Trinidad and Tobago

West: Scholarship winners can’t find jobs

Although Government gives out hundreds of scholarships annually many graduates can’t find jobs and Minister in the Ministry of Finance Allyson West says the problem must be addressed given the number of vacancies in the public sector.

There is also concern that poor remuneration packages might be stymieing the chances of the public service to attract the best talent available.

Vehicle thefts up 26 % in 2017

Police say vehicle theft has continued to increase at an alarming rate across the country, with Nissan vehicles remaining popular for thieves.

A source at the TTPS’ Stolen Vehicles Squad said high-end luxury vehicles are also being stolen, but this is few and far between.

“We are still seeing the Nissan B14, B13, B12, AD Wagons, Almera and Tiida being the most popular vehicles for thieves, but we are still calculating statistics for this year,” the source said.

Three men held for allegedly robbing several Chinese groceries

Three men linked to a string of robberies targeting groceries operated by Chinese nationals, in the Tunapuna district, have been held by police during an anti-crime exercise in the Central and Northern Divisions.

The exercise, spearheaded by ACP (Ag.) McDonald Jacob and coordinated by Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Michael Daniel and including Insp. Roger Joseph, was conducted between the hours of 3 pm on Monday 19th February, 2018 and 6 am on Tuesday 20th February, 2018.

Jamaal James calls time on his career

T&T sprinter Jamaal James has called time on his career, announcing it via social media on Monday.

It came a day after James failed to qualify for the Commonwealth Games at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

While James won his heat in the 800m Dash, he did not finish in the final, instead rabbiting the race for the future generation.

The 29-year-old said on Facebook, “Well this is the end! I would like to announce my retirement as an elite level track and field athlete.

Sports Company praises stadium clean up... again

It's become a norm for the Sports Company to send out a media release about its "diligent" after Carnival clean up efforts at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

On Wednesday afternoon, the organisation sent out a statement saying "the clean up effort was conducted smoothly and with the full knowledge that the stadium had to be ready for the weekend."

This past weekend saw the NAAA's pre-Commonwealth Games Meet with athletes vying for qualifying times and distances.

New ferry still docked in China

The passenger ferry, the Galleons Passage, which was expected to set sail to T&T last Friday is still docked in China as delivery of the new Catamaran is being finalised with the National Infrastructure Development Company (NIDCO).

On February 5, Finance Minister Colm Imbert posted on his Twitter account that delivery date of the Galleons Passage “is now set for Wednesday, February 7th, 2018,” and that the vessel “is scheduled to set sail for Trinidad and Tobago on February 9th, 2018.”

Police warn masqueraders to stay safe distance away from Carnival trucks

Police have issued a warning to masqueraders to stay away from large trucks in motion during Carnival celebrations.

This follows the death of a 77-year-old man who was crushed by a music truck on Duke Street.

The Police Service issued the following statement on Monday evening:

Bush fire destroys six PTSC buses

A bush fire in Carlsen Field in Central Trinidad has destroyed six buses belonging to the Public Transport Services Commission (PTSC).

Video and photos show the buses burning as firefighters struggle to put out the blaze and the burnt out skeletons of the buses after the fire was extinguished.

We're told that the buses were not among PTSC's fleet of buses currently in service, but formed part of a group of scores of buses parked in the area that are either awaiting repair work or are used for spare parts.

PTSC will release a statement later on the disaster.

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