Drive-by murder in St James

A drive-by shooting in St James has pushed the murder toll to 264 for the year thus far.

The victim has been identified as Chike Denbow.

Reports indicate that at around 9 pm Tuesday, a white vehicle drove along Alfred Richards street and one of its occupants opened fire on Denbow.

He died at the scene.

Investigations are ongoing.

TT Pride Committee releases calendar of events for Pride Month

The Trinidad and Tobago Pride Arts Committee (TTPAC) has released a calendar of events to celebrate Pride Month.

The TTPAC issued the following statement on Wednesday.

"This year’s Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) LGBT+ Pride celebrations will be held under the banner of the Trinidad and Tobago Pride Arts Festival and, for the first time in its history, encompass all the major celebrations of Pride Month in T&T. TT Pride will run from June 22 to July 29, 2018.

PM off to Grenada

The Office of the Prime Minister has announced that Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has accepted an invitation from Prime Minister of Grenada Keith Mitchell, to attend the opening of the new Parliament building in Grenada.

Dr Rowley will leave for Grenada this afternoon and return on Thursday 21st June.

Minister of Finance the Honourable Colm Imbert will act as prime minister during Dr Rowley's absence.


Government revenue up by $4.2 billion

The deficit incurred by Central Government in the first seven months of fiscal year (FY) 2017/18 was $2,909.8 million, down from the $8,991.1 million in the corresponding period a earlier.

According to the latest Monetary Policy Report from the Central Bank, the smaller deficit, was financed by borrowing primarily on the domestic capital market, some external multilateral loans and the use of the Central Bank overdraft facility.

As a result, the non-energy fiscal deficit fell to $9,233.2 million from a deficit of $12,263.6 million one year ago.

IWRN: Protection orders not helping women

Authorities must review the methods used by women to protect themselves from abusive partners, including the granting of restraining and protection orders from the court, according to Adriana Sandrine Rattan president of the International Women’s Resource Network (IWRN).

In the past two years, more than 50 women who obtained protection or restraining orders against their estranged husbands/partners are now dead, according to statistics from IWRN.

Rattan comments follow the latest suspected domestic violence murder which claimed the life of Nadine Smith.

Roget: Crime worse under PNM Gov't

After giving the Government a failing grade during his performance appraisal at the annual Labour Day rally in Fyzabad, Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) leader Ancel Roget called on citizens to use the PNM’s third anniversary in office, September 7, to rest and reflect.

His call came immediately after JTUM presented a large report card on stage at Charlie King Junction and asked the unionists gathered to grade the Government on its handling of crime, the economy, labour, health and education.