A Tobago gym owner was granted $25,000 bail when he appeared before a Scarborough Magistrate on Thursday charged with sexually touching a minor.

The 36-year-old man, of Mason Hall, was arrested on Wednesday by officers of the Tobago Division, Child Protection Unit (CPU), following a report made to police by a 13-year-old girl that she was sexually assaulted by a man.

WPC Jackson of the Tobago CPU launched an investigation into the report that sometime between April and October last year, the girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by a man while being a passenger of his vehicle.

The assaults occurred on two separate occasions.

W/Supt. (Ag) Claire Guy-Alleyne, ASP Sookdeo and Sgt Miller investigated, and the suspect was arrested and charged with two sexual offences. 

The cases were postponed to February 1st. 


Some communities in Trinidad and Tobago don’t receive water for months and even years.

So noted Public Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzales as he tabled the Report of the Cabinet Sub-Committee Report on the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) in the House of Representatives, at the Red House, Port of Spain, yesterday.

The report has been placed in the hands of a parliamentary Joint Select Committee (JSC) as the Govern­ment grapples with the systemic “dys­function” at the unwieldy and debt-­­ridden, State-owned public utility.

Social Development Minister Donna Cox has suggested that teachers and principals taking up positions in schools in “hotspot” areas be given specialised training to help them better understand the culture of the area and its people.

She pointed out yesterday that there were stereotypes about such areas, some of which were not accurate.

India Prime Minister Naren­dra Modi has hailed the “special friendship” between India and Barbados.

Modi and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley took to Twitter this week to praise each other.

Mottley profusely thanked Modi, via social media, for the 200,000 vaccines sent from India to Barbados, 100,000 of which were donated.

Political leader of the PNM Tobago Council Tracy Davidson-Celestine said yesterday that she will not accept the “take-it-or-leave-it” attitude being employed by Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) ­leader Watson Duke.