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(GIS) — Urban communities within the Castries (north) constituency are earmarked for significant transformational activity in the coming weeks, as part of the Castries North Vision Plan for 2020. This is the brainchild of Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour, Hon. Stephenson King, and encompasses the enhancement of sports facilities, the establishment of recreation spaces, ...

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(BBC) — US Attorney General William Barr has refused to testify to the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee on his handling of the Russia inquiry. Mr Barr had previously objected to a plan for lawyers to ask questions at Thursday’s hearing. Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler accused the White House of a “complete stonewalling of Congress”. The ...

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(BBC) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó has called for an escalating series of strikes to force President Nicolás Maduro to relinquish power. Mr Guaidó urged public employees to act on Thursday, saying the stoppages would lead to a general strike. A woman was killed in clashes between protesters and security forces in Caracas on ...

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(BBC) — Thousands of people are being evacuated from villages along India’s eastern coastline ahead of a severe cyclone. Cyclone Fani is heading towards the state of Orissa with wind speeds in excess of 200 km/h (127 mph), and is expected to make landfall on Friday. Officials have now shut down operations at two major ...

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(BBC) — The king of Thailand has married the deputy head of his personal security detail, and given her the title of queen, a royal statement said. The surprise announcement comes before his elaborate coronation ceremonies begin on Saturday, when his position is consecrated. King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 66, became the constitutional monarch after the death ...

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(BBC) — MPs have approved a motion to declare an environment and climate emergency. This proposal, which demonstrates the will of the Commons on the issue but does not legally compel the government to act, was approved without a vote. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who tabled the motion, said it was “a huge step forward”. ...

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(BBC) — Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for breaching his bail conditions. The 47-year-old was found guilty of breaching the Bail Act last month after his arrest at the Ecuadorian Embassy. He took refuge in the London embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault ...

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(JAMAICA STAR) — Incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel and his business associates have fallen prey to scammers. According to Sikka Rhymes, Kartel’s protege and business partner, unscrupulous persons have created a new Facebook page called ‘Vybz Kartel’, which they are using to swindle persons out of their money. He wants people to know the page is ...

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