400th homicide: T&T farmer shot dead

(Trinidad Express) While Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley was addressing the media yesterday afternoon regarding his trip to Belize and flood-related matters, the country was recording its 400th murder.

Venezuelan opposition disarray heaps pain on protesters

CARACAS/SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela,  (Reuters) – With some nursing wounds, others jailed and many heading abroad, Venezuela’s young opposition supporters are demoralized by the ruling socialists’ shock election win this month, after prolonged protests failed to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

T&T mom and son, 14, write CSEC together

  (Trinidad Express) My mom is my hero! These are the words from 14 year-old, Rodrigo Darius Sanchez, who obtained passes in seven subjects after completing the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations recently.

T&T told to expect flood rain today

(Trinidad Express) BULLETIN: Weather activity associated with the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) is forecast to affect Trinidad and Tobago in 12 to 24 hours, from early Wednesday morning.

Brazil’s top court suspends controversial slavery decree

BRASILIA,  (Reuters) – Brazil’s Supreme Court has suspended a decree issued by President Michel Temer’s government changing the definition of slavery that was widely condemned as a reversal in the fight against forced labour.

After U.N. troubles, Haiti wary of new justice mission

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, (Reuters) – A new United Nations-backed mission to support Haiti’s justice system has had a mixed reaction from local politicians and civil society groups after long-standing criticism of its predecessor.

Charged with murder of hospital attendant

(Trinidad Express) A Moruga man is expected to appear before a Couva Magistrate yesterday, charged with the September 21 murder of hospital attendant Aaron Kim Goorachan.

Group including Chinese firm begins Panama port project

PANAMA CITY,  (Reuters) – A group including China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC) has started building a $165 million port in Panama for cruise ships, the first project announced between China and the Latin American nation since they re-established diplomatic ties this year.

Petrobras applies to swap environmental fines for services

SAO PAULO, (Reuters) – Brazil’s Petróleo Brasileiro SA has applied to federal environmental agency Ibama to provide environmental protection services in exchange for wiping out all its fines for environmental offenses, the state-controlled oil company said late on Saturday.

Critics urge WHO to reverse choice of Mugabe as goodwill envoy

GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) should overturn its decision to appoint Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador, global health leaders said on Saturday, describing the move as unjustifiable and wrong.

Ecuador defends big Yasuni rainforest oil bet

YASUNI PARK, Ecuador (Reuters) – The manager of state oil company Petroamazonas defended Ecuador’s plans to expand exploitation of major oil reserves in one of the world’s most species-diverse rainforests, saying it will ensure minimum environmental impact and use appropriate technology.

T&T PM admits flood response must improve

(Trinidad Guardian) Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has admitted the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) and other State agencies must improve their disaster relief response times.

Canada’s Liberals look to economy to guide them past ethics scandal

OTTAWA,  (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has been badly shaken by a conflict-of-interest controversy about his finance minister, but the Liberal government’s upcoming fiscal update offers an opportunity to reset the public focus on Canada’s strong economy, political observers say.