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Man denied bail on sexual assault charges on two girls

A Laventille man is denied bail when he appeared before Port of Spain 7th Court Magistrate Adia Mohammed, charged with four counts of sexual assault against a 12 and 13-year-old girl.

Hubert Mannette, 56, was charged by officers of the Child Protection Unit, Port of Spain Division for the offenses which allegedly occurred between September 1st, 2016 and December 31st, 2016 against the 13-year-old girl, while the assault of the 12-year-old reportedly took place on Tuesday 14th November, 2017.

US Embassy donates narcotics & explosive detection dogs to police

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) Mounted and Canine Branch has received five canines from the U.S. Embassy as part of our continuing support for the security of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI).

Chargé d’Affaires John W. McIntyre and Senior Superintendent Patsy Joseph, Head of the TTPS Mounted and Canine Branch, marked the arrival of the new canines in Arima, and signed a document acknowledging the handover.

National Security Minister: Automatic Kiosks to replace immigration desk

The national security minister says automatic kiosks to replace the immigration desks at the airport should be in place by carnival next year.

The minister was responding to questions regarding what measure have been put in place to ensure there is no recurrence of what transpired on Sunday, November 12th when several immigration officers stayed away from work causing arriving passengers to wait for hours to be processed.

Minister Dillon says while investigations into that incident are ongoing, there are new contingency plans.

9 more speed guns for police service

The police service has been armed with 9 more speed guns which have been immediately put into use.

Transport minister Rohan Sinanan an order for the use of the speed guns.

This would mean that there are now 15-speed guns in the hands of the police.

Meanwhile, the minister says in the upcoming year, the public will be told of the implementation of several key road safety initiatives geared towards the ministry's effort to ensure compliance with the current speed limit and traffic laws.

 

Rowley: Stop trying to embarrass the Chinese Gov't

Stop trying to embarrass the Chinese government!

A visibly frustrated Dr. Keith Rowley told this to the opposition bench in the lower house this afternoon.

During the prime minister's question time, Dr. Rowley was asked about the withdrawal of an invitation by the communist party of China for a high-level meeting with 9 other world leaders. 

That has since been replaced by a state visit at a date to be announced next year.

But Dr. Keith Rowley says to use the term withdrawal of an invitation is incorrect.

Petrotrin: Oil spill contained

Petrotrin is assuring the population that oil spill that was reported at the Trinmar Soldado North Field operations has been contained.

In a statement issued last night, the state oil company stated that the company’s Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) and operations personnel immediately responded to report.

It says the source of the leak was identified, the line isolated and by 10:30 a.m.

There were no further leaks.

Colin Lucas new chairman of NCC

Colin Lucas has been appointed the chairman of the National Carnival Commission.

Today the minister of community development, culture, and the arts presented the new board with their instruments of appointment.

Ainsworth Mohammed is the new deputy chairman, the rest of the board is made up by Dr. Susan Burke, Gervon Abraham, Jacqueline Springer Dillon, Darian Marcelle, Lutalo Masimba and Keith Diaz.

The board will serve for 2 years.

Health Ministry says it's committed to opening Couva hospital

The Ministry of Health says it notes "the ongoing and justified national interest" in the Couva Children’s Hospital and is committed to opening the facility.

A statement by the ministry notes that the facility was commissioned by the then Prime Minister, Kamla Persad Bissessar, on August 14th , 2015 a mere three weeks before the 2015 general election.

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