Autopsy: Child died of hyperthermia caused by extreme heat

Three-year-old Isaiah Hazel died of hyperthermia caused by extreme heat and dehydration.

This was revealed in an autopsy that was conducted on the boy’s tiny body on Friday at the Forensic Sciences Centre in St James.

Hazel’s parents declined to comment.

“I don’t know what to say…I have nothing to say…whatever is to be said is up to the parents…I don’t even want to know what the autopsy said because I didn’t ask,” his grandmother June Vincent said. 

Korean police train local counterparts

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has met with two facilitators from the Korean National Police Agency, to discuss the recently completed Forensic Science Crime Scene Investigation training course, provided by the Korean Embassy to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS). 

The meeting took place on Thursday at the Office of the Commissioner of Police, Police Administration Building, Port of Spain.

US navy medical ship will offer services in South Trinidad

The US Embassy has confirmed that the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will visit Trinidad and Tobago in September.

The ship will dock at the La Brea port and conduct a number of surgeries onboard, as well as provide basic medical services in Cedros, Debe, La Brea, and Point Fortin to the regional population.

The visit is part of the ship’s five-month deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean on a medical assistance mission.

Children's Authority: Child care is everybody's business

The Children's Authority is reminding adults of the responsibility they have the care of children, in light of the deaths of three children this week.
The authority says it is saddened by the recent deaths this week, which have highlighted the need for greater vigilance regarding the care and protection of all children.
"Parents and guardians are once again reminded to ensure that they put measures in place for their children whether at camps, family outings or at home," the authority said in a statement issued on Friday.

Education Ministry to begin screening students for special needs

Chief Education Officer Harrilal Seecharan says the Education Ministry intends to screen all students in the system for any special needs requirements they may have.

Seecharan made the disclosure before a parliamentary joint select committee on human rights, equality and diversity Friday morning.

He told the committee that the plan is to ensure that screening takes place from the point of the early childhood education centres and in primary schools.

Met Office cancels adverse weather alert

The Met Office has canceled the adverse weather alert it had issued for Trinidad and Tobago, which was to run from 4am to 2pm Friday.

The weather alert level has no returned to green, which signals very low impact and no significant risk.

The country saw heavy showers early Friday morning, most of which subsided by midday.


One dead after car flips and crashes into billboard

One man is dead after his car reportedly spun out of control, flipped several times and crashed into a billboard along the Uriah Butler Highway near the Caroni overpass. 

The victim has been identified Dexter Pollard, 50, of Oropune Gardens. 

Police officers told Guardian Media’s Otto Carrington they believe the accident occurred at approximately 11 pm on Thursday. 

However, officers who were patrolling the highway only discovered the vehicle at 6:30 am on Friday.

Penny meets Tourism Trinidad staff

Chair­man of the board of Tourism Trinidad Janelle Pen­ny Com­mis­siong is to meet with the com­pa­ny's staff at 11 am to­day to of­fi­cial­ly in­form them of the shake-up at the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

On Mon­day, Com­mis­siong fired the CEO of the Tourism Trinidad Ltd Camille Camp­bell af­ter just six months on the job. This has led to con­fu­sion at the State board and sev­er­al di­rec­tors have ob­ject­ed to the de­ci­sion to fire the CEO.