Burke’s SoE lawsuit set for February 2020

Sea Lots busi­ness­man and com­mu­ni­ty leader Cedric “Burkie” Burke’s ma­li­cious pros­e­cu­tion and false im­pris­on­ment law­suit over his ar­rest and de­ten­tion dur­ing the 2011 State of Emer­gency is ex­pect­ed to go on tri­al in Feb­ru­ary next year.

The tri­al of the case was ex­pect­ed to be­gin be­fore Jus­tice Robin Mo­hammed in the Port-of-Spain High Court yes­ter­day but was resched­uled to Feb­ru­ary 5, next year.

Burke and his dri­ver Ke­own “Baine” Bayne were ar­rest­ed at the Hy­att Re­gency in Port-of-Spain on Au­gust 26, 2011.

100 illegal Venezuelans arrested, ferries barred from docking in Cedros

Over 100 illegal Venezuelans have been arrested and about 25 sent to the Detention Centre following a tightening of border patrols around the southern coasts this week.

The Venezuelan ferries which usually bring some 700 plus passengers legally from Venezuela on a weekly basis have been barred from docking at the Cedros port.

When Guardian Media visited the area Wednesday, there were no activities at the port.

A Coast Guard interceptor vessel was docked outside of the security complex and was preventing any Venezuelan vessel from coming into the port.

9 homeless after Sando fire

Nine people have been left homeless as fire gutted a two-bedroom house in Mon Repos, San Fernando Wednesday afternoon.

Police suspect arson as the cause of the fire.

Eyewitnesses say a man was seen running away from the scene soon after the fire started.

No one was at home at the time.

This is a developing story and we will have further updates.

PM: Kamla can’t deny massive legal payout

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley has said that Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar can­not de­ny hav­ing knowl­edge that mas­sive amounts of monies were be­ing paid out in le­gal fees at the of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al dur­ing her tenure as prime min­is­ter from 2010 to 2015.

He made the state­ment on Tues­day night dur­ing a PNM po­lit­i­cal meet­ing at the Sig­na­ture Hall, Ch­agua­nas.

No bail for Palo Seco man accused of hacking family

A 40-year-old man who al­leged­ly tried to kill his ex-wife and her par­ents at their Pa­lo Seco home on Sun­day has been de­nied bail.

Evans Corn­wall, of Gon­za­les Vil­lage, Guapo, ap­peared yes­ter­day in the Siparia Mag­is­trates’ Court charged with three counts of wound­ing with in­tent to kill.

The charges stemmed from an in­ci­dent in which his ex-com­mon-law wife Lizann For­rester, 30, her par­ents Leslie, 57, and Jen­nifer For­rester, 55, were chopped at their home around 7.30 am on May 5.

Trial date to be set in July

The tri­al date of a law­suit in which eight Venezue­lans are chal­leng­ing a de­ci­sion of the Im­mi­gra­tion Di­vi­sion to de­ny them en­try in­to the coun­try in March is ex­pect­ed to be set in Ju­ly.

Dur­ing a brief hear­ing of the case at the Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spainyes­ter­day, High Court Judge Jacque­line Wil­son gave lawyers rep­re­sent­ing the group and di­vi­sion dead­lines for fil­ing ev­i­dence and sub­mis­sions in the ju­di­cial re­view case.

Patsy's daily water struggle

Every day be­fore she takes a bath or cooks her first meal for the day, pen­sion­er Pat­sy Thomas has an ar­du­ous task.

She must fill four buck­ets of wa­ter from a stand­pipe at King's Wharf, San Fer­nan­do a few hun­dred me­tres from her home.

While peo­ple look on with­out of­fer­ing any help, Thomas places the buck­ets in­to a shop­ping cart and labou­ri­ous­ly push­es it to her home.

Peo­ple seem blind to her strug­gles even though the city is bustling with mid-morn­ing traf­fic.

PM meets US military officers in 'CAPSTONE' visit

Seventeen recently promoted Brigadier Generals and Rear Admirals serving in the US Military on Wednesday paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley at the Diplomatic Center, St. Ann’s as part of a CAPSTONE visit.

The team, together with US Embassy Chargé d'Affaires John McIntyre and US Embassy Chief Military Liaison Officer Col. Claudia Carrizales, also met with Minister of National Security Stuart Young and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dennis Moses.

CAPSTONE is a joint service professional military education course at the National Defense University.