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VENEZUELA – Chaos in Caracas

CARACAS, Venezuela — Opposition leader Juan Guaidó took a bold step to revive his movement to seize power in Venezuela, taking to the streets Tuesday to call for a military uprising that drew quick support from the Trump administration but also fierce resistance from forces loyal to embattled socialist Nicolas Maduro. Violent street battles erupted […]

Liat’s balancing act

  Chief Executive Officer of the financially struggling airline, LIAT, Julie Reifer-Jones says the airline continues to maintain its full flight schedule even as regional governments continue to work towards a solution to keep it in the air. The operations of the airline, which currently operates 491 flights weekly across 15 destinations, was dealt a […]

Antigua PM claims ‘petty jealousy’ in efforts to prevent fourth UWI campus

SOURCE: CMC:  Prime Minister Gaston Browne has criticised some Caribbean countries of harbouring “petty jealousies” for opposing moves by Antigua and Barbuda to become the fourth campus territory of the University of the West Indies (UWI)  in September. “The technical committee of the university approved our university plan, unfortunately, you have some politics that is […]

THE BAHAMAS – Give us answers

NASSAU – Government officials launched an investigation and started direct talks with Carnival Corporation yesterday after reports that the cruise giant’s ships unlawfully dumped sewage and food waste in Bahamian waters. Carnival ships dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of treated sewage and more than 8,000 gallons of food waste in 2017, according to a US […]

Dr Ralph Gonsalves

LIAT’s imminent closure?

Source – THE NEW TODAY: Chairman of the LIAT Shareholders Government Group of Countries and Prime Minister of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves has expressed fears that the closure of the regional island hopping carrier, LIAT is imminent as most of the countries which use the carrier services are not responding favourably to […]

ANTIGUA – Outrage after fishermen kill pregnant shark

268 TODAY – Scores of people have condemned fishermen who caught and killed a pregnant tiger shark earlier this week. It was later discovered that the shark was carrying close to two dozen pups. The fishermen said they caught the shark near the oil refinery rig on the western side of the island on Thursday. […]

TRINIDAD – Four kidnapped Venezuelan women freed from fake police station

PORT OF SPAIN – Four Venezuelan women who were held captive in a house in Diego Martin have been rescued by officers of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT). The women were being kept in a house painted in the colours of a police station with the design of the Star of David on the […]

TRINIDAD – Political activist under probe for sex texts sent to 15-year-old boy

PORT OF SPAIN – Officers of the TTPS Child Protection Unit in Tobago are investigating a series of inappropriate, vile, text messages sent to a 15-year-old schoolboy from a social media account of a Tobago House of Assembly (THA) employee. The 34-year-old alleged offender is frequently seen on political and THA platforms, solicited the youngster for […]

JAMAICA – ‘Daddy, don’t kill mommy!’

Girl pleaded with father before he shot dead her mother, then himself KINGSTON – “Daddy, don’t kill Mommy” was the earnest cry of a 12-year-old girl when her father chased her mother and shot her before killing himself on Waltham Park Road yesterday. Prior to beseeching her father, the girl had told her mother to run […]

VENEZUELA – Access granted

CARACAS, Venezuela — The International Committee of the Red Cross has regained access to prisons in Venezuela, including highly guarded military facilities where dozens of inmates considered political prisoners are being held, as President Nicolas Maduro seeks to counter mounting criticism of his government’s human rights record. The fact that the visits include military prisons, […]

REGIONAL – Women arrested . . . allegedly responsible for abductions in Bahamas

NASSAU – Two women are in police custody in relation to four incidents of child abduction, Chief Superintendent Solomon Cash said yesterday. The main suspect – a 29-year-old woman who police suspect is allegedly responsible for four of the abductions – was arrested late on Saturday at an address in eastern New Providence. The second suspect, […]

UK – Windrush Victims to receive $200m compensation

LONDON – British Home Secretary Sajid Javid opened an estimated £200 million (US$263 million) scheme to compensate members of the so-called Windrush generation, including immigrants from the Caribbean, who were unable to prove their right to live in the United Kingdom. The Windrush Compensation Scheme which was designed in consultation with those affected and will […]

JAMAICA – Fly Jamaica folds four months after crash landing in Guyana

Caribbean News Service – Four months after one of its aircraft skidded off the runway at Guyana’s main airport, Fly Jamaica has announced it is ending it operations. “The Board of Directors of Fly Jamaica regrets to inform you that due to our lack of aircraft and the impact that it has had on the […]

CAYMAN ISLANDS – Chief Justice rules in favour of same-sex marriages

CMC – Attorney General Samuel Bulgin says the Cayman Islands government will have to consider a ruling on Friday by Chief Justice Anthony Smellie that the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman was unconstitutional and violated multiple rights. Bulgin, who described the ruling as “very interesting” said “understandably, the government will […]

REGIONAL – CARICOM PMs lash out

The multi-lateral meeting with five Caribbean leaders, including Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, and U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday has exposed deep divisions among CARICOM members, with several prime ministers heavily criticizing the meeting that was not explicitly about CARICOM. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne even suggested his fellow prime ministers were […]

JAMAICA – Teacher says he’s not leaving school after alleged assault

KINGSTON – Head of Calabar High’s Physics Department Sanjaye Shaw says he is still upbeat, despite the school’s rejection yesterday of his version of events surrounding an alleged assault involving two of the school’s top athletes last December. Shaw told the Jamaica Observer that he is not parting ways with the institution unless he’s fired, even […]

VENEZUELA – Blackout again

CARACAS, Venezuela — A widespread new power outage spread across Venezuela on Monday, knocking offline much of the country’s communications and stirring fears of a repeat of the chaos almost two weeks ago during the nation’s largest-ever blackout. The outage began shortly after 1 p.m. (1700 GMT) and appeared to have affected as many as […]

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