Collateral damage in T&T triple murder

(Trinidad Guardian) A schoolboy who was playing a video game at his home, a man who was celebrating a friend’s birthday, and another man who took a chance to urinate in a track, were all shot dead when gunmen opened fire in Laventille on Friday night.

Petrojam responds to corruption claims

(Jamaica Observer) Government sources told the Jamaica Observer Thursday that they are awaiting a response from Venezuela on its offer to repurchase their 49 per cent share in the local oil refinery, Petrojam.

T&T imam to those who hid guns in ceiling: Stay away!

(Trinidad Guardian) The Imam of the Masjid-ul-Muttaqeen yesterday sent a strong message to those responsible for hiding high-powered guns and ammunition on the mosque’s Munroe Road, Cunupia property, saying stay away from his mosque.

Guatemalans bury dead after volcano eruption; nearly 200 missing

EL RODEO, Guatemala,  (Reuters) – Stunned Guatemalans near the Fuego volcano yesterday buried relatives and friends killed in its most violent eruption in four decades, after dangerous flows of ash, rocks and toxic gases in the morning prompted panicked locals to evacuate.

Guns, ammo found in T&T mosque

(Trinidad Express) The leadership of the Masjid ul Mattaqeen has distanced itself from the discovery of arms and ammunition found hidden in the ceiling of its mosque at Monroe Road, Cunupia, yesterday.

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.

Caribbean set to ride “blue economy” wave, say economists

GRAND ANSE, Grenada, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Caribbean countries should dive into the “blue economy” to exploit marine resources, giving their economies a much needed boost, while protecting coastal eco-systems, economists said.

Brazil returns to uneasy calm as protests wind down

RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO,  (Reuters) – Brazil showed signs of returning to normal yesterday as an oil workers union ended a strike ahead of schedule and an 11-day trucker protest wound down, a welcome breather for a government suffering from rock-bottom approval levels.

T&T couple found shot dead at home

(Trinidad Express) A couple has been found dead at their Williamsville home. Farmer Dipchan Heeralal, 53 and Radha Baldeo, 53 were discovered at their American Flats, Williamsville home around 4 p.m.

T&T CJ’s friend Kern Romero was not murdered

(Trinidad Express) Convicted fraudster Kern Romero was not murdered. Romero, 32, a friend of Chief Justice Ivor Archie, died on Sunday night at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex from complications associated with an illness.

RUSAL company in Jamaica facing difficulties

-banks reportedly refusing to do business with it amid threat of US sanctions

(Jamaica Observer) The Windalco bauxite company, majority-owned by the Russian company UC Rusal, is now facing an uncertain future as both local and overseas banks are allegedly refusing to do business with the company.

T&T watermelon vendor shot dead

(Trinidad Express) Watermelon vendor Brandon Samaroo was shot and killed at his vending stall in Gasparillo at around noon yesterday.

American Airlines makes emergency landing in Trinidad

(Trinidad Express) An American Airlines flight that departed Trinidad en route to Miami, Florida yesterday made an emergency landing in Piarco after one of the pilots said that he heard screaming coming from the plane’s cargo hold.

T&T Chemical Board considering banning Gramoxone

(Trinidad Guardian) The Pesticides and Chemicals Board, chaired by the Chief Medical Officer, is currently considering the banning of importation and distribution of Gramoxone, Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat has revealed.

PM Mottley: Very good Social Partnership meeting

(Barbados Government Information Service) Prime Minister Mia Mottley has described yesterday’s three-hour meeting with the leadership of the Social Partnership as “very good”.

Justice Ramcharan goes to court

(Trinidad Express) High Court judge Kevin Ramcharan appeared in the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court yesterday, a day after his midnight arrest at the scene of a crash in Maraval.