Court rules Chaguanas vendors must move from old health centre

Chaguanas vendors will have to move.

The association representing the vendors has lost its application for judicial review in the High Court.

Justice Kevin Ramcharan this morning dismissed their claim that the vendors had a legitimate expectation to remain and have their vending booths permanently established at the old Chaguanas health centre facility.

Fire near NP Sea Lots forces evacuation

Workers have been evacuated from NP's Sea Lots facility.

A Guardian Media team is at the site this morning and has been told that a fire broke out at a company located behind NP.

Fire tenders are on the scene and we understand the fire had been contained

However, NP officials have evacuated the facility and health and safety officers are assessing the building to determine whether staff will be allowed to reenter.

Over 100 properties acquired for highway no longer needed

The State is sad­dled with $345 mil­lion in claims for prop­er­ties that were ac­quired to make way for the con­struc­tion of the Solomon Ho­choy High­way Ex­ten­sion to Point Fortin.

And over 100 prop­er­ties were ac­quired that are no longer in the way of the pro­posed road de­vel­op­ment.

This was re­vealed by Works and Trans­port Min­is­ter Ro­han Sinanan on Wednes­day dur­ing an event in Guapo, where Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley turned the sod for pack­ages, 5D, 6C and 3A of the high­way ex­ten­sion project.

NCC owes $78 million to service providers

The Na­tion­al Car­ni­val Com­mis­sion (NCC) has racked up a debt of $78 mil­lion in the last two years.

The rev­e­la­tion was made be­fore a Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee meet­ing chaired by Dr Bhoe Tewarie, as they ex­am­ined of­fi­cials of the NCC on the ex­pen­di­ture and in­ter­nal con­trols for the pe­ri­ods 2010 to 2018.

Six HDC procurement officers sent home

The Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (HDC) fired six pro­cure­ment and con­tract as­sis­tants in or­der to “out­source” their jobs to a sin­gle yet un­named con­sul­tant.

Among those dis­missed is Car­rie-Ann More­au, the woman at the cen­tre of the sex­u­al mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions made against for­mer sport min­is­ter Dar­ryl Smith.

The oth­er of­fi­cers are Camille Le Gen­dre, Al­lan Gour, Lisa Shar­ma, Abi­o­la Clarence and Af­ta Jem­mot-Bharath, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments ob­tained by Guardian Me­dia.

Court rules: Judges entitled to sabbatical leave

Supreme Court Judges are en­ti­tled to ap­ply for sab­bat­i­cal leave as part of the terms and con­di­tions of their jobs.

How­ev­er, they can on­ly ac­cess such a ben­e­fit af­ter the Ju­di­cia­ry has es­tab­lished the ad­min­is­tra­tive arrange­ments to fa­cil­i­tate it.

High Court Judge James Aboud made the state­ments as he de­liv­ered judge­ment, in an in­ter­pre­ta­tion law­suit filed by the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al to help re­solve the con­tro­ver­sial is­sue, at the Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spain, on Wednes­day.

Four years jail for panty thief

A self-con­fessed panty thief was sent to prison for four years on Wednes­day af­ter elud­ing of­fi­cers for al­most a year.

Bri­an Mc Ken­zie, 36, was nabbed by un­der­cov­er po­lice of­fi­cers ear­li­er this week near a bar in San­gre Chiq­ui­to, a vil­lage south of San­gre Grande.

Po­lice said Mc Ken­zie was ac­cused of steal­ing var­i­ous items of cloth­ing which were put out to dry by home­own­ers.

Well-known male THA official under investigation for "sexting" schoolboy

Tobago police are investigating an incident where inappropriate text messages were sent to a 15-year-old schoolboy by a well-known THA official. 

Guardian Media understands that the incident occurred approximately three weeks ago, but was only made public today via social media. 

A senior police official from the Child Protection Unit told Guardian Media, that while an official report was not made to the unit, the contents of the text message itself can be considered as a report and the relevant action will be taken. 

D'Abadie teenager reported missing

Police are seeking the urgent assistance of the public in locating 18-year-old Deja Ward.

Ward was last seen leaving her Maloney Gardens, D’Abadie home, around 10 am on Wednesday.

She was reported missing to the Maloney Police Station, around 3:25 pm on Thursday 4th April, 2019, by a friend. Deja is of African descent, 5 feet 6 inches tall and slim built with a brown complexion and shoulder length hair.

She was last seen wearing a black top and a pair of blue jeans pants.