Sixteen passes — no job in Jamaica

(Jamaica Observer) JUZZLE Sayles worked hard in school and made her mother proud, but despite having 16 Caribbean Examination Council passes she has been unable to secure a job, and her parents are unable to find money for her to pursue further studies.

Peru’s president, ensnared in scandals, resigns on eve of impeachment vote

LIMA,  (Reuters) – Peru’s center-right President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced his resignation yesterday after a vote-buying allegations ensnared him in a fresh scandal on the eve of an impeachment vote, capping months of political turmoil in one of Latin America’s most stable economies.

China stays on the sidelines as Venezuela spirals downward

CARACAS/BEIJING,  (Reuters) – China is likely to extend an agreement providing crisis-stricken Venezuela with favourable loans repayment terms but will not lend fresh funds to President Nicolas Maduro’s government, according to sources in Caracas and Beijing familiar with the situation.

Maduro challenger promises U.S. dollar giveaway for Venezuelans

CARACAS, (Reuters) – Opposition presidential candidate Henri Falcon’s campaign vowed yesterday to implement a $25 monthly giveaway to Venezuelans, as part of plans to dollarize the crisis-hit economy and alleviate suffering should he win the May 20 vote.

T&T swears in sixth President

Trinidad’s sixth President Paula-Mae Weekes was inaugurated yesterday at a ceremony at the Queens Park Savannah, Port of Spain.

U.S. Treasury places four Venezuelans on U.S. sanctions list

BUENOS AIRES,  (Reuters) – Colombia proposed yetserday that the International Monetary Fund provide assistance to help several hundred thousand Venezuelan refugees who have fled an economic and political crisis to neighboring countries, officials at the G20 summit said.

Jamaica declares state of emergency in St Catherine North

(Jamaica Gleaner) Determined to stem the murder tally in St Catherine North now at 48 since the start of this year, Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday morning announced a state of public emergency in the police division, saying some rights will be suspended.

Sad ‘no one paid’ for Clico collapse –Bajan activist

(Barbados Nation) The woman who has been leading the fight on behalf of former local policyholders of CLICO International Life Insurance said it was unfortunate that no one has yet been charged in connection with the company’s2009 collapse.

Seven killed in T&T in less than 24 hours

(Trinidad Guardian) Seven people were killed in less than 24 hours between Thursday night and yesterday evening, taking the murder toll to 117 for the year.

Three T&T cops suspended in La Brea massacre case

(Trinidad Express) Three police officers attached to the La Brea Police Station have been suspended from duties pending the outcome of an investigation into how they responded to a domestic violence report made by Abigail Chapman, who ended up being killed along with her daughter and two others in la Brea this week.

First legal purchase of cannabis in Jamaica

(Jamaica Gleaner) Gloria Palomino was the first Jamaican woman to receive a recommendation by Dr Uma Dhanabalan and Dr Shantell Neely-James to legally purchase Cannabis in Jamaica.

Policy on sabbatical still unclear: T&T PM goes to court

(Trinidad Guardian) Even though Chief Justice Ivor Archie has changed his sabbatical leave to vacation leave, Government is still seeking the courts’ interpretation on whether sabbatical is really an entitlement for judges.

T&T customs Officer charged with importing US $150,000

(Trinidad Express) A Customs Officer 2, with over 15 years’ service with the Customs and Excise Division, is expected to appear before an Arima Magistrate on Thursday, charged with the March 12 importation of prohibited goods and importation of concealed goods to deceive Customs officials.

T&T cops kill two in Malick ‘gunfight’

(Trinidad Express) Two men were killed by police yesterday morning. They died during an exchange of gunfire with police officers at Seventh Avenue, Malick.

Two charged with Carapo double murder

Two Arima men were expected to appear before an Arima Magistrate yesterday charged with the January 4 murders of Shaquille Thomas and Kylon Alexander.