Gov't to distribute $2.4 million in home repair & relief grants

The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts will on Monday distribute around $2.4 million in Home Repair and Emergency Relief grants as well as Developmental Projects to families and communities throughout Trinidad.

A statement by the ministry says applicants will receive funding for the repair of their homes through a purchase order issued to a hardware supplier.

$4 million Drag Mall coming in 2019

The Min­istry of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment will be­gin con­struc­tion of a $4 mil­lion Drag Mall in the cap­i­tal city next year, Hous­ing Min­is­ter Ed­mund Dil­lon said dur­ing yes­ter­day’s Stand­ing Fi­nance Com­mit­tee ses­sion in Par­lia­ment.

He made the com­ment in re­sponse to ques­tions from Op­po­si­tion MP Dr Roodal Mooni­lal on plans for the “de­vel­op­ment and man­age­ment of a prop­er­ty” at 43 In­de­pen­dence Square, Port-of-Spain.

Dil­lon said the prop­er­ty was re­ferred to as the “Drag Mall,” which is lo­cat­ed next to New City Mall.

Young: Ministry working on initiatives to protect prison officers

Minister of National Security Stuart Young says his ministry is working on initiatives to ensure the safety of prison officers.

The minister made the remark in a statement offering condolences to the family and colleagues of prison officer Darren Francis who was murdered this morning.

The following is the minister's statement.

"It is with a deep sense of sadness that I offer my sympathy and condolences to Prison Officer I Darren Francis’ family, friends and colleagues.

Officer Francis was senselessly killed on his way to work this morning.

Wrong fine given to Scarlet Ibis poachers

En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Au­thor­i­ty (EMA) chair­man Nadra Nathai-Gyan yes­ter­day ad­mit­ted it was re­gret­table that the new $100,000 fine for poach­ing of a Scar­let Ibis, an En­vi­ron­men­tal­ly Sen­si­tive Species (ESS), took too long to be gazetted.

Expert: Regular gas can blow your engines

The sav­ings mo­torists are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing by fill­ing their tanks with fish­ing boat fu­el may well even­tu­al­ly back­fire, as me­chan­ics are warn­ing that pro­longed use of reg­u­lar fu­el will cause en­gines to mal­func­tion.
The sale of reg­u­lar gaso­line, which is used by fish­er­men, has been in­creas­ing since Gov­ern­ment raised the price of su­per at the pumps from $3.97 per litre to $4.97 in the 2019 Bud­get.

Prison officer murdered at New Grant home

Yet an­oth­er prison of­fi­cer has been gunned down while off du­ty.

The lat­est at­tack oc­curred ear­li­er this morn­ing af­ter Dar­ren Fran­cis, 38, was shot in the head by an un­known as­sailant at his home at Hill View Av­enue, Sixth Com­pa­ny, New Grant.

Female student escapes rapist at UWI

The Guild of Stu­dents of The Uni­ver­si­ty of the West In­dies has called an emer­gency meet­ing for to­mor­row, af­ter a sec­ond-year fe­male stu­dent es­caped an at­tempt­ed rape and rob­bery at the cam­pus ear­li­er to­day.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the stu­dent was at­tacked near the fe­male lock­er bath­room at the Stu­dent Ac­tiv­i­ties Cen­tre by an un­known as­sailant around 1 pm and was in­ju­red by her at­tack­er be­fore he fled.

Another Prison Officer Murdered

An early morning shooting has claimed the life of a Prison Officer attached to the Maximum Security Prison in Arouca. CNC3 News understands around 4 am the officer identified as 38-year-old Darren Francis was at his home located at Hillview Drive, Princes Town when he was ambushed. The armed assailant is said to have shot Francis once in the head. The police were contacted and discovered Francis lying in a pool of blood. He was taken to the District Health Facility but was pronounced dead on arrival.