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Posted: Wednesday, July 8, 2020

SEVEN police officers directly involved in the fatal shooting of three men in Morvant 11 days ago have been sent on three-months leave to quell public disquiet over a perception of possible contamination of the police investigation into the case.

Body cameras for task force police
ONE thousand body cameras will soon be issued to police officers in the five Divisional Task Force units. Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith said when the cameras arrive they will be sent to task force units in the Port of Spain, Western, Northern, North-Eastern and Central Divisions.

CoP orders 1,000 body cameras

PM meets with Community Recovery Team; three more members join in
Economist, Keron Victor; Olympic gold medalist, Hasely Crawford and music producer, Christopher "Jillionaire" Leacock.

Gary recommends gun amnesty: Cops involved in 3 killings now 'off-duty'
Noting that over 5,000 innocent people have been killed in the last decade, Griffith said the welcomed the news of a truce as seen in a social media video which captured warring gang leaders hugging and high-fiving, and added that the truce should not be "cosmetic" and called on them to hand in their illegal artillery.

CoP weighs gun amnesty if gangs want peace

Gun shipment to T&T seized in Puerto Rico
A cache of semi-automatic weapons and pistol magazines destined for T&T was discovered stashed away in a toolbox, by officials of the United States Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) last Wednesday in Puerto Rico.

290 nationals from Enchantment of the Seas get to go home

Young: Nationals free to leave TT
Young said these include students who wish to go abroad to study and the farm workers who wish to go to Canada. The email address is Young said it was set up so applications to leave are not mixed up with those applying for exemptions to return to TT.

TT student praises quarantine staff
She said not all the TT nationals in Cuba returned. "Some students had to stay because their schools did not permit the rescheduling of exams to accommodate the return home." She said her school expects the students to return on August 15, but they are "not too keen on that date." She said although classes resume in September, the school expects them to return early to accommodate a two-week quarantine on their arrival back into the country.

Singh: We did not promise exemptions to nationals

Mother of teen killed by police in 2016 takes legal action
ONE month after he complained of being harassed by police and allegedly slapped with numerous false charges, a Tunapuna teenager was shot and killed by an officer of the Northern Division Task Force.

Judge aborts judge-alone virtual murder trial
Ramsumair-Hinds said while she could dis-abuse her mind to the e-mailed correspondence pertaining to a witness, yet to testify, she stressed that justice must be seen to be done and she wanted to ensure there was no room for the perception of prejudice or bias on her part.

EBC begins processing applications for Special Electors

Rowley warns Tobago: No forgiveness if Duke wins
In a tone reminiscent of the "stand alone" stance taken by his predecessor Patrick Manning, about the PNM and coalitions, Rowley on Monday bluntly rejected the idea that the party would ever join forces with the PDP, even to keep the party in government. He declared, "Watson Duke is on a criminal charge and should not be offering himself for Parliament." Duke was charged with sexual offences and sedition last September. He was cleared of the sedition charge in January.

Duke: PM behaving like abusive husband
"It's as insensitive as a man telling his wife, 'If yuh ever horn me I will kill yuh.' That's what it can be likened to. It's a very insensitive statement...I think as a Tobagonian, you shouldn't damn a whole country if they select the best person to lead and the best person is not the PNM. That is just wrong."

Webster-Roy: Duke late to the party
"I've had many people from his area come to me asking for help where their elected assemblyman should have been their first point of contact. But because he was an absentee assemblyman, they came to me. I still helped people they are my people too."

Abdulah: You're worth more than a 10-days wuk
He was speaking at the opening ceremony for the party's campaign office at 54, Southern Main Road, Marabella on Tuesday morning. He said since walking through the communities since June, a recurring complaint by residents was the issue of unemployment especially owing to the closure of the Point-a-Pierre refinery and the steel mill.

Arima Mayor is D'Abadie/O'Meara PNM candidate
She had said the Antoine incident was unfortunate as he was a very good man, but these things do happen and she trusted the Prime Minister in his infinite wisdom to act quickly and decisively. After her selection Morris-Julian told reporters she already has a solid foundation in the constituency which half overlaps with her electoral district on Arima Borough Council. Asked if five weeks was long enough to get ready for polling day, she quipped, "I was born ready. In fact I'll start walking tonight.

COP announces its 4 candidates
Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan for St Augustine; Lonsdale Williams for Diego Martin North/East; Kurt Sinnette for Laventille West; and Anthony De Four for Port of Spain/North/St Ann's West.

Ramdial: Like Terminator, I'll be back

Newallo-Hosein feels awesome
She spoke just 48 hours after being omitted from the UNC's list of candidates sent to media houses by party leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Sunday night.

A Laventille perspective
From an early age I knew that Laventille was viewed as a stain, an unsightly smudge on the map of our twin-island republic. I've heard the comments in taxis: "All ah dem is thief." "I not going up dey. The government should bun out all ah dem." I was aware that if ever something went missing, I was the prime suspect simply because of my address.

Cancer patient loses battle
Persad was diagnosed with AML in January and after being treated in Cuba was hopeful that the funds needed for his next round of treatment would be raised. He needed $2.4 million for treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, US.

Overnight rain brings flooding to Penal
Affected areas include: Bunsee Trace, Morne Diablo Junction and Sou Sou Lands housing development.

Tuesday floods destroy crops in Penal
FARMERS in Quinam/Morne Diablo were counting their loses on Tuesday afternoon as floods subsided after heavy rain earlier this week. Councillor Diptee Ramnath said the flooding lasted about three to four hours on Tuesday morning, but that was long enough to destroy several farms and make the roads impassable.

Autopsy: Pharmacist was strangled
Police said Soogrim was badly beaten many times before and his life threatened. He also lodged many reports of violence, threats, break-ins and robberies to the Chaguanas and Freeport Police Stations over the years.

St Mary's teen Felicia Sookram reported missing
Oropouche Police are currently searching for 15-year-old Felicia Sookram of St Mary's Village. She was last seen on Monday and was reported missing on Tuesday.

Missing Tobago teen goes to CPU with godmother
She was brought to the Tobago Child Protection Unit by her godmother earlier on Tuesday and appeared to be in good health.

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