Thursday, October 23, 2014



In an unprecedented move, the Office of the President has joined with the wife of the President, Reema Carmona, in threatening legal action against comedienne and talk-show host Rachel Price for “offensive” utterances made about Mrs Carmona’s attire. A release issued by the Office of the President confirmed yesterday that a pre-action protocol letter was sent last Friday to Price by attorneys acting “on behalf of Her Excellency Reema Carmona and the Office of the President in respect of certain defamatory statements”. Read more »

  • Tobago girl, 12, missing

    Twelve-year-old Shulease De Gale, a Form Two pupil of Mason Hall Secondary School, has been missing since Monday afternoon. De Gale, of Sou Sou Lands, Tobago, never arrived at her school in Mason Hall on Monday. A report has since been made to the Old Grange Police Station. Her mother, Leasha De Gale, said she is concerned for her daughter’s safe return. “I only realise she went missing when she did not come from school on Monday. She did not return from school...upon enquiring from her friends she was nowhere in school, she did not actually reach in school,” De Gale said. Read More »

  • ... President’s Office: Line was crossed

    The Office of the President has sought and obtained the advice of Senior Counsel regarding certain offensive statements recently made by a radio talk-show host. Consistent with that advice, a pre-action protocol letter in accordance with the Civil Proceedings Rules 1998 was sent by attorneys-at-law on behalf of Her Excellency Reema Carmona and the Office of the President on Friday 17 October 2014 in respect of certain defamatory statements. Read More »

  • Gunshots in Canadian Parliament

    At least one gunman entered Canada’s Parliament buildings on Wednesday and many shots were fired just outside the room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was addressing a meeting of legislators. Harper was safely removed from the building but Parliament was locked down. Eyewitnesses said at least 30 shots were fired in dramatic scenes in the heart of the Canadian capital. “PM (Harper) was addressing caucus, then a huge boom, followed by rat-a-tat shots. We all scattered. It was clearly right outside our caucus door,” Treasury Board Minister Tony Clement said. Read More »

  • Kamla: Reminiscent of 1990

    The tragic shootings in Canada yesterday bring back memories of this country’s 1990 attempted coup, says Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. In a release yesterday, the Prime Minister stated she was deeply saddened to learn of the shootings at Parliament Hill, the National War Memorial, and a mall in Ottawa, Canada. It has been reported that a gunman opened fire at the National War Memorial, wounding a soldier, then moved to nearby Parliament Hill before he was shot, reportedly by parliament’s sergeant-at-arms. Read More »

  • Griffith assures: We are ready for such a situation

    National Security Minister Gary Griffith has assured that every effort would be made to ensure that the shooting attacks which occurred in Canada yesterday do not happen in this country. In a release, Griffith stated that units and key agencies under his ministry were well prepared “for a situation of this magnitude God forbids it ever occurs here in Trinidad and Tobago”. Read More »

  • Nigeria ban lifted

    THE ban on travellers from Nigeria entering this country has been lifted with immediate effect, Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan announced yesterday. Khan made the announcement at the post-Cabinet press conference held at the San Fernando Teaching Hospital. Khan’s statements came two days after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Nigeria Ebola free. Read More »

  • ...Block Americans too, says US attorney

    United States attorney Jasmine Rand said she should not have been allowed to enter Trinidad and Tobago if this Government was guarding against the Ebola virus. Rand, a human and civil rights attorney, was the lead attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African American from Miami Gardens, Florida, who was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a neighbourhood watch volunteer, in Sanford, Florida, in 2012. Read More »

  • Ministry: 1,000 suspected cases of CHIKV in T&T

    Trinidad and Tobago now has about 1,000 suspected cases of chikungunya. This was revealed yesterday by Chief Medical Officer at the Minis­try of Health Dr Colin Furlonge, who said key stakeholders in the fight against chikungunya met on Tuesday with the intention of appointing a multi-sectoral task force to combat the virus. He also said by next week Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan will name the team. Furlonge also said although the focus has somewhat shifted to Ebola, CHIKV prevention also remained of paramount importanc­e. Read More »

  • Another Trini discovered fighting in Syria for ISIS

    ANOTHER Trinidadian has been unmasked fighting in Syria for the militant movement Islamic State (ISIS). The man, according to well-placed sources, has been identified as Ashmead Mohammed, who had sworn his innocence during the 2011 state of emergency when he was detained over an alleged plot to assassinate the Prime Minister and other Government ministers. He was never charged. Read More »

  • ‘Sorry if I have caused a division’

    ON the eve of Divali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, hunger striker Dr Wayne Kublalsingh has apologised to the nation in the event that his actions have brought any measure of divisiveness to this country. Kublalsingh, who has for the past three days been confined to his D’Abadie home in a state of dwindling health, said yesterday his decision to protest part of Government’s mega-highway project in South Trinidad was never meant as a personal attack on any public figure and did not originate through criticism of any political party. Read More »

  • Toddler drowns in pond

    A FIFTEEN-month-old boy drowned on Tuesday afternoon in a pond near his grandparents’ Carenage home. He was the son of Antonio Antoine, 22, and Gemma Noel, 23. The toddler, Kareem Antoine, was found around 4.30 p.m. that afternoon after he went missing at the Constabulary Street, Carenage, home. Read More »

  • $60,000 bail for accused child rapist

    DEXTER GREENIDGE appeared in court yesterday charged with rape and sexual indecency involving two children aged 11 and seven years old. Greenidge appeared before San Fernando court Senior Magistrate Lucina Cardenas-Ragoonanan, who read the three charges. It was alleged that on dates unknown between January 27 and October 9 2014 at La Romaine, he had sexual intercourse with a female who was not his wife and who was under the age of 14 years. Read More »

  • Sometimes I feel to run, run, run

    Dr Sylvia Moodie-Kublalsingh takes good care of her body. She eats fruits, vegetables and an assortment of other healthy foods. She stays physically and mentally active, gardens, attends church on Sunday mornings, and though retired, still teaches Spanish and writes textbooks. That’s one of the reasons that her husband’s hunger strike is difficult for her to comprehend and support—she cannot understand how he could be unconcerned about what happens to his body. Read More »

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