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Arima man charged with rape

An Arima man, previously held in connection with the rape of an 18- year-old woman, is set to appear before an Arima Magistrate today, after being charged with rape and grievous sexual assault by officers of the Arima Police Station.

Keston Keno Kelly, 33, of Train Line, Guanapo, Arima, was arrested by officers of the Arima Police Station, following a report made by the woman, alleging that the man had raped her at his home.

The victim was in the company of the accused, who offered to give her a ride to her home around 12:30pm on Sunday 13th May, 2018.

Engineering student charged with possession of 42 bullets

A 19-year-old university student is expected to appear before a San Fernando Magistrate today, charged with possession of ammunition.

Ronaldo Wilkes, an engineering student at the Automated Technology College, San Fernando, was arrested by officers of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch (THPB), during an anti-crime exercise, in the San Fernando district yesterday.

The exercise, led by Insp. (Ag.) Sampooran Kissoonlal, took place between 5 am and 9 am on Wednesday 16th May, 2018.

Schoolgirl critical after tree falls on her

A six-year-old Tobago school girl is clinging to life after a tree fell on her yesterday morning.

Up late yesterday, Zikiha Lorde was said to be in a critical condition at hospital.

According to reports, around 8 am yesterday Lorde was standing outside her Black Rock home getting ready to go to school when a branch from a nearby fell on her. A group of men were reportedly cutting the tree in front of her home at the time.

Mysterious fire destroys two Ministry of Works' vehicles

Employees of the Ministry of Works’ Caroni District office at Woodford Lodge in Chaguanas are calling for the re-implementation of a 24-hour security service on the compound, following Monday night’s incident where two vehicles were believed to have been deliberately set on fire.

The T&T Guardian was told by an eyewitness that at about 9.30 pm, smoke was seen coming from a Pajero SUV and within minutes the entire vehicle burst into flames.

Caribbean Airlines seeks partnerships with two Chinese airlines

Caribbean Airlines is seeking to establish an agreement with Hainan Airlines which is owned by the HNA Group in China.

The Chairman of Caribbean Airlines, Ronnie Mohammed is currently in China as part of Trinidad and Tobago’s official delegation.

The delegation which is led by the Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley met with the Chairman of the HNA Group Co. Ltd., Chen Feng.

The HNA Group owns over 1,200 aircraft and is a major shareholder in international hotel chains.

$8 million upgrade for ports to accommodate Galleons Passage

Cabinet has approved the spending of close to $8 million by the Port Authority of T&T to get the ports of Port-of-Spain and Scarborough ready for the Galleons Passage.

Port chairman Lyle Alexander told the T&T Guardian yesterday that the Port requested the money to ensure that the pier is ready for when the Galleons Passage arrives.

The vessel inched closer to its final destination yesterday when it arrived in Panama. From Panama the vessel heads to Cuba.

Climatologist warns: Brace for floods this year

The start of the 2018 rainy season will be declared in a few days as a Tropical Storm is currently forming in the region and could be heading to T&T.

As a result T&T citizens are being warned to prepare themselves for this season as it is being predicted to be worse than last year with June’s Tropical Storm Bret and “the great floods of October (2017)”.

This warning came from climatologist Kenneth Kerr, who spoke at the Wet & Hurricane Season’s Seventh National Climate Outlook Forum held at the Sugarcane Feed Centre, Pokhor Road, Longdenville, Chaguanas.

T&T SRP held with kilogramme of cocaine at Gatwick Airport

A Special Reserve Police constable has been arrested in London after he was found in the possession of cocaine.

According to information received by the T&T Guardian, the officer, who is assigned to the charge room at the Chaguanas Police Station, left for London on Sunday night.

Upon his arrival at Gatwick Airport, the officer was arrested after a search was conducted of his luggage and about one kilogramme of pure cocaine was allegedly found in the lining of the suitcase. The officer has close to ten years in the service.

Deyalsingh not endorsing call for use of medicinal marijuana

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh yesterday made it clear he was in no position to endorse the use of medicinal marijuana to treat patients suffering from diseases and illnesses.

Deyalsingh made the comment in response to suggestions on Tuesday by Independent Senator Dhanayshar Mahabir that Government should allow patients to use of medicinal marijuana as a means of earning revenue in the drive to help to diversify the economy.

Water disruptions in parts of South Trindad today

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers in parts of South Trinidad served by the Navet Water Treatment Plant, that there will be an interruption in their pipe borne water supply on Thursday, between the hours of 9 am and 12 noon.

WASA says this has become necessary due to a planned power interruption by the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) that will affect the operation of the water treatment plant and associated booster stations in the Tabaquite area.

Areas to be affected include:

* Princes Town and environs New Grant

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