Venezuela’s Maduro meets U.S. senator after election, sanctions

CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met with U.S. Senator Bob Corker yesterday, the socialist-led government said, less than a week after Maduro was re-elected to a six-year term in a vote the United States did not recognize.

Disastrous Cuban sugar harvest may force imports – and reform

HAVANA, (Reuters) – Rainfall has shuttered all but a few of Cuba’s 54 sugar mills, with output down nearly 40 percent to the lowest level in more than a century, which could force the island to import, official media and industry sources say.

Landslide renews protests by communities at Colombia’s biggest dam

BOGOTA,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A landslide at Colombia’s biggest dam that forced the evacuation of about 26,000 people highlights the risks to communities who have lived the area for generations, according to campaigners who have protested for years over the massive project.

Brazil backs ‘Guardians of the Amazon’ in their war on loggers

RIO DE JANEIRO,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In a rare move, Brazil is providing armed backup to Indians protecting the world’s most threatened tribe from illegal loggers, a decision that campaigners lauded as a “landmark” in efforts to halt deforestation in the Amazon.

Petrobras slashes diesel prices to ease Brazil trucker protest

RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO,  (Reuters) – Bra-zil’s state-led oil company Petrobras on Wednesday temporarily cut diesel prices by 10 percent in order to help the government and truck drivers resolve a protest crippling the nation’s highways.

Retrograde step to withdraw from CCJ

-De la Bastide on Barbados PM’s threat

(Trinidad Guardian) Former president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) retired chief justice Michael de la Bastide says if Barbados withdraws from the appellate jurisdiction of the court it will “seriously undermine the standing of the court in the eyes of the people of the region.” He is hoping that the threat to withdraw would not become reality.

T&T CJ leaves again on six-week vacation

(Trinidad Guardian) An email sent by his administrative secretary Shabiki Cazabon to Judges and Masters of the T&T Supreme Court on Monday, a copy of which was obtained by the T&T Guardian, advised that Archie would be out of the jurisdiction from May 19 to June 30 to continue his vacation leave, which was cut short due to his mother’s death earlier this month.

CAL offers more leg room on flights

(Trinidad Guardian) Although Caribbean Airline’s (CAL) financial position has improved, CEO Garvin Medera says there is still a lot to be done “The reality is that the airline is very seasonal.

McDonald’s mourns murdered T&T manager

(Trinidad Express) McDonald’s has issued a statement in response to the midnight murder of Ashmeed Mohammed, the manager of the Cipriani Boulevard, Port of Spain branch.

Mickela Panday gets support for new party

(Trinidad Guardian) “The consensus is clear!” That was the pronouncement from Dr Ronald Roopnarine, chairman of Sunday’s meeting by the Panday family and supporters to discuss formation of a new political party.

PM: Barbados will leave CCJ

(Barbados Nation) Once the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is returned to office, Barbados will be withdrawing from the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final Court of Appeal.

Cuba begins to bury its dead from airline disaster

HAVANA,  (Reuters) – Cubans in eastern Holguin province held a funeral yesterday for an art instructor and her small child, the first of 67 Holguin residents to be brought home for burial out of 110 people who died Friday in Cuba’s worst plane crash since 1989.

Two die in Barbados accident

(Barbados Nation) Two men are dead after an early-morning collision along Black Rock main road near its junction with St Stephens Hill Road, St Michael, between a Transport Board Bus and a Suzuki Vitara.

Cuba in mourning after worst plane crash in nearly 30 years

HAVANA, (Reuters) – Flags flew at half-mast in Cuba yesterday marking the start of two days of national mourning while authorities worked to identify the corpses of 110 people who died in the crash of a Boeing 737 shortly after takeoff from Havana.

T&T Uber driver murdered

(Trinidad Express) Homicide investigators are expected to enlist the help of Information Technology (IT) experts to access the Uber application data of slain driver Christopher Mohammed in their search for suspects.

Eleven dead in second prison riot in week in Venezuela

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Nine prisoners and two guards were killed during a riot in a prison in the western Venezuelan state of Lara, Prisons Minister Iris Varela said yesterday, the country’s second in a week.