Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Lawyers have recordings, affidavit*

Sep. 19, 2017, 9:38 PM AST Comments

THE ten men who were sentenced to death 16 years ago, but later had their sentence commuted to life in prison for the murder of Thackoor Boodram, brother of drug baron Dole Chadee, now have another chance at freedom. For a second time, those accused of the 1997 murder are before the Court of Appeal

Woman accuses neighbour of 2007 kidnapping*

Sep. 19, 2017, 9:34 PM AST Comments

A WOMAN yesterday testified in court of being kept against her will and threatened with death ten years ago, as her former neighbour drove her around in a car for more than an hour. Lisa Straker also gave evidence of crying and being scared during the ordeal as the trial against Michael Murray began

Small warns of judicial collapse*

Sep. 19, 2017, 9:32 PM AST Comments

THE Government was yesterday cautioned that in its haste to remove preliminary enquiries it can overburden and cause the collapse of the judicial system. The warning came from Independent Senator David Small in his contribution to the Indictable Offences (Pre-Trial Publicity) Bill, 2017 at the Senat

...AG: More staff for DPP’s office*

Sep. 19, 2017, 9:30 PM AST Comments

THE executive is working to ensure that all the vacancies in the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) office are filled, says Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi. Speaking yesterday on The Indictable Offences (Pre-Trial Publicity) Bill, 2017, Al-Rawi responded to a number of senators who raised concerns

University embracing change by picking a businessman*

Sep. 19, 2017, 9:27 PM AST Comments

Robert Bermudez, newly-installed Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, acknowledged that the institution was recalibrating itself to the demands of the future by having him, a businessman, at its head. Amid much pomp and ceremony, Bermudez was presented with his instrument of appointment

Govt looking at local govt to handle school repairs*

Sep. 19, 2017, 9:25 PM AST Comments

THE Government is contemplating utilising local government corporations to carry out school repairs, says Education Minister Anthony Garcia. This currently falls under the purview of the Education Facilities Co Ltd (EFCL). Garcia disclosed this at the Senate sitting in Port of Spain last week in res

Appeal Court judge sworn in to JLSC*

Sep. 19, 2017, 9:22 PM AST Comments

COURT of Appeal Judge Charmaine Pemberton was yesterday sworn in as a member of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC) at a time described by President Anthony Carmona as one of “disquiet”. Carmona has, however, expressed confidence Pemberton would be able to bring some quiet t

‘Unsupervised children roam after dark’*

Sep. 19, 2017, 9:21 PM AST Comments

RESIDENTS of Barataria and parts of San Juan expressed frustration to the police about indiscriminate parking and the sight of unsupervised children roaming the streets after dark. This was during a North Eastern Division (NED) police town meeting at Barataria Community Centre on Monday night. Prese

Duke guilty of ‘thuggery’, says Arima mayor*

Sep. 19, 2017, 9:19 PM AST Comments

Arima Mayor Lisa Morris-Julian condemned Public Services’ Association (PSA) president Watson Duke’s “thuggery” in prompting about 80 administrative employees from Arima Borough Corporation, on Solzano Street, to walk off the job yesterday. But she agreed workers needed to be

Cuffie regains consciousness*

Sep. 19, 2017, 9:16 PM AST Comments

Public Administration and Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie is conscious and is said to be talking after suffering a stroke which has kept him in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at St Clair Medical Centre in Port of Spain for the past 14 days. Sources said on Monday that Cuffie is expected to be re

WPC shot at: ex-neighbour in court*

Sep. 19, 2017, 9:14 PM AST Comments

THE MAN who allegedly shot at a woman police constable and her husband last week in Mamoral yesterday faced six charges before the court. Shawn Padarath, the couple’s former neighbour, appeared before Chaguanas First Court Magistrate Adrian Darmanie. It was alleged that Padarath, 33, who now

Beach lime ends in death*

Sep. 19, 2017, 9:9 PM AST Comments

What was supposed to be a fun outing turned into a death trip for 36-year-old Ramlal Pooran, whose body was found floating off Icacos Bay on Saturday. Pooran’s decomposed body was found two days after he went missing. Police said Pooran and a close male friend were liming at Guapo Beach, near

Ministry warns of citrus disease in T&T*

Sep. 19, 2017, 9:8 PM AST Comments

Citrus Greening Disease has been confirmed in several parts of Trinidad and Tobago, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. The disease, also known as Citrus Huanglongbing (HLB), is caused by an insect-spread bacterial infection and affects all types of citrus. A release from the ministry said the