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Dorian's death toll at 30 but final figure will be "staggering", official says

Hurricane Dorian's death toll in the Bahamas has climbed to 30 as officials there warn that the final death toll could be "staggering".

Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis described the effects of the storm as "generational devastation."

Extra morticians and refrigerated coolers to store bodies were being sent to the region to help authorities cope with the deadly impact, Health Minister Duane Sands told local media.

Of the final number killed, he declared: "Let me say that I believe the number will be staggering."

PCA supports use of tasers

Having made the recommendation on the use of non-lethal weapons, the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) says it approves of the decision of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) on the implementation of non-lethal weapons.

In a statement issued on Friday, the PCA says the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions summarized four general principles that must govern use of force.

Court blocks deportation of Venezuelan women

Two Venezuelan women have managed to block their deportation.

Delivering a decision at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain yesterday, High Court Judgd Ricky Rahim granted an injunction blocking the Immigration Division from deporting Yoselin Pacheco Tourasi and Annys Maria Blanco Perez, both of Porlamar, Venezuela.

As part of his decision, Rahim ordered the conditional release of the women by instructing the division to place them on orders of supervision pending the determination of the case.

Robert Mugabe, who once said 'only God' could ever remove him, dies at 95

Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe, who was once feted as an independence hero but whose 37-year rule left his country deeply divided and nearly broke, has died at the age of 95.

To his loyal supporters, he remained until his death the revered leader who ushered in independence after bringing an end to white-minority rule.

But to his critics, Mugabe was the caricature of an African dictator who oppressed his opponents and ruined a country to retain power, which he was forced to relinquish, at the age of 93, in 2017.

16 year old cops top National Photography Award

Micah James is just 16 years old and has become the youngest ever winner of National Photograph of the year in the Photomania competition put out by the T&T Photographic Society.

The announcement was made at the Prize Giving and Exhibition Opening Night that was held on Wednesday at the Art Society of T&T in Port of Spain.

In addition to the National Photograph Award, James also copped 3rd place Under 18 Digital Art, 2nd place Nature, 2nd place Landscape, 1st place Nature and 1st place street and photojournalism.

Cops arrest impostor in major identity theft scam

Po­lice are call­ing on mem­bers of the pub­lic to con­duct busi­ness trans­ac­tions us­ing na­tion­al ID cards rather than dri­vers per­mits af­ter mak­ing a ma­jor break­through in a fake iden­ti­ty scam.

The call fol­lows the ar­rest of an im­poster who im­per­son­at­ed a Bar­rack­pore house­wife and rent­ed cars which were then sold to un­sus­pect­ing vic­tims in South Trinidad.

T&T to help Bahamas with US$500,000, soldiers, T&TEC workers

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has announced that Trinidad and Tobago will assist the Bahamas with soldiers, electricity workers and US$500,000.

The prime minister made the announcement at Thursday's post-Cabinet news conference.

Parts of the Bahamas have been decimated by Hurricane Dorian which hit the islands as a powerful Category 5 hurricane, resulting in at least 20 deaths.

Four committed to stand trial in Westmoorings drugs bust

Four persons accused of operating a drug trafficking operation in Westmoorings have been committed to stand trial. 

Magistrate Rehanna Hosein made the decision at the end of the preliminary inquiry of the case at the Port-of-Spain Magistrates' Court, yesterday morning. 

Hosein ruled that State prosecutors presented a prima facie case against Krystiana Sankar, Yannis Pebbles Augustine, Jervon Cole, and Atiba Eligon, which could possibly result in their convictions after an eventual trial in the High Court. 

USNS Comfort ready to begin surgeries

With limited healthcare offered to Venezuelan migrants, US Ambassador Joseph Mondello says they too will benefit from the arrival of the United States Navy Ship (USNS) Comfort, which will begin its service to the country tomorrow.

Speaking to reporters at the opening ceremony of the Comfort’s five-day medical mission at the Brighton Port in La Brea yesterday, Modello said he was proud of locals for how accepting they have been of the aid.

The medical team aboard the ship will carry out 100 surgeries before they leave next Wednesday.

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