THA Election update: London votes

Outgoing Chief Secretary Orville London has voted early in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) elections.

Mr London cast his vote at the Signal Hill Secondary School, accompanied by his wife Brigid.

Mr London has been the Chief Secretary of the THA for the last 16 years but has chosen to retire and has stepped down as political leader of the PNM in Tobago.

He has been replaced by the former presiding officer of the THA, Kelvin Charles.

Over 50,000 people are eligible to vote in today's THA elections.

"Please come back", mother cries for missing teen

“Please come back home,” a weeping Lydia Hinds, mother of 16-year-old Nicole Lezama, said yesterday as she appealed for the safe return of the teen who has been missing since Saturday.

Hinds fears something bad has happened because her daughter always returns calls and never leaves home without her permission. 

Over 50,000 vote in today's THA elections

Results from today’s Tobago House of Assembly (THA) elections should start coming in to returning officers from around 7.30 pm.

This estimate was given yesterday by Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) chief elections officer Ramesh Nanan, who is in Tobago.

“All systems are in place for today’s THA poll,” he said.

Polling takes place from 6 am to 6 pm at stations in the 12 THA seats. Some 50,227 citizens are eligible to vote.

House unanimously agrees to validate THA elections

The House of Representatives has passed legislation to validate the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) elections.

The bill was passed by a vote of 37 for, none against and no abstentions.

It received the support of the Opposition, which criticised the government, and in particular the prime minister and the attorney general, for what they described as the embarrassment of setting the THA election date and then seeking validation.

According to law, there must be 21 days from nomination day to polling day. However, only 20 days were set.

El Chapo facing rest of life in US prison; seizure of US$14 billion

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán could face the rest of his life in a US prison and have $14bn of his drug-trafficking profits seized by American authorities, US prosecutors said on Friday, a day after the cartel kingpin was extradited from Mexico to stand trial in New York.

Guzmán was due to make his first appearance at the Brooklyn federal court on Friday afternoon charged with leading a vast and murderous criminal operation that distributed 200 tons of cocaine for sale on American streets.