Month: October 2018

Moonilal in court for EMBD Lawsuit

Former housing minister Dr Roodal Moonilal was in the Port of Spain High Court for the hearing of the lawsuit filed by the Estate Management and Business Development Company (EMBD) against him, four people and three companies.

Moonilal and the others are accused of engaging in an elaborate scheme of bid-rigging, bribery and collusion which led to hundreds of millions of dollars being disbursed to five contractors just before the 2015 general election.

In May 2018, SpotlightTT shed light on the details of the EMBD Lawsuit, read story here: EMBD Lawsuit

Presiding over the EMBD’s lawsuit is Justice James Aboud, who is also hearing a consolidated case in which three companies have sued the state-owned company for unpaid contracts.

Leading the case for the EMBD is Queen’s Counsel David Phillips, while Senior Counsel Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj, Lynette Maharaj and Anand Ramlogan are leading the case for Moonilal, the former EMBD executives and the companies.

At yesterday’s hearing, submissions on preliminary issues were advanced by both teams.

The lawsuit is against Moonilal; former EMBD chief executive Gary Parmassar; former divisional manager at EMBD Madhoo Balroop; Andrew Walker; and companies Fides Ltd; Namalco Construction; and LCB Contractors.

In November, a statement from the Office of the Attorney General said the lawsuit concerned ten contracts awarded in August 2015 to five contractors for the upgrade and rehabilitation of certain Caroni access roads and two contracts for rehabilitation works.

The five contractors were identified by the ministry as: TN Ramnauth and Company Ltd (TN Ramnauth); Mootilal Ramhit and Sons Contracting Ltd (Ramhit); Kall Company Lted (Kallco); Namalco Construction Services Ltd (Namalco); and Fides Ltd (Fides).

New high-tech forensic systems in T&T

As the coun­try grap­ples with the spi­ralling crime rate, the Gov­ern­ment has an op­por­tu­ni­ty to in­vest in an ad­vanced foren­sic sys­tem which can help po­lice solve crime in a time­ly and ef­fi­cient man­ner.

The mul­ti-mil­lion dol­lar Scan­ning Elec­tron Mi­cro­scope (SEM) and Nano-Analy­sis, one of the lat­est foren­sic sys­tems in the world, is here in T&T at In-Corr-Tech Ltd, a lead­ing in­spec­tion and en­gi­neer­ing ser­vice firm, at Cross Cross­ing, San Fer­nan­do. 

The sys­tem has ac­tu­al­ly been here since 2010, but the com­pa­ny has now in­vest­ed in a more ad­vanced mod­el which was on­ly launched in March. 

With this sys­tem, which costs be­tween US$200,000 and US$500,000, bal­lis­tics and gun­pow­der residue analy­sis, which some­times take years to do at the Foren­sic Sci­ence Cen­tre and re­sults in a de­lay in court mat­ters, could be done in about 20 min­utes. 

The sys­tem’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties are sim­i­lar to what is seen in those CSI tele­vi­sion shows, ex­plained In-Corr-Tech Ltd’s vice pres­i­dent Riza Khan at a re­cent sem­i­nar held at the com­pa­ny to in­tro­duce the new tools and tech­niques to the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors. 

Pur­chased from JE­OL Ltd USA, a world leader in elec­tron mi­cro­scop­ic equip­ment, Khan said a sim­i­lar sem­i­nar was held in 2010 when they brought in the first SEM sys­tem. 

Khan said, “Un­for­tu­nate­ly, de­spite the Foren­sic Sci­ence Cen­tre com­ing here eight years ago for a sim­i­lar sem­i­nar, we have not been asked to do any crime de­tec­tion work in the last five years. A gun­shot residue analy­sis we did in three hours on the old­er ma­chine we can now do in 20 min­utes. “

He said the sys­tem does a lot of test­ing down to the 3000 x mag­ni­fi­ca­tion lev­el where­as nor­mal op­ti­cal mi­cro­scopes could on­ly get to 2000 times mag­ni­fi­ca­tion, as well as it us­es elec­tron beams to in­ter­act with a spec­i­men.

“So you could de­ter­mine what the el­e­men­tal analy­sis of any par­tic­u­lar com­po­nent or ma­te­r­i­al. So you get a spec­trum in re­al time sim­i­lar to what you will see on tele­vi­sion in those CSI shows, ” he not­ed.

Khan said the sys­tem can as­sist in de­tect­ing if a drug is coun­ter­feit and de­ter­mines the cause and ori­gin of a fire with­in min­utes. 

JE­OL’s re­gion­al sales man­ag­er Robb West­by said, “The best and the most ac­cu­rate way to analyse gun­shot residue and bal­lis­tic is with the SEM tech­niques.

West­by said while there are oth­er foren­sic sys­tems in the coun­try, the clos­est one to this new tech­nol­o­gy is about ten years old. The sem­i­nar was at­tend­ed by per­son­nel from the Po­lice Ser­vice, Foren­sic Sci­ence Cen­tre, the food and drug in­dus­try, uni­ver­si­ties and up­stream and down­stream op­er­a­tors.

Police threats will not be tolerated

National Security Minister Stuart Young this morning sent a clear message to people creating and circulating posts threatening members of the protective services that such behaviour will not be tolerated and will be dealt with within the law.

Speaking with reporters after the launch of an adolescent drug intervention programme at the Trinidad Hilton, Port of Spain, Young said he received a video of men firing assault rifles, with a caption threatening Police Commissioner Gary Griffith yesterday morning and forwarded it to the police, but confirmed that the video was not recorded locally.

Young said investigators have already made progress in finding the people responsible for the threats.

“It is a video that was created to instil fear, it is not a new phenomenon in TT. What I can say is as I chair this week’s national security meeting it is going to be on our agenda. I don’t want to say too much with respect to it because it is under investigation and we have some good leads so I expect us to be able to tackle it head on.

“I will like to send a message that this type of mischief, this type of attempt to instil fear in our law enforcement will not be tolerated and we are going to utilise all of our resources to fight this type of behaviour.”

Speedy flood relief grants for those hardest hit and no HDC payments till Jan

Among the lat­est as­sis­tance Gov­ern­ment is giv­ing those who suf­fered great loss­es from last week­end’s floods are two new speedy flood re­lief grants for those vic­tims hard­est hit and a de­fer­ral “bligh” on Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (HDC) pay­ments for flood vic­tims un­til Jan­u­ary.

A fam­i­ly with­out chil­dren who suf­fered cat­a­stroph­ic dam­age from flood wa­ters en­ter­ing their liv­ing space is el­i­gi­ble for a flat grant of $15,000. A sim­i­lar fam­i­ly with chil­dren will be el­i­gi­ble for a flat grant of $20,000, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley an­nounced at yes­ter­day’s post-Cab­i­net me­dia brief­ing.

Row­ley con­firmed the grants will help at least 2,000 peo­ple who suf­fered cat­a­stroph­ic dam­age from last week­end’s floods. He al­so de­tailed oth­er con­ces­sions for Green­vale, La Hor­quet­ta res­i­dents who were among hard­est-hit.

The So­cial De­vel­op­ment/Fam­i­ly Ser­vices Min­istry, which has been do­ing as­sess­ments in re­cent days, will start is­su­ing cheques for the two cat­e­gories of flat grants from to­day, he added.

Row­ley said the re­cent bad weath­er dumped a month’s rain­fall on T&T in three to four days.

“It seems to have passed now and we have sun­shine but ar­eas af­fect­ed by flood wa­ters now have new is­sues of clean-up and re­moval of mud to pre­vent dust form­ing,” he said.

He said So­cial De­vel­op­ment as­sess­ment so far is that ap­prox­i­mate­ly 2,000 fam­i­lies suf­fered cat­a­stroph­ic ef­fects, los­ing every­thing.

“We nor­mal­ly have cer­tain kinds of re­liefs avail­able, but in this sit­u­a­tion we had to re­view what’s avail­able giv­en the wide­spread and ex­ten­sive na­ture of the dam­age with­in the house­holds and a cross-sec­tion of the pop­u­la­tion af­fect­ed,” he said.

He said Cab­i­net ex­am­ined what was avail­able, such as the $10,000 grant for ap­pli­ances and var­i­ous oth­er grants.

“To speed up this process and not have this de­tail­ing of each house­hold or each claimant, we de­cid­ed it would be rea­son­able and af­ford­able for the tax­pay­er to fund each house­hold that’s deemed by the So­cial De­vel­op­ment Min­istry to have been im­pact­ed in a cat­a­stroph­ic way.”

Any such fam­i­ly with­out chil­dren would get the flat grant of $15,000 while those with chil­dren get $20,000

In the min­istry’s as­sess­ments, Row­ley said house­holds will qual­i­fy for these two grants de­pend­ing on what hap­pened to them.

If a fam­i­ly’s ground floor is a liv­ing space where items were all lost, they may qual­i­fy. But a fam­i­ly would not qual­i­fy if their ground floor is an open space, or on­ly has a ham­mock or cot, or if the wa­ter on their street was on­ly two feet and didn’t dam­age their prop­er­ty in­ter­nal­ly.

Speed­ing up the process with a flat grant will as­sist the min­istry to be­gin get­ting cheques out from to­day, he said.

“I asked pub­lic of­fi­cials is­su­ing cheques to do so with great dis­patch,” Row­ley said, as­sur­ing swift work.

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Min­is­ter Stu­art Young said ini­tial as­sess­ment was that 3,500 house­holds – and 120,000 peo­ple – are af­fect­ed. He said the da­ta con­tin­ued to rise and Gov­ern­ment has trained munci­pal po­lice to help So­cial De­vel­op­ment as­ses­sors.

“It’s a mov­ing fig­ure, the Prime Min­is­ter is deal­ing now with 2,000 who were as­sessed and we ex­pect the num­ber to con­tin­ue up­ward.”

The flat grants are ex­pect­ed to as­sist house­holds from Mafek­ing, San­gre Grande and Green­vale to St He­le­na, El Car­men and oth­er parts of North Oropouche, who were among the hard­est hit by floods.

For peo­ple who haven’t suf­fered cat­a­stroph­ic dam­age but have been af­fect­ed in some way, the orig­i­nal arrange­ment for grants/as­sis­tance re­mains in place, Row­ley said.

They can ap­ply for oth­er grants once they can show they’ve been im­pact­ed and re­quire funds to fix elec­tri­cal, plumb­ing or dam­age to prop­er­ty. He said those grants are $15,000, $20,000 and $25,000.

2-month mort­gage break for HDC ten­ants

In Green­vale’s case par­tic­u­lar­ly, Row­ley said all its un­der­ground elec­tri­cal con­duits were im­pact­ed by floods.

Be­cause it’s an HDC de­vel­op­ment, he said the HDC will do in­spec­tion and rec­ti­fy all elec­tri­cal and plumb­ing prob­lems. As a re­sult, Green­vale ten­ants won’t qual­i­fy for grants to fix plumb­ing or elec­tri­cal dam­age. A state agency is in­spect­ing all hous­es to en­sure elec­tri­cals are back to nor­mal.

Row­ley al­so an­nounced that peo­ple in Green­vale, Oro­poune or any oth­er flood-hit HDC de­vel­op­ment who pay mort­gage or rentals will get tem­po­rary re­lief from HDC.

He said the Hous­ing Min­is­ter will com­mu­ni­cate with the mort­gage agency for a de­fer­ral of arrange­ments un­til Jan­u­ary for such peo­ple who have mort­gages/li­a­bil­i­ty on HDC units.

HDC will do the same for its ten­ants,”to give peo­ple a lit­tle more mon­ey to treat with their im­me­di­ate needs apart from the grants they’ll get,” the PM added.

Row­ley stressed grants aren’t “com­pen­sa­tion” but as­sis­tance. The Fi­nance Min­istry is fund­ing the So­cial De­vel­op­ment re­lief. He said Gov­ern­ment will use what it has un­til ar­rival of the $4 mil­lion in flood re­lief re­cent­ly of­fered by three in­ter­na­tion­al banks.

PM- People find a way to make negatives out of everything

Al­though T&T is fac­ing a dif­fi­cult pe­ri­od fol­low­ing dev­as­tat­ing flood­ing last week­end, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley ad­mits he felt com­pelled to turn down help from Cari­com coun­tries be­cause “we have been cop­ing …. and cop­ing very well.”

Row­ley said he said noth­ing wrong by not ac­cept­ing help from our Caribbean neigh­bours.

At a sod turning ceremony for the new Diego Martin health centre yesterday morning, Dr Rowley said it was sad that at a time when the national spirit rose higher than expected, some people found a way to dim our light.

As he cel­e­brat­ed his 69th birth­day with smiles, an up­beat Row­ley said as cit­i­zens we con­tin­ue to pull our­selves down when we should be putting our­selves up.

“Peo­ple in this coun­try mis­er­able yuh know… can­tan­ker­ous … to the ex­tent that some­times they miss the flow­ers and they miss the gen­tle breeze.”

“They can find the way, if given a chance, to make negatives out of every possible thing. So I take the opportunity now to clarify a couple of things for the benefit of the national community.”

Row­ley not­ed that sev­er­al Caribbean prime min­is­ters had con­tact­ed him on Mon­day to ex­press their con­cern for the peo­ple of T&T. But he said when his Cari­com col­leagues called to of­fer help, it wasn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly im­plied or meant that they would hand the coun­try a cheque.

“What is wrong with us? When my Caricom colleagues, all of whom, from Suriname to Jamaica, called to commiserate with us and they said well if you need help we here, it is like somebody saying to you, ‘how you do’ and you start reading out your medical condition and the last visit to the doctor. These are not questions that require an answer. It wasn’t meant that they were going to hand us a cheque. It meant they were acknowledging we were in difficulty and they were standing with us firstly in spirit and secondly if physically they could contribute then they would,” Rowley said.

“There is an is­sue now that we were of­fered help from our Cari­com ter­ri­to­ries and the Prime Min­is­ter turned it down,” he said.

He said it was very easy for people to criticise.

Rowley said many people told him how close they came to death.

“It happened so quickly to those in the buildings but then people say the Coast Guard and army weren’t there.”

He said while there was very little that could have been done to prevent the flooding, as his government moved forward it would learn from the experience.

“Let us not pull ourselves down.

“As we go forward, let us be grateful as a people.”

Row­ley said the coun­try has to give thanks that hav­ing faced a 6.9 mag­ni­tude earth­quake in Au­gust and the re­cent floods, “Trinidad and To­ba­go can re­port that we lost no life and no limb.”

Young urges flood victims to be wary of relief bandits

In response to reports of flood victims being confronted by bandits for their relief supplies, Minister of National Security Stuart Young said there has been an increase in joint police and army patrols in flood affected areas and a heightened security at relief shelters to prevent instances of robbery.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday morning at the Ministry of National Security on Abercromby Street, Port of Spain, Young confirmed that one victim reached out to him personally and reported they were confronted by some people who wanted to steal the relief items for themselves in the St Helena area.

Young said he immediately contacted the police who together with the defence force has begun an increase in patrols in the area.

“I can understand that there is a lot of frustration as Minister Sinanan alluded to, in some of these areas it is very spread out and there are not people on the main roads. It is quite an exercise to get relief supplies to victims, but I would like to tell persons to please do not take advantage of the situation. We are getting reports that it has gone beyond double dipping of relief supplies. The police were very quick in dealing with it, there was no violence or anything.”

Almost 500 cheques ready for flood victims

Min­is­ter of So­cial De­vel­op­ment and Fam­i­ly Ser­vices Cher­rie-Ann Crichlow-Cock­burn has al­ready pre­pared re­lief grants for 194 house­holds af­fect­ed by last week­end’s dev­ast­ing floods.

Speak­ing at a joint press con­fer­ence at the Min­istry of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty in Port-of-Spain yesterday, Crichlow-Cock­burn said her min­istry was ex­pect­ed to have cheques pre­pared for 253 ad­di­tion­al fam­i­lies by the end of yesterday.

Crichlow-Cock­burn did not say whether the cheques had al­ready been dis­trib­uted to vic­tims at the time of the press con­fer­ence, but she ex­plained that the first batch of cheques on­ly cov­ered the $10,000 grants be­ing of­fered by the Gov­ern­ment to help vic­tims re­place their dam­aged elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances and fur­ni­ture. She said the oth­er grants to ad­dress dam­age to their homes will be processed at a lat­er date.

Crichlow-Cock­burn said be­tween Mon­day morn­ing and Tues­day af­ter­noon her min­istry’s staff were able to com­plete 1,502 dam­age as­sess­ments in the af­fect­ed com­mu­ni­ties.

110 were done in Ch­agua­nas, 137 in Rio Claro, 190 in San­gre Grande and 1,065 in the Tu­na­puna/Pi­ar­co re­gion. In Cou­va/Tabaquite, 99 per cent of vic­tims were as­sessed.

She claimed that the min­istry is ex­pect­ed to com­plete the as­sess­ment process by the end of the week, once flood wa­ter had sub­sided in El So­cor­ro, Bam­boo Set­tle­ment and ar­eas in Ma­yaro that were still un­der wa­ter.

In to­tal, fam­i­lies af­fect­ed by the flood­ing can claim a lit­tle over $70,000 in grants de­pend­ing on the dam­age their homes sus­tained and the num­ber of peo­ple liv­ing in the house­hold.

In ad­di­tion to the $10,000 grant for ap­pli­ances and fur­ni­ture, the Gov­ern­ment is al­so of­fer­ing be­tween $15,000 and $20,000 for struc­tur­al dam­age to homes, $25,000 for elec­tri­cal re-wiring and $15,000 for plumb­ing re­pairs.

Each per­son af­fect­ed is al­so en­ti­tled to claim a $1,000 cloth­ing grant, while pri­ma­ry and sec­ondary school stu­dents will re­ceive $700 and $1,000 re­spec­tive­ly if their school sup­plies were dam­aged.

Crichlow-Cock­burn ex­plained that fam­i­lies could make claims for all the grants, pro­vid­ed that they qual­i­fied.

Young- Different assessment methods for flood relief grants

The Ministry of Social Development has changed its methodology of assessing persons for flood relief grants, National Security Minister Stuart Young has said.

Young said the Ministry will now apply “more common sense” to the methodology, bearing in mind that not everyone is expected to keep their flood damaged furniture and appliances.

Regional Corporations had been advising persons waiting to be assessed for Government grants, not to get rid of their damaged belongings until they were assessed.

“In discussions with the Minister of Social Development they have changed the methodology of accessing because we recognise that, especially in places like Greenvale and other associated areas, we don’t expect people to keep their appliances. And they (Ministry) are developing different tests like looking at the water level marks. In the Greenvale area we know that practically everybody at a certain water level would have suffered loss,” Young said during Tuesday’s joint media conference to update the nation on ongoing flood relief efforts.

He said while the methodology has changed, the quantum of the grants will remain the same, so affected residents in Greenvale will still receive a $15,000 grant.

“It is not an increase in grants for anyone. There is not going to be any discrimination in grants for any specific area. The grant level remains as is. But in the Greenvale area, anyone who’s been on the ground there would know that you can state as a fact without fear of contradiction that up to a certain level (were affected). So all single storey homes, all two storey homes you saw in every single home where the water level reached above counter height, so it will affect all appliances…the washing machines, the stoves, the fridges,” he explained.

“So it is easy in an area like that, that is actually a blocked off area, to say this is where the water level reached, so you know anybody below that water level has suffered loss and damage,” he added.

On Monday, Social Development Minister Cherrie-Ann Crichlow-Cockburn said distribution of grants will begin before the end of this week.

She said the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) will be responsible for the $15,000 house repair grants for persons within its affected developments; Oropune, La Horquetta and Greenvale.

Crichlow-Cockburn added that the Ministry of Housing and Self Help will deal with grants for other affected areas, while the Ministry of Social Development would be responsible for grants for the replacement of household appliances, furniture and sanitary plumbing.

PM’s $25M flood relief pledge only a preliminary estimate

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley’s $25 mil­lion pledge for re­lief for the vic­tims of last week­end’s dev­as­tat­ing floods was on­ly a pre­lim­i­nary es­ti­mate.

Speak­ing at a joint press con­fer­ence at his Port-of-Spain of­fice yes­ter­day, Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Stu­art Young ad­mit­ted the fig­ure may rise or fall de­pend­ing on on­go­ing as­sess­ments be­ing con­duct­ed by gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

Young de­scribed the pub­lic crit­i­cism over the al­leged in­abil­i­ty of the funds to bring re­lief to the es­ti­mat­ed 120,000 vic­tims of the flood as pre­ma­ture. He claimed that when Gov­ern­ment set the dis­as­ter re­lief grants in this year’s bud­get, it had al­lo­cat­ed funds for un­fore­seen nat­ur­al dis­as­ters. He claimed the mon­ey promised by Row­ley is in­tend­ed to but­tress the mon­ey that was al­ready al­lo­cat­ed pri­or to the floods.

“The Gov­ern­ment is not go­ing to say we hit $25 mil­lion, shut the doors, every­body go home and tough for those who did not get,” Young said.

He claimed that dur­ing less se­vere flood­ing in No­vem­ber last year, the Gov­ern­ment pledged $30 mil­lion in dis­as­ter re­lief and on­ly a small por­tion was nec­es­sary.

“You would be sur­prised by the low lev­el of le­git­i­mate re­quests and grants that were giv­en. It did not even touch any­thing near that,” Young said, as he not­ed that not every house­hold that was af­fect­ed would be el­i­gi­ble for all grants be­ing of­fered.

Young al­so sought to clar­i­fy Row­ley’s de­ci­sion to de­cline as­sis­tance of­fered by Cari­com lead­ers in the af­ter­math of the flood, as he claimed it was not an out­right re­fusal.

“At this stage, we don’t think that we re­quire for­eign as­sis­tance. We thanked them very much and told them that if we do need it, we will ask for it at that time,” Young said.

But he ad­mit­ted that the Gov­ern­ment was yet to do an as­sess­ment of to­tal costs of the flood­ing, which would al­so con­sid­er the grants be­ing as­sessed for vic­tims.

The re­lief grants in­clude a $15,000 grant for struc­tur­al re­pairs to hous­es, which will be processed by the Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (HDC) for its af­fect­ed units in Green­vale and Orop­une Gar­dens and by the Na­tion­al Com­mis­sion for Self Help for all oth­er res­i­dences.

The Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment and Fam­i­ly Ser­vices is al­so pro­cess­ing $10,000 grants for dam­aged elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances and fur­ni­ture and up to $20,000 in grants for elec­tri­cal and plumb­ing re­pairs to homes. Pri­ma­ry school stu­dents who lost all their school sup­plies in the flood will re­ceive $700, while sec­ondary school stu­dents would re­ceive $1,000.

Young said Gov­ern­ment had de­cid­ed to ease its as­sess­ment cri­te­ria for the grants con­sid­er­ing the ex­tent of the dis­as­ter.

“They are ap­ply­ing more com­mon sense to it and they are do­ing it for the cir­cum­stances,” Young said, as he ex­plained that the min­is­ter’s staff would be able to make the as­sess­ments even af­ter vic­tims dis­posed of their dam­aged items and be­gin re­pair work.

Asked whether Gov­ern­ment was con­sid­er­ing es­tab­lish­ing an in­ter­na­tion­al fund to col­lect do­na­tions from Trinida­di­ans liv­ing abroad and for­eign na­tion­als, Young said he would ad­vise against it un­til as­sess­ment on what re­sources are need­ed are com­plet­ed.

“I have said at this stage hold off on that, be­cause the lo­gis­ti­cal el­e­ment that can come along with that, we don’t need at this time. Quite frankly, we are try­ing to pre­vent the op­por­tu­ni­ty for cor­rup­tion to take place be­cause when you have this flood of mon­ey, it tends to go,” Young said.

How­ev­er, he did say the Gov­ern­ment ap­pre­ci­at­ed the con­tin­u­ing re­lief ef­forts fa­cil­i­tat­ed by lo­cal com­pa­nies.

“Right now the Gov­ern­ment is cop­ing with it but we are not sug­gest­ing for a mo­ment that the pri­vate sec­tor does not con­tin­ue to do the tremen­dous job they are do­ing,” he said.

Earthquakes rock T&T amidst flooding woes

Trinidad and Tobago was shaken by another earthquake late Monday night.

The UWI’s Seismic Research Centre recorded the magnitude as 5.1 at 11.33p.m.

It was located 10 kilometres deep, 88 kilometres west southwest of Port of Spain, 91 kilometres west northwest of San Fernando and 110 east southwest of Carupano, Venezuela.

A magnitude 5.1 tremor was also recorded at 12.35 p.m. Sunday.

And one occurred on October 20 at 4:41 p.m. with a depth of 60 kilometres, and was also felt in nearby Barbados and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Fortunately, no damage or injuries were reported.

These earthquakes and tremors come after the afternoon of August 21, when a magnitude 6.9 magnitude earthquake jolted Trinidad and the region, causing widespread damages and terrifying the population.