'Kidnapped' salesman apologises for wasting police time

Shane Ram­jat­tan has been fined $600 and giv­en sev­en days to pay or serve two months in prison.

He ap­peared be­fore Se­nior Mag­is­trate Rae Roopc­hand in the Rio Claro Mag­is­trate's First court charged with waste­ful em­ploy­ment of po­lice time by mak­ing a false re­port to con­sta­ble Ma­jid Khan that he was kid­napped on Jan­u­ary 15 at Bar­rack­pore and kept in a forest­ed area against his will.

'Soca Monarch still has potential'

New­ly mint­ed Cre­ative Di­rec­tor of the So­ca Monarch Si­mon Bap­tiste be­lieves the brand still has great po­ten­tial de­spite the event's de­cline in pop­u­lar­i­ty in re­cent years.

The event has seen dwin­dling at­ten­dance since Machel Mon­tano ex­it­ed the event in 2015, with sev­er­al promi­nent so­ca stars al­so de­clin­ing to par­tic­i­pate.

Health Ministry activating response to new virus

Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh says the Min­istry of Health is ac­ti­vat­ing emer­gency pro­to­cols- in­clu­sive of ther­mal body scan­ning at all ports of en­try- in re­sponse to the coro­n­avirus which was first re­port­ed in Chi­na in De­cem­ber 2019.

TTPS launches Gender-Based Violence Unit

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) launched a new unit tasked with handling cases of gender-based violence and domestic violence in this country.

The newly formed Gender-Based Violence Unit (GBVU) will focus heavily on domestic violence cases and breaches of restraining orders.  In addition to victims making reports to the Unit, members of the public with information on domestic abuse also can bring that information to the police, so they can act on it.

Government credibility at stake over crime crisis

One political analyst says none of the political parties can bring the kind of relief from the current crime crisis, which the population needs so desperately.

Dr Winford James made the observation as he commented on recent statements on crime, from the Prime Minister and the National Security Minister.

He notes that while the UNC was in office under the People's Partnership, they were unable to get a handle on crime.

Business community committed to helping end crime crisis

The Chief Executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce says the country needs all hands on deck to deal with the crime crisis.

Gabriel Faria says almost every citizen believes there is a crisis and that something must be done to take back T&T from the hands of criminals.

According to Mr Faria, Team Trinidad and Tobago needs all her players focussing on ending the crime scourge.

“Unless we all have a congruence of goals, we cannot fight the criminal elements in Trinidad and Tobago,” he says.

T&T backs B’dos, blanks Pompeo’s meeting

The T&T Gov­ern­ment has backed Bar­ba­dos’ po­si­tion not to send a rep­re­sen­ta­tive to to­day’s meet­ing be­ing held by US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo with sev­er­al Caribbean lead­ers in Ja­maica. The Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Min­istry con­firmed the Gov­ern­ment’s po­si­tion yes­ter­day.

2020 Dry Season on its way

It’s official… the 2020 Dry Season is on its way!

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) says there is evidence to suggest that the region has transitioned to a drier state.

Forecasters say overall, a near normal dry season is forecast, with near average rainfall totals during January through March, while slightly wetter than average conditions are forecast for April through May.

The TTMS is expecting February and March to be the driest months, with one or two short hot spells between March to May 2020.