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On this day, 187 years ago, the Emancipation Act came into effect, starting the process of freedom for thousands of enslaved men and women in the British West Indies.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley commended members of Trinidad and Tobago's Olympic team who he said was “representing well in heart and spirit” in the Olympic Games currently underway in Tokyo, Japan.
This country’s nursing complement has received a much-needed boost as 30 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) specialists from Cuba have arrived in the country to help bolster the overwhelmed labour force.
Close to 600 people were vaccinated at the Ministry of Health's three Mass Vaccination Sites in south Trinidad on Saturday.
An 81-year-old man from Maracas/St Joseph has been released from a private senior care home in Maraval after he was abandoned by a relative and kept there against his will.
Guardian Media understands that Kirk Noel was released yesterday after High Court Judge Robin Mohammed granted an emergency habeas corpus writ on Friday night.
Noel's lawyers Chase Pegus and Edisha Greene, of Veritas Chambers, attempted to serve the order to secure his immediate release, with the assistance of officers of the Maraval Police Station on Friday night but were unsuccessful as the facility was closed and no one responded.
The director of the home contacted Noel's lawyers around midday yesterday, and told them that he was released as per the court order.
In Noel's court filings, obtained by Guardian Media, Pegus and Greene claimed that in late June they were contacted by Noel's former employee and close friend and told of his plight.
They contacted him on his cellphone and he claimed that he was being held against his will.
Noel allegedly told them that his relative dropped him off at a hospice in San Fernando on May 15 and told him that she would return for him. She did not.
On June 24, a director of the Maraval home collected him from San Fernando and took him to the Queen's Park Savannah to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
He was then taken to the Maraval home where he remained until being released.
In the court filings, Noel's attorneys claimed that before they filed the lawsuit seeking his release, they attempted to speak with the man's relatives but were unsuccessful.
They also claimed that after they first contacted their client his cell phone was cut and they were barred from visiting and speaking with him in person.
The care home's director also allegedly refused to answer their questions regarding his detention and did not respond to the habeas corpus writ or previous legal threats.
In her Emancipation message today Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar stated that “the descendants of Africans have contributed significantly to national development and on this special day, it is important that we recognize and appreciate their outstanding contributions.” The following is a press release from the Opposition Leader:
Quick response by a neighbour possibly saved the lives of a 60-year-old woman, her daughter and niece after a fire broke out at their home. It was around 5 am when Cloretta Robin woke up and smelt smoke at her Modeste Street, Mahaica Village, Point Fortin home. Point Fortin MP Kennedy Richards Jr who spoke to the family said Robin heard something popping and then realised that the house was on fire. But, in the confusion, she could not find the key for the burglar proofed gate and called for help. "When she woke up I guess she would have panicked because you know when you wake up to fire even though she would have had the key very close at that point in time, your first thought is self-preservation. She would have called out to a neighbour who would have come with a hammer and she pound the lock and she came out." Responding quickly to the call, firefighters of the Point Fortin Fire Station were able to extinguish the flames before they could destroy the entire apartment and building which houses other apartments. The family did not receive any burns but Robin was not feeling well and both she and her daughter sought treatment at the hospital.
The Ministry of Health has recorded 7 additional COVID related death. This brings the total number of deaths to 1077. There are currently 311 patients in the hospital. The ministry has also recorded 254 new COVID cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of active cases to 5951.
The price of pigtails, according to importers, skyrocketed by 74 per cent, canned corned beef went up by 36 per cent, yellow split peas and lentils rose by 34 per cent, brown sugar climbed by 25 per cent, and canned tuna increased by 15 per cent.
A half hour before the daily 9 pm curfew was due to go into effect on Friday, a Chaguanas proprietor was gunned down inside the parlour he operates out of his home.
A woman's pleas with a gunman to spare her husband’s life went in vain as he opened fire on the man, shooting him about the body before escaping on foot and disappearing into the Matura Forest. The coconut vendor later died at the hospital.
A 31-year-old man charged with harassment was granted $60,000 bail when he appeared before Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor at the Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on July 28th.
The accused was also instructed not to go within 150 feet of the victim, nor to have any form of communication with her. He was also instructed not to go to the victim’s home, and to report to the Crown Point Police Station every Wednesday and Friday before 6 pm.
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (MET) has discontinued the riverine flodd alert for Trinidad. In a press release issued today, the MET stated that most of Trinidad’s major watercourses are now below threshold levels and a decreasing trend is expected to continue.
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