Trinidad and Tobago

Planned Desalcott shutdown next week to affect water supply nationwide

The Water and Sewerage Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (WASA) says that the Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Desalcott) has advised of a planned shutdown of its Desalination Plant at Point Lisas to facilitate maintenance works.

The Desalcott-owned and operated desalination plant provides 40 million gallons daily to WASA, which is used to supply the Point Lisas Industrial Estate, as well as augment the supply to areas in Central and South Trinidad.

Works Ministry: Ocean Flower 2 here on dry-docking arrangement not for seabridge services

The Ministry of Works and Transport says the Ocean Flower II has come to Trinidad as part of a dry-docking arrangement with its owner.

In a statement issued this afternoon, the Ministry insisted that the arrival of the vessel is not related to the terminated contract between the Ministry and the owner of the vessel.

15-year-old Palmiste boy missing since Saturday

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is seeking the urgent assistance of the public in locating 15-year-old Jamal Sylvester, a statement by the police said.

Jamal, was last seen at his Block 7, Palmiste, home around 10:30 am, on Saturday 16th September, 2017.

He was reported missing to the San Fernando Police Station, around 12:25 am, on Tuesday 19th September, by his mother, Allyson Sylvester.

Jamal is of African descent, 5 feet 8 inches tall, slim built, brown in complexion and has short black hair.

President officially declares October 18th as Divali holiday

President Anthony Carmona has officially declared Wednesday 18th October, 2017 as the date of the public holiday in celebration of the festival of Divali.

The date has been in the public domain for several months now but unless it's officially declared by the President, it's not yet official.

A statement by the Office of the President made the announcement today, stating that the declaration was in accordance with the provisions of the Public Holidays and Festivals Act.

Las Cuevas raid - four cars seized with false number plates on Sandman's property

A pistol, four vehicles bearing false registration plates and a quantity of marijuana were seized by officers of the North Eastern Division Task Force in the Maracas Bay area today, police said in a media statement. 

Officers conducted the exercise between 6 am and 2 pm on Wednesday 20th September 2017, during which they found two kilogrammes of marijuana hidden at the Maracas Bay Fishing Depot. 

The drug has an estimated street value of $20,000. 

Police officers stopped with drugs, illegal weapons in marked police vehicle

Two police officers are now answering questions about why they were transporting several bags of marijuana in Cedros on Tuesday in a marked police vehicle.

According to police, officers of the South-Western Division intercepted a marked police car Tuesday evening when they made the discovery.

The vehicle was assigned to a special unit.

Police say two police officers and a civilian were inside the vehicle.

Police searched the vehicle and found crocus bags containing compressed marijuana and three illegal firearms.