An empty east coast

Three men appeared before a Mayaro magistrate yesterday charged with breach of the Emergency Powers Regulations by being on a beach.

Tevon Ross, 25, Roy Mitchell, 27, and Joseph Boodoo, 37, were fined $7,500 each by Magistrate Wendy Dougdeen-Bally.

Failure to pay the fine within six weeks will lead to them serving a default of six weeks with hard labour.

On Tuesday, police officers were on patrol and responded to information that led them to the coastline from Stone Bright Village to Bon Espoire Road, Mayaro, where they observed three men on the beach.

When the men were questioned, they had no reasonable explanation.

They were arrested and taken to Rio Claro Police Station where they were charged with the offence.

The exercise was coordinated by ASP Jankee and Insp Ragbir, supervised by Sgt Mohammed, Cpls Neaves and Flores, and included officers of the Mayaro Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Crime Scene Investigation Taskforce, Emergency Response Patrol, and the Rio Claro CID and Taskforce.--


National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds says there’s no secrecy surrounding a small gift of Pfizer vaccines given to the National Security Ministry by the United States government.

In a telephone interview with the Express yesterday, the minister said the small vaccine gift of 80 vials of Pfizer amounted to about 400 doses of the vaccine.

However, the arrival of these vaccines generated curiosity in the country as to exactly how the batch came to Trinidad and the handover process as well as who exactly will benefit from the shots.

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar stands accused by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and the People’s National Movement (PNM) of appealing for civil unrest like the 1990 attempted coup.

A thick layer of slush coats the roadways of Poui Trace in St Mary’s Village, Moruga, where quarrying activity has trapped some residents inside their homes.

At least five households are stuck behind near crumbling slopes and a muddy path used as an access route to and from the village.

As trucks filled with material leave and enter the area, clumps of mud are left behind, sometimes blocking the road.

A&V Oil and Gas Ltd stands to receive an estimated $84 million in cash being held in escrow, at the close of an arbitration ruling involving the now-defunct State-owned energy company Petrotrin.

PART 11 of an interview with Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Port of Spain Shante Moore with journalist Andy Johnson, first aired on television station WESN last Friday.

Moore has been with the US Foreign Service for more than 20 years in such postings as Kuwait, Qatar, Kosovo, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, and Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.