Trinidad and Tobago

CEO of A&V Oil and Gas apologises for attacks on media personnel

Hanif Baksh, the Chief Executive Office of A&V Oil and Gas, has issued a statement apologising to the members of the media for recent attacks on them.

Last week Guardian photographer Kristian De Silva was attempting to take photos of the company’s Penal office when he was accosted and assaulted by two men.

A TV6 camera crew and a News photographer also complained of being attacked.

In a statement issued today the owner of the company at the center of the “fake oil scandal” said he is sorry.'

Hurricane Maria at Category 3 but expected to strengthen further

In what seems to be an endless procession of major hurricanes this summer, Hurricane Maria strengthened overnight to a Category 3 storm and is expected to strengthen further as it makes its way straight toward Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

Maria’s winds are howling at a maximum speed of 120 mph, with even higher gusts.

It is expected to be a Category 4 hurricane by the time it makes landfall at Puerto Rico Wednesday morning.

CAL cancels 5 flights due to Hurricane Maria

Caribbean Airlines is advising that due to the closure of the George F.L. Charles International Airport, St. Lucia, and strong storm force winds in Barbados due to Hurricane Maria, the following flights for 18 September, 2017 are cancelled:

BW 434 Port of Spain to St. Lucia
BW 435 St. Lucia to Port of Spain
BW 412 Port of Spain to Barbados
BW 413 Barbados to Port of Spain
BW 459 Kingston to Antigua

Laventille man held with pistol, ammunition

A 19-year-old man was arrested and one pistol and a quantity of ammunition seized, by officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force, during an anti-crime exercise in the Laventille area, on Friday 15th September, 2017, police said in a media statement issued Monday.

The statement said that officers conducted the exercise between 5:30am and 8:30am, during which they executed a search warrant for firearms and ammunition at the Mentor Alley, Laventille, home of the suspect.

Police detain man who kidnaps student following shootout with police

One man is in police custody after a shootout with police which resulted in one student being taken hostage.

One eyewitness says the suspect and a female student were arguing outside the compound, when police arrived the suspect started firing at the police.

He ran into the school where he held one 17-year-old male hostage.

The police were eventually able to talk him out of it and he surrendered.

The female student was not harmed.