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Court suspends recent ruling against sedition law

The Court of Ap­peal has agreed to sus­pend a re­cent judge­ment, which struck down as­pects of this coun­try's colo­nial-age sedi­tion leg­is­la­tion.

De­liv­er­ing an oral de­ci­sion at the Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spain, this morn­ing, Ap­pel­late Judge Al­ice Yorke-Soo Hon ruled that the sus­pen­sion was nec­es­sary to pro­tect two pend­ing mat­ters be­ing pros­e­cut­ed by the Of­fice of the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions (DPP) and to pre­vent a myr­i­ad of le­gal chal­lenges to oth­er ex­ist­ing laws.

Suspected car thief detained by police

A 32-year-old man has been detained on suspicion of stealing a vehicle in the North Eastern Division.

On February 16th, an anti-crime exercise was conducted by Cpl Daniel, along with PCs Lezama, Foy, Orosco, of the NEDTF.

According to police reports, the officers were on mobile patrol in the Morvant district, when they were asked to be on the lookout for stolen vehicles in the area.

The officers observed one of the stolen vehicles, a white Nisan Tiida being driven by a 32-year-old man of 2nd Caledonia, Morvant.

NATUC leads public officers in capital city protest

Hundreds of public officers marched through east Port of Spain this morning to demand settlement of their wage negotiations.

The protesting workers, led by Watson Duke, President of the National Trade Union Centre (NATUC), wound their way through St. Paul Street and Besson Street.

They are marching to protest against what they believe is the Chief Personnel Officer's delay in settling wage negotiations for workers from different state agencies.

The negotiations apply to different periods.

Soca Raff Up organisers apologise, sort of…

The organizers of the SOCA RAFF UP 2020 are apologizing to patrons over last night's event, following a mechanical issue on one of the boats.

But the organizers are claiming the picture painted by some of the patrons is an exaggerated version of what actually transpired.

SOCA RAFF UP 2020 up began at around 3pm on Sunday and was carded to run until 8pm on board the vessel called “The Embassy”.

However, at some point last night, party patrons sent an SOS via social media, alleging that part of the boat had begun sinking.

Man succumbs to gunshot wounds

A man who was shot over 12 times while at Samaroo Village in Arima on Sunday night, later died at the Arima District Hospital while undergoing treatment.

According to a police report, at about 7.39 pm on Sunday, Joel Franco  was standing on Church Street, Samaroo Village when a lone gunman approached the him and shot him several times about the body.

Franco was taken to the Arima Health Facility where he succumbed to his injuries at about 9.45 pm.

Taxi driver shot, passenger beaten

A taxi driver was shot in the head and his passenger badly beaten after he refused to take two men, who boarded his taxi in Arima, to a specific location on Sunday night.

According to a police report, at about 8.20 pm, a 49-year-old man boarded a Gold coloured Nissan Almera motorcar on Queen Street, Arima, in the vicinity of the Royal Castle food outlet. There were two other men seated already in the back seat of the vehicle, which was driven by a 38-year-old man of Cumuto.

Garcia: “Ministry and Police not giving up on nation’s children…”

Education Minister, Anthony Garcia, says the Ministry of Education has not given up the fight to bring back discipline and ensure a peaceful environment in the nation's schools.

Speaking on The Morning Brew show today, the education minister confirmed that the ministry has been working closely with Police Commissioner Gary Griffith and his team, to find solutions to the increasing indiscipline and violence in the nation’s 700-plus schools.

Oil spill on St. Ann’s Road today

There are reports of an oil spill occurring on St. Ann's Road in the vicinity of Queen's Hall, today.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, the Port of Spain City Corporation's Disaster Management Unit raised an alert about the spill, this morning.

According to the ministry’s release, members of the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service were on the scene, dealing with the spill.

Citizens were urged to proceed with caution and follow the directives given by officials on the scene.

TTPS makes cocaine bust on CARICOM Wharf

A man has been arrested and a quantity of cocaine and cash seized during an exercise conducted at the CARICOM Jetty, Queens Wharf, Port of Spain, on Thursday afternoon.

According to reports, officers of the Specialized Intelligence Unit and Port Police Department were conducting checks when they observed the driver of a vehicle acting suspiciously.

A search was conducted and a quantity of cocaine wrapped in a black bag was discovered, along with TT$7,500 in cash.

The items were seized and the driver of the vehicle arrested.

Investigations are ongoing.

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