US, UK express concerns about T&T's human rights status

The United States and the United Kingdom have both expressed some concerns about this country's human rights status and are both making recommendations in relation to police treatment of suspects, discrimination against women and attitude towards homosexuals.

The recommendations come as this country undergoes a review of its human right's record, at the 25th Universal Periodic Review in Geneva today.

'Adonia' becomes first US cruise ship to dock in Cuba in over 50 years

History was created in Havana, Cuba once again, as today a US cruise ship docked in the city after sailing from Florida.

This is the first such crossing in more than 50 years.

The journey of the cruise ship, 'Adonia', originated in the port of Miami with some 700 passengers.

Cuba and the US restored diplomatic relations last year. But several Cold War-era restrictions on travelling and trading are yet to be lifted.

The cruise trip only went ahead after Cuba scrapped a ban on its citizens entering or leaving the island by sea.

US report: "T&T achieves considerable gains in fight against narcotics; major trafficker extradited"

The United States Department of State says Trinidad and Tobago has made considerable accomplishments in the fight against illegal narcotics in 2015, including the extradition of a major drug trafficker.

Its findings are in the 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) released on Wednesday.

The report shows an increase in the amount of drugs seized by law enforcement officers in 2015, over the previous year.

US applies to become interested party in Jack Warner extradition proceedings

Former government minister Jack Warner’s extradition proceedings took another turn Friday when the United States government attempted to intervene in his judicial review lawsuit challenging Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi’s decision to sign off on its request to have him extradited to face charges in the ongoing Fifa bribery scandal.

During a status hearing in the Port-of-Spain High Court yesterday morning, attorney Vanessa Gopaul, who is representing the US, appeared in court and indicated her client intended to apply to be joined as an interested party.

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adds T&T to travel advisories over Zika virus

The United States has added Trinidad and Tobago to the list of countries that warns potential travellers, and especially pregnant women, of risk of acquiring the Zika virus.

The US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made the announced in a statement.

It said: "CDC is working with other public health officials to monitor for ongoing Zika virus‎ transmission. Today, CDC added the following destinations to the Zika virus travel notices: Trinidad and Tobago and the Marshall Islands."

Internationally: State of Emergency as massive snow storm bears down on US North-East

A massive snow storm is expected to hit the US east coast today, paralysing the eastern third of the nation as high winds and blizzards are expected to dump up to 30 inches (76 cm) of snow, including on Washington DC.

A state of emergency has been declared in Washington DC and five states: Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania. In Virginia, the national guard said it planned to bring in up to 300 troops to assist in response operations.

T&T wins anti-dumping case regarding melamine exports to the US

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) determined on Wednesday that melamine imports from Trinidad and Tobago did not cause any significant damage to the industry, according to a reports coming out of Houston. 

However, it did find that Chinese melamine was subsidised and sold in the US at less than fair value, causing significant harm to the industry.  

The US ITC made its determinations in its final-phase anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations concerning melamine from China and Trinidad and Tobago.