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Duo denied bail for 126 sexual offences against minor

A 43-year-old man and his 37-year-old com­mon-law-wife who were charged with 126 counts of sex­u­al-re­lat­ed of­fences against a mi­nor were both re­mand­ed in jail by San­gre Grande Mag­is­trate, while the victim's 59-year-old rel­a­tive was grant­ed $10,000 sta­tion bail.

The 43-year-old, said to be the vic­tim's step-fa­ther and the vic­tim’s moth­er ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Er­i­ca Bap­tiste- Ramkissoon in the San­gre Grande Sec­ond mag­is­trate court.

UWI St Augustine appoints first woman Campus Registrar

 The University of the West Indies (UWI) has appointed Dr Dawn Marie De Four- Gill as the new Campus Registrar and Dr Acolla Lewis-Cameron as the new Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Dr De Four-Gill is the first woman to be appointed Campus Registrar at the St. Augustine Campus.

Within the university system, the Campus Registrar is the most senior administrator on the campus, serving as Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Operating Officer and as Secretary to all campus committees.

Repeat offender charged with car-import scam

A 40-year-old man, of no fixed place of abode, has appeared before a San Fernando Magistrate, after being charged with larceny amounting to $51,000, after promising to import and deliver vehicles to several victims. 

Peter Maharaj aka ‘Dimitri Saint’ and ‘Shivnarine Soodwah’, who has had over 25 fraudulent charges laid against him in the past, appeared before Magistrate Indar Jagroo on Wednesday. 

Maharaj was charged with larceny in the amounts of $26,000, $10,000, $10,000, and $5,000, from four victims in San Fernando. 

Zookeeper, snake reunite

It was the reunion that many hoped for.

Zookeeper Walter Bunyan and Albino Burmese Python on Friday reunited after a bite that shocked many on Thursday.

A video posted on social media Thursday afternoon showed Bunyan opening Mustard's enclosure and tossing a rabbit for him to eat.

Mustard then turned and lunged at Bunyan biting the zookeeper in his stomach area.

The Emperor Valley Zoo confirmed the incident saying that Bunyan received immediate assistance from his "buddy" zookeeper.

Charges coming for bus driver

Police are moving to lay a charge of involuntary manslaughter against a Central bus driver more than a week after a toddler died in her care.

The 31-year-old woman, who has retained a lawyer, will spend the weekend detained as police finalize the process of laying a charge.

 Police said the last set of interviews was expected to be completed yesterday following which a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions with recommendations. 

Man arrested for gun, ammo

In an intel­li­gence-led op­er­a­tion in D'Abadie, a 24-year-old man was ar­rest­ed for pos­ses­sion of a firearm and 11 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion, four of which car­ried the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice's (TTPS) en­grav­ings.

At about 8 pm on Thurs­day, PCs Ram­cha­ran and Win­ter went to Build­ing 16 Apart­ment 3-3, South Mal­oney Gar­dens, where they searched a man who was in the apart­ment and found a Glock 26 Aus­tria 9×19 pis­tol with se­lec­tor at­tached and 11 rounds of 9 mm am­mu­ni­tion.

Retired judge heads CoE into Sando highway extension

Cab­i­net has ap­proved the ap­point­ment of a Com­mis­sion of En­quiry to ex­am­ine the ac­tions of and on be­half of the State in ac­quir­ing and tak­ing steps to ac­quire prop­er­ties and struc­tures in re­spect of the con­struc­tion of the ex­ten­sion of the Solomon Ho­choy High­way Ex­ten­sion to Point Fortin.

It will al­so ex­am­ine whether the cab­i­net ap­point­ed min­is­te­r­i­al over­sight com­mit­tee ful­filled its man­date.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Stu­art Young made the an­nounce­ment at the post-Cab­i­net me­dia con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

Decision to be made today about Mustard

The fu­ture of Mus­tard, the al­bi­no python who bit zookeep­er Wal­ter Bonyun on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, is to be dis­cussed at a meet­ing this morn­ing where a de­ci­sion will be made on whether she will con­tin­ue to be one of the zoo's am­bas­sadors. This was con­firmed to the Guardian Me­dia a short while ago by the zoo's cu­ra­tor Nir­mal Bip­tah.

For sev­er­al years Mus­tard has been part of the pet­ting zoo and ex­hi­bi­tion cross coun­try where chil­dren and adults are al­lowed to touch her, hold her and take pho­tographs with her.

Carnival web series coming

Lo­cal and in­ter­na­tion­al car­ni­val lovers will have an op­por­tu­ni­ty to get a be­hind the scenes look at the re­cent­ly con­clud­ed Car­ni­val in the world's en­ter­tain­ment cap­i­tal, Hol­ly­wood, Cal­i­for­nia

En­ter­tain­ment Lawyer Car­la Par­ris and her team re­cent­ly re­turned from Hol­ly­wood and have pro­duced a web se­ries, “The Busi­ness of Car­ni­val” that promis­es to pro­vide au­di­ences unique in­sight in­to what Hol­ly­wood Car­ni­val is all about.

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