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TRINIDAD – Rowley begs UK-based nationals to come home to fight crime

PORT OF SPAIN – Prime minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday urged T&T nationals in the United Kingdom to return home and help fight crime by sharing their experiences and expertise. He made the appeal while addressing members of the T&T diaspora in London yesterday, as he expressed disappointment that none of them had applied for […]

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REGIONAL – Antigua may be forced to change anti-gay laws, says PM Browne

ST JOHN – Prime minister Gaston Browne has admitted that Antigua & Barbuda may eventually have to bend to global pressure to repeal laws banning homosexual activity. The prime minister told state media LGBTI issues were discussed at the just ended Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting and “there are some countries that are very bullish […]

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TRINIDAD – UN upset

PORT OF SPAIN – The United Nations (UN) has raised deep concerns over Saturday’s deportation of 82 Venezuelan nationals from T&T, among them asylum seekers, saying they could not verify whether it was a “voluntary repatriation” process as claimed by the ministry of national security. It is also of the belief, like many locals and […]

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TRINIDAD – Venezuelan nationals deported

At least 82 Venezuelan nationals were deported to their homeland on Saturday amid concerns that among them were people seeking asylum in Trinidad and Tobago. The Ministry of National Security in a statement issued late Saturday night said that 82 Venezuelan nationals including 29 women “were voluntarily repatriated…to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela with the […]

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TnT – Boy chops off mother’s hand

He said, “I did it because my mother took away my cellphone the night before and I found it was unfair.”

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THE BAHAMAS – Cleared man sues govt after being held in detention after not guilty verdict

NASSAU – A man recently acquitted of murdering another man on Potter’s Cay Dock a day before his birthday three years ago is suing the government for unlawfully detaining him for some five days after he was found not guilty of the crime. Denico Bowe is suing the government for the “unhygienic and inhumane” conditions […]

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CUBA – President due to step down on Thursday after ten years in office

HAVANA – Cuba’s Raul Castro was just hours away from retiring as president after parliament proposed Miguel Diaz-Canel as his replacement on Wednesday, a shift that will usher in the island’s first non-Castro leader since the 1959 revolution. Castro, 86, was due to step down on Thursday after ten years in office. He announced his […]

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JAMAICA – No problem with gays in my cabinet-Holness

KINGSTON – Prime minister Andrew Holness has indicated to the international community that he would have no objection to gay persons being part of his executive. Holness’ response to journalists in Brussels, Belgium, contradicted a strident position by then prime minister Bruce Golding, during a May 2008 interview with the BBC’s HARDtalk’s host Stephen Shakur, […]

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JAMAICA – School mourns brutal murder of well-loved student

KINGSTON — Grief was heavy in the air at Godfrey Stewart High School yesterday morning as students, teachers, and other staff mourned the brutal murder of 18-year-old Stefan Rico Beckford. The teenager — who made an indelible mark, both as an amicable student and a member of the school’s daCosta Cup football team — was […]

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ST VINCENT – Whaler defends killing of three orcas

KINGSTOWN – The whaler whose crew harpooned and killed three orcas off Barrouallie, a town in western St Vincent, on Sunday, has defended his action, saying that the kill is important to the livelihood of townsmen, and that they have broken no local law. Three orcas, one male and two females, measuring 30 and 24 […]

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TRINIDAD – Baby raped, beaten to death

PORT OF SPAIN – A 15-month old baby girl was raped and beaten to death on Wednesday. The suspect is a 17-year-old relative. Baby Raquel George was found bruised and bleeding by her mother at the family home in Palo Seco. The child’s mother, Sharlene George, 44, found the child lifeless when she returned from […]

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TRINIDAD – T&T Court declares buggery law illegal

PORT OF SPAIN – In a landmark decision, the High Court has ruled the nation’s buggery laws as unconstitutional. On Thursday, social activist Jason Jones won his case against the state in a groundbreaking decision which sets a legal precedent moving forward. Justice Devindra Rampersad ruled that Sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offences […]

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JAMAICA – Frustrated Rastas aim to be agents of change

KINGSTON – It is often said that for change to be effected in any group or society, drastic measures have to be taken. Seemingly along that vein, deep in the heart of the sometimes volatile Bournemouth Gardens community in St Andrew, there is a group of Rastafarians actually planning an uprising. Complaining that they are […]

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TRINIDAD – Smith sacked

PORT OF SPAIN – From minister to junior minister on Monday—then out of government completely, by yesterday. That’s the story of Darryl Smith after prime minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday received “new information” about the sports ministry settlement issue which shot Smith into headlines recently. Rowley who removed Smith from the Sports Ministry on Monday […]

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TT govt minister fired

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Less than 24 hours after he was appointed minister in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Darryl Smith has been fired. A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday said that Smith’s dismissal followed a meeting with prime minister Dr Keith Rowley and Planning and […]

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GUYANA – Man charged with threatening to kill president Granger

GEORGETOWN – Three days after a Triumph, East Coast Demerara, resident was taken into custody for allegedly making threats against the life of president David Granger, he was yesterday brought before a City Magistrate and was remanded to prison. Sixty-four-year-old Motilall Balkarran of Lot 97 Triumph, East Coast Demerara, appeared before chief magistrate Ann McLennan […]

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JAMAICA – Abortion plea

Experts urge repeal of century-old law in jamaica KINGSTON – Legislators are being urged to repeal sections of the more than century-old Offences Against the Person Act which prevent Jamaican women from legally terminating pregnancies. The appeal came from a group of experts in human rights in patient care at yesterday’s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange, […]

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