Jamaica remains on flu alert

(Jamaica Observer) The Ministry of Health yesterday reminded the public that the country was still on the influenza alert status announced by Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton in Parliament in February.

Brazil military takes up coup commemoration at Bolsonaro’s behest

SAO PAULO, (Reuters) – Brazil’s armed forces yesterday paid tribute to a 1964 coup leading to a two-decade dictatorship, after far-right President Jair Bolsonaro – who argues that military intervention saved the country from communism – reversed an 8-year-ban on celebrations.The move has stirred debate and underscored Bolsonaro’s support for a military government that executed hundreds, tortured thousands, shuttered Congress and left most Brazilians with dark memories of the period.

Jamaica: First batch of students graduate from Ganja course

(Jamaica Gleaner) As the trees bowed as if in admiration and reverence for the libation ritual that kick-started the graduation ceremony of the first batch of students who participated in the One One Cocoa Permaculture and Sacramental Course at Source Farm in Johns Town, St Thomas, last Friday, Yoruba Priest Babba Yommi Robinson offered a sacrificial offering to God and his ancestors.

Venezuelans claim Trinidad Immigration officers in racket

(Trinidad Guardian) Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young is chal­leng­ing ac­tivist Yese­nia Gon­za­les and oth­er Venezue­lan na­tion­als to bring ev­i­dence they have against Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers they al­lege are tak­ing bribes from Venezue­lan na­tion­als seek­ing to gain en­try in­to T&T and to stay here af­ter their time has elapsed.

LIAT could drop Trinidad & Tobago route

(Trinidad Guardian) St Vin­cent and the Grenadines Prime Min­is­ter Dr Ralph Gon­za­lves has hint­ed that Lee­ward Is­lands Air Trans­port (LI­AT) could drop Trinidad and To­ba­go from its sched­ule of routes as the air­line seeks to re­struc­ture amid fi­nan­cial bur­dens.

UK Privy Council sides with Jamaica group on probing allegations against police

(Jamaica Gleaner) Former executive director of Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), Dr Carolyn Gomes, is hailing a major ruling from the United Kingdom-based Judicial Committee of the Privy Council which could place cops accused of extrajudicial killings under greater scrutiny and prompt the Police Service Commission (PSC) to investigate them before they get the all-clear signal for upward mobility in the force.

CARICOM foreign ministers in video conference with Venezuela’s Guaido

-as part of good offices process

In keeping with a decision of CARICOM Heads to facilitate a peaceful resolution of the crisis in Venezuela, a delegation of community foreign ministers took part in a video conference on Saturday in Barbados with the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly Juan Guaido while meeting with a team of his representatives.

Trinidad: Children ‘dumped’ in hospitals for Carnival

(Trinidad Guardian) Hos­pi­tals are be­com­ing “home” for some—in­clud­ing chil­dren at Car­ni­val time. Some par­ents de­lib­er­ate­ly dose their chil­dren with Brook­lax lax­a­tive, take them to hos­pi­tals for “diarrhoea” treat­ment and leave them there when they want to fete for Car­ni­val, Health Min­is­ter Terrence Deyals­ingh said on Friday.