PM, Moses in another emergency CARICOM meeting on Venezuela

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs the Dennis Moses are participating in another CARICOM Heads of Government emergency meeting related to the situation in Venezuela.

This is according to the Twitter account of the Office of the Prime Minister.

The tweet does not detail the reason for another emergency meeting.

It follows an emergency CARICOM meeting last Thursday, following which Dr Rowley and other CARICOM heads went to the United Nations in New York to outline CARICOM's position.

Guyana's AG to appeal ruling on no-confidence motion

Guyana's Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Basil Williams, says that the government will go all the way to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), if needs be, to appeal the ruling of the High Court on Thursday that the no-confidence motion was validly passed.

Mexico interested in CARIFESTA participation

Mexico's Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago Rosario Molinero says her country is looking forward to the possibility of showcasing Mexico’s talent on the region’s largest cultural stage, CARIFESTA XIV, which will be hosted in Trinidad and Tobago later this year.

Molinero paid a courtesy call on Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly on Thursday.

She said Mexico would explore further cultural exchange opportunities through capacity building, craft, music, food, theatre among other key areas.

Young: Fishermen need to stay out of Venezuela's waters

The Ministry of National Security says the situation involving Trinidad and Tobago nationals being ‘kidnapped’ and currently held in Venezuela has been attracting its attention.

The ministry says the matter is on-going and at a very sensitive stage.

It says that accordingly, details and specific information surrounding the circumstances of this matter cannot be provided at this time.

EU now recognises Guaido as Venezuelan interim president

The European Parliament recognised Venezuela’s self-declared interim president Juan Guaido as de facto head of state on Thursday, heightening international pressure on President Nicolas Maduro.

EU governments, divided over whether to recognise Guaido, also agreed to lead an international crisis group with South American nations to seek new elections, setting a 90-day time limit, and threatening further economic sanctions.

Guyana court rules no-confidence motion stands

Guyana's Chief Justice (ag), Roxane George has ruled that the December 21 vote by Government back-bencher Charrandass Persaud in a no-confidence motion, was valid.

According to the acting Chief Justice, the Speaker Dr Barton Scotland found that motion was carried by majority of 33-32.

She noted that the validity of motion was not doubted when it was carried on December 21.

Moreover, she noted that when concerns were raised subsequently after and advanced before Speaker Scotland, he stood by the carried motion and digressed to the court for interpretation.

Prosecution closes arguments in El Chapo trial

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was portrayed Wednesday in closing arguments at his US trial as a ruthless Mexican drug lord who also became skilled at evading capture and escaping prison because he feared facing justice on American soil.

“Why didn’t the defendant want to get caught? I submit it was because he knew he was guilty,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Goldbarg told the jury.

“He always had an escape plan in place.”

Venezuelan judge details his life in T&T

A Venezue­lan judge and his wife, an econ­o­mist with Venezuela’s Mil­i­tary Uni­ver­si­ty, who fled their home­land last year to es­cape po­lit­i­cal per­se­cu­tion, has found re­newed hope with Venezue­lan’s in­ter­im pres­i­dent Juan Guai­do.

Manuel Romero and his wife Lori­mar Sil­va came to Trinidad through Ce­dros in Au­gust last year. They ap­plied for refugee sta­tus from the Unit­ed Na­tions High Com­mis­sion­er as asy­lum seek­ers and was grant­ed per­mis­sion to stay in T&T.

Rowley satisfied with outcome of UN meetings

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says he and the CARICOM delegation that went to the United Nations, are satisfied that the mission was successful, saying that it brought a number of people down from a heady position to one of review.

"We believe that as we look at the situation, the more level heads will come out and say there must be another way," Dr Rowley said at a news conference on his return to T&T Wednesday.

Colder than Antarctica - chill plummets to deadly -48C in parts of midwest US

Millions of US citizens are today facing a cold front so bad, weather officials are warning persons to stay indoors.

Some parts of the US will be colder than Antarctica.

A blast of arctic-chilled air from the polar vortex brought dangerous, record-setting cold to a wide swathe of the eastern United States on Tuesday, stretching from the Dakotas through Maine, with snow expected as far south as Alabama and Georgia.