Child in Maloney fall is alive

A child is now in a stable but critical state at the Mount Hope hospital after falling over a balcony in the housing estate in Maloney.

Reports indicate that the incident took place at Building 15 Maloney.

The child was rushed to the Arima District Hospital and then to the Mount Hope Hospital after the child fell from the fourth floor.

Initial reports suggested that the child had died.

However, family members and police confirmed that the child was still alive, having hit an awning on the way down that broke her fall.

National Security budget cuts by $100 million over CCTV contract

The budget for the Ministry of National Security is being reduced by $100 million as a decision has been taken not to renew the current contract that relates to CCTV cameras.

The shortfall represents the fiscal year 2018, which ran from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.

The reduction was debated as the Standing Finance Committee of the House of Representatives met today.

National Security Minister Stuart Young said the current contract with TSTT is not being renewed as the minister says the contract was not favourable to taxpayers.

Immigration escapee recaptured

One of the five detainees who escaped from the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC), Wallerfield on Thursday 20th December, 2018, has been recaptured.

Ryan Badal, 23, a Guyanese national, was detained by officers of the Gasparillo Police Station while they were conducting a mobile patrol along the Bonne Aventure Main Road, Gasparillo around 3:50 am on Sunday.

Officers had cause to stop and arrest the escapee after observing him standing on the side of the roadway acting suspiciously.

He was taken to the Gasparillo Police Station and the IDC contacted.

Cops to question cops in Johnson's shooting

A Special Forces soldier, a police officer and a former security head are expected to be interviewed by officers of the Anti-Corruption and Investigations Bureau(ACIB) into the shooting of Dillian Johnson who was shot outside his home on December 3rd, 2017.

Following the shooting, Johnson fled the country to the United Kingdom on December 29th that year claiming he was the victim of a targeted hit.

Woman fends off would-be rapist

The frightening experience of her daughter being beaten and almost raped by an armed intruder in their home has prompted a San Fernando mother to support the police one shot, one kill approach.

“Now, yes I support everything at this moment. If I had a gun or a knife, I was going to use it on him. I was willing to die to save my children,” she said.

The intruder who is well known to the family is still at large.

Marijuana consultation begins Jan 23

The public consultation on the decriminalisation of marijuana begins on January 23.

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi will host the three-hour event at a venue in Port-of-Spain yet to be decided.

A statement from the Attorney General said during the months of January to March, the Office of the Attorney General will host a series of public consultations on the decriminalisation of marijuana.

Int'l: 15 dead as Iranian plane crashes into house

A cargo plane crash near the Iranian capital, Tehran, has killed 15 people, Iran's army says.

The Boeing 707 came off the runway and hit a residential area while trying to land at Fath airport in Karaj, 40km (25 miles) west of Tehran, in poor weather.

Only a flight engineer of the 16 people on board was found alive, with no-one reportedly killed on the ground.

Swine flu crisis in South Trinidad—Health Minister

Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh says there is a cri­sis in the out­break of H1N1 or swine flu in Trinidad es­pe­cial­ly in the south­ern part of the coun­try where there have been three re­port­ed deaths.

Deyals­ingh made this dis­clo­sure to the me­dia af­ter the of­fi­cial open­ing of the San­gre Grande En­hanced Health Cen­tre at Ojoe Road, San­gre Grande yes­ter­day.

The Min­is­ter of Health con­firmed that three deaths have been record­ed as a re­sult of H1N1 and not­ed there are many more lab-con­firmed cas­es.

1,000 officers in nationwide raids

Two days of “in­tense” polic­ing saw 138 peo­ple ar­rest­ed by po­lice over the week­end.

In the ex­er­cise which start­ed on Fri­day at 6 am, which saw 22 drug blocks be­ing searched, eight guns, as well as a va­ri­ety of am­mu­ni­tion, were seized.

Po­lice said 13 pro­hib­it­ed im­mi­grants were al­so de­tained and quan­ti­ties of drugs were al­so seized as well as two stolen ve­hi­cles re­cov­ered, a state­ment from the Po­lice Ser­vice said.