Capleton offered J$250,000 bail on rape charge

(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica — Popular entertainer Capleton, whose given name is Clifton Bailey, was yesterday morning offered bail in the sum of J$250,000 when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on a rape charge.

T&T bank worker shot

(Trinidad Express) employee Rostan Mahabir sustained severe internal injury when he was shot during a robbery on Monday.

T&T man murdered, stuffed in car trunk

(Trinidad Guardian) A 43-year-old Carapichaima man was found shot dead and stuffed into the trunk of his silver-coloured Nissan Tiida in Laventille on Saturday.

University of T&T starts retrenching

(Trinidad Guardian) More than 30 members of the University of T&T’s (UTT) academic staff were given letters of termination on Friday, as the financially-plagued institution officially began a retrenchment exercise aimed at saving money.

Who controls Republic Bank?

(Trinidad Express) The Trinidad Government’s acquisition of an additional 26.13 per cent of the publicly-traded Republic Bank Limited (RBL) two weeks ago, has raised concerns about control of the bank.

T&T man murdered, stuffed in car trunk

(Trinidad Guardian) A 43-year-old Carapichaima man was found shot dead and stuffed into the trunk of his silver-coloured Nissan Tiida in Laventille yesterday.

Capelton charged with rape

(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica — Reigning king of ‘fyah’, Capelton was on Friday  evening arrested and charged with rape by detectives attached to the Centre for Investigation Sexual Offence and Child Abuse (CISOCA).

T&T Chief Justice resumes work

(Trinidad Guardian) Embattled Chief Justice Ivor Archie has returned to work. Archie cut his six-week vacation short and returned home shortly after his mother Moulda Beache-Archie passed away, two weeks ago.

Peru hikes taxes on sodas, alcohol, cigarettes and dirty cars

LIMA,  (Reuters) – The Peruvian government hiked excise taxes on sugary drinks, alcohol, cigarettes and polluting cars yesterday in a bid to tackle public health problems linked to obesity and cancer while shoring up public resources.

Conoco says to maintain legal actions until PDVSA pays $2 bln award

HOUSTON,  (Reuters) – ConocoPhillips said yesterday it would continue enforcing legal actions against Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA until it receives a payment to satisfy a $2 billion arbitration award recently issued by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

Toxic gas alert for Hawaii volcano eruption; new areas at risk

PAHOA, Hawaii, (Reuters) – Residents on the Big Island of Hawaii were alerted yesterday to rising levels of toxic gas from lava-oozing fissures, and geologists warned that new areas east of the erupting Kilauea volcano may be at risk to molten rock bursting from the ground.

Indian High Commissioner to T&T visits elderly descendants of India

(Trinidad Guardian) India High Commissioner to T&T Bishwadip Dey has embarked on a journey to discover T&T, not through the eyes of the young, but through the eyes of the elderly, those who witnessed the birth of this nation and contributed in their own way towards its development.

Political backlash over Argentina IMF deal contained, for now

BUENOS AIRES,  (Reuters) – Opposition politicians and many ordinary Argentines have been quick to criticize President Mauricio Macri’s decision to seek a lifeline from the International Monetary Fund but the gamble could pay off if he is able to avoid onerous terms.

Curacao faces ‘potential crisis’ from Venezuela-Conoco row – PM

CARACAS, (Reuters) – A legal dispute between ConocoPhillips and Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA could leave Curacao’s economically important Isla refinery without crude oil to process, posing a “potential crisis” for the Caribbean island, Curacao’s Prime Minister said yesterday.

U.S. trade embargo has cost Cuba $130 billion, UN says

HAVANA, (Reuters) – A United Nations agency said yesterday an “unjust” U.S. financial and trade embargo on Cuba had cost the country’s economy $130 billion over nearly six decades, coming up with the same estimate as the island’s communist government.

Elderly T&T rapist gets 19 years

(Trinidad Express) Rapist Allison Paul has been sentenced to more than 19 years in prison for the sexual assault of an elderly woman, and burglary with intent to rape.

Boy shot dead in T&T

(Trinidad Express) Noah Simmons woke up on his 16th birthday yesterday, stepped outside his home and was shot dead.

Conoco moves to take over Venezuelan PDVSA’s Caribbean assets – sources

HOUSTON/CARACAS (Reuters) – U.S. oil firm ConocoPhillips has moved to take Caribbean assets of Venezuela’s state-run PDVSA to enforce a $2 billion arbitration award over a decade-oil nationalization of its projects in the South American country, according to three sources familiar with its actions.

Cuban artists stage alternative festival after government delay

HAVANA,  (Reuters) – A group of Cuban artists launched an alternative arts festival this weekend in Havana in response to the Communist government saying it was postponing the official biennial by a year to prioritize funding on rebuilding after Hurricane Irma.

Acting T&T AG: Some lawyers helping gang members

(Trinidad Guardian) Acting Attorney General Stuart Young has accused some lawyers of facilitating gang members and their illegal activities as he called on the police to act expeditiously to bring these lawyers before the courts in handcuffs.

Petrotrin in TT$10m venture to abandon leaking well

(Trinidad Guardian) Unable to successfully clamp a leaking sub-sea Well S-694 in the Soldado Northfields, Petrotrin officials are now moving to engage in a costly TT$10 million venture to abandon the leaking well in the hope of protecting the seas from catastrophe.

Trini woman, daughters get 20 years in Iraq for ISIS ties

(Trinidad Guardian) It’s official – Rio Claro imam Nazim Mohammed has confirmed that his daughter Anisa Waheed Mohammed and two granddaughters have each been sentenced to 20 years in jail by Iraq’s courts for alleged association with the Islamic State (ISIS).

Man who robbed Maxine McClean sentenced

(Barbados Nation)The man charged with robbing and punching former Senator Maxine McClean was sentenced to a total of 26 months in prison yesterday.

Barbados has serious foreign reserves problem

-seeking bail-out from private sector

(Barbados Nation) Barbados’ foreign reserves problem is so serious that Government is seeking a US$60 million to US$70 million bail-out from the private sector.

Brazil’s ruling ends some politicians’ protection from prosecution

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA, (Reuters) – Brazil’s Supreme Court yesterday ruled to restrict federal lawmakers’ protection from prosecution, a move hailed by some experts as a blow to impunity for the powerful, but a decision that may open new avenues for politicians to stall cases.

British government launches review into Windrush scandal

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Britain’s government launched a review yesterday into the treatment of some Caribbean migrants who were invited to Britain after World War Two but have been left without documents and denied basic rights.

IMF censures crisis-stricken Venezuela over lack of data

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund yesterday issued a “declaration of censure” against Venezuela for failing to provide necessary economic data and gave the crisis-stricken OPEC nation six months to take action.