Power, Groovy return to Soca Monarch

A lit­tle bit of old and a lit­tle bit of new as new­ly- ap­point­ed chair­man of the In­ter­na­tion­al So­ca Monarch, Fay Ann Lyons-Al­varez con­firmed that the Pow­er So­ca and Groovy So­ca cat­e­gories have made their way back in­to the com­pe­ti­tion brand­ed “Fan­tas­tic Fri­day.”

Speak­ing to re­porters at a press con­fer­ence held at the Hy­att Re­gency yes­ter­day, Lyons-Al­varez said, “Any­body who is a So­ca Monarch fan knows that Pow­er So­ca is So­ca Monarch. That’s the ba­sis of So­ca Monarch.”

Swine flu vaccines run low

In­fluen­za vac­ci­na­tions have run low in some health cen­tres as pub­lic de­mand grows with the threat of the dead­ly H1N1 virus.

At the Pleas­antville Health Cen­tre, scores of peo­ple were turned away as sup­plies ran low. On­ly 162 peo­ple re­ceived vac­ci­na­tions at the Pe­nal Health Cen­tre while vac­ci­na­tions at Mara­bel­la and Roy Joseph in San Fer­nan­do al­so ran out.

Drunk drivers fined $10,000, banned for 3 years

Within a few hours on Monday, a total of 14 drivers were slapped with more than $60,000 in fines for various traffic offences commited over the weekend.  

The drivers appeared before Magistrate Anslem Leander in the San Fernando Traffic Court.

The charges included driving under the influence, failing to provide a specimen of breath, dangerous driving, failing to produce driver's permit, driving without insurance and failing to wear a seatbelt. 

Maloney girl still hospitalised

The 11-year-old girl who fell from a Maloney apartment building yesterday remains in hospital.

Rihanna Reid, who fell four storeys is said to be sedated at the Pediatric Unit of the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex.

At the time of her fall, there was speculation that she had died, but it is believed that two awnings broke the child's fall. 

In addition to being sedated, the child is also said to have suffered broken bones and other injuries.

Her condition is being monitored by hospital officials.


PM invited to visit Cuba

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has been invited to visit Cuba, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said Tuesday.

The OPM said in a statement President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez has extended an invitation to the prime minister for an official visit to Cuba at a mutually convenient date.

President Diaz-Canel used the invitation as an opportunity to convey a desire to continue strengthening the historic bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two nations, the OPM said.