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Ghana willing to help with migrant crisis

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley has ad­mit­ted that Venezuela’s on­go­ing eco­nom­ic and po­lit­i­cal tur­moil has been im­pact­ing T&T and the wider re­gion.

Row­ley made the com­ment at a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day at the Diplo­mat­ic Cen­tre, St Ann’s, in the pres­ence of Ghana Pres­i­dent Nana Ad­do Dankwa Aku­fo-Ad­do who vis­it­ed our coun­try with a del­e­ga­tion on Wednes­day night and left on Thurs­day night.

Overnight vigil at Parliament

by Anna-Lisa Paul

A protest that started outside the Queen's Park Oval on Thursday evening has grown into an overnight vigil outside the Parliament Chamber, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain.

At 11 pm there were scores of people gathered including a large contingent of residents from Beetham Gardens.

With chants of "Rowley must go" and "they taking all we jobs and we women," the largely calm crowd was being carefully monitored by officers from the Guard and Emergency Branch.

Fish vendor fined for biting cop

For bit­ing a po­lice­man who was guard­ing him at the hos­pi­tal while he was un­der ar­rest, a fish ven­dor has to pay a $3,000 fine and $1,500 in com­pen­sa­tion.

Ken­son Noel plead­ed guilty to caus­ing gre­vi­ous bod­i­ly harm when he ap­peared in the San Fer­nan­do Mag­is­trates Court.

He told the court that he has since changed his life and has been bap­tised.

Pros­e­cu­tor Sgt Harold Ish­mael said the in­ci­dent took place on Oc­to­ber 29, 2016 at the San Fer­nan­do Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal.

Another international agency calls for registration extension

With less than 24 hours to go, yet another international humanitarian group is calling on the government to extend the period of registration to Venezuelan nationals.

As the deadline for the registration period looms, Refugees International (RI) says it is gravely concerned about the possibility that arrests and deportations may follow.

According to RI, Trinidad and Tobago has only three registration centres to register more than 40,000 Venezuelans.

Woman who slapped doctor at Teaching Hospital put on year's bond

A Moru­ga woman who slapped a doc­tor in the hos­pi­tal while he was at­tend­ing to her ba­by nephew has been bond­ed for one year.

Lament­ing the lev­el of dis­re­spect tak­ing place in the na­tion’s schools and hos­pi­tals, San Fer­nan­do Mag­is­trate In­dar Ja­groo said he was pre­pared to send Ka­reen Ramjohn to jail.

How­ev­er, the doc­tor in­di­cat­ed that he did not want to see her im­pris­oned. Fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent at the San Fer­nan­do Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal on May 20, 2015, Ramjohn was charged with as­sault by beat­ing Dr. Ja­son Diljohn.

Ex-murder accused files assault, battery lawsuit

Less than three weeks af­ter he was freed of mur­der, a man from Diego Mar­tin re­turned to court yes­ter­day for the tri­al of his as­sault and bat­tery law­suit over be­ing beat­en by po­lice at the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trates’ Court in 2013.

Ak­ili Charles, of Covi­gne Road, Diego Mar­tin, took the wit­ness stand be­fore Jus­tice Ricky Rahim at Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spain, yes­ter­day morn­ing, to give his ver­sion of what al­leged tran­spired in the hold­ing cells of the court on April 3, 2013.

After years transported in wheelbarrow, Ronaldo gets his road

A Todds Road mother, who uses a wheelbarrow to transport her 22-year-old Cerebral Palsy son, has finally had her prayers answered.

From Friday Oumawatee Mohammed would no longer need a wheelbarrow for her son, Ronaldo Mohammed. 

Ten days ago, Guardian Media reported Oumawatee's plight and the need to have their only access road paved.

The current state of the road made it impassable to any vehicle.

WIFI devices, 35 phones among seized prison contraband

Close to three dozen cellphones along with narcotics and paraphernalia were seized during a search of the Top Security area at the Remand Prison in Golden Grove Thursday morning.

During the raid, officers found 350 loose cigarettes, 20 cigarette lighters, 35 cell phones, 40 sim cards, 5 cell phone batteries, 39 headsets, 400 loose wrapping paper, 4  WIFI devices, razor blades, scales, improvised weapons and over 2 pounds of a plant-like substance. 

The massive haul is being described as the largest find of 2019.

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