State to pay for Dr Baboolal’s funeral

The fu­ner­al ex­pens­es of Dr Lin­da Ba­boolal will be paid by the State, the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter has stat­ed.

“The Gov­ern­ment of Trinidad and To­ba­go, as a mark of re­spect, has of­fered to un­der­take the fu­ner­al ex­pens­es of this pa­tri­ot, and her fam­i­ly has ac­cept­ed,” the re­lease stat­ed yes­ter­day.

Al-Rawi: I made no inquiry about Marlene’s impending arrest

Al­though ad­mit­ting that Port-of-Spain South MP Mar­lene Mc­Don­ald in­quired whether he knew of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­to her, At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi de­nies mak­ing any queries to the po­lice.

Al-Rawi said a few months be­fore Mc­Don­ald was ar­rest­ed in a cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion last month, she ap­proached him in the Par­lia­ment.

Speak­ing to re­porters at Skin­ner Park yes­ter­day, he said Mc­Don­ald told him as a mat­ter of fact that Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar had in­formed the MP about her im­pend­ing ar­rest.

Suspect in Trini’s murder set himself on fire

The 30-year-old sus­pect want­ed for the mur­der of Trinidad-born Kiara Al­leyne, 20, at her home in Flori­da on Wednes­day has been re­ceiv­ing med­ical care af­ter he was found se­ri­ous­ly in­jured by Mar­i­on Coun­ty homi­cide of­fi­cers and had to be air­lift­ed from the area where he was lo­cat­ed.

Ac­cord­ing to Mar­i­on Coun­ty of­fi­cers, the sus­pect was found in the Flori­da Keys on Wednes­day morn­ing and air­lift­ed to Ry­der Trau­ma Cen­ter in Mi­a­mi with burns to the arms in what they de­scribed as a “bizarre se­ries of events that be­gan with a bur­glary call.”

Michelle Lee Ahye suspended for anti-doping violations

T&T sprint national champion Michelle-lee Ahye has been provisionally suspended for anti-doping violations

In a statement today, the athletics integrity unit, which is a sub-committee of the IAAF, said that the Pan American silver medalist has been suspended since August 30th while it investigates a "whereabouts failure".

Athletes are required to report their daily whereabouts in advance to allow for unannounced doping control.

In the event of three breaches in less than a year, they risk a two-year suspension.

Diego Martin man arrested during anti-crime exercise

One man was arrested and a pistol and a quantity of ammunition seized by officers of the Western Division during an anti-crime exercise in Diego Martin yesterday.

The exercise, conducted around 3:00 pm included officers of the Diego Martin Criminal Investigations Department.

According to police reports, during the exercise, officers were on patrol along the Diego Martin Main Road, when they observed a suspect behaving in a suspicious manner.

Scotiabank records half a billion in income

Sco­tia­bank Trinidad and To­ba­go has so far record­ed an in­come af­ter tax­a­tion of over half a bil­lion dol­lars for the fi­nan­cial year 2019, the com­pa­ny’s unau­dit­ed fi­nan­cial re­sults have stat­ed.

“Year to date in­come af­ter tax­a­tion was $524 mil­lion, an in­crease of $40 mil­lion or eight per cent over the same pe­ri­od last year.

Fuad Khan on Linda Baboolal's passing: Why no health insurance for parliamentarians?

Tributes have been pouring in since Dr. Linda Baboolal's passing early this morning. 

Former Health Minister and MP for Barataria/San Juan, Dr Fuad Khan, said had fond memories of Baboolal, who represented that constituency from 199-21995. 

"She was my first political opponent in 1995, she was an extremely nice person and never practised nasty politics. We shared a good relationship before she went into politics, leaving behind a lucrative private practice where she was loved and admired by her patients as well as colleagues.