News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, MONDAY, AUG. 19, 2019: Here are the top news making headlines from the Caribbean and Latin America for this Monday morning August 19, 2019:

The Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago has now seen 517 murders so far this year, the same the total number of murders last year.

US Virgin Islanders are expressing outrage at newly crowned Miss Universe U.S. Virgin Islands, Andrea Piecuch, who has no known ties to the territory.

A whopping 273 Jamaicans have been killed on the nation’s streets since the start of 2019, new data shows.

Virgin Atlantic Airline is reportedly interested in adding Guyana to its route and could possibly do so by next year.

Gavin Scott Hapgood, a Connecticut man who was arrested in Anguilla and charged with manslaughter in the April 13 death of a hotel worker will be back in court there on Aug. 22nd.

Guyana’s total public debt stood at US$1,657.8M as of June, a 1.5 percent increase over the US$1,634M at last year’s half year report.

Honduran national Oscar Pacheco-Leonardo who who had been arrested on first-degree rape and indecent liberties with a minor charge, has been nabbed by US ICE in Charlotte.

Mexican national Jose Miguel Melendez-Rojas has been extradited to the US to face charges for his role in a transnational sex trafficking ring.

Jamaican Omar McLeod easily won the 110 meters at the Birmingham Diamond League while Danielle Williams set a meet record of 12.46 secs in the 100-m hurdles.

And thousands of reggae fans danced and sang as reggae superstar Buju Banton shone at the at a packed Unity Festival in Bermuda Saturday night.