Photo courtesy The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

Officers of the South Western Division found and seized a quantity of marijuana in an empty boat off Erin Beach on Tuesday. According to police reports, officers received information which led them to the beach. A team of officers led by Sgt. Gosine spotted a blue and white pirogue anchored offshore around 9 am. The officers carried out a search of the vessel and found three bags containing a total of 18 packets of marijuana. The drugs weighed 10.98 kilogrammes and hadan estimated street value of $109,800. The drugs were subsequently taken to be destroyed. PC Joseph, of the Erin Police Station, is continuing enquiries into the discovery.

A father of two, who had a previous conviction of a similar nature, was sentenced to six months hard labour after he was held stealing cables from the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T& TEC). The accused, Vishram Bissessar, appeared yesterday before San Fernando Senior Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor. He was unrepresented by defence counsel. The State was represented by Police Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan. The court was told that Bissessar was arrested at about 10:35 pm on Friday by Estate Constable Ramdath along Reform Bypass Road, near Williamsville. Bissessar was allegedly seen pulling cable through a fence of the compound of the Public Lighting Department. The cables were said to have an estimated value of $6,600. Bissessar plead guilty to the offence, and told the court that he was trying to make “some extra cash” so he could buy food and drinks, as well as afford a haircut, as he said work had been “slow” in recent days. After further submissions in the court, in which Bissessar’s actions were admonished, he was jailed.


On June 22, Krave hosted a sparkling dinner as part of the global celebration known as Moët Grand Day. In honour of the 150th Anniversary of Moët & Chandon’s legendary Moët Imperial, Krave’s Executive Chef Dominique Beens created a four-course meal featuring Moët & Chandon champagnes and even cognac from the world’s premier champagne house. Chef Beens said, “It was a wonderful opportunity to infuse each dish with the essence of 150 years of celebratory exuberance. Cooking with Moët is an extraordinary privilege!” [image_gallery] Each guest was given a “Piccolo” sized bottle of Moët Imperial and there were also exciting specials on Krave’s popular Moët Mojito, which guests enjoyed all weekend long. Krave’s owner Damion Persad felt that Krave was the perfect location to celebrate Grand Day. He said, “Krave is known for its celebration of guests during their special occasions, including specially plated desserts, the occasional sing-along and lots of Moët toasts!” He also thanked local distributor of Moët & Chandon A.S. Bryden & Sons (Trinidad) Ltd. for giving Krave the opportunity to be part of the legendary celebration.

Tya Jane Ramey was crowned Miss World T&T.

Audience members at the Miss World Trinidad and Tobago pageant were not shy about showing their support for their favourite contestant. Throughout the pageant which took place at the Naparima Bowl last Sunday evening, the crowd cheered loudly and enthusiastically, especially during the Question and Answer segment. When it was time to crown the winner, the top three girls were asked their opinion the recent increase in the influx of Venezuelans into T&T and how they think the country should handle it. Each of the girls’ responses was in favour of T&T welcoming to the immigrants into the country which clearly struck the right chord with the audience.Supporters loudly chantedthe name of the contestant they were rooting for. It was their answers to this hot topic and their overall performance throughout the pageant process that assisted the judges with the final decision on who would be the next Miss World Trinidad and Tobago 2019. Tya Janè Ramey, 21, eventually emerged the winner. Miss Rio Claro, Nikita Samlal was the second runner up whileMiss Chaguanas,Laura Lee Williams was the first runner up. Ramey also won the Miss Talent competition and Sports and Fitness Challenge. The pageant started with the contestants outfitted in Lost Tribes costumes for their costume displays followed by the anticipated resort wear segment which was sponsored by Bikini Cabana, designed by Vanessa Mohammed. Sunday night’s event was hosted by DJ Dani and Jerome “Rome” Precilla, who, at the start of the event, introduced the crowd to a video giving them a look back into the each candidate’s ‘Journey to the Crown’. The crowd cheered loudly each time their favourite contestant was shown on the screen during the presentation with many seen chanting for their favourite from the front to the back of the room. Some audience members were also seen holding placards with their favourite contestants’ faces on them while others were seen waving flags donned with pictures. One of the many highlights of the evening was the Evening Gown segment. All the girls graced the stage in their gowns sponsored by Kooti’s Clothing. As they walked, they were serenaded by the violinist Andre Camejo. Other entertainers on the night wereLujoe and the Gifted who had the crowd jumping out of their chairs and dancing on their feet during their ‘back in times’ session. Below are the girls who won special awards: Top Model Award Miss St Joseph Tanika Durity Talent Competition - Miss Five Rivers Tya Janè Ramey Sports and Fitness Challenge - Ms Five Rivers Tya Janè Ramey Miss Multimedia - Miss San Fernando Rene Brown Miss Photogenic - Miss St Augustine Dominique Ramsawak Most Improved (also called the Giselle Laronde-West Evolution Award - Miss Sangre Grande Miranda Maharaj Spirit of the Pageant Award - Miss San Fernando Rene Brown The People's Choice Award – Miss St Joseph Tanika Durity


EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - The bodies of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his nearly 2-year-old daughter Valeria lie on the bank of the Rio Grande in Matamoros, Mexico, Monday, June 24, 2019, after they drowned trying to cross the river to Brownsville, Texas. (AP Photo/Julia Le Duc)

The man and his 23-month-old daughter lay face down in shallow water along the bank of the Rio Grande, his black shirt hiked up to his chest with the girl's head tucked inside. Her arm was draped around his neck suggesting she clung to him in her final moments. The searing photograph of the sad discovery on Monday, captured by journalist Julia Le Duc and published by Mexican newspaper La Jornada, highlights the perils of the latest migration crisis involving mostly Central Americans fleeing violence and poverty and hoping for asylum in the United States. From the scorching Sonora desert to the at-times fast-moving Rio Grande, the U.S.-Mexico border has long been an at times deadly journey for those who cross it illegally between ports of entry. In recent weeks alone, two babies, a toddler and a woman were found dead on Sunday, overcome by the sweltering heat. Elsewhere three children and an adult from Honduras died in April after their raft capsized on the Rio Grande, and a 6-year-old from India was found dead earlier this month in Arizona, where temperatures routinely soar well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius). "Very regrettable that this would happen," Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Tuesday in response to a question about the photograph. "We have always denounced that as there is more rejection in the United States, there are people who lose their lives in the desert or crossing the river. According to Le Duc's reporting for La Jornada, Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, frustrated because the family from El Salvador were unable to present themselves to U.S. authorities and request asylum, swam across the river with his daughter, Valeria. He set her on the U.S. bank of the river and started back for his wife, Vanessa Ávalos, but seeing him move away the girl threw herself into the waters. Martínez returned and was able to grab Valeria, but the current swept them both away. The account was based on remarks by Ávalos to police at the scene. Their bodies were discovered Monday morning on the bank of the river near Matamoros, Mexico, across from Brownsville, Texas, and several hundred yards (metres) from where they had tried to cross, just a half-mile (1 kilometre) from an international bridge. The photo recalls the 2015 image of a 3-year-old Syrian boy who drowned in the Mediterranean near Turkey, though it remains to be seen whether it may have the same impact in focusing international attention on migration to the U.S. U.S. policy has drastically reduced the number of migrants who are allowed to request asylum, down from dozens per day previously to sometimes just a handful at some ports of entry. The United States has also been expanding its programme under which asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their claims are processed in U.S. courts, a wait that could last many months or even years. This week the city of Nuevo Laredo in Tamaulipas, the same state where Matamoros is located, said it will become the latest city to receive returnees as soon as Friday. Many migrant shelters are overflowing on the Mexican side, and cartels hold sway over much of Tamaulipas and have been known to kidnap and kill migrants. Meanwhile, Mexico is stepping up its own crackdown on immigration, with much of the focus on slowing irregular immigration in the country's south. "With greater crackdowns and restrictions," said Cris Ramón, senior immigration policy analyst at the Bipartisan Policy Center think tank in Washington, "we could see more desperate measures by people trying to enter Mexico or the U.S."

Tourists in Prague's Old Town Square got a slight reprieve from the scorching heat on Tuesday when a city worker parked a sprinkler truck in the public plaza and sprayed water into the air. The city dispatches the trucks on the hottest days of the year. The Czech Hydrometeorological Institute issued a warning about unusually high temperatures that should hit the capital of Prague and the rest of the country on Tuesday and Wednesday. While the highest temperatures were expected to reach 34 Celsius (93 F) on Tuesday, it might soar to 37 Celsius (99 F) on Wednesday. Meteorologists say the heatwave is due to hot air blowing into Europe from North Africa.