Moruga road collapses, WASA starts repair work

Emergency repairs to a major landslip along the Moruga Road, Indian Walk, Princes Town have begun.

Residents said that around 7 pm Tuesday, they heard a rumbling sound and found that a section the road, which was being repaired, had collapsed. 
They said they suspect a leaking WASA line was to blame. 

The water line had been leaking for some time and despite complaints from residents, nothing had been done. WASA crews were on the site on Wednesday, seeking to stem the slip.

Gun, drugs, ammo seized in police raid

Po­lice seized a pis­tol, a quan­ti­ty of am­mu­ni­tion and il­le­gal drugs dur­ing a raid in the La Hor­quet­ta dis­trict on Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cers, a 9mm Ital­ian-made pis­tol along with a mag­a­zine of 11 rounds of 9mm pis­tol, 50 rounds of 40 cal­i­bre hol­low point am­mu­ni­tion, 60 grammes of co­caine, 1,300 grammes of mar­i­jua­na and a bul­let-proof vest were found.

Of­fi­cers from La Hor­quet­ta CID, La Hor­quet­ta Crime Pa­trol, K9 Unit su­per­vised by In­sp Boodoo and Sgt Wal­dropt were in­volved in the ex­er­cise.

Cara Hotels to manage Napa hotel

Cara Ho­tels has leased the 53-room ho­tel at­tached to the Na­tion­al Acad­e­my of the Per­form­ing Arts (Na­pa).

Ac­cord­ing to a De­cem­ber 2018 Cab­i­net note about the deal, the com­pa­ny will pay some $390,000 per year to lease the Na­pa Ho­tel, payable in quar­ter­ly tranch­es.

The first pay­ment is not ex­pect­ed un­til 2021.

Five overnight murders

Two double murders were among the five recorded overnight in Trinidad, bringing the murder toll to 20.

A sixth body was found in Tobago.

Police also suspect murder in that case as the body was burnt beyond recognition in a car. However, it is yet to be classified.

The murder victims have been identified as Nathon Cummings, 25, Yahvel Joseph, 22, Akash Dookie, 20, Darius Joseph, 19 and Dwayne James, 27.

Burnt body discovered in car in Tobago

A body burnt beyond recognition has been found in a car in Tobago.
It is being classed as a suspected homicide.
According to reports about 2 am this morning, fire officers responded to a call about a burning car on Belmont Link Road Mason Hall Tobago.
When investigators arrived at the site they noticed a lone body in the vehicle.
 Investigations are continuing. Tobago recorded 9 murders last year.

Two double murders in last 24-hours

Two double murders are recorded in the space of three hours in north Trinidad.
In the latest incident which is said to have occurred around 11:30 pm, two men were shot and killed at Marcano Drive, El Dorado. Reports suggest the shooting occurred a short distance from a wake which was held for 32-year-old Cherisse Bramble who was shot and killed on Monday evening after gunmen stormed a house and opened fire. The victims have been identified as Akash Dookie and Darius Joseph, both from Tunapuna.

Petrotrin pays $50 million backpay to former non-permanent workers

Petrotrin says that it has transferred $50 million to commercial banks to fulfill its commitment to pay all former non-permanent workers outstanding backpay for the period 2011 to 2018.

Some 2069 individuals will benefit from the payout.

A statement by Petrotrin says that a team from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) worked diligently during the past several weeks to ensure the company met its commitment to pay workers by January 15.

Petrotrin ceased operations on November 30, 2018, but the process for determining the amounts owed to each worker required detailed work.

Power, Groovy return to Soca Monarch

A lit­tle bit of old and a lit­tle bit of new as new­ly- ap­point­ed chair­man of the In­ter­na­tion­al So­ca Monarch, Fay Ann Lyons-Al­varez con­firmed that the Pow­er So­ca and Groovy So­ca cat­e­gories have made their way back in­to the com­pe­ti­tion brand­ed “Fan­tas­tic Fri­day.”

Speak­ing to re­porters at a press con­fer­ence held at the Hy­att Re­gency yes­ter­day, Lyons-Al­varez said, “Any­body who is a So­ca Monarch fan knows that Pow­er So­ca is So­ca Monarch. That’s the ba­sis of So­ca Monarch.”