Dejean Broker (25) from Laventille was warded at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital when two (2) gunmen entered his room around 8:45pm on Tuesday 26th November 2019 and fired at least ten (10) shots at him. He died on the spot. Broker was at the Hospital since a stabbing incident took place the day before, Monday 25th November 2019, in the Western Division.
See a statement below from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) about the shooting.
The Port-of-Spain General Hospital has been secured by the Police Service, which is also at this time actively investigating the circumstances surrounding a shooting incident, which occurred at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital around 8:45 pm tonight, Tuesday, November 26th, 2019.
The North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) also released a statement following the incident:
The North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) wishes to advise that a male patient was shot and killed on ward 3 of the Port of Spain General Hospital, shortly before 9:00 pm tonight, Tuesday 26th November, 2019.
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As explosion was heard around 11am this morning (Tuesday 26th November 2019) on the 12th floor of the Parkade building on Richmond Street in Port-of-Spain. Following the explosion, smoke quickly filled the elevator and the elevator shaft of the facility as people attempted to flee the area.
Fire Fighters and Police Officers rushed to the scene and discovered scorch marks on the floor where the explosion was reported. Remnants of a homemade, battery-operated device was found and identified to be the cause of the minor explosion. A subsequent search of the area identified a second device this afternoon which had not yet exploded. Police said both devices are square-shaped and were found at the Southwestern side of the Parking Complex on the 12th floor, near the elevator door.
The Ministry of Communications has cautioned the public to stay away from the Parkade on Richmond Street.
The Parkade and surrounding buildings were evacuated, including government offices, the Unit Trust Corporation and Mecalfab. Queen and Edwards Streets were blocked off with yellow caution tape.
At present, security searches are still being conducted and Fire and Police officials remain on the scene.
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UPDATE (27/11/19 - 9am): The Adverse Weather Alert has been discontinued by the Met Office. Isolated showers and Thunderstorms are approaching Eastern T&T, with additional activity across Western areas after Midday. The main hazards are Street Flooding and gusty winds.
The initial Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) has been extended by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service until 10am on Wednesday 27th November 2019 as more showers and Thunderstorms are expected. As winds in the lower levels of the atmosphere continue to be relatively strong, there remains a high chance of gusty winds in excess of 55 Km/hr accompanying isolated showers and Thunderstorms overnight (Tuesday) and into Wednesday morning. Note that Thunderstorms may continue into Wednesday afternoon as well.
See the latest Adverse Weather Alert from the Met Office below and stay tuned for updates.
UPDATE (26/11/19 - 5pm): The Met Office has extended its Adverse Weather Alert until Wednesday.
UPDATE (26/11/19 - 7:30am): Moderate to heavy showers are continuing across many areas of Trinidad and Tobago, and these conditions are expected to intensify as the day progresses.
UPDATE (26/11/19 - 5:45am): The axis of Tropical Wave 68 is now moving across Trinidad and Tobago. Moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain and Thunderstorms are nearing and moving across both islands (via @TTWeatherCenter).
Tropical Wave 68 is forecast to traverse our region on Tuesday 26th November 2019, bringing gusty winds and locally heavy rainfall. In light of this, the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has issued an Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) from 9am until 4pm on Tuesday.
According to the Met Office, heavy showers and Thunderstorms are expected in isolated areas of Trinidad and to a lesser extent over Tobago on Tuesday, with accumulated rainfall approximating 20 - 25 mm. Winds are likely to gust in excess of 60 Km/h at times. These conditions can lead to localised flooding in some areas. Note that inclement weather may continue into Wednesday 27th November 2019.
Based on the latest model guidance and analysis, much of the severe weather is forecast to begin after Midnight tonight (Monday 25th November 2019) and into mid-afternoon on Tuesday. Another flare-up of showers and Thunderstorms can be expected early Wednesday morning, subsiding by afternoon.
Trinidad and Tobago is NOT under any Tropical Storm Watch or Warning at this time.
See the Adverse Weather Alert from the Met Office below and stay tuned for updates.
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is reminding citizens to “get ready and stay ready” by utilizing their 10 tips below to prepare for inclement weather.
Attorney General, Faris Al-Rawi, presented two (2) Bills in Parliament on Friday 22nd November 2019 that seek to decriminalize Marijuana in Trinidad & Tobago. The Bills are called the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Bill and the Cannabis Control Bill. Both Bills will be debated in the House of Representatives at a later date.
The Government, after significant research and wide stakeholder consultation, is of the firm view it is the correct time to amend the Dangerous Drugs Act.
In laying the legislation, the Attorney General said that between 2017 and 2018, there were 84,666 cases before the Courts under the Dangerous Drugs Act, for possession, cultivation and gathering of weed. Of that figure, 71,964 were for possession of Marijuana alone.
Below are several facts about how the decriminalization of Marijuana will work in T&T, as outlined by the Attorney General:
Eight (8) types of Licenses will be granted by a Cannabis Control Authority, including Licenses for cultivation, retail distribution, importation/exportation and transportation. Strict controls will also be in place for medicinal use and religious purposes.
Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, unveiled what he calls the “Cybertruck” on Thursday night (21st November 2019) at an Event in Los Angeles. This electric Pickup Truck is set to roll off the assembly line in late 2021, starting at US $39,900. Pre-Orders have already started.
It’s safe to say that the design of the Cybertruck is not loved by everyone. Some people love it, others absolutely hate the look of the thing. Musk clearly does not care what people think of its design, as he said so in a Tweet back in 2018.
The Cybertruck can seat a total of six (6) adults and the body is made of ultra-hard 30X cold-rolled stainless steel. In an effort to demonstrate its ruggedness, Musk had Tesla’s Chief of Design, Franz von Holzhausen, hit the door of the Cybertruck with a Sledgehammer several times, without leaving a dent. They then showed the Pickup Truck winning a Tug-of-War with a Ford F-150 and a Drag Race with a Porsche 911. However, all did not go as planned during the demos. When Holzhausen attempted to throw a metal ball against the armored glass of the Cybertruck, it shattered on both tries. Musk quickly joked “we’ll fix it in post.”
There will be three (3) available versions of the Cybertruck, as follows:
Watch below as popular YouTuber, Marques Brownlee (aka MKBHD), gives his impressions of the Cybertruck as he gets a first-ride in Tesla’s futuristic Pickup Truck.
The Grand Opening for the new Pennywise Plaza, located at Narsaloo Ramaya Road in Endeavour, Chaguanas, took place on Monday 18th November 2019. There were Prizes and Giveaways, which brought in large crowds and caused traffic in surrounding areas. In addition to Pennywise Managing Director and CEO, Dalvi Paladee (son of Founder, Lall Paladee), there were several dignitaries in attendance including Chaguanas West MP Ganga Singh, Chaguanas East MP Fazal Karim, Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat, outgoing Chaguanas Mayor Gopaul Boodhan and San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello.
The Pennywise Plaza in Chaguanas was completed in less than six (6) months and is now the fourth Shopping Plaza in the area, nearby to Heartland Plaza, Xtra Foods Plaza and Price Plaza. The Pennywise branch in Pennywise Plaza is the second location in Chaguanas and the largest of the company’s ten (10) branches in T&T. This branch will employ around 150 people out of a total of around 1,300 across the company.
Opening hours for Pennywise branch in Pennywise Plaza, Chaguanas: Monday to Thursday from 9am to 7pm; Friday and Saturday from 9am to 8pm; Closed on Sunday.
Pennywise Plaza has 52 rental units and all but one have already been leased. Businesses such as The Home Store, Standard, Daisy’s Exclusive, Rattans and others are already operating there.
See a list of twenty (20) businesses at Pennywise Plaza below:
The Ministry of Education has granted approval for all Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) Schools to be closed on the day of the Funeral for Satnarayan Maharaj, Tuesday 19th November 2019. This will allow Students, Principals, Teachers and Ancillary Staff of SDMS Schools to be able to attend the Funeral of the late Secretary General. Maharaj died shortly before Midnight on Friday 15th November 2019 following a Stroke the week before.
Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, has given the assurance that the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) would be present to assist with traffic arrangement for the Funeral.
Even following his death, there is controversy surrounding Satnarayan Maharaj. An SDMS Executive issued a statement via its Media House, Radio and TV Jaagriti on Monday 18th November 2019 stating that no Media will be allowed at Maharaj’s Funeral. This decision was taken after a Reporter from an unnamed Media House apparently disrespected religious proceedings at the Wake on Sunday night. This Media ban has been met with wide condemnation, including from Pundit Satyanand Maharaj, who is the Spiritual Leader of the Satya Anand Ashram in Aranguez.
See an excerpt below from his statement posted to Facebook:
The decision to ban the media from the funeral is indicative that there is no appreciation for the fact that Sat was a national personality and not merely a Hindu bossman. The media's interest in the funeral proceedings is not only reflective of this but also a testimony to the success of Sat's struggle to have Hindu Trinidad accepted as an integral and essential part of the fabric of Trinidad and Tobago. I shudder to think that the media ban was done to merely funnel a ready made audience to Radio/TV Jaagriti.
UPDATE (2:45pm): As severe flooding is ongoing in several areas of South Trinidad, drivers are reminded to NOT travel through flooded roadways.
Heavy rainfall has led to flooding before and after the Macaulay Underpass (Claxton Bay) on the Southbound lanes of the Solomon Hochoy Highway as of 2:10pm on Sunday 17th November 2019. Traffic delays can be expected in both directions of the Highway.
Tributaries and Streams in Claxton Bay and Macaulay have overtopped its Banks as Flash Flooding continues in the area, resulting from the second day of heavy Thunderstorms.
See some photos from the flooding in Macaulay below and let us know how the weather is in your area.
President General of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS), Satnarayan Maharaj, died shortly before Midnight on Friday 15th November 2019. Maharaj suffered a Stroke earlier this month and was listed in critical condition at Medical Associates. The SDMS confirmed his death in a statement, saying he passed away peacefully in his sleep. He was 88.
Maharaj is widely credited for succeeding in his efforts to have a public holiday created for “Indian Arrival Day” in T&T as well as reviving the celebration of Phagwa.
Maharaj faced backlash from the public and other religious leaders several times in his career for making highly controversial statements. Earlier this year while commenting on crime and falling Tourism in Tobago on his television programme, “Maha Sabha Strikes Back”, he said men there were mostly rapists. This led to an investigation by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) and a raid on his Broadcast Studio in Tunapuna for evidence to possibly charge Maharaj with Sedition. He fought back by accusing the TTPS of searching his Studio without a proper Warrant and he also filed a constitutional challenge to the old Sedition legislation.
In 2016 Maharaj spoke out against the Government’s amendment of the Child Marriage Act, which made it illegal in T&T for any child to be married under the age of 18. He claimed this was a constitutional violation of the rights of Hindus and opined that the new law opened the doorway for young girls to become wayward. The general public strongly denounced Maharaj for appearing to support Child Abuse and Statutory Rape.
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