US, TT militaries to conduct joint training

Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) and the US military will work together in Trinidad and Tobago on training exercises over the next three weeks, the US Embassy in Port-of-Spain said.

The Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) exercises will commence in Trinidad and Tobago from July 5 to August 16.

The United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), through the US Embassy, is facilitating the training.

Ministry seeks to recruit 147 litter wardens

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government has resumed the recruitment of Litter Prevention Wardens across the nation.

A total of 147 wardens are to be recruited.

Litter Prevention Wardens are mandated to ensure the implementation of the Litter Act Chap:  30: 52 in accordance with the Municipal Corporations policies, procedures and arrangements.

Consequently, they are an integral resource to all corporations with regard to public health and sanitation.

Ministry introduces SEA framework

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has in­tro­duced a pol­i­cy frame­work gov­ern­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the Sec­ondary En­trance As­sess­ment (SEA) ex­am— with spe­cial em­pha­sis be­ing fo­cused on the Eng­lish Lan­guage and Math­e­mat­ics cur­ricu­lum guides of 2013.

In 2013, the Pri­ma­ry Cur­ricu­lum Rewrite (PCR) was com­plet­ed es­tab­lish­ing a mod­ern ap­proach that pur­pose­ful­ly pulls to­geth­er knowl­edge, skills, at­ti­tudes and val­ues from all sub­ject ar­eas to de­vel­op a more com­pre­hen­sive un­der­stand­ing of fun­da­men­tal ideas.

Bravo to bring sanitary napkins machine to T&T

Trinbago Knight Riders cricketer Dwayne Bravo is working to bring far more than sport and singing entertainment to Trinidad and Tobago soon.

The former national captain is working with an Indian businessman, to produce sanitary napkins for women right here in T&T.

Bravo, who played for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League, on Wednesday met with Indian businessman Arunachalam Muruganantham in Coimbatore, India, to discuss the initiative.

Muruganantham is known for introducing affordable sanitary napkins in the Indian market.

Burkie arrested during Sea Lots exercise

Sea Lots com­mu­ni­ty leader Cedric Burke, al­so known as Burkie, has been tak­en in­to cus­tody fol­low­ing a po­lice ex­er­cise in the area Wednes­day morn­ing.

Guardian Me­dia un­der­stands that var­i­ous arms of the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice con­duct­ed an ex­er­cise around sev­en this morn­ing in the com­mu­ni­ty when Burke was al­leged­ly found to be in pos­ses­sion of a large quan­ti­ty of mon­ey. He was sub­se­quent­ly tak­en in­to cus­tody pend­ing fur­ther in­quiries.

Parents divided on Garcia’s SEA stress comments

The SEA Par­ent Sup­port Group is di­vid­ed on whether or not par­ents re­al­ly are the ones to blame for plac­ing “stress” on the shoul­ders of the stu­dents writ­ing the ex­am.

Re­spond­ing to claims by Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion An­tho­ny Gar­cia that par­ents are the ones re­spon­si­ble, Resh­ma Ra­moutar-Ack­bar­ali said, “I to­tal­ly dis­agree.”

Opposition, Independents question effectiveness of Bill

UNC Sen­a­tor Sad­dam Ho­sein is ques­tion­ing the con­sti­tu­tion­al­i­ty of Gov­ern­ment’s Firearm (Amend­ment) Bill and not­ed the pro­posed law would be test­ed in the courts.

He said the bill which pro­pos­es ma­jor in­creas­es in penal­ties — in­clud­ing life in jail for a third of­fence of pos­ses­sion of an il­le­gal firearm — would verge on the sep­a­ra­tion of pow­ers be­tween court and ex­ec­u­tive. He added the bill would not re­duce the num­ber of guns on the street and would fail as a scare tac­tic un­less sys­tems were fixed.

Customs guard killed in carjacking

A 27-year-old Cus­toms and Ex­cise guard was shot dead just af­ter he dropped off a co-work­er at her Kel­ly Vil­lage, Ca­roni home on Tues­day night.

He has been iden­ti­fied as Keenan Lutch­man of Nolan Street in Fe­lic­i­ty, Ch­agua­nas.

Speak­ing with the Guardian Me­dia Wednes­day, Lutch­man's fa­ther Di­anand said his son had just fin­ished a 12-hour shift, clocked out at 9 pm at the Pre­ven­ta­tive Sec­tion at the Pi­ar­co In­ter­na­tion­al Air­port and dropped off his co-work­er at her home when he was at­tacked by a gun­man.

Tobago bus terminal to start by year end

Con­struc­tion of a new To­ba­go ter­mi­nal will be­gin be­fore the end of the year and three new bus­es added to the is­land’s fleet.

This is ac­cord­ing to chair­man of the Pub­lic Ser­vice Trans­port Cor­po­ra­tion (PTSC) Ed­win Good­ing, dur­ing the sign­ing of a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) be­tween the cor­po­ra­tion and the To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly (THA) yes­ter­day.