Our hands tied with repatriation process

- Immigration Officers on riot at IDC

(Trinidad & Tobago Guardian): Immigration Officers yesterday said that while the situation at the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) in Aripo is a very sensitive one they added that “their hands are tied” with respect to speeding up the repatriation process.

Venezuelan audit pointed to operational inefficiencies at Petrojam

(Jamaica Observer) An audit into the management of Petrojam, commissioned by the oil refinery’s Venezuelan partners, uncovered operational inefficiencies that, according to the investigators, led to “opportunity losses” estimated at just over US$22 million.

CCJ strikes down mandatory death penalty for murder in Barbados

(Barbados Nation) It was long in coming. This was the view of Queen’s Counsel Andrew Pilgrim after the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), with Sir Dennis Byron in his last sitting as president, struck down the mandatory death penalty for murder in Barbados on Wednesday.

Petrotrin heavily indebted

(Trinidad Guardian) A TT$12 billion in debt, much of which is due in one year’s time, total employee costs amounting to 50 per cent of operating costs and an overtime bill of TT$22 million a month are some of the issues the board of State-owned energy company Petrotrin must deal with.

Anti-corruption body raids Petrojam

(Jamaica Gleaner) Teams from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) and the new Integrity Commission on Tuesday swooped down on the state-owned oil refinery, Petrojam, confiscating documents and computers amid allegations of nepotism, corruption and cost overruns at the entity.

TT$.25 million robbery at Massy Stores

(Trinidad Express) Gunmen held employees of the Gulf View, La Romaine branch of Massy Stores at siege during a $250,000 robbery at daybreak yesterday.

T&T woman hides under bed as cousins killed

(Trinidad Guardian) A 19-year-old woman hid under a bed to escape a gunman who stormed into her house and sprayed bullets in her bedroom and in the bedroom of her 28-year-old relative Samuel “Sam” David during the wee hours of yesterday morning in Never Dirty, Morvant.

T&T woman hides under bed as cousins killed

(Trinidad Guardian) A 19-year-old woman hid under a bed to escape a gunman who stormed into her house and sprayed bullets in her bedroom and in the bedroom of her 28-year-old relative Samuel “Sam” David during the wee hours of yesterday morning in Never Dirty, Morvant.

T&T govt to sell Clico-backed bonds

(Trinidad Express) Government’s highly-anticipated Initial Public Offering (IPO) for its National Investment Fund (NIF), through a company formed to monetise some assets recovered from the CLICO bailout, will run from July 11 to August 8.

Task force to tackle $1.6b Barbados debt

(Barbados Nation) Faced with Bds$1.6 billion in arrears accumulated over the last five years, Government is assembling a “dedicated task force” to help solve the problem.

Sir Fred laid to rest

(Barbados Nation) Sir Fred Gollop was remembered as a courageous and thoughtful leader at his funeral service yesterday morning.

EU imposes sanctions on more top Venezuelan officials

LUXEMBOURG,  (Reuters) – The European Union imposed economic sanctions on 11 senior Venezuelan officials yesterday in protest at President Nicolas Maduro’s re-election, which the bloc says was not free or fair, and over his government’s alleged rights abuses.

Trump, Democratic congresswoman clash as tempers rise on immigration

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – President Donald Trump lashed out yesterday at a Democratic congresswoman who urged Americans to confront members of Trump’s inner circle in public places as tensions rose over the Republican president’s hardline immigration policy.

Guyanese among 35 held in T&T hotel raid

(Trinidad Guardian) Police detained 35 foreign nationals suspected of prostitution during a raid at a hotel and bar in central Trinidad, early yesterday.

Multi-billion energy investments for T&T

(Trinidad Guardian) T&T could expect $23 billion in investments in the downstream energy sector over the next four years, according to “a secret” Ministry of Energy document.

Multi-billion energy investments for T&T

(Trinidad Guardian) T&T could expect $23 billion in investments in the downstream energy sector over the next four years, according to “a secret” Ministry of Energy document.

Harvesting rain an option for Barbados

Barbados Nation: A call is being made for a policy on rain harvesting and an increase in water rates to finance the Barbados Water Authority (BWA).

2,000 lb of ganga valued at $10M seized

(Jamaica Gleaner): Over 2,000 pounds of ganja valued at approximately $10 million was seized in Portmore, St Catherine, Jamaica yesterday by detectives from the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime division.

T&T secretary murdered in law office

(Trinidad Express) Secretary Nicole Debideen left home yesterday morning, went to church, then travelled to her office, where someone killed her.

T&T businessman charged with $8.6m fraud, money laundering

(Trinidad Express) A Westmoorings man was expected to appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate yesterday, charged with 32 counts of money laundering and one count of obtaining approximately TT$8.6 million by false representation, between the period October 2015 and April 2018. 

Nikki Minaj: ‘I was an illegal immigrant from Trinidad’

(Trinidad Express) As debate rages over the President Donald Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy toward immigrants and their children coming to the U.S.-Mexico border, Trinidad –born rapper Nicki Minaj has spoken up on how she arrived in the US.

T&T car parts dealer gunned down

(Trinidad Express) Auto parts dealer Simon Moss was shot and killed outside his home in St Joseph on Wednesday night.

AA launches daily flights from North Carolina to Barbados

(Barbados Nation) American Airlines has announced the addition of non-stop, daily service from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in North Carolina to Grantley Adams Inter-national Airport (BGI) beginning December 19.

Venezuelans survive by smuggling over the waves to Trinidad

CHAGUARAMAS, Trinidad and Tobago,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Unemployed and without food to feed his family, Venezuelan construction worker Robert Monterosi says there is only one way he can survive – dodging customs officials to sell smuggled goods in neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago and stock up there.

Puerto Rico land ownership system hampering rebuilding – leaders

NEW YORK,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Puerto Rico should use some of the billions of dollars in aid pledged after a deadly hurricane last year to fix a flawed land ownership system that is hampering reconstruction, community leaders said in a report published yesterday.

T&T labour leader: Crime worse under PNM

(Trinidad Guardian) After giving the Government a failing grade during his performance appraisal at the annual Labour Day rally in Fyzabad, Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) leader Ancel Roget called on citizens to use the PNM’s third anniversary in office, September 7, to rest and reflect.

Violence flares up in Nicaragua after suspension of peace talks

MASAYA, Nicaragua,  (Reuters) – Nicaraguan police and masked gunmen clashed with anti-government protesters yesterday, leaving at least two dead following the suspension of peace talks to quell two months of deadly demonstrations, a human rights group said.