Human Trafficking bust at Arouca church

Six people have been arrested in connection with what is being described as one of the biggest human trafficking busts in the country. A pastor reportedly is among the six people held during the bust.

Just after 12 this morning, officers of the Special Operation Response Team and the TTPS conducted a sting operation at a prominent church on the eastern main road in Arouca—the Transformed Life Ministries for Revival and for Rehabilitation.

Former Chief Justice Sat Sharma has died

Former Chief Justice, Sat Sharma, has died. Details of his death are not yet known, however family members have confirmed that Sharma, who had been ailing for a while, he died this morning.

The former chief justice retired from office at the age of 65, in January 2008, after a turbulent period in which there attempts to impeach him for improper conduct while in office.

Pensioner dies three weeks after being beaten and shot

“If you have to go and meet mom­my, it is ok,” Elvis Black told his ail­ing fa­ther, Bob­by Son­ny, as he laid on a hos­pi­tal bed last Sat­ur­day af­ter be­ing bru­tal­ly shot and beat­en dur­ing a home in­va­sion three weeks ago.

In less than an hour, Black re­ceived the trag­ic phone call that Son­ny had died, an­oth­er el­der­ly vic­tim to mur­der­ous crim­i­nals. Son­ny, 73, the own­er of Black’s Min­i­mart, was at his Par­force Road, Gas­par­il­lo home around 11 am on Sep­tem­ber 10 when two men climbed over his gate and en­tered his home.

Adverse weather alert in effect from 6am Wednesday

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) has issued a reminder that the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) has advised of an Adverse Weather Alert – Yellow Level for Trinidad and Tobago.

This alert will take effect from Wednesday 9th October, 2019 at 6:00 am to Thursday 10th October, 2019 at 6 pm and would result from the possible effects of the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).

An Adverse Weather Yellow Level indicates the possibility of periods of heavy rainfall and isolated thunderstorms.

Rio Claro man detained for drug possesion

One man was arrested and a quantity of marijuana was seized by officers of the Central Division Special Crime Unit, during an anti-crime exercise conducted in Bamboo #3 yesterday.

According to police reports, during the exercise, spearheaded by Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Hunte and ASP (Ag.) Smith, officers proceeded to Bamboo #3 Boulevard, where they had cause to stop and search a gold Mazda BT-50 pickup truck with a lone male occupant.

The search resulted in officers finding approximately one kilogramme of marijuana in a brown plastic packet inside the vehicle.

Police detain man in bar with gun and ammunition

A La Romaine man was arrested and a revolver and quantity of ammunition seized by officers of the Southern Division Task Force, during an anti-crime exercise in La Romaine yesterday.

According to police reports, during the exercise, the officers proceeded to a bar located along the Southern Main Road, La Romaine where they searched of the patrons.

During the search, officers found a revolver and four rounds of ammunition in the possession of a male patron.

Apple Leisure Group to take over management of Magdelena Grand Resort

American travel and hospitality conglomerate apple leisure group is close to expanding its footprint with a possible take over of the Magdelena grand beach and golf resort in Tobago.

During a post-budget meeting today, Finance Minister Colm Imbert announced that an agreement is being finalized with one of the group's subsidiaries.

Its a move he says could boost the tourism sector on the island.

Reporter: Jesse Ramdeo

Gabriel Faria: “Need bolder moves towards diversification.”

Chief Executive of the T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Gabriel Faria, says while some steps have been taken towards transforming the economy, government needs to make even bolder moves towards embarking on proper diversification.

The TT Chamber CEO was commenting on several business friendly initiatives announced by the Finance Minister, during yesterday’s budget presentation.

He applauds government for the various initiatives created to increase private sector involvement in the economy, particularly in housing, construction and the export sector.

Secretary Jack: “Tobago bonds will be attractive.”

Finance Secretary in the Tobago House of Assembly, Joel Jack, says he is looking forward to the THA being able to raise its own funding on the international market.

During yesterday’s budget presentation, the Finance Minister indicated that the Assembly now can use bond financing valued at $300 million to fund critical development projects. In addition, some $2.283 billion from the national budget has been allocated to Tobago.