crime arrestedA 14-year-old girl was among five persons detained by police, following a high speed chase in Princes Town on Monday.

Police were reportedly responding to a report that a man had been seen holding a gun in the back seat of a black Nissan B-12 motor vehicle around 1 o’clock on Monday afternoon and upon intercepting the vehicle at New Grant Junction, four men of Cocoyea and La Romain, along with the teenage girl who resides in Port of Spain, were arrested.

Officers of various divisions, including Highway Patrol, reportedly pursued the suspects along the Naparima/Mayaro Road in a high speed chase, before they were stopped. The officers seized a fully loaded pistol and several rounds of ammunition.

The car was impounded at the Princes Town police station and a search has been ordered to determine whether the vehicle was stolen.

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The Joint Select Committee of Parliament has been told by a senior official of the Police Complaints Authority that the leaked Flying Squad report does not contain confidential information which poses a threat to the country’s security.

PCA Director, Gillian Lucky, made the comment during Monday’s sitting of the JSC.

Ms. Lucky explained that a review of the various systems was done by the PCA and this concluded that there was no leak from the Authority.

Meanwhile, JSC member, and Oropouche West Member of Parliament, Stacy Roopnarine, said a request was made for Opposition member, Farris Al Rawi, who is also a member of the Committee, to recuse himself from today’s proceedings after allegedly receiving a copy of the document.

However, Mr Al Rawi defended his decision to recuse himself from today’s JSC sitting.


NEWS GRAPHIC 7A Point Fortin vendor was killed at his stall last night by a man pretending to be a customer.

Reports indicate that Dane Joseph of Cap De Ville was at his provision stall when at around 7pm a man pretending to be a customer approached him.

The assailant then pulled out a weapon and shot Mr. Joseph several times before fleeing.

Joseph died at the scene.


NEWS GRAPHIC 6A Marabella man is now nursing gunshot wounds after being shot last night.

Marcus Revello was shot while liming with friends.

He is warded at the San Fernando General Hospital in a stable condition.

First Vice President of Amalgamated Workers Union , Michael Prentice

First Vice President of Amalgamated Workers Union , Michael Prentice

Vice-President of the Amalgamated Workers Union Michael Prentice will meet with Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Spain Corporation, Winifred David to discuss issues highlighted by employees.

This morning Workers of the Sanitation Department of the Corporation  staged a fiery demonstration at Christopher-Samuel Drive off Mucurapo Road.

The workers are protesting the Corporations decision to stop overtime work on weekends.

Mr. Prentice said while he can sympathize with the frustration of the workers the Union did not sanction the protest.

He said an official statement will be made on the situation after he meets with the CEO today.


Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development, Bhoe Tewarie

Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development, Bhoe Tewarie, has said all will be satisfied with the Procurement Bill when consultation is complete.

Former president of the Joint Consultative Council (JCC) Winston Riley has described the present legislation as a waste of time in its present form.

However, Dr. Tewarie said the consultation process of the legislation is still continuing.


Mr. Riley is opposed to clause seven of the legislation which exempts international treaties and Government to Government arrangements.

But, Dr. Tewarie said while he can understand Mr. Riley’s concerns; there are guidelines governing these documents.