World: "Webbed-toed" woman found in California tells police she's a mermaid

Police in California have been left puzzled after finding a self-declared "mermaid" wandering the streets.

The woman is said to have "webbed-toes".

The bizarre story was carried by several well-known news agencies, including the UK Independent, the Daily Mail, USA Today, CBS News and the New York Post.

Reports indicate that the "mostly naked woman" who gave her name as Joanna, told police she was a mermaid before she was taken to the hospital in the city of Fresno on Tuesday.

Shot soldier dies undergoing emergency treatment at hospital

Omar Samaroo, the soldier who was found slumped in his quarters with a gunshot wound to the head has died.

The 47-year-old, was undergoing treatment at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex when he succumbed to his injuries around midnight.

The soldier was found in a slumped position in his quarters on Thursday morning

He was treated by medics stationed at the 1st Engineer Battalion, Cumuto.

He was then taken to the Arima Health Facility where he was stabilised and then transferred to Mt Hope.

Hospital now under 24-hour CCTV security

The North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) says 20 CCTV cameras have been installed at strategic locations on the compound of the Port of Spain General Hospital.

A statement by the NWRHA says that as a one-month pilot initiative collaboratively undertaken by the NWRHA, the Ministry of Health and the Telecommunications Services of the Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT), the cameras will provide 24-hour surveillance of the hospital.

It says this will augment the security measures currently implemented.

Silence your music trucks by hospital, NCC advises

The National Carnival Commission (NCC) is seeking to remind the public that on Carnival Monday and Tuesday (February 27 and 28), all Carnival band music trucks either assembling or passing in front of the General Hospital, Charlotte Street, POS must turn their music off in this area.

It says this restriction is necessary to facilitate the hospital’s day-to-day operations.

The NCC is also advising that a compliance unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) will be stationed at that location to ensure that all music trucks are compliant with this restriction.

Rio Claro teachers, students fall ill after inhaling pesticide

Fourteen pupils and three teachers at the Rio Claro Vedic School had to be taken to hospital yesterday after falling ill after inhaling pesticide from a nearby farm.

The Ministry of Education was unaware of the incident and said they would investigate. It was unclear how many pupils and teachers were still undergoing treatment late yesterday, but the T&T Guardian was told that some were taken to the San Fernando General Hospital and the Sangre Grande Hospital.

Former President Max Richards hospitalised

Former President of T&T George Maxwell  Richards is recuperating at hospital after suffering a mild stroke on Wednesday night.

Richards, 84, who served as President for two terms from 2003 to 2013,  complained about feeling unwell at his Maracas St. Joseph home  on Wednesday.

His wife Jean Ramjohn-Richards and daughter Maxine Richards took him to West Shore Medical where was attended to but kept for observation.

Sources said Richards was resting comfortable at the medical institution yesterday.

Richards will be 85 on Thursday.

Intern who made false allegation dismissed from hospital

The female intern who admitted to lying about being robbed at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, has been fired.

The confirmation came from Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh during a news conference Friday morning.

The minister said the decision was taken after a committee met with the intern.

The allegations by the intern - that she was held up and robbed of $300 - had led to security concerns at the hospital, with health workers threatening to protest.