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Top Cop, Law Association spar
Posted: Saturday, May 1, 2021

Top Cop, Law Association spar over private property
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has hit back at the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) after the organisation raised concerns about statements made by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Thursday.

LATT: Illegal for cops to enter homes under Health Ordinance
It added, "The Association is of the view that to use the Ordinance in these circumstances to permit entry to private property will be illegal. It opens the door too easily to an abuse of power and breaches of constitutional rights. The militarised face of the TTPS which is the one which regrettably we have come to know over the past few years is not one to be shown to children in their homes and safe spaces and citizens who have been traumatised at multiple levels by this pandemic."

Four more COVID-19 deaths registered
Further, 171 patients are hospitalised (eight are in ICU and 10 are in HDU).

Six new cases of Brazilian COVID-19 variant found in T&T
The latest cases include one non-national and five nationals.

12 deaths, 1,441 new cases in one week

Andre Monteil, Clico Investment Bank ex-CEO ordered to repay bank $78m plus interest
The CIB which is currently in compulsory liquidation and therefore under the management of the Central Bank (CB) - sued Monteil. It alleged that a $78 million loan paid out in 2007 to facilitate Stone Street Capital's acquisition of Clico's 43.8 per cent interest in the Home Mortgage Bank (HMB), of which he was chairman until April 2008, breached the bank's internal controls and was an act of "self-dealing."

Monteil and Trotman ordered to pay CLICO almost $100M
Quinlan-Williams said: "I have found that the first and second defendants (Monteil and Trotman) to lack credibility and in many respects to be untruthful witnesses."

Charles: Reject JSC draft bills on Tobago self government
At the JSC's virtual consultation for some stakeholders at the Victor E.Bruce Financial Complex, Scarborough, yesterday, Charles said Tobagonians spent countless hours on consultations to formulate the original bills sent to Cabinet, but many of the issues highlighted then are not in the two draft bills.

'PM has no spiritual authority to close churches'
He added, "None of the spiritual leaders was consulted before the decision was taken. The impact of this was that as of last year, the church was divided. The Church lost membership and some have not returned to the church since last year with the last lockdown. It is not fair. I come today as David to speak against Goliath. Or I come as Daniel...Daniel had to defy the King's decree when he was told he cannot pray."

Food establishments move operations outdoors
None were willing to go into details but one did say he could not afford to be out of a job for the next month. He said customers were being encouraged to place their orders by phone or order and wait in their cars.

Duke asks Imbert to hold hand on job cuts

No bail for Marabella man charged with raping woman, 85
According to official police reports, an 85-year-old woman was at her residence in Marabella, when she was awoken by a crashing noise. She reportedly saw a man standing by her bed. The intruder allegedly sexually assaulted her, after which he began to ransack the bedroom. When the woman tried to escape, the intruder allegedly choked her and took her back into the bedroom.

Chaguanas man reported missing after disappearing for 12 days
"Everald is of mixed descent, five feet, five inches tall, 160 pounds with a slim build, light brown complexion and clean shaven, short black hair."

COVID-19 regs updated: Religious bodies can carry out live-streams
Religious organisations can carry out live-streams of their services online as long as physical gatherings do not exceed five people.

Updated: Cops find teenage moms with their children in Gasparillo
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) says 16-year-old Christina Sookdeo and seven-month old Calvin Sookdeo of Mary Care Centre, Partap Trace, South Oropouche, who were reported missing on Monday, have been found.

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