T&T national rugby player dies in shooting

(Trinidad Guardian) National rugby player Jivon Alexander had aspirations of joining either the Police Service or the Air Guard, but his life was snuffed out by a single bullet to the chest.

CAL pilots raise safety concern over ATR planes

(Trinidad Guardian) On the heels of an emergency landing in St Lucia by an ATR aircraft belonging to Caribbean Airlines (CAL), pilots yesterday held a “critical” meeting to discuss safety concerns over the aircraft.

Cuba bounces back from recession in first half of year – minister

HAVANA, (Reuters) – Cuba’s economy bounced back from recession and expanded an estimated 1.1 percent in the first half of this year, driven by growth in tourism, construction and agriculture, Economy Minister Ricardo Cabrisas told the National Assembly yesterday.

Fugitive Venezuela police pilot pops up at opposition vigil

CARACAS, (Reuters) – A rogue Venezuelan police pilot wanted for lobbing grenades and shooting at government buildings appeared briefly at an opposition vigil on Thursday night in a surreal twist to the crisis-worn country’s political drama.

Venezuela oil exports to Cuba drop, energy shortages worsen

HOUSTON/HAVANA,  (Reuters) – Venezuela’s crude and fuel deliveries to Cuba have slid almost 13 percent in the first half this year, according to documents from state-run oil company PDVSA viewed by Reuters, threatening to worsen gasoline and power shortages in the communist-run island.

UN experts tell Peru to halt oil talks until pollution remedied

LIMA,  (Reuters) – United Nations human rights experts yesterday called on Peru to suspend negotiations on a new contract for a large oilfield in the Amazon until past pollution was cleaned up and the rights of indigenous groups respected.

T&T mother beaten to death

(Trinidad Express) Her killer used a heavy piece of wood, likely a two-by-four, to beat Kelly Ann Clarke to death.

Twin slump in sugar, oil puts pressure back on Brazilian mills

SAO PAULO,  (Reuters) – A steep decline in sugar and oil prices over the last six months has diminished the hope of financial recovery for a number of Brazilian mills, and could put new dealmaking in the sector on hold, according to industry experts.

More US cable TV channels to be cut in Jamaica

(Jamaica Gleaner) Jamaicans are set to lose more of their favourite cable channels as the Broadcasting Commission plans to direct local cable licensees to remove additional unauthorised stations from their subscriber packages.

Peru asks Ecuador to halt construction of border wall

LIMA (Reuters) – Peru asked Ecuador yesterday to “immediately” stop building a wall along the two South American countries’ 1,529-km (950.08-mile) border and has called for an urgent bilateral meeting to discuss the issue, Peru’s foreign ministry said.

CLICO parent company shareholders set for showdown with T&T gov’t

(Trinidad Guardian) Majority CL Financial shareholders intend to add two more of their directors to the CLF Board at a special July 26 meeting and they’re prepared to take legal action against Government if it tries to block the meeting, says Carlton Reis.

Trump backtracks on cyber unit with Russia after harsh criticism

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump yesterday backtracked on his push for a cyber security unit with Russia, tweeting that he did not think it could happen, hours after his proposal was harshly criticized by Republicans who said Moscow could not be trusted.