Piparo mud volcano acts up, homes, roads damaged

Piparo residents are on standby to evacuate their homes after what some residents say was an eruption at the mud volcano late Saturday. 

Residents posted to Facebook that the eruption took place at approximately 10:08pm.

However, in a post to his Facebook page, Princes Town MP Barry Padarath said "I can confirm that the Volcano did not erupt and no one is being evacuated up to 11:35 pm tonight."

There are reports of major cracks to the roadway and to homes near Pancho Trace.

Smoother flow for South bands

The change of the mas­quer­aders’ route for Car­ni­val in San Fer­nan­do en­sured for the first time in many years there was a smooth flow of bands for the J’Ou­vert cel­e­bra­tions.

There was no long wait­ing be­tween bands for spec­ta­tors gath­ered at the Har­ris Prom­e­nade judg­ing point or the usu­al con­ges­tion at Cipero Street, which in pre­vi­ous years pre­vent­ed many bands from reach­ing the judg­ing point.

It was al­so the first time in years that at the 4 am start time that sev­er­al bands were al­ready on the pa­rade route.

Flooding in South Trinidad

Floods are starting to rise in several parts of Trinidad following several hours of heavy rains and high winds over the past 12 hours.

The winds knocked over a tree at Palmiste Boulevard and several others along the Southern Main Road in South Trinidad.  Communities along the Brasso/ Caparo Valley Main Road also experienced floods in Central.

South businessman kidnapped

The owner of Puff and Stuff Bakery has been kidnapped and a $250,000 ransom is being demanded for his safe return.

Reports indicate that Gregory Laing went to his business place in Vistabella around 4 am today to open up for employees, when he was snatched by two men and bundled into a vehicle.

Family members later received a call demanding a ransom of $250,000 for his safe return.

Two men murdered in South Trinidad

Two men have been murdered in separate incidents in South Trinidad.

In the first incident, residents of Palmiste heard several loud explosions this morning.

The police were called in and upon investigating they discovered the body of a man bleeding from several gunshot wounds.

The victim has been identified as 45-year-old Samuel Rampersad.