The United National Congress (UNC) has lost its novel challenge over the dismissal of its election petitions for five marginal seats in the 2015 General Elections.
Delivering a 43-page judgement at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain, this morning, Appellate Judges Justice Gregory Smith, Justice Mark Mohammed, and Justice Peter Rajkumar dismissed the appeal, in which the Opposition party was seeking to overturn the decision of another three-member appeal panel. That panel had upheld the decision of High Court Judge Mira Dean-Armourer to dismiss the petitions in October 2016.
The Housing Development Corporation (HDC) has moved to shut down a bikini party advertised to be held on an HDC compound in Arouca on Sunday.
Party officials of this weekend’s “Hula Cooler Bikini Splash” are now forced to have the party moved to another venue as a cease notice has been served on the ones believed to be behind the La Vie venue.
The T&T Police Service has been notified of a highly advertised “Hula Cooler, Bikini Splash” event carded to take place this Sunday on a parcel of land owned by the Housing Development Corporation (HDC).
Efforts are now being made to pull the plug on this event and it is expected that officials from the HDC's security department will be serving a cease notice to its party promoter.
Guardian Media understands that the unauthorised event, is being planned on illegal structures at HDC's reserve land, near Bon Air Gardens in Arouca.
Approximately 400 officers from the protective services of T&T who are in need of priority housing are still awaiting allocation.
This was revealed during a media conference called on Thursday by the President of the Fire Services Association of T&T, Leo Ramkissoon along with the President of the Prisons Officers Association, Ceron Richards.
In 2008, the Housing Ministry through a cabinet note, states that members of the protective services will be allocated ten per cent of the housing stock.
There are a number of breaches at the Housing Development Corporation's Oropune Gardens development in Piarco, hence the eviction of a tenant who was operating a hardware and commercial shop there early Wednesday.
In a release, HDC Managing Director Brent Lyons said it was during a visit there with executives on Saturday that they saw and confirmed the existence of reported homeowner infractions and breaches and decided to act on them immediately.
The Housing Development Corporation has issued a statement on the action it took this morning at Oropune Gardens following complaints from residents about rising crime in the area and other illicit activities.
Below is the statement from the HDC:
On the heels of the second murder within the last month at Oropune Gardens, residents of the area are up in arms over the increase in gun violence in the area and other illegal activities.
They are calling for an immediate intervention by officials at the Housing Development Corporation and the police.