Murder accused appears in court

Adriel Hackett a 26-year-old security guard appeared before the Mayaro Magistrates' Court today, charged with the murder of 24-year-old Chris Rivers.

Hackett of Union-Village, Rio Claro appeared before Magistrate Bryan Debideen, charged with the offence, following advice received from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Ms Joan Honore-Paul, on July 20th.

The matter was postponed to August 19th.

Ms. Rivers, of El Guanapo Estate, Rio Claro, was reported missing to the Princes Town Police Station on July 10th by her mother.

TSTT probes fatal motorcycle crash

A TSTT ca­ble is be­ing blamed for the death of a mo­tor­cy­clist who be­came en­tan­gled in the dam­aged line which had been left hang­ing at Jern­ing­ham Junc­tion, Cunu­pia, on Sun­day night.

At around 10 pm, Ron­nie Samuel, of Home­land Gar­dens, Cunu­pia, a WASA em­ploy­ee and fa­ther of two was rid­ing his mo­tor­bike along the main road when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred. His mo­tor­bike crashed about 500 feet away from where he fell on the road­way.

Gangsters threaten Lovell

Moru­ga/ Table­land MP Dr Lovell Fran­cis has re­vealed that his life has been threat­ened by gang­sters.

The MP says he has been threat­ened by a gang who is ex­tort­ing pro­tec­tion mon­ey from con­trac­tors and their work­ers.

Al­though he al­ready re­vealed that a crim­i­nal gang had tar­get­ed the $176 mil­lion Moru­ga Road Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Project, Fran­cis told Guardian Me­dia that the gang has now tar­get­ed the con­trac­tor for the bridge con­struc­tion over the Moriq­uite Riv­er in Basse Terre.

Donna Cox Sworn In As Communications Minister

Newly sworn-in Communications Minister, Donna Cox says her vision for the Ministry is to bring more transparency to the public as to the goings-on at Government Ministries. 

'People complain we spending so much money here and there but they don't have the information,' Minister Cox told members of the Media. 

Minister Cox said the Prime Minister called her two months ago with the instruction to get ready to come back to Trinidad and Tobago. Ms Cox was at the time at this country's consulate in New York where she headed public affairs and culture. 

Laventille pool officially open

The Laventille Community pool is officially open to the public. 

Dozens showed up, mostly children to experience the cool water on this hot July day.

But it wasn't just free for all, at this pool there is structure, Coast Guard Officers were seen guiding the children ages 8-14, giving them basic swimming lessons. 

The pool also has a schedule where different activities will take place, activities such as aqua aerobics, therapeutic swimming and swimming lessons. 

Expect delays with Beetham roadworks

The Works and Transport Ministry is advising of temporary traffic disruptions this weekend along the Beetham highway, as they carry out repair works on the eastbound lane, just after the lighthouse.

The ministry says the disruptions will begin Friday evening at 7 pm and should end at 7 pm on Sunday July 21st.

Motorists are advised that the westbound lane of the highway will be a dual carriageway, with two lanes heading west, and one lane heading east, between the light house and Abbatoir Road.

Ministry recalls 'grocery-list' booklist

The Ministry of Education has recalled as booklist which required students to purchase cleaning and sanitary items, including toilet paper.

The ministry issued a statement on Friday saying that following public discussion of the concerns surrounding the request by the primary school the list was recalled.

The ministry said it was made aware of the request as early as Monday 8th July, 2019. 

Man arrested for attempted murder

One man currently is in police custody for attempted murder, following an anti-crime operation conducted by the special operations response team, early this morning.

According to an official police statement, sort officers, with help from the Air Support Unit, conducted an intelligence-led operation at John Peter Road in Charlieville, Chaguanas, where they arrested a man for attempted murder.

The police say the suspect was taken to the St Joseph Police Station to await charges.

'Bad joke' may have led to murder

Wendell John, 42, may have been killed for "his mouth" as he was well known for throwing picong and for being very comical.

However, it is of the belief that one day his jokes was not taken lightly.

John was gunned down on Thursday at about 1.30 pm just outside the Port-of-Spain General Hospital at the corner of Charlotte Street and Belmont Circular. 

John lived at Le Platte Village in Maraval but moved out of the area four months ago.