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Posted: Monday, November 16, 2020

Vasant sole challenger for UNC leadership

UTT to shut down 4 campuses
The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) is moving to shut down four of its 11 campuses before year's end. The campuses to be closed down are the ones in Valsayn, Chaguanas, Arima and Corinth.

Children using social media, TTPS apps to report sexual abuse
"Our communications department has been reaching out to persons via Facebook and via the TTPS app. I would tell you within recent times, we have been getting reports via the app and Facebook especially from children. So children are finding more ingenious ways of making reports."

Venezuelans in Trinidad and Tobago worried for future after Biden victory
Pérez said, "Venezuela has always been open to talking with the governments of the US (but) the sanctions applied by the current government have severely compromised the people of Venezuela. The important thing is to wait and see what will happen, but always for the positive, not only for the government but for the population in general."

Dr Dhelia Gabriel wants to work again after being fired for racist tirade
To date, the only counselling she got after her experience came from church elders and not from qualified medical psychologists. She said she tried many times to get help at the district's health centre (Maracas/ St Joseph).

Psychologist: Mental health is second pandemic
She also said psychologists have noticed a "bidirectional" effect, in which mental health issues create a barrier to learning in a virtual environment in some instances, or virtual learning leads to mental-health issues in others.

Hyatt to temporarily lay-off staff
State-owned hotel Hyatt Regency Trinidad has signalled its intention to temporarily lay-off staff and possibly even consider permanent job cuts in the future.

Local experts warn: 'Don't eat the giant African snail'
"I know a lot of us are familiar with conch, which we consume, so we might think we could eat this snail. But it is a pest and should not be consumed. It's a vector for something called a rat lung worm. This rat lung worm is associated with meningitis in humans. That is why you cannot cook it and consume it. We keep stressing, 'You cannot eat it.'"

4,348 speeding tickets issued since demerit system in effect
A total of 4,348 speeding tickets have been issued to motorists since the demerit points system became operationalised in this country at the end of May, Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan has said. For the same period 8,075 seat belt tickets and 7,511 tickets for breaches of traffic signals have been recorded he said.

Heavy rainfall, thunderstorms expected on Monday
The T&T Meteorological Service (Met Office) on Sunday advised that periods of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms are likely, particularly for Tobago. East Trinidad is also expected to experience much of those adverse conditions.

Devant feuds with UNC over Kamla voice recording
ACTIVIST Devant Maharaj has claimed a recording of an off-air conversation between UNC leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar and party whip David Lee was proof of collusion in the running of the upcoming UNC internal election, but Opposition Senator Jayanti Lutchmedial flatly denied that and accused Maharaj of grasping at straws.

Toddler in hospital after suspected firework accident
An x-ray was done and an unidentified object was found lodged in the toddler's arm. Police suspect that a fragment of the exploding firework may have hit the child.

Over 2,000 killed in 5 years...why?
80% of murders in T&T gun-related...

Father and son shot dead while sleeping
The incident occurred around 11.20 pm on Saturday at First Trace, Bagatelle Road, Diego Martin. This double murder comes four months after Adlai's stepson, Abisaja John, 45, was shot dead under eerily similar circumstances.

Missing man's body found covered in mud
Police believe Statom Octave was beaten, shot and dumped shortly after he went missing last Monday, November 9.

Framed? Accused in death of US soldier freed
Straker languished for nearly 15 years in a United States jail for a crime he said he never committed—the murder of Balram "Balo" Maharaj, said to be a US citizen and war veteran, whose remains were buried in two containers in the Santa Cruz forest in 2005. Maharaj, 62, was kidnapped at the Samaan Tree Bar in Aranguez, on April 6, 2005. His remains were recovered on January 8, 2006.

Woman found dead at old age home
Police were told that the woman had fallen while going to the bathroom earlier that morning. However, at the time, she was conscious and moved to her bedroom.

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