A manserving time for marijuana possession, was believed to be dead by his family. 40-year-old Robert Ramlochan is a fisherman of Lanse Mitan Road, Moruga. He reportedly had several offences before the court before fleeing to Venezuela 16 years ago. His family obtained a death certificate on his behalf but, he is presently detained at the Princes Town Police station for drug possession. It is not known if they were aware he was alive. Investigating officers are seeking to identify the districts and types of charges he faces as he remains under arrest.

A Barrackpore man is expected to appear in court on gun-related charges after he was found in possession of two pistols and a quantity of ammunition. Acting on a tip-off, officers of the Ste Madeleine Police Station led by PC Frankbull on Sunday morning proceeded to a bushy area off St Charles Road, Princes Town where they discovered a makeshift camp. There, they found 41-year-old Anthony Allen lying on a bench. A search was conducted at the camp and a black plastic bag containing one Sphinx pistol with one magazine and seven rounds 9mm ammunition, as well as a Beretta pistol with one magazine and seven rounds 9mm ammunition were recovered. Allen was arrested and taken to the Ste Madeleine Police Station where he was formally charged for the offence. He is expected to appear before the San Fernando Magistrate Court on Monday to answer to the charges.


Caribbean amateur filmmakers are invited to enter the inauguralTurks & Caicos International Film Festival which kicks off from November 15, 2019. In a statement issued Monday, Digicel said it has partnered with the festival, which invited amateur filmmakers tosubmit their films for the recently launched Digicel Youth Pan Caribbean Film Competition. The festival is geared at raising awareness about the environment, as well as the Caribbean film industry, and the vision of the festival is to share compelling stories about the big issues facing the environment. In May, Digicel’s Chief Speed Officer, Usain Bolt visited the Turks & Caicos Islands to launch the festival and advocate for telling meaningful stories through film and touching on the importance of preserving our oceans and the environment. “In the Caribbean, with so many small island nations, we’re on the frontline of climate change and over the past few years hurricanes Maria, Irma and, most recently, Dorian, have had a direct impact on the way we all go about our daily lives. This festival and the amateur film competition is a great way to digitally showcase the stories we have to tell and draw attention to some of the major issues at hand,” said Addison Stoddard, CEO of Digicel Turks & Caicos. Submission for the competition is open to all Caribbean nationals and there are four categories for entry, based on the entrant’s age. For those aged 13 & under and 14 to 17, they each have a chance to win a brand new phone and to have their film featured on Digicel’s website and social media pages within their respective countries. For entrants in the 18 to 20 and 21 & over categories they could win a round-trip flight to and accommodation in Turks & Caicos for the festival where their film will be shown. They will also receive an all-access pass to enjoy all the events, a brand new phone and USD$1,000. Films are to be no longer than 10 minutes and subtitled in English, if containing dialogue in another language. For submission and all the competition details go to the website: https://digicelprogrammes.awardsplatform.com/.

The second edition of the Soccer 6’s, the brainchild of Managing Director of Strictly FX, Adrian Chandler, kicks off on September 21, 2019. Chandler refers to the celebrity tournament as a soccer picnic "on steroids”. The first event in 2018 was hugely successful and plans are afoot to top last year’s event. The venue is the Hasely Crawford Stadiumtraining field and spans a three-day period, starting Saturday 21 and continuing on Sunday 22 with the final day on Tuesday 24 September (Republic Day). The 20 teams participating in the tournament will feature this country’s most influential party committees such as Air Committee, Caesar’s Army, Punchy Punch, Red Ants, and Illusions, along with social entities and popular social soccer teams. Each team must have a female player and one pro player, from the National Pro League or National Super League competitions. Teams are also entitled to one national player. The tournament will take place on two customized fields which will be caged using truss structures and football nets. Chandler assured that there will be an 'unimaginable atmosphere of fun and excitement'.


Disinfectant solution is sprayed as a precaution against African swine fever at a pig farm in Yanggu, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. South Korea is culling thousands of pigs after confirming African swine fever at a farm near its border with North Korea, which had an outbreak in May. (Yang Ji-ung/Yonhap via AP)

South Korea is culling thousands of pigs after confirming African swine fever at a farm near its border with North Korea, which had an outbreak in May. Kim Hyun-soo, South Korea's agricultural minister, said the country's first case of the highly contagious disease was confirmed Tuesday in tests on five pigs that died Monday evening at the farm in the city of Paju. His ministry later said it was looking into a suspected second case from a farm in the nearby town of Yeoncheon, where the owner reported the death of a pig, and that test results were expected by Wednesday morning. Officials were planning to complete by Tuesday the culling of some 4000 pigs raised at the Paju farm and two other farms run by the same family. The government also strengthened efforts to disinfect farms and transport vehicles and ordered a 48-hour standstill on all pig farms, slaughterhouses and feed factories across the country to prevent the spread of the disease, which threatens a massive industry that involves 6000 farms raising more than 11 million pigs. African swine fever has decimated pig herds in China and other Asian countries before reaching the Koreas. It is harmless to people but for pigs is highly contagious and fatal. There is no known cure. "We will invest maximum effort to prevent the disease from spreading ... we believe the first week (following the outbreak) would be most dangerous," considering incubation periods, Kim said during a news conference in Sejong City. "We will quickly complete monitoring inspections at the 6300 farms (nationwide) ... checking each pig to see whether it has fever or not and testing on even the slightest of symptoms," he said. South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for fast and stern quarantine measures to prevent the disease from wreaking havoc on the pork industry, the presidential Blue House said. The outbreak in South Korea comes despite months of heightened monitoring efforts at border area farms after the disease spread to North Korea. In May, the North told the World Organization for Animal Health, or OIE, that 77 of the 99 pigs at a cooperative farm near its border with China died of the disease and the remaining 22 pigs were culled. South Korea's agriculture ministry said investigators were sent to the farm to trace the source of the outbreak and it wasn't immediately clear if the disease would have crossed from North Korea. The ministry said in June that blood tests of pigs from some 340 farms near the border with the North came back negative. North Korea has scaled back cooperation with South Korea after a summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump collapsed in February, and it has ignored repeated South Korean calls for joint efforts to stem the spread of the disease. South Korea placed hundreds of fences and traps around border area farms to prevent pigs from being infected by wild boars that roam in and out of North Korea. South Korea's military, which had monitored the movement of wild boars through heat sensors installed along the border, said it would be difficult for wild boars to cross over barbed wire fences in the mine-scattered border zone. But government officials have said the animals could possibly swim across rivers. Kim, the South Korean agricultural minister, said the Paju farm hit by the disease was about 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles) away from a river that runs across the border. But it is a sealed indoor facility with no windows and is surrounded by fences to fend off wild boars. The farm's owner and four Nepalese workers said they hadn't recently travelled outside of South Korea, Kim said. "We haven't been able to immediately confirm the infection route of the disease," Kim said. "We are trying to identify the cause as soon as possible because that would be crucial for preventing the disease from spreading."

More than half the tigers rescued three years ago from a Buddhist temple in Thailand where they served as a popular tourist attraction have died of disease, wildlife officials said Monday. The tigers were vulnerable to illness because of inbreeding, leading to laryngeal paralysis causing respiratory failure, said national parks official Patarapol Maneeorn. Eighty-six of 147 rescued tigers kept at government-run wildlife sanctuaries have died. The DNA of all 147 confiscated tigers could be traced to six tigers who were the original breeding stock, said Patarapol, head of the department's Wildlife Health Management Division. Such inbreeding "affects their well-being, resulting in disabilities and weakened health condition," he said at a news conference. "And when they have weakened genetic traits, they also have problems with their immune system as well." The temple in the western province of Kanchanaburi served for more than a decade as a de facto zoo where tourists could feed tigers and pose for photos with them, despite concerns about possible mistreatment and suspicions of wildlife trafficking. Police found tiger skins and teeth and at least 1,500 amulets made from tiger bones when they raided the temple, as well as 60 cub carcasses stuffed in freezers and in formaldehyde in jars. Tiger parts, such as ground bones, are popular as traditional medicine in Asia. Tiger hides can sell for tens of thousands of dollars in China. There are estimated to be more than 1,000 tigers in captivity in Thailand, but only about 200 in the wild out of a global wild population of about 4,000. Patarapol said Thai authorities would do their best to care for the surviving rescued tigers. "We are mobilizing team members, increasing our readiness and adjusting our plan," he said. "We will provide the best care possible."