C De Couteau2The Ministry of Gender Youth and Child Development has said it has taken action to address the complaints of abuse by three young boys who were residents of the St. Michael’s School for Boys.

The boys who ran away from the home on 23 April 2014 spoke about their abuse on a television program.

A release from the Ministry said it contacted the Commissioner of Police who assured that the matter is being investigated.

Minister of Gender, Youth and Child Development, Clifton De Coteau has requested a report on the incident from the school and the Ministry will be meeting with the Board of Management of the institution.

The Ministry added the boys will be placed in another facility while investigations are ongoing.


willdon SheppardA 31 year old Public Transportation Service Corporation (PTSC) bus driver was shot and killed last night in Diego Martin.

He has been identified as Wildon Sheppard of Egret Walk, River Estate, Diego Martin.

According to reports Mr. Sheppard, also known as Jim, was at the Waterwheel Auto Garage, located at Patna Village, Diego martin, when a man walked up to him and began shooting.

He was hit multiple times about his body and died while being treated at hospital.

Meanwhile, another man remains warded at hospital after he was shot while at Simeon Road, Diego Martin.

He has been identified as Jameel Smart.

Reports state the 25 year old was shot several times by a gunman.

No motive was given for the shooting and investigations are said to be continuing.

Nalini Dial

Nalini Dial

Political Leader of the National Coalition for Transformation, Nalini Dial, has come out in support of the punishment issued by Helen Bartlett to her 12 year old daughter.

In a release Ms. Dial said it is her strong belief that our society has become, not only too lenient, but ‘modern’, in matters concerning discipline, and punishment.

She said as one who also faced serious discipline from her parents, it is necessary, in certain instances, to curb future wrongdoing.

Ms. Dial added the video clearly shows the reason for the punishment, and it was given together with certain orders, in a controlled manner.


pministerkamlaGovernment plans to review the legislation which prevents corporal punishment in schools to see whether or not it can be possible extended to the home.

Prime Minister, Kamla Persad Bissessar, speaking with reporters this afternoon said the issue is a sensitive and difficult one.
However, she said the matter is one which should be explored.

Her comments come on the heels of the posting of a video on social network in which a mother is seen beating her daughter after the child allegedly posted indecent pictures of herself on the site.


Her comments come on the heels of the posting of a video on social network in which a mother is seen beating her daughter after the child allegedly posted indecent pictures of herself on the site.

Mrs Persad Bisssesar reiterated that the government will continue to take action which will ensure protection and safety of the nation’s children.


Meanwhile, the child involved the controversy has apologized for action on social media.



stephen williams.jpg1Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams says an investigation is needed to determine whether or not charges can be laid against a mother physically disciplining on a Social Network.

He made the statement while attending today’s Police Weekly Press Briefing at the Administrative Building in Port of Spain.
The Commissioner said the first issue to be determined is where the video originated.


Mr. Williams said an investigation will immediately be launched into the contents of the video to determine the next step.


When questioned on how the Police will differentiate between being disciplined and abuse, the Commissioner said the Police Service will seek guidance.



PSC Chairman Prof Ramesh Deosaran

PSC Chairman Prof Ramesh Deosaran

President, Anthony Carmona, has nominated Professor (Emeritus) Ramesh Deosaran to be appointed as a member and Chairman of the Police Service Commission (P.S.C) with immediate effect.

A release from the Office of the President said Professor Deosaran was nominated after consultation with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

The former Independent was sworn in as chairman of the P.S.C on April 14, 2011.