HDC, Oropune residents discuss way forward

Just over one month since Oropune residents put their foot down on crime and other illegal activities being conducted in the area the executive of the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) met on Thursday with residents to discuss the way forward including a proposed commercial community hub.

Representatives from six community groups in Oropune Gardens met at the HDC’s South Quay office to discuss the status of current initiatives and projects and an action plan for other issues.  

No motive established for Morvant murder

Police are trying to determine the motive for the killing of 34-year-old Ronnie Wickham of Second Caledonia, Morvant, last night.

Reports are that at about 9:30 pm, residents of Almond Drive, Morvant heard several explosions.

Upon investigating, they found Ronnie Wickham bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds along the roadway.

The police and paramedics were notified, however, Wickham succumbed to his injuries.

Investigations are ongoing.

Rowley: Background checks necessary

Prime Min­is­ter Row­ley has said it may be time to make a for­mal back­ground check by the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice’s Spe­cial Branch unit a manda­to­ry part of the vet­ting process for prospec­tive of­fice­hold­ers.

“It has not been part of our sys­tem and it may very well be that the time has come for us to look at that,” Row­ley said yes­ter­day.

PM: I acted on information I had at the time

Prime Min­is­ter Kei­th Row­ley says he first heard that Mar­lene Mc­Don­ald was in po­lice cus­tody via Face­book or What­sApp last Thurs­day and was on­ly told of­fi­cial­ly that she was be­ing charged around 10.30 pm last Sun­day.

"As Prime Min­is­ter and Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty chair­man, where a Min­is­ter is in cus­tody, the sys­tems in T&T are so se­cure that no­body in of­fi­cial­dom com­mu­ni­cat­ed to me there was sub­stance to what was go­ing on be­fore or dur­ing, or that a Min­is­ter was in cus­tody for a rea­son," he added yes­ter­day.

PM: Media trying to pin Marlene's 'misdeeds' on me

Even as he fumed at the me­dia for “try­ing to pin” Mar­lene Mc­Don­ald’s cor­rup­tion scan­dal on him, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley on Thursday ad­mit­ted that he ex­er­cised flawed judg­ment by re­in­stat­ing her as a Cab­i­net min­is­ter de­spite the trail of al­le­ga­tions that dogged her.

Row­ley faced the me­dia yes­ter­day for the first time since Mc­Don­ald was ar­rest­ed at her Mara­cas, St Joseph home last Thurs­day. She has been charged with sev­en of­fences of cor­rup­tion, fraud and mis­be­hav­iour in pub­lic of­fice and is now home on $2 mil­lion bail.

Met Office cancels Adverse Weather Alert

The Met Office has canceled the Adverse Weather Alert for Trinidad and has returned the alert level to green.
The Met Office says that no further impacts are anticipated.
The Adverse Weather Alert was supposed to run until midnight Thursday. 
Earlier today, the roofs of several houses were blown off and trees fell across roads and on houses in South Trinidad as a result of heavy winds accompanying rainfall.