Spending records for major T&T programme can’t be found

(Trinidad Guardian) The Community-Based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme’s (CEPEP) expenditure records for the period 2013 to 2015, amounting to more than TT$1.5 billion in funds, cannot be found, chairman Ashton Ford revealed on Thursday.

Venezuela lawmaker who decried health crisis flees, denouncing threats

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Opposition lawmaker and oncologist Jose Manuel Olivares, who led protests over Venezuela’s crumbling health sector, said he has fled the crisis-stricken country after his family received threats that they would be persecuted unless he quit politics.

Caribbean islands plug into electric car revolution

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – With her foot down to show off the acceleration of the zippy electric car, Joanna Edghill spins around the car park before plugging the vehicle into a charging point beneath rows of solar panels converting Caribbean rays into power for the grid.

Australia’s Smith continues return with Caribbean spell

SYDNEY,  (Reuters) – Former Australia captain Steve Smith will continue his return to competitive cricket in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) next month after signing up to replace Shakib Al Hasan in the Twenty20 league.

El Salvador declares emergency to ensure food supply in severe drought

SAN SALVADOR, (Reuters) – El Salvador yesterday began taking emergency measures in a drought that has plagued the country for a month and cost tens of thousands of farmers their corn crops, the civil protection agency said.The east of the Central American country has gone 33 days without rain and temperatures have hit a record 41 Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit), leaving many families without water.

Chile names Santiago archbishop as suspect in sex abuse cover-up

SANTIAGO, (Reuters) – The Chilean public prosecutor’s office has summoned the archbishop of Santiago to testify in an investigation into the alleged cover-up of child sexual abuse by members of the Catholic Church, the archbishopric said yesterday.

Praise for Rambharat as Scarlet Ibis gets protection

(Trinidad Express) The Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (ZSTT) has commended Government for the planned signing of the Legal Notice this Thursday declaring one of our national birds, the Scarlet Ibis as an Environmentally Sensitive Species (ESS).

T&T friends die instantly in car crash

(Trinidad Guardian) Two best friends died on the spot when the car they were travelling in collided head-on with another vehicle travelling in the opposite direction along the Valencia Stretch early yesterday.

‘Gary Griffith the choice for T&T top cop’

(Trinidad Express) From captain to commissioner. Gary Griffith, 53, the man who senior Government sources on Saturday confirmed is the choice for Police Commissioner, was uncharacteristically quiet when the Sunday Express contacted him.

Cuba aims to build socialism, not communism, in draft constitution

HAVANA, (Reuters) – A draft of Cuba’s new constitution keeps the Communist Party as its leading political force but states as its aim the construction of socialism rather than communism, reflecting changing times, top officials told lawmakers this weekend.

Hiding in Nicaragua, Ortega’s battered opponents plan comeback

MANAGUA,  (Reuters) – For almost six hours, one of the leaders of the resistance to Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega hid in a house while police and paramilitary groups laid siege to the last opposition stronghold, which finally fell this week.

The Carib Queen has died

(Trinidad Express) Carib Queen Jennifer Cassar of the Santa Rosa First Peoples Community has died.

State lawyers blunder in Dana murder case

(Trinidad Guardian) Prosecutors have made another blunder in the case again 10 men charged with the murder of former Independent Senator Dana Seetahal, SC.

Groups seek urgent meeting with Jamaica PM to discuss Petrojam

-want former energy minister out of talks

(Jamaica Observer) Business and church leaders, as well as National Integrity Action (NIA), have requested an urgent meeting with Prime Minister Andrew Holness to discuss their recommendations regarding the handling of the Petrojam oil refinery issue.

Mexican leasing firm Damojh blames plane crew for Cuba crash

MEXICO CITY,  (Reuters) – Mexican plane leasing company Damojh said on Monday that black boxes retrieved from the wreckage of a plane that crashed in Cuba in May showed a steep take-off due to human error by its Mexican crew was to blame.

Piarco gets automated passport system

(Trinidad Guardian) Long immigration lines in the arrival lounges at this country’s two major airports could soon be a thing of the past, after the Ministry of National Security, Ministry of Works and Transport and the Airports Authority of T&T yesterday launched a new automated border control system at the Piarco International Airport.

U.N. chief demands end to Nicaragua violence, hundreds protest Ortega

SAN JOSE, (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said yesteday that groups linked to Nicaragua’s government were using “unacceptable” lethal force against citizens, and urged an end to violence that has killed at least 275 people in months of protests.

Communist-run Cuba starts rolling out internet on mobile phones

HAVANA, (Reuters) – Communist-run Cuba has started providing internet on the mobile phones of select users as it aims to roll out the service nationwide by year-end, in a further step toward opening one of the Western Hemisphere’s least connected countries.

Bajan PM: Gun violence has to stop

(Barbados Nation) It has to stop! This is Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley’s clear message about the lawless behaviour and gun violence in society.

T&T man killed after defending wife

(Trinidad Guardian) Dillon Lucas was stabbed multiple times as he tried to protect his common-law wife from unwanted sexual advances from an older man outside a Debe casino on Sunday.

T&T man killed after defending wife

(Trinidad Guardian) Dillon Lucas was stabbed multiple times as he tried to protect his common-law wife from unwanted sexual advances from an older man outside a Debe casino yesterday.

Logistics hub can generate high levels of growth for Jamaica

(Jamaica Gleaner): British High Commissio-ner to Jamaica Asif Ahmad said Jamaica can generate significantly high levels of economic growth from the Government’s implementation of the Global Logistics Hub Initiative (GLHI), which incorporates special economic zones (SEZ).

T&T Chamber cautious on IMF growth forecast

(Trinidad & Tobago Guardian): The T&T Chamber is maintaining a cautious stance on the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) projection that T&T’s economy is entering a phase of slow economic recovery.