Eight people charged for Sexual Offences in CPU, SORT Operation

The Child Protection Unit (CPU) is strongly urging citizens with information on child abuse to report it to the nearest police station, or to the CPU, to ensure that an investigation into such cases are launched immediately.

The renewed appeal comes as seven men and one woman were nabbed in an intelligence-led exercise over the weekend, by officers of the Child Protection Unit (CPU), the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and the Tobago Task Force.

PM Rowley urges nation to cherish families; think of the children and the elderly

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is encouraging Trinbagonians to embrace genuine human connection, cherish families, and care about children and the elderly in this country, as the nation heads in 2020 and beyond.

In his New Year’s Address to the Nation, the PM calls on T&T to bring an end to the alienation that is at the heart of some of the social ills currently plaguing the nation, noting that citizens need to put aside their fear of differences and reduce their prejudices.

The full text of the PM’s Address follows…

Fellow Citizens,

Health ministry to tackle gestational diabetes in 2020

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has pledged to tackle the issue of gestational diabetes in 2020.

On Christmas Day, Minister Deyalsingh stated this is one of several major projects they’ll focus on next year.

The minister says it is one of the most important interventions they intend to undertake, in order to deal with diabetes in this country.  He notes that in the case of many women with gestational diabetes, their children could develop type-one diabetes.

Keep children safe during the holidays

The Children’s Authority (CA) is reminding parents to take extra precautions with their children during the holiday season.

Saying that children are more vulnerable to predators during vacation periods when they are out of school, the authority urged parents to be vigilant.

In a release issued today, the authority gave the following tips on child safety during the festive season:

More Venezuelan nationals intercepted by Coast Guard

More Venezuelan nationals have been intercepted in the Gulf of Paria by the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG), attempting to enter the country illegally.

According to a release issued by the TTCG, just before one o’clock this morning, twenty-six Venezuelan nationals were caught in a pirogue named Dona Josafena, with registration ARSI 3685.

The pirogue’s occupants included thirteen (13) adult males, four (4) adult females and nine (9) children.

Children’s Authority: Vaccinate your children against the flu

The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago is appealing to parents and guardians to ensure their children’s safety from the influenza virus.

In a news release, the Authority is reminding parents and guardian that children, particularly those five years and under, have been categorised by the ministry of health as one of the groups vulnerable to the virus.

The authority says all precautions should be taken to ensure their protection, including vaccination. 

Coalition Against Domestic Violence concerned about rising violence statistics

As the world begins to observe 16 days of activism to reduce violence against women, Trinidad and Tobago is facing the reality that one in three women who have been in intimate partnerships with men, experiences some form of domestic violence.

President of the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Roberta Clarke, says as of November, at least 30 women have been killed by their partners, for this year alone. 

She describes such statistics on violence against women in this country as alarming.

Kamla: “Let us all put our nation's children first…”

Opposition Leader, Kamla Persa-Bissessar, is urging citizens in the nation to “refocus our energies, efforts and resources towards fulfilling the requirements of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a UN Convention to which this country is signatory.

In her message in observance of Universal Children’s Day 2019, the former prime minister and UNC political leader says the promotion and celebration of children’s rights will only redound towards building a better world for T&T’s children.

Garcia’s wish: “Every child receiving quality education at any school in T&T…”

Education minister, Anthony Garcia, has revealed his personal dream for the children of this country.

In a personal message in observance of Universal Children’s Day 2019, the minister says hopes to see one day that every child can receive a quality education at any school in this country.

The minister also makes an appeal for all hands on deck, to help the ministry achieve this goal.

The full text of the minister’s remarks, follow…

EU and UNICEF give tablets to migrant children today

Venezuelan migrant children received special equipment today, to ensure they can continue with their education while in this country.

UNICEF and the European Union, together with local partners Living Water Community, have been collaborating to ensure that migrant Venezuelan children have access to formal education opportunities in Trinidad and Tobago.

As part of these efforts, the EU has funded a project which provides tablets to the children to use as part of a blended online/face-to-face instruction programme.