Trinidad and Tobago

18-year-old female among five held for gun possession

Five persons, including a 17-year-old male and an 18-year-old female were arrested and a pistol, a revolver and a quantity of ammunition seized by officers of the Northern Division Task Force, Area East, during an anti-crime exercise in the Arima district yesterday.

Officers were on mobile patrol, around 10:40 am, on Sunday, when they observed a black Nissan Almera with five occupants proceeding along Guerra Road, Calvary Hill, Arima.

Upon seeing the officers, the occupants of the vehicle started acting suspiciously.

Trini held on Miami bus by customs could be deported

A Trinidad man who moved to Miami when he was 19, about 12 years ago, has been nabbed by Miami police and now faces deportation, the Miami New Times has reported.

However, Elizabeth Fernandez, spokesman for the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC), the group which shared the video of the man being detained last week, has declined to identify him.

A video last week showed US Customs and Border Protection (CPB) agents hauling the man in handcuffs off a Greyhound in Fort Lauderdale, after demanding papers from passengers on the bus.

Sixth Panorama title for St Francois

St Francois Girls’ College successfully defended their Secondary Schools’ title at the National Schools’ Panorama finals at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.

The Belmont-based school, playing Crazy’s Pan Break, amassed 283 points to beat Naparima Girls High/Naparima College and St Joseph’s Convent (St Joseph) into second and third respectively and earn their sixth overall title.

Speaking afterwards, captain Krisana Mitchell said she was happy with the win since this was her last time playing and last year at the school.

Venezuela crisis fuels exploitation in T&T

The social, economic and political upheavals, hyperinflation, shortages of food, medicine and other supplies and US sanctions have forced many Venezuelans to flee their country and look for work in neighbouring countries, including T&T, to earn money and supplies to send back home to their families.

According to the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) report dated August 2017, there are an estimated 40,000 Venezuelans in T&T.

Judge halts PSA elections again

The Public Service Association (PSA)’s leadership election has been postponed for the second time in less than three months.

The postponement of the election, which was carded for February 19, came yesterday as High Court Judge Nadia Kangaloo ruled that there were irregularities in the voter’s list compiled by the association’s elections committee in October, last year.

Kangaloo ruled that the committee would be unable to rectify the errors on the list and publish it before the proposed election date.