Following break after murder, doubles vendors return to Curepe

Food­ies look­ing for late-night eats in east Trinidad can now breathe a sigh of re­lief af­ter dou­bles ven­dors re­turned to Curepe Junc­tion af­ter a brief hia­tus.

Guardian Me­dia un­der­stands that since Sharzard Man­ick of The Orig­i­nal Sauce Dou­bles, was shot by gun­men at his stand at the cor­ner of the South­ern Main Road and Have­lock Street, on Au­gust 10, ac­tiv­i­ty at the pop­u­lar nightspot ground to a halt for sev­er­al days.

Agostini Ltd subsidiary sends home 33 workers

Vem­bev, the com­pa­ny that dis­trib­utes Pep­si and oth­er bev­er­ages Ocean Spray, has been closed down and 33 em­ploy­ees sent home.

The de­ci­sion to close the com­pa­ny and get rid of 40 per cent of staff was made al­though its par­ent com­pa­ny, Agos­ti­ni Lim­it­ed, earned in ex­cess of $120 mil­lion in prof­its for the first nine months of the fis­cal year.

Pastor charged with buggering socially-displaced man

A pastor from Central Trinidad is now behind bars after being charged with buggering a 21-year-old socially-displaced man.  

Christopher Perreira was charged on Monday afternoon after inquiries by the Chaguanas CID. 

The pastor, who is head of the ISM Ministries based in Valencia, was remanded into custody and will reappear before the Chaguanas Magistrate’s Court tomorrow morning. 

He was not granted bail, however, bail is likely to come up tomorrow. 

Woman stabbed to death in domestic confrontation

A 36-year-old woman was stabbed during a domestic confrontation at her home in Laventille on Wednesday morning.

She later died at hospital.

She has been identified as Angelina Samuel of Wharton Trace. 

A 34-year-old man who was also stabbed during the altercation is badly wounded and hospitalised in a serious condition.

According to a police report, at about 9 am residents of Wharton Trace heard a loud quarrel at Samuel’s home, following which they heard noises as though a fight had broken out.

Police get 200 motorcycles from China

Citizens are being told that they can expect a faster response time and greater visibility from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) with the deployment of 200 new motorcycles from the People’s Republic of China.

China is one of several nations including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States, that is partnering with Trinidad and Tobago to provide training, technology, capacity building and other types of support, the Office of the Prime Minister said.

Heritage appoints Executive Management Team

The Heritage Petroleum Board of Directors has appointed an Executive Leadership Team (ELT) to provide additional managerial support for Chief Executive Officer Mike Wylie while he receives treatment in the US after undergoing surgery.

A statement by the company says that Wylie, who has been away for the past two months, will continue to direct the operations remotely with an ELT on the ground that will report to the Heritage Board of Directors.

Union - Unilever to send home workers; Company - no decisions made

Unilever Caribbean Limited (UCL) says it is currently engaging the Oilfields Workers' Trade Union with regards to the future of the company.

This comes following a protest today, in which the union said that some 285 workers were to be sent home.

In a statement issued just after 4pm Wednesday, the company said that "in the spirit of securing the long-term operations" of the company, it is currently reviewing its operations in the context of a weak domestic economy and a challenging global environment. 

Stork's management denies hiring contract workers

Country manager of Stork Technical Services Philip Vilain has denied reports that contract workers were now being hired to replace permanent workers who accepted Voluntary Separation Enhancement packages against the advice of their union last month.

Responding to questions sent to him via Whatsapp, Vilain also denied that the company had promised to pay the Board of Inland Revenue taxes on behalf of the workers.

Chamber remains unhappy with Industrial Court

The In­dus­tri­al Court’s re­cent de­ci­sion to dis­con­tin­ue its in­quiry in­to al­le­ga­tions of con­tempt of court raised by the Joint Trade Union Move­ment (JTUM) against the Trinidad and To­ba­go Cham­ber of In­dus­try and Com­merce (TTCIC) has raised more ques­tions than it has pro­vid­ed an­swers ac­cord­ing to a me­dia re­lease yes­ter­day from the T&T Cham­ber of In­dus­try and Com­merce.

The me­dia re­lease said while the Cham­ber is re­lieved that “good sense has pre­vailed” in this mat­ter, a num­ber of “burn­ing is­sues” re­main un­re­solved.