Priority Bus Route opened - Curepe to Arima

The Ministry of Works and Transport has opened the Priority Bus Route from Curepe to Arima.

This is due to flooding along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway today.

The ministry notes, however, that the PBR is already being used heavily and is advising that commuters may still face traffic.

Disaster Management Units on high alert

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government says that as the deluge across the country continues, all 14 Disaster Management Units (DMU) remain on high alert and continue to assist persons who may be trapped in their homes due to flooding or landslides.

The ministry says that earlier today, field officers from the respective DMUs visited critical areas that were reportedly affected following yesterday’s occurrences, to conduct damage assessments and distributing relief items as quickly as possible.

Young: I didn't say what TV6 posted

National Security Minister Stuart Young says a post made by CCN TV6 today attributing him to claims that prison officers would have firearms at all times, is false.

The Minister issued a statement on the matter on Friday afternoon.

"I have just had sent to me and seen, an inaccurate story put out by CCN TV6 on social media saying, or attributing to me, “Prison Officers will now have firearms at ALL times in their possession.”

This post and story suggest that I said this or words to this effect in my contribution to the Budget Debate in the Senate today (19.10.18).

Security measure for Dana case causes traffic gridlock

The tes­ti­mo­ny of the State's main wit­ness in the pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry in­to Se­nior Coun­sel Dana See­ta­hal's mur­der is caus­ing mas­sive traf­fic grid­lock lead­ing in­to Port-of-Spain this morn­ing.

While there are reg­u­lar traf­fic re­stric­tions for week­ly hear­ings of the case at the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trates’ Court, the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice (TTPS) re­port­ed­ly im­posed ex­tra mea­sures this morn­ing as the wit­ness was start­ing to give ev­i­dence.

Two jailed for faking kidnappings

Two young men who faked their kid­nap­pings on the same day - one due to mon­ey wor­ries and the oth­er be­cause of ta­ban­ca—were each jailed for 30 days with hard labour yes­ter­day.

Jonathon Ram­cha­ran, 24, of Gas­par­il­lo and Kevin Ram­roop, 22, of Tarou­ba South, both un­em­ployed, plead­ed guilty to the waste­ful em­ploy­ment of po­lice time by mak­ing false re­ports to their rel­a­tives that they had been kid­napped and ran­soms de­mand­ed for their re­lease Wednes­day.

National Security Council meets on prison security

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young says a threat by prison of­fi­cers to stay away from work over the mur­der of yet an­oth­er of their col­leagues did not af­fect the op­er­a­tions at the na­tion's pris­ons on Thurs­day.

But the mur­der prompt­ed Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley, as head of the Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Coun­cil, to sum­mon a meet­ing and the on­ly item on the agen­da was the is­sue of the pris­ons.

UWI students in court this morning

Two Uni­ver­si­ty of the West In­dies stu­dents who spent last night in jail, af­ter they were ar­rest­ed by po­lice dur­ing a heat­ed stu­dent protest at the St Au­gus­tine cam­pus yes­ter­day, are ex­pect­ed to ap­pear in the Tu­na­puna Mag­is­trate’s Court this morn­ing.

The stu­dents, who are both mem­bers of the Stu­dent Guild Coun­cil, se­cured sta­tion bail af­ter 11 pm last night at St Joseph and Tu­na­puna Po­lice Sta­tions re­spec­tive­ly. They were charged with us­ing ob­scene lan­guage, block­ing the main thor­ough­fare and re­sist­ing ar­rest.

'Gladiator' gunned down

Pop­u­lar ra­dio per­son­al­i­ty Ri­car­do “Glad­i­a­tor” Welch was mur­dered in Sam Bou­caud, San­ta Cruz this morn­ing.

The talk show host was gunned down in what ap­peared to be a dri­ve-by shoot­ing along San­ta Lu­cia Dri­ve.

Welch, 54, lived in the area.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Welch was dri­ving to work in his Toy­ota Pra­do when he was at­tacked by a gun­man. His Toy­ota Pra­do ran off the road­way and crashed in­to a wall.