Venezuela’s deteriorating oil quality riles major refiners

CARACAS/HOUSTON, (Reuters) – Venezuela’s state-run oil firm, PDVSA, is increasingly delivering poor quality crude oil to major refiners in the United States, India and China, causing repeated complaints, canceled orders and demands for discounts, according to internal PDVSA documents and interviews with a dozen oil executives, workers, traders and inspectors.

NAFTA negotiators trade barbs, indicate wide differences

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – The top U.S. and Canadian and trade officials yesterday accused each other of sabotaging efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, even as they and Mexico agreed to extend talks into the first quarter of 2018.

T&T oil spill reaches Cocorite

(Trinidad Guardian) Even as two companies have been procured to commence clean-up operations after a massive oil spill in Chaguaramas on Saturday, the spill is said to be quickly spreading southeast in the Gulf-of-Paria, already reaching Cocorite.

T&T river crash victims identified

(Trinidad Express) Three men who died on Sunday when their car plunged into a river near the New Cut Channel in Woodland, have been identified.

Time running out for NAFTA talks, set to be extended – sources

ARLINGTON, Va.,  (Reuters) – Negotiators at talks to modernize NAFTA are running out of time and look set to extend the remaining rounds in a bid to meet an end-year deadline as tensions rise, three sources familiar with the matter said yesterday.

Man shot dead in T&T for chain

(Trinidad Express) Deryck “Chicken” Hinds was shot and killed near Medine Street, San Fernando on Friday night.

T&T man killed over gold chain

Deryck “Chicken” Hinds (Trinidad Express) Deryck “Chicken” Hinds was shot and killed near Medine Street, San Fernando on Friday night.

Three murders push toll to 385

(Trinidad Guardian) A teenager, who according to police, shot at residents of Beetham Gardens, was killed yesterday morning.

Gaming sector can afford taxes, exploiting workers -T&T AG

Farris Al-Rawi (Trinidad Guardian) The gaming community is wealthy enough to afford tax measures since one casino rented a location for $450,000 monthly and kept it empty for “umpteen years” just to block competition, says Attorney General Faris Al- Rawi.

U.N. cultural agency selects France’s Azoulay as new chief

PARIS,  (Reuters) – The United Nations’ cultural agency selected former French culture minister Audrey Azoulay as its new chief yesterday, handing her the keys to revive UNESCO’s fortunes after the United States pulled out.

Three killed at T&T karaoake

(Trinidad Guardian) A night of karaoke fun turned deadly when masked men sprayed bullets into a crowded bar in Marabella on Wednesday night, killing three patrons.

Three killed at T&T karaoke

Ruthven Sandy (Trinidad Guardian) A night of karaoke fun turned deadly when masked men sprayed bullets into a crowded bar in Marabella on Wednesday night, killing three patrons.

U.S. House approves disaster funds as Trump criticizes Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – A new package of U.S. disaster assistance sailed through the House of Representatives yesterday, despite President Donald Trump expressing impatience with having to devote federal resources for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico’s recovery.

Coca, trafficking greatest threats to Colombia peace -official

BOGOTA,  (Reuters) – A peace deal between Colombia and Marxist FARC rebels is being threatened by drug trafficking and cultivation of coca, the base ingredient for cocaine, a peace official said yesterday, in the wake of a confrontation between coca farmers and police that killed seven.