UNC loses election petitions appeal

The United National Congress (UNC) has lost its novel challenge over the dismissal of its election petitions for five marginal seats in the 2015 General Elections.

Delivering a 43-page judgement at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain, this morning, Appellate Judges Justice Gregory Smith, Justice Mark Mohammed, and Justice Peter Rajkumar dismissed the appeal, in which the Opposition party was seeking to overturn the decision of another three-member appeal panel. That panel had upheld the decision of High Court Judge Mira Dean-Armourer to dismiss the petitions in October 2016.

High Court: importing sex toys not unlawful

An E-commerce consultant has won his lawsuit against the Comptroller of the Customs and Excise Division over the seizure of a sex doll.

Delivering a judgement at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain, this morning, High Court Judge Ricky Rahim ruled that the Division's decision to implement a policy that any sex toy, which closely resembles the male or female genitals, is a prohibited for being indecent or absence, was unlawful.

Carnival access to hospital will be through mortuary gate

The North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) is advising members of the public that vehicular access to the Port of Spain General Hospital on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th March 2019 will be via the Mortuary Gate on Belmont Circular Road.

The main entrance on Charlotte Street and maternity gate on Queen’s Park East will be closed.

The NWRHA says that access will only be granted to emergency vehicles and private vehicles transporting persons with medical emergencies.

City passes motion to cut wrecking by 50% in POS

The Port-of-Spain City Council passed a motion at their monthly statutory meeting at the Council’s Chambers Wednesday to, effective immediately, reduce wrecking within the nation’s capital by 50 percent. 

While the motion was the brainchild of Port-of-Spain Mayor, Joel Martinez, it was put before the council by Deputy Mayor, Hillan Murray on the advice of leader of council business, Akil Durham, in order to avoid any conflict of interests that may arise as the Mayor had the casting vote (an extra vote given to a chairperson to break any ties which may result from a vote).

Suspect held shortly after downtown shooting

A suspect has been held in connection with the shooting of a 54-year-old man in downtown Port-of-Spain this afternoon.

Police say Gerald Hendrickson of Diego Martin was at Prince and Charlotte streets when an armed gunman walked up to him and opened fire. 

The 54-year-old was shot twice in the stomach and taken to hospital where he remains in a serious condition. 

Officers mounted a quick search for the suspect, who was found hiding in the nearby planning apartment building. 

He was detained and is being questioned.


Registration House on South Quay now officially closed

The Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs says it is now speeding up the relocation of the Auditor General's Department from South Quay, to the Richmond Street towers where the ministry if located.

This means Registration House on South Quay is closed with immediate effect.

The following is a statement by the ministry.

Crime detection up 125% in POS Division; murders up too

The crime detection rate in the Port-of-Spain Division is up 125 percent. 

However, murders have gone up from 36 to 42 over the corresponding periods of 2017 and 2018.

The figures were given by Inspector (Ag.) Randall McGuirk of the Port of Spain Division, in a news conference today.

The following is his statement at the media conference.

Parking meters soon for POS, San Fernando

Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan has announced that the government will be pursuing the installation of parking meters in Port-of-Spain and San Fernando soon.

The Minister told today's post-Cabinet news conference that expressions of interest will soon be issued to contractors who wish to bid for the project, which he says will also be extended to other parts of Trinidad and Tobago.

A parking meter is a device used to collect money in exchange for the right to park a vehicle in a particular place for a limited amount of time.

DOMA maintains "Port-of-Spain is open for business"

The Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) says that despite the negatives associated with disruptions in the capital city, the capital is open for business.

DOMA says it must seek to protect the image of the country, despite the fact that the negative occurrences have affected investment from both overseas and internally.

DOMA issued the following statement on Monday: