The deplorable state of Caroni Visitor Centre

The wa­ter sup­ply for the state-owned Ca­roni Vis­i­tor Cen­tre, lo­cat­ed at one of this coun­try’s largest tourist at­trac­tions the Ca­roni Bird Sanc­tu­ary, has been cut by the Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Au­thor­i­ty (WASA) for non-pay­ment of ar­rears.

Guardian Me­dia was told the out­stand­ing bill for the fa­cil­i­ty has crossed $.5mil­lion and its sup­ply was cut in Oc­to­ber 2018.

CDA to send home 68 workers

Six­ty-eight em­ploy­ees of the Ch­aguara­mas De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­i­ty (CDA) will be sent home in the com­ing weeks as the au­thor­i­ty seeks to re­duce its ex­pen­di­ture and tack­le its $88 mil­lion debt.

In a re­lease yes­ter­day, the au­thor­i­ty said the salaries of its cur­rent staff of 200 ac­counts for 72 per cent of its in­come—twice what it was in 2010.

Manzanilla woman missing

The TTPS is seeking the urgent assistance of the public in locating 64-year-old Maureen Safe.

Maureen, of North Manzanilla, was last seen boarding a taxi on Henderson Street, Sangre Grande, at around 10:15 am on August 9th.

She was reported missing to the Sangre Grande Police Station, by a relative on the same date.

Maureen is of African descent, with short grey hair, has a scar on one of her shoulders and was last seen wearing a green and black dress and a pair of brown slippers.

Point Fortin man missing

The TTPS  is seeking the urgent assistance of the public in locating 45-year-old Neverson Paul.

Neverson, of Parrylands Village, Point Fortin, was last seen leaving his home on August 10th.

He was reported missing to police on the following date.

Neverson is of African descent, 6 feet tall, medium built, with a dark brown complexion, and dreadlocks.

He was last seen wearing a pair of brown short pants and a green t-shirt. Neverson has also been diagnosed as mentally ill.

Ministry: Desist from undermining drainage work

The Min­istry of Works and Trans­port (MOWT) said it has not­ed with much con­cern sev­er­al in­ci­dents of theft and van­dal­ism to riv­er em­bank­ments across the coun­try.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, the min­istry said this un­law­ful prac­tice not on­ly un­der­mines the Drainage Di­vi­sion’s ef­forts to mit­i­gate flood­ing but al­so pos­es a po­ten­tial threat to lives and prop­er­ty across com­mu­ni­ties in T&T.

San Juan market vendors protest rent increase

Chair­man of the Laven­tille Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion Chair­man, An­tho­ny Roberts, has said the vast ma­jor­i­ty of the ven­dors of the San Juan mar­ket have been ow­ing rent to them for months.

At a press con­fer­ence at the re­gion­al cor­po­ra­tion’s of­fice at the MTS plaza yes­ter­day, Roberts, flanked by his vice-chair­man Richard Wal­cott and chair­man of the Health and San­i­ta­tion Com­mit­tee coun­cil­lor Kwasi An­toine called the po­si­tion tak­en by the ven­dors and at­tor­ney Ger­ald Ramdeen a po­lit­i­cal stunt.

ODPM CEO: Minimal flooding during recent rains

Al­though the coun­try re­ceived some of the heav­i­est rains so far for this year’s rainy sea­son over the past few days, CEO of the Of­fice for Dis­as­ter Pre­pared­ness and Man­age­ment (ODPM) Cpt Neville Wint said there were min­i­mum re­ports of flood­ing dur­ing these show­ers.

How­ev­er, he con­firms they have re­ceived re­ports of flood­ing in Ari­ma, Tu­na­puna, Siparia and parts of Ch­agua­nas.

Mentally unstable man killed while crossing Main Road

A 31-year-old man de­scribed as men­tal­ly un­sta­ble was fa­tal­ly knocked down in Diego Mar­tin while at­tempt­ing to cross the West­ern Main Road on Wednes­day morn­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port, at about 3 am Bradley Lutch­man of North West Dri­ve, Diego Mar­tin was at­tempt­ing to cross the West­ern Main Road, in the vicin­i­ty of the Pow­der Mag­a­zine com­mu­ni­ty in Diego Mar­tin when a ve­hi­cle slammed in­to him.