Maracas Bay lifeguards serve warning to beachgoers

Lifeguards at Maracas Bay are advising members of the public to stay away, saying they will be going at their own risk.

The warning came on the heels of weekend's walkout of on-duty lifeguards as recent serious health and safety concerns in the past three weeks have failed to be addressed by the Ministry of National Security.

The lifeguards are now demanding a meeting with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley as they claim that there are only "empty promises" meted out by the National Security Minister Stuart Young.

T&TEC: Online charger warning not from us, but...

The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) says it is aware of a message circulating on social media purporting to contain a warning issued by the commission regarding cell phone chargers.

Forest squatters warned

Planning and Development Minister Camille Robinson-Regis is condemning the illegal encroachment of forest spaces.

In a press release issued, Robinson-Regis expressed concern over recent media reports on the threat to tree-cover and water-ways in east Trinidad as a result of squatting and illegal quarrying. She said she would not condone the reckless action of a few to the detriment of many.

EMA warns of $100,000 fine and prison term for the fools still doing this to endangered turtles

The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) says it "strongly condemns" the ill-treatment of a leatherback turtle, an environmentally sensitive species, as shared recently via video post on Facebook.

The post made by a concerned individual shows a few persons harassing a leatherback turtle attempting to return to sea.

The EMA is appealing to citizens to refrain from harming environmentally sensitive species such as the turtle featured on the video, and all wildlife in general.

ODPM issues tips to prevent you from making yourself a target

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) has issued some tips to help prevent persons playing mas or going to watch the celebrations, from becoming targets.

Among the tips, the ODPM is warning persons not to accept drinks from strangers, and to walk with only what they need.

The following is the ODPM's statement:

"In keeping with the commitment to build the resilience and capacity of Trinidad and Tobago, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) wishes to advise all citizens of multiple public safety tips for Carnival 2018.

Met Office issues warning as bad weather approaches

An active Tropical Wave is currently located east of Trinidad and Tobago with accompanying strong low-level winds.

Latest radar and satellite imagery indicate that the leading edge of this Tropical Wave is expected to affect Tobago first, within the next few hours with isolated moderate to heavy showers or thundershowers and accompanying gusty winds.  

Current analysis and Numerical Weather Prediction Models (NWP) suggest that strong winds in excess of 50km/h are expected to accompany showers and thundershowers.

Queen's Park Oval gets official warning from ICC

The ICC has handed official warnings under its pitch and outfield monitoring process to Kingsmead in Durban and the Queen's Park Oval in Port-of-Spain. Kingsmead hosted the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand from August 19 to 23, and the Queen's Park Oval the fourth Test between West Indies and India from August 18 to 22. Both matches were heavily curtailed because of outfield conditions.

Andy Pycroft and Ranjan Madugalle, the match referees for the two Tests, both rated the outfields "poor" in their official reports.

Police issue warning amid circulation of hundreds of nude local women on social media

Police are being asked to determine the source of a hack, that has caused the circulation of hundreds of nude pictures of local women to be disseminated across social media.

The photos appear to have been stolen from a pornography website, TriniPorn which features locals and transferred to social websites Tumbler and One Drive in folders called "SelfShotUniverse".

The folders contain over 500 pictures of dozens of women.

WASA issues warning about impersonators

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is warning customers to be careful of people posing as WASA personnel, who do not display identification badges.

This follows allegations of people posing as WASA workers to commit robbery and other crimes.

WASA issued the following statement today: