Police swoop down on Grande vendors

Mu­nic­i­pal po­lice of­fi­cers swooped down on ven­dors sell­ing their goods along the side­walk in San­gre Grande yes­ter­day. Ven­dors were asked by the po­lice to re­move their goods or have it con­fis­cat­ed.

Some ven­dors hur­ried­ly packed their goods and re­moved their stalls to avoid their goods be­ing con­fis­cat­ed, while oth­ers gave the po­lice stiff op­po­si­tion. As a re­sult, one ven­dor had some of her goods con­fis­cat­ed.

Mickela Panday launches Patriotic Front

"It’s Time." That's the word from for­mer Oropouche-West MP Mick­ela Pan­day. With the gen­er­al elec­tion due in 16 months, this is the mes­sage that T&T’s newest po­lit­i­cal par­ty lead by Pan­day is send­ing out as it promis­es to rev­o­lu­tionise gov­er­nance by putting youths at the fore­front.

The Pa­tri­ot­ic Front held its launch in Ch­agua­nas to­day and was con­fi­dent of form­ing the next gov­ern­ment. 

"It’s a long time in pol­i­tics, one year and four months," Pan­day, daugh­ter of for­mer prime min­is­ter Bas­deo Pan­day told re­porters.

Last two escapees held!!

The two last prison escapees have been recaptured.

Olatungi Denbow and Michael Findley were held by a joint team representing the Special Operations Respond Team (SORT) and the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, just before 6pm today.

They were recaptured in South Oropouche, just before Moruga.

Authorities say the men were making plans to travel to Venezuela when they were captured.

The exact circumstances surrounding their recapture are not yet clear but we will have further updates later.

'Comfort' coming with Venezuelans' health in mind

The US Navy hospital ship 'Comfort' will visit Trinidad and Tobago soon during its upcoming medical support mission to Latin America to help tackle humanitarian crisis created by the influx of Venezuelan migrants, the US Southern Command said in a press release on Friday.

The ship will make port calls in 11 countries in total.

"Comfort medical teams will pull in to Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago for working port visits," the release said.

Pregnant woman, baby among 17 Venezuelans found in abandoned Chatham hotel

Seventeen Venezuelans have been caught hiding in an abandoned hotel infested with bats and rats at Chatham South beach.

They were picked up by the T&T Coast Guard after dawn, having been dropped off by a Venezuelan pirogue.

Among the 17 Venezuelans were nine females, one of whom is pregnant, a baby and seven men.

A source said the women were hiding in the abandoned hotel; while some were found in the bushes and on the beach.

The patrolling officers became alerted when they saw a few cars, waiting to pick up the Venezuelans.

US Ambassador observes his first US Memorial Day in T&T

US Ambassador Joseph Mondello, today participated in his first Memorial Day observances here in Trinidad and Tobago.

Mondello, a military veteran, on Friday led the staff of the US Embassy Port-of-Spain in observing a moment of silence and laid a wreath to commemorate Memorial Day, observed in the United States on the last Monday in May.

Ambassador Mondello said the day symbolized much more to him than the first day of summer, as he recalled reading the list of war casualties in the newspapers as a young boy, which left a deep impression on him.

$14.6 million in weed destroyed in Biche

Police have destroyed marijuana trees and dried marijuana worth an estimated $14.6 million.

Officers of the Eastern Division conducted an eradication exercise in Biche on Friday when the drugs were found.

The exercise was coordinated by Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Andy Belfon and included officers of the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit and the Air Support Unit.

During the exercise, officers discovered four marijuana fields on approximately nine lots of land, which contained a total of 14,300 fully grown marijuana trees.