Chinese firm to build new PoS hospital block

Shang­hai Con­struc­tion has been award­ed a bil­lion-dol­lar con­tract to build the Port-of-Spain Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal’s new cen­tral block and the two-year project is ex­pect­ed to be­gin in Sep­tem­ber.

St James Med­ical Com­plex will al­so be­come the St James Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing a $5m up­grade.

Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert and Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh an­nounced both de­vel­op­ments at Thurs­day’s post-Cab­i­net me­dia brief­ing.

Acid bath victim gets $1m award

A 61-year-old man, who was left per­ma­nent­ly scarred af­ter doused with acid by his sis­ter-in-law, has fi­nal­ly re­ceived com­pen­sa­tion af­ter an al­most two-decade-long le­gal bat­tle.

On Jan­u­ary 31, High Court Mas­ter Martha Alexan­der or­dered more than $1 mil­lion com­pen­sa­tion for Raf­fick Mo­hammed, of Walk­er Street, Ca­roni, at the end of his pro­tract­ed pri­vate as­sault and bat­tery claim against Myra Bhag­wans­ingh.

In a tele­phone in­ter­view on Thurs­day, Mo­hammed said he was pleased with the out­come.

Police warn against blocking operations

Cit­i­zens are be­ing warned that in­ter­fer­ing in po­lice op­er­a­tions when they are try­ing to ar­rest sus­pects is a se­ri­ous of­fence.

The warn­ing comes af­ter sev­er­al videos post­ed to so­cial me­dia of of­fi­cers at­tempt­ing to ar­rest in­di­vid­u­als are met with op­po­si­tion by mem­bers of com­mu­ni­ties as they in­ter­vene in an at­tempt to stop the ar­rests.

Rescued Venezuelan girls in ‘safe houses’

The 19 Span­ish-speak­ing girls who were res­cued by po­lice on Wednes­day dur­ing raids at a Chi­nese restau­rant in Wood­brook and homes in Diego Mar­tin and West­moor­ings have all been placed at an undis­closed lo­ca­tion rather than the Im­mi­gra­tion De­ten­tion Cen­tre (IDC) which lacks space.

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young made the dis­clo­sure at yes­ter­day’s post-Cab­i­net me­dia brief­ing at the Diplo­mat­ic Cen­tre, St Ann’s.

Retired health worker pleads for Deyalsingh’s help

Af­ter decades of work at the South West Re­gion­al Health Au­thor­i­ty (SWRHA), for­mer Or­tho­pe­dic tech­ni­cian John Ro­driguez is ap­peal­ing to Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh to help him, say­ing that 18 months af­ter re­tire­ment, he is yet to re­ceive one cent of his pen­sion.

Ro­driguez said he will give the SWRHA un­til the end of Feb­ru­ary and is al­ready con­sult­ing with an at­tor­ney to file le­gal ac­tion against the or­gan­i­sa­tion to get his hard-earned mon­ey.

Cops kill Central man

Ch­agua­nas res­i­dent Al­lan Mo­hammed was killed in a po­lice-in­volved shoot­ing in his com­mu­ni­ty ear­ly Fri­day.

Re­ports are sketchy but Guardian Me­dia un­der­stands Mo­hammed, 28, was shot by of­fi­cers while he was in his black SUV around 10.30 am, al­leged­ly af­ter he was in­volved in a con­fronta­tion with them as his ve­hi­cle ap­proached theirs along Crown Trace, En­ter­prise. Mo­hammed al­leged­ly drew a Mac11 firearm dur­ing the in­ci­dent and of­fi­cers opened fire on him.

Venezuelan politician thanks gov't for rescuing girls

One Venezuelan politician is thanking the government of this country after more than a dozen Venezuelan girls were rescued yesterday.

Deputy Carlos Valero, who is a member of the foreign policy commission of the national assembly, posted the message to his Twitter page this morning.

He described it as one of the most serious cases recorded by Venezuelan migrants in Trinidad and Tobago.

TTPS: It's a crime to share pictures of minors, victims of sexual assault and human trafficking

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is strongly cautioning members of the public against sharing and circulating images and videos of minors, victims of sexual offences or human trafficking. 

In a press release issued today, the TTPS is reminding citizens that Section 34 (1) of the Trafficking in Persons Act Chapter 12:10 states “To in any way cause the identity of a victim of human trafficking to be revealed, constitutes an offence.”