim 

(Jamaica Gleaner): The Court of Appeal has effectively put aside a near $4-billion claim against Sagicor Bank Jamaica Limited in favour of contractor York P.

Elderly T&T doctor killed during robbery

(Trinidad Guardian) The murder of 79-year-old family doctor during an armed robbery sent shock waves in the eastern town of Sangre Grande on Thursday.

CAFRA: PNM’s skit feeds into rape culture

(Trinidad Express) The Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action (CAFRA) said the skit performed at the People’s National Movement (PNM) family day feeds into “rape culture”.

Trinidad lifeguards in protest over working conditions

(TRINIDAD NEWSDAY) Trinidad & Tobago lifeguards and their union, the National Union of General and Federated Workers (NUGFW) held a protest yesterday outside the National Security Ministry, Abercromby Street, Port of Spain, to show their discontent with the way the lifeguards were being managed under the ministry.

UK Privy Council ruling: Law Association can investigate T&T CJ

(Trinidad Express) The Law Association of T&T (LATT)  has been given the all clear to  continue its investigation into allegations that this country’s third highest office holder “corruptly and knowingly used his office in concert with convicted felons for their benefit”.

Hinds: Don’t condemn Beetham

(Trinidad Express) Don’t condemn Beetham!  This was the message from acting Attorney General Fitzgerald Hinds as he broke his silence in defence of the wider Beetham Gardens community, saying “three miscreants” were the ones who disrespected him and councillor Akil Audain. 

CSEC 2018 results available tonight

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) TWENTY-ONE thousand, two hundred and fifty students who wrote the 2018 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination will be able to access their results from 10 p.m.

CSEC pass rate increases for Jamaican students

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) The Government has reported an increase in the pass rate for students in public schools who sat the compulsory subjects of Mathematics and English Language in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) this year, when compared to 2017.

U.S. and Mexico to set up joint team to fight drug cartels

CHICAGO,  (Reuters) – U.S. and Mexican law enforcement authorities will set up a joint team based in Chicago targeting the leaders and finances of drug cartels that ship opioids into the United States, aiming to stanch a spike in overdose deaths, officials said yesterday.

Paraguay’s new president takes office, promises to cut poverty

ASUNCION,  (Reuters) – Former senator Mario Abdo Benitez took office as Paraguay’s new president on Wednesday, pledging to cut poverty and fight corruption after winning national elections in April, but major changes to economic policy were not expected.

Chile asks Vatican for information on sex abuse cases

SANTIAGO,  (Reuters) – The Chilean government asked the Vatican yesterday for documents related to sex abuse accusations against clergy in Chile, as local prosecutors raided another office of the Roman Catholic Church in Santiago.

Trinidad: Flack for Rowley over ‘imps’ remark

(Trinidad Guardian) Prime Minister Keith Rowley is getting flack from some PNMites for referring to certain members as “imps” at last Sunday’s PNM Family Day function—and for making reference to mosques in his speech.

Mia: Job cuts coming to Barbados

(BARBADOS NATION)  Barbadians will be given details of Phases Two and Three of Government’s Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation Plan in the next two weeks.

Cuba’s proposed new constitution – what will change

HAVANA,  (Reuters) – Cuba has begun a public debate on issues ranging from one-party rule and socialism to inequality, gay rights, private property and restructuring of the country’s government as it moves to replace a Cold War-era constitution.

Argentina Senate rejects measure to legalize abortion

BUENOS AIRES,  (Reuters) – Argentine senators rejected a bill to legalize abortion after an impassioned debate ran into the early hours of Thursday, pushing back against a groundswell of support from a surging abortion rights movement.