Hackers hit 6 State websites

Web­sites be­long­ing to the Min­istry of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty and the Min­is­ter of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al were among sev­er­al gov­ern­ment web­sites tar­get­ted by Brazil­ian hack­ers Thursday.

Peo­ple at­tempt­ing to vis­it the Min­istry of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty and Im­mi­gra­tion web­sites around mid­day were greet­ed with im­ages post­ed by ‘Van­daThe­God’, a Brazil­ian-based cy­ber team that spe­cialis­es in hack­ing web­sites and post­ing po­lit­i­cal mes­sages.

Min­is­ter of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Stu­art Young said he was made aware of the hack.

'Dole' shot dead by police

Three men were shot and killed by po­lice in the Sea Lots area just a short while ago.

Cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the killings are still sketchy.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors, how­ev­er, con­firmed that one of the dead men was iden­ti­fied as Aki­ni "Dole" Adams, a sus­pect in the mur­der of WPC Nyasha Joseph who was found dead in the sea off Sea Lots.

Two oth­er men, one with the alias "Bulls" was al­so shot dead.

Res­i­dents of Sea Lots came out in their num­bers claim­ing that the men were shot by po­lice un­just­ly.

Reporter: Mark Bassant

DOMA issues warning to its members

The Downtown Owners and Merchants Association has issued a security advisory to its members warning them to avoid areas around the east dry river in Port-of-Spain where there have been reports of gun battles between rival criminal gangs in recent days.

The DOMA advisory says quote "the Piccadilly street /Dry River route is a very popular transit/shortcut for those departing Port-of-Spain to go east, usually exiting in the area of Besson street to join the Beetham highway or the eastern main road

Doma is advising its members to avoid the route until further notice.

Man drifting on highway charged

A driver, who posted videos of himself performing “drifting manoeuvers” on the Solomon Hochoy Highway on July 21st, was charged today with Dangerous Driving, under Section 71A of the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act.

Reagan Birbal, of San Fernando, was charged after ACP (Ag.) ‘Mobile’ Joanne Archie spearheaded an investigation into the matter, together with Snr. Supt. Sharon Gomez-Cooper, Snr. Supt. (Ag) Wayne Mohammed, and Sgt. Ramdhanie, of the Southern Division Traffic Section.

Police destroy marijuana field worth $24 million

Marijuana trees worth an estimated TT$24 million, were destroyed by officers of the Southern Division Task Force, during a marijuana eradication exercise, in Moruga yesterday

The exercise was conducted between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, and included members of the Special Forces, the Special Investigations Unit, the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment and the Air Support Unit.

According to police reports, during the exercise, eight marijuana fields containing 24,000 fully grown trees, were discovered along with two camps in the Moruga district.

Bodies of two more fishermen found

The death toll from a violent bandit attack at sea continues to rise this morning as the bodies of two more missing fishermen surfaced along the Cedros coastline this morning. 

According to Karishma Ramdeo, her brother, Shiva Ramdeo's body was found in Cedros this morning. 

Another fisherman, identified as Brandon Kissoon's body was also found. Ramdeo was 27 while Kissoon was 19.

The two were among seven lost at sea when gun-toting bandits held them up, beat them and forced them to jump overboard their fishing vessels on Monday night.

Former 'Sandman' acquaintance held

One of the main suspects, who was held in connection with this morning's quadruple murder in Las Cuevas where reputed drug and gun smuggler, Vaughn 'Sandman' Mieres, his wife, Alika "Letty" Dehere and two others were killed has been identified as one of Mieres' key acquaintance.

The suspect, police said was shot and wounded by police during a chase. He is currently at a medical institution under heavy police guard.

Honour the living, Choo Kong wants no posthumous award

Honour the living, Choo Kong wants no posthumous award.

A full house, not an empty seat inside and a standing ovation.

It would be difficult to think of a more fitting way to honour Raymond Choo Kong, a man who lived for the stage, whose last curtain call was this morning at the Santa Rosa RC Church in Arima. 

And during the outpouring of tributes of adoration a man described as a theatre icon, the words of Choo Kong took the spotlight. 

Words he said while he was living to ensure that in his death they are followed.