Ministry hopes to open first phase of the Mosquito Creek Highway Extension by Wednesday

The Minister of Works and Transport is hoping to open the first phase of the Mosquito Creek segment of the Solomon Hochoy Highway Extension to Point Fortin by Wednesday. 

Minister Rohan Sinanan made the revelation during a sitting of the Standing Finance Committee this afternoon. 

"The first phase of the creek - we are hoping we'd have it opened on Wednesday so the problem on the creek would be something of the past. After 50, 60 years, from Wednesday that should be something of the past," he said.

Father, son to be charged with 'Secret Sunday' offences

A Valsayn businessman and his son who were both detained in a raid by police officers from the Special Operations Response Team(SORT) at Lady Chancellor Heights, Port-of-Spain early this morning are expected to be charged for the possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Senior investigators told Guardian Media that the businessman and his son had been formally charged in 2016 with similar offences which are still before the courts.

The men were held with 18 other males and 22 women at a party termed Secret Sunday.

Flooded areas in Trinidad

The following are places that were reported flooded as at 1.30 pm today;

Flooding at the Maritime Roundabout in Barataria.

Flooding on the Eastbound lane in Cocorite on the highway, 1 lane is already blocked due to water

Flooding on Lady Young Road.

Flooding on Eastern Main Road in Laventille. Reports that the road is impassable.

Flooding on Morvant Junction, impassable to most vehicles, cars are turning back

Independence Square has flood out

Chacon Street by Nicholas towers is flooded.

Beetham on the PBR has flood waters.

PCA and PSB probing Paryag shooting

The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) has confirmed that it has initiated its own probe into the matters surrounding the fatal shooting of Keone Paryag, on Friday night.

On Friday at about 6 p.m., police were called in to the Biljah Road, Chaguanas, apartment of Danah Alleyne, the sister of Crime Watch host, Ian Alleyne.

Reports are that she had been cornered in her apartment by her boyfriend, 34-year-old Keone Paryag, and was fearful for her life.

LA GUERRE: “2020 Election a two party race…”

Political analyst, Professor John La Guerre, is predicting that the upcoming 2020 General Election will be very, very close, and predominantly, a two-party race.

He also warns that there may be a lot of mud-slinging, as both major parties try to poach voters from each other, to gain ascendancy.

According to Professor La Guerre, times have changed dramatically, as has the electorate, and it won’t be easy for any one political party to get an overwhelming majority.

He told us if the election were called today, it would be a dead heat between the PNM and the UNC.

Secret Sunday pool party busted

A Secret Sunday pool party in Port of Sain was busted by officers of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) after midnight on Sunday where 22 women were detained.
A 37-year-old woman from Westmoorings, who is believed to be the main suspect, has been arrested and is currently assisting police in their investigations.

INTERNATIONAL: Chile's cost of living protests take deadly toll

The number of people killed in violent protests against rising living costs in Chile has risen to 11, Santiago Governor Karla Rubilar said on Monday.

At least five of those killed died after looters torched a garment factory near the capital.

The military and police used tear gas and water cannon against protesters and a curfew was imposed in major cities.

A state of emergency already in place in Santiago is to be extended to cities in the country's north and south.