Roget gets another term as OWTU President General

President General of the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) Ancel Roget will continue for another three years as the union says that a new executive committee has been nominated unopposed for the 2019 – 2022 term.

Those returning to their posts for the new term are;

- Ancel Roget as President General

- Sati Gajadhar-Inniss as 2nd Vice-President

- Marcus Cordner as Vice-President

- Peter Burke as Vice-President

- Richard Lee as General-Secretary

- Chandrasain Ramsingh as Treasurer

- Ozzi Warwick as Trustee.

Police polygraph testing begins next week

Polygraph testing of regular and special reserve police officers in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) would commence next week, a statement by the Police Service said Monday.

The statement said the testing forms part of transformational policing for greater accountability within the Police Service.

The testing will be conducted across all divisions of the TTPS and will not be limited to officers assigned to stations along the South Western Peninsula, the statement said.

Two-year-old girl knocked down; now declared brain dead

A two-year-old girl has been deemed brain dead and is now surviving only on machines, after being hit by a pick-up truck in Arima.

The child is now in a critical condition with a collapsed lung at the Mt Hope hospital.

The accident occurred along La Retreat Road, Arima.

Reports indicate that a 29-year-old man was driving his Nissan Frontier when he observed some pedestrians standing on the pavement.

He told police that the child suddenly stepped into the roadway and he was unable to avoid hitting her.

Five landslips in Cedros

Five landslips have developed about four miles from Bamboo village in Cedros where a massive landslip swallowed up four houses a year ago, creating a ghost town.

The splintered village stands on the edge of the 200 feet precipice which erodes daily even as geotechnical teams from the University of the West Indies continue evaluating the cliff collapse.

UWI Professor re-elected to UN Committee

Director of The Centre for Reparation Research (CRR) at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor A. Verene Shepherd has been re-elected to serve a second four-year term on the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

Professor Shepherd’s candidature was endorsed by Jamaica and all of CARICOM.

As she did when first elected to the CERD in 2015, Professor Shepherd polled the highest number of votes, this time ahead of candidates from 13 other countries, including China, Germany, Iran, Qatar, Saudia Arabia and Russia.

Darren Bravo gets all-format contract for West Indies

Trinidad and Tobago batsman Darren Bravo has gained a contract to play all formats of cricket for the West Indies.

Cricket West Indies increased the all-formats contracts from four to seven to four  with Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul joining Test and One-Day International captain Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph and Kemar Roach on the list.

Nicholas Pooran has also been given a white-ball contract.


Tearful send-off for Baby Terracina

Two-year-old Terracina Ariel Meina Moonilal has been laid to rest at the D'abadie Public Cemetary on Monday following a funeral service at her Wallerfield home.

Her grief-stricken parents, Corine Charles and Terrance Moonilal, had no words but only tears to shed for their first born as the ceremony started. 

They stood for several minutes inconsolable at the side of the tiny white coffin that was adorned with blue and white ribbons.

Little Terracina was crushed by the wheel of a truck outside her home in Wallerfield last Wednesday morning.

NUGFW elections pushed back to October

The National Union of Government & Federated Workers's (NUGFW's) National Executive Council elections will be held on October 28th, when they are constitutionally due.

The election was scheduled to take place today but President General James Lambert said it didn’t take place because the opposing side, Team Shield, served him with a pre-action protocol letter stating that the election was unconstitutionally brought forward.

Lambert said that was incorrect and that his team, Team Faithful, followed all protocols before advancing the date.  

Baby in critical condition after fall

A ten-month-old ba­by boy is in crit­i­cal con­di­tion at the San Fer­nan­do Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal af­ter he fell from the 2nd-floor bal­cony of his Princes Town home.

Po­lice say Javier Castil­lo was play­ing with his five-year-old broth­er on the 2nd-floor gallery of their home when Castil­lo's par­ents heard the child fall and his screams.

The par­ents rushed the child to the hos­pi­tal.

Of­fi­cers say Javier's par­ents are Venezue­lan na­tion­als re­sid­ing in this coun­ty.