Photo courtesy Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh.

The deadly new coronavirus has not reached Trinidad and Tobago. Responding to a question in Parliament, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said as of today, January 27, there have been no confirmed ...


Flanked by the Digicel girls,  (L-R) Aaron 'Voice' St Louis, Jerome 'Rome' Priscilla, Nesta 'Sekon Sta' Boxill, Vanessa 'Nessa Preppy' John, Digicel T&T CEO Jabbor Kayumov, Nailah Blackman, Marvin 'Swappi' Davis and Akeem 'Preedy' Chance pose for photographs.

The energy was high in the Bungalow on the corner of Rust and Grey Streets on Thursday night, as scores of media personalities, industry professionals, socialites and specially invited guests gathered to see who would be revealed as the new faces of Digicel Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival campaign. The telecom had been teasing the reveal for over a week, posting silhouettes of artistes to their social media pages, asking customers to guess the personalities behind the shadows. Most of the predictions were correct. Digicel’s Communications, Sponsorship and Events Executive, Colin Greaves did the honour – inviting a slew of soca stars to stage: Nailah Blackman, Swappi, Voice, Preedy, Sekon Sta and Nessa Preppy. Nadia Batson and Patrice Roberts were also named as new endorsees for the brand, but weren’t present at the time of the announcement. Batson arrived a little later due to a conflicting commitment. Also called the stage was host and entertainer Rome, who has been working closely with Digicel since late last year. It set the scene for what will prove to be a busy season for Digicel Trinidad and Tobago. Greaves detailed the numerous giveaway promotions currently underway. Digicel customers stand to win in a variety of ways, namely by accessing the Shake To Win promotion via their My Digicel app. Digicel has also been giving away $650 to lucky customers via the Phrase that Pays segment on the Boom Champions’ Morning Pump. The telecom has also signed on to be the official Wi-Fi provider of major fetes throughout the season and Digicel customers can expect giveaways at events sponsored by the network.

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Nadia Hackshaw (left), Shaquille Hackshaw (right)

Three people have been arrested by officers attached to the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) who found a firearm along with a quantity of ammunition and marijuana in their possession. This occurred in D’Abadie at around 10.15 am on Monday. The officers were acting on intelligence and executed a search warrant for firearms and ammunition at a house along Boys Lane. One revolver, six rounds of .38 special ammunition and 150 packets of marijuana amounting to 137.8 grams, were found and seized. Three were arrested in connection with the finds including 19-year-old Shaquille Hackshaw and 36-year-old Nadia Hackshaw. They were all charged for possession of a firearm and ammunition and possession of marijuana. The SORT said it aims to collaboratively combat and suppress firearm-related criminal activities by targeting gangs that are mainly involved in the importation and sale of illegal narcotics. It added that these gangs are involved in the commission of many homicides, as they fight for control of districts.

Roger Khan, a 23-year-old man, was killed as he slept in hisEcclesville, Rio Clarohome. According to police, around 2.30am, 19-year-old Mary Mahabir wasin the living room of the family’s home tending to their 1-year-old child when a gunman entered through the open front door. After a brief confrontation with Mahabir, the man went to the couple’s bedroom and shot Khanbefore fleeing the scene. Khan reportedly stumbledout of the bedroom where Mahabir saw him bleeding from what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head. He then collapsed and died. Rio Claro police are continuing investigations.


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Turkish emergency teams on Monday pulled out a body from the rubble of a collapsed building, raising the death toll from the powerful tremor that hit eastern Turkey to 40. Hope was fading for one last missing victim still trapped in the same building. The magnitude 6.8 earthquake that struck Friday night also injured more than 1,600 others, authorities said. At least 45 survivors have been pulled out of the rubble alive. Rescue teams on Monday drilled through the rubble in the eastern city of Elazig, trying to reach a missing 75-year-old woman and another person, as relatives waited nearby, NTV television reported. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu later said rescuers had recovered one of the bodies and were still trying to reach the other person. The body of a third missing person was pulled out of the collapsed structure overnight. The quake destroyed 76 buildings and damaged more than 1,000 others, forcing survivors to take refuge in tents, mosques, schools, sports halls and student dormitories. Authorities warned people not to return to homes that could be unsafe. Friday's quake hit at 8:55 pm in the city that lies 565 kilometres (350 miles) east of Ankara. It was followed by close to 950 aftershocks — 21 of them of them measuring magnitude 4 or higher. As overnight temperatures dropped to -5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit), emergency teams set up more than 9,500 tents for displaced residents and distributed hot meals. Soylu said authorities were setting up insulated container homes to house up to 1,000 families left homeless by the quake. Work to construct some 2,000 permanent homes would begin in April, Turkey's urbanization minister said. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said 86 people injured by the quake remained hospitalized on Monday, 18 of them in intensive care. Over the weekend, rescuers pulled out Ayse Yildiz, 35, and her 2-year-old daughter Yusra from the rubble of another toppled apartment building in Elazig. They had been trapped for 28 hours. Another couple who survived were reunited with a Syrian student who had helped to dig them out. "He is our hero and angel," a weeping Dudane Aydin said of Mahmud al Osman. Her husband Zulkuf said the student went to extraordinary lengths to get them out, especially when his wife's leg was trapped by debris. With other workers holding the student by his legs, he stretched toward the woman and freed her. Turkey's Emergency and Disaster Management Presidency said close to 4,000 workers and 22 dogs have been involved in the search-and-rescue operation. Earthquakes are frequent in Turkey, which sits atop two major fault lines. The city of Elazig has been hit by fatal quakes before — a magnitude 6.0 earthquake killed 51 people there in 2010. Turkey's worst quake in decades came in 1999, when a pair of strong earthquakes struck northwest Turkey, killing around 18,000 people.