Shotgun found in Couva anti-crime exercise

A shotgun has been discovered by officers of the Central Division, during a joint anti-crime exercise, in the Couva district.

The exercise, coordinated by Supt. (Ag.) Simon Gill, took place between 2 am and 10 am, on Friday 18th May, 2018.

The exercise included officers of the Couva and Freeport Criminal Investigations Department. Acting on information, officers proceeded to an abandoned shack in a bushy area off Concerned Citizen Street, Couva, where one Conavenca 12-gauge shotgun was recovered.

No arrest was made in connection with the find.

UWI students in China for Huawei’s work-study programme

Five undergraduate students of The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine are in China for Telecom Seeds for the Future 2018, a two-week work-study programme sponsored by the Chinese information and communication technology (ICT) giant Huawei.

The programme helps in bridging the gap between classroom learning and real-world work experience in the ICT and telecommunications field.

Opposition Leader stands in support of Nafisah

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has come out in support of Nafisah Nakhid and is calling on the board of the Lakshmi Girls' College to reconsider its position.

Persad-Bissessar says this is a matter of natural justice, equality and fairness.

Persad-Bissessar issued the following statement on Wednesday:

"While I agree that a dress code is appropriate at schools, the reality is a hijab cannot be classed in the same category as hats, capes, sleeveless dress or see-through mini-skirts.

NGC signs agreement with Mozambique's state-owned petroleum company

The National Gas Company (NGC) has signed a Technical Services Agreement (TSA) with Empresa Nacional de HidroCarbonetos, (ENH), the state-owned petroleum company of the Republic of Mozambique.

ENH is responsible for the research, prospection, production and commercialization of petroleum products and represents Mozambique in oil and gas operations.

The TSA was executed on the first day of ENH’s three-day study-tour of Trinidad and Tobago’s energy sector from 13th to 17th May, 2018.

Blankets clog toilets at airport's domestic departure lounge

The Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) says it is making every effort to restore use of the washroom facilities at the Domestic Departure Lounge at the Piarco International Airport, after problems caused by people discarding blankets, cloths and other insoluble materials into the toilets.

The AATT says the toilets have become clogged and that the associated plumbing systems have malfunctioned.

PM tours Australian shipyard that built T&T Spirit, Express

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley along with members of his delegation journeyed to Tasmania today to continue his working visit to Australia, the Office of the Prime Minister said.

The delegation met with directors and executive officers of International Catamarans (INCAT), an Australian shipbuilding company.

They also received a tour of the shipyard and viewed first-hand, a vessel currently under construction at the facility.

President Weekes visits UWI for first time since becoming president

President Paula-Mae Weekes has made her first official visit to The University of the West Indies’ St. Augustine Campus since she became president.

Weekes visited the institution yesterday morning on the occasion of the 200th-anniversary celebrations of the National Herbarium of Trinidad and Tobago.

The event was timely as the campus joined with the international community in celebrating World Biodiversity Day, and marked the occasion with the ceremonial planting of two trees.

The Herbarium is the campus' oldest research institute.

Police: 45% reduction in youths, children charged with criminal offences

Police say the Child Protection Unit (CPU) of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) has registered a 45% reduction in the number of youths or children charged for criminal offences for the comparative period January 1st to May 19th, 2017, and January 1st to May 19th, 2018.

Woman Sgt Michelle Lewis of the Child Protection Unit told a news conference today that the total number of child offenders for the periods are 96 and 53 respectively.