USAID gives T&T US$1.6 million to assist Venezuelans fleeing homeland

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has made available US$1.6 million to Trinidad and Tobago to assist Venezuelans fleeing their homeland.

Representatives from USAID, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, the U.S. Embassy, Trinidadian and Venezuelan civil society met in Port of Spain between March 13-15, to determine how the U.S. can assist the people of Trinidad and Tobago in managing the impacts of the political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

$800,000 bail for 'Trini' charged with raping tourists in Tobago

The man accused of the kidnapping, rape and robbery of two tourists in Tobago, has appeared in court to answer the charges arising out of the incident and has been placed on $800,000 bail.

Artherly ‘Ratty’ Fraser, a 34-year-old driver, originally from Arouca, but residing in Canaan, was charged with two counts of rape, two counts of grievous sexual assault, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of robbery, on Thursday 14th March, 2019.

Fraser was granted the $800,000 bail, when he stood before Magistrate Duane Murray, in the Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Police hunt for Carenage gunmen

Po­lice are search­ing for a group of gun­men who opened fire on them at Up­per Haig Street, Care­nage on Fri­day.

Sev­er­al units from the Emer­gency Re­sponse Team re­spond­ed and joined in the search af­ter of­fi­cers called for back up.

A se­nior of­fi­cer of the West­ern Di­vi­sion de­nied re­ports that three peo­ple were shot dead. He al­so dis­missed re­ports that a po­lice of­fi­cer was shot.

More as this sto­ry de­vel­ops.

Police officers train to use tasers

Nineteen instructors from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) Police Academy and six from the Guard and Emergency Branch, have received formal training in both the use of taser devices and instructing others in the use of tasers.

The Police Service says the training for the instructors forms part of its ongoing thrust to utilize non-lethal devices, in keeping with the Minimum Use of Force Policy.

PM's Office condemns New Zealand terror attack

The Office of the Prime Minister has expressed shock and horror at the terror attack on the Muslim community in New Zealand.

In a statement issued Friday, the Office of the Prime Minister condemned the attack.

"It is with shock and horror that we the people of Trinidad and Tobago received the sad news of the unspeakable tragedy that has been unleashed on the Muslim community and the entire nation of our sister Commonwealth nation, New Zealand.

Scotia: Proactive action resulted in discovery of skimming equipment

Scotiabank is maintaining that the safety and security of customers' accounts remains a priority, in light of a video showing police removing skimming equipment from its Freeport branch.

The bank issued a statement on the topic on Friday.

"The safety and security of our customer accounts and information is a top priority at Scotiabank, and is a responsibility we take very seriously," Scotiabank said.