Trinidad and Tobago

Birmingham ISIS-accused tells British court of meeting women from Trinidad in Syria

A woman accused of going to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State group has told an English court she met women from Trinidad and Tobago at a house in Syria.

The 26-year-old, Tareena Shakil, flew to Turkey telling friends she was going on a beach holiday with a toddler, but ended up living in the IS capital of Raqqa.

After flying from her resort to Gaziantep on the Turkish border, she claimed a contact she met online arranged for her to be driven by cab to an apartment block full of other women of different nationalities.

Lauryn Hill to headline Tobago Jazz

Lauryn Hill will be one of the star attractions at this year’s Tobago Jazz experience.

Hill, whose Grammy-award winning debut album, the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, remains one of the standout hip hop albums, was announced today as the headline act.

Other international stars carded for the event are Third World and Bajan saxophonist Arturo Tappin.

Local acts will include David Rudder, Farmer Nappy, Patrice Roberts, three Canal, Roy Cape all stars and Trinidadian jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles.

Repsol sends home 11 workers

Another energy company has sent home workers. This time, it's Repsol.

The company sent home 11 permanent workers today.

In a statement, Repsol says the oil and gas industry has been shocked by an unexpected, sudden and dramatic fall in oil prices.

The company says this is the first time it has sent home permanent employees since the price of oil started to fall. Repsol sent home contract workers last year.

Repsol says from 2015 to present it has embarked on many cost savings initiatives to make its business sustainable.

Legal action being initiated against Transport Commissioner, Wayne Richards

Legal action is being initiated against transport commissioner, Wayne Richards.

In less than 24 hours a pre-action protocol letter is expected to be served at the licensing authority head office.

This action follows a complaint by former temporary senator and activist for the differently abled, Dr Kriyaan Singh.

Dr. Singh alleges that he was discriminated against while attempting to renew his drivers permit at the San Fernando Licensing Office.

'Rampant fraud' at Land Registry

One Justice of the Peace is calling for an investigation into the operations of the Land Registry.

JP Ackbar Khan’s call comes on the heels of a press advertisement issued by the Law Association today, highlighting the issue of rampant fraudulent activated surrounding real estate transactions.

In the advertisement, the Law Association confirms that some records at the Land Registry Department are now considered to have been obtained by fraudulent means.

Indarsingh wants PM to clarify status of EU money for Caroni workers

Couva South MP and former Sugar Workers Union head, Rudranath Indarsingh is calling on the prime minister to clarify his statement in Parliament where he said no money would be paid to the former Caroni sugar workers from the European Union grant.

The EU grant was given to this country following the closure of Caroni 1975 Limited, to fund a diversification process. 

Sugar workers maintained that they were entitled to some of that money and despite delays and some controversy over the fund, one tranche of the payment was made to the workers. 

"Backward-facing footprints, spirits" - Former NBA great writes book about Trinidad

NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has written the Sherlock Holmes spin-off novel Mycroft Holmes, and it is getting good reviews.

The retired professional basketballer teamed-up with screenwriter Anna Waterhouse to co-write the book, which is set in England and Trinidad.

The story centres on Sherlock Holmes' older brother Mycroft, a recent university graduate working for the British Secretary of State for War.