Official: All students will not likely re-sit math exam

All CSEC math­e­mat­ics stu­dents in Trinidad and To­ba­go may not have to re-sit the ex­am.

A Caribbean Ex­am­i­na­tion Coun­cil Tech­ni­cal Ad­vi­so­ry Com­mit­tee is still to as­sess a re­port sent con­cern­ing an al­leged breach of CXC ex­am reg­u­la­tions, but a source con­nect­ed to the ex­am body said it was un­like­ly that all stu­dents here would be re­quired to re-do it.

Duke's attorneys call for return of cellphone which they believe can help his case

Attorneys representing PSA President Watson Duke have made a request to the magistrate for the return of a mobile phone seized by police during his arrest on sexual related charges.

Duke reappeared before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Ceasar this morning.

He told reporters that a cell phone seized by the police contains information that the defence believes can prove very useful to their case.

The magistrate adjourned the matter to July 14th pending an investigation into the mobile phone.

David Abdullah retires from OWTU after 39 years

David Abdullah has retired from the Oilfields Workers' Trade Union, after 39 years with the union.

His retirement was announced in a statement issued by the OWTU:

"The Central Executive and General Council of the Oilfields Workers' Trade Union announce the retirement of our General Secretary Comrade David Abdulah effective April 2nd, 2016. 

Comrade Abdulah’s retirement is part of the Union’s succession planning process, one step of which was initiated at the start of the current three-year term of Executive Officers (January 2014 - January 2017). 

Zika possibly an STD

The Ministry of Health says it has taken note of reports that the United States center for disease control and prevention has confirmed one case of Zika virus infection through sexual contact.

Dallas County health officials said they had confirmed someone went to Venezuela, came back infected with Zika, and that person's sexual partner, who had not traveled, also became infected. 

In light of this latest development, the Ministry says it will continue to actively monitor new developments about how Zika is transmitted and its impact on health.