OWTU unimpressed with changes at Heritage, Paria

The Oil­field Work­ers’ Trade Union (OW­TU) re­mains "to­tal­ly unim­pressed" with the changes an­nounced by the Gov­ern­ment with re­spect to the sub­sidiary com­pa­nies of for­mer Petrotrin—Her­itage Pe­tro­le­um Com­pa­ny and Trinidad Pe­tro­le­um Hold­ings— the union says in a re­lease.

I never called anyone lazy—Rowley

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing heavy crit­i­cism for his com­ments that some pub­lic ser­vants have been col­lect­ing a salary even though they “pro­duce noth­ing when the day comes,” Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley has now is­sued a state­ment deny­ing that he ever ac­cused the Pub­lic Ser­vice work­ers of be­ing lazy.

In a state­ment is­sued on his Face­book page, Row­ley said, “I nev­er used the word lazy nor did I ac­cuse all pub­lic ser­vants nor did I ac­cuse the Pub­lic Ser­vice of be­ing lazy.”

Caroni cats poisoned, autopsy confirms

Ini­tial re­ports of necrop­sies done on the car­cass­es of sev­er­al dead an­i­mals found at the Ca­roni Bird Sanc­tu­ary on Wednes­day night have con­firmed the an­i­mals died of poi­son­ing.

Kath­leen Braith­waite of the An­i­mal Wel­fare Net­work (AWN) told Guardian Me­dia yes­ter­day that she was still await­ing the full re­port of the necrop­sy to find out what kind of poi­son was used to kill the an­i­mals.

Cop arrested for failure to testify in court matter

A po­lice of­fi­cer who was ar­rest­ed on a war­rant af­ter he failed to show up to tes­ti­fy in a mat­ter ap­peared in court yes­ter­day.

Po­lice Con­sta­ble Adri­an So­tio through his at­tor­ney Sub­has Pan­day ex­plained to San Fer­nan­do Se­nior Mag­is­trate Jo-Anne Con­nor that he suf­fered an in­jury and on the day of the mat­ter he was at the hos­pi­tal.

Marlene’s companion free after spending 11 days in jail

Af­ter spend­ing al­most 11 days on re­mand, Michael Carew, the long-time com­pan­ion of for­mer gov­ern­ment min­is­ter Mar­lene Mc­Don­ald was yes­ter­day able to ac­cess bail.

Sources told Guardian Me­dia that while Carew’s bailor was ap­proved by of­fi­cials at the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trate’s Court on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, he was not im­me­di­ate­ly re­leased as there was a de­lay in trans­fer­ring the doc­u­ments to the Port-of-Spain State Prison.

Father loses son at river, takes steps to save others

When 20-year-old De­vante Lal­la dis­ap­peared un­der the wa­ter while try­ing to save his younger broth­er from drown­ing at Three Pools, Blan­chisseuse, his broth­ers fran­ti­cal­ly searched for some­thing to toss in­to the wa­ter to save him. With noth­ing in reach, De­vante was not found un­til four hours lat­er when Coast Guard divers dis­cov­ered his body pinned un­der a log at the bot­tom of the riv­er.

Digicel donates $250,000 to Children’s Ark

The Chil­dren’s Ark re­ceived a con­tri­bu­tion of $ 250,000 from the Dig­i­cel Foun­da­tion for its on­go­ing work at the Princess Eliz­a­beth Home for hand­i­capped and chal­lenged chil­dren.

A state­ment said the Chil­dren’s Ark took up the project ear­ly in the year since there was a need to move the sur­gi­cal ward and op­er­at­ing the­atre be­cause of the dam­age caused by flood­ing over the years at the home.

Bishop appeals for kindness towards fellow Venezuelans

A Venezue­lan Bish­op on a vis­it to Trinidad and To­ba­go has ap­pealed to lo­cals to treat his coun­try­men seek­ing refuge here with kind­ness.

Dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the Liv­ing Wa­ter Com­mu­ni­ty in Port-of-Spain, Bish­op Jaime José Vil­lar­roel Ro­driguez said Venezue­lans have been en­dur­ing ter­ri­ble suf­fer­ing in their home­land.

TTPS introduces mobile detention buses

The Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith has begun introducing mobile detention buses to assist the TTPS in conducting its operations.

In a press release issued today, the TTPS stated the detention buses will assist police officers in dealing with crowd control, riots and at any occasion which warrants the TTPS to detain large numbers of persons for breaking the law.

These buses are not newly purchased.