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New vessel scheduled to sail this week

Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan has assured that everything is on schedule for the Jean De La Valette (JDLV) to set sail this week. 

Minister Sinanan is on the record as saying the vessel would be setting sail on “the weekend of July 15”.

In a brief telephone interview with Guardian Media Tuesday, Sinanan assured that the necessary preparations are being made for the sailing to occur but could not give an exact date. 

Griffith launches investigation into police vehicle

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has launched an investigation into a police officer who was seen in a video circulating on social media, driving a police vehicle with a broken rear wheel.

A statement by the Police Service says that the officer, who has been identified, is attached to the Eastern Division.

The statement said that pending the outcome of the investigation, the officer can be served with disciplinary or criminal action.

Senior Superintendent, Odette Lewis is supervising the investigations.

Criminologist: Kamla's crime plan a pie in the sky

A pie in the sky.

That was the re­ac­tion of crim­i­nol­o­gist Dau­rius Figueira to Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar's short, medi­um and long term crime-fight­ing mea­sures, which she promised to in­sti­tute when the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress as­sumes of­fice again.

Ad­dress­ing UNC sup­port­ers at the Mon­day Night Fo­rum in Ch­agua­nas, Per­sad-Bisses­sar rolled out her plans, stat­ing that the Gov­ern­ment had been clue­less in bring­ing the mur­der rate down.

10 escapees still on the run

Ten of the 12 detainees who escaped from the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) last Wednesday, are still at large.

IDC sources told Guardian Media that they were working closely with law enforcement officials to try and recapture the men who escaped by cutting two chain link fences during the airing period on Wednesday evening.

Two of the escapees — Venezuelan nationals, Charlie Perez Jose and Claudio Flores, were found wandering in a forested area and escorted back into the facility close to midnight last Wednesday.

Petrotrin retirees to protest Wednesday

Retirees of Petrotrin are planning to protest outside of the now-defunct company's refinery on Wednesday.

A statement from the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) says the retirees intend to stage the protest due to what they deem the government's failure to pay retroactive pension and increase for period 2011-2014 and 2014-2017 as mandated by the court. 

Petrotrin was shut down in November 2018 and replaced by three companies - Heritage Petroleum Company, Paria Fuel Trading Company and Guaracara Refining Company.

Teen charged with murder

A teenager has appeared before the Port-of-Spain Children’s Court charged with the murder of 47-year-old Lester Sookhai, which occurred in December 2018. 

The 16-year-old boy, of no fixed place of abode, was also charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition.

He appeared before Master Vijay Paul to answer the charges.

Sookhai, a shopkeeper of Maingot Road, Tunapuna, was at his business place along with a relative around 10 am on Tuesday 11th December 2018, when the suspect entered and shot him. 

The suspect escaped on foot.

Police officers injured in accident

Four police officers were injured in an accident in Barrackpore Tuesday morning. 

Reports indicate that none of the officers received life-threatening injuries.

However, images showed the officers being transported from the scene of the accident in an ambulance. 

One eyewitness told Guardian Media's Ivan Toolsie that a red pick-up truck which was driving behind the officers crashed into the police vehicle after they suddenly mashed brakes. 

Ministry late with stipends for nursing students

Due to financial constraints at the Ministry of Education, nursing students have not received their stipends for the last month. 

The nursing students are calling on the ministry to take immediate steps to ensure that their stipends are paid and Education Minister Anthony Garcia has assured that the situation will be rectified. 

“We will make sure that their stipends will be paid,” Garcia said as he addressed the launch of the principal leadership series in San Fernando on Tuesday. 

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