NCIC wants money for Divali celebrations

The Na­tion­al Coun­cil for In­di­an Cul­ture (NCIC) is hop­ing Gov­ern­ment will in­crease its sub­ven­tion for the Di­vali Na­gar this year as it es­ti­mates it will cost around $5 mil­lion to suc­cess­ful­ly stage the nine nights of fes­tiv­i­ties.

“We got $500,000 last year,” said Su­ru­jdeo Man­ga­roo, pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer for the NCIC.

Four foreign stations to be removed in 2020


Four pop­u­lar free to air net­works are ex­pect­ed to be pulled from lo­cal sub­scrip­tion TV broad­cast­ers from Jan­u­ary 1, 2020.

Fans of Fox net­work’s Walk­ing Dead, NBC’s the Voice, Days of Our Lives and Suits, CBS’ NCIS and ABC’s The View and Jim­my Kim­mel may be forced to seek al­ter­na­tive ways to keep up to date with the shows as the Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Au­thor­i­ty of T&T is clamp­ing down on ser­vice providers who have not been com­pli­ant with in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty rights.

Arima man killed in police shootout

An Arima man was killed during a shoot-out with police officers yesterday evening. 

At around 5 pm, police received a report of a shooting at Maturita Extension. Officers from the Northern Division Task Force East and Crime Suppression Unit responded and were reportedly greeted by gunfire from the suspect. 

The officers returned fire, hitting the suspect several times. The man, who was later identified as Stephan Plaza, was taken to the Arima District Health Facility for treatment but was pronounced dead on arrival. 

Arima woman missing

The TTPS is seeking the urgent assistance of the public in locating 21-year-old Kesha Daniella Darlington.

Kesha, of Longden Street, Arima, was last seen at Jenny's Bar Longden Street Arima around 11:00 am on October 14th 2019.

She was reported missing to the Arima Police Station at 4:30 pm on October 2019 14th by a relative.

Kesha, is of mixed descent, 4 feet tall, and slim built, with a brown complexion.

She was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, a pair of jeans and a pair of black slippers.

Two held for possession of forged US Currency

Two men were arrested and a quantity of forged US Currency seized, during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Tunapuna district last week.

During the exercise, which was conducted at about 11 pm on Thursday October 10, officers of the Special Branch and the Northern Division, intercepted a vehicle with a lone male occupant along the Eastern Main Road in Tunapuna.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the officers finding $1,200 of forged US currency in the man’s possession.

Dangerous road in Charlotteville, Tobago

The head of the Charlotteville Village Council is lamenting that complaints over a dangerous bend along the area's road network continue to fall on deaf ears.

Arcturs Browne is now warning that conditions along Turpine Bend, which has led to many fatal accidents, are worsening and is fearful for the lives of motorists.

“About three weeks ago, a car ran off the road and crashed into a ladies house,” he told us. “We are asking the THA, are you going to wait until a big maxi-taxi or a PTSC bus runs off this road and crashes, and kills many people?”

Caribbean Statistics Day observed in Tobago

The Tobago House of Assembly (THA) must develop a culture of statistics, as it's the only way the Assembly can improve its data collection and subsequently, the lives of Tobagonians.

This was stressed at the National Statistics Seminar held at the Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute Blenheim, Mt St George, Tobago on Tuesday, October 15.

Themed "Building Resilience of the Caribbean Community," the seminar sought to get THA officers—and the Tobago population—to understand the importance of statistics to the island's development.

Cunupia man held with pistol and ammo at home

One man was arrested and a pistol and a quantity of ammunition seized by officers of the Cunupia Police Station, during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the district last night.

During the exercise, on Monday October 14th, officers executed a search warrant at the Raghunanan Road, Cunupia home of a 32-year-old man.

The search resulted in officers finding one black and chrome Beretta pistol, two magazines and 23 rounds of ammunition in the house.

The suspect, who was in the house at the time of the exercise, was arrested in connection with the find.