Jamaica could lose 90% in aid under proposed US budget cuts

(Jamaica Observer) New York, USA — An influential member of the US Congress, Congressman Eliot Engel, said here Saturday that Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean could see a 28 per cent decline in assistance under the US Agency for International Development (USAID) programme, if what he describes as a “draconian and short-sighted 33 per cent cut” in his country’s international affairs budget, as proposed by the Trump administration, is implemented.

A handshake before death

(Trinidad Express) Cocorite resident Sayid Callender was shot then stabbed after being approached by two men, one of whom greeted him with a handshake.

FBI investigating Puerto Rico power contract -WSJ

(Reuters) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a $300 million contract that Puerto Rico’s government power company awarded to a U.S.-based energy startup, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.

T&T Fraud Squad probing former central bank governor

(Trinidad Express) Former governor of the Central Bank Jwala Rambarran is under investigation by the Fraud Squad for an alleged conspiracy with the former general manager of the Deposit Insurance Corporation (DIC) to defraud.

Prison officers being targeted in T&T

(Trinidad Guardian) The Prison Officers Association (POA) was yesterday tracking down all their members living in west Trinidad following the murder of one of their colleagues and attempted murder of another who recently retired.

Boss Furniture doubles Caribbean exports

(Jamaica Observer) The smile on Omar Azan’s face is broader these days. That’s because his Boss Furniture Company Ltd this month doubled exports to the Caribbean.

T&T man on trial for setting wife on fire

...he didn’t like the food, the State alleges

(Trinidad Express) A man who allegedly set his wife on fire because he did not want the meal of patchoi and roti she was cooking went on trial on Wednes-day.

400th homicide: T&T farmer shot dead

(Trinidad Express) While Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley was addressing the media yesterday afternoon regarding his trip to Belize and flood-related matters, the country was recording its 400th murder.

Venezuelan opposition disarray heaps pain on protesters

CARACAS/SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela,  (Reuters) – With some nursing wounds, others jailed and many heading abroad, Venezuela’s young opposition supporters are demoralized by the ruling socialists’ shock election win this month, after prolonged protests failed to oust President Nicolas Maduro.