National Security

Another fisherman believed kidnapped by Venezuelans

Desperate to escape Venezuelan pirates, two kidnapped fishermen jumped off their abductor's boat on Monday night but only one of them managed to make it home safely.

Bruised and traumatised Keyon Alexander, 29, of La Union Road, Erin arrived home around 3 pm. 

He had spent the night swimming desperately and bawling for help from passing boats.

However, it was hours later that he managed to climb on top of an offshore oil installation where he rested for a while before being picked up by a passing boat occupied by local fishermen. 

Sahara dust and smoke trigger health warnings

Dust in your face! Al­so your nose, mouth and lungs. But that’s the pe­ri­od which T&T is in, un­der siege from Sa­hara dust plus smoke from bush fires caused by the long dry sea­son.

“The Sa­hara dust will be with us un­til about Wednes­day, but it’s nor­mal for this time of year,” me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal of­fi­cer Bag­wan­deen Ram­datt said yes­ter­day.

The Met of­fice yes­ter­day chart­ed a dust haze in­dex of 32 de­grees C for Trinidad and 31 de­grees C for To­ba­go.

Family believes missing soldier still alive

The fam­i­ly of Cpl Ger­ald James, who went miss­ing at sea last Fri­day, be­lieves he is still alive and claims not enough is be­ing done to find him.

James was last seen on Fri­day morn­ing when he left on a fish­ing trip with two oth­er men, Roger Per­reira and broth­er-in-law Joseph Wat­son. His wife, Ray­heb James, said she be­lieved in her heart that he is still alive.

Police officers train to use tasers

Nineteen instructors from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) Police Academy and six from the Guard and Emergency Branch, have received formal training in both the use of taser devices and instructing others in the use of tasers.

The Police Service says the training for the instructors forms part of its ongoing thrust to utilize non-lethal devices, in keeping with the Minimum Use of Force Policy.