The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) wishes to remind the public on the law as it relates to the use of explosives such as Fireworks and Scratch Bombs, especially during this festive season.
According to the Summary Offences Act:
Any person who throws, casts, sets fire to, or lets off any Fireworks within any town is liable to a Fine of one thousand dollars.
Meanwhile, the Explosives (Prohibition of Scratch Bombs) Order 2018 specifically prohibits persons from manufacturing, importing, keeping, conveying or selling a Scratch Bomb. Any breach of this Order can result in a Fine of TT $20,000 or ten (10) years in prison or forfeiture of the items.
See below for further details on the use of explosives and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
A Media Release issued by the Office of the Prime Minister early on Tuesday 31st December 2019, stated that Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has advised the President to make several changes to the current Cabinet, effective from 1st January 2020.
The Cabinet re-shuffle includes the appointment of Dr. Rowley as Minister of Planning and Development, in addition to his present duties as Prime Minister. He previously held the Planning portfolio between 2001 - 2003. Current Minister of Planning and Development, Camille Robinson-Regis is being re-assigned to the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services. She is one of the most senior Cabinet Ministers.
See the Media Release below from the Office of the Prime Minister for the complete list of changes to the Cabinet.
MEDIA RELEASE - 31st December 2019
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is warning citizens that the Traffic & Highway Patrol Units, along with D.U.I Units and Task Forces from all nine (9) policing divisions have commenced a series of strategic enforcement exercises targeting D.U.I, speed and mobile phone use. Officers have been instructed to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to breaches of traffic violations.
You can face up to a TT $12,000 Fine plus spend three (3) years in jail for a D.U.I conviction.
See the Media Release from TTPS below, which was issued on Monday 30th December 2019.
The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago has published guidelines which provide some examples of the circumstances that they would consider appropriate for redemption of the old $100 cotton notes in the three (3) month period after 1st January 2020.
Redemption of the old $100 cotton notes can be done either through commercial banks or the Central Bank. The Central Bank has extended its working hours to facilitate the exchange and will now be open from 8am to 3pm on weekdays until 31st December 2019.
According to the Central Bank:
By way of Legal Notice No. 357 of 2019, the Trinidad and Tobago $100 notes bearing any series date prior to 2019 ($100 cotton notes) will cease to be legal tender (demonetized) from January 1, 2020. Act No. 22 of 2019 Miscellaneous Provisions (Proceeds of Crime and Central Bank) Act sets out the broad parameters of the demonetization. In particular, Act No. 22 specifies that the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago shall redeem at face value any of the specified notes that are presented within the period of three months after the appointed date (January 1, 2020) if it is satisfied that the failure to present the notes for redemption prior to the appointed date resulted from circumstances beyond the control of the true owner of the notes or that there was some other good or sufficient reason for the failure.
The guidelines listed below provide some examples of the circumstances that the Central Bank would consider appropriate for redemption of the old $100 cotton notes after the 31st December 2019 deadline:
You can visit the Central Bank's website for further information.
New York Governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, called the knife-attack on five (5) people in a Suburb on Saturday night (28th December 2019) “an act of domestic terrorism.”
According to New York Officials and a witness to the gruesome crime, an intruder with a large knife (described as being long as a “broomstick”) stormed the home of a Hasidic Rabbi, stabbing and wounding five (5) people just as they were gathering to light candles for Hanukkah. The Rabbi, Chaim Rottenberg, lives in Monsey, New York, which is in an area with a large population of ultra-Orthodox Jews.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) reported that the suspect, Thomas Grafton (37), was arrested in Harlem and was turned over to the authorities in Rockland County, where the attack took place. Grafton, who is from Greenwood Lake, New York (near Monsey), will face five (5) counts of Attempted Murder and one count of First Degree Burglary, according to Police. Two (2) of the victims remained in Hospital as of Sunday morning.
See Governor Cuomo’s statement below, which was issued shortly after the incident.
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As we close off 2019, it’s important to both reflect on the past year and to look forward - but more specifically, look forward to all the long weekends we can expect in 2020. We are after all, Trinis.
In 2020, if you plan ahead and strategically take your days off from work, you can fully take advantage of nine (9) possible long weekends. For instance, two (2) public holidays (Corpus Christi and Republic Day) will fall on a Thursday, which means it’s up to you if you show up to work the next day to impress your Boss - or decide to create a pair of epic 4-day long weekends. However, not everyone will be able to pull this off and so most of us can reasonably look forward to at least six (6) confirmed long weekends (including Carnival). The exact date for Eid al-Fitr will be determined in May 2020, but it appears it may lead to another long weekend.
Below are all nine (9) possible long weekends in 2020:
BONUS: New Year’s Day falls on Friday 1st January 2021, setting up the first long weekend for that year.
According to the Public Holidays and Festivals Act 19:05:
Where a public holiday falls on a Sunday or where two public holidays fall on the same day, the next following day that is not a public holiday shall be a public holiday.
It’s not all good news in 2020. There could of been four (4) additional public holidays, all of which unfortunately fall on Saturdays and will therefore not count as public holidays:
Are you excited for these long weekends in 2020? What are you planning for them? Let us know in the comments.
According to reports, Christopher “Gunta” Mendoza was at the busy Chaguanas Market around 10am on Christmas Eve when he got into an argument with another man, who pulled out a knife and stabbed him.
After being stabbed, Mendoza tried to run away from his attacker through the aisles of the Market, but he apparently tripped on a box and fell to the ground. He died about 25 minutes after he was stabbed. Eyewitnesses said that Mendoza’s attacker appeared to be in his mid-50’s, wore a cream shirt and brown pants and was seen running out of the Market soon after the stabbing.
Police and Crime Scene Investigators soon arrived and cordoned off the stalls, causing many vendors to lose their important last-minute Christmas Eve sales. Some will have no choice but to return to the Market on Christmas Day to make up for lost sales. Investigations are continuing.
Watch the news report from TTT below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
From Monday 23rd December 2019, adult citizens of Trinidad & Tobago can have up to 30 grammes of Marijuana in their possession and each adult in every home can own up to four (4) Marijuana plants (male or female). Citizens are, however, not allowed to smoke Marijuana in a public place or while operating a vehicle.
This comes as the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act is now law and will officially take effect on Monday, as President Paula-Mae Weekes proclaimed the legislation this past Friday (20th December 2019). The Bill on the decriminalisation of small amounts of Marijuana was recently passed in the House of Representatives and the Senate. The House sent the Cannabis Control Bill (to regulate the business of Cannabis) to a Joint Select Committee, which will report to Parliament in February 2020.
See the Proclamation from President Paula-Mae Weekes below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
The Ministry of Works and Transport wishes to remind the motoring public during this festive season, of the existing legislation from the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act, as it pertains to driving while impaired by alcohol or other drugs.
In a Media Release on Friday 20th December 2019, the Ministry warns of the consequences of being convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. For instance, you can be fined TT $12,000 and imprisoned for three (3) years on a first conviction or fined TT $22,500 and imprisoned for five (5) years on any subsequent conviction.
See the Media Release below from the Ministry for further details.
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