Wednesday, September 20, 2017



Sep. 19, 2017, 11:4 PM AST Comments

DOMINICA'S prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit yesterday made an impassioned plea for help after the Caribbean island was battered by Hurricane Maria. Skerrit posted to social media in the midst of the category five hurricane, painting a picture of widespread devastation. He said: “Rough! Rough!

'Situation grave' in Dominica

Sep. 19, 2017, 10:57 PM AST Comments

HURRICANE Maria knocked out communications for the entire country, leaving anyone outside Dominica struggling to determine the extent of damage yesterday, though it was clearly widespread. “The situation is really grave,” Consul General Barbara Dailey said in a telephone interview from

Heavy rains and floods: South stung by Maria*

Sep. 19, 2017, 10:53 PM AST Comments

THE might of Hurricane Maria touched Trinidad with feeder bands from the system dumping heavy overnight rainfall and triggering floods in South Trinidad. Residents of Cedros, parts of Point Fortin, Woodland, Barrackpore, Jhulai Trace, Clarke Road, Crawford Trace and Penal Rock Road were affected by

...Efforts start to ship aid to storm-hit islands *

Sep. 19, 2017, 10:49 PM AST Comments

TWO weeks ago, Hurricane Irma swept through several Caribbean islands causing catastrophic damage. Islands severely hit included St Martin/St Maarten, Barbuda, Anguilla and the British and US Virgin Islands. Barbuda was so severely ravaged that an island-wide evacuation was ordered. Category five

Son: Mom fought it out with killer*

Sep. 19, 2017, 10:45 PM AST Comments

GRANDMOTHER Haniffa Bedassie operated a mini-mart in her Chaguanas community for over two decades without ever being robbed. Until yesterday. The criminal took not only her valuables, but her life. She died in the apartment adjoining her shop.

3 gunned down in 18 hours*

Sep. 19, 2017, 10:43 PM AST Comments

Three persons were gunned down over an 18-hour period along the East-West Corridor. Two of the deceased have been identified as Akim Parkinson and Kwame Carr. A third man was not identified up to press time last night. The first incident was recorded around 8 p.m. on Monday. According to police rep

Judge: Violent criminals starting at younger age now*

Sep. 19, 2017, 10:39 PM AST Comments

A large number of young persons are committing violent crimes in this country. This is according to president of the Industrial Court Deborah Thomas-Felix. Delivering an address at a special sitting of the Industrial Court to open the 2017-2018 law term, Thomas-Felix lamented that persons were resor

No charges yet for school hostage taker*

Sep. 19, 2017, 10:37 PM AST Comments

No charges have yet been preferred against a 32-year-old suspect who held a 17-year-old student at gunpoint on Monday morning at the Metal Industries Company (MIC) Institute of Technology in Arima. The man, from Santa Cruz, is being interviewed by officers at Arima Police Station and is expected to

Garcia: Enough security in place*

Sep. 19, 2017, 10:35 PM AST Comments

Education Minister Anthony Garcia has given the assurance that security arrangements at the Metal Industries Company (MIC) Institute of Technology in Arima are adequate. Garcia was responding to an urgent question from Independent Senator Paul Richards in the Senate yesterday after a student was tak

2 police units to merge*

Sep. 19, 2017, 10:33 PM AST Comments

THE Trinidad and Tobago Police Service will officially announce this week the merger of the Organised Crime Narcotics and Firearms Bureau (OCNFB) and the Criminal Gang Intelligence Unit (CGIU). Though details are still being mapped out regarding the new entities’ names, sources have confirmed

I was offered bribe to drop ferry probe*

Sep. 19, 2017, 10:18 PM AST Comments

A woman claiming to be the close friend of a Government official offered TV6 investigative journalist Mark Bassant a “six-figure” bribe to drop his investigation into the ferry fiasco. So claimed Bassant, the author of the Gap in the Bridge 13-part series, as he responded to questions fr

Kamla slams PM’s call*

Sep. 19, 2017, 10:14 PM AST Comments

Was Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley guilty of misconduct and attempting to pervert the course of justice when he phoned his friend, Hanif Nazim Baksh, owner of A&V Oil and Gas Ltd, when the “fake oil” scandal broke? Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar asked this question on Monday ni

MATT urges media to boycott A&V Oil and Gas tour tomorrow*

Sep. 19, 2017, 10:7 PM AST Comments

THE Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) has called on the media to reject an invitation to tour the operations of A&V Oil and Gas Ltd tomorrow. The invitation was extended on Monday by CEO Hanif Nazim Baksh. In a statement on Monday night, MATT expressed concern for the welfare of any me