Trinidad and Tobago

Office of the Prime Minister speaks out on child abuse

The Gender and Child Affairs Unit of the Office of the Prime Minister is calling for a breaking of the silence in relation to abuse of children.

Reports this week point to the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old child.

The Office of the Prime Minister issued this statement today:

"The Honourable Prime Minister and Minister of State are saddened by the reports in the daily newspapers concerning the safety of our nation’s children.

Swine Flu death at Sangre Grande Hospital

The country has recorded yet another death from Swine Flu.

The confirmation comes from a media statement issued by the Ministry of Health, as it seeks to remind citizens to exercise precautions to avoid the spread of the virus.

The following is the statement from the Ministry of Health.

Arima businessman succumbs to injuries from December shooting

An Arima man who was shot outside his business place last December has succumbed to his injuries. 

Police say 30-year-old Jean Pierre Assee died last night at hospital.

Assee of Sierra Vista Drive, O'meara Road, was shot several times about his body outside his Ramcharan Street, St Augustine business place in December.

He along with two other people were shot by the occupants of a vehicle registered PBE 7954.

The vehicle pulled alongside the group and the occupants opened fire from inside. 

American national killed in accident near Trincity Mall

An American citizen has lost his life and his wife is desperately trying to hold on to hers after the car in which they were travelling, collided with another near Trincity Mall last night.

The victim has been identified as Cecil White. 

Police say that around 11.40 last night, the victim and his wife were passengers in TAT 1764, when the vehicle attempted to turn onto the Trincity Central Road via the intersection at the mall.

It was trying to make that turn, that the car was hit by another vehicle. 

Convicted T&T terrorist Kareem Ibrahim dies in Missouri prison

Convicted terrorist Kareem Ibrahim has died at a Maximum Security Prison in Springfield, Missouri.

Attorney Fareed Scoon says the 70-year-old died of heart failure. He says he had been ailing for the last two weeks with a heart problem.

Ibrahim was convicted on May 26th, 2011 of conspiracy to launch a terrorist attack at the John F Kennedy Airport in New York in 2007.

He was convicted together with Guyanese nationals Russell Defreitas and Abdul Kadir.

The trio was arrested in Trinidad in June 2007 and extradited to the US to face trial. 

Finalists for International Soca Monarch competition

Seasoned performers Shurwayne Winchester, Farmer Nappy, Blaxx and Patrice Roberts have all qualified for the final of the Internaional Soca Monarch competition on Fantastic Friday. 

They have been named on a list of qualifiers following Sunday's Semi-Finals at the Queen's Park Savannah.

The organisers have also announced the Wildcard artistes and Carib Breakout Artistes of the Year.

The following are the lists released today: